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Hungary’s Scrapping of NGO Law Insufficient to Protect Civil Society

Despite a chorus of international criticism, the Hungarian government has been in no hurry to act on a June 2020 EU Court decision that states a 2017 law forcing civil society organizations receiving more than 20.000 EUR per year in…

Papadimoulis’ commitment to create a wider political front for patents in the EU

20 January 2021. At the initiative of the office of the former Minister of Health, Andreas Xanthos, a very interesting discussion was organized on the subject of vaccines, of patents, the EU’s position and that of the member states, the…

The EU is on a collision course with Poland over hate crime

In her first state of the union address as president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen called out hatred and pledged to build “a union of equality”. While European institutions have been at the forefront of fighting hate…

Moria I: Large part of the camp set on fire yesterday night

Last night, the camp of Moria was set on fire and a large part of it was completely destroyed. The 12,000 refugees sheltered in the structure spent a wild night of terror. They testified, saying that “they tried to escape…

While EU leaders squabble, the Elephant in the Room remains unnoticed

By Yanis Varoufakis* While the media are reporting the news of the deadlocked EU Summit negotiations over the so-called ‘Recovery Fund’, an eerie silence prevails regarding the Elephant in the Room: The huge wave of austerity the Eurozone is sleepwalking…

Brussels calls out China and Russia over corona fakes

The European Commission has unambiguously pointed the finger at Russia and China as spreaders of disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic. Lithuania’s ambassador to the EU said Brussels should have gone further. In a communication on ‘Tackling Covid-19 disinformation’, which was…

EU’s von der Leyen calls for ‘Marshall Plan’ for Europe

The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has urged huge investments in the EU budget amid the coronavirus crisis. Spain’s premier, too, wants a “wartime economy” followed by a recovery program. European Commission President Ursula von der…

EU Commission Should Call Out Hungary’s Asylum Abuses

Top EU Official Should Use Visit to Press Budapest to Comply with International Law By Lydia Gall Hungary’s new asylum law allowing for the blanket detention of asylum seekers, including some children, will come into force on March 28. It’s the…

Tip of iceberg? EU rules against sweetheart tax deals for corporations

All companies, big or small, multinational or not, should pay their fair share of tax,’ says European Commission by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer for Common Dreams Striking a blow against sweetheart tax deals that unfairly benefit large multinational corporations, the…