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Wouldn’t resist a Russian invasion. The idea of creating a powerful EU army continues to divide opinion in neutral Austria. Critics of the plan say its neutrality is incompatible with joint military cooperation.
Anti-racist but pro-Brexit. “I would like to see a deal where we couldn’t perceive the UK or the EU as winners or losers. Where the UK is no longer a reluctant tenant of the EU but we are good neighbours,” ECR chief Syed Kamall told EURACTIV Poland.
Mushroom clouds are prettier. The Commission’s Clean Energy proposal will lead to a price increase for households, Andrea Beatrix Kádár of the Hungarian Ministry of Development told EURACTIV Slovakia.
Not green enough. Sales of organic produce are on the up in Europe. In 2015 alone, they rose by 13%, so it is no surprise the industry is struggling to approve proposed reforms to the EU’s eco-regulation.German Greens MEP Martin Hausling hopes to do something about it.
Peace through capitalism. The European Union hopes six Balkan countries will agree at a summit on July 12 in Italy to create a regional common market that could be working within a year, a top EU official said on Tuesday, in the bloc’s latest step to re-engage the region.
They’re all criminals. The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) is investigating several European politicians and high-ranking civil servants for tax evasion, using information leaked in the Panama Papers scandal.
Crisis of Westernisation. Moldova is deeply divided between pro-European and pro-Russian forces. In an interview with EURACTIV Slovakia, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Andrei Galbur, a member of a decidedly Russia-friendly government, says the EU is the only option.
Towards a 5 Star government. Italy’s Constitutional Affairs Committee this week signed off on a new electoral law after the main parties reached a deal which could pave the way to a national election in the autumn.
And they denounce multiculturalism. Thousands of Slovaks rallied in Bratislava on Monday to protest against corruption and demand the resignation of the interior minister over his ties with a developer under investigation for tax fraud.
Poland means disappointment. Under PiS Chairman Jarosław Kaczyński (hailed “Naczelnik” by supporters – a title, meaning “Chief of State”), the country is turning away from the EU’s liberal-democratic values the Poles so painstakingly won in 1989, writes Martin Mycielski.
Fascists like animals. Silvio Berlusconi is intent on regaining his crown. So much so that the disgraced ho-friendly billionaire has to decided to cash in on vegan PETA culture, albeit without the squatters and the dreadlocks. Enter his Movimento Animalista (Movement for Animals) which he helped found in May, with Michela Vittoria Brambilla, an MP for Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party.
The anti-Orban. He may be a billionaire, but his heart is in the right place, and he’s the ideological antithesis of the evil Jewish banker caricatured by his illiberal Hungarian enemies. In an op-ed for Project Syndicate, George Soros says Europe’s worth saving, but that the EU needs to get a firmer grip on its problems, slamming Brussels’ austerity policies, in particular.
Schizophrenic on defence. In a stereotypically German display of ambivalence, a PEW study reported last week that only 40% of Germans would back military support for a partner in “serious military conflict” with Russia. This week, however, the Bundeswehr fired back, pointing to its own December 2016 study, reporting that 73% of Germans are in favour of NATO defending its allies from attack.
Turkish-Greek hostilities. No, it’s not about Cyprus or the Aegean. It’s about Greece being more welcoming to tourists than Turkey, engulfed as it is in a civil war with the Kurds. Tourists are voting with their feet and heading to Greek beaches, but Turkish fisherman are successfully retaliating by lowering their export prices.