Politics

21-02-2018

The Brief – Kartenhaus von Selmayr

For those who like to describe the EU bubble as the European version of ‘House of Cards’, today we saw its season’s finale. Our very own Frank Underwood secured a post to prolong his power and influence beyond the expected expiry date.
Climate change 21-02-2018

‘Trump Forest’ hits a million trees in bid to fight climate change

Donors are paying to plant a million trees as part of a drive to counter US President Donald Trump’s decision to walk away from a global pact to curb climate change.
Economy & Jobs 21-02-2018

Croatia’s Agrokor crisis worsens as crisis manager quits

A prolonged crisis in Croatia's top employer, food and retail concern Agrokor, took another dramatic twist on Wednesday (21 February) as its government-appointed caretaker manager stepped down and the Zagreb Stock Exchange suspended trade in all Agrokor companies.

Hungarian MEP: Orbán targets Soros because he is ‘the perfect enemy’

The Hungarian government found the perfect enemy it was looking for in George Soros and is using him to promote its “hate propaganda” ahead of the upcoming national election, Hungarian MEP Péter Niedermüller told EURACTIV.com
Future EU 21-02-2018

Visegrad’s timid steps on Macron’s EU citizens’ project

Three of the member states of the Visegrad group are going to take part in Macron’s citizens’ consultations project. Hungary has yet to make its decision known. EURACTIV.fr reports.

Frontex: Africans made two thirds of illegal arrivals to EU in 2017

The European Union’s southern borders in the Mediterranean will remain under heavy pressure from African migrants trying to reach Europe this year, the head of the EU’s border agency Frontex said yesterday (20 February).
Brexit 21-02-2018

‘It’s an absolute shambles’ – UK manufacturers demand clarity on Brexit

With little more than a year to go before Britain leaves the European Union, many British manufacturers are stepping up their calls for Prime Minister Theresa May and her government to explain what Brexit will mean for them.
Global Europe 21-02-2018

Latvian defence ministry says corruption claims may be disinformation campaign

Corruption allegations that led to the suspension of Latvia's central bank governor yesterday (20 February) may be part of a disinformation campaign aimed at damaging trust in the country and influencing October elections, its Defence Ministry said.
Elections 21-02-2018

Italy fumes against company relocations in bitter election campaign

European Union rules are helping less wealthy nations swipe jobs from their bigger partners, Italy's industry ministry said yesterday (20 February), as plans by a multinational to shift production to Slovakia took centre stage in the national election campaign.
Elections 21-02-2018

Merkel’s future in Social Democratic hands as party vote starts

Members of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) began voting yesterday (20 February) on whether to enter a new coalition with Angela Merkel's conservatives, a postal ballot which could scupper the chancellor's chances of a fourth term in office.
Africa 20-02-2018

EU to lead funding demand for Sahel force

The European Commission is hoping to drum up further funds for a joint military force tasking with combating jihadist groups in the Sahel at a funding conference in Brussels on Friday (23 February).
20-02-2018

The Brief – Revolting door policy

New Code of Conduct rules for Commissioners are all well and good but Eurocrats still need to exercise a modicum of common sense. Not accepting a toxic meeting with a former president might be a start.