Global Europe

Central Asia 19-09-2018

Mogherini unveils EU response to New Silk Road

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini announced on Wednesday (19 September) the Commission’s vision on how to better connect Europe and Asia, in what appears to be a reply to China’s Belt and Road initiative, and also an effort to prepare the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in October.

Morocco plays cat and mouse with Africans headed to Europe

African emigrants are defying a campaign by Morocco to keep them away from land and sea crossings to Spain, which has become the main entry point to Europe for migrants and refugees following crackdowns elsewhere.
Central Asia 19-09-2018

EU counters China’s Silk Road Initiative

Today’s adoption by the European Commission of a new ‘Connectivity Strategy’ linking Europe and Asia throws down the gauntlet to an increasingly assertive China, writes Bart Broer.
19-09-2018

Trump on Juncker: ‘He’s tough, he’s nasty, he’s a tough cookie’

US President Donald Trump called EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker "nasty" on Tuesday (18 September) - but it was meant as a compliment.
19-09-2018

Germany to build LNG plant in ‘gesture’ to US drive to sell more

Germany will choose where to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal by the end of 2018 as a gesture to the United States, which wants to ship more gas to Europe, the Bundesrepublik's economy minister said on Tuesday (18 September).
Central Europe 19-09-2018

Visegrad’s place in the next EU Budget

Vladislava Gubalova argues that Visegrad countries should not be considered as having caught up with older EU members, while taking aim at Sofia for attracting too much financing.

EU’s finance for African security missions has ‘poor effect’, say auditors

The EU’s financial support for African peace and security policies “has had a poor effect and needs refocusing,” the European Court of Auditors said in a report published on Tuesday (18 September).
18-09-2018

EU appeals to ‘Astana guarantors’ to avoid Idlib catastrophe

Commenting on the decision by Russia and Turkey to create a “demilitarised” zone in a rebel-held Syrian region, the EU called on Tuesday (18 September) on the “Astana guarantors”, Russia, Turkey and Iran, to respect civilians as a matter of priority.
Brexit 18-09-2018

Clouds are gathering over the Salzburg summit

Brexit, internal security and immigration: the items on the agenda of the informal European Council summit in Salzburg on Thursday (20 September) could lead to lively discussions. EURACTIV France reports.
18-09-2018

Russia is undermining Europe’s key democratic institution

Russia’s possible return to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe would mean that even institutions created to defend European values are no longer able to do so, writes Volodymyr Yermolenko.
Development Policy 18-09-2018

EU countries top development policy charts

EU countries lead the way when it comes to development policy, according to a new report by a US-based think-tank. Eleven EU countries dominate the top-12 of the Commitment to Development Index published by the Center for Global Development on Tuesday (18 September).
Politics 17-09-2018

The Brief – Three Seas, two leaders

Let’s not beat about the bush. The Three Seas Initiative (TSI) is a Poland-promoted anti-Russian and pro-US project. And it kicks off today.

Polish government rejects Brussels’ objections regarding Supreme Court

The Polish government has rejected the Commission's objections to its controversial law on the Supreme Court, stating that the Commission cannot assess justice in the member states. A complaint against Poland before the EU Court of Justice could soon follow. EURACTIV Poland’s media partner “Gazeta Wyborcza” reports.
Enlargement 17-09-2018

For a peaceful border correction between Kosovo and Serbia

The peaceful border correction with Serbia is an opportunity for mutual recognition between Kosovo and Serbia that should not be missed, writes Hashim Thaçi.
Enlargement 17-09-2018

Several thousand Macedonians gather to support EU, NATO membership

Several thousand Macedonians gathered in the capital Skopje on Sunday (16 September) to express their support for NATO and European Union membership bids and for a change in the country's name.
Future EU 17-09-2018

Juncker’s dismal speech

At a time when Europe needs something to inspire the 2018 State of the Union speech disappointed, writes Dick Roche.
Development Policy 17-09-2018

The EU’s bank in Africa steps up the action

Whether or not Jean-Claude Juncker’s plans for a "partnership of equals" with Africa becomes reality any time soon, the Luxembourg-based European Investment Bank will have an ever-increasing role in the continent.
Central Europe 14-09-2018

Russians and the Hungarian golden visas

Hungary has sold visas to Russian businessmen in exchange for hundreds of thousands of euros. Permits were also given to the family of the Kremlin's foreign intelligence chief, who is covered by European sanctions. EURACTIV Poland's media partner Gazeta Wyborcza reports.
Future EU 14-09-2018

EU socialists scold EPP over Macedonian name deal, disregard own black sheep member

The Socialists and Democrats group (S&D) continue to criticise the negative stance of center-right opposition parties in Athens and Skopje towards the landmark name deal but also turn a blind eye to their member party in Greece, which disapproves of it.
Central Asia 13-09-2018

TRACECA could have been the backbone of Belt and Road

In the early 1990’s, the EU had actually paved the way for Euro-Asian connectivity programmes with TRACECA, a programme meant to promote regional transport dialogue. However, its attention to the initiative dwindled over the years, writes Nicola Contessi.

French right-wing fragmented over rule of law in Hungary

The French delegation of the EPP in the European Parliament was totally divided during a vote on triggering Article 7 against Hungary. EURACTIV France reports.
13-09-2018

Vienna and Rome in clinch with UN over migration policy

The UN has taken the European migration policy in its sights, drawing a strong response from Vienna and Rome. EURACTIV Germany reports from Vienna.
Africa 13-09-2018

Progress remains slow in bridging Africa’s tax divide

Increasing the tax take in African countries lies at the heart of the global development goals agreed by world leaders in 2014 and 2015. But progress towards meeting that goal has been slow.
13-09-2018

Putin says men accused by UK over poisoning are ‘simple people’

President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday (12 September) Russia had found the two men accused by British prosecutors of trying to murder ex- Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Britain, but that there was nothing criminal about them.