Topic: European Commission

Brexit and the Urgent Need for a Plan B

Guest commentary by Daniel Guéguen - 17 Jul 2016

Brexit, rightly seen as inadvisable, will turn out to be impossible both technically and politically. Far from destroying the EU, Brexit is a chance to relaunch it by creating a two-circle community: a circle based on Eurozone integration and a circle for the Single Market. Everyone would benefit from this. by Daniel Guéguen
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Accusations of Embezzlement, Upgrades, Reproaches and Honours in Hungary

Hungary, 08 May - 04 Jun 2016

Governor of Hungarian Central Bank accused of funneling funds to friends and family ++ Fitch upgrades Hungary’s credit rating to investment grade ++ Infringement procedure against Hungary over segregation of Roma children in schools ++ Bocuse d’Or: Hungarian Tamás Széll crowned Best European Chef. by Robert Talo
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Refugees Welcome! Sweden, a popular Destination

Sweden, 18 Aug - 14 Sep 2015

Sweden experiences high influx of refugees ++ Stock market crash in China spills over to Sweden ++ Infamous criminal attacked. by Jens Ummethum
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Ironic Timing: Holocaust Movie Wins Award While Politicians Court Right-Wing Voters

Hungary, 10 May - 06 Jun 2015

Radical words: Jobbik’s success in polls raises far-right tendencies in PM Orbán’s policies ++ Death penalty and immigration: Hungary under increased international scrutiny ++ At the right time: Hungarian filmmaker moves Cannes with intense Holocaust movie. by Balázs Márton, Janina Rottmann, Robert Talo
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French Government Bulldozes Way for Economic Reforms

France, 26 Jan - 22 Feb 2015

Prime Minister Valls forces Loi Macron through ++ National film Award César celebrated for the 40th time ++ Franco-German peace efforts still in danger. by Sabrina Hambloch
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In the Epicenter of the Crises: Ethnic Bulgarians in the Ukraine

Bulgaria, 19 Jan - 16 Feb 2015

Bulgarian government pledges support for Bessarabian Bulgarians in the Ukraine ++ ‘Lukov March’ or what they are marching for? ++ ‘A way out of the maze’? The latest EU Commission report on justice and home affairs in Bulgaria reveals. by Raycho Penchev
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France a Nobel Laureate and yet in Decline?

France, 09 Oct - 22 Oct 2014

Government reforms: just courtesy or simply the right thing? ++ Nobel Prize surprise for Frenchmen ++ Right-wing intellectual in doubt about French virility. by Matthieu Choblet
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20 Years later: Sweden Remembers the Estonia Victims

Sweden, 20 Sep - 03 Oct 2014

Estonia disaster remembered ++ Sweden supports fight against IS ++ New government formed. by Jens Ummethum
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Bulgaria’s Political and Cultural Heritage

Bulgaria, 03 Sep - 16 Sep 2014

Parliamentary elections 2014 – preparations and discussions about vote buying ++ Kristalina Georgieva elected as Vice-President of Juncker’s EC cabinet ++ Plovdiv to be the European capital of culture in 2019. by Alice Greschkow
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The Brussels Game: Tusk for European Council, Bienkowska for Commission

Poland, 22 Aug - 04 Sep 2014

Polish Prime Minister Tusk to become the EU council president ++ Post-Tusk Poland in search for a new Prime Minister ++ Poland securing budget and finances portfolio in the Commission. by Maciej Wilga
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50 Kilos of Cocaine gone missing – French Police investigates in its own Ranks

France, 31 Jul - 13 Aug 2014

50 kilograms of cocaine stolen – policeman under suspicion ++ Economic growth stagnates ++ Airplane crash near Paris – Two dead and three wounded. by Sabrina Hambloch
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German-British Quarrels & the Revenge of a former President

