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Global Europe 19-07-2018

Radio Free Europe resumes broadcasts for Bulgaria, Romania

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) has announced plans to re-launch news services in Bulgaria and Romania in a bid to strengthen the media landscape in both countries. In both cases, it marks a return for RFE/RL: the company previously served...
27-06-2018

Pope and Macron hold ‘intense’ meeting at Vatican

French President Emmanuel Macron held an "intense" meeting with Pope Francis during his first official visit to the Vatican yesterday (26 June), discussing global issues including the fate of migrants coming to Europe.

Poland faces turbulent months at home and in EU

Will the European Union continue to allow the Polish government to deceive it over violations of the rule of law? Will the opposition manage to consolidate? Will Jarosław Kaczyński return to Polish politics? The fate of Polish democracy could be decided over the coming months. EURACTIV'S media partner Gazeta Wyborcza reports.
Future EU 21-06-2018

Hungary approves ‘STOP Soros’ law, prohibits ‘resettlement of alien population’

Hungary’s parliament yesterday (20 June) approved a package of bills that criminalises some help given to illegal immigrants, defying the European Union and human rights groups. Parliament, where Fidesz has a two-thirds majority, also passed a constitutional amendment stating that...

Europe and refugees causes rift among the French right

The theme of Europe and refugees is the main cause for division in the French conservative party Les Républicains. The leader of the party has dismissed its vice-president Virginie Calmels, who accused him of “defending his own ideas”. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Future EU 08-06-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Mass Orbanisation on the horizon

Viktor Orbán was once seen in the Brussels bubble as a bad boy, a political hooligan who is foolishly attempting to challenge an unbreakable political correctness.

Romanian absurd: A ruling party that calls a protest meeting

The political party that toppled its own government in Romania last year has made another head-scratching move: It is staging a massive protest in front of the building that houses the government it appointed only a few months ago.
08-06-2018

Poland, Germany still friends despite PiS’ anti-German campaign

Despite an anti-German campaign run by the Law and Justice party (PiS) government and the media that support it for almost two years, Polish people's attitude towards Germans and the German view of Poles have not worsened in the slightest. EURACTIV’s media partner Gazeta Wyborcza reports.
06-06-2018

Top EU court rules same-sex partners have residence rights

Same-sex partners of EU citizens have the right to live in any member state whatever their nationality, even in countries that do not recognise gay marriage, the bloc's top court ruled Tuesday (5 June).
05-06-2018

Campaigners lock horns with EU justice chief on ‘hate speech’

EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová stood by the EU's principles that freedom of speech was not absolute at a panel discussion held in Brussels, saying that attempts to regulate hate speech were justified but her comments prompted a fierce debate. 
01-06-2018

Denmark bans full-face veil

Denmark on Thursday (31 May) became the latest European country to ban the Islamic full-face veil in public spaces in a move slammed by human rights campaigners as "a violation of women's rights".
01-06-2018

Poland continues purging history books to the beat of PiS drum

Poland, and the ruling PiS party in particular, attaches great importance to history. It is therefore no wonder that it continues to change its history and the names of those who made it, with the help of the state-controlled media. EURACTIV's media partner Gazeta Wyborcza reports.
31-05-2018

US takes aim at Turkey over religious freedom

The United States took aim at Turkey on Wednesday (30 May), demanding that it release a US pastor facing trial, as the State Department published its annual report on religious freedom saying it was "under assault" across the world.
31-05-2018

No penalty for MEP Korwin-Mikke, ECJ rules

The European Court of Justice annulled on Thursday (31 May) a decision of the European Parliament which had imposed sanctions on former Polish right-wing MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke over the comments he made against migrants and women in 2016 and 2017.
Future EU 30-05-2018

Hungary moves to jail NGOs for helping migrants

Individuals or groups who help migrants not entitled to protection to submit requests for asylum or who help illegal migrants gain status to stay in Hungary will be liable to jail under legislation submitted to parliament on Tuesday (29 May).
29-05-2018

Muslim animal slaughter must occur in approved abattoirs: EU court

The EU's top court ruled Tuesday (29 May) that animal slaughter without stunning can only occur in approved abattoirs, saying a ban on temporary slaughter houses does not violate Muslim religious freedom.
28-05-2018

Ireland overturns abortion ban in landslide vote

Ireland voted by a landslide to ditch its strict abortion laws in a landmark referendum that Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said had finally lifted decades of stigma and shame.
25-05-2018

Ireland votes in ‘once-in-a-generation’ abortion referendum

Ireland votes today (25 May) in an abortion referendum that could be a milestone on a path of change in a country that, only a few decades ago, was one of Europe’s most socially conservative.
25-05-2018

Mothers of disabled children defy Polish government, camp inside parliament

Can you imagine a wall manned by dozens of armed policemen outside the European Parliament? Or denying access to journalists, experts and advisers and cancelling trips at the last minute? It's a reality in Poland. EURACTIV's partner Gazeta Wyborcza reports.
11-05-2018

Polish government continues efforts to stifle free media

Press freedom is still under threat in Poland, the case of TVN24 journalist ,Wojciech Bojanowski ,who revealed a police torture case last year is one of the most striking examples of the Polish state’s control of the media. EURACTIV’s partner Gazeta Wyborcza reports.
Future EU 11-05-2018

Orbán sworn in as PM for third time, eyes 20 more years in power

Fresh from a landslide election win in April, Hungary's combative premier Viktor Orbán was formally sworn in as prime minister Thursday (10 May), and hinted at designs on power until at least 2030.
Enlargement 09-05-2018

Montenegro investigative reporter shot and injured

An attacker shot an investigative reporter in Montenegro Tuesday (8 May), police said, prompting calls from the European Union and the United States to protect journalists in the Balkan country.
07-05-2018

EU, rights activists express outrage over police brutality, arrests in Russia

Foreign governments and rights activists on Sunday (6 May) expressed outrage over mass arrests in Russia and the brutality with which protests were broken up on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration.
04-05-2018

MEPs ask Commission to get its act together on media freedom

The European Parliament on Thursday (3 May) gave an overwhelming majority to a resolution asking the European Commission to play a much bigger role in opposing attempts by member states to limit media freedom and pluralism.