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Eastern Europe and Brexit: Avoiding an ‘ever looser union’

Location: Poland

Central Europe 28-10-2016

Poland rejects EU demands on court crisis

Poland's foreign minister on Friday (28 October) said his right-wing government rejects the EU executive's recommendations regarding how to solve a constitutional crisis that has raised concerns at home and abroad.
Trade & Society 25-10-2016

German weapon sales shoot through the roof

German weapons dealers have seen their exports top €4 billion in the first six months of this year alone. While small weapon sales fell, exports of small arms ammunition reached record highs. EurActiv Germany reports.
Elections 24-10-2016

Frassoni: Italians believe the EU abandoned them to the migration crisis

The Italian government is not losing support because it saves refugees. It is losing support because it is not perceived to be able to convince Europe to do more, says Monica Frassoni, the European Greens co-chair.
Elections 19-10-2016

Europe's socialists in disarray, Germany tries to plot course away from trouble

No matter where you look in Europe, socialists are in a tight spot. In the south, their voters are jumping ship to the left and in the north they are haemorraging support to the extreme parties of both the left and right. EurActiv Germany reports.
Energy 18-10-2016

Poland puts hopes in ‘Northern Gate’ gas pipeline

Poland made the case today (19 October) for the “Northern Gate” gas pipeline project, designed to bring gas from the Norwegian shelf across Denmark to Poland.
Global Europe 17-10-2016

Montenegro hit by cyber-attacks on election day

The Ministry for Information Society and Telecommunications of Montenegro has announced that several important websites were targeted by cyber-attacks on Sunday (16 October), the day of the country's parliamentary elections.
Global Europe 14-10-2016

Tusk: Europe’s anti-liberals look up to Putin and support Trump

European Council President Donald Tusk defended the “liberal democracy” on which the present EU has been built and warned against the anti-liberal “virus” which plays into the hands of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.

Leggeri: Revamped Frontex will be ‘game changer’

Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri said that the EU had learned its lessons from last year’s refugee crisis and that the new European Border and Coast Guard Agency would be a “game changer” in securing the Union’s external borders.

Germany to impose strict welfare curbs for EU immigrants

The German government yesterday (12 October) approved a new law to curb social benefits for EU citizens who arrive in the country without a job, as it responds to pressure to get tough on migrants.
Central Europe 06-10-2016

Abortion protests rock Polish government, prompt backtrack

Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has looked firmly in control since sweeping to power a year ago but it may have pressed its conservative agenda too far by initially backing a virtual ban on abortion.
Energy 30-09-2016

EU overcomes sovereignty fears to secure deal on climate change

The European Union today (30 September) overcame fears over parliamentary sovereignty to secure a fast-track deal paving the way for the bloc to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Hungarian growth in peril in face of anti-migrant campaign

At peak harvest time, Hungarian winemaker Sandor Font has enough work for 30 people at his vineyard south of Budapest - if only he could find enough grape-pickers.
Transport 28-09-2016

Paris and Berlin hit back against 'abusive practices' in the road transport sector

France, Germany and six other European countries have asked the European Commission to examine the consequences of the "abusive practices" and "fierce competition" from certain states in the road transport sector.
Health & Consumers 28-09-2016

Women must have jurisdiction over their own bodies

It is hard to believe that in 2016, we are still fighting for a woman’s right to bodily autonomy, but the unfortunate truth is that the situation for women across much of Europe has stagnated, or even worsened, writes Caroline Hickson.

Polish anti-government protest draws thousands

Tens of thousands of protesters hit the streets of the Polish capital Warsaw Saturday (24 September) to rally against moves by the rightwing Law and Justice (PiS) government that they say undermine the rule of law.

Europe risks exclusion from key UN climate body

The ratification of the Paris deal on slashing greenhouse gas emissions by the USA and China has caught the EU by surprise. In a stunt never seen before, EU countries will make efforts to pass the deal through national parliaments by 7 October.
Health & Consumers 22-09-2016

Battle over abortion law heats up in Catholic Poland

Poland's abortion battle resume today (22 September) when the devoutly Catholic country's parliament debates rival initiatives to either liberalise or further tighten a law that is already one of the strictest in Europe.

The Brief: Little to show after three years of TTIP talks

There is a major demonstration against the EU’s proposed trade deals with the US and Canada in Brussels today. Expect the EU quarter to grind to a halt right about now.
Energy 20-09-2016

Work to continue on Czech-Polish gas interconnector despite doubts

The Czech and Polish Prime Ministers have agreed to continue a gas interconnection project between their two countries, despite continued doubts about implementation.
Future EU 19-09-2016

Austria left disappointed by Bratislava

The 27 member states that attended the Bratislava summit all had different priorities. Austria seems to have left Slovakia without any real movement on any of theirs, as little has changed regarding Turkey’s membership bid and CETA. EurActiv Germany reports. One of the most interesting aspects of the summit was the changing political axes at …

‘Flexible solidarity’ becomes new tool in response to refugee crisis

The Bratislava summit marks a turning point in the evolution of the EU’s response to the migration crisis, as Germany and other Western nations appeared to accept the Visegrad Group's alternative to relocation and migrant quotas, called "flexible solidarity”.
Future EU 15-09-2016

Polish, Hungarian 'horse thief' alliance alarms Brussels

Viktor Orbán, Hungary's fiery nationalist prime minister, is known for the contempt he showers on most European leaders. But when he appeared alongside Poland's Jaroslaw Kaczynski last week, he paid his fellow Eastern European right-wing ruling party leader the ultimate complement: together they would make perfect partners in crime.
Future EU 07-09-2016

Visegrad group to table proposals at Bratislava summit

Four eastern European countries will stake out a joint position at next week's  Bratislava summit on the EU's post-Brexit future, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło said yesterday (6 September).
UK & Europe 06-09-2016

Eastern Europe and Brexit: Avoiding an ‘ever looser union’

In the wake of the Brexit vote, it remains unclear how aware Central and Eastern European countries are about the short and medium-term risks of the UK leaving the bloc and which strategies they should pursue to mitigate them, writes Ivaylo Iaydjiev.