“Integration Needs Integrity to Succeed” – Vladimir Krulj

The current public health crisis is causing EU member states to close their borders and distance contact with neighbouring countries. But Counter-intuitively, Dr Vladimir Krulj argues that we must not forget the long term objective of greater integration between the EU and its neighbours. The European Union is the “most successful experiment in international cooperation…

Greens Score Their Best Election Result Yet in Eire

On February 8th Irish citizens were called to the voting booths to elect a new parliament through general elections.  While final results are still to be announced, the Irish Green Party – An Comhaontas Glas is already ensured to score its best result ever, more than doubling its 2016 result.  The Green Party is set to become…

Azerbaijan Poised to Accelerate Reforms Following Parliamentary Elections

Azerbijan’s governing party has emerged victorious in a snap parliamentary election called by President Ilham Aliyev to consolidate power and speed up economic reforms by replacing the old guard associated with his father. Candidates from the ruling Yeni Azerbaijan (New Azerbaijan) party won about 65 of 125 seats in the single-chamber parliament. A host of…

Politics of the Corona Virus?

Concern has been voiced about the impact on Taiwan of the coronavirus and serious questions have been asked about the country’s exclusion from taking part in international efforts to tackle the deadly disease. The virus has killed more than 210 people and more than 9,000 confirmed cases mainly in China. There have also been 9…

Romanian Electoral Reform Sparks Criticism

Marcel Ciolacu, President of the European Social Democratic Party, has complained about changes to the Romanian electoral legislation. The letter was sent to the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, as well as to the President of the European Parliament,Davin Maria Sassoli; the President of the Venice Commission, GianniBuquicchio; to the Secretary General of the European Council,…

European judges’ silent march in Warsaw resonates internationally

From the columns of the New York Times to news articles in Tokyo, the stand taken by European judges in defence of the rule of law in Poland has made headlines across the world. Judges, lawyers and civil society activists from across Europe joined their Polish peers in a silent march in Warsaw to protest against systematic attacks…

Why Lebanon Deserves International Support

The news from Lebanon in recent weeks has been grim. As street protests in Beirut and other cities intensify, so does the country’s economic suffering, writes Charles Tannock. A political, economic, and social crisis has taken hold, leading to hard-currency shortages that hinder imports of vital daily commodities such as wheat, medicine, and fuel. Moreover,…

Landslide Re-election for TSAI Ing-wen in Taiwan

The Taipei Representative Office in Brussels organised a reception today at their Embassy to share the results of Taiwan’s election as they came in live, including a TV broadcast of President Tsai’s victory speech. The event helped to deliver a strong impression to the audience of international journalists, academics and lawmakers that Taiwan’s young democracy…

Civil Society Should Occupy the Fringe of EU Politics

Like Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, civil society should occupy the influential fringe of European politics says a prominent EU civil rights campaigner. Former Labour MP Roger Casale, who heads up civil rights organisation New Europeans, made the calls at Volonteurope’s annual conference attended by leading civil society organisations. He said: “Like Edinburgh’s Fringe festival which has…

Sack Minister Orzhel, Trade Unions Demand

The 35 000 member strong trade unions of Energoatom, Ukraine’s state owned nuclear power generating company voted over the weekend to step up their demonstrations in central Kyiv. They have issued 3 demands to Ukrainian President Zelensky:- Dismiss Energy Minister Oleksiy Orzhel. Cut out the Ministry of Energy from the chain of command so that…