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.
If COVID-19 will abate in the next weeks and months, then everyone will certainly be tempted to review the past months, to analyze the events and to draw conclusions for the future. This will also apply to the EU – the “Europe Day” is the appropriate moment to come forward with three main points.
The European Conservative and Reformist (ECR) Group is a center-right political group founded in 2009 by the UK Conservative Party. It accommodates 19 political parties, such as Fratelli D’Italia (IT) and PIS (PL). The ECR […]
Every one of us has heard of Greenland and has a certain perception, which might be – or not – in accordance with the reality on the ground. This island, seventy times the size of […]
The recent investment treaty between the EU and CHINA (CAI) has been put in a sort of “fridge” – that was just decided by the European Parliament. How and why have we arrived at that dead-end street? One cannotavoid seeing a revival of a Shakespearean drama in five acts.