Wednesday

19th Jan 2022

News in Brief

  1. Michel to miss Strasbourg plenary due to Covid contact
  2. Kaczyński wanted for questions on political spying
  3. Blinken and Lavrov meet on Friday to discuss Ukraine
  4. Lobbyists had 613 meetings with MEPs on digital services act
  5. Breivik appeals for parole, 10 years after Norway massacre
  6. German chancellor takes tough stance on Russia pipeline
  7. MEPs keen to speed up green-transition fund for poor
  8. Political crimes reach two-decade high in Germany

Opinion

Why Russia politics threaten European security

Russia could expand hostile operations, such as poisonings, including beyond its borders, if it feels an "existential" threat and there is no European pushback.

Analysis

Ten years on from Tahrir: EU's massive missed opportunity

Investing in the Arab world, in a smart way, is also investing in the European Union's future itself. Let's hope that the disasters of the last decade help to shape the neighbourhood policy of the next 10 years.

Analysis

Eastern Europe wakes up with Trump hangover

Trump's legacy in the region is mostly linked to the bilateral accords normalising economic relations between Kosovo and Serbia. During the signing of the Washington Agreement, Trump allegedly pressured the Serbian president to move Serbia's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Navalny protests sharpen EU sanctions talks

Street violence in Russia redoubled calls for new sanctions when foreign ministers meet on Monday, after eight EU states earlier proposed asset-freezes and visa-bans.

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Column

Why people want to be fooled

The charlatan is "like a doctor who brings relief from suffering and pain". The word charlatan comes from the Italian 'ciarlatano': someone selling herbal brews and rejuvenating waters at street markets, often also pulling teeth and doing magic tricks.

Opinion

Time for dither and delay with Ankara's rights record is over

I know first-hand how difficult it is to take a firm stance against Turkey. As Council of Europe's commissioner for human rights, I engaged in tough discussions with Ankara, wrote highly-critical reports, and tried to rally member states.

Latest News

  1. Tomorrow MEPs can end EU animal export horror show
  2. A EU-Africa 'equal partnership' must tackle past and present
  3. Metsola becomes youngest EU Parliament president
  4. EU navies to hunt pirates in West Africa
  5. Von der Leyen's pharma texts should be public, MEP says
  6. 'Hundreds' of Russian mercenaries in Mali, EU confirms
  7. Euro countries start haggling on fiscal rules
  8. New doubts raised on tracking ads ahead of key vote

Opinion

Belarusian spring: finding hope in dark times

These are dark times in Belarus, with the government tightening the screws like never before. They are preparing for spring just as much as the opponents of the regime are.

Opinion

Time to choose on Russia: regime first or people first?

I hope that the sanctions from the Foreign Affairs Council will increase the likelihood of seeing Alexei Navalny and his supporters leaving Russian prisons alive, unharmed, and in the nearer future than otherwise.

Who are the EU's new Russian deplorables?

Four Russians are about to join an EU list of the world's worst human rights abusers, but who are they and what message does it send to Moscow?

Opinion

Questions for Germany on EU's Russia strategy

Suspension or cancellation of Nord Stream 2 does not call for a drawn-out search for unanimity by the EU's foreign ministers, nor complex ratification procedures in the European Parliament or member states' parliaments, write three former EU prime ministers.

Column

Why is new EU trade policy using WTO as a figleaf?

While producers in Europe need to live up to demanding labour standards, the European Commission does not make the slightest move to protect them against competition from countries that use forced labour on a massive scale.

Opinion

Georgia is facing the abyss, and calls on EU for help

Politically-motivated justice, the capture of state institutions by the private interests of oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili, rapid socio-economic decline, and increased corruption, all are making Georgians hopeless about their future, writes former Georgian ambassador to the EU.

Opinion

Myanmar: the EU needs to play the ASEAN card

The military coup seems to have inflamed and united a diverse and ostensibly depoliticised society. There seems to be an across the board rejection by the people of Myanmar of a return to military dictatorship.