The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, voiced hope that Poland's government would 'come to its senses' and avoid further confrontation with Brussels which could result in unprecedented sanctions. But Polish leaders appeared to remain defiant.
Romania could face a penalty from the European Union similar to the procedure launched on Wednesday (20 December) against Poland if it presses ahead with the changes to its judiciary system, warned the country’s president. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Bulgaria's parliament passed on Wednesday (20 December) a law aimed at improving its fight against high-level corruption, a move long sought by the EU just days before the country takes over the bloc's rotating presidency.
European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans announced with a 04:13am tweet that the EU executive had activated Article 7 of the Lisbon Treaty against Poland, due to "a risk of serious breach of of the rule of law".
Slovenia and Croatia failed to resolve a border dispute that has poisoned their relations in last-minute talks between their two prime ministers on Tuesday (19 December) and Slovenia said it would now implement an international court ruling which Zagreb dismisses as invalid.
European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said Tuesday (19 December) he had no bias against Austria's new government, which includes a far-right party, adding it would be judged on its actions. European Council counterpart Donald Tusk also withheld criticism.
The solution to the migration crisis is beyond the European Union borders and the EU must be prepared to talk to all relevant players in troubled countries and provide financial and logistical help, the former prime minister of Slovakia told EURACTIV.
Austria's new Freedom Party foreign minister, Karin Kneissl, is a Middle East and international law expert who stated her priority as enforcing national interests, not just "rubber-stamping" EU positions.