Wednesday

25th May 2016

Column / UK referendum briefing

War, trade and project fear

While prime minister Cameron is scaring voters by saying Brexit could threaten peace in Europe, leaders of the campaign to leave the EU propose a dangerous leap into the unknown.

Column / Crude World

Empty Gazpromises

Why let Gazprom take on Brussels alone, when it can have EU states do its bidding?

Column / UK referendum briefing

Turning the EU migration debate on its head

Costs and benefits of migration are one of the main issues in the EU referendum campaign but the debate is mostly based on myths.

Stumbling towards Brexit

When Britons enter polling booths on 23 June they will be voting as much with their hearts as with their heads, and that puts the Remain campaign in big trouble.

Column / UK referendum briefing

Stereotypes abound in divided Britain

Remain or leave? As the EU question splits the British population down age, political leanings and education, neither side understands the motivation of the other.

Sweden and Finland defend free press

Some 250 years after the two Nordic countries passed press freedom laws, their foreign ministers urge the EU to do more to protect free speech inside the EU and beyond.

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Serbia election: EU grasping at straws

The Macedonia crisis showed what happens when EU pupils turn autocrats. The elections in Serbia do not rule out the same scenario for the Serb PM.

EU-India: reincarnation of a strategic partnership

Although the ultimate panacea of the long-stalled EU-India free trade agreement continues to remain elusive, Wednesday's summit in Brussels managed to relaunch the long-static strategic partnership.

Europe builds tower of babble against terrorism

Belgium has been blamed for the attacks in Paris and Brussels. But it is the EU as a whole that failed to act against the threat because of member states' reluctance to work together.

Kosovo tribunal must investigate Serb crimes

A new tribunal in The Hague is an insult to the victims of Serb crimes in the Kosovo war. Its mandate must be extended to cover Serb atrocities if the West really wants justice.

EU leaders must show conscience on refugees

Aegean sea rescues, safe passage, EU relocations, quick payment of aid - EU leaders still have a chance to manage the crisis in a humane, orderly way, David Miliband writes.

A close look at the EU foreign service staff reshuffle

Mogherini's staff reshuffle in the EU foreign service should have been more transparent and orderly. But it has helped to create a better balance between the interests of states and EU institutions.

EU posted worker reform is blow to single market

Just a few weeks ago after some EU countries made sacrifices on free movement to find a deal with the UK, modifying rules on posted workers will further hit their economies, a Czech minister writes.

EU downgrades human rights in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is in the midst of a human rights crisis. Federica Mogherini just made things worse by saying its mass jailings of rights activists are “normal differences.”

Poles must defend hard-won democracy

The Law and Justice party is chipping away at Poland's hard-won democracy. Now polls are showing that many people are unhappy with the changes, and a new alliance around the Committee for the Defence of Democracy has sprung up.