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03-04-2020

The Brief – Deadly viruses and narratives

The coronavirus outbreak hit the world just a few weeks after Robert Shiller published ‘Narrative economics'. Europe now presents the American economist a unique case study.
03-04-2020

Orban has ‘no time’ for EU allies’ criticism

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said Friday (3 April) he has "no time" for scathing criticism by EU allies of sweeping powers he took on this week to tackle the coronavirus threat.
Global Europe 02-04-2020

The Brief – Solidarity with the South

‘Solidarity’ is one of the most overused words in EU discourse. There’s plenty of talk of needing it to combat the health and economic challenges of the coronavirus. What a shame that when it comes to actions, solidarity is in...
02-04-2020

Orbán seeks EPP backing for his absolute powers

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is seeking conservative support to remain within Europe's main centre-right political bloc despite concerns over his adoption of emergency powers to rule by decree.
01-04-2020

Sassoli shows his differences with von der Leyen over Hungary

European Parliament President David Sassoli has asked the European Commission to assess whether the new laws introduced in Hungary under the disguise of coronavirus emergency comply with the most important text of EU treaties, he said late on Tuesday (31 March).

The Brief – De l’esprit des lois

At the very heart of the European Union, another suffocating and potentially deadly virus has emerged in full light. It threatens the separation of powers as we’ve known it since Montesquieu’s De l’esprit des lois. Unless the European Union, its...
Elections 31-03-2020

Von der Leyen warns against democratic backsliding without mentioning Hungary

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen warned on Tuesday (31 March) that coronavirus emergency measures by EU countries must be "limited", in a veiled reference to Hungary's nationalist leader Viktor Orbán, who used the pandemic to take on sweeping powers.
30-03-2020

Coronavirus crisis puts EU credibility on the line, says France

How the European Union responds to the coronavirus outbreak will determine its future credibility, a French minister said on Sunday (29 March), after the bloc failed to agree last week on measures to cushion the economic blow.
30-03-2020

Von der Leyen to announce new post-virus economic ‘stimulus package’

The European Commission will propose a new stimulus package, including changes to the EU budget, in order to help the bloc recover from the economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said Saturday (28 March).
26-03-2020

The Brief – Ode to Schengen

On this day in 1995, the Schengen Agreement, a cornerstone of the EU’s freedom of movement, entered into force. Who would have thought that only a quarter-century later, it would become one of the main casualties of Europe’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic?
Coronavirus 11-03-2020

The Brief, powered by APPLiA – Another failure of European solidarity

Europe’s coronavirus epidemic denial has come to a sudden end: Italy faces an unprecedented shut-down and other countries are anxiously preparing for their own potential quarantine measures. Another European crisis is looming but solidarity is, once again, in short supply.

Eastern Europeans want more EU funds for military mobility

The EU should provide more funds to enable faster movement of military forces across Europe, defence ministers from four eastern European member states said on Tuesday (10 March), two weeks before the bloc starts a new round of divisive talks over the next seven-year budget.
09-03-2020

The Brief, powered by APPLiA – Von der Leyen’s lacklustre 100 days

Ursula von der Leyen may have hoped to be an architect during her first 100 days as Commission president. Circumstances however turned her into a firefighter dealing with too many fires at the same time. 
Economy & Jobs 04-03-2020

Breton wants EU industrial policy to focus less on consumers, more on businesses

The EU's Internal Market Commissioner, Thierry Breton, wants to put businesses back at the heart of the European Commission's industrial strategy, with less emphasis on reducing consumer prices. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 27-02-2020

The Brief – How much to pay for the EU?

The tortured negotiations over the EU’s long-term budget, which turned into a Turkish bazaar, clearly show that EU leaders no longer agree on the added value of the bloc and confirm a slow decay of the project that was signalled by the UK’s departure.
25-02-2020

The Brief – Was darf Satire?

The times we live in, with their Trumps, Putins and Erdogans, are screaming for satire.
25-02-2020

EU castigates Aalst carnival parade for ‘anti-Semitism’

The European Commission on Monday (24 February) slammed a Belgian street parade for featuring anti-Semitic floats that it said were "incompatible" with EU values.
21-02-2020

The Brief – Late-night MFF ennui

EU budget banter is all the rage it seems. One EU official posted a picture on Twitter of his shirt supply – four, if you’re asking – in anticipation of several hard days of summitry.
21-02-2020

Summit fails to narrow differences over EU’s seven-year budget

EU leaders broke off in the early hours of Friday (21 February) after failing to make significant progress on the bloc's expenditure for the next seven years. They will reconvene at 10 am this morning to try and make a breakthrough.
19-02-2020

Pressure mounts on EU leaders to reach MFF deal within days

The tight calendar, the urgent priorities awaiting the EU and the risk of post-Brexit talks affecting the negotiations are adding pressure on EU leaders to reach an agreement within days on the bloc’s long-term budget. Otherwise, a senior EU official warned, Europe risks facing a “horror scenario” in January next year.
17-02-2020

Pull yourselves together for EU’s sake, German Greens urge CDU

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), embroiled in a leadership crisis, must unite and keep their ruling coalition stable as Germany takes on the rotating European Union presidency this year, Greens leader Annalena Baerbock said on Saturday (15 February).
15-02-2020

In Munich, Macron presents EU reform as answer to ‘weakening West’

French President Emmanuel Macron bemoaned a "weakening of the West" on Saturday (15 February) and called for more German involvement, while the US Secretary of State attempted to assuage European anxiety about declining transatlantic relation.
14-02-2020

Von der Leyen admits mistakes, denies responsibility in defence contract scandal

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen denied personal liability but admitted mistakes had been made as she faced questions from lawmakers in the Bundestag yesterday (13 February) in the so-called "advisor affair". EURACTIV Germany reports.

Hungary plans citizen survey against court compensations for Roma

Hungary’s right-wing government plans next month to survey its citizens to determine whether the courts should stop financially compensating Roma for discrimination and prisoners for mistreatment. Critics say the government survey will pave the way for Prime Minister Viktor Orbán...

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