Global Europe

Development Policy 18-01-2018

With solar water, trees grow into a sturdy business in Western Kenya

Armed with a solar-powered water pump for irrigation and a quarter-acre piece of borrowed land, widow Hakima Mohammed has become a Western Kenya tree tycoon.

Politics 18-01-2018

Watch out for the next crisis, gloomy Davos report tells leaders

Human development is "at risk” and the current economic recovery may be hiding the roots of the next big crisis, including persistent inequality, in particular between men and women’s salaries, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has warned in its annual Global Risks Report.

Digital 18-01-2018

Facebook widens probe into alleged Russian meddling in Brexit

Facebook Inc said on Wednesday (17 January) it would conduct a new, comprehensive search of its records for possible propaganda that Russian operatives may have spread during the run-up to Britain's 2016 referendum on EU membership.

Freedom of thought 18-01-2018

Ethiopia frees prominent opposition leader

Prominent Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina was freed from jail yesterday (17 January) after the government dropped charges against him as part of a wider prisoner amnesty, state media reported.

Climate change 18-01-2018

IPCC 1.5°C report: A clarion call for EU action on climate

A leaked draft of the IPCC's forthcoming report on keeping global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius gives reason to hope that the target is attainable. But only if urgent action is taken immediately, warns Dr Bert Metz.

Enlargement 17-01-2018

Athens and Skopje move closer to resolving eternal name row

Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) are moving closer to resolving a 25-year-old name dispute, which should pave the way for Skopje to join NATO this year and possibly remove a major obstacle for its EU integration.

Elections 17-01-2018

Czech PM Babiš battles fraud charges as cabinet loses confidence vote

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš's minority government lost a confidence vote yesterday (16 January), forcing him to try to cut a deal with opposition parties to stay in office while he also battles allegations of subsidy fraud.

Polish Supreme Court slams ‘unconstitutional’ PiS reforms

Poland's Supreme Court justices yesterday (16 January) denounced the right-wing government's controversial judicial reforms as "unconstitutional", adding their voice to a chorus of criticism at home and abroad.

Elections 17-01-2018

Romania’s backbencher MEP Viorica Dăncilă to be Prime Minister

Romania's ruling Social Democrats on Tuesday (16 January) put forward European Parliament lawmaker Viorica Dăncilă to become prime minister, after power struggles within the party forced out the second premier in seven months.

Central Asia 17-01-2018

President of Kazakhstan meets Trump ahead of key UN appearance

The President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazabayev is in the US where he met on Tuesday (16 January) with US President Donald Trump. But the main purpose of his visit is a speech at the United Nations where Kazakhstan holds the Presidency of the Security Council for January.

Future EU 17-01-2018

Tens of millions of Africans will try to come to Europe. What’s the EU policy?

Demographics suggest that Africans taking the perilous journey to Europe will be in their millions, and perhaps their tens of millions, writes Giles Merritt.

Enlargement 16-01-2018

The Brief – How to shoot down ambitious Balkan plans

Events in the Western Balkans may indeed seem peripheral to the EU, particularly as it braces for debates on the new budget and eurozone reform, but let’s not forget the old quote by Winston Churchill: “The Balkans produce more history than they can consume.”