Kassandra

Ursula von der Leyen’s incoming Commission is now ready

-
With former Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni being announced as the 27th European Commission member for the incoming mandate, President-elect Ursula von der Leyen is now ready to present a complete picture to the...

What were the Americans thinking at the Thessaloniki International Fair in 2018?

-
As the 84th Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) is inaugurated 7 September, high-level officials, pundits and regional business leaders will be focusing on economic policy pronouncements made by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, this year...

Why the Cypriot Auditor General undermines the solution of the Cyprus’ EU related waste...

-
Despite its immense natural beauty and the fact that its heavy industry is tourism, the Mediterranean island of Cyprus is facing a growing waste management problem and is missing a golden opportunity to absorb European Union funds to tackle this key issue that is rapidly becoming one...

Can Ursula, be the emerging Margaret of Europe?

-
The fact that in last spring’s European elections, Euroscepticism did not hit the record levels many were afraid of, does not mean that the danger is over. On the contrary, the threat is there...

When an independent competition authority becomes politicised – The troubling example of Greece

-
In recent months, the Greek Competition Authority (HCC) has been in turmoil over the appointment of Vassiliki Thanou at the helm of the Agency, amid heavy criticism that her selection was politically-motivated. And while...

In an EPPO stalemate, the alternative for Kovesi to tackle corruption from within the...

-
There is no question that momentum is coming back into favour for the Candidate for European Chief Prosecutor,  Laura Codruta Kovesi. Kovesi, who comes from Romania, and is the former chief prosecutor of the National...

That’s Life!

-
Summertime. The livin' is easy and while watching the deep blue of the Aegean, took the opportunity to review some of my files that were set aside but not forgotten. In one of them, which...

The name is Ambassador. EU Ambassador.

-
It's very cool to have a great twitter handle. Typically, for the European Commission politicians, and civil servants you would expect to find something that combines ones name with the letters EU. Or maybe...

Cyprus, the island sinking in waste

-
Cyprus, the island of Aphrodite, as myth has it, is often described as the crown jewel of the Mediterranean, with pristine waters and year-round mild weather have been powering the ever-expanding local tourism and...

Garbage in paradise

-
Last week, Kassandra looked at the overall disquieting situation of inefficient waste management practices in South-eastern Europe. Among the worst offenders are the two island states of Cyprus and Malta. Worse, those two member...

Wasting waste and wasting an opportunity

-
The optics of it certainly look extraordinary: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, aged 16, sat down with the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in February to discuss climate action. Two months later, in April,...

Enlargement, going back to square one

-
North Macedonia and Albania are inexorably tied by the delay in their long course to join Europe, yet for different reasons. Albania has the perpetual problem of narcotics production that cannot be overcome unless Tirana...

Did Weber unwittingly throw himself under the bus?

-
Before all of the European election ballots have been counted and all of the new Members of the European Parliament seen their names in the official results, the EPP Group has already rushed to...

An election different than any other before

-
In recent years, the European establishment, both in the EU capital and government leadership, was taken by surprise twice - Brexit and the election of President Donald Trump. But both of these are none...

One debate, many questions

-
The six potential candidates to succeed European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker clashed last Wednesday at the last Spitzenkandidaten debate, the Eurovision Presidential Debate, hosted by the European Broadcasting Union in the European Parliament’s Brussels...

A letter from Inge Gräßle

-
Dear Mr Coronakis, I was pleased to see that you devoted the "Kassandra" column in the Easter issue of New Europe to the creation of the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) and the future of...

European Parliament election video campaign breaks taboos, smashes viewing records, and leaves Hollywood envious

-
The European Parliament as an institution has one job between now and the EU elections. To raise election participation through a communications campaign that is non-partisan, as neutral as possible, and makes all the...

Timmermans wins, Eickhout shines, Verhofstadt loses, in Maastricht debate

-
A snap poll of attendees and online viewers of the Maastricht debate found Frans Timmermans to be the winner of the debate – as the Party of European Socialists (PES) jumped to emphasise in a late-night...

Beyond China

-
First to trap, and therefore politically dominate, poorer countries into huge national debt which they will get from China in order to build the national infrastructure required. Second to get under direct Chinese control,...

Klaus Welle puts donation box for Notre-Dame in European Parliament, after French pledge hundreds...

