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05/05/2016

Fico says 4-party government may be in place next week

Central Europe


Hungary to hold EU refugee quota referendum by October

Hungary will hold a referendum in September or early October on whether to accept any future European Union quota system for resettling migrants, the prime minister's office said yesterday (3 May).
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.
Energy 02-05-2016

EPP takes strong position against Nord Stream 2

The centre-right European Peoples’ Party (EPP), the largest group in the European Parliament, has taken a strong position against Nord Stream 2, a Gazprom-favoured project to bring additional Russian gas from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea.
UK & Europe 02-05-2016

Geoffrey Harris: A European career between two UK referendums

Geoffrey Harris, an old hand in the European Parliament, started his career just after the European Communities membership referendum, and will retire days before the Brexit referendum. In a wide-ranging interview, he tells of people and events that made EU history.
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.

Orbán will tour EU capitals with ‘Schengen 2.0’ plan

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will tour EU capitals to push for a 10-point plan for the protection of EU’s external borders and free movement within the community, dubbed ‘Schengen 2.0’.
Trade & Society 14-04-2016

Romania will veto the EU-Canada trade deal

EXCLUSIVE/ Romania will not ratify the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada which was concluded in 2014, as an angry reaction to the refusal by Ottawa to lift the visa requirement of its nationals, but also for the lack of EU solidarity for solving the issue.
Elections 13-04-2016

MEPs rap Poland over rule of law

MEPs passed today (13 April) a non-binding resolution, calling on the Polish authorities to restore the ability of Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal to uphold its Constitution and guarantee respect for the rule of law.
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.
Global Europe 12-04-2016

Eastern Europe braces for the top UN job

Today (12 April) in New York the hearings of the eight candidates for the position of the next UN Secretary-General will begin. Seven of them are from Europe, and six from the Eastern part of the continent, a region which has never produced a UN Secretary-General thus far.
Central Europe 12-04-2016

Enhanced cooperation needed between Visegrad Group & Western Balkans

The refugee crisis and the fight against terrorism have made the EU and Western Balkans realise first-hand how interdependent we have become. Now is the time for enhanced engagement with the Western Balkans write Ditmir Bushati  and Lubomír Zaorálek.


Broad Bulgarian support for vigilantes 'arresting' refugees

An amateur video published on social media yesterday (11 April), showing the arrest of asylum seekers by vigilantes, sparked debates at political level and among the wider public about the role of so-called “patriots” in discouraging refugees from crossing through Bulgaria.

Hungary opposes proposed EU changes on seconded workers

Hungary opposes a European Union plan to equalise pay between seconded and local workers as it would pose an "unacceptable competitive disadvantage" to Hungarian companies, a government spokesman said on today (11 April).
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.
Global Europe 07-04-2016

Austria attempts to bridge gap between Brussels and Moscow

A warming of relations between Brussels and Moscow could be on the cards, as President Vladimir Putin suggested that there could be room for cooperation on the refugee crisis, during a state visit by the Austrian president. EurActiv Germany reports.
Central Europe 01-04-2016

Juncker praises Genscher as Cold War 'symbol of hope'

Germany's longest-serving foreign minister, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, whose tireless Cold War diplomacy paved the way for his country's peaceful reunification, has died at age 89, his office said Friday.
Global Europe 30-03-2016

US to step up NATO presence in wake of 'aggressive Russia'

The United States will step up its troop presence in eastern Europe in response to "an aggressive Russia," with continuous rotations of an additional armored brigade beginning in early 2017, the US military said Wednesday (30 March).
Global Europe 29-03-2016

Will Prague be rewarded for its new attitude to China?

The Czech Republic is no longer criticising China on human rights or over the status of Tibet, and it is expected to reap economic benefits over the current visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping, write Václav Kopecký and Alice Rezková.
Elections 24-03-2016

Slovakia's Fico to lead his third government

Robert Fico has managed to form a coalition cabinet composed of four very different parties that brings together centre-left and right-wing parties, nationalists and a Hungarian party. EurActiv Slovakia reports.
Digital 24-03-2016

Commission should invoke Article 7 when media freedom is trampled

It is time for the European Commission to make sure that the EU lives up to its Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Treaty on European Union (TEU), write Professor Jackie Harrison and Dr Stef Pukallus.
Global Europe 22-03-2016

Hungary, Poland and illiberal democracy

The EU’s problem is that others are following the illiberal regimes of Hungary and in Poland, and it is possible that among them be Germany, writes George Friedman.
Elections 22-03-2016

Billionaire Czech minister's party warns government coalition could end

The second-biggest party in the Czech government warned its partners yesterday (21 March) that the ruling coalition could crumble if deputies support legislation aimed at limiting politicians' ownership in private companies.
Elections 18-03-2016

Fico says 4-party government may be in place next week

Slovakia's ruling centre-left party Smer, and three small centrist and nationalist parties, have drafted a coalition agreement, and a new government could be installed by the middle of next week, Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Thursday (17 March).