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EU’s Jourova demands release of Ukrainian political prisoner in letter to Russia’s justice minister

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Four years after open combat erupted between Ukraine and Russia, the battleground has largely shifted to the murky world of cyber warfare, black ops, and targeted arrests. Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov was arrested in his native Crimea...

Regulating cash transfers at the EU’s external borders to prevent crime

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Over the last few years, Europe has suffered unprecedented terrorist violence that has killed hundreds of citizens, while also experiencing a rise in cross-border organised economic crime. The experience shows that one of the...

EU Commission President backs target cuts for CO2 emissions by 2030

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The European Union has proved its global responsibility by “relentlessly defending the Paris Agreement on climate change,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in his state of the union speech at the European Parliament...

Commission welcomes European Parliament’s vote to strengthen Structural Reform Support Programme

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The European Commission welcomed a recent vote by the European Parliament to increase the budget of the bloc’s Structural Reform Support Programme by €80 million, which will enable the EU to respond to increased...

European Parliament votes to censure Orban over rule of law violations in Hungary

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's often toxic relationship with the European Union came to a head on September 12 when the European Parliament decided to trigger the so-called Article 7 procedure under EU law which would...

European Parliament adopts copyright directive for digital age

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An intense day at the European Parliament wrapped up on September 12 after the MEPs entered a lengthy voting session to decide on a Copyright Directive that would modernise intellectual property rights and bring them in line...

Juncker details vision for Europe in last State of the Union speech

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Speaking before the European Parliament in Strasbourg for the last time before his term expires in May 2019, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called on the bloc's MEPs to no longer take their international alliances...

Orban lashes out at European Parliament’s ‘attack on the Hungarian people’

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Hungary’s right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban on September 11 rejected criticism of his staunchly nationalistic policies by his colleagues in the European Parliament and accused the parliamentarians of trying to blackmail both him and his country after the EU...

Copyright reform: Money vs more money

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One of the most contentious legislative battles in recent EU history comes to a close this week. Proposals to reform the rules for copyright in Europe have seen countless letters, emails, tweets and insults...

Tsipras offers view of Greece’s future, clashes with EPP on future of Europe in...

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In his address to the European Parliament on September 11, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said his country had overcome its decade-long financial crisis and reiterated his commitment to cut taxes and social security benefits. Tsipras specifically pointed...

Germany’s Weber formally announces candidacy to lead centre-right EPP in European elections

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With a series of three simultaneous tweets in English, French, and his native German, the head of the European People’s Party (EPP) deputies in the European Parliament,  Manfred Weber, announced that he will lead the...

Europe’s Populist Fifth Column

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European security currently rests essentially on the NATO alliance and the principle of mutual defence, and on cooperation between national intelligence services working to prevent violence against people and national assets. But in an...

84% of Europeans want to remain on permanent ‘summer time’

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The European Commission has published the preliminary results of a public consultation on the issue of observing daylight saving time in Europe which showed that a substantial 84% of respondents are in favour of putting...

Macron wants new European security structure as Trump’s US is ‘no longer reliable’

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Speaking in front of a group of French ambassadors on August 27, French President Emmanuel Macron said Europe needs to create a new strategic development programme as the EU can no longer entrust its...

Czechs and Slovaks mark 50 years since Prague Spring, but politics of memory cast...

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One of the most tragic and bitter episodes in modern European history was marked on August 20 as both the Czech Republic and Slovakia, who were the united entity of Czechoslovakia until 1993, marked...

The West Must Face Reality in Turkey

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Now that Turkey is at loggerheads with its erstwhile ally, the United States, the country’s currency crisis has morphed into a political problem of the first order. The immediate issue is Turkey’s refusal to...

How Europe Can Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Power

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US President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker may have averted a trade war last month, but the challenges confronting the European Union are far from resolved. In today’s increasingly Hobbesian global environment, the...

Bannon’s ambitions for the 2019 European elections

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Steven Bannon will be setting up a think-tank in Brussels called “The Movement,” aiming to support European nationalist parties in the countdown to May’s 2019 European Parliament elections. The former White House adviser Steve Bannon...

Plan to consolidate the Euro-Critical right in the 2019 European Parliament

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In an interview with Helsingin Sanomat, the leader of the Eurosceptic Finns Party unveiled ongoing negotiations for the consolidation of the sovereigntist political right into a single group for the 2019 European Parliament. The chairperson...

