“We were blackmailed”: Goyens

Facebook and Google pressured and “arm-wrestled” a group of experts to soften European guidelines on online disinformation and fake news, according to new testimony from insiders released to journalists at Investigate Europe and published today by openDemocracy, the London-based global news website. Extracts from these testimonies allege that Facebook and Google undermined efforts to make the tech giants…

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,…

What Europeans Really Want, 5 Myths Debunked

A major new report called “What Europeans really want, 5 myths debunked”  by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), has found that there could be as many as 97 million swing voters in play at this year’s European Parliament election. According to data collected across 14 member states that make up 80 percent of the…

Ukraine. What to expect from the Presidential Run-off vote?

It is a huge achievement that nobody knows who will win in the second tour. People in Russia and Belarus don’t have such a privilege to guess a winner. In any case, Ukraine will not change its path towards European integration.  European and Ukrainian experts talk about their expectations from the electoral campaign in Ukraine.

Battleground for votes in the European Parliament elections 

Battleground for votes in the Euro Parliament elections

Though migration remains important for Europe’s voters, a majority do not consider it to be the most important issue. Corruption, living standards, housing, unemployment and health rank above, or alongside, migration as key issues for European voters. Despite what Viktor Orban, Matteo Salvini and Steve Bannon have said, the EU elections will not be a…

Slovakia At The Crossroads

Slovakia At The Crossroads - Zuzana Čaputová

In the first round of the Slovakian Presidential elections last weekend, first place has been won with 40.6% of the vote by Zuzana Čaputová representing the Progressive Slovakia party. Turnout in the elections was 50%. She is an environmental lawyer who campaigned on an anti-corruption ticket, and is hitherto relatively unknown, with no prior experience…

Paintings From a Russian Prison

Paintings of the Ukrainian political prisoner Roman Sushchenko

Paintings of the Ukrainian political prisoner Roman Sushchenko are being exhibited at the Brussels Press Club. A journalist of the Ukrainian state agency “Ukrinform”, based in Paris as their correspondent for France, he was sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment in Russia on charges of espionage. He was arrested while travelling to Russia to visit…