Orbán Breaching EU Values

Hungary EU

Last week in a European parliamentary debate on Hungary’s democratic demise, S&D MEPs criticised the European Commission and the Council for its inaction against Viktor Orbán’s government. S&D MEPs fully supported the vote on a report that lists the Orbán government’s worsening record on the rule of law.  Among the issues under the spotlight are: the…

Armenia-Azerbaijan Border Clashes Flare Up

Last night 12 September the units of the armed forces of Armenia conducted aggressive incursions in the direction of Dashkasan, Kalbajar and Lachin along the Azerbaijan-Armenia state border. According to information provided by the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan, sabotage groups of the armed forces of Armenia using the mountainous relief of the…

Bosnia Joins Civil Protection Mechanism

Bosnia Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina has become a full member of the EU civil protection mechanism. This is the European solidarity framework that helps countries overwhelmed by a disaster.  Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, was in Sarajevo to officially sign an agreement on behalf of the European Union to grant the country official membership of the Mechanism. …

Netherlands Recovery and Resilience Plan

The European Commission has given a positive assessment of the Netherlands’ recovery and resilience plan.  This is a key step paving the way for the EU to disburse €4.7 billion in grants to the Netherlands under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF).  This financing will, says the EU, support the implementation of the crucial investment…

Tributes to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

EU council president Charles Michel has led tributes to the Queen after she died on Thursday. The former Belgian PM was quick to react to the shock news and issued a statement. It reads, “We remember a remarkable woman today. A remarkable human being. Who shouldered an immense responsibility over the past 70 years. Her…

State visits, Statements and Statesmanship

One of the many key decisions facing political leaders – especially new ones like Liz Truss – is when and where to make official visits. Some leaders and their choices have been wiser than others, writes Philip Bushill-Matthews. Recently in the UK there were two state visits in relatively quick succession. In 2015 under David Cameron’s premiership the Queen accorded a full state visit…

Baltic Energy Security Summit

Baltic Energy Security Summit

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson, participated in the Baltic Sea Summit in Copenhagen on Wednesday. It ended with Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Finland and Sweden signing a declaration committing to multiplying by seven the current offshore wind capacity of the region, up to 20 gigawatts by 2030.  At the concluding…

The Hero City that Endured: the Stories from Ukrainian Chernihiv

Museum of Civilian Voices

Chernihiv is located in the north of Ukraine, close to the borders with Russia and Belarus. It became one of the first cities where Russian troops tried to break through. But the Ukrainian defenders held the defense of the city with incredible efforts, restraining the aggressive attack. However, the city remained surrounded and was mercilessly…

Council President Praises Bravery of Ukraine

Charles Michel

EU council president Charles Michel has praised the “bravery” of Ukraine in its war with Russia. He was speaking at the Crimea Platform Summit on Tuesday. The former Belgian PM said, “Crimea is Ukraine. I start with the same, clear message I had the opportunity to convey last year when I took part in the…