Central Europe

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.

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.

Politics 10-05-2017

Jarábik: Orbán knows EU can’t lose Hungary

It is hard to believe that a private university may lead to the expulsion of a member state. If the European Commission is going to support the opposition against Orbán, it is not going to help regain its credibility among member states, Balász Jarábik told EURACTIV Czech Republic.

Global Europe 13-04-2017

Benjamin Barber: Populism is losing its lustre

We live in an interdependent world, where everyone can cross borders. But it’s easier to hate Muslims than to acknowledge the reality, political scientist Benjamin Barber told EURACTIV Poland.

31-03-2017

Topolánek: Europe shouldn’t follow German dreams

It's better to depend on Germany than on Russia. Still, if the future of European leadership is either Merkel or Schulz, it’s a choice between a bad and worse, Mirek Topolánek told EURACTIV Poland.

EU fundamental rights chief: ‘Without human rights, Europe loses its integrity’

Head of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights Michael O’Flaherty insists that the EU has not given up on Poland and that Brussels is capable of dealing with the problems that currently face it. EURACTIV's partner Gazeta Wyborcza reports.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

#Media4EU 26-01-2017

Gazeta Wyborcza: ‘EU should set up some kind of European fund for the media’

Poland's largest broadsheet newspaper is struggling as a result of a Polish government "boycott" which cut off both public and private funding, warns the online editor of Gazeta Wyborcza, who calls on the European Union for help.

Digital 25-01-2017

Rzeczpospolita editor: EU should apply ‘permanent pressure’ on freedom of expression rights in Poland

More than 80% of Polish citizens support the EU so European institutions can afford to pay attention to freedom of expression and media laws in Poland, Bogusław Chrabota said in interview with EURACTIV.com.

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.

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.

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.

Climate change 24-11-2016

Commission official: ‘Bioeconomy is a unique opportunity to address societal challenges’

More and more member states are adopting bioeconomy plans and the EU is actively encouraging its Central and Eastern European partners to develop their own strategies. EURACTIV Slovakia talked to the Commission’s John Bell about the issue.

04-10-2016

Socialist leader: Romanian president will disregard election result

Ahead of the parliamentary elections to be held on 11 December, Liviu Dragnea, leader of the Romanian socialist party, warned of an "undemocratic" move by centre-right President Iohannis, who according to Dragnea, voiced his intention of nominating Dacian Cioloş for another mandate as Prime Minister, regardless of the election results.

Global Europe 23-09-2016

Bokova: My advantage is multiculturalism

In a wide-ranging interview with EURACTIV's Editor-in-Chief, Daniela Vincenti, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO and candidate for the post of UN Secretary-General, spoke of her experience and goals, as well as discussed her strengths.

Euro & Finance 11-07-2016

Joschka Fischer: Stabilise the eurozone to defuse ‘hurricane’ Brexit

The EU will survive the Brexit storm, but it should stabilise the eurozone, said former German foreign minister and Vice-Chancellor Joschka Fischer in an interview with EURACTIV.com, adding that France and Germany should lead the change.

Brexit 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.

EU Priorities 2020 27-05-2016

Slovak ambassador: We’ll firm up our EU Presidency priorities after Brexit vote

Slovakia's agenda for its first EU Council Presidency will be adopted at the last moment, says Dušan Krištofík, the Slovak Ambassador to Poland. The reason is the British referendum on EU membership, which "will have a major impact on the Union" whichever way it goes, he told EURACTIV Poland.

Brexit 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.