The formation of a European army has been seen as an objective to be realised by some Member States, such as France and Germany, though others disregard this project as being unnecessary. In a changing world order where long-time allies are not as trustworthy as they used to be, achieving military independence represents a key factor to guarantee the security of the bloc.
On Wednesday,15 September, Commission President von der Leyen held her State of the Union Speech. Key themes: COVID-19, the future of the youth, and climate action.
ays EU High Representative Josep Borell in an interview with the AFP. He thinks the crisis created by the withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan might create the necessary base of support.
In Thursday’s extraordinary meeting of the Committees on Foreign Affairs and Development, together with the Parliamentary delegation for relations with Afghanistan, MEPs called for the EU to rescue Afghan citizens who worked for the union or worked to improve shared values in Afghanistan.
With the new Delta variant and others spreading around the world, European countries have adopted different approaches to limiting the proliferation of the Coronavirus. While France and Italy have undertaken strict policies by making the vaccination almost mandatory (not formally, but informally), other countries like Germany or the Netherlands are still reluctant.
Since 1 June 2021, more than 1,000 migrants have attempted to cross the border from Belarus to Lithuania. Lithuanian prime minister Ingrida Simonyte claimed that, over the past month and a half, more migrants have tried to cross the state borders than in the last four years combined. The Lithuanian State Border Guard Service has declared a state of emergency and has started to build a fence on the almost 700km long border.
Ever since the UK left the EU’s single market on January 1st 2021, it has enjoyed a number of grace periods – essentially, time to adapt to the change in regulatory regimes. One such grace period concerned – you guessed it – sausages or to be more precise, ‘chilled meats’.
In response to Hungary’s recently introduced anti-LGTBTQ+ law which prohibits the representation of LGBTQ+ content in education and TV shows for under-18s, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday asked Hungary to leave the EU, or start respecting LGBTQ+ rights. Standing up for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community which is discriminated and increasingly suppressed by Hungary’s homophobic policies, Rutte made a bold statement declaring his aim was “to bring Hungary to its knees on this issue”. Hungary has been the EU’s black sheep for quite a while now, most prominently because of its democratic backsliding which has resulted in concerns about the country’s rule of law.
No English for me please! So says France in laying out their plans for their upcoming stint in the ever-rotating Presidency of the European Council. In the wake of the United Kingdom’s torturously prolonged exit from the EU, France has made it clear that it intends to stem the proliferation of English as the de-facto language of the European Union’s inner workings.
You may not have noticed, but the EU and its foreign policy have received rather a lot of attention lately. Why? Well, mainly because it doesn’t really have a foreign policy. Instead, it has twenty-seven different foreign policies that all need to be coordinated. Exactly that has been pretty problematic lately, leading some to argue for reform.