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Grenell kick-starts stalled Belgrade-Pristina dialogue

In a move aimed at kick-starting the stalled Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, the US’ Special Presidential Envoy, Ambassador Richard Grenell, wound up his impromptu visit to...

France unmoved on EU Enlargement

Recent diplomatic exchanges cited by Reuters indicate France has not backed off of its opposition to the immediate launch of EU accession talks with...
interview

A ruling the mafia can’t refuse

The Italian public has has reacted angrily to a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that it should relax conditions for mafia...

Enlargement yes, but why…

Western Balkan countries are anxious to get a date to start entry negotiations and this is good because most of the countries of the...
editorial

Do it the European way and forget Sylvie Goulard quickly – the EU has work to do

Those who’ve been in Brussels for a couple of decades might barely remember Rocco Buttiglione, the Italy Commissioner-designate that got rejected over his not...

Greece concerned as tensions rise after Turkey’s moves in Syria and Cyprus

Donald Tusk, the Polish-born former Prime Minister of his home country and now-outgoing President of the European Council, used one of his public addresses...

NEWSROOM

Opposition candidate wins Budapest

The 44-year old Gergely Karacsony ousted the incumbent Istvan Tarlos from the Budapest on Sunday’s regional elections in Hungary. That is the first significant...

The price of a Corbyn government is a second Scottish independence referendum

Nicola Sturgeon warned Jeremy Corbyn on Sunday not to "pick up the phone" for a coalition government unless he was willing to grant Scotland...

CDU youth questions the authority of Merkel’s anointed successor

The youth wing of the Christian Democrats in Germany (CDU) has rejected the nomination of their party leader, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, as the party’s candidate...

Germany introduces arms embargo on Turkey

The German government is halting arms exports to Turkey as its incursion in Northern Syria is alienating its NATO partners. On the one hand, Turkish...

Ruling conservatives triumph in Poland

With 72% of the ballots counted by Monday morning, Poland’s incumbent Law and Justice (PiS) party secured just under 46% of the vote, outperforming...

A ruling the mafia can’t refuse

The Italian public has has reacted angrily to a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that it should relax conditions for mafia...

Print Edition

Focus

Grenell kick-starts stalled Belgrade-Pristina dialogue

In a move aimed at kick-starting the stalled Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, the US’ Special Presidential Envoy, Ambassador Richard Grenell, wound up his impromptu visit to...

France unmoved on EU Enlargement

Recent diplomatic exchanges cited by Reuters indicate France has not backed off of its opposition to the immediate launch of EU accession talks with...

EU Affairs

Germany introduces arms embargo on Turkey

The German government is halting arms exports to Turkey as its incursion in Northern Syria is alienating its NATO partners. On the one hand, Turkish...

Ruling conservatives triumph in Poland

With 72% of the ballots counted by Monday morning, Poland’s incumbent Law and Justice (PiS) party secured just under 46% of the vote, outperforming...

Enlargement yes, but why…

Western Balkan countries are anxious to get a date to start entry negotiations and this is good because most of the countries of the...
editorial

Do it the European way and forget Sylvie Goulard quickly – the EU has work to do

Those who’ve been in Brussels for a couple of decades might barely remember Rocco Buttiglione, the Italy Commissioner-designate that got rejected over his not...

MEPs express concern over climate change

The European Parliament in Brussels voted on 10 October for an increase of climate action spending in the next EU budget, calling for a...
Interview

Mexico’s most political actor

Mexican actor Gael García Bernal who was in Vencie to present his film Ema by Chilean director Pablo Larraín, who is best known for Neruda...

France unmoved on EU Enlargement

Recent diplomatic exchanges cited by Reuters indicate France has not backed off of its opposition to the immediate launch of EU accession talks with...

Eliud Kipchoge makes history as first human to break two-hour marathon barrier

With metronomic precision Eliud Kipchoge raced into history on Saturday, 12 October, in Vienna by becoming the first man to achieve the barrier-breaking sub-two-hour...

Tough close to second week of hearings for von der Leyen Commission

The second week of the European Parliament’s confirmation hearings for the next European Commission came to an end on Tuesday 8 October. The process was...

