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26/06/2016

Worries mount as Slovakia prepares for EU presidency

Central Europe


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.
Global Europe 24-06-2016

Bulgarian president: If the EU collapses, there will be war

Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev said yesterday (23 June) that if the EU collapsed following Brexit, there would be war. He made the comments in the presence of his German colleague, Joachim Gauck, who is on a 3-day visit to Bulgaria.
Future EU 23-06-2016

Zahradil: Brexit is not a good option for Central Europe

“Brexit will shift the geographical and geopolitical centre of the EU eastwards and Germany will become the dominant power of the bloc,” said Czech MEP (Civic Democratic Party ) and European Conservatives and Reformists Chairman Jan Zahradil.
Elections 21-06-2016

Croatia's ruling party chief quits ahead of snap election

The head of Croatia's ruling conservative party, Tomislav Karamarko, resigned today (21 June) after his involvement in a conflict of interest affair triggered the government's fall.
UK & Europe 21-06-2016

Tannock: Mozambican migrants can vote in the UK referendum, but my Slovak wife can’t

The UK referendum on Europe is heavily stacked in favour of the Brexiteers, MEP Charles Tannock told EurActiv Slovakia in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 21-06-2016

France wants EU summit to discuss Russia sanctions

France on Monday (20 June) called for EU leaders to have a full discussion on the future of economic sanctions imposed on Russia over Ukraine, even though they are expected to be rolled over shortly.
Global Europe 20-06-2016

Luxembourg warns of Brexit 'domino effect' in Eastern Europe

A British exit from the European Union could trigger similar moves by other member states in Eastern Europe, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said in a German newspaper interview published yesterday (19 June).
Europe's East 15-06-2016

NATO to send troops to deter Russia, some allies want more

Britain, Germany and the United States advanced plans on Tuesday (14 June) to spearhead a new NATO force on Russia's border from next year, but some Eastern European allies said the alliance's effort must go further to deter Moscow.
UK & Europe 14-06-2016

EU court to interfere in Brexit debate with child benefit ruling

The European Union's top court will rule today (14 June) on whether Britain can deny family allowances to foreign workers with children living abroad, one of the hot-button issues in Britain's looming  referendum on EU membership.
Global Europe 14-06-2016

Hungary says this is not a refugee crisis, but mass exodus

The measures to address the migration crisis introduced by individual member states or groups of states have been more effective than the Commission’s action, a Hungarian high official said yesterday (13 June).
Health & Consumers 14-06-2016

Medical marijuana becomes legal in Macedonia

Marijuana-derived medicines became legal on Monday (13 June) in Macedonia, which joined over a dozen European countries that have already authorised the products for certain patients.


Poland’s constitutional conundrum...explained

Like other European nations, Poland will remain a source of conflicting messages in years to come. But the EU has nothing to worry about – the democratic government in place can be removed in a peaceful manner next time people come to vote, writes Piotr Macej Kaczyński.

Migrant spat brews between Austria and Hungary

Hungary refused yesterday (9 June) to take back any of the several thousand migrants that Austria says should be returned under EU rules, adding to a brewing spat between the two neighbours.
Elections 09-06-2016

Outgoing Bulgarian president warns Russia trying to 'destroy' EU

Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev yesterday (8 June) warned that Russia was out to "destroy" the European Union as the Ukraine crisis ushered in an era of "Cold Peace".
UK & Europe 09-06-2016

Visegrad Four urges referendum voters to keep UK in EU

The four eastern EU states from the so-called Visegrad Group yesterday (8 June) said they needed Britain to stay in the bloc, two weeks before the landmark UK referendum on membership.
Energy 08-06-2016

EU regulators raid Romania's Romgaz, Transgaz, OMV Petrom

EU antitrust regulators have raided Romanian state-owned gas producer Romgaz, gas pipeline operator Transgaz and top oil and gas firm OMV Petrom, over the suspected blocking of gas exports to other EU countries.
Energy 07-06-2016

EU to vet member states’ gas deals with Russia

The European Council decided on Monday (6 June) that gas-related intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) between member states and third countries would be vetted by the Commission before they are signed. For non-gas related IGAs, a lighter procedure will apply.
Elections 06-06-2016

Social Democrats win Romanian local elections

Romania's leftist Social Democrats (PSD) won most votes in countrywide local elections yesterday (5 June), according to an exit poll, putting them in a strong position before a parliamentary election later this year.
Elections 06-06-2016

Thousands attend Polish pro-democracy rally

Tens of thousands of people marched across downtown Warsaw on Saturday (4 June) protesting against government policies they believe threaten democracy, as the country marked the 27th anniversary of its first taste of electoral freedom.
Elections 03-06-2016

Hungarian far-right no longer anti-EU: Jobbik wants to transform it

Hungary's far-right says it no longer wants to leave the European Union as the migration crisis is offering populist parties, in resurgence across the continent, a chance to "transform" the bloc.

EU formally warns Poland in rule-of-law row

The EU today (1 June) formally warned Poland that it should find a solution to roll back Warsaw's overhaul of the top Polish court, which critics say endangers its independence.
EU Priorities 2020 01-06-2016

Lajcak reassures Brussels ahead of Slovak presidency

Miroslav Lajčák, the foreign minister of Slovakia, presented his country’s EU presidency priorities in front of a large Brussels audience today (1 June), in an effort to dispel fears that Bratislava will hijack the platform to promote its own national agenda.
Global Europe 01-06-2016

Worries mount as Slovakia prepares for EU presidency

The rotating presidency of the EU falls to Slovakia in July. But the latest pronouncements on Islam by Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico have caused widespread indignation. EurActiv France reports.