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Politics 17-11-2017

Trans-Europe Express: The circle is closing on the EU’s unruly members

MEPs went all political this week, with debates in Strasbourg zooming in on the rule of law and tax evasion. We've heard indignation, anger, condemnation and calls for action but only time will tell how much of this will translate into tangible results.

Politics 10-11-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Poland’s gagged media continues to worry Europe

Since Poland's ruling party came to power two years ago, the country dropped 36 places in the media freedom ranking. Journalists of public broadcasters have been losing their jobs and financial pressures are being exerted on commercial companies.

Politics 03-11-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Kosovo and Catalonia are (not) the same

The EU's position that the referendum in Catalonia is illegal and that its independence drive is an internal matter for Spain did not go down well in Serbia. In fact, it irked the Balkan country so much that at one point it considered sending an official letter to the Commission to demand clarification.

Politics 27-10-2017

Trans Europe Express: Three fun facts about Czexit

The Czech Republic’s ‘pragmatic’ approach to the EU will not change significantly with the new government. But more unpredictability can be expected in the long term, with “Czexit” as the worst-case scenario being more likely than before.

Politics 20-10-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Brussels supports Rajoy as everyone wants sanity between Madrid and Barcelona

The escalating tension between Spain’s central government and its counterpart (Govern) in Catalonia has followed the expected script.

Economy & Jobs 13-10-2017

Trans-Europe Express: What do the regions really want?

A week full of debates and events about European regions and cities is over. Once again –for the 15th subsequent year- more than 6,000 participants around Europe gathered in Brussels to take part in what used to be a loose get-together and is now a well (maybe too well) structured multilevel event with thematic priorities and goals.

Politics 06-10-2017

Trans-Europe Express: October’s Revolution

Did anyone ever think there was the chance of a revolution happening now, given the state of Western Europe in the 21st Century?

Elections 29-09-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Germany is really two countries

Maybe revenge is best served cold. With 12.5% of the national vote, a largely East German constituency had put the first extreme right party into the Bundestag since 1945.

Elections 22-09-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Germany’s tolerance deficit

Asked to explain the AfD’s surge in the polls, Merkel offered a strictly economic analysis. The problem was that she was wrong.

Central Europe 15-09-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Pre-war Europe blues

The cynicism of was undeniable. Just as the Commission announced it was taking the second step in an infringement procedure against Poland over the reform of its justice system, legal experts associated with the PiS government announced that the country could still demand reparations from Germany for its occupation during World War Two.

Elections 08-09-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Lega Nord Means Berlusconi

The Lega Nord has won the election. Or so one would be inclined to believe, surveying the stories on Italian politics published since August in the (mostly) UK press. A bit of Brexit projection, perhaps? Not exactly, but it can’t be excluded either.

Enlargement 01-09-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Erdogan is bad for everyone

He never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity. So went the Abba Eban-penned 1973 slogan used to describe the late PLO chief, Yasser Arafat, who was routinely blamed for failing to secure peace with Israel.

Global Europe 21-07-2017

Trans-Europe Express: EU summertime blues

At the time when many in the EU bubble are getting ready for holidays, it is helpful to remember that the summer period is a fertile time for coups, geopolitical earthquakes and big blunders.

Enlargement 14-07-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Will the EU ever get the Western Balkans right?

The EU's fast-and-loose approach to the Western Balkans has never been more evident than in the last few years.

Elections 07-07-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Tanks against migrants

The rhetoric about sending troops to the Brenner Pass was especially reactionary. But Austrian Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil felt compelled to use it anyway.

Elections 30-06-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Gay marriage and the German elections

Call it the Merkel tack. “For me, personally, marriage is a man and a woman living together. That is my concept, but I support civil partnerships,” she told YouTube vlogger Le Floid, AKA Florian Mundt, in July 2014.

23-06-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Is Sánchez a man with a plan?

Last month, Pedro Sánchez brought a new and unexpected result to the European ballot box. Sánchez returned to his post as secretary general of Spain’s Socialist Party (PSOE) after a bitter campaign against Susana Díaz, the powerful president of Andalucía who was supported by the barons of the party.

Elections 16-06-2017

Trans-Europe Express: 5 Star fails on immigration

It was a wipeout. Failing to win a single contest in 1,004 local elections in Italy on Sunday (11 June), Beppe Grillo’s 5 Star Movement was quickly assigned to the list of declining populist parties that began with Geert Wilders’ defeat in March’s Dutch poll.

Politics 09-06-2017

Trans-Europe Express: At least EU defence matters in the Czech Republic 

Even the strongest soft powers need defence capacities sometimes. This was not the highlight of the politically-oriented “growth and jobs” guidelines of Jean-Claude Juncker’s campaign for the European Commission presidency in the summer of 2014 though.

Global Europe 08-06-2017

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Sent out every Friday at noon, TEE gives you an insider's view of the most important coverage from across the Euractiv Media Network, its Media Partners and much more. Read and connect the local to the global in European politics.

Central Europe 02-06-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Orbán’s Trump fetish backfires

Viktor Orbán must be feeling especially stupid right now. Following Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, the Hungarian leader’s embrace of the US president’s 2016 victory appears increasingly misguided.

26-05-2017

Trans-Europe Express: The foundations of fortress Poland

After surviving a vote of no confidence this week, Poland's scandal-hit defence minister used the Manchester bombing to land a dig at his opponents and announce a military spending spree that would turn the country into the EU's eastern fortress.

Politics 19-05-2017

Trans-Europe Express: NATO summit to get a taste of ‘America First’

As NATO leaders prepare to meet next week in Brussels, US President Donald Trump will likely ruffle a few feathers if he brings the ‘America first’ dialectic into the meeting and wreaks havoc within the Alliance.

12-05-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Bye bye, political parties

France has just done something that was once considered impossible: electing someone under 40 as its president, without the support of an established political party or campaign experience.