At Cairo summit, Turkey slammed for drilling in Cyprus’ EEZ

At a trilateral summit between Egypt, Cyprus and Greece in Cairo on 8 October, the leaders of the three countries slammed Turkey's drilling in...

Publication of ECB minutes unveils deep policy polarisation

The European Central Bank’s deep division over the second wave of quantitative easing decided on September 12 was known, not least from public statements...

Leaders' Perspectives

Otmar Lahodynsky

President of the Association of European Journalists (AEJ) and European Editor of the Profil news magazine in Austria

Poland’s rainbow of enemies

A young bank employee, Dorota, looks around anxiously before quietly saying, “Under the current government, we already have less freedom than we had during Communism… Read More »

Dr Christian Koch

Senior Advisor at the Bussola Institute in Brussels

Europe needs a comprehensive policy approach in the Gulf

The 14 September attacks on Saudi oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais have significantly raised tensions in the Gulf region. While the international community have… Read More »

KASSANDRA

Enlargement yes, but why…

Western Balkan countries are anxious to get a date to start entry negotiations and this is good because most of the countries of the...

France unmoved on EU Enlargement

Recent diplomatic exchanges cited by Reuters indicate France has not backed off of its opposition to the immediate launch of EU accession talks with...

Good-bye Downing Street, bienvenue Élysée!

After so many good-byes, though without leaving, I think that the time for the United Kingdom has come to say a final adios! to...

Enlargement tales: Albania, North Macedonia, and influencers of a different kind

On October 15, the General Affairs Council may decide whether to issue a starting date for EU Membership negotiations with Albania - the first...

LIFE is easy with spaghetti con salsa italiana (abbondante)

Margrethe Vestager is the new Executive Vice-President for Competition, plus Digital, who was graciously nicknamed by Donald Trump as “tax lady” and who earned...

Scary Movie in Cine Beijing

Whoever thinks that last week’s shooting of a Hong Kong demonstrator while Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed - in a Mao Zedong-style suit, no...

Scary Movie (Part II) (update Oct. 3 08:47 CET)

Whoever thinks that the shooting of a Hong Kong demonstrator while Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed - in a Mao Zedong-style suit, no less...

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Do it the European way and forget Sylvie Goulard quickly – the EU has work to do

Those who’ve been in Brussels for a couple of decades might barely remember Rocco Buttiglione, the Italy Commissioner-designate that got rejected over his not...

Tough close to second week of hearings for von der Leyen Commission

The second week of the European Parliament’s confirmation hearings for the next European Commission came to an end on Tuesday 8 October. The process was...

Brussels intensifies its analysis of third-party cybersecurity threats in 5G networks

5G networks are a key asset for Europe as it hopes to become a global leader in the cellular network technology sector as fifth-generation...

60% of Europeans are unaware of EU-funded regional projects

Major deficiencies in the communication process between the EU, the bloc's 28 national governments, and the local authorities recently came to light when a...

Europe needs to move quickly towards sustainability

The EU must immediately move towards sustainability, according to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), which also raised the alarm about the lack...

Their discontent, our problem

If we have learnt anything from the last decade of European elections, it is that with all certainty we can say two things: (a)...

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

MEPs express concern over climate change

The European Parliament in Brussels voted on 10 October for an increase of climate action spending in the next EU budget, calling for a...

Vestager is ready to reign in Big Tech

The question of Europe's digital transformation has been a key topic for many of last the Commission confirmation hearings. By the end of the...

Sassoli: UK’s Brexit proposals are not immediately operable, long way from something European Parliament could agree to

The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, met today with Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, and discussed the facets of...

Kyriakides with a clear path to take over the Commission’s health portfolio

The Cypriot Commissioner-designate charged with managing the EU’s Health Portfolio, Stella Kyriakides, a trained clinical psychologist and cancer survivor, spent three hours on 1...

Wojciechowski flops during confirmation hearing, puts von der Leyen’s Eastern European vision in doubt

The Polish candidate to take over the European Commission’s Agriculture portfolio, Janusz Wojciechowski, failed to live up to his potential future boss’ expectations by...