Reclaiming European Sovereignty

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After US President Donald Trump’s recent European tour – which culminated in his infamous press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin – there can no longer be any doubt that he and his supporters want to...

Move to grant Kosovo visa-free travel reopens contentious EU enlargement debate

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The European Commission's recent statement that Kosovo had fulfilled all of Brussels’ necessary visa liberalisation benchmarks and that the European Parliament and Council should proceed with lifting visa requirements for Kosovars has reopened a...

MEPs call for EU budget to do more for the climate

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Next year’s EU budget should include fighting climate change, MEPs said in a resolution voted on July 5. The resolution, which sets out principles for MEPs to follow in 2019 budget negotiations with the Council,...

European Parliament to review copyright rules in September

The European Parliament’s plenary voted by 318 votes to 278, with 31 abstentions to reject the negotiating mandate, proposed by the Legal Affairs Committee on 20 June. As a result, Parliament’s position will now...

Lobbying over copyright reform crosses line as MEPs receive death threats

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The reform of EU copyright rules has found the legislative process reaching an all-time low, as European politicians are now receiving "serious threats". "Heated debate is a vital part of the political process, but organisations...

Poland faces off with EU Parliament after Morawiecki speech

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While speaking to the European Parliament at a plenary in Strasbourg, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki defended his government's controversial changes to the country's laws that forced two-fifths of Poland's supreme court justices into forced...

Moscovici and Greek opposition spar over exit from bailout

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I the wake of European Commissioner Pierre Mosovici's visit to Athens, he has been forced to respond to an accusation by the leader of the centre-right New Democracy party, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, that the Greek government's narrative of...

EU Parliament Bureau blocks MEP expenditure accountability mechanism

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Amid ever-growing calls for increased transparency and accountability in the European institutions, the European Parliament's body of 20 MEPs that are chosen to lay down the institution's internal rules voted down proposals to introduce...

The EU’s perspective of financial regulation

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Amid a period of economic instability and financial crisis, every initiative launched by the European Commission has to be carefully examined and assessed by the EU's legislators to avoid potential complexities and unintended discontent....

Six arrested in Europe for alleged bomb plot against Iranian opposition in France 

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Belgium authorities announced an Iranian diplomat was arrested, as well two other people, on suspicion of plotting a bomb attack on a meeting of exiled Iranian opposition groups in France. Amir S., 38, and Nasimeh...

Trump threatens to leave WTO after EU warning on car tariffs

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US President Donald Trump has threatened the World Trade Organization on Monday evening that “we’ll be doing something” if the United States is not treated properly, just hours after the European Union said that US...

A lasting agreement?

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After what seemed to be an endless round of contentious talks that ran into the wee hours of Friday morning, European leaders wrapped up their two-day summit in Brussels with a tentative deal on...

EU agrees on new rules for improving Energy Union governance

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Early on the morning of June 20, negotiators from the European Commission, the Parliament and the Council reached an ambitious political agreement on the governance of the Energy Union, a day after reaching a...

EU court orders Le Pen to pay €300,000 in fines to the European Parliament

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The General Court of the European Union - the bloc's second-highest court- has upheld a decision by the European Parliament to recover from almost €300,000 from France's far-right politician and former French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen...

More Britons are are asking for Belgian citizenship before Brexit

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Last year, 1381 Britons became Belgian nationals, Flemish newspapers reported on Friday, quoting data from the Belgian Statistical Office, Statbel. According to the Statbel figures, the number of Britons seeking Belgian nationality has increased tenfold...

Ukraine creating EU-based consortium to stop Nord Stream-2

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko recently announced that he is in the process of creating a consortium of EU companies in Brussels who will help build support and ultimately stop to the construction of Russia’s Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, which is...

EU agrees on further renewable energy development

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Negotiators from the European Commission, the Parliament and the Council reached a late on June 14 for an ambitious political agreement on increasing renewable energy use in Europe. “Renewables are good for Europe, and today,...

EU Parliament votes for €1 billion in aid to Ukraine

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Less than three months after the European Commission first presented its proposal for cash-strapped Ukraine, the European Parliament agrees on a €1 billion loan to cover an external financing gap for Kyiv in 2018-2019. According...