Tens of thousands of Poles protested on Thursday (20 July) against a new law that allows parliament to appoint Supreme Court judges, defying a European Union warning that the move undermines democracy and the rule of law.
During a second sitting around the negotiating table, the EU and the UK stuck to their guns on the financial obligations London should pay and what court would guarantee EU citizen rights in a post-Brexit world.
On Wednesday (19 July), Frans Timmermans criticised Polish efforts to reform the judiciary, considered threatening to the separation of powers, eroding democracy and rule of law. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Germany raised the possibility on Wednesday (19 July) of suspending European Union aid payments to Turkey after summoning Ankara's ambassador to Berlin to protest over the arrest of six human rights activists including a German citizen.
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.
Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans called on Wednesday (19 July) for an end to the intimidation of journalists who are doing their job and asking critical questions. "I call on everyone to stop already the intimidation of journalists," he said.
The Commission is likely to call for the triggering of Article 7 next Wednesday (26 July) with respect to Poland, often referred to as “the nuclear option” to punish an EU member state, it emerged following the weekly meeting of the EU executive today (19 July).
The co-founder of France's far-right National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, faces trial for inciting racial hatred over a swipe at a Jewish singer that was seen as anti-Semitic, judicial sources said Tuesday (18 July).
The European Court of Justice on Tuesday (18 July) struck a blow for transparency by throwing out an appeal by the European Commission in a case related to public access to documents. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Polish lawmakers have started debating a controversial bill on Supreme Court reforms, which opposition parties, the Polish Ombudsman and most legal experts say breaches the Polish constitution and may curb the independence of the judiciary.
Italy is considering issuing temporary visas that would allow migrants to travel around the European Union, in a move intended to pressure its EU neighbours to do more to help ease the migration crisis.
A Europe of peace among nations has been established. Europe’s younger generations have little consciousness of a Europe at war. For today’s youth, Europe is a land of opportunity, a land, not of peace and security, but of jobs and prosperity.
The Erasmus programme has been one of Europe’s most successful instruments of education and integration. Its structure, range and funding are currently going through another round of development, with a massive budget increase likely.
The EU remained silent yesterday (13 July), despite being pressed by journalists to say something following the news that Poland's governing ultraconservatives tabled a bill in parliament that would subjugate the Supreme Court to executive power.