Hungary and Romania need to send other Commissioner candidates after new European Parliament vote

In a morning vote on 30 September 2019, the European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee voted that Commissioners-designate from Hungary and Romania cannot stay on....

EUROPEAN COUNCIL

EU braces for no-deal Brexit while Johnson faces cabinet rebellion

While the EU braces for a no-deal Brexit, British prime minister Boris Johnson is faced with the prospect of a rebellion by his own...

Brussels tells budget surplus states to spend more

With Eurozone economic growth in negative territory and inflation subdued, the European Central Bank and the European Commission are putting pressure on countries to...

EU fails to seal migrant redistribution deal

An EU interior minister meeting on migrants in Luxembourg does not appear to have yielded a final deal on migrant redistribution. Earlier on Tuesday, French...

UK markets plummet as Brexit deal appears “impossible”

The UK stock market nosedived on Tuesday as the UK government appears to be politically ready for a no-deal Brexit. The President of the European...

Eurozone unemployment continues to slide even as growth decelerates

Unemployment is falling even as the economy is slowing down in the eurozone. The biggest decline in countries with the highest jobless rate:  Spanish unemployment...

Italy seeks expansionary budget

The political parties supporting Premier Giuseppe Conte's coalition government have come to a consensus over budgetary policy. Economy Minister Roberto Gualtieri of the Democratic Party...

EU National News

Opposition candidate wins Budapest

The 44-year old Gergely Karacsony ousted the incumbent Istvan Tarlos from the Budapest on Sunday’s regional elections in Hungary. That is the first significant...

The price of a Corbyn government is a second Scottish independence referendum

Nicola Sturgeon warned Jeremy Corbyn on Sunday not to "pick up the phone" for a coalition government unless he was willing to grant Scotland...

CDU youth questions the authority of Merkel’s anointed successor

The youth wing of the Christian Democrats in Germany (CDU) has rejected the nomination of their party leader, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, as the party’s candidate...

Germany introduces arms embargo on Turkey

The German government is halting arms exports to Turkey as its incursion in Northern Syria is alienating its NATO partners. On the one hand, Turkish...

Ruling conservatives triumph in Poland

With 72% of the ballots counted by Monday morning, Poland’s incumbent Law and Justice (PiS) party secured just under 46% of the vote, outperforming...

A ruling the mafia can’t refuse

The Italian public has has reacted angrily to a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that it should relax conditions for mafia...

Greece concerned as tensions rise after Turkey’s moves in Syria and Cyprus

Donald Tusk, the Polish-born former Prime Minister of his home country and now-outgoing President of the European Council, used one of his public addresses...

Italy to upgrade Naples-Bari line with EU funds

A €124 million investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to upgrade a 16.5-kilometre section of the Naples-Bari railway line, between Cancello and...

Cohesion Fund provides financial support for 5,000 businesses

Romania’s decision to allocate an additional €150 million from their Cohesion Policy budget to the SME Initiative, which uses EU funds to leverage private...

US Democrats conclave in Athens

Arriving in Athens a week after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited, the US Democratic Party’s overseas arm (Democrats Abroad) is holding its 2019...

World News

Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed beats climate activist Greta Thunberg to win Nobel Peace Prize

Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, is the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, which is awarded to people who have conferred...

Meeting Erdogan at UN, Mitsotakis eyes calmer waters

The meeting between Greece's newly elected Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the United Nations General...

Drone strikes on Saudi oil fields spike prices

Geopolitical tensions and fears of longer-than-expected supply shortfalls led to Brent crude oil prices rising more than 1% on 19 September following the drone...

Houthi drone attack on Saudi energy infrastructure affects global oil prices

Drone attacks on Saudi Arabia’s energy infrastructure on Saturday by Yemen’s Houthi rebels reduced oil production by 5,7m barrels a day which, according to...

EU wants progress in Russia-Ukraine gas talks

The European Union will host a fresh round of Trilateral Gas Talks between Russia and Ukraine on 19 September in Brussels with European Commission...

