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Romania’s strongman urged to resign with ruling party in free fall

Three former allies of the leader of Romania’s ruling Social Democrats called on him to resign on Wednesday, saying his criminal convictions have become the party’s largest vulnerability ahead of elections in 2019 and 2020.
EU Elections 2019 17-09-2018

Czech MEP: I want to be ECR’s lead candidate, not an EU top job candidate

Czech MEP Jan Zahradil has recently announced his intention to become the ECR's lead candidate for the 2019 European Elections. He is a supporter of a multi-speed Union, with freedom for member states to pursue a foreign policy that best suits their own interests.
Enlargement 23-08-2018

Trial starts for violent storming of Macedonian parliament

A Macedonian court on Wednesday (22 August) launched a trial of 33 men, including five opposition MPs and a former interior minister, accused of involvement in a violent attack on parliament last year.

Romania’s president removes chief anti-corruption prosecutor

Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis sacked chief anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Codruța Kövesi on Monday (9 July) to honour a constitutional court ruling which Kövesi said may leave prosecutors exposed to political interference.
Future EU 19-06-2018

Half of Aquarius migrants seek asylum in France

Almost half of the 630 migrants that were rescued from the Mediterranean and arrived in Spain's port of Valencia at the weekend want to seek asylum in France, the Spanish government said yesterday (18 June).

Valencia gives ‘huge example of solidarity and humanity’

The head of the Red Cross urged European Union member states yesterday (17 June) to follow Spain's example of welcoming a rejected migrant ship and "put into practice" the humanitarian values promoted by the bloc.
Central Europe 07-06-2018

Masks fall as Romanian government withdraws UNESCO application for Rosia Montana

The Romanian government has officially requested UNESCO to withdraw Bucharest's application to make Rosia Montana a protected world heritage site. The move prompted outrage and protests over the ruling PSD's apparent links with the company that wants to turn the site into a commercial gold mine, writes Claudia Ciobanu.
Elections 01-06-2018

Rajoy ousted from Spanish government, replaced by socialist Sánchez

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, plagued by corruption scandals, lost a confidence vote in the Spanish parliament on Friday (1 June) and will be replaced by opposition leader Pedro Sánchez, a socialist who vowed to call elections soon.
Future EU 25-05-2018

European elections in the era of disruption

To some extent the vote next May will be a test of the resilience of the forces of disruption, the main achievement of whom so far being Brexit, writes Geoffrey Harris.
Future EU 18-05-2018

Bulgarian truckers protest against ‘Macron law’

Hundreds of truck drivers blocked roads across Bulgaria on Thursday (17 May) as European Union leaders met in Sofia, protesting against proposed EU rules they say would cost them their jobs and put their firms out of business.
Banking union 27-04-2018

Bulgaria’s Borissov unveils secret criteria for joining the eurozone

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said he apologises for revealing a secret, but that the Bulgarians should know about the main additional condition for the country’s accession to the eurozone.  
Global Europe 20-04-2018

Report: Romania to break ranks with EU by moving embassy to Jerusalem

The Romanian government will follow the United States and transfer its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD) leader said Thursday (19 April). “The decision has been taken (…), the procedures are beginning,” Liviu Dragnea told...

Timmermans urges Romania to avoid ‘wrong’ turn in law reform

The vice-president of the European Commission Frans Timmermans urged Romania yesterday (1 March) not to "run in the wrong direction" over controversial judicial reforms.
Freedom of thought 16-02-2018

Borissov gets preview of the perfect storm

In just one day, Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, has embroiled himself in a spat with the country's president, been offered Russian citizenship and seen some of his pet projects crumble before his eyes.
Elections 01-02-2018

New S&D figurehead: We expect the Romanian justice minister to speak in plenary

Maria João Rodrigues, who is emerging as the most prominent figurehead in the European Parliament's  S&D group, made it plain on Thursday (1 February) that her political group is quite critical of its Romanian affiliate member, the ruling social-democrat PSD.

Romanian president says will stand up for courts’ independence

Romania's President Klaus Iohannis told the European Union on Wednesday (31 January) he would fight for the independence of his country's courts, which he and Brussels say is threatened by draft laws prepared by the Social Democrat-led government.

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.
Climate change 25-01-2018

Bulgarian environment minister under MEP fire over his views on climate change

Bulgaria’s environment minister was under fire on Wednesday (24 January) in the Environment Committee of the European Parliament over his positions on climate change and his support for a recent decision to allow construction of tourist facilities in the Pirin national park.
Freedom of thought 23-01-2018

Istanbul Convention spells trouble for Bulgaria’s ruling coalition

At the very start of Bulgaria's EU presidency, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s ruling coalition was unexpectedly shaken by growing opposition to the government's plan to ratify the Council of Europe convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.

Geopolitics loom large as Bulgaria takes over EU Presidency

Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest member state, on 1 January took over the bloc's six-month rotating presidency. The country will undoubtedly be under pressure by Turkey and Russia to move forward their difficult relations with the 28-members block.
EU Priorities 2020 01-12-2017

EU budget 2018 finally adopted, socialists abstain

The Council and the European Parliament separately approved on Thursday (30 November) the deal reached on 18 November 2017 in the conciliation committee on the 2018 budget. Thus the budget is finally adopted, with the abstention of the S&D group in Parliament.
Economy & Jobs 24-11-2017

Candidate list for Eurogroup chief to be published on 1 December

The chairman of euro zone finance ministers, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, will announce on 1 December the names of those who applied to succeed him, but there are still no clear front-runners for the election that will happen three days later.

Thousands of Romanians protest against judicial reforms

More than ten thousand Romanians demonstrated in Bucharest on Sunday (5 November) to "defend the independence of the judiciary" in protest against a government bill that critics say will weaken anti-corruption measures.
Elections 06-11-2017

Borissov blames opposition for ‘untimely’ no-confidence vote

Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov on Saturday (4 November) blamed the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) for asking for a no-confidence vote at a time when the country is preparing to take up the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU.