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    Delegations to name their leaders
    Sep25

    Delegations to name their leaders

    The election of MEPs to lead delegations to foreign countries has been delayed by the confirmation hearings for the nominees to the next European Commission. The more than 40 delegations of the Parliament were supposed to hold their constitutive meetings next week, but there is now a clash with the re-scheduled confirmation hearings, which start...

    Threat of winter adds urgency to aid effort
    Sep25

    Threat of winter adds urgency to aid effort

    The looming prospect of a winter without Russian gas is injecting fresh urgency into efforts to help Ukrainians displaced by fighting in the east of the country. But officials warn that weaknesses in Ukraine’s social security system and crisis-response mechanism are undermining support for the displaced. The European Commission has in the...

    Serbia strengthens ties with Russia
    Sep25

    Serbia strengthens ties with Russia

    European Union officials are concerned that ongoing diplomatic wrangling over Ukraine could push Serbia, which is in the first phase of negotiations to join the Union, deeper into the Russian camp. As a candidate for membership, Serbia is expected to line up with core EU foreign policies, including sanctions. But it has refused to go along with...

    Hybrid warfare comes to Europe
    Sep25

    Hybrid warfare comes to Europe

    The West is pretty good at measuring Russia’s conventional and nuclear military capabilities. But what about other weapons? As is clear from events in Ukraine – and now in the Baltic states and elsewhere – regular military muscle plays only a small part in the Kremlin’s arsenal. Its armed forces’ main job is not actual fighting,...

    Ewa Kopacz – reasonable woman
    Sep25

    Ewa Kopacz – reasonable woman

    Ewa Kopacz, who was sworn in as Poland’s new prime minister on 22 September, said of the challenge ahead of her: “Houses where women are in charge do well.” The 57-year old doctor, previously speaker of the Sejm, Poland’s parliament, is her country’s second female prime minister, after Hanna Suchocka in 1992-93. The foundations...

    Sikorski leaves Polish government
    Sep19

    Sikorski leaves Polish government

    Poland’s prime minister-designate, Ewa Kopacz, has removed Radek Sikorski as foreign minister as part of an otherwise limited change in government caused by Donald Tusk’s election as president of the European Council. Kopacz is due to take over from Tusk as prime minister on 22 September. Her government, a two-party centre-right...

    EU sanctions on Iran’s central bank overturned
    Sep19

    EU sanctions on Iran’s central bank overturned

    The European Court of Justice has struck down the European Union’s decision to freeze the assets of Iran’s central bank, in the latest of a series of legal blows to the sanctions regime imposed by the EU to persuade Iran not to develop nuclear weapons. Yesterday’s ruling, against which the EU’s member states can still...

    Greens quit Finnish government in nuclear row
    Sep18

    Greens quit Finnish government in nuclear row

    The Green League today (18 September) quit the five-party Finnish coalition government in protest at a decision to build a nuclear power plant in the north of the country. Nuclear power company Fennovoima’s application to build the country’s fifth nuclear power plant was approved in 2010 but changes in the firm’s plans needed to...

    Parliamentary notebook, 18 September
    Sep18

    Parliamentary notebook, 18 September

    Keep it in the far-right family Each MEP is entitled to appoint an unlimited number of parliamentary assistants using a monthly budget for their salaries of €21,000. However, in 2009 a rule came into force forbidding MEPs from employing close relatives as their assistants. But Golden Dawn – the Greek delegation of three right-wing MEPs – has...

    Will NATO respond with a bang or a whimper?
    Sep18

    Will NATO respond with a bang or a whimper?

    Collective security depends on a mixture of trust and fear: trust that your allies will make sacrifices for you, and fear that you will suffer if you challenge or break the rules. Both of those are fraying in Europe. It is hard to see how the new European Commission will be able to impose its will on Russia’s South Stream gas pipeline, now...

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