Germany, 03 Jun - 16 Jun 2014

Juncker yes or no? Germany and Great Britain haggling over Presidency of European Commission ++ Book by the ex-president: Payday for Christian Wulff ++ Speleologist enclosed in more than 1000m depth. by Sandra Czech
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Between 'Calcio' and 'Camorra' – Violence in Italian Football

Italy, 28 Apr - 11 May 2014

Violence in Italian football: supporter shot before cup final ++ Immigration: conflicts between Rome and EU ++ Berlusconi begins service in retirement home. by Marco Jelic
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South Stream Pipeline: European Commission expresses its deep Concerns

Bulgaria, 16 Apr - 29 Apr 2014

Bulgaria’s feint of European energy legislation ++ A dubious Bulgarian businessman to enter the European Parliament? ++ Welcome to Bulgaria, Mr. Juncker & Mr. Schulz! by Alice Greschkow, Raycho Penchev
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The awaited Refugee Exodus – African Migrants on the Italian Coast

Italy, 31 Mar - 13 Apr 2014

Massive migrants wave on Italian coast - Government call for EU to share the burden ++ Fiscal cuts for economic growth: 'Time for optimism'++ Berlusconi to serve for social assistance. by Marco Calabrò, Vittoria Carraro
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All Eyes on Bulgaria: Cooperative Approaches to Security

Bulgaria, 19 Mar - 01 Apr 2014

Top U.S. diplomat visits Bulgaria to discuss the Russia-Ukraine situation ++ Bulgaria to avoid a monitoring mechanism over refugees? ++ President Rossen Plevneliev under enormous pressure. by Alice Greschkow, Ivan Yanakiev, Raycho Penchev
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Spain remembers 2004 Madrid Train Bombings

Spain, 02 Mar - 15 Mar 2014

Madrid train bombings – 10 years after ++ Spanish wealth gap biggest in Europe ++ International Women’s Day: Protest against abortion act. by Hannah Lütkenhaus, Marco Just Quiles, Marília Ferreira da Cunha
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What connects us? The Ukrainian Conflict’s Impact on Bulgaria

Bulgaria, 19 Feb - 04 Mar 2014

Bulgaria’s (re)actions on the conflict in the Ukraine ++ Presidential veto on election code overturned by the Parliament ++ Baba Marta – a cheerful folklore tradition remains popular. by Alice Greschkow, Ivan Yanakiev
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Beyond Borders: Bullets against Refugees and Setback for International Prosecution

Spain, 02 Feb - 15 Feb 2014

Morocco-Spain border tragedy: bullets against African refugees ++ Trade vs. justice? Powerful legal instrument yields in the light of bilateral tensions with China ++ Dual citizenship for Sephardic Jews. by Marco Just Quiles
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Bulgaria’s Justice and Home Affairs under Brussels’ ‘Magnifying Glass’

Bulgaria, 21 Jan - 04 Feb 2014

European Commission report reveals: corruption and lack of legal transparency still rife in Bulgarian society ++ The agony of choice: a referendum on voting rules ++ Diplomatic tourism – on the road to Syria, Taiwan and back. by Alice Greschkow, Ivan Yanakiev
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Battle in Parliament – Chaos in Italian Politics and Head of State impeached

Italy, 20 Jan - 02 Feb 2014

Turmoil in Parliament, President Napolitano under opposition attack ++ Is Fiat selling the label 'Made in Italy'? ++ Guilty! - again: New chapter opened in case of Amanda Knox ++ Milan EXPO 2015: a chance for Italian economic re-launch? by Federica Patalano, Marco Calabrò, Vittoria Carraro
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Debate on Poverty Migration, Respect for a Coming-Out and Concern about Schumacher

Germany, 17 Dec - 13 Jan 2014

CSU sparks discussion about poverty migration in Germany ++ Germany fears for the life of its racing idol Michael Schumacher ++ Breaking a taboo: Former football star admits to being homosexual ++ A shady deal? Top-level politician will take over well-paid executive job. by Daniel Rätz
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