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Global Europe 20-02-2017

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Global Europe 20-02-2017

Czech deputy PM: A ‘different’ migration is needed

We have to change NATO from a defence pact to tan offensive pact, Andrej Babiš, the Czech minister of finance, who also serves as deputy premier, told Euractiv Poland.

Public Affairs 20-02-2017

EURACTIV Metamorphosis: The story behind EURACTIV’s rebranding

As you discover our rebranded euractiv.com website today, we wanted to walk you through the changes that have been taking place at EURACTIV over the last 6 or so months.

Elections 17-02-2017

Bulgaria’s interim government finds many irregular defence contracts

Bulgaria's new interim government has found that over half the defence procurement contracts signed last year were irregular and is examining nine of them on suspicion of fraud, its prime minister said today (17 February).

17-02-2017

Saryusz-Wolski: Trump is not the end of the world

Europe’s military abilities are useless if there’s no political will to use them in the face of danger, Civic Platform MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski told Euractiv Poland.

EU welcomes Romania’s repeal of graft decree, offers help for jails

The European Commission yesterday (16 February) welcomed as a "very good step" the decision of the Romanian government to repeal a decree that would have decriminalised graft, and offered Bucharest assistance and funds to improve the country's prisons.

Health 17-02-2017

Lower quality of same food brands in Eastern Europe raises eyebrows

Big companies are selling better food in Austria than they sell in Hungary, even though the brands are supposed to be the same, the Hungarian government said yesterday (16 February).

16-02-2017

Future EU: Does Visegrád have a plan?

In the Visegrád Group, there is a desire to both strengthen the powers of member states, but also defend the Schengen area, and the four freedoms. Unsurprisingly, talk of treaty change is in the air. Euractiv's Central European partners report.

15-02-2017

Slovak presidency failed to impress Eurosceptics

Two in three Slovaks knew that the country held its first rotating presidency in the Council last fall. But, according to a survey, the rest were either unclear, or didn't know about it. Euractiv Slovakia reports.

09-02-2017

Polish editor: ‘We were underprivileged’ under previous government

Paweł Lisicki, editor-in-chief of the conservative weekly Do Rzeczy, sees “no apparent threat to freedom of speech” in Poland, saying left-wing media outlets were currently suffering only because they lost their privileges under the new government.

EU unemployment: Declining, but dependent on labour mobility

Britain’s exit from the EU could slow down Europe’s economic growth. However, unemployment forecasts remain positive. The latest Eurostat figures show that the number of jobless has been steadily declining. Aktuálně reports.

Elections 08-02-2017

Bulgarian elections explained by political dark horse

Bulgarians will vote on 26 March in snap general elections. Euractiv explains the elections with the help of one of the leaders who hopes his party will be able to pass the 4% threshold and win MP seats in the 240-member National Assembly.

07-02-2017

Political analyst: Romania is undergoing a second ‘democratic’ revolution

The mass demonstrations that have swept Romania since 29 January have kicked off a social insurrection, the likes of which has not been seen since the overthrow of communism in Eastern Europe in 1989, Octavian Milewski told Euractiv Poland.

Inside Romania’s protests

Despite a wave of similar grassroots anti-government protests elsewhere, particularly in the US, the roots of the present wave of protests in Romania lie in the political and economic failures of the country’s post-communist transition, writes Bogdan Enache.

Smog chokes coal-addicted Poland

The soupy grey smog shrouding Polish cities this winter is one of the most visible symptoms of the EU member's addiction to coal, a deadly habit forcing many to stay indoors or don masks before venturing out.

Elections 06-02-2017

Romania scraps decree decriminalising graft as mass protests persist

Romania's Social Democrat government yesterday (5 February) annulled a decree that would have decriminalised some graft offences, an embarrassing u-turn for the country's new prime minister after week-long mass protests and international rebuke.

03-02-2017

‘Divided we stand, divided we fall’

Poland is being made great again, rising from its knees. America first, Poland second. So, logically, it needs a great capital city. And as its government moves effectively from word to deeds, a proper legal act has been proposed by the Law and Justice (PiS) party, writes Karolina Zbytniewska.

Global Europe 03-02-2017

EU’s Orban and ally Putin cement closer ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán cemented closer ties at talks yesterday (2 February), amid growing EU rifts over sanctions against Moscow because of its meddling in Ukraine.

02-02-2017

Visegrád on Trump: Anxious but optimistic

Depending on which country you ask, in Central Europe, the new US government is either a source of unease in matters concerning Moscow or, in the case of Hungary, newfound confidence. Euractiv's Central European partners report.

Global Europe 02-02-2017

Putin heads to Hungary to widen cracks in EU

Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Budapest today (2 February), as the Kremlin looks to widen cracks in the EU over sanctions.

Elections 02-02-2017

Romanians stage biggest protests since the fall of communism

Hundreds of thousands of people hit the streets across Romania on Wednesday (1 February) to protest the government's decriminalising of a string of corruption offences, the largest demonstrations since the fall of communism in 1989.

Elections 31-01-2017

Romania will amend decrees that could weaken anti-graft effort

Romania's government will probably amend proposed decrees that critics say would weaken a drive against corruption, the country's justice minister said yesterday (30 January), although he declined to state exactly what would be changed.

Global Europe 30-01-2017

Czech president backs Trump’s refugee ban

Czech President Miloš Zeman has come out in support of US counterpart Donald Trump’s refugee policy, which has been greeted with outrage across the world. EurActiv Germany reports.

Global Europe 30-01-2017

Bulgaria’s Radev: ‘I fear EU will remain hostage of sanctions war against Russia’

EXCLUSIVE / "Bulgaria’s choice of the EU and NATO is strategic and should not be called into question," the country's new President, Rumen Radev, told EurActiv.com in an exclusive interview as he arrives in Brussels today (30 January) for his first visit abroad.