Experts warn that religious freedom around the world is worsening

In August, Iraq’s ethnoreligious Yazidi minority marked the five years since ISIS militants overran northwestern Iraq and murdered at least 5,000 Yazidi men and...

Brussels concerned by deadly Saudi airstrike in Yemen

A Saudi airstrike in Yemen's southwestern province of Dhamar on 1 September killed at least 100 people and wounded dozens more, an incident that...

Russia’s influence in Georgia has grown since the 2008 war

At exactly the same time that French President Emmanuel Macron was hosting his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at his summer home in the south...

North Korea money laundering in Russia puts European banks at risk

Elvira Nabiullina, the governor of the Russian Central Bank, has reportedly been reforming the bank sector and cracking down on financial institutions engaged in...

Say “No” to a technocratic government

The EU’s economy has essentially been flat over the past year. The slump in manufacturing is deepening. Companies are cutting work hours and issuing...

THE ENLARGEMENT MONITOR

Enlargement yes, but why…

Western Balkan countries are anxious to get a date to start entry negotiations and this is good because most of the countries of the...

France unmoved on EU Enlargement

Recent diplomatic exchanges cited by Reuters indicate France has not backed off of its opposition to the immediate launch of EU accession talks with...

Enlargement tales: Albania, North Macedonia, and influencers of a different kind

On October 15, the General Affairs Council may decide whether to issue a starting date for EU Membership negotiations with Albania - the first...

Secretary of State Pompeo begins short Balkan swing

Despite the turmoil in Washington which has practically everything except his current European trip in focus, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo departed Italy on 4...

Zaev-Mitsotakis New York meeting – breaking the ice

The prime ministers of Greece and North Macedonia held their first face-to-face meeting on the sidelines of the 74th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)...

Tusk makes final push in support of Western Balkans enlargement

Outgoing European Council President Donald Tusk devoted his time on 16 September to make a final push in support of the EU accession aspirations...

The mother of all hearings

As soon as the new European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, revealed on 10 September that Hungary’s former Minister of Justice Laszlo Trocsanyi...

Internet & ICT

Brussels intensifies its analysis of third-party cybersecurity threats in 5G networks

5G networks are a key asset for Europe as it hopes to become a global leader in the cellular network technology sector as fifth-generation...

EU states divided over OECD’s online taxation plan

The OECD has proposed on Wednesday a global shake-up of corporate online taxation. The plan would see digital groups such as Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix...

Vestager is ready to reign in Big Tech

The question of Europe's digital transformation has been a key topic for many of last the Commission confirmation hearings. By the end of the...

Vestager plans second wave of measures against digital monopolies

In her second term as EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is bracing for a second wave of anti-trust measures against US digital monopolies, beginning with...

Regulators take hard line against Facebook’s Libra

Facebook faced the grilling of 26 central bank representatives over its Libra currency plan on Monday; Libra is a virtual currency considered a threat...

US States initiate anti-trust probe against Google

Google’s dominant market position is now the subject of state investigations after 50 states and territories opened anti-trust probes that are looking at Google’s...

Online selling VAT fraud could see a Brexit headache for UK’s HMRC

Officials are preparing for an uptick in VAT compliance problems as the UK leaves the European Union. Online platforms like Amazon Marketplace and eBay...

Energy

Growth of wind energy in Europe to 2023 remains uncertain

It’s getting harder to secure permits for new wind farms in many countries, a new report by WindEurope’s shows, noting that there is significant...

Italy’s ENI, Mozambique sign MoU on sustainable development, decarbonisation

Mozambique’s Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Ernesto Max Tonela and ENI CEO Claudio Descalzi signed on 7 October a Memorandum of Understanding for the...

EU companies propose solar PV manufacturing project for hydrogen production

At the Hydrogen for Climate Conference in Brussels on 10 October, EU companies Hydrogenics from Belgium, Meyer Burger from Germany, Ecosolifer from Hungary, and...

Union for the Mediterranean calls for greater efforts tackle climate change

The Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) agreed on 10 October on the need to prioritise the actions of the...

