Poland’s Recovery and Resilience Plan

Poland and EU

The European Commission has given a positive assessment of Poland’s recovery and resilience plan, an important step towards the EU disbursing €23.9 billion in grants and €11.5 billion in loans under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). This financing will support the implementation of the crucial investment and reform measures outlined in Poland’s recovery and…

Russia is the World’s Breeding Ground for Neo-Nazi Culture

Russian Neo Nazis

Putin has said that “De-Nazification” of Ukraine is one of his key objectives, and that it is the main justification for the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Kremlin media even brands all those who oppose Russian aggression as “Neo-Nazis.” At the onset of the invasion, Russian propaganda clearly distinguished between the Ukrainian “fraternal people” and…

Could Russia Attack Europe Under the Pretext of Fighting “Global Evil”?

Russian Communist Forces

Russia’s tactical failures in Ukraine have completely nullified the original plan of invasion and occupation. The Russian army has been forced to shift its focus: the main efforts are now aimed at the seizure of territories in the south and east of Ukraine, which Russia can hypothetically later unite with the Donbass Regions and try…

The Third Reich Revisited

What do the totalitarian policies of the Third Reich 80 years ago have in common with the modern imperial dimension of the Kremlin? In 2008 in an interview with Die Welt, the political scientist Zbigniew Brzezinski equated the foreign policy of the then Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin with the actions of Hitler in…

Boosting the Roll-out of 5G

Boost to rollout of 5G

In a special report published yesterday, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) calls for new impetus to boost the roll-out of 5G, the new global wireless standard for mobile networks, in the EU. Member States have experienced considerable delays in implementing their 5G networks, which is jeopardising the achievement of the EU’s objectives in terms…

Greens to Support Newly Elected EP President Metsola

Roberta Metsola

The Greens/EFA Group have congratulated Roberta Metsola on her election as President of the European Parliament and offer “critical and constructive” cooperation. The Greens/EFA Group called on all political groups in the European Parliament to ensure proportional representation of the democratic groups of the European Parliament when electing the European Parliament Vice-Presidents. The Greens/EFA Group…

Is Europe Democratic Backsliding?

The secretary general of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Marika Pejčinović Burić, has highlighted a “clear and worrying degree of democratic backsliding” in her report on the state of democracy, human rights and the rule of law across the continent. “In many cases, the problems we are seeing predate the coronavirus pandemic but there is no doubt…

CPMR Calls For Inclusion in NGEU

The Conference of Peripheral Maritime (CPMR) says it welcomes the political agreement reached by the European Parliament and the EU Council on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027. The deal marks a decisive step towards providing the regions with adequate and timely means to deliver the recovery in this uncertain moment. The agreement foresees to reinforce…

Raab Declares Breach of Sino-British Joint Declaration

Following the disqualification of four pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong, the UK Government has declared China in breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “Beijing’s imposition of new rules to disqualify elected legislators in Hong Kong constitutes a clear breach of the legally binding Sino-British Joint Declaration.” “China has once…

Vestager Appeals Court Decision on Apple’s Tax Bill

EU competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has decided to appeal the July EU General Court ruling annulling her 2016 decision ordering Ireland to recover €13 billion in state aid paid to Apple. Pedro Marques, S&D spokesperson on tax matters, commented: “We applaud Vestager for her willingness to push for more fairness in corporate taxation. We hope she…