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23/05/2016

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Location: Poland


Central Europe 20-05-2016

Polish premier says will never bow to EU 'ultimatum'

Poland's right-wing Prime Minister Beata Szydlo vowed Friday (20 May) that her government would never bow to any EU ultimatum and accused some members of the European Commission of trying to "destroy" the 28-member bloc.
Global Europe 20-05-2016

NATO finalises military build-up to counter Russia

NATO foreign ministers began finalising the alliance's biggest military build-up since the end of the Cold War yesterday (19 May), in order to counter what they see as a more aggressive and unpredictable Russia.

Commission raises pressure on Poland in rule of law row

The European Commission warned that  it could take further action against Poland over its commitment to the rule of law on Wednesday (18 May), unless Warsaw's conservative government makes "significant" progress.
Energy 19-05-2016

Poland needs capacity market to avoid power shortages, says minister

Poland needs a power capacity market to help coal-fired power plants compete with producers of renewable energy and to avoid power shortages, the energy minister said on Wednesday (18 May).
Global Europe 13-05-2016

US activates Romanian missile defence site, angering Russia

The United States switched on an $800 million missile shield in Romania yesterday (12 May) that it sees as vital to defend itself and Europe from so-called rogue states but the Kremlin says is aimed at blunting its own nuclear arsenal.
Health & Consumers 12-05-2016

Why do some countries block action on air pollution rather than save lives?

Air pollution causes hundreds of thousands of premature deaths each year and costs up to 9% of EU GDP. Stalling on improving air quality is both dangerous and economically foolish, writes Louise Duprez.

Latvia is worst place to be gay in EU, index shows

Latvia, Lithuania and Poland have been ranked the worst places in EU to be an LGBTI citizen, according an index by the gay rights organisation ILGA.

Visegrad countries oppose Commission’s revamped asylum policy

The Visegrad Four countries - the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – made no secret that they oppose the new asylum policy as recently proposed by the European Commission. The EurActiv network reports.
Global Europe 09-05-2016

Ballistic missile defence and reality

The US ballistic missile defence system in Poland and Romania protects Eastern Europe from a very improbable threat, writes George Friedman.
Central Europe 09-05-2016

240,000 Poles join landmark pro-EU march

Around a quarter of a million Poles flooded central Warsaw on Saturday (7 May), marching to defend their country's place in the European Union and protest against moves by the right-wing government, which they claim undermine democracy.
Future EU 06-05-2016

Juncker on EU anniversary: We have too many part-time Europeans

The presidents of Europe's three main institutions yesterday (5 May) presented a bleak picture of the European Union, saying the 28-nation bloc lacked leadership and was descending into petty, nationalist politics.
Europe's East 06-05-2016

Polish opposition creates coalition after ruling party 'takeover'

Several Polish opposition parties on Thursday (5 May) announced the creation of a coalition with the declared aim of safeguarding the rule of law and Poland's place in the European Union.
Global Europe 03-05-2016

NATO weighs stationing four battalions in member states bordering Russia

NATO is weighing rotating four battalions of troops through Eastern European member states, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said yesterday (2 May), in the latest proposal by allies to guard against aggressive behavior by Russia.

The EU must save the Bialowieza Forest

The future of Poland’s pristine Bialowieza Forest is at stake, but short-term commercial interests should not prevail over the long-term protection of Europe’s last primeval forest, writes Luc Bas.
Enlargement 27-04-2016

Geneva refuses to remove exhibition photo attacking Erdogan

The authorities of the Swiss city of Geneva have refused to remove a photograph from an exhibition in the city, which blames the death of a Turkish teenager on Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Central Europe 25-04-2016

Poland’s Duda slams EU's lack of 'solidarity' with Eastern Europe

Polish President Andrzej Duda defied European Union criticism of his country's government yesterday (24 April), accusing the bloc of showing "too little solidarity" with its eastern members.
Elections 20-04-2016

Ivan Krastev: Referendums cannot negotiate with each other

It is impossible that 20 % of the Dutch voters should take hostage of a common EU policy. The EU created a gifted class of intellectuals and bureaucrats and others, but they really lack a genuine political experience, Ivan Krastev told EurActiv Slovakia in an exclusive interview.

Reporters Without Borders: European press freedom under threat

Attacks, conflict and repressive security laws are putting journalists under increasing pressure, even in Europe, according to Reporters Without Borders. EurActiv Germany reports.
UK & Europe 20-04-2016

Will Brexit make the EU more pro-Russian?

Asked if Brexit will make the EU more pro-Russian, international experts with different backgrounds approached by EurActiv were not unanimous in their assessment. However all said that without the UK, the EU will be weaker internationally.
Health & Consumers 20-04-2016

EU must not backslide on sexual and reproductive rights

It would have been hard to miss the recent furore caused by Donald Trump’s flip-flopping around on the Republican abortion bandwagon. But frankly, what worries me much more is what is happening here in Europe, writes Caroline Hickson.
Health & Consumers 20-04-2016

Trade associations want to stop off-trade selling of alcohol to minors

It’s too easy for minors to buy alcohol in supermarkets in the EU, say local trade associations, who are stepping up their efforts to promote responsible drinking.
Global Europe 13-04-2016

The Polish opportunity

Instead of trying to teach Poland lessons on democracy, the EU should instead recognise the country’s economic strength, and its courage to oppose Russia’s aggression, writes Roger Hodgkiss.
Europe's East 11-04-2016

Kaczynski blames Tusk for Smolensk crash

Responsibility for the 2010 plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczyński along with 95 other people lay with the then government of Donald Tusk, the late president's twin brother and leader of the current ruling party said yesterday (10 April) at an event to commemorate the disaster.
Global Europe 08-04-2016

EU may require visas from Americans and Canadians

The European Commission is considering whether to make US and Canadian citizens apply for visas before travelling to the EU, a move that could raise tensions as Brussels negotiates a trade pact with Washington.