About: press freedom

Enlargement 22-01-2018

A crazy idea  for a Western Balkans innovation agenda

If the EU plans to use the same old carrots and sticks to push the region further into enlargement territory, we are all in a situation ripe for disappointment, writes Georgi Kamov.
Freedom of thought 03-05-2017

A free and independent press is a necessity, not a luxury

In these uncertain times, World Press Freedom Day is a chance for the EU to guarantee publishers and journalists the freedom they need to carry out their jobs, writes Christian Van Thillo.
Enlargement 09-12-2016

Does Turkey really want visa liberalisation?

By lifting the visa barrier to Ukraine, the EU tells Ankara the same is possible for the Turkish citizens, writes Daniel Penev.
Europe's East 22-07-2016

For Pavel Sheremet, Ukraine was a ‘freedom project’

The EU should help speed up the investigation of the gruesome murder of Pavel Sheremet, writes Jana Brovdij.
Future EU 14-06-2016

Action needed as press freedom under attack in Europe

Free speech is a fundamental value for our democratic society in Europe, yet still it is under threat across Europe as restrictions on press freedom creep into our lives, writes Max von Abendroth.
Global Europe 03-05-2016

Press freedom: Never take it for granted

Today (3 May), we celebrate World Press Freedom Day.  Just one week ago here in Portugal we celebrated the “25th of April”, marking the end of dictatorship and the 1974 revolution, before which we had more than 40 years of censorship, writes Francisco Pinto Balsemão.
Global Europe 06-04-2016

Erdogan’s not mad, he’s ruthless

If President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is going to become the single centre of power in Turkey, he must crush his domestic opposition and the PKK, and with its refugee deal, the EU is helping him do that, writes George Friedman.
Global Europe 20-10-2015

Minor compromises to obtain Turkey’s cooperation are a price worth paying

There has been no general sacrifice of principle to get Turkey on board with the EU's refugee action plan, writes Sir Michael Leigh.

Press freedom: How the EU struggles to match action with values

Press freedom is a reliable barometer of the state of democracy. But the EU’s failure to live up to its own standards undermines its influence on the rest of the world, argues Jean-Paul Marthoz.
Enlargement 15-04-2015

Waiting for EU leadership: The worsening crisis in Macedonia

The EU's reaction to the latest political crisis in Macedonia crisis has been very slow, and gives the impression that the EU seems out of touch with reality on the ground, writes Erwan Fouéré.
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Development Policy 01-04-2014

Why Europeans should care about Ethiopia’s repression of journalists

With European elections looming and a host of crises here at home dominating the political debate, there is the risk that challenges abroad - including Ethiopia’s disturbing treatment of journalists - will be swept under the carpet. It is vitally important that the current Parliament and Commission not let that happen as their mandates wind down, writes Alison Bethel McKenzie.
Languages & Culture 02-11-2012

A Google tax to support the ailing press?

Closing the loopholes in tax laws that unfairly benefit Google must be clearly distinguished from the discussion of possible support to the ailing press, writes Jan Malinowski.
Central Europe 22-08-2012

Piano lessons for Central Europe’s media

Two entrepreneurs are breathing life into news media in some of the EU's newer members, including Slovakia and Slovenia, writes Marius Dragomir.
EU Priorities 2020 20-01-2012

EU needs to push Turkey on press freedom

The EU should take a clear position and create more incentives regarding media freedom in Turkey as part of the country's accession negotiations, write Alison Bethel McKenzie and Steven M. Ellis of the International Press Institute in Vienna.
Defence policy 22-10-2003

Can the EU achieve an area of freedom, security and justice?

This paper examines how the constitutional treaty might improve the EU's ability to build the area of freedom, security and justice.