Romania's President Klaus Iohannis told the European Union on Wednesday (31 January) he would fight for the independence of his country's courts, which he and Brussels say is threatened by draft laws prepared by the Social Democrat-led government.
The recent statement by the Visegrad Four on the future of Europe is “an attack on European democracy”, Jo Leinen, a respected federalist MEP (S&D, Germany), said in a strongly-worded statement on Tuesday (30 January), ahead of a key summit in February focusing on the 2019 European elections.
The EU is like a cabbage, it has many layers. An important one is the political families, like the EPP, the European Peoples’ Party, PES, the Party of European Socialists, or ALDE, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe.
Ethiopia’s Ambassador Teshome Toga Chanaka spoke to EURACTIV’s Georgi Gotev in a video interview: “We don’t believe in imposition of development policies because something that is imposed without your will won’t last long. This is exactly what has happened in the past in Africa and Ethiopia would like to see that come to an end."
The Democratic Republic of Congo has told Belgium to close its development agency in the country Enabel and shutter an EU visa-processing centre, in the latest spat between the DRC and its former colonial power.
Former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi received a royal treatment in Brussels this week, although few people noticed. They should have paid more attention because il Cavaliere will probably end up deciding the political landscape of Italy later this year.
The European Union “doesn’t understand Turkey” and does not deliver what it has promised in terms of aid to the refugees from Syria, Fatma Şahin, the mayor of the Turkish city of Gaziantep, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Bulgaria’s environment minister was under fire on Wednesday (24 January) in the Environment Committee of the European Parliament over his positions on climate change and his support for a recent decision to allow construction of tourist facilities in the Pirin national park.
Ukraine's Ambassador to the EU has sent letters to the European Commission expressing shock about a "positive" Euronews feature that showed a Russian army initiative that trains children in Crimea how to defuse landmines.
The EU on Wednesday (24 January) voiced "concern" at Romania's controversial plans for judicial reform, warning against "backtracking" on efforts to fight corruption, in the latest clash between Brussels and the bloc's former communist east.
At the very start of Bulgaria's EU presidency, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s ruling coalition was unexpectedly shaken by growing opposition to the government's plan to ratify the Council of Europe convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.