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24/08/2016

Orban blames Brexit on Commission’s migration policies

Location: Poland


Future EU 19-08-2016

Tusk on tour to prepare Future of EU summit

European Council President Donald Tusk met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel over dinner in Berlin yesterday (18 August). This is a first step in a series of trips to EU countries in preparation for the 16 September Bratislava informal summit on the future of the EU, following Brexit.

Polish prosecutors open investigation of head of top court

Polish prosecutors said yesterday (18 August) they had begun investigating whether the head of the constitutional tribunal exceeded his authority by not allowing three judges chosen by the ruling parliamentary majority to rule on cases.
Energy 10-08-2016

EU allocates €187.5 million for Finnish-Estonian gas link

The European Commission has allocated 187.5 million for building a gas pipeline, the Balticconnector, between Finland and Estonia, the Commission said today (10 August).

EU gives Poland three months to address rule-of-law concerns

The European Union today (27 July) handed Poland a three-month deadline to reverse changes to its constitutional court to meet EU concerns over the rule of law and democracy.

EU countries failing to protect cultural heritage

The European Commission has given eight EU countries just two months to incorporate into national law new rules on returning cultural items illegally taken from other member states. Failure to comply will mean the beginning of legal action. EurActiv Spain reports.
Europe's East 22-07-2016

Poland votes that WWII massacre by Ukraine was 'genocide'

Poland's right-wing dominated parliament on Friday (22 July) recognised as "genocide" a massacre of 100,000 Poles by Ukrainian nationalists seven decades ago, in a move that quickly drew criticism from Kyiv.
Energy 18-07-2016

Multi-billion EU carbon market fraud operated from Poland

The founder of Poland's biggest carbon quota brokerage firm, whose name appeared in connection with the Panama Papers, has been found guilty of VAT fraud and sentenced to jail in France. Warsaw denies wrongdoing, calling the multi-billion fraud an "unfortunate incident". EurActiv France reports.
UK & Europe 15-07-2016

Polish minister blasts Germany's post-Brexit approach

Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has criticised Germany's approach to European policy after the UK's vote to leave the EU was announced. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 14-07-2016

Stoltenberg says no 'meeting of minds' at NATO-Russia Council

NATO and Russia failed to overcome deep differences over Ukraine yesterday (13 July) in their first talks since the alliance approved a troop boost in Eastern Europe, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said.
Global Europe 14-07-2016

Commission: Russian propaganda has deeply penetrated EU countries

A European Commission official has said that Russian propaganda was now powerful in all EU member states – but in some of them Moscow barely needed to make the effort, as local politicians were delivering its messages.

Brussels prepares to overrule Eastern Europe on posted workers directive

The European Commission plans to reject 11 ‘yellow cards’ from the EU’s eastern member states on the new Posted Workers Directive. The debate has exposed a deep East-West divide. EurActiv France reports.

The relationship between the posting debate and the Brexit debate

The posting of workers and the issues regarding social security need to be looked at from a shared perspective, writes Frank VandenbrouckeThis op-ed summarises a paper published by the Notre Europe Jacques Delors Institute in Paris.
Global Europe 11-07-2016

A very Polish NATO summit

The 8-9 July NATO summit in Warsaw was clearly a success for the alliance, in light of rising tensions with Russia. However, Polish politicians are set to use it as another pretext for infighting, exacerbating internal divisions within the country. EurActiv Poland reports.
Global Europe 09-07-2016

Obama downplays Brexit impact at NATO summit

US President Barack Obama insisted on Friday that (8 July) Brexit would not harm transatlantic unity, but warned against a bitter divorce undermining security in the face of a resurgent Russia.
Security 08-07-2016

Duda: NATO has to show unity, solidarity and determination

The two-day Warsaw NATO Summit began today (8 July) in Poland's capital. 28 national delegations representing all of the alliance's members will attend, as well as from 26 associated states, delegations of the World Bank, NATO headquarters, the UN and the EU.
Global Europe 08-07-2016

Poland seeks to reassure allies over rule of law as NATO summit starts

Poland's government rushed an amended version of its constitutional court reforms through parliament yesterday (7 July), apparently in an effort to reassure its Western allies over the issue hours before a NATO summit opens in Warsaw.
Global Europe 08-07-2016

Russia, Brexit loom over Warsaw NATO summit

NATO leaders meet today (8 July) for a landmark summit in Warsaw to send an uncompromising message to a resurgent Russia while trying to contain the fallout from Britain's dramatic vote to quit the European Union.
Global Europe 07-07-2016

Merkel offers olive branch to Russia ahead of NATO summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered Moscow her "outstretched hand for dialogue" today (7 July), a day before NATO leaders meet in Warsaw to cement a new deterrent against what they see as an emboldened Russia.

EU countries employ slave labourers from North Korea, rights group reveals

North Korea has sent hundreds of workers to labour as "state-sponsored slaves" in member states as Pyongyang seeks to circumvent international sanctions aimed at starving it of money over its nuclear weapons programme, rights campaigners said on Wednesday (5 July).
Security 06-07-2016

A NATO summit surrounded by Warsaw's Communist ghosts

Leaders meeting in Warsaw for a NATO summit this week will be surrounded by the ghosts of Communism as they endorse the defence alliance's biggest military buildup since the Cold War in response to a newly resurgent Russia.
Global Europe 29-06-2016

Visegrad calls for complete change of EU-27

As the EU summit continues today (29 June) without UK Prime Minister David Cameron, the Visegrad group comprising the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, will call for an inside out change of the functioning of the EU and its institutions.
UK & Europe 28-06-2016

MEPs try to stop emissions trading bill falling into Polish hands after Brexit vote

MEPs are today (28 June) trying to stop the stewardship of EU emissions trading legislation falling into the hands of a coal-supporting Polish member of the European Parliament.
Future EU 24-06-2016

Poland urges 'new EU treaty' based on nation states

Poland said today (24 June) that Britain's vote to leave the EU meant it was time for a "new European treaty" to overhaul the federalist model of closer European political integration.
Global Europe 24-06-2016

Orban blames Brexit on Commission’s migration policies

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Friday (24 June) that British voters who opted to leave the EU were dissatisfied with Union policies dealing with the migration crisis.