About: rule of law

EU Elections 2019 11-02-2019

EU liberal ranks grow, but so do divisions

Europe’s liberal party welcomed new members to its ranks on Saturday (9 February) as battle lines begin to be drawn ahead of May’s European elections. But a debate on potentially expelling a member party continues.
EU Elections 2019 31-01-2019

Romania’s Commissioner and former PM quit ruling Social Democrats

Former prime minister Mihai Tudose has followed Commissioner Corina Crețu quitting Romania's ruling Social Democrats (PSD) further weakening the parliamentary grip of the party and its leader, Liviu Dragnea.

Budapest: This EU Parliament should stop deciding on migration and rule of law

The current European Parliament should make no decision on issues related to migration and rule of law as it does not represent the will of EU citizens, a high-ranking Hungarian government official told EURACTIV Croatia in an interview.
EU Elections 2019 28-01-2019

Hungary takes aim at ‘Soros man’ Timmermans

Hungary will not take part in this week’s European Parliament debate on the rule of law in the country, a government spokesperson said on Monday (28 January) and insisted that Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans, who deals with this issue, should be suspended in the run-up to the European elections.
Future EU 24-01-2019

Austria’s far-right puts into question international rights conventions

Austria’s far-right Interior Minister Herbert Kickl was accused by the opposition of threatening the rule of law Wednesday (23 January) after he appeared to call into question Austria’s commitment to international rights conventions. In comments on Austrian public television on Tuesday evening Kickl,...

Commission warns Romania against amnesty plans for corrupt officials

The European Commission warned Romania on Tuesday (22 January) against passing a decree that would provide an easy legal tool to overturn corruption convictions for politicians, including the strongman Liviu Dragnea, leader of the ruling PSD party.
EU Elections 2019 18-01-2019

Parliament seeks financial punishment for countries breaching rule of law

European Union countries that undermine the bloc's democratic principles could lose EU funds, under a draft law backed by the European Parliament on Thursday (17 January).

Romania glosses over presidency preparedness concerns

As Romania formally launched its six-month-long presidency of the EU, its foreign affairs chief insisted that the country was prepared to helm the Council ship for the very first time.
EU Elections 2019 10-01-2019

Salvini calls for ‘Italian-Polish axis’ to replace Paris-Berlin

Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Wednesday (9 January) said populists from Italy and Poland should spark a "European spring" to replace the centre-right influence of Germany and France, ahead of key EU elections.

Poland gets a pass as Romanian presidency struggles with rule of law approach

EU affairs ministers met in Brussels on Tuesday (8 January) for the first meeting of 2019 under the helm of the Romanian presidency. Rule of law matters, highly prominent in previous sessions, were off the agenda for the first time.
Politics 21-12-2018

Romanian government survives no confidence vote

Romania’s Social Democrat-led government survived a no confidence vote on Thursday (20 December) as expected, days before taking over the European Union’s rotating presidency, but still faces concerns at home and abroad over its attempts to weaken a crackdown on corruption.
EU Elections 2019 19-12-2018

Hungary protests spark opposition coalition – but will it last?

Week-long protests in Budapest have forged fragmented opposition parties into a rare coalition against Viktor Orbán, drawing young Hungarians into the streets to demonstrate against what they see as his increasingly authoritarian rule.

Romanian president to try to block government pardons

Romania's centre-right President Klaus Iohannis said Tuesday (18 December)  that he will invite himself to meetings of the left-wing cabinet in order to prevent it passing proposed criminal pardons that could benefit prominent politicians. 
Future EU 18-12-2018

Poland bows to EU court reversal of Supreme Court retirements

Poland on Monday (17 December) bowed to a ruling by the EU’s top court ordering it to suspend a law that had lowered the retirement age of its Supreme Court judges amid concerns about judicial independence. The European Court of Justice (ECJ)...
Future EU 17-12-2018

Opposition MPs ejected from Hungary state TV after protest

Security guards ejected two independent lawmakers from Hungary's state television building on Monday (17 December) after they tried to read out a petition, a day after police used tear gas against pro-democracy protesters in Budapest.
EU Elections 2019 17-12-2018

Romania slams EU ahead of taking rotating presidency

Leaders of Romania's left-wing ruling majority on Sunday (16 December) accused the European Union of "discriminatory" treatment, two weeks before the eastern European country takes over the bloc's rotating presidency.
Elections 13-12-2018

Polish PM wins confidence vote ahead of 2019 election

Theresa May will not be the only Prime Minister coming to the two-day summit starting on Thursday (13 December) after having won a confidence vote the previous day.
Future EU 13-12-2018

Chaos as Hungarian MPs pass ‘slave law’ and government-controlled court

Rare scenes of chaos gripped the Hungarian parliament Wednesday (12 December) as it passed a controversial judicial reform, as well as labour legislation that critics call a "slave law".
EU Elections 2019 10-12-2018

Socialists entrust Timmermans to replace Juncker at EU helm

Europe’s socialist parties on Saturday (8 December) chose Dutch politician Frans Timmermans to lead them in May elections and to succeed his boss Jean-Claude Juncker as head of the European Commission. Delegates voted in Timmermans, currently first vice president of the EU’s powerful...

Soros-funded university says it is being forced out of Hungary

Hungary's Central European University, founded by George Soros, said on Monday  (3 December) it has been forced out of the country in "an arbitrary eviction" that violated academic freedom, and confirmed plans to enrol new students in neighbouring Austria next year.

Hungarian opposition denounces Gruevski’s case ‘disgrace’

The leaders of three opposition parties represented in the Hungarian parliament published on Sunday (2 December) an open letter in which they call a “disgrace” the granting by Viktor Orbán of asylum to former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.
Central Asia 24-11-2018

Brussels ministerial paves the way to launching EU Central Asia strategy

The European Union is expected to define its strategy for Central Asia in early 2019. A preparatory meeting between the EU and the foreign ministers of the five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) took place in Brussels on Friday (23 November).

Poland reverses Supreme Court law changes after EU ruling

Poland's ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) rushed a legislative amendment through parliament on Wednesday (21 November) reversing changes it had made at the Supreme Court that the European Union had condemned as undemocratic.

Commission lauds Bulgaria, castigates Romania on judicial reform

The European Commission published on Tuesday (13 November) reports on Bulgaria and Romania under the so-called Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), commending Bulgaria for progress made and lambasting Romania for backtracking. Both countries, however, were warned to uphold media freedom.