Politics Archives

  • Czechia’s Babiš takes office just in time for EU summit

    News | Elections 14-12-2017

    Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, a billionaire businessman who ran on an anti-establishment ticket, took office with his cabinet on Wednesday (13 December) but it was unclear whether his tenure will survive a confidence vote next month.

  • Panama Papers | Our Story

     Video | Sponsored | Economy & Jobs 14-12-2017

    After 18 months of investigation, hearings and fact-finding missions on the Panama Papers, the European Parliament has now presented 211 strong concrete recommendations to fight international tax avoidance, tax fraud and money laundering.

  • Weber says future of EU will dominate German coalition talks, calls for realism

    News | Elections 14-12-2017

    The future of the EU will be one of the key issues for the coalition talks in Berlin, admitted Manfred Weber, the leader the centre-right European Peoples' Party group and member of the Christian Social Union (CSU) – the Bavarian sister party to the Christian-Democrats (CDU).

  • Brexit: The long and winding road

    Opinion | Brexit 14-12-2017

    ‘Live horse and you’ll get grass’ is an old Irish proverb used in the context of vague promises of future benefits. This is precisely where Ireland stands with the vague promises on the Irish border issue, writes Dick Roche.

  • Theresa May suffers major parliamentary defeat ahead of EU summit

    News | Brexit 14-12-2017

    Prime Minister Theresa May’s government was defeated yesterday (13 December), when lawmakers forced through changes to its Brexit blueprint that ministers said could endanger Britain’s departure from the European Union.

  • Italy to hold national elections in March

    News | Elections 14-12-2017

    Italy's parliament will be dissolved between Christmas and the New Year, a parliamentary source said yesterday (13 December), opening the way for national elections in early March that look unlikely to throw up a clearcut winner.

  • European parliament backs outline Brexit deal

    News | Brexit 14-12-2017

    The European Parliament urged EU leaders on Wednesday (13 December) to allow the next phase of EU negotiations to start, backing a motion that recognised the talks had made sufficient progress as a well a line criticising Britain's Brexit negotiator David Davis.

  • Macron’s new leadership role in Europe

    News | Future EU 13-12-2017

    Seven months after his election, Emmanuel Macron has established himself as a force on the world stage. While some see in him the new "leader of Europe", the Franco-German tandem remains remains crucial to implement his ideas. EURACTIV Germany's media partner "Der Tagesspiegel" reports.

  • The Brief: The divisive solidarity of Europe

    News 13-12-2017

    More than 7.000 refugees in the Greek island of Lesbos know that something is not working with the EU’s response to migration. While they weather winter temperatures in summer tents, with capacity for only 2,300 people, European leaders will hold tomorrow the eleventh discussion over a fancy dinner to try to fix one of their biggest dares, and yet unresolved.

  • Press freedom in Bulgaria under attack ahead of EU Presidency

    News | Freedom of thought 13-12-2017

    Bulgarian opposition parties exposed on Tuesday (12 December) what they see as an attempt to silence and close down media considered unfriendly to the government of Boyko Borissov. Bulgaria will take over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU from 1 January.

  • Poland’s new PM eyes atomic future

    News | Energy 13-12-2017

    Poland is in no hurry to ditch coal power any time soon but the Eastern European country’s new prime minister insists nuclear energy and renewable sources are a part of Poland’s future energy mix.

  • Sakharov Prize: Opposition activist lashes out against dictatorship in Venezuela

    News | Languages & Culture 13-12-2017

    The wife of a jailed Venezuelan opposition leader lashed out in the European Parliament against the "dictatorship" of the country's leftist president, which she said has imprisoned the whole nation.