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19th Aug 2022

New Latvian commissioner has 'healthy euroscepticism'

The new Latvian Commissioner, Ingrida Udre, has declared herself to have a "healthy euroscepticism" as she is nominated in place of former foreign minister Sandra Kalniete.

Ms Udre campaigned on a eurosceptic ticket for the 2002 elections.

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And her appointment has stirred up political turmoil in Latvia, where one of the coalition parties - the People's Party - has threatened to pull out of the government after Ms Kalniete was pushed aside.

Ms Udre herself comes from the Greens and Farmers party, the same party as Lativan Prime Minister Indulis Emsis.

"My strength is economic education, experience in finances, tax system, also in parliamentary work", Ms Udre told Latvian daily Neatkariga Rita Avize yesterday.

Slovakia's government stares into the abyss

When a pro-western coalition swept to power in Slovak elections in 2020, many saw it as the start of a new era. Yet fast forward two-and-a-half years, and the four-party coalition is teetering on the brink of collapse.

Draghi's grip on power finally unravels

Italy looked set to lose its highly-respected prime minister Mario Draghi on Thursday, after his attempt to relaunch his grand coalition government ended with right-wing parties joining the populist Five Star Movement (M5S) in deserting him.

Italy back in chaos, as Draghi quits over 5-Star snub

Italy was plunged into fresh political turmoil on Thursday as prime minister Mario Draghi announced his resignation after a key ally within his grand coalition government boycotted a parliamentary vote.

MEP accused of 'disrespecting' female moderator

Some 100 representatives of civil society organisations, including Transparency International EU and Oxfam, accuse German Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer of disrespecting a moderator because she was a woman of colour and want him reprimanded.

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Albania's post-communist dream has lessons for Ukraine

Comparisons between post-communist Albania and current-day Ukraine are fascinating — and make many pertinent parallels. Ukrainians have a similar determination to belong to "the rest of Europe" as Albanians.

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Finally, the victims of Utøya got a memorial

A legal battle between locals on the one hand and the state and the labour youth organisation on the other side postponed the inception of the memorial in remembrance of the victims of Anders Behring Breivik.

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