About: rule of law

Future EU 07-09-2018

Ska Keller: Manfred Weber’s openness to the far right is ‘quite crazy’

In an exclusive interview, Ska Keller, co-chair of the Greens-EFA group, shared what she expects from next week's State of the Union speech and the vote on whether to trigger punitive Article 7 measures against Hungary, as well as weighing in on Manfred Weber's bid to lead the EPP into the EU elections.
Future EU 20-08-2018

Europe’s values are not negotiable, German foreign minister tells Poland

If European values ​​are subjected to pressure in individual member states, this must be resolved in dialogue between member states and EU institutions, German head of diplomacy, Heiko Maas, said ahead of his second visit to Poland in an interview with EURACTIV Poland's media partner Gazeta Wyborcza.
Future EU 12-04-2018

Oettinger: Solidarity is not a one-way street

Europe's dispute over refugees, the controversial judicial reform in Poland and the election campaign in Bavaria were the topics of an interview with Commissioner Günther Oettinger by EURACTIV Germany's media partner "Der Tagesspiegel".

German official: There will be no discount on the rule of law

The EU is a community of shared values, the minister of state for Europe in the German Foreign Office, Michael Roth (SPD), emphasised in an interview with EURACTIV’s media partner “Der Tagesspiegel“, referring to the anti-Soros campaign in Hungary and...

Polish government adviser: Commission position is ‘grotesque’

The European Commission has launched infringement proceedings against Poland and has threatened to strip Warsaw of voting rights if it does not respect the rule of law. But a government adviser insists Brussels is being hypocritical and has little legal reason to get involved.

Timmermans: ‘Poland should be a leader in Europe – but it needs to cooperate’

The current Brussels/Warsaw spat is not a war of words between Frans Timmermans and Poland (as the Polish government presents it), but rather a collective demand by a decisive majority of EU states to respect the rule of law, the First Vice-President of the European Commission told EURACTIV’s partner Gazeta Wyborcza.
Elections 12-04-2017

László Andor: There is a systemic problem in Hungary

EXCLUSIVE/ EURACTIV spoke with the former Hungarian Commissioner László Andor this morning (12 April) just before the EU executive gathered to discuss the “illiberal drift” in his country.

EU fundamental rights chief: ‘Without human rights, Europe loses its integrity’

Head of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights Michael O’Flaherty insists that the EU has not given up on Poland and that Brussels is capable of dealing with the problems that currently face it. EURACTIV's partner Gazeta Wyborcza reports.
Freedom of thought 27-02-2017

Asselborn: Poland would not be allowed into the EU now

Poland would fail to join the European Union if it were to apply again and messing up the Brexit negotiations could cost hundreds of thousands of jobs, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn told EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel.
Freedom of thought 23-02-2017

Situation of Polish journalists is ‘untenable’

The NGO Reporters Without Borders (RWB) has called on the European Commission to defend press freedom in Poland, after the country fell 29 places in the RWB’s global ranking. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.

EU law expert: Throwing Hungary out would ‘fan the flames of populism’

Hungary has courted controversy over the last few months and has been accused of ignoring European principles and undermining the rule of law. Walther Michl explained to what extent Budapest should fear repercussions from Brussels, in an interview with EURACTIV Germany.
Central Europe 15-01-2016

Analyst: Commission is wrong to hit at Poland over the rule of law

One could be critical of the Polish government’s actions, and one could disagree with them. But it’s a completely different thing to call them undemocratic, Piotr Maciej Kaczy?ski told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 20-12-2011

Parliament rapporteur: All EU countries should recognise Kosovo

Austrian MEP Ulrike Lunacek (Greens/EFA group), the European Parliament's rapporteur on Kosovo, urges the five EU countries that have not recognised Kosovo's independence – Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Slovakia and Spain – to do so. She spoke to EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Elections 09-11-2011

Council of Europe official: Ukraine rushing election reform

The Council of Europe's Venice Commission, specialised in providing constitutional advice in the new democracies of Central and Eastern Europe, regrets that Ukraine's authorities neglect its opinions and push  their own agenda, Thomas Markert, commission's director, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Europe's East 03-11-2011

Ex-spymaster: A new ‘elite’ has solutions for Ukraine

The EU should not freeze its relations with Ukraine as a result of the sentencing of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymosenko to seven years of imprisonment, Mykola Malomuzh, advisor to the president of Ukraine and former head of the foreign intelligence service told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Europe's East 20-09-2011

Ukrainian minister: Tymoshenko’s trial is not a witch-hunt

The ongoing trial against Ukraine's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is not political and EU circles should not link this issue to a possible freezing of negotiations on the Free Trade Area Agreement, said Ukrainian Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.
Development Policy 13-04-2011

Štefan Füle: EU won’t allow Arab revolutions to be ‘stolen’

The European Union is not instigating revolution in the Arab world, nor is it trying to impose its values. But once people in Tunisia, Egypt and other counties have embarked on the road to reform, the EU will not allow these revolutions to be stolen, Enlargement and neighbourhood Policy Commissioner Štefan Füle told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Future EU 10-03-2011

Fidesz MEP: Hungary will have new constitution before Easter

The new Hungarian constitution will be adopted by mid-April, the week before Easter, Fidesz MEP József Szájer, vice-chair of the European People's Party and chairman of a group of three parliamentarians who are drafting the New Hungarian Constitution, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Elections 17-02-2011

Opposition MP: EU should be ‘careful’ with Turkey elections

The European Union should follow very closely the upcoming general elections in Turkey, which are set to be held on 12 June, as well as the political process leading up to them, Onur Öymen, vice-chair of the EU affairs committee in the Turkish Grand National Assembly.
Enlargement 04-01-2011

Minister: ‘Bosnia’s constitution is discriminatory’

Bosnia and Herzegovina still has many reforms to undertake, but its people need encouragement on their journey to integration with the West, Sven Alkalaj, the country's foreign minister, told EURACTIV Germany in an exclusive interview.
Med & South 14-12-2010

Lithuania Minister: Cuts to EU’s long-term budget may be necessary

Some cuts to the EU's long-term budget for the period 2014-2020 may be necessary given current financial realities, but severe cuts would reduce the European Union's capacity to act as a global player, Lithuanian Foreign Affairs Minister Audronius Ažubalis told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.