Central Europe

Elections 17-01-2018

Czech PM Babiš battles fraud charges as cabinet loses confidence vote

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš's minority government lost a confidence vote yesterday (16 January), forcing him to try to cut a deal with opposition parties to stay in office while he also battles allegations of subsidy fraud.

Polish Supreme Court slams ‘unconstitutional’ PiS reforms

Poland's Supreme Court justices yesterday (16 January) denounced the right-wing government's controversial judicial reforms as "unconstitutional", adding their voice to a chorus of criticism at home and abroad.

Elections 17-01-2018

Romania’s backbencher MEP Viorica Dăncilă to be Prime Minister

Romania's ruling Social Democrats on Tuesday (16 January) put forward European Parliament lawmaker Viorica Dăncilă to become prime minister, after power struggles within the party forced out the second premier in seven months.

Elections 16-01-2018

Romania’s ruling left sinks own government for second time in a year

Romania's left-wing Prime Minister Mihai Tudose resigned on Monday (15 January) after losing the backing of his party due to internal power struggles, barely seven months after his predecessor suffered the same fate.

11-01-2018

Guests to Bulgarian Presidency inauguration advised to wear breathing masks

As Sofia prepares to host today (11 January) the official inauguration of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, Krassen Nikolov warns of one of the biggest problems in Bulgaria – air pollution.

Polish PM Morawiecki to meet Juncker over dinner for the first time

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will meet Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for the first time in Brussels on Tuesday (9 January). The rule of law in Poland will be one of the main topics to be discussed during the working dinner, in which Vice-President Frans Timmermans will also take part. EURACTIV Poland reports.

Wave of murders darkens the start of Bulgaria’s EU presidency

Three grave crimes have cast a shadow over the start of the Bulgarian EU presidency and have highlighted the enormous deficiencies in the country's law enforcement, dating back to before it became a member of the EU.

Future EU 05-01-2018

‘Disillusioned’ Poles turn to Germany

Many Poles choose Germany for a better life, as in their home country they feel that freedom standards are returning to those under communism.

Future EU 14-12-2017

New Polish PM Morawiecki makes summit debut

Poland's newly appointed Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will attend his first  European summit in Brussels on Thursday (14 December), where leaders and policymakers hope he will be more cooperative than his predecessor Beata Szydło, who resigned this week.

Romania’s lower house passes judicial overhaul bills

Romania’s lower house of parliament approved yesterday (13 December) legislation to overhaul its justice system, legislation that the European Commission, the US State Department and the country’s president have criticised as threatening judicial independence.

Freedom of thought 13-12-2017

Press freedom in Bulgaria under attack ahead of EU Presidency

Bulgarian opposition parties exposed on Tuesday (12 December) what they see as an attempt to silence and close down media considered unfriendly to the government of Boyko Borissov. Bulgaria will take over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU from 1 January.

12-12-2017

MEPs overwhelmingly ratify EU-Kazakhstan landmark partnership agreement

MEPs approved a landmark partnership deal with Kazakhstan on Tuesday (12 December), the EU's first Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA) with a Central Asian country.