Politics

EU ministers back border fences to deal with Eastern threats

Several EU interior ministers came together on Friday (21 January) to discuss how to step up the protection of EU external borders but failed to agree on a common approach, with options ranging from building fences on the borders to strengthening Schengen and migration legislation. 
Future EU 21-01-2022

Šuica: Commission will support changes to treaties if citizens ask

Citizens’ recommendations are “at the heart of the process” of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE), Dubravka Šuica said in an interview with EURACTIV. If the recommendations include changes to treaties, the Commission will support them, in line...
Future EU 21-01-2022

European citizens divided on nuclear in EU democracy experiment

A citizens' panel dedicated to the environment, climate change, and health, held in Warsaw in January, found no agreement for a recommendation on nuclear energy, despite being one of the most debated issues.
21-01-2022

Tweets of the week: Metsola&Macron, Berlusconi and the Sheriff

Metsola is President as everyone guessed, Berlusconi resurgence has EU watchers stressed, and there’s a new sheriff in town to fight the digital Wild West.
Elections 21-01-2022

French candidate Hidalgo ‘profoundly’ pro-European

Anne Hidalgo, candidate for the Socialist Party in the French presidential elections, unveiled her programme on 13 January. As opposed to the populists in the race, her ambitious proposals all assert the primacy of EU law. EURACTIV France reports.

EU should advance foreign intelligence-gathering capacity, EU lawmaker says

The EU should develop its own foreign intelligence services to provide itself with credible information about possible foreign threats, according to an upcoming European Parliament proposal, previewed to EURACTIV.
20-01-2022

The Brief — COVID gamblers

Is this the end of COVID – or at least of the restrictions? Or is it a misperception? Should we brace for a new variant, possibly the worst we could imagine?
Brexit 20-01-2022

EU and UK set end February deadline for NI protocol deal

EU and UK officials have set the end of February as the unofficial deadline for reaching agreement on the Northern Ireland protocol, amid anxiety that the long–running talks could disrupt the campaign for the Northern Ireland assembly elections.
Elections 20-01-2022

Zemmour presents anti-immigration EU vision similar to Le Pen’s

Éric Zemmour, the fiery far-right candidate in the French presidential elections, chose to clarify his anti-immigration-focused vision of Europe in Calais. While he will not advocate for Frexit, he will try to renegotiate the Schengen agreement, and "if necessary" withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights.
Global Europe 20-01-2022

Time for Europe to stand on its own two feet

The way the US recently applied the Magnitsky Act in Bulgaria may have been beneficial for the country struggling with its mafia, but was a humiliation vis-a-vis the EU, Dick Roche writes.
Elections 20-01-2022

UK PM Johnson drops COVID-19 restrictions

People in England will no longer be required to wear face masks anywhere or work from home from next week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, adding that scientists believed a wave of the Omicron coronavirus variant had peaked nationally.
20-01-2022

European firms make slow progress in appointing more women to boards

The proportion of women in leading positions at major European companies rose last year, but fell behind schedule to reach the European Commission's proposed target of 40% for 2025, a study by an EU-sponsored non-profit organisation showed on Thursday (19 January).
19-01-2022

The Brief – Grand Tattoo for German pacifism

The Germany of today is inherently a pacifist country. This truth is often lost amid the big news, but political observers of the party landscape in Berlin and beyond will agree.

Macron’s French EU presidency presentation turns into a settling of scores

President Emmanuel Macron presented the programme of France's six-month EU Council presidency before very agitated MEPs in Strasbourg on Wednesday (19 January), but it quickly turned into a sparring match with the French opposition.

The French and the FPEU: a match made in heaven?

The French Presidency of the Council of the European Union began on 1 January 2022. For six months, France will be setting the pace for the legislative agenda and negotiations at the heart of the European institutions.
Elections 19-01-2022

Presidential candidate Mélenchon ready to push for EU Treaty reform

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, presidential candidate of radical left party La France Insoumise, hopes to push member countries to break away from EU treaties "that block us" if he wins the election in April.
Elections 19-01-2022

UK PM Johnson faces ‘pork pie’ plot to trigger leadership challenge

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was fighting to shore up his premiership on Wednesday (19 January) amid a revolt by his own lawmakers who are angry over a series of lockdown parties in Downing Street.
19-01-2022

Slovenia considers closer ties with Taiwan

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the Romanian PM being accused of plagiarism, Finland not joining the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympic Games, and so much more.
18-01-2022

Athletes warned against speaking up on human rights at Beijing Games

Athletes travelling to next month's Beijing Olympics were warned on Tuesday (18 January) about speaking up on human rights issues while in China for their own safety by speakers at a seminar hosted by Human Rights Watch.
18-01-2022

The Brief – An inevitable betrayal

Following the 2008 economic crisis, the EU socialists almost collapsed in successive elections across the bloc. Back then, they put the blame on the “grand coalition” they had formed with the centre-right.
Economy & Jobs 18-01-2022

Britain’s financial watchdog cracks down on EU licence laggards

Britain's financial watchdog said on Tuesday it had stopped four European firms from operating after they failed to provide information showing they had applied for a permanent licence to do business in the country.
18-01-2022

European Parliament elects first woman President in twenty years

Maltese MEP Roberta Metsola was elected on Tuesday (18 January) to lead the EU institution for the second half of its five year mandate after securing an overwhelming majority in the first ballot.
18-01-2022

Local communities mull EU treaty change in bloc-wide democracy experiment

The success of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) depends on the geographical spread and depth of the debate and proper follow-up, EU stakeholders warn.
18-01-2022

European communities and their view on the future of Europe

The Conference for the Future of Europe is a chance to address the most prominent issues in Europe's regions and translate them into proposals for the future of the bloc, regional stakeholders say.