Central Europe

Hungary set for another ‘national consultation’ targeting Soros

Hungary is set to launch another "national consultation" about US financier and philanthropist George Soros, the government said on Tuesday (19 September), paving the way for fresh attacks on the man portrayed as the public enemy before next year's elections.

15-09-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Pre-war Europe blues

The cynicism of was undeniable. Just as the Commission announced it was taking the second step in an infringement procedure against Poland over the reform of its justice system, legal experts associated with the PiS government announced that the country could still demand reparations from Germany for its occupation during World War Two.

Global Europe 14-09-2017

Czech interior minister: ‘Nobody has to call us for solidarity’

The Czech Republic has not relocated a refugee for more than a year and remains in breach of its legal obligations. The Czech position remains the same despite the ruling of the Court of Justice supporting the Commission's migrant relocation policy. EURACTIV.cz reports.

Future EU 14-09-2017

Paris and Berlin don’t take Juncker’s ‘Union of equality’ seriously

European officials made positive comments on Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’ s State of the Union speech on Wednesday (13 September), but several said he would face stiff opposition for countering "multi-speed Europe" by encouraging all states to join the euro.

13-09-2017

State of the Union: Juncker snubs Poland, overwhelms Romania, Bulgaria

Pro-European EU members Bulgaria and Romania were overwhelmed with attention in Commission President’s Jean-Claude Juncker State of the Union speech today (13 September). In contrast, Poland, l‘enfant terrible of the EU, was not mentioned a single time.

Poland, Commission clash in top court over ancient forest

The European Union executive asked the bloc's top court yesterday (11 September) to fine Poland for violating a ban on logging in an ancient forest, but Warsaw said it was only trying to preserve unique woods.

Elections 08-09-2017

Orban denounces ‘violence’ of EU relocation plan

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, whose government committed acts of obvious violence against migrants before the country isolated itself behind a border wall, accused the EU of “violence” in imposing a plan to relocate migrants.

Economy & Jobs 07-09-2017

Polish PM accuses Macron of pursuing ‘protectionism’ in EU

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło accused French President Emmanuel Macron of "trying to introduce protectionism" on Wednesday (6 September) amid a clash over his proposals to overhaul a controversial EU rule on sending workers abroad.

Future EU 06-09-2017

Poland warns multi-speed Europe could spawn ‘more Brexits’

Polish President Andrzej Duda warned on Tuesday (5 September) that a multi-speed Europe could spawn "more Brexits" and the breakdown of the EU, after powerful eurozone members like France and Germany backed the model.

Timmermans to Poland: ‘We are still open to dialogue’

European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans discussed the rule of law in Poland with members of the European Parliament’s LIBE Committee on Thursday (31 August). EURACTIV Poland reports.

Report: German legal experts say Poland has no right to WW2 reparations

German parliamentary legal experts, reacting to calls by some Polish politicians, have ruled that Warsaw has no right to demand Berlin pay reparations for World War Two, according to a document obtained by a German newspaper.

Pre-election Prague says solar power too expensive

Producers of solar electricity should pay higher taxes, according to the Czech government. The sector says it is being politicised before the elections. EURACTIV.cz reports.

Czech committee recommends letting police charge PM candidate Babis

A Czech parliamentary committee recommended on Wednesday (30 August) that lawmakers should lift the immunity of Andrej Babiš, the leader of the most popular party and candidate for prime minister, and allow police to charge him with subsidy fraud.

25-08-2017

Poland sticking to its ‘zero-refugee’ policy

While migrant relocations reached record levels this year (peaking in June with over 3,000) Poland and Hungary remained steadfast in their refusal to participate in EU-mandated resettlement efforts. EURACTIV Poland reports.

25-08-2017

Czechs in favour of deeper integration, but shun the euro

The Czech Republic wants to be in the EU’s “core”, but without the common currency. Prague wants to focus on common defence instead. EURACTIV.cz reports.

Economy & Jobs 25-08-2017

Macron courts EU’s eastern leaders over posted workers, antagonises Poland

Snubbing Poland, French President Emmanuel Macron is touring eastern EU countries to gather support for tightening EU rules over the employment of cheap labour in other member states. But Warsaw said it would oppose this reform “to the very end”.

Energy 24-08-2017

Washington congratulates Lithuania for receiving first LNG shipment from US

The State Department congratulated Lithuania on Wednesday (23 August) for receiving the first shipment of liquified natural gas from the US. The move follows Donald Trump’s visit to Warsaw last month, where he promoted American LNG exports.

Global Europe 24-08-2017

Poland to allocate additional $55 billion on defence amid Russia fears

Poland will allocate an additional 200 billion zlotys (€46.6 billion) on defence over the next 15 years to modernize its army amid signs of growing aggression from Russia, a deputy defence minister said.

22-08-2017

Czechs may seek observer seat at beefed-up Eurogroup

The Czech Republic may try to get an observer seat at the Eurogroup of eurozone finance ministers if its decision-making powers are boosted under plans to reshape the European Union, the foreign minister said on Monday (21 August).

17-08-2017

Slovak minister under pressure in coalition row over EU funds

Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Wednesday that (16 August) he wants to replace the Education Minister Peter Plavčan, who is a member of junior coalition partner the Slovak National Party (SNS), over alleged mismanagement of EU subsidies in his department.

16-08-2017

Fico ends coalition crisis, insists Slovakia should stick to EU’s core

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico struck a deal on Tuesday (15 August) to keep his three-party coalition in power, ending a week-long crisis triggered when a Eurosceptic junior partner threatened to quit.

Politics 20-07-2017

Visegrad leaders say EU must show more support for Israel

The EU should better appreciate Israel’s key role in Middle Eastern stability, leaders of the Visegrad Four nations said yesterday (19 July) in a joint attack with Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu on Brussels’ current policy towards the Jewish state.

Energy 20-07-2017

Bulgaria warns EU is becoming over-dependent on gas transited via Turkey

The European Commission is expected to approve the second thread of the Turkish Stream pipeline stretching to Bulgaria's Black Sea shore, according to Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borrisov who warned that the EU is becoming over-dependent on gas transited via Turkey.

18-07-2017

Romanian government backtracks from plan to tax companies’ turnover

Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose said yesterday (17 July) his leftist-led government had scrapped a plan to tax companies' turnover.