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Lithuanian presidents asks Brussels to mediate in Baltic dispute over nuclear energy

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has turned to Brussels for mediation between the Baltic states over Belarusian nuclear energy boycott. “We have already agreed with the EC president [Ursula von der Leyen] that she should become a certain moderator for this…

EU agricultural imports and deforestation

Europe’s resolve to act against the Bolsonaro government’s environmental crimes appears to be strengthening. Brazil has entered uncertain times. Two health ministers and the Justice Minister have resigned within the last month, throwing President Jair Bolsonaro’s government into disarray as opposition to his reckless response to…

Eritrean Refugees Sue EU for Abetting Forced Labour Back Home

A Dutch Foundation of Eritrean refugees, Foundation Human Rights for Eritreans, has filed a lawsuit in the Amsterdam court against the European Union (EU) for its role in financing a road building project in Eritrea that uses forced labour. The Netherlands is host…

Air travel after the pandemic: what to expect in Germany

Air travel in the EU seems increasingly within reach. The German Airport Association has published a list of measures it hopes will keep passengers safe — and keep flights in the air. Coronavirus travel restrictions are slowly being lifted around…

PAX calls for EU to stop Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank

PAX calls on European foreign ministers to agree on concrete measures to show that Israeli annexation of parts of the Palestinian Occupied Territories in the West Bank will have consequences. The European Union needs to make it clear to the…

Coronavirus: EU urges closing external borders until mid-June

The European Commission has called on EU member states to uphold travel bans on non-essential travel to the bloc. EU officials also said priority must be given to restoring frictionless travel within the bloc. The European Commission on Friday recommended…

Hungary Rejects Opportunity to Protect Women from Violence

Government Blocks Key Treaty as Covid-19 Exposes Scale of Domestic Abuse Hillary Margolis Amidst a disturbing global uptick in reports of domestic violence during Covid-19 lockdowns, Hungary has taken a leap backwards in protecting women. On May 5, parliament, where…

Coronavirus: EU faces ‘recession of historic proportions’

EU officials have forecast “the deepest economic recession” in the bloc’s history as a result of the coronavirus. Failure to agree on common solutions for the post-pandemic recovery could undermine the European project. European Commissioner for the Economy Paolo Gentiloni…

EU opens legal case against Poland over judicial reform

Poland passed judicial reforms that would give the government new oversight over judges’ work and careers. The European Commission fears that politicians could use the reforms to control rulings. The European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, has launched a legal…

The Rise of Coalition Governments in the European Union

By Rachel Urbano As Spain navigates itself through a deadlock election, it seems coalition governments have become the new normal within the European Union. Prime examples are neighboring Portugal and not too distant Italy, all within Southern Europe. Upon the…

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