-
In an email sent to the staff of the European Parliament yesterday, the institution's Secretary General, Klaus Welle, asked staffers to contribute some money so that the Parliament can make a gesture in helping efforts...

New in Strasbourg: The European Parliament yachting club

-
Well not quite. But the City of Strasbourg has launched a new pilot project in Strasbourg to "further expand and diversify environmentally friendly commuting options to the European Parliament buildings in Strasbourg". During the pilot phase, the City...

EPPO, OLAF, and a Molotov cocktail

-
The creation of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) seems designed to marginalise the EU’s anti-fraud office, OLAF, to the point that it disappears. Indeed, only one of the two of OLAF’s main investigative...

Armed neo-Nazi group issues death threat to Guy Verhofstadt

-
Last Thursday, the neo-Nazi group Feuerkrieg Division (FKD), inspired by James Mason’s Siege and the Atomwaffen Division, posted propaganda on their Gab account calling for acts of violence against Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt. In addition...

The Containment of Russia and the Bulgarian Impasse

-
So far, there has been a remarkably successful American effort to contain Russia in Southeast Europe. The most recent success of American diplomacy, overt and covert, has been the inclusion of the Republic of North...

Political tides and the European Election parking lots

-
Major socio-political changes are neither planned nor premeditated. They are usually triggered by unforeseen circumstantial mistakes, and when these occur it is already too late. The May 2019 European elections may prove catalytic to future...

Italy triggers a strategic discussion on Sino-European relations

-
Last Friday, Prime minister Giuseppe Conte confirmed that his government is considering a bilateral agreement with China in the context of the One Belt, One Road initiative (BRI). President Xi Jinping will visit Italy on March 22-24 with the...

Kefalogiannis: The audio recording and the emails of the absent Accredited Parliamentary Assistants

-
The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) case against the head of the New Democracy party delegation in the European Parliament, Manolis Kefalogiannis continues, as New Europe uncovered last month. Hundreds of documents in the form...

EPPO heading for crash

-
The European Chief Prosecutor, who will head the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO), will be jointly appointed by common accord, by the European Parliament and the Council. New Europe sources in the COREPER have...

Weber vs Juncker: What was wrong with the old change?

-
European People’s Party’s Spitzenkandidat Manfred Weber has been reminding us on a daily basis the proximity of May’s European elections. The countdown started on the 100-day mark and it has been counting down since,...

China and the Western world, a game for the big boys

-
It does not take to be a rocket scientist to anticipate the failure of the short lived Trump-Kim friendship story that abruptly came to an end in Vietnam. The simple fact is that leaders...

Research and Innovation: Return of The Clones

-
After the celebrated days of Robert-Jan Smits – the former Director General for Research and Innovation who New Europe played a small role in providing information that would lead to him being put out...

Jean-François Bohnert takes the lead for Chief European Public Prosecutor as Kovesi stumbles in...

-
Another stage in the race for the European Public Prosecutor’s Office has been completed today, upturning standings and expectations, with the French candidate Jean-François Bohnert taking the lead. Previously the race was led by the Romanian candidate, Laura...

OLAF confirms MEP Kefalogiannis still under investigation as New Democracy confirms him as European...

-
The EPP member in Greece, New Democracy, announced the first half of candidates for the European elections. So far, the party has announced 22 of the 42 names, among which the 4 sitting MEPs...

Why is Romania still an EU member state?

-
The European Public Prosecutor Office, or EPPO, is a new institution that has already entered into a serious institutional crisis even before it has begun. At this moment, we are in the middle of...

Kovesi: Romanian EPPO favourite, under fire

-
The latest phase of Romania justice’s drama is being played out in the European public sphere: Laura Codruta Kovesi, the frontrunner for the position of chief prosecutor of the newly-established European Public Prosecutor’s Office, has...

Battle of the tyrants

-
By executive order of European Parliament supremo Antonio Tajani, the institution has decided to prohibit a conference organised by former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and the President of the Generalitat Quim Torra, scheduled to take place on...

Kovesi: The Romanian EU chief prosecutor favourite caught between a rock and a hard...

-
The latest phase of Romania justice’s drama is being played out in the European public sphere: Laura Codruta Kovesi, the frontrunner for the position of chief prosecutor of the newly-established European Public Prosecutor’s Office,...