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Polish, Hungarian ‘horse thief’ alliance alarms Brussels

Topic: populism

Elections 24-10-2016

Austrian churches slam Hofer for 'God' slogan

Austrian church officials on Monday (24 October) denounced far-right presidential candidate Norbert Hofer for "instrumentalising" God in a new slogan as he seeks to rally support ahead of a scandal-plagued election re-run.
Elections 24-10-2016

Frassoni: Italians believe the EU abandoned them to the migration crisis

The Italian government is not losing support because it saves refugees. It is losing support because it is not perceived to be able to convince Europe to do more, says Monica Frassoni, the European Greens co-chair.
Future EU 21-10-2016

The End of Europe

The EU risks disintegration with the emergence of a xenophobic and populist wave. The European project needs to be completely rethought, far from the current state of exception, argues historian Enzo Traverso.
Trade & Society 19-10-2016

World Bank: Populism in US, Europe threatens emerging markets

The biggest threat to emerging markets growth in coming years could come from the rise of populism and isolationism in developed countries, a World Bank official said on Tuesday (18 October).
Global Europe 14-10-2016

Tusk: Europe’s anti-liberals look up to Putin and support Trump

European Council President Donald Tusk defended the “liberal democracy” on which the present EU has been built and warned against the anti-liberal “virus” which plays into the hands of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.

Germany to impose strict welfare curbs for EU immigrants

The German government yesterday (12 October) approved a new law to curb social benefits for EU citizens who arrive in the country without a job, as it responds to pressure to get tough on migrants.

Neo-Nazi issues death threat to Austrian presidential hopeful

A death threat by an apparent neo-Nazi on Twitter has prompted Austria's independent presidential candidate Alexander Van der Bellen to reinforce his personal security with members of the police special forces, a spokesman said on Wednesday (October 12).
Future EU 11-10-2016

EU puts ‘ever closer union’ on hold

As the EU prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary, the “ever closer union” principle that underpinned the European project is being put on hold as the bloc struggles to survive its annus horribilis.

Hungarian constitution to ban relocation of migrants

Hungary's right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orbán yesterday (10 October) proposed constitutional changes aimed at banning the mass relocation of migrants, after voters backed his rejection of an EU refugee quota plan in a recent referendum.

In Hungarian referendum, EU's Navracsics voted against Brussels

The EU's Hungarian Commissioner, Tibor Navracsics, said in his home country that he had voted 'no' in last weekend's referendum, in which Hungarians were asked whether they approved EU-wide quotas to relocate asylum seekers.
Central Europe 06-10-2016

Abortion protests rock Polish government, prompt backtrack

Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has looked firmly in control since sweeping to power a year ago but it may have pressed its conservative agenda too far by initially backing a virtual ban on abortion.

Borissov apologises to Mogherini for ‘ultimatum’ over Afghan migrants

On a surprise visit to Brussels yesterday (5 October), Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said he had apologised for an ultimatum he gave last week – that he would withdraw Bulgarian troops from Afghanistan if he cannot deport Afghan refugees back home.
Transport 05-10-2016

EU 'ready to explore' free InterRail tickets for European teenagers

The European Commission is considering handing out free InterRail tickets to all young Europeans when they turn 18, following up on a proposal made by Members of the European Parliament to counter the wave of euroscepticism spreading across the continent.
UK & Europe 04-10-2016

Stephen Clarke: 'Brexit validated British society's deep-seated prejudices'

100 days after the Brexit referendum, British writer Stephen Clarke spoke to EurActiv France about the campaign’s lies, the British press and France’s “opportunistic” political class.
UK & Europe 03-10-2016

Brexit vote gives EU real impetus for change

Europe needs to learn the true lesson of Brexit: that the Union's foundations are weak, and radical reform is needed if European integration is to flourish, writes Lucas Bergkamp.
Global Europe 03-10-2016

Orbán loses his referendum gamble, remains defiant

Hungary's populist Prime Minister Viktor Orbán suffered a blow yesterday (4 October) in his revolt against the European Union after low voter turnout voided his referendum aimed at rejecting a contested migrant quota plan.
Europe's East 30-09-2016

Azerbaijan poses as bastion against Islamophobia in Europe

The political aftermath of the refugee crisis in Europe, and the rise of far-right populism, is cause for growing concern in Azerbaijan, a country that sees itself as a bridge between the West and the Islamic world. EurActiv reports from Baku.
Future EU 28-09-2016

Europe without the EU: Fast forward into the 19th century

How would Europe work without the EU? Looked at in the cold light of geopolitics, nobody in the EU should have an interest in a 19th century world, argues Michael Meyer-Resende.

Schäuble defends Seehofer in German refugee row

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's veteran Minister of Finance, Wolfgang Schäuble, jumped to the defence of her conservatives' Bavarian sister party in the latest twist in a row over migrants that is damaging her re-election prospects.
Global Europe 22-09-2016

Orbán says EU should deport all illegal migrants, attacks UK

Hungary's prime minister said the European Union should round up and deport all illegal immigrants and assemble them in EU-supervised refugee camps beyond the bloc's borders where they can then file for asylum.
Global Europe 20-09-2016

Votes, hope and fear in Hungary

Liberals deride “Eastern European racism” as a sign of post-Socialist backwardness, and incomplete Westernisation. This framing of the problem overlooks the fact xenophobia is encoded into the political economy of East-West relations, writes Maxim Edwards.
Elections 19-09-2016

Merkel's party suffers rout in Berlin in migrant policy backlash

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party suffered its second electoral blow in two weeks yesterday (18 September), slumping to its lowest level since 1990 in a Berlin state vote that rejected her open-door refugee policy.

Schulz admits mandatory relocation of refugees has failed

Speaking to journalists at the start of the Bratislava summit today (16 September), Parliament President Martin Schulz admitted that the system of relocating refugees based on mandatory quotas isn't working, and that the Visegrad group is expected to table an alternative proposal.
Future EU 15-09-2016

Polish, Hungarian 'horse thief' alliance alarms Brussels

Viktor Orbán, Hungary's fiery nationalist prime minister, is known for the contempt he showers on most European leaders. But when he appeared alongside Poland's Jaroslaw Kaczynski last week, he paid his fellow Eastern European right-wing ruling party leader the ultimate complement: together they would make perfect partners in crime.