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Central Europe 16-08-2017

Fico ends coalition crisis, insists Slovakia should stick to EU’s core

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico struck a deal on Tuesday (15 August) to keep his three-party coalition in power, ending a week-long crisis triggered when a Eurosceptic junior partner threatened to quit.

China 14-07-2017

EU chiefs urge China to free political prisoners after Liu Xiaobo’s death

European Union chiefs called on China on Thursday (13 July) to free political prisoners after the death of Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo.

Climate change 14-07-2017

Trump says ‘something could happen’ with Paris climate accord

US President Donald Trump appeared to hold the door open to a change of position on the 2015 Paris climate change agreement which he pulled the United States out of earlier this year.

Freedom of thought 12-07-2017

Soros ‘distressed’ by ‘anti-Semitic’ Hungary campaign

US billionaire George Soros hit back yesterday (11 July) at a Hungarian government anti-immigration poster and media campaign that he said uses "anti-Semitic" imagery.

Politics 12-07-2017

Ukraine Association Agreement deal sealed ahead of Kyiv summit

After years of delay, the EU formally approved on Tuesday (11 July) the Association Agreement with Ukraine, ahead of a high-profile summit in Kyiv beginning on Wednesday (12 July).

Politics 12-07-2017

Mogherini, Lavrov agree to disagree on EU-Russia issues

EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov yesterday (11 July) said both sides could cooperate on key international issues but traded barbs over Syria at the same time.

Freedom of thought 06-07-2017

Italy passes law making torture a crime, critics say full of holes

Italy's parliament yesterday (5 July) approved a long-awaited law criminalising torture, but critics said it had been so heavily watered down that many abuses may still go unpunished.

Central Europe 06-07-2017

Trump arrives in Warsaw, kicking off second Europe trip

Donald Trump arrived for high-stakes visit to Europe yesterday evening (5 July), landing in Poland ahead of his first G20 summit in Hamburg and a closely-watched meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Elections 04-07-2017

Macron wants EU nations to hold debates on ‘refounding Europe’

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday (3 July) that after a "cruel decade" of crisis-management, European Union leaders needed to reform the bloc to fight Euroscepticism among the public.

Central Europe 15-06-2017

Germany voices ‘great concern’ over Hungarian NGO law

Germany voiced "great concern" yesterday (14 June) over Hungary's crackdown on foreign-backed civil society groups approved by parliament the previous day. In the meantime the Commission said it will “carefully analyse it”.

Enlargement 12-06-2017

Kosovo’s ‘war wing’ coalition wins parliamentary vote

A coalition led by the ruling centre-right Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) came first in Kosovo's snap parliamentary election yesterday (11 June), but it will have to find a coalition partner to form a stable government, results based on a partial vote count showed.

Elections 12-06-2017

Macron’s pro-EU party set for sweeping victory in French parliamentary election

President Emmanuel Macron's fledgling party is set to trounce France's traditional main parties in a parliamentary election and secure a huge majority to push through his pro-business reforms, projections after the first round showed on Sunday (11 June).

Economy & Jobs 08-06-2017

ECB to keep taps open as economic outlook uncertain

The European Central Bank is likely to keep the money taps fully open at its meeting today (8 June) as inflation remains below its target despite stronger economic growth in the eurozone.

Climate change 02-06-2017

Angry Europe vows to defend climate pact after Trump pullout

European leaders reacted with anger and defiance after President Donald Trump yesterday (1 June) announced the United States, the world's second biggest carbon emitter, was quitting the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Economy & Jobs 31-05-2017

Critical Trump tweet sends shockwaves to Germany

US President Donald Trump called Germany's trade and spending policies "very bad" yesterday (30 May), intensifying a row between the longtime allies and immediately earning himself the moniker "destroyer of Western values" from a leading German politician.

Enlargement 19-05-2017

Following Macedonia, Western pressure resolves Albanian crisis

A three-month standoff that had blocked progress on reforms to Albania's government ended yesterday (18 May), as the ruling parties and the opposition reached agreement on how to resolve their conflict.

Politics 03-05-2017

Macedonian nationalists resume protests against coalition with Albanian parties

Thousands of nationalist demonstrators of the so-called “Civil Initiative for a United Macedonia” resumed their protests in Skopje yesterday (2 May) against a plan for a coalition government that includes ethnic Albanian parties, five days after they burst into parliament and assaulted lawmakers.

Elections 02-05-2017

Macron, Le Pen exchange May Day blows on euro, economic reforms

Centrist presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen attacked each other's visions of France and the role it should play in Europe on Monday (1 May) against a background of May Day rallies and protests.

Freedom of thought 12-04-2017

Turkish diaspora vote crucial as referendum ‘could go either way’

Turks living abroad are turning out in greater numbers to vote in a referendum on changing the constitution to create an executive presidency, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said yesterday (11 April), a development that pollsters say could benefit him.

Global Europe 07-04-2017

Trump orders toughest US military action in six-year Syria war

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday (6 April) that he ordered missile strikes against a Syrian airfield from which a deadly chemical weapons attack was launched, declaring he acted in America's "national security interest" against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Future EU 05-04-2017

Macron clashes with Le Pen in second French election debate

Centrist Emmanuel Macron kept his position as favourite to win France's presidential election after a televised debate on Tuesday night (4 April) in which he clashed sharply with his main rival, Marine Le Pen, over Europe, just 19 days before the election.

Brexit 30-03-2017

UK plans to copy-paste EU laws into domestic legislation post-Brexit

The British government will set out plans today (30 March) to convert European Union laws into domestic legislation to give "businesses, workers and consumers the certainty they need" as Britain exits the bloc.

Agrifood 27-03-2017

Commission calms Trump by clearing major agro-chemical merger

The European Commission approved on Monday (27 March) the proposed $130 billion merger of Dow Chemical and DuPont. But the decision triggered a strong reaction from environmentalists, who believe that such mergers lead to “major monopolies”.

Politics 23-03-2017

Belgium arrests man trying to drive into crowd in Antwerp

Belgian police arrested a man on Thursday (23 March) after he tried to drive into a crowd at high-speed in a shopping area in the northern city of Antwerp, a police chief said.