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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.
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.
Enlargement 29-11-2016

Turkey slams EU vote as ‘most unjust in history’

Turkey's EU Affairs Minister, Ömer Çelik, on Tuesday (29 November) dismissed a European Parliament vote to freeze accession talks with Ankara as the "most unjust resolution in history" and urged solidarity instead.
Global Europe 26-03-2016

Europe’s African challenge: Engage or lose influence

By European standards, last week’s elections in Congo-Brazzaville were not clean. This came as no surprise. Congo-Brazzaville has only had one genuine election, in 1992.
Central Europe 11-03-2016

Poles launch campaign against court reform

Tens of thousands of Poles took to Facebook Thursday (10 March) to support the country's top court in a constitutional battle against the right-wing government.