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18/01/2017

Thousands protest against Polish government on martial law’s anniversary

Location: Poland


Global Europe 17-01-2017

Germany says NATO concerned about Trump ‘obsolete’ remark

Germany's Foreign Minister said yesterday (16 January) that US President-elect Donald Trump's comments that NATO was obsolete had aroused concern across the 28-member alliance.
Global Europe 16-01-2017

Visegrád and migration: Few prospects for a change in position

With Slovakia handing over the EU Presidency to Malta and agreement on a new EU asylum system out of sight, the Visegrád Group remains in strong opposition to compulsory refugee relocation. EurActiv Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland, and Budapest's Political Capital think-tank, report.
Global Europe 16-01-2017

Lithuania to build Kaliningrad border fence with EU money

Lithuania said today (16 January) it plans to use EU funds to build a fence on the border with Russia's highly militarised Kaliningrad exclave to boost security and prevent smuggling. Baltic states have repeatedly voiced their concern at the Russian military build-up in the territory sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania, both EU and NATO members. http://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/news/lithuania-reintroduces-conscription-over-perceived-russian-threat/ Construction of …

Central Europe 12-01-2017

Ruling conservatives reconvene Polish parliament despite opposition blockade

Poland's parliament resumed proceedings after the winter recess on Wednesday (11 January) in defiance of an opposition blockade of the plenary hall, escalating a standoff that has raised fears for democracy in the European Union state.
Global Europe 11-01-2017

Former Eastern EU leaders warn Trump on Russia

Seventeen leaders of EU member states, among which only Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev is still in office, wrote to President-elect Donald Trump, asking him not to improve relations with Russia.
Energy 11-01-2017

As Russia's gas market gets weaker, Europe gets stronger

The Southern Gas Corridor, pipeline interconnectors and LNG terminals, particularly in the northeast, have slowly but steadily been weakening Russia's pipeline hegemony, writes Agnia Grigas.
Central Europe 10-01-2017

Poland's ruling party to lift media curbs in parliament

Poland's ruling conservatives announced plans on Monday (9 January) to reinstate full media access to parliament in a bid to defuse a political standoff, but the main opposition party said it was not yet ready to end its blockade of the legislature.

Polish protest leader deals blow to opposition

The leader of Poland's anti-government protest movement acknowledged on Thursday (5 January) taking money from the organisation, dealing a blow to the parliamentary opposition, but he said the funds were for contract work he had carried out.

Former Népszabadság editor: Orbán's referendum was no failure

Hungarian newspaper Népszabadság was closed down in October 2016, in a move that was seen by many observers as the Budapest government’s attempts to crack down on dissenting voices. EurActiv’s partner Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft talked to its former deputy-editor.
Euro & Finance 03-01-2017

France becomes second country to issue green bonds

France today (3 January) launched its first green bonds, becoming only the second country to do so, after Poland. But the absence of international standards has raised questions at the European Commission. EurActiv France reports.
Elections 03-01-2017

Polish FM calls Tusk ‘icon of evil and stupidity’

Donald Tusk suffered another attack from Poland's populist government on Monday (2 January), when Minister of Foreign Affairs Witold Waszczykowski told Krakow radio station RMF FM that he was an “icon of evil and stupidity” and that he should stay “far away from Poland”.

Poland rejects EU warning on constitutional court crisis

Poland's foreign ministry on Thursday (22 December) dismissed the EU's latest warning that changes to the country's constitutional court pose a serious challenge to the rule of law.
Future EU 23-12-2016

Top 10 faces that will define Europe's 2017

The European Union enters 2017 under pressure from both external and internal forces, facing challenges on all fronts and experiencing a surge by anti-EU nationalists across the continent itself. Who will have the biggest impact on the sequel to what has been an annus horribilis for the bloc?

EU hits Poland with new rule of law deadline, sanctions remain 'in toolbox'

The EU yesterday (21 December) gave Poland's rightwing government another two months to reverse changes to its constitutional court or face sanctions, warning they posed a "substantial" challenge to the rule of law.

Energy 22-12-2016

Commission and member states clash over capacity mechanisms

The European Commission fears that capacity mechanisms would just translate into subsidies for coal power plants. Therefore, installations exceeding emission limits should not take part in support schemes, according to a proposal under the Energy Union's Winter Package. EurActiv Czech Republic reports.

EU countries stall over carbon market reform

After more than a year of negotiations, EU member states have come up short in their efforts to find common ground on a carbon market reform seen as necessary if the ambitions of the Paris Agreement on climate change are to be met. EurActiv France reports.

Poland drops controversial media proposals after protests

Polish President Andrzej Duda yesterday (19 December) announced that the governing conservatives have scrapped controversial proposals to restrict media access in parliament that had fuelled opposition outcry and street demonstrations.
Global Europe 19-12-2016

NATO reassures Russia over troop deployments

NATO will seek to reassure Russia today (19 December) that its troop deployments in the Baltics and Poland next year are purely defensive, in a rare meeting of the alliance's and Kremlin's envoys that is unlikely to resolve long-standing grievances.
Energy 19-12-2016

Poland appeals to European Court over Opal pipeline decision

Poland has appealed to the European Court of Justice over a European Commission decision to give Gazprom more capacity on the Opal gas pipeline through Germany, Polish media reported yesterday (18 December), citing a foreign ministry spokesperson.
Elections 19-12-2016

Tusk rallies against 'undermining of democracy’ in Poland as protests continue

European Council President Donald Tusk weighed in on Poland's political crisis on Saturday (17 December), urging the ruling party to respect the constitution, the voters and the democratic process, as two days of anti-government protests spread from Warsaw to two other cities.
Elections 16-12-2016

Slovenians to hold sword of Damocles over mayors

Slovenia is set to become one of the few countries in the European Union where people can sack their mayor before their term in office ends, albeit under strict conditions.
Central Europe 16-12-2016

Poland moves to limit media access to parliament

A Polish plan to curb media access to parliament spurred widespread protests by non-state media on Friday (16 December), amid concern the government is intent on curtailing freedom of press.
Elections 15-12-2016

Polish lawmakers pass law restricting rallies

Poland's populist-dominated parliament has passed a law restricting public meetings which was slammed by the opposition as being anti-democratic, media reports said yesterday (14 December).
Elections 14-12-2016

Thousands protest against Polish government on martial law's anniversary

Thousands marched across Poland's capital yesterday (13 December) to protest the policies of the current government on the 35th anniversary of the martial law crackdown by the former communist regime.