MEPs call for full-scale election observation in Hungary – POLITICO

A group of 62 MEPs have taken the extraordinary step of inviting a key election observer to send a full mission to observe the upcoming elections in Hungary. Hungarians will go to the polls on April 3, but critics of incumbent Prime Minister Viktor Orban have raised concerns that the election may not be free … Read more

What Emmanuel Macron won’t tell the European Parliament – POLITICO

Click play to listen to this article French President Emmanuel Macron loves to talk about Europe. He gets another chance to sing a song on Wednesday when he addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg at the start of France’s six-month presidency of the EU Council – just a few months before he is expected to … Read more

Key MEPs want to link EU just transition funding to rule of law – POLITICO

Access to a new EU fund meant to ensure a just green transition should be conditional on upholding the rule of law and a commitment to climate neutrality, according to a draft European Parliament report on the file seen by POLITICO. As part of plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55 percent this decade, … Read more

Secession threats and nationalist strife shock Bosnia as EU offers limited response – POLITICO

Click play to listen to this article SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina – Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik shouts out a vociferous separatist rhetoric. Nationalist riots swept across the country. Once again, the European Union expressed its outrage – but stopped short of a concrete response. It is a pattern that has emerged in recent years … Read more

Manhunt launched after man shoots at Austrian soldiers near Hungarian border

Hungarian authorities are searching for a people smuggler suspected of shooting Austrian soldiers after they evaded a border check. The Austrian Ministry of Defense said in a statment A pickup truck drove into a border crossing in Eberau in the Austrian region of Burgenland on Monday morning. Austrian soldiers stopped the truck – which was … Read more

Polish envoy’s bid for top EU post sparks Brussels backlash – POLITICO

Click play to listen to this article A move to place Poland’s ambassador to the European Union in a senior position in Brussels has sparked a backlash among diplomats and officials, who fear the ministry dealing with the bloc’s neighbors could become a bastion of liberalism within the European Commission. Some Commission officials and EU … Read more

COVID: MAPPA ECDC, TUTTA ITALIA IN ROSSO SCURO – Mondo

(ANSA) – BRUSSELS, Jan. 13 – Italy is turning into dark red, the color of maximum epidemic risk for Covid-19: this is the indicator of a map updated by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (Ecdc). So, Sardinia, again in red last week, is also turning dark red. For the EU agency, then, … Read more

EU court slaps down Brussels, Paris and Madrid in car pollution spat – POLITICO

The European Union’s Court of Justice on Thursday told Brussels, Paris and Madrid that it had no right to challenge the European Commission’s attempts to set technical standards for vehicle emissions as part of efforts to reduce pollution. The three cities – which suffer from endemic levels of air pollution – had objected to the … Read more

The curious case of the EU’s disappearing infringements – POLITICO

R. Daniel Clement is Professor of Political Science and Law at Rutgers University. Tommaso Pavoni is an assistant professor of law and policy at the University of Arizona’s School of Government and Public Policy. The European Commission is known as the “custodian of the treaties” – responsible for ensuring that EU member states apply EU … Read more

Hungary sets April 3 election, pitting Orbán against united opposition – POLITICO

On Tuesday, the Hungarian president said that Hungarians will go to the polls on April 3 to elect a new parliament, posing a potential confrontation between Viktor Orban’s ruling Fidesz party and the now united opposition. The closely watched race, comes at a time when Budapest is locked in multiple disagreements with Brussels over rule … Read more