Europeans Reeling Under the Burden of Personal Debt

Europeans in many member states are finding it hard to meet their monthly dues, resorting to personal debt as a short-term solution to their financial woes, writes Ali Burton. According to financial writer Maya Goodfellow, in the UK, despite record employment levels, debt has reached an all-time high. The TUC reports that UK homes now own…

Religious Minorities Under Threat in China

Rights organisations have made a fresh and damning condemnation of China’s human rights record. This comes after what is said to be a big upswing in persecution of religious minorities in the country. Speaking in the European Parliament in Brussels, Anna Hill, of Open Doors International, said that China had risen to number 27 on…

Finance Sector Mobilizes Against Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

The Financial Sector Commission on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking has released its final report, “Unlocking Potential: A Blueprint for Mobilizing Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking,” during the United Nations General Assembly in New York.  With the release of the report, the Liechtenstein Initiative launches Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking, a project based at the United Nations…

Brussels Monopoly

Here’s an offer you might find hard to resist – buying the European Parliament and NATO’s new state-of-the-art HQ in Brussels. Both are up for grabs – at least on the new Monopoly board which has just been launched. A brand new Brussels version of the kids’ favourite  features some of the city’s best-known tourist spots….

Controversy over Relations Between Belgium and Israel

Mark Geleyn, the former Belgian ambassador to Israel, has condemned his country’s policy towards Israel as “not the attitude of a friend.” Geleyn was speaking in Brussels this week at a conference on diversity along with ambassadors and diplomats from 10 other countries. He said Belgium was an  anti-Israel country that, unlike most others in western…

EP Survey Shows Surge in Young People Actively Voting

The high turnout in the 2019 European elections was driven by a surge in participation by young people, according to a Eurobarometer survey commissioned by the European Parliament in June. The results of the post-electoral Eurobarometer survey, one of the most comprehensive quantitative surveys on the last European elections publicly available, show that the turnout…

Will Kövesi be appointed as EU Public Prosecutor, despite the strong public opposition against her candidature?

Parliament and Council negotiators agreed on appointing Laura Codruţa Kövesi, MEPs’ preferred choice to be the first head of the new EU Public Prosecutor’s Office. The negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council on the new European Chief Prosecutor to lead the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) have been ongoing since last spring. Parliament’s…

The “Truth” about WWII

An attempt by Russia to re-write the history of World War II has angered many Central and East European member states and been the subject of a debate in the European parliament to mark the 80th anniversary of the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact. Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed the non-aggression pact one week before the start…

European Prosecutor’s Office: Should Laura Kövesi remain the top candidate?

Last week, the majority of EU countries’ ambassadors voted to support Romania’s former anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi to be the EU’s first public prosecutor but should she be the final choice of the EU Council and the European Parliament? asks Oliver Pahnecke. This question needs to be raised in light of information that shows…

Commission President Names Core Media Team

Commission President-elect Ursula von de Leyen has unveiled her core media relations team. They are: Jens Flosdorff as Executive Communication Adviser in the President’s cabinet and responsible for the President’s media activities, Eric Mamer as Chief Commission Spokesperson and Dana Spinant as Deputy Chief Spokesperson. Jens Flosdorff, a German national with 15 years’ experience in political communication, is currently part of…