Alyn Smith MEP elected President of EFA

Alyn Smith, who continues to campaign fiercely against Brexit, has been elected President of the European Free Alliance (EFA) Group in the European Parliament. He succeeds Catalan MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras who stood down at the recent European election. An MEP for the Scottish National Party (SNP) since 2004, Smith was recently re-elected to the European Parliament, where he…

I have a story

Europe is a diverse continent, rich of different cultures, languages, religions, ideas. Under the flag of the Council  of Europe, all member states are  nonetheless united to follow the values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the founding Treaties of the EU prohibit discrimination…

Improvements Needed in Tackling Fraud with Regional Funding

Despite improvements over recent years, EU Member States’ efforts to tackle fraud in cohesion spending remain too weak, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. Member States’ assessments of the effectiveness of their anti-fraud measures are too optimistic, say the auditors. Detection, response and coordination still need substantial strengthening to prevent,…

Tenth Anniversary of the Eastern Partnership

On 14 May, the European Union, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine marked the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership with a High Level Conference in Brussels. The conference celebrated the achievements of the last ten years in the EU’s relationships with its six Eastern partners, and started discussions on the…

Norica Nicolai MEP Responds To Frans Timmermans

We reprint here an open letter from Norica Nicolai to Frans Timmermans, European Commissioner and First Vice-President of the European Commission Who threatens Romania with activating Article 7? With this question, I will open my letter, writes Norica Nicolai. First, the rules of integrity of the European Commissioners have recently been changed for you and your…

Building Georgian statehood 

(This article was first published in International Policy Digest at https://intpolicydigest.org/2019/05/10/building-georgian-statehood/)   Parliamentary elections will be held in Georgia in November 2020 and the outcome promises to be the most crucial since the country gained independence 28 years ago, writes Nino Burjanadze Our democratic principles and traditional values will be at stake. The growing disillusionment of the…

Local and Regional Elections in Turkey

Turkey has been holding elections since 1930 and Turkish people go to the polls to elect their local administrators once every five years. On March 31st, this year, people voted for 30 metropolitan, 51 city, 919 district, and 397 town municipalities, writes Hande Bozatli.  Among those 81 provinces, 30 are called metropolitan municipalities, and the…

Charges to be Laid Against Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš

Czech police have finalised their investigation and proposed to the state prosecutor to charge six people including Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and his wife for their alleged roles in the Stork’s Nest scandal involving the fraud worth CZK 50 million in EU funds. The supervising state prosecutor will now study the investigation and decide on…

Volodymyr Zelensky elected President of Ukraine

Following the results of yesterday’s elections, Volodymyr Zelensky has been elected by a landslide of more than 70% of the total vote to become Ukraine’s next President. Speaking at a press conference this afternoon in Kyiv, Rebecca Harms the Head of the European Parliament election observation delegation congratulated the citizens of Ukraine for their deep…

Carles Puigdemont announces candidacy in European Parliament Elections

Carles Puigdemont announces candidacy in European Parliament

Still living in exile in Belgium, Carles Puigdemont the independent Catalan politician chose the Brussels Press Club as the venue to announce today his candidature for election to the European Parliament in the 23 May elections.  Flanked by four colleagues from the party “Junts per Catalunya” Gorka Knorr, Erika Casajoanna, Calara Ponsati and Toni Comin,…