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19/01/2017

Romania’s anti-corruption services are reminiscent of Securitate

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Global Europe 16-01-2017

Visegrád and migration: Few prospects for a change in position

With Slovakia handing over the EU Presidency to Malta and agreement on a new EU asylum system out of sight, the Visegrád Group remains in strong opposition to compulsory refugee relocation. EurActiv Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland, and Budapest's Political Capital think-tank, report.

Romania's #2 spy suspended over scandal

The deputy chief of Romania's intelligence service, Florian Coldea, was suspended from his job yesterday (12 January) over alleged links with a fugitive media boss who is embroiled in several criminal cases.

Austrian chancellor launches bid to win back voters from far right

Austrian centre-left Chancellor Christian Kern yesterday (11 January) launched a bid to win back voters from the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ), presenting a 10-year plan focused on creating jobs, boosting public investment and taxing multinationals.
Central Europe 12-01-2017

Ruling conservatives reconvene Polish parliament despite opposition blockade

Poland's parliament resumed proceedings after the winter recess on Wednesday (11 January) in defiance of an opposition blockade of the plenary hall, escalating a standoff that has raised fears for democracy in the European Union state.
Global Europe 11-01-2017

Former Eastern EU leaders warn Trump on Russia

Seventeen leaders of EU member states, among which only Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev is still in office, wrote to President-elect Donald Trump, asking him not to improve relations with Russia.
Digital 10-01-2017

Ansip: No guarantee Bulgaria will get the digital economy portfolio

Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip said today (10 January) he has only temporarily taken the digital economy portfolio from Günther Oettinger, but that there was no guarantee that this portfolio would go to the future Bulgarian commissioner, who is yet to be nominated.
Energy 10-01-2017

Romania turns down emergency energy request from Bulgaria

Bulgaria has made a request for the urgent supply of electricity from neighbouring Romania. But Bucharest refused, as consumption has peaked in both countries under unusually fierce winter conditions.
Central Europe 10-01-2017

Poland's ruling party to lift media curbs in parliament

Poland's ruling conservatives announced plans on Monday (9 January) to reinstate full media access to parliament in a bid to defuse a political standoff, but the main opposition party said it was not yet ready to end its blockade of the legislature.
Energy 09-01-2017

Green MEP: Hungarian argument for Paks II nuclear project is invalid

There are players in the game who are ready to take the Pak II case to the European Court of Justice – and I am one of them, Benedek Jávor told EurActiv Czech Republic.

Polish protest leader deals blow to opposition

The leader of Poland's anti-government protest movement acknowledged on Thursday (5 January) taking money from the organisation, dealing a blow to the parliamentary opposition, but he said the funds were for contract work he had carried out.
Elections 06-01-2017

Romania's parliament approves tax relief for pensioners

Romania's lower house of parliament yesterday (5 January) approved tax breaks for pensioners, making good on a government promise to loosen fiscal policy as the economy picks up pace.
Euro & Finance 03-01-2017

Anniversary highlights non-eurozone aversion to EU currency

The euro, used by nearly 340 million people each day in 19 countries, marked its 15th birthday on 1 January without celebration. A Eurobarometer report published in December shows little enthusiasm for the currency in non-eurozone countries.


Elections 03-01-2017

Polish FM calls Tusk ‘icon of evil and stupidity’

Donald Tusk suffered another attack from Poland's populist government on Monday (2 January), when Minister of Foreign Affairs Witold Waszczykowski told Krakow radio station RMF FM that he was an “icon of evil and stupidity” and that he should stay “far away from Poland”.

Ciolos’ failure to save Rosia Montana disappointed many Romanians

Outgoing Romanian PM Dacian Cioloş could have saved the village of Rosia Montana by filing a procedure to make it a UNESCO world heritage site. But he preferred to bow to the interests of a Canadian firm using cyanide technologies to extract gold, writes Claudia Ciobanu.
Enlargement 01-01-2017

No celebrations for Bulgaria and Romania’s EU's 10th anniversary

Bulgaria and Romania joined the EU on 1 January 2007. On 1 January 2017, no celebrations were held marking their tenth accession anniversary, confirming that EU enlargement is no longer fashionable.
Security 21-12-2016

Czech finance minister blames Merkel's migration policy for Berlin attack

Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babis said on Tuesday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel bore responsibility for the attack on a Berlin Christmas market and that migrants had "no place" in Europe.
Public Affairs 21-12-2016

Slovak EU presidency reaps big year-end harvest

The Slovak EU presidency has pushed through an avalanche of decisions in recent days, proving that the EU can still move forward despite the various crises it faces.
Public Affairs 19-12-2016

Commission ups the pressure on Bulgaria to nominate new Commissioner

Brussels today (19 December) increased the pressure on Bulgaria to nominate a Commissioner to replace Kristalina Georgieva, by saying that the digital economy portfolio will only be available until the end of this week.
Central Europe 16-12-2016

Poland moves to limit media access to parliament

A Polish plan to curb media access to parliament spurred widespread protests by non-state media on Friday (16 December), amid concern the government is intent on curtailing freedom of press.
Energy 12-12-2016

Fischer: Gas can flow via Nord Stream 2

Western companies should participate in managing the Ukrainian gas transit system, German Energy Envoy Peter Fischer told EurActiv Slovakia at the SET Plan – Central European Energy Conference X in Bratislava.
Elections 12-12-2016

Exit polls show Romania's Social Democrats winning parliamentary vote

Romania's leftist Social Democrats (PSD) won Sunday's parliamentary election (11 December) by a wide margin, exit polls showed, putting them in a strong position to form a coalition government with a junior ally.
Energy 09-12-2016

China eyes nuclear project in Bulgaria

A delegation from the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), the country’s largest state energy company, visited Sofia and met with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, to possibly resuscitate a shelved nuclear power plant project.
Energy 09-12-2016

Polish power rep: Commission’s vision of the electricity market is 'slightly utopian'

Current market failures are well identified in the Winter Package. However, we feel that some of the proposals do not match the reality, Maciej Burny told EurActiv Slovakia.

Romania’s anti-corruption services are reminiscent of Securitate

SRI, Romania’s domestic intelligence service, is evolving into what many regard as the Securitate Version 2.0, a reference to Nicolae Ceaușescu’s feared security service, writes Nick Kochan.