Central Europe

Future EU 23-06-2017

Macron, Merkel: EU treaty change is not taboo

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking at a joint presser after the end of the EU summit on Friday (23 June), said that treaty change should not be an obstacle to carrying out important reforms.

Economy & Jobs 21-06-2017

MEPs: European funds for poorer member states must not diminish

Negotiations are beginning on the future of the European budget, which also includes funds financing cohesion policy. Meeting in Strasbourg, MEPs agreed they should not be reduced. Aktuálně reports.

Hungary’s law calls for more transparency for NGOs receiving foreign money

In a recent EURACTIV.com interview, the director of the George Soros-funded European Policy Institute makes the incorrect claim that Hungary’s new legislation on NGO transparency is “discriminatory” and is closing the space for dissenting opinions, writes Zoltán Kovács.

20-06-2017

Orbán: No chance for single EU migration policy

Hungary's populist prime minister said Monday (19 June) that he sees no chance for a single EU-wide migration policy, just days after the bloc launched legal action against Budapest for refusing refugees under a controversial solidarity plan.

15-06-2017

Grabbe: Hungary’s NGO law is discriminatory

For the EU, the fear is that this legislation is coercive and inhibits the free movement of capital, former Commission official Heather Grabbe told EURACTIV Germany.

15-06-2017

Germany voices ‘great concern’ over Hungarian NGO law

Germany voiced "great concern" yesterday (14 June) over Hungary's crackdown on foreign-backed civil society groups approved by parliament the previous day. In the meantime the Commission said it will “carefully analyse it”.

15-06-2017

Polish PM under fire for using Auschwitz to make Poles fear refugees

Poland's prime minister came under heavy fire yesterday (14 June) for appearing to defend her right-wing government's anti-migrant policy during a memorial service at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German death camp.

14-06-2017

Romanian ex-president accused of ‘crimes against humanity’ over 1990 protest crackdown

Ion Iliescu and 13 other officials have been ordered to stand trial on charges of crimes against humanity in connection with the crackdown on a Bucharest protest in 1990, the prosecutor's office said yesterday (13 June).

EU opens sanctions procedure against Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic over refugees

The EU launched legal action yesterday (13 June) against Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic for refusing to take in their share of refugees under a controversial solidarity plan.

Energy 09-06-2017

Commission passes the Nord Stream 2 buck to member states

The Commission asked the member states on Friday (9 June) for a mandate to negotiate with Russia an agreement on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project. It is very likely to obtain permission, despite several Central European countries strongly oppose it.

Politics 09-06-2017

Trans-Europe Express: At least EU defence matters in the Czech Republic 

Even the strongest soft powers need defence capacities sometimes. This was not the highlight of the politically-oriented “growth and jobs” guidelines of Jean-Claude Juncker’s campaign for the European Commission presidency in the summer of 2014 though.

Global Europe 08-06-2017

Trans-Europe Express live

Sent out every Friday at noon, TEE gives you an insider's view of the most important coverage from across the Euractiv Media Network, its Media Partners and much more. Read and connect the local to the global in European politics.

07-06-2017

Commission readies sanctions against the Visegrad Four

The European Commission warned yesterday (6 June) it could sanction member states that don’t follow EU quota rules for asylum seekers by opening infringement proceedings against them as early as next week.

Economy & Jobs 02-06-2017

Bulgaria seeks access to the euro waiting room

Bulgaria has a long way to go before it is ready to adopt the euro but allowing Sofia into the Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM-2) will be an acknowledgment of the Balkan country's reform efforts, its finance minister said today (2 June).

Freedom of thought 02-06-2017

Czech democracy not in crisis, MEPs say

The freedom of the press has been threatened in the Czech Republic, but the country can solve the situation on its own, lawmakers stated in a plenary debate on Thursday (1 June). EURACTIV.cz reports.

02-06-2017

Prosecutors: Poland finds other body parts in coffin of president killed in 2010 crash

Polish authorities said on Thursday (1 June) they had found the remains of two other people in the coffin of former president Lech Kaczyński while investigating the plane crash in Russia that killed him and 95 others in 2010.

Economy & Jobs 01-06-2017

Billionaire Czech politician leading polls rules out joining euro

The Czech Republic should not adopt the euro because it would "bring nothing good," former finance minister Andrej Babis, the front-runner in October's general election, said in an interview today (1 June).

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Energy 01-06-2017

Effectively addressing Gazprom’s excessive pricing in CEE

Gazprom commitments will not provide any change to its anti-competitive practices in Central and Eastern European countries. PGNiG here presents possible remedies to address excessive pricing applied by the Russian energy giant in some CEE countries.

01-06-2017

Slovakia’s Lajcak elected UN General Assembly president

The United Nations General Assembly yesterday (31 May) picked Slovak Minister of Foreign Affairs Miroslav Lajčák to be its next president.

31-05-2017

Germany to propose cutting funds to EU members that violate rule of law

European Union members that fail to meet EU standards on the rule of law could lose access to its financing under German proposals for the reform of the cohesion fund system seen by Reuters yesterday (30 May).

Global Europe 30-05-2017

Romanian president rebukes Merkel: Transatlantic link remains vital

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis yesterday (29 May) rebuffed German Chancellor Angela Merkel's insistence that Europe must now take fate into its own hands and insisted that the transatlantic relationship remains vital.

Commission defends Timmermans from Polish attacks

The European Commission today (29 May) sprang to the defence of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, after Poland's foreign minister blamed him personally for the current tensions between Brussels and Warsaw.

26-05-2017

Csenger-Zalán: A strong Europe is only possible with strong nations

There’s no mistaking his Fidesz credentials. Brussels needs to back off, and refugees remain unwelcome, Zsolt Csenger-Zalán, the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in Hungary‘s National Assembly, told EURACTIV Czech Republic.

26-05-2017

Takács: Hungary is a successful member state

Just because Hungary has different ideas about issues like migration does not mean it should be perceived negatively. This is exactly why we are fed up, Szábolcs Takács told EURACTIV Czech Republic.