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Elections 17-06-2020

Open letter to Donald Tusk: EPP’s support for Vucic is a disgrace

European People's Party President Donald Tusk has publicly supported Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić ahead of the country's parliamentary election on Sunday (21 June), which the opposition is going to boycott. In response, Serbian opposition leader Dragan Djilas sent an open letter to Tusk. EURACTIV is publishing its shortened version.
Enlargement 09-06-2020

Ahead of vote, virus emboldens Serbian president’s one-man show

An excuse to dominate the airwaves, sideline the opposition and cast himself as a saviour: President Aleksandar Vučić has emerged from the coronavirus crisis stronger than ever as he looks to extend his vice-like grip on Serbia's troubled democracy.
Politics 20-04-2020

Despite increased solidarity in the pandemic, authoritarianism threatens

Authoritarian attitudes, like the desire for a strong leader, or aggression against dissenters, often increase when people are under threat. With the ongoing coronavirus crisis, experts fear this is also true now.
Future EU 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.
Future EU 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).
Enlargement 26-02-2020

Serbian democracy is under attack, indeed

The united front held by Serbia’s mainstream democratic opposition to boycott Vučić’s sham election at all levels is the only honorable and practical course of action, wrtites Vuk Jeremić.
Enlargement 26-02-2020

Serbia’s government simulates democracy

The key obstacle to free and fair elections is widespread voter repression by the regime of President Aleksandar Vučić, writes Nebojša Zelenović.
EU-Africa 25-02-2020

Francophone group in warning over Guinea election

The international association of French-speaking countries warned on Monday (24 over the credibility of the electoral register in Guinea's upcoming votes.
Global Europe 19-02-2020

Turkish rights defender Kavala re-arrested after acquittal

Turkey's civil society swung from hope to despair Tuesday (18 February) after counter-terror police detained leading rights defender Osman Kavala just hours after a court ordered his release from jail.
Global Europe 30-01-2020

Supreme Ruler Putin? Kremlin non-committal on proposed new job description

The Kremlin said on Wednesday (29 January) that President Vladimir Putin had no view on a proposal that would see his job description change to Supreme Ruler from head of state after a government commission said it was considering the idea.
Future EU 28-06-2019

Putin calls liberalism ‘obsolete’, Tusk offers strong rebuttal

EU President Donald Tusk on Friday (28 June) lashed out at his Russian counterpart in unusually undiplomatic language, saying he "strongly disagreed" with Vladimir Putin when he said liberalism was "obsolete."
Global Europe 14-05-2019

Meeting of the minds as Trump receives Orban

US President Donald Trump on Monday (13 May) praised Hungary’s hardline authoritarian Viktor Orbán as a leader respected throughout Europe who kept his country safe with his crackdown on immigration. “Viktor Orbán has done a tremendous job in so many...
Europe's East 02-05-2019

How to rectify Georgia’s statehood

It is a well-known Georgian secret, that the billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili runs the country’s affairs through his “Georgian dream” political party, police and judiciary and even some other political parties and most of the mass media, writes Nino Burjanadze.
Enlargement 18-03-2019

Pressure builds in Belgrade, EU calls for dialogue with civil society

Thousands of anti-government protesters staged a rally outside President Aleksandar Vučić’s residence on Sunday (17 March) to press their demands for greater media freedom and free and fair elections, a day after they briefly broke into the state television building.

EU to open case against Poland over Supreme Court law

The European Commission will open a legal case against Poland to challenge a new law forcing the early retirement of some 40% of the country's Supreme Court judges, officials said yesterday (28 June), a move likely to develop into a formal lawsuit.
Global Europe 25-06-2018

Erdogan wins presidential election, opposition yet to concede

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won Turkey's presidential election on Sunday (24 June), the head of the country's electoral body said, overcoming the biggest electoral challenge to his rule in a decade and a half.
Future EU 11-05-2018

Orbán sworn in as PM for third time, eyes 20 more years in power

Fresh from a landslide election win in April, Hungary's combative premier Viktor Orbán was formally sworn in as prime minister Thursday (10 May), and hinted at designs on power until at least 2030.
Armenia 18-04-2018

Thousands protest in Armenian capital as Sargsyan approved as PM

Tens of thousands rallied in the Armenian capital on Tuesday (17 April) after ex-president Serzh Sargsyan was elected prime minister by the country’s parliament despite several days of protests, an AFP journalist reported from the scene. Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan...
Elections 15-12-2017

Macron and Merkel give last warning to Poland

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will support the Commission if it decides to trigger Article 7 against Warsaw next week, the two told a joint press conference at the end of a two-day EU summit on Friday (15 December).
Future EU 15-12-2017

Polish PM expects ‘nuclear’ article 7 to be triggered next Wednesday

Poland's new prime minister said on Thursday (14 December) that he expects the EU to impose unprecedented sanctions next week that could strip his government of its voting rights over its controversial court reforms.
EU-Africa 22-11-2017

Mugabe resigns, ending 37-year reign over Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe's president yesterday (21 November), finally swept from power as his 37-year reign of autocratic control and brutality crumbled within days of a military takeover.
Future EU 27-04-2017

MEPs advocate suspending EU-Turkey accession talks

Europe is not closing the door to Turkey, but recent developments are prompting it to look for alternatives to Turkey’s accession to the EU, said MEPs in a debate with Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn yesterday (26 April).
Central Europe 12-01-2017

Ruling conservatives reconvene Polish parliament despite opposition blockade

Poland's parliament resumed proceedings after the winter recess on Wednesday (11 January) in defiance of an opposition blockade of the plenary hall, escalating a standoff that has raised fears for democracy in the European Union state.
Elections 19-12-2016

Tusk rallies against ‘undermining of democracy’ in Poland as protests continue

European Council President Donald Tusk weighed in on Poland's political crisis on Saturday (17 December), urging the ruling party to respect the constitution, the voters and the democratic process, as two days of anti-government protests spread from Warsaw to two other cities.
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