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Elections 23-08-2018

Facing criticism, Romania’s strongman Dragnea denounces assassination plot

Faced with criticism of police violence against a massive anti-corruption protest, Romania's ruling party strongman Liviu Dragnea has raised eyebrows with a string of bizarre, unsubstantiated claims including a "failed coup" and an assassination plot.
Elections 09-05-2018

New Hungary protest as Orbán installs ‘Christian democracy’

Thousands of Hungarians gathered Tuesday (8 May) to protest against strongman Viktor Orbán after he was nominated for re-election as prime minister for a third consecutive term during the inauguration of the new parliament.
Armenia 02-05-2018

Armenia protest leader calls for general strike

The leader of an Armenian protest movement that forced the country's veteran leader to step down announced on Tuesday (1 May) a nationwide campaign of civil disobedience after the ruling party thwarted his bid to take over as prime minister.
Armenia 30-04-2018

Armenia opposition leader calls for popular support ahead of crucial vote

Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan was formally nominated on Monday (30 April) for the post of prime minister by his supporters, inching closer to victory after two weeks of mass protests that have transformed the country's political landscape.
Armenia 23-04-2018

Police in Armenia detain opposition leaders, protesters

Police in Armenia detained three opposition leaders and nearly 200 protesters on Sunday (22 April), drawing a rebuke from the European Union after demonstrators demanded newly appointed Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan quit.
Armenia 20-04-2018

Armenian president calls for dialogue as opposition chants ‘Say no to Serzh’

Armenian President Armen Sargsyan on Thursday (19 April) called for dialogue, as thousands continued to protest on the streets against the appointment of the new prime minister, who was president for 10 years before switching jobs this month.
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...
Armenia 17-04-2018

Thousands protest Sargsyan’s PM bid in Armenia, several hurt in scuffles

Around 6,000 gathered in Armenia's capital on Monday (16 April) in protest at what the opposition calls a power grab by former president Serzh Sargsyan and several people were injured in scuffles with police.

Romanian minister calls for prosecutor’s sacking, graft crackdown under threat

Romania's Justice Minister called on Thursday for the country's chief anti-corruption prosecutor to be dismissed for "excess of authority", triggering street protests and potentially destabilising a crackdown on graft.
Development Policy 01-02-2018

European ambassadors urge Sudan to free protesters

European embassies in Sudan made a joint plea yesterday (31 January) for Khartoum to free dozens of people, including opposition leaders and human rights activists, detained while protesting against high food prices.

Government’s legal reforms are unconstitutional, rules Romania’s top court

Romania's top court ruled yesterday (30 January) that parts of controversial legal reforms pushed by the ruling left were unconstitutional and needed to be modified.

Bulgaria’s EU presidency start drowned by protest shouts

Bulgaria's six-month EU presidency stint yesterday (11 January) got off to a noisy start as anti-corruption protesters blocked streets in heavily-guarded capital Sofia.

Romania’s lower house passes judicial overhaul bills

Romania’s lower house of parliament approved yesterday (13 December) legislation to overhaul its justice system, legislation that the European Commission, the US State Department and the country’s president have criticised as threatening judicial independence.
Elections 11-12-2017

Romanians stage fresh anti-corruption protests

More than 10,000 people on Sunday (10 December) braved biting cold to stage protests across Romania to denounce the left-wing government for backtracking on efforts to fight corruption.

Thousands protest ‘coup against constitution’ in Poland

Thousands of Poles protested on Sunday (16 July) against the government’s attempts to secure full control over the judiciary. EURACTIV Poland's editor-in-chief reports from Warsaw.
Economy & Jobs 06-07-2017

Hamburg braces for violent anti-G20 protests

Hamburg braced for potentially violent 'Welcome to Hell' protests against globalisation and the rich on the eve of the G20 summit on Thursday (6 July), with riot police on high alert deployed all over the centre of Germany's second-largest city.
G20 03-07-2017

Merkel says growth must be inclusive as G20 protests begin

As anti-globalisation activists took to the streets in Hamburg ahead of this week's G20 summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (2 July) leaders will have to focus on sustainable and inclusive economic growth rather than their own prosperity.
Development Policy 10-11-2016

Olympics dissident: Ethiopia could ‘become another Libya’

EXCLUSIVE/ Ethiopia – one of the EU’s largest recipients of development aid and a key partner in the new Emergency Trust Fund for Africa for halting the flow of migrants – garnered unwelcome headlines last summer, when Olympic athlete Feyisa Lilesa raised his arms in protest at the treatment of the Oromia and Amhara peoples.
Euro & Finance 09-05-2016

Greece adopts more austerity reforms ahead of key Eurogroup talks

Greek lawmakers adopted a controversial package of pension cuts and tax hikes as eurozone finance ministers geared up for an emergency meeting today (9 May) to hammer out fresh reforms for Athens to stave off another eurozone crisis.

Bulgarian premier: Greece is not a functioning state

Exasperated by the continued blockade of his country by Greek farmers, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said at the EU summit yesterday (18 February) that Greece was not a functioning state.
Agrifood 03-02-2016

Greek farmers’ border blockade angers Bulgarians

Bulgaria is losing patience with Greek farmers, who have blocked border checkpoints for a third consecutive day today (3 February), protesting against a planned overhaul of the pension system.
Elections 05-11-2015

Ex-Commissioner Dacian Ciolos to be Romania’s next PM

EXCLUSIVE/ Dacian Cioloș, the former Commissioner for Agriculture in the executive led by José Manuel Barroso, will be Romania's new premier, two credible sources told EURACTIV today (5 October).
Elections 05-11-2015

Romanian protests continue, despite Ponta resignation

Protests continued through the night in Romania despite the resignation of Prime Minister Victor Ponta, with demands for early elections, and calls for reform of the country’s political system.
Agrifood 22-07-2015

France promises emergency aid to farmers

French President François Hollande on Tuesday (21 July) promised measures to help livestock and dairy farmers who have been protesting for weeks over what they say is a squeeze on their profits by retailers and food processors.