MEPs express concern over climate change

The European Parliament in Brussels voted on 10 October for an increase of climate action spending in the next EU budget, calling for a...

Russia, Germany discuss gas transit across Ukraine

Russia and Germany discussed in Moscow on 9 October issues related to supplies of Russian natural gas to Europe in the period from 1...

Novatek launches East-Urengoyskoye+North-Esetinskoye field

Russia’s largest independent gas producer announced on 10 October that Arcticgas, a joint venture between Novatek and PAO Gazprom Neft, commenced commercial production at...

Faith and Religious Freedom

Far-right gunman kills two in synagogue attack on Yom Kippur

Jewish community leaders said a synagogue in the German city of Halle was targeted by a gunman who tried to gain entry but were...

Chinese officials sanctioned for ‘campaign to erase religion’ in Xinjiang

The United States has imposed visa restrictions on Chinese government and Communist Party officials accused of being involved in the mass internment of more than...

Pope Francis calls for ‘daring prudence’ during Amazon synod

At the recent Synod on the Pan-Amazon Region, Pope Francis urged the assembled bishops to embrace “daring prudence” rather than settle for the status...

Mosque construction becomes battle over religious minority rights in Georgia

A court in Georgia’s Black Sea port city of Batumi has ruled that a recent decision to deny a building permit for the construction...

Australia’s new religious discrimination are not designed to protect believers

Australia’s Attorney-General Christian Porter says incoming laws on religious discrimination are not designed to protect believers from blasphemy. "The religious discrimination bill is designed to...

Eritrean government crackdown leads to growing concerns over wider religious persecution

An ongoing crackdown on Catholic Church activities, as well as the arbitrary arrest and imprisonment of Orthodox and other Christian congregation members in Eritrea...

Religious communities in Vietnam honour victims of violence

Numerous religious communities in Vietnam observed the summer’s International Day Commemorating Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief by responding to...

STAKEHOLDER VIEWS

Association of European Journalists(AEJ)
By Otmar Lahodynsky

Poland’s rainbow of enemies

A young bank employee, Dorota, looks around anxiously before quietly saying, "Under the current government, we already have less freedom than we had during...
NOVA COMPETITIVIDADE
By Francisco Jaime Quesado

The role of ideas

Jean Tirole, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics, argues in his book Economics for the Common Good that the role that ideas...

New Europe Columns

Monnet Matters
By Editorial

Their discontent, our problem

If we have learnt anything from the last decade of European elections, it is that with all certainty we can say two things: (a)...
ICI Washington
By Alec Mally

US Democrats conclave in Athens

Arriving in Athens a week after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited, the US Democratic Party’s overseas arm (Democrats Abroad) is holding its 2019...
Energy Insider
By Kostis Geropoulos

At Cairo summit, Turkey slammed for drilling in Cyprus’ EEZ

At a trilateral summit between Egypt, Cyprus and Greece in Cairo on 8 October, the leaders of the three countries slammed Turkey's drilling in...
Eurasia Watch
By Nicholas Waller

Danilyuk’s resignation is an ominous sign for Ukraine

The young pro-Western reformers who came into government with great fanfare alongside anti-establishment President Volodymyr Zelensky six months ago were dealt a serious blow...

WELLNESS

5 ways to stay energised this autum

Don’t let the arrival of autumn sap you of your energy. Our expert advice will keep you firing on all cylinders! As autumn sets in...

Gym or sofa? How to make the healthy choice

Do you sometimes struggle to find the willpower to work out? The Aspria experts shares five top tips for staying motivated. You’ve told yourself you’ll...

BACK TO SCHOOL: TIPS FOR A SMOOTH TRANSITION FROM HOLIDAY MODE

The time is almost here for children to go back to school. Are you ready? Christine Cornet, Academy manager at Aspria Brussels Royal La...

Sauna in Heat

HOW A SUMMER SAUNA CAN ACTUALLY COOL YOU DOWN Sauna in the middle of the summer? It may seem like a strange idea, but in...

The perfect water workout

So, you’re heading off on holiday and you’ve decided to take a break from full-on gym workouts, but you’d still like to keep in...