In Brief

  • The EU confirms that it will renew the sanctions against Russia when they expire this coming July (19 May) (more)
  • EgyptAir flight 804 en route from Paris to Cairo goes missing (19 May) (more)
  • The European Parliament rejects a statute which would recognize China as a market economy (14 May) (more)
  • Turkish president Erdogan pressures the EU to grant visa exemptions to Turkish citizens before October (8 May) (more)
  • Sadiq Khan becomes London’s first Muslim mayor (7 May) (more)
  • Greenpeace Holland leaks classified documents concerning TTIP, the commercial trade agreement between the United States and the EU (2 May) (more)


Brussels attacked

In recent months and years we have got used to witnessing attacks on Brussels, the city symbolizing the centre of the European Union that national leaders in government and opposition love to criticize for everything that goes wrong or is unpopular on the European continent. Today, though, 22 March 2016, it was not a metaphoric but a coordinated literal attack on the city of Brussels that dominated the headlines...


Lessons from Spain for a turbulent Europe

By Elisa Lledó

Spain has celebrated its thirtieth anniversary as a member of the EU, in a family that has little time for parties. The country has extensive experience in matters related to terrorism and the management of illegal immigration, the two most pressing issues for Europe. Therefore Spain could take on a leading role within the European club…


Europe’s “Dutch Disease”


By Andreas Marazis

No, Europe is not considered a victim of the economic phenomenon known as “Dutch Disease” or “resource curse”, referring to economies of countries that rely heavily on natural resource revenues. But it might suffer from a different kind of “Dutch Disease” brought about by the serious blow from the “NO” outcome of the April 6, 2016 Dutch referendum  regarding the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement which has served to fragment the EU and weaken its unified decision-making power.

Unprecedented coalition in Slovakia


by Dario Groppi

Outgoing Socialist Prime Minister Robert Fico (SMER-SD) won the challenge to form a new government in Slovakia. On Wednesday, 23 March, President Kiska appointed Fico as Prime Ministern again. His coalition comprises the socialists of SMER-SD, the nationalists of SNS, the center-right Siet and the party representing the Hungarian minority, Most-HID. The majority controls 81 out of 150 seats in parliament. A confidence vote is supposed to be held within 30 days to confirm the new government.


Viral Europe

‘Yes, Minister’ unveils secrets of British foreign policy on Europe; United Nations and diplomacy.


Ukraine wins Eurovision song contest

The 2016 Eurovision song contest held in Stockholm, Sweden, on 14 May, was won by the female singer Jamala for Ukraine with the song “1944”, which got the highest score (534 points). The personal story narrated in the song, alluding to the persecution of the Crimean Tatars by the Soviet Union under Stalin, had indirect but clear connotations to Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea…

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