5th Mar 2024


Dijsselbloem to quit politics

Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, elected as an MP in the March elections, has decided he will leave politics on 25 October, he wrote in a letter to the president of the Dutch Lower House. He said he no longer had the "firepower" to help his centre-left Labour party, which plummeted from 38 to 9 seats, to return from its crushing defeat. Dijsselbloem will stay Eurogroup chief until mid-January.

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Hungary's Ukrainian refugees in two minds as relations sour

Ukrainians struggle to match the kindness of individual Hungarians with the nationalist government's pro-Russia rhetoric. "Ukraine's primary enemies are Russians and Putin, obviously. But the number two is Viktor Orbán," Viktoria Petrovszka, a Ukrainian woman living in Hungary, says.


The six-hour U-turn that saw the EU vote for austerity

The EU's own analysis has made it clear this is economic self-sabotage, and it's politically foolish three months from European elections where the far-right are predicted to increase support, writes the general secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation.


Defence, von der Leyen, women's rights, in focus This WEEK

Ursula von der Leyen is expected to be confirmed as the EPP candidate for president of the next EU Commission. A new defence strategy will be unveiled this week, while the ECB is expected to maintain interest rates.

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