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The empty seat in Strasbourg

 When the newly elected European Parliament convenes this year on July 16 there will be an empty seat in the plenary hall within the...

COP28 reaches compromise deal to transition away from fossil fuels

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) closed on December 13 with a compromise deal. Instead of “phase out” or “phase down,” the agreement...

Playing politics with EU veto power – a very old game

In late November, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, standing alongside visiting Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, told the media that he was against the “bilateralization”...

Former UN judges, prominent jurists & politicians demand Iran’s leaders be held accountable for 1988 massacre

During an international conference on August 21, former UN Judges, renowned legal experts, and prominent politicians from the US, Europe, and Africa called on...

Morocco is key to the EU’s Neighborhood Policy

Morocco has positioned and developed itself as an indisputable oasis of social and economic stability in a part of the world where such claims are few and far between; a fact that is not lost on many of Europe's politicians.

Quo vadis, Italia?

2023 promises to be a pivotal year for Italy as Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni looks to lead the country down a path of political and economic stabilization.

Croatia advances to the EU mainstream

 Croatia took a decisive step January 1 towards the mainstream of the European project by adopting the Euro as its currency while at the...

Iran’s influence peddling at the European Parliament

The Iranian dictatorship is able to use the services of agents disguised as “political advisors” to serve the interests of a foreign and hostile power that is out to undermine the very core of European democracy.

Schengen Zone tremblors center on Bulgaria and Romania

The Netherlands announced on December 2 that it will accept Romania and Croatia's joining the EU’s special passport-free Schengen Zone but intended to block...

Time to listen to the voice of freelancers

It is of utmost importance that politicians do not create a legislative framework which forces all workers into an outdated 9 to 5 model.

Reliance on Russian oil and gas impacts Slovak economy

In addition to borders, Slovakia shares a long and at times complicated history with its neighbouring countries. Many of these issues were resolved or...

Basil Coronakis challenged the EU bureaucrats fearlessly

It is rather common these days to label people as “great thinkers” or even “pioneers,” in fact these terms have almost become clichés. My...

Amazon wins EU court appeal in Luxembourg tax case

An EU Court said on Wednesday that the Commission failed to prove that Amazon was granted an illegal tax advantage, annulling the EU Executive's...

Europe’s top diplomat urges Turkey to respect ‘democratic obligations’ following HDP closure case

The bloc's top diplomat, Josep Borrell has voiced the European Union's concerns over Ankara's decision to close the country's largest opposition party, namely the Peoples’ Democratic...

Italy blocks export of AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine to Australia

Italy on Thursday blocked a shipment of an AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-19 vaccine that was destined for Australia, marking the first EU intervention since the bloc...

EU voices concerns over Turkey’s continuing pressure against HDP

The European Union has voiced its concerns over Ankara's increasing pressure against the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), urging the country to safeguard its democratic system."The European Union...

Brussels warns six EU countries against travel restrictions

Ιn a letter sent to Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary and Sweden, the European Commission has urged the countries to respect the travel restrictions...

EU countries agree to mutually recognise rapid antigen tests

The EU's Health Security committee agreed on Thursday on a list of rapid antigen tests, which will be mutually recognised by member states, as...

EU orders extra 200 million doses of Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine

German drugmaker BioNTech on Wednesday announced that the European Union will buy an additional 200 million doses of its Coronavirus vaccine, that will be...

Croatia in talks with Russia over Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine

Budapest is negotiating with Moscow the possibility of buying the Russian-made Coronavirus vaccine, namely Sputnik V, Reuters reported on Wednesday.  "Each government must take...

European Commission secures 300 million extra doses of Moderna vaccine

The European Union has approved a second contract with the US pharmaceutical company Moderna for an additional purchase of 300 million doses of its...

Johnson & Johnson applies for EU vaccine approval

Belgian-based company Janssen Pharmaceutica, owned by US pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday submitted its COVID-19 vaccine to Europe's medicines watchdog for conditional...

Germany partially closes borders with the Czech Republic, Austria over Coronavirus variant

Germany partially closed its borders with the Czech Republic and Austria’s Tyrol on Sunday, reinstating temporary entry bans and border controls over growing fears for...

British PM says EU ‘undermined’ Northern Ireland Protocol

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the European Union undermined the Northern Ireland Protocol by triggering an emerging provision in the Brexit Protocol in...

Pfizer/BioNTech pledge up to 75 million extra vaccine doses to the EU

US drugmaker Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have pledged to provide up to 75 million more doses of their vaccine to the EU...

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