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Strikes against Syria: Three Pinocchios ?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:32:55 +0100

Cartoon movement, Amsterdam – Cartoon. See more.



Alberto Alemanno on Good Lobbying: ‘We want to enable citizens to speak to power’

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:58:23 +0100

, – The Italian academic explains how the “citizen lobbying” tools he promotes can help Europeans and NGOs to influence the EU and governments’ decisions on issues that matter to them. See more.



General election in Hungary: Orbán and Brussels

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 19:05:15 +0100

Cartoon movement, Amsterdam – Cartoon. See more.



Dutch local elections: The ghost of Pim Fortuyn

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 16:35:14 +0100

, – The 21 March local elections show once again how out of touch mainstream media and politicians are. They prefer pandering to the angry and vocal minority than listening to the much broader and up to now silent majority, writes populisms expert Cas Mudde. See more.



Carles Puigdemont's arrest: Journey’s end

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 13:58:10 +0100

Cartoon movement, Amsterdam – Cartoon. See more.



Slovakia and the murder of Ján Kuciak: A country at breaking point

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 09:56:34 +0100

Visegrad Insight, Warsaw – The killing of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová set off a wave of protests throughout the country. Having already forced the resignation of a long-term Slovak Prime Minister there’s no telling how far they could go from here, says researcher Milan Nič. See more.



Russian presidential election: Putin IV

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 21:10:03 +0100

Cartoon movement, Amsterdam – Cartoon. See more.



Italian election: Intricate dish

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:00:31 +0100

Trouw, Amsterdam – Cartoon. See more.



Romania struggles against corruption: Judicial reforms trouble the EU

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 22:16:41 +0100

Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa, Trento – Both the European Commission and European Parliament have expressed a certain apprehension towards judicial reforms in Bucharest. Among the options on the table is making European funds conditional on the respect of rule of law. See more.



Elections in Italy: ‘Something radically new is beginning in Italy’

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 10:56:01 +0100

, – European correspondents in Italy are unanimous in their emphasis on the victory of populist and right-wing parties, the sharp drop of the Social-democrats, and the extreme difficulty of forming a government. See more.



Human rights activists: Give activists shelter

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 23:40:17 +0100

Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa, Trento – Human rights activists are essential to the functioning of democratic societies, but they are all too often subject to threats and arrests. To safeguard their lives and their work, the EU has adopted various instruments, one of which is the “shelter city”. See more.



Elections in Italy: The “More Europe” party

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 14:19:02 +0100

Internazionale, Rome – As the March 4th elections approach, +Europa, led by former European Commissioner Emma Bonino, show that there is still room for pro-Europe and federalist movements. But will they manage to convince Italians to send them to parliament? See more.



Internet freedom: A new Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 22:56:11 +0100

Libération, Paris – "A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace", published in February 1996, was a defiant denunciation of state interference in the new freedoms of the internet. As a tribute to its author, John Perry Barlow, who died on 7 February, a French academic has written an updated version of the declaration. In 2018 governments continue to threaten online liberties, and there is a pressing new menace: the stifling algorithms and walls of the giant internet companies. See more.



Austria between Eastern and Western Europe: Will Vienna build bridges or take sides?

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 17:30:41 +0100

Transit, Vienna – Austria may come to play an ominous role in the deepening conflict between East and West, writes Carl Henrik Fredriksson. The future of the EU will be decided in Central Europe. See more.



United Kingdom: Insular loneliness

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 19:13:54 +0100

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Nominations for the ECB: There must be public debate on the renewal of the central bank

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:58:21 +0100

, – In this appeal some prominent academics, including Ulrike Guérot and Thomas Piketty, demand that the nominations for the Frankfurt institution be conducted publicly, rather than behind closed doors, as has been the norm so far. See more.



Coalition government in Germany: Unstable balance

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:13:42 +0100

Trouw, Amsterdam – Cartoon. See more.



Germany, Austria, Switzerland: Liberal parties are drifting ever more to the right

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:40:57 +0100

, – In Austria, the Freedom Party has turned from the most pro-European movement to the most europhobe and anti-immigration. In Germany the Liberal democrat party has put its hostility to migrants and refugees on top of its agenda. The same goes for Switzeland's once-centrist DUC. What has happened to the Liberal ideology in German-speaking Europe? See more.



Macron in China: Fearless reporter

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 23:14:38 +0100

Le Temps, Geneva – Cartoon. See more.



The crisis of the European Left: Are social democrats still alive?

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:08:19 +0100

Der Spiegel, Hamburg – All across Europe, social democratic parties are struggling to stay relevant. One of the oldest political ideologies is in crisis. An overview of the current situation. See more.



Poland's new prime minister: Is Morawiecki the Polish Macron?

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 22:06:51 +0100

, – Young, former banker, for a long time unaffiliated, and thought to have a good relationship with Brussels… the list of deceptive similarities between the new Polish prime minister and the president of France is long. Meanwhile, Mateusz Morawiecki shows no signs of putting an end to the war of words between Brussels and Warsaw, as the Commissions triggered a sanction procedure against Poland. See more.



Poland: Stay here!

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 13:41:02 +0100

Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich – Cartoon. See more.



Populist movements in Europe: Lessons learned from 2017 and expectations over the coming year

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 12:03:25 +0100

, – 2017 was expected to see populist parties landsliding all over Europe, which did not happen. Will 2018 follow the same path? Most probably not, says expert Cas Mudde. See more.



