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29/09/2016

Boschi: Italian constitutional reform and EU reform are equally needed

Topic: populism


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.

Bulgaria to ask EU leaders for €160 million to police border

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has slammed the EU for lack of solidarity and said he will request leaders at tomorrow’s EU summit in Bratislava for the immediate release of €160 million of aid for strengthening the country’s borders.
Future EU 14-09-2016

Brexit battlers Farage and Verhofstadt butt heads at State of the Union speech

The European Parliament's Brexit point man Guy Verhofstadt today (14 September) clashed with UKIP leader Nigel Farage at the debate after Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's State of the Union speech.
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Energy 13-09-2016

Workers will lose jobs in green revolution, admits EU’s energy boss

SPECIAL REPORT / Workers will lose their jobs as Europe shifts to a green economy, European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič has admitted, amid warnings the world faces political and economic turmoil not witnessed since the 1930s.
Elections 12-09-2016

Austria delays presidential election re-run after postal ballot snag

A re-run of Austria's presidential election scheduled for next month has been delayed, Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said on Monday (12 September), after some postal voters complained of faulty seals on ballot papers.

The National Front: A family affair?

French newspaper Libération has teamed up with the Jean Jaurès foundation, a think tank, and the communications agency Netscouade to launch an observatory of the National Front, to look into the reasons behind the party’s growth and recent success. EurActiv France reports.

Hungarian satirists mock Orbán anti-migrant campaign ahead of referendum

Hungarian satirists are lampooning anti-immigration Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's government, less than a month before a referendum is expected to reject the EU's troubled mandatory migrant relocation scheme.
Elections 05-09-2016

A letter to Angela Merkel from a Berlin Jew

Alternative für Deutschland’s startling second-place in Sunday’s election in Mecklenburg-Pomerania (4 September) has sent shockwaves throughout Germany. The consequences are particularly concerning for the country’s minorities. Joel Schalit writes to Angela Merkel about how to repair the damage.
Future EU 26-08-2016

Hollande tries to bring together Europe’s South

At a meeting of socialist leaders yesterday (25 August), French President François Hollande pleaded against the rise of populism. He also announced his participation in another summit of the EU’s southern countries in Athens, on 9 September. EurActiv France reports.
Elections 25-08-2016

Austrian nationalist candidate to flaunt his 'toughness'

Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPO) kicked off its campaign for president on Wednesday (24 August) with the slogan "Power needs control", seeking to get its candidate Norbert Hofer elected on a promise of toughness after concerns over Europe's migrant crisis.
UK & Europe 25-08-2016

Flanders eyes post-Brexit North Sea union

With Britain leaving the European Union, its neighbours and historic trading partners in Flanders think it is time to revive efforts to forge a new North Sea union to tighten links around shared waters.
Global Europe 23-08-2016

Italy: Germany to accept hundreds of migrants to boost EU program

Germany has agreed to take in hundreds of migrants who are blocked in Italy in a move that might revive the European Union's failed relocation program, Italy's Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on Tuesday (23 August).
Energy 18-08-2016

Hungary plans further cuts to household energy prices

Hungary's government is looking for ways to continue a household energy price cut programme, Development Minister Miklós Seszták told the weekly Figyelő in an interview published today (18 August).

Germany treads cautiously in court case to ban far-right party

In his decade as a neo-Nazi skinhead in eastern Germany, Manuel Bauer says he beat up foreigners and disabled people, stabbed a cigarette in the eye of a 12-year-old boy and assaulted a Muslim man and his pregnant German wife.
Global Europe 09-08-2016

Democrats ‘extremely worried’ about transatlantic ties under Trump

Democratic Party officials have expressed deep concerns about the future of EU-US relations in the event that Donald Trump wins the next American elections, sources from the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group in the European Parliament told EurActiv.com.
Global Europe 22-07-2016

Trump’s NATO remarks rattle US establishment, allies

Foreign policy experts warned that the suggestion by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump that he might abandon NATO's pledge to automatically defend all alliance members could destroy the organization and invite Russian aggression.
Euro & Finance 14-07-2016

The threat of populism must be a non-issue in decision to fine Portugal and Spain

Stability and Growth Pact rules must be applied to the letter if the eurozone is to keep any kind of credibility. Populism must not be used as an excuse to reward irresponsible budgetary policies, argues Friedrich Heinemann.
Future EU 12-07-2016

Boschi: Italian constitutional reform and EU reform are equally needed

On a visit to Brussels, Italy's Maria Elena Boschi received a show of support from the major political groups in the European Parliament and from the Commission, ahead of the do-or-die referendum in October on constitutional reform.