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Global Europe 17-02-2017

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Elections 17-02-2017

Bulgaria’s interim government finds many irregular defence contracts

Bulgaria's new interim government has found that over half the defence procurement contracts signed last year were irregular and is examining nine of them on suspicion of fraud, its prime minister said today (17 February).

EU welcomes Romania’s repeal of graft decree, offers help for jails

The European Commission yesterday (16 February) welcomed as a "very good step" the decision of the Romanian government to repeal a decree that would have decriminalised graft, and offered Bucharest assistance and funds to improve the country's prisons.

Health 17-02-2017

Lower quality of same food brands in Eastern Europe raises eyebrows

Big companies are selling better food in Austria than they sell in Hungary, even though the brands are supposed to be the same, the Hungarian government said yesterday (16 February).

16-02-2017

Future EU: Does Visegrád have a plan?

In the Visegrád Group, there is a desire to both strengthen the powers of member states, but also defend the Schengen area, and the four freedoms. Unsurprisingly, talk of treaty change is in the air. Euractiv's Central European partners report.

15-02-2017

Slovak presidency failed to impress Eurosceptics

Two in three Slovaks knew that the country held its first rotating presidency in the Council last fall. But, according to a survey, the rest were either unclear, or didn't know about it. Euractiv Slovakia reports.

EU unemployment: Declining, but dependent on labour mobility

Britain’s exit from the EU could slow down Europe’s economic growth. However, unemployment forecasts remain positive. The latest Eurostat figures show that the number of jobless has been steadily declining. Aktuálně reports.

Elections 08-02-2017

Bulgarian elections explained by political dark horse

Bulgarians will vote on 26 March in snap general elections. Euractiv explains the elections with the help of one of the leaders who hopes his party will be able to pass the 4% threshold and win MP seats in the 240-member National Assembly.

Smog chokes coal-addicted Poland

The soupy grey smog shrouding Polish cities this winter is one of the most visible symptoms of the EU member's addiction to coal, a deadly habit forcing many to stay indoors or don masks before venturing out.

Elections 06-02-2017

Romania scraps decree decriminalising graft as mass protests persist

Romania's Social Democrat government yesterday (5 February) annulled a decree that would have decriminalised some graft offences, an embarrassing u-turn for the country's new prime minister after week-long mass protests and international rebuke.

Global Europe 03-02-2017

EU’s Orban and ally Putin cement closer ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán cemented closer ties at talks yesterday (2 February), amid growing EU rifts over sanctions against Moscow because of its meddling in Ukraine.

02-02-2017

Visegrád on Trump: Anxious but optimistic

Depending on which country you ask, in Central Europe, the new US government is either a source of unease in matters concerning Moscow or, in the case of Hungary, newfound confidence. Euractiv's Central European partners report.

Global Europe 02-02-2017

Putin heads to Hungary to widen cracks in EU

Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Budapest today (2 February), as the Kremlin looks to widen cracks in the EU over sanctions.

Elections 02-02-2017

Romanians stage biggest protests since the fall of communism

Hundreds of thousands of people hit the streets across Romania on Wednesday (1 February) to protest the government's decriminalising of a string of corruption offences, the largest demonstrations since the fall of communism in 1989.

Elections 31-01-2017

Romania will amend decrees that could weaken anti-graft effort

Romania's government will probably amend proposed decrees that critics say would weaken a drive against corruption, the country's justice minister said yesterday (30 January), although he declined to state exactly what would be changed.

Global Europe 30-01-2017

Czech president backs Trump’s refugee ban

Czech President Miloš Zeman has come out in support of US counterpart Donald Trump’s refugee policy, which has been greeted with outrage across the world. EurActiv Germany reports.

27-01-2017

Hate crimes on the rise in Czech Republic despite refugee progress

From Syria to an integration centre and finally to a new home in Prague. A refugee's path may rake this route. But life for Arabs in the Central European country also has its dark sides. EurActiv Czech Republic reports.

Bulgaria’s EU justice monitoring report goes unnoticed

The European Commission's monitoring report on Bulgaria’s progress in improving its law-enforcement system went largely unnoticed, as its publication yesterday (25 January) coincided with the appointment of a caretaker government in Sofia, pending snap parliamentary elections on 26 March.

Global Europe 20-01-2017

Putin to visit Hungary on 2 February

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Budapest on February 2 for talks with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, the Hungarian government said yesterday (19 January).

Health 20-01-2017

Polish pollution akin to smoking 4,000 cigarettes a year

Air pollution made headlines in Poland this week but the issue was not the only thing to worry Poles, as lack of transparency and corruption in government once again reared their heads. EurActiv Poland reports.

Croatia inches closer to Schengen membership

The European Commission on Wednesday (18 January) proposed the gradual integration of Croatia into the Schengen Information System (SIS), bringing the newest EU member state slightly closer to full membership of the EU borderless area.

Energy 19-01-2017

Croatia seeks to buy back its oil group from Hungarian investor

Croatia has stepped up plans to take full control of oil group INA by setting up a special group today (19 January) to prepare a proposal for a buyout of Hungarian energy company MOL's 49% stake.

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 opposed to compulsory refugee relocation. EurActiv Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland, and Budapest's Political Capital, 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.