European agencies: Playing heads or tails

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:32:13 +0100

, – European agencies headquartered in the UK are moving to the continent ahead of Brexit. On 11 December the European Medicines Agency and the European European Banking Authority were decided on a coin flip. This is not the way things should be solved in the EU says former Radical party MEP Olivier Dupuis. See more.



International day against corruption: Is public integrity losing its appeal?

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 08:00:02 +0100

, – According to the latest Index of public integrity, while key indicators tend to stagnate, freedom of the press and of trade is losing ground in most of EU countries. See more.



New Eurogroup president: Fresh air

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:24:06 +0100

i, Lisbon – Cartoon. See more.



Ratko Mladić trial in The Hague: Life sentence

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 23:49:51 +0100

International New York Times, Paris – Cartoon. See more.



Government formation in Germany: Bad design

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:28:13 +0100

De Groene Amsterdammer, Amsterdam – Cartoon. See more.



Europe’s parliaments: A middle-aged man’s world

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 22:24:23 +0100

Der Spiegel, Hamburg – As the newly elected Bundestag enters into office, we had a look at the gender and age balance in Germany and other European countries. See more.



Catalonia comes to Brussels: Lessons in seceding

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 19:54:29 +0100

Cartoon movement, Amsterdam – Cartoon. See more.



Catalonia vs. Madrid: No turning back

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 20:19:33 +0100

Le Temps, Geneva – Cartoon. See more.



Central Europe's drifting towards populism: Quo vadis Mitteleuropa?

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:40:57 +0100

, – Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany and Austria, previously very tolerant, are giving more and more of their votes to nationalist parties. What could explain this change? See more.



Austria: Barbed Wunderkind

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:57:00 +0100

De Groene Amsterdammer, Amsterdam – Cartoon. See more.



Czech Elections: Another Central European experiment with democracy

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:55:06 +0100

Visegrad Insight, Warsaw – Popular billionaire and flamboyant populist candidate Andrej Babiš is leading the polls for 20 and 21 October general election. His opponents are so weak that his main challenger is a far-right nationalist party. Is Czech Republic on its way towards a Hungarian scenario? See more.



Journalist murdered in Malta: Something is rotten at the core of the State

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:26:56 +0100

The Times of Malta, Valetta – The murder of reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia in a mafia-style car bomb attack on 16 October shows the extent of the corruption and the impunity she revealed in her investigations. See more.



Netherlands: Rutte’s dam

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:44:39 +0100

De Volkskrant, Amsterdam – Cartoon. See more.



Austria's election campaign: Out of the frying pan into the fire

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:16:31 +0100

, – Last December, many Europeans heaved a sigh of relief when what had seemed to become the first, decisive electoral success for a new wave of right-wing, nationalist populism turned into its exact opposite. See more.



The referendum in Catalonia: The Great Fraud

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 00:27:10 +0100

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Europe and the Catalan referendum: Internal matter

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 13:20:03 +0100

De Groene Amsterdammer, Amsterdam – Cartoon. See more.



After the Catalan referendum: Disaster in Catalonia

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 22:28:30 +0100

, – The antagonism between Madrid and the nationalist regional government of Catalonia, which gave way to violence during the October 1st independence referendum, has lead to a situation with no winners, and much less hope for a political solution to the Catalan question. See more.



The far-right and the German elections: Iceberg ahead!

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:34:43 +0100

Cartoon movement, Amsterdam – Cartoon. See more.



Referendum in Catalonia: The Spanish Brexit

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 09:38:31 +0100

El País, Madrid – On 1 October the government of the Generalitat of Catalonia hopes to hold a referendum on independence that has been declared illegal by the Spanish Constitutional Court. The case is more comparable to Brexit than to the last Scottish referendum, the opinions editor of the newspaper El País argues. See more.



The European press on German election: ‘A shock for Germany, but also for all of Europe’

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 18:51:13 +0100

, – Angela Merkel may have just won her fourth consecutive federal election, but her party, the CDU/CSU, have still suffered a major setback. Meanwhile, the SPD have also suffered significant losses despite leaving the coalition, and the far-right have made a triumphant entrance to the Bundestag, argue German and European editorialists. See more.



State of the EU speech: New wind

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:41:15 +0100

Cartoon movement, Amsterdam – Cartoon. See more.



Federal election in Germany: The Merkelisation of Europe

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:38:01 +0100

Der Spiegel, Hamburg – Angela Merkel is the most powerful of the EU’s heads of state and government, and she is running for a fourth mandate in Sunday’s general election. A data-driven look at what has changed in Europe during the twelve years of her chancellorship. See more.



Brexit negotiations: Antiques

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 22:10:42 +0100

Jyllands-Posten, Aarhus – Cartoon. See more.



State of the European Union speech: Counting the words that count

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:33:47 +0100

Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa, Trento – What are the most recurrent terms in the EU Commission’s president annual speech at the European parliament saying about our times? We had a closer look at the patterns. A collaborative story by the European Data Journalism Network. See more.



German election: Unequal fight

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 11:43:36 +0100

Cartoon movement, Amsterdam – Cartoon. See more.



Brexit negotiations: EU & the UK differ on citizen’s rights

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 09:33:31 +0100

EUobserver.com, Brussels – The rights of EU citizens living in the UK and those of the UK nationals living in EU countries is a key issue of the third round of negotiation between the British government and the EU on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union that started earlier this week. See more.



Brexit seen from Europe: Eyes on the UK

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:37:18 +0100

, – What are major Continental European newspapers and news websites saying on Britain’s path towards leaving the European Union? Check out our regularly updated digest. The latest summaries are on top. See more.