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The OSCE is the “only organisation that has an open dialogue with Russia”, said Slovenian Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon, while her Czech counterpart Jan Lipavsky added that it is “one of the pillars of the European security architecture”.

Keep channels open with Russia, say five EU states

Foreign ministers of five central European states met in Vienna and urged that lines of communication with Russia be kept open through the OSCE to facilitate a path to peace in Ukraine

The EIB chief underlined the necessity of ambitious climate action as a driving force for development in the coming years, and the role of renewables towards energy independence.

EU bank chief warns against ‘Colonialism 2.0’ as green transition progresses

By: EBR | Monday, September 25, 2023

European Investment Bank (EIB) president Werner Hoyer highlighted the importance of climate action but warned of the risks of exploitation of the Global South during his speech

The aim is to amend and “expand” the 2016 agreement “with Greece’s initiative, because we have the more immediate interest” as a frontline migration state, the minister said.

Greece seeks EU-Turkey migration deal expansion

By: EBR | Monday, September 25, 2023

Greece in December will seek the renewal of a 2016 migration deal between the EU and Turkey, the Greek migration minister said

Firstly, Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen raised the topic in her State of the Union speech on 13 September. To reform the EU and make it better, she said, that means going through a European Convention and treaty change if and where it is needed.

Lets talk about… treaty change

By: EBR | Friday, September 22, 2023

For a long time, there had been no mention of EU treaty change. And then, all of a sudden

Zelenskyy discussed Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary’s refusal to drop the grain import ban despite the European Commission not prolonging it. The countries argue that they defend their own grain growers against falling demand and prices that harmed the domestic markets over the last year.

Poland-Ukraine ‘grain war’ escalates dangerously

By: EBR | Thursday, September 21, 2023

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has decided to stop supplying Ukraine with weapons in its war against Russia in reaction to escalating tensions between the two countries over grain imports

Improving and designing public policies to combat gender-based violence is one of the priorities of Spain’s term at the helm of the rotating presidency of the EU Council, which it will hold until the end of 2023.

Spanish minister affirms support for EU directive to stop violence against women

By: EBR | Thursday, September 21, 2023

As EU institutions continue negotiations on the directive to combat violence against women, Irene Montero, Spain’s acting Minister for Equality, affirmed her commitment to addressing gender-based violence


The report shows the progress made with the RRF to increase Member States’ economic and social resilience and deliver on REPowerEU, the EU’s response to the hardships and global energy market disruption caused by Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.

NextGenerationEU: Implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility firmly underway

By: EBR | Wednesday, September 20, 2023

The Commission has adopted its second annual report on the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility

In four years von der Leyen has transformed herself from a little-known German politician into the instantly recognisable figurehead of a more outgoing Europe.

How upbeat should the EU’s messaging be?

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Is Ursula von der Leyen sending the right messages to public opinion?

EU fiscal rules underpin the value of the euro used by 20 countries and set a limit on budget deficits of 3% of GDP and a public debt limit of 60% of GDP.

EU ministers agree on fiscal reform ‘camino’, aim for year-end deal

By: EBR | Monday, September 18, 2023

European Union finance ministers backed a timeline calling for the reform of the bloc’s fiscal rules by the end of the year as they look to balance debt cuts with investing in an individually tailored yet equal way

On the defence budget hikes, he said there would be “a unanimous agreement between the three institutions to support this proposal because everyone understands after the Russian invasion in Ukraine that this is important”.

European Parliament supports increase in 2024 defence budgets

By: EBR | Monday, September 18, 2023

Against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, the European Parliament has backed the Commission’s proposal to spend more money on defence in next year’s EU budget even though financial resources are scarce

First-quarter emissions fell in 21 of the 27 EU member states. Bulgaria achieved the biggest fall in greenhouse gases of any EU state, with year-on-year emissions down 15.2%, followed by Estonia (-14.7%) and Slovenia (-9.6%).

Which EU countries are making the most progress with their emissions reductions?

By: EBR | Monday, September 18, 2023

European Union greenhouse gas emissions fell 2.9% in the first quarter of 2023 compared to the same period a year earlier

Ahead of the meeting, analysts had been sharply divided over whether the ECB would lift rates again or finally take a pause due to mounting signs of the economic strain on the 20 countries that use the euro.

ECB hikes key rate to record high, defying calls for pause

By: EBR | Friday, September 15, 2023

The European Central Bank hiked a key interest rate to a record high as it battles soaring inflation, defying calls for a pause to take pressure off the faltering eurozone economy

In practice, the EPP’s statute requires it to hold a primary to select a Spitzenkandidat ahead of next June. And von der Leyen, therefore, needs to formally decide whether she wants a second term in the coming weeks.

SOTEU is over, what next?

By: EBR | Thursday, September 14, 2023

Short of spelling it out in technicolour behind her podium, Ursula von der Leyen could hardly have been clearer about her intention to seek a second term as European Commission president

Observers believed she would trumpet the successes of her team, from driving the digital and green transition to handling two major challenges for Europe – the war and the COVID pandemic – but remained vague on the big question of whether she plans to run for a second mandate.

SOTEU: Von der Leyen addresses Europe as elections approach

By: Euractiv | Thursday, September 14, 2023

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen outlined her policy priorities to EU lawmakers in Strasbourg

Even with the EU’s significant sanctions on Russia, Czechia recorded its highest Russian oil imports since 2012.

Czechia’s growing dependence on Russian oil raises concerns

By: EBR | Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Czechia has dramatically increased its reliance on Russian oil, with imports via the Druzhba pipeline reaching 65% this year, up from 56% in the previous year

“We’re better off working hand in hand [to develop] a much more proactive [and] innovative industrial strategy” and agree to an EU-wide policy that “better protects our industrial interests relative to China and the US”, Le Maire told

Paris pushes to bring Berlin onboard with more ‘innovative’ EU industrial policy

By: EBR | Wednesday, September 13, 2023

There is no time to lose for Germany and France to finally sit down and build an ambitious EU industrial policy which will protect European industries vis-a-vis the US and China

But Vestager, who is leading the race alongside Spanish Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Nadia Calvino, said on Friday she’d be willing to take more investment risks as EIB chief, and was open – out of “pragmatism” – to support nuclear and defence funding.

EIB presidency race: Vestager open to EU financing of nuclear and defence

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 12, 2023

With the race for the presidency of the European Investment Bank (EIB) in its final stretch, former EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager said she would be ready to consider EIB financing for defence and nuclear

Successive Franco-German president-chancellor duos have repeatedly managed to move the relationship between the two countries forward with joint trademark projects: from the Elysee Treaty of Adenauer and De Gaulle to Merkel and Macron’s Next Generation EU fund.

Has the Franco-German tandem entered an interregnum under Scholz?

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 12, 2023

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is running out of time to shape a joint Franco-German legacy with French President Emmanuel Macron

In policy terms, the speech she delivers in Strasbourg on Wednesday (13 September) will – for some – be much ado about not much.

SOTEU: Little new policy but plenty of politics ahead of von der Leyen’s key speech

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 12, 2023

The text of Ursula von der Leyen’s last State of the Union speech before next June’s European elections is one of the best-kept secrets in Brussels

Most Slovak parties have unclear or opposing positions to new Russia sanctions, making Slovakia a possible ally of Hungary when voting after September.

Most Slovak parties do not support new Russia sanctions

By: EBR | Monday, September 11, 2023

Only four of the nine parties likely to get into parliament after the 30 September snap elections support sanctions against Putin’s regime

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