Politics

Central Europe 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.

Brexit 17-08-2017

Is the Norway-Sweden border a model for UK-Ireland?

Sharing a border of 1,600 km (1,000 miles), with close to 80 crossings, Norway and Sweden face some of the challenges that Ireland and Northern Ireland may experience when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

Brexit 16-08-2017

Brexit to shake up Germany’s uneventful electoral campaign

The pro-European stance of Germany‘s SPD clashes with that of CDU. The centre-righ remains pro-European, but by a small margin. EURACTIV France reports.

Global Europe 16-08-2017

Melilla: Spanish enclave in Morocco offers an exit route to Europe

Recent uprisings in the Moroccan region of Rif have transformed the city of Melilla, a Spanish enclave in Morocco, into an exit route for persecuted people seeking refugee status in the EU. EURACTIV Spain reports.

16-08-2017

Sweden to raise military budget by €11 billion through 2020

Sweden's armed forces will get an extra 8.1 billion crowns over the coming three years to boost defense capabilities in the face of increased tension with Russia in the Baltics, the center-left minority government said on Wednesday (16 August).

Brexit 16-08-2017

Ex-aide attacks Brexit minister as workshy, clueless

A former top aide to the UK's Brexit Secretary, David Davis, branded his former boss workshy and clueless in an astonishing tirade on Twitter yesterday (15 August) as the government presented its post-Brexit trade plans.

Freedom of thought 16-08-2017

The EU disregards human rights in Iran

Federica Mogherini should be asked how she manages to continue relations with the Iranian officials despite reports of Tehran's declining respect for human rights, writes Hamid Bahrami.

Rouhani: Iran could quit nuclear deal in ‘hours’ if new US sanctions imposed

Iran could abandon its nuclear agreement with world powers "within hours" if the United States imposes any more new sanctions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday (15 August).

Greece seeks EU help as wildfires rage

Firefighters battled wildfires raging northeast of Athens for a third day yesterday (15 August) as Greece asked for help from its European partners to prevent them from spreading.

Central Europe 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.

Economy & Jobs 16-08-2017

UK links trade to post-Brexit Irish border plans

The UK will set out its proposals for the Irish border after Brexit today (16 August), seeking to use the issue to pressure the European Union into starting early trade negotiations.

Two in Dutch court over tainted eggs scandal

Two Dutch men appeared in court Tuesday (15 August) in connection with the tainted-eggs scandal that swept Europe this month, which saw millions of eggs destroyed and caused tens of millions of euros in damages.

Brexit 15-08-2017

UK floats post-Brexit interim customs deal idea

The United Kingdom has said it wants an interim customs agreement with the European Union after Brexit to allow the freest possible trade of goods, but that it will also seek the right to negotiate other trade deals - a possible sticking point in the talks.

Brexit 15-08-2017

Big Ben’s Brexit bong in doubt

London's famous 'Big Ben' bell will cease its regular bongs on 21 August, falling silent for most of the next four years for renovation works. It will ring for important events like New Year's Eve but perhaps not the exact moment the UK leaves the EU.

Is the Irish border question really ‘intractable’?

In the coming days the UK government will release its “carefully formulated” working paper on the Irish border issue. Dick Roche gives timely advice.

Global Europe 14-08-2017

Suspected jihadists kill 17 in attack on Burkina Faso restaurant

Suspected jihadists killed at least 17 people and wounded eight during a raid on a restaurant in Burkina Faso's capital, the communications minister said, as security forces sought to free people still trapped inside today (14 August).

Transport 14-08-2017

Schulz uses dieselgate to invigorate his campaign

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief challenger in a September election, Martin Schulz, launched a stinging attack on the country's dieselgate-tainted car industry on Sunday (13 August) as he sought to turn around a flagging campaign.

Brexit 14-08-2017

Estonia ‘e-residency’ offers Brexit Brits EU loophole

As British citizens brace for the upheaval that Brexit will bring, some are turning to Estonia's e-residency digital ID programme to keep doing business across the European Union.

Global Europe 14-08-2017

Italy applauds Tripoli’s decision to keep NGO ships far away from Libyan coasts

The Italian government yesterday (13 August) welcomed Libya's decision to bar foreign vessels from a stretch of water off its coast, a move that has prompted almost all international charities to halt migrant search and rescue operations in the area.

Brexit 11-08-2017

Worried UK businessmen ask May for a bit of clarity on EU divorce

The UK business community is concerned about the uncharted waters of the Brexit negotiations and has asked Theresa May’s government to give a clearer idea of how the EU divorce might look.

Four tips from peacebuilders on working with young people to transform violent extremism

If violent extremist groups recognise the power and potential of young people, why don’t those combatting them? Fien De Baere from the organisation Search for Common Ground lays out four tips to help young people avoid violence.

Brexit 10-08-2017

Bundestag MPs want EU staff to use German more after Brexit

Three members of Germany's Bundestag have asked Chancellor Angela Merkel to make sure EU institutions use the German language more.

Agrifood 10-08-2017

Despite labour shortage, British farmers aim for post-Brexit food self-sufficiency

British fruit farmers have warned the future of their sector is at risk because they cannot find enough seasonal workers to pick their produce. However, Farmers still see Brexit as an opportunity to adopt policies that would make the country more food self-efficient.

10-08-2017

EU gun control push undermines trust in EU, Czech minister claims

The European Union’s plans to restrict gun ownership are nonsensical, undermine people's trust in the EU and have a negative impact on the internal security of the Czech Republic, Interior Minister Milan Chovanec said.