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Refugees left behind in coronavirus crisis, aid groups warn

With restrictive measures imposed across Europe, authorities are struggling to provide  food and shelter for migrants and asylum seekers sleeping outdoors, aid organisations have warned.

EU court blocks operations of Polish judge disciplinary panel

Poland must immediately suspend the powers of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court as far as disciplinary cases against judges are concerned, the European Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday (8 April).
Europe's East 07-04-2020

EU, UN join forces to help Eastern neighbours fight organised crime

The EU and the UN's Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) yesterday (6 April) launched a programme to help Eastern Partnership countries - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine - claw back assets linked to organised crime.
Enlargement 02-04-2020

Serbian journalist detained for coronavirus reporting

A Serbian journalist was detained by police on Wednesday (1 April) on charges of causing public unrest and damaging a hospital's reputation after she reported about a shortage of protective medical equipment available for staff at a medical centre in the northern Vojvodina province.

13 EU countries say ‘deeply concerned’ about democracy

Thirteen European governments said they are 'deeply concerned' about the risk of violations of rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights, in a stab at Hungary's recent emergency measures giving the government wide powers, including the right to rule by decree.
Eastern Europe 01-04-2020

Coronavirus used to promote anti-EU narrative in Balkans, report finds

The ongoing coronavirus crisis is feeding into the narrative that the EU is “turning its back” on the Western Balkans, the European External Action Service (EEAS) said in an updated report on ongoing disinformation campaigns surrounding the pandemic, published on Wednesday (1 April).
Global Europe 30-03-2020

Orbán to rule by decree with new powers to ‘silence critics’

The Hungarian Parliament approved new emergency powers on Monday (30 March) that will allow the ruling Fidesz party the right to rule by decree, without a set time limit, in a move that prompted an outcry from human rights groups.

Golden visas and passports still widespread in Europe, study finds

Citizenship and residence-for-pay schemes continue to be widespread across the EU, according to a new report, which calls on the European Commission to propose EU-wide rules to phase out golden passports while taking action against governments that operate schemes in breach of EU law.
Europe's East 25-03-2020

EU demands access to Donbas for international organisations during coronavirus restrictions

Russian-backed armed formations in the breakaway Donbas region have since Saturday (21 March) denied access to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe's (OSCE) mission monitoring the conflict, Ukraine's State Border Guard Service reported on Tuesday.

Coronavirus derogations from human rights send wrong signal, say MEPs

Five European countries have announced plans to derogate from the European Convention on Human Rights, (ECHR), invoking the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Critics, however, fear that this sends the wrong political signal.
Eastern Europe 24-03-2020

Georgia’s furious fight against COVID-19

Since reporting its first case of coronavirus on 26 February, Georgia has had only 61 confirmed cases of the virus as of 23 March. With 3,320 people placed in mandatory quarantines, the Caucasian country is being lauded as a success story in the global fight against the pandemic.
Enlargement 23-03-2020

EU moves to start membership talks with North Macedonia, Albania

The European Council is set to give the green light this week for starting accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania, in a long-awaited move for the Western Balkans after the enlargement process was effectively put on hold last year.

Hungary’s state of emergency law is a ‘blank cheque’ to Orban, critics say

A draft Hungarian law allowing the government to rule by decree during the state of emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic risks staying in place indefinitely, the opposition has warned.
Europe's East 19-03-2020

Eastern Partnership: Bilateral track to ensure tailor-made approach

The European Commission published its proposed five priorities for the Eastern Partnership (EaP) policy post-2020 on Wednesday (18 March). The new objectives centre on economy and trade, boosting judicial reforms, the environment and digitalisation, as well as tackling corruption and strengthening civil society and media.
Coronavirus 18-03-2020

Eurovision becomes latest victim of coronavirus

Eurovision song contest organisers announced on Wednesday (18 March) that this year's edition - scheduled for May in the Dutch city of Rotterdam - is cancelled because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The annual contest has run interrupted since its debut in 1956.
Coronavirus 17-03-2020

Hungarian authorities decline to disclose location of new COVID-19 cases

The Hungarian authorities are refusing to make public information about the cities or regions where the new cases of COVID-19 have been registered, making it hard to know where in Hungary the disease is spreading. 
Coronavirus 16-03-2020

Russian coronavirus disinformation may be for domestic audiences, expert says

While the West blames Russia for spreading disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic with the aim of sowing distrust in Western public institutions and healthcare systems, an expert has pointed out that Russia's domestic audience may actually be the main target of the disinformation campaign.
Europe's East 10-03-2020

Europeans welcome ‘turning point’ Georgian electoral deal

European parliamentarians hailed on Tuesday (10 March) the political agreement between Georgian ruling and opposition parties that promises to resolve the electoral reform conflict that resulted a series of protests in the country. 
Digital 10-03-2020

The ePrivacy Regulation saga three years on

EURACTIV takes a look at what has happened during the three years while the Commission’s proposal has been stuck in the legislative process. The Croatian Presidency is the latest member state with responsibility to resolve the ePrivacy Regulation conundrum. The...
Eastern Europe 09-03-2020

Eastern Partnership’s champions expect more from the ‘geopolitical Commission’

As associated countries of Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova ask for a more ambitious Eastern Partnership (EaP) policy, the debate continues about the next steps and available financial support for what is lauded as one of the EU's most successful foreign policies.
Europe's East 06-03-2020

Ukraine prosecutor gets sacked, raising European concerns

The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday (5 March) dismissed Ruslan Riaboshapka as the country's prosecutor general, raising concerns from civil society groups as well as lawmakers in the European Parliament.

CEU pledges not to ‘abandon its home’ but sticks to transfer plans

The Central European University (CEU) hailed on Thursday (5 March) an opinion from the advocate general of the EU’s top court, which said restrictions imposed by Hungary on foreign universities breach WTO and EU law but said that it will continue to transfer its operations to Vienna.
04-03-2020

Detentions in Kazakhstan following civil activist’s death in prison

Kazakh police detained dozens of people in the country's largest city Almaty on Sunday (1 March), after the death of an imprisoned civil activist triggered anti-government rallies and diplomatic concerns.
Europe's East 26-02-2020

Crimean experts warn Russia has appetite for Black Sea, more Ukrainian land

Increasingly grandiose Russian military exercises in the Black Sea, compounded by the impending water crisis and a burgeoning defence industry in the Crimea, indicate that the security situation in Southern Ukraine may soon deteriorate, Ukrainian experts from Crimea warn.

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