Friday

6th May 2016

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.

Empty Gazpromises

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

Column / UK referendum briefing

How Cameron's EU referendum silenced left-wing Britain

Most of the passion in an increasingly bitter campaign ahead of the 23 June vote comes from the Conservatives. Mobilisation on the left and by nationalists remains marginal.

Kosovo: Living in a ghetto on the EU fringe

Stuck behind a visa wall, getting poorer and in a country more corrupt each day, the EU promise is fading in the hearts and minds of ordinary people in Kosovo.

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.

Column / Crude World

Why Europe should fight Nord Stream II

While the European Commission is still assessing how to react to the plans for a new Russia-Germany gas pipeline, the threats to EU energy supplies and Baltic Sea security are becoming clearer.

Fixing Europe’s digital skills gap

While 90 percent of jobs requires IT knowledge, almost half of the EU population is not properly digitally skilled. That's why training is key for the future, says Google Europe chief.

Japan is back: Is Europe ready?

The expected free trade agreement between the EU and Japan will help the historic partners to forge a solid and mutually advantageous anchor in the troubled waters of current international politics.

EU-UK deal must preserve social rights

Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Czech republic meet Monday to coordinate their position on EU-UK talks. Rights of EU workers are crucial for the group, writes the Czech Europe minister

Minsk 2: The big farce of Western policy on Russia

The New Year began with optimism that the Ukraine crisis will be solved quickly. But the solution appears to be on Russia’s terms and at the cost of Ukraine’s national interests. 

Lukashenko: no longer a troublemaker?

As EU foreign ministers discuss whether to prolong the suspension of sanctions on Alexander Lukashenko's regime, they should also think of a long-term strategy of conditional engagement.