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One can disagree with certain aspects of Meloni’s policies, but it can be safely said that she has anchored Italy in the EU mainstream

Meloni, the new Merkel?

By: EBR | Monday, February 5, 2024

Diplomats agree that Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni played a key role in taming Viktor Orban during the extraordinary EU summit

However, Zsolt Darvas, a senior fellow at Bruegel, a Brussels-based think tank, said that he remained “optimistic” about the eurozone’s economic prospects, pointing to the currency union’s record low unemployment and marked recent improvements in energy efficiency as key positive developments.

‘The outlook is not so good’: IMF cuts eurozone growth forecast

By: EBR | Thursday, February 1, 2024

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has downgraded its growth forecast for the eurozone this year, as the continued impact of the energy crisis and weak consumer demand raise growing concerns

“The European Council also reiterates the urgent need to accelerate the delivery of ammunition and missiles,” the draft text also says.

Hurdles remain as EU looks to pledge more military support to Ukraine

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 31, 2024

While EU member states are expected to pledge continued military support to Ukraine at a decisive summit on Thursday (1 February), hurdles for a future funding scheme remain

With Kyiv and much of eastern Ukraine the targets of unprecedented barrages of missile attacks, predicting victory may seem absurdly optimistic.

Why Ukraine will eventually win

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Ukraine is going to win. Not in the dramatic sense of a military triumph, and perhaps not even by recovering Crimea and its occupied territories

Indeed, humiliation — or its mirror image, honor — plays a big role in the Middle East in general and in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular

Breaking the cycle of humiliation and retribution in the Middle East

By: EBR | Monday, January 29, 2024

Although 20 years have passed, I still hold a grudge against the United States for spoiling my 57th birthday

The anger expressed by Belgian farmers echoes that of farmers in Romania, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands and France ahead of the crucial European elections in June, in which the far right is expected to make gains.

Farmers’ protests slowly spread to Belgium

By: EBR | Monday, January 29, 2024

German, Polish, Romanian, and French farmers were joined in their protests by Belgian farmers on Friday and throughout the weekend, with demands similar to those of their European peers

Auditors estimate that the average car mass increased by around 10% between 2011 and 2022.

Most cars on EU roads emit same carbon levels as 12 years ago: report

By: EBR | Thursday, January 25, 2024

EU regulation failed to meaningfully reduce the level of carbon emissions from combustion engine vehicles over the last 12 years

NATO members have not taken any steps to mediate the issue and have repeatedly dismissed it, while negotiations between Finland, Sweden, and Turkey were put in place in the summer of 2022.

As Turkey approves Sweden’s NATO bid, Hungary remains sole hurdle

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Turkey’s parliament approved Sweden’s accession bid to become the 32nd member of NATO, leaving Hungary as the final hurdle to overcome on the Nordic country’s way to full membership

“We begin directly with the implementation of health screening programmes funded by RRF funds”, the source told.

Athens to unpause screening programmes, health ministry sources say

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 24, 2024

The implementation of the “Spyros Doxiadis” Action Plan of public health screening is expected to get back on track within the first semester of 2024

With the 2024 European elections a few months away, Macron is hoping to re-establish himself as the natural pro-EU candidate against the surging far-right Rassemblement national (RN), who intend to turn the June ballot into a midterm vote ahead of the 2027 presidential run they hope to win.

Could Macron’s conservative turn drag EU elections into a national-only campaign?

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 23, 2024

French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to defend a “sovereign Europe” ahead of European elections in June

Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck’s plan to entice solar module manufacturers back onto German soil by offering generous state subsidies is faced with a dead-end.

Germany’s last solar panel producer prepares to close shop

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Meyer Burger, the biggest producer of solar modules in Germany, has announced plans to close down and relocate to the US

The good news is that Serbia has still many democrats who see the EU as an ally. The bad news, however, is that domestically they do not have the upper hand.

Serbia’s Authoritarian (Re)turn

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 17, 2024

There is a certain back-to-the-future quality to Serbia

Right now, the commission’s president seems fairly certain to be re-appointed by the EU’s national leaders. No evident successor lurks in the wings, and a change of leadership would risk sending out wrong signals about the EU’s resolve to overcome its daunting difficulties.

Why VDL must justify her 2nd term with an EU call to arms

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Should Ursula von der Leyen get a second term?

The largest group overall remains the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), which gained four seats to reach 179, its best result for almost two years.

EU Parliamentary Projection: Le Pen’s Right-Wing ID Rises to Third Place

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 10, 2024

December 2023 sees the top three groups in the European Parliament re-ordered for the first time in four years

If the EU cannot do global foreign policy, it should instead focus on its region. This is a chance for Europe to make ambition work.

Europe’s Foreign Policy Ambitions in 2024 Should Be Regional

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 10, 2024

In an election-filled year, the EU cannot afford to look inward

For decades, Germany has been regarded as a beacon of political stability, where centrist parties dominated the scene. “Elections are won in the centre” was the guiding mantra of former chancellor Angela Merkel’s election success.

Germany faces ‘unprecedented’ political fragmentation

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 9, 2024

As voter dissatisfaction is on the rise in Europe’s largest economy, Germany’s political landscape is increasingly fractured

“I don’t want to anticipate the decision that will be taken by the European Council in June, […] but there are several options, and if the European Council wants to avoid Viktor Orban, that is very easy”, Michel said in a media call.

Michel’s surprise: Is EU starting 2024 on wrong foot?

By: EBR | Monday, January 8, 2024

2024 started in Brussels with a surprise: European Council President Charles Michel unexpectedly stated that he would leave his post by July

After weeks of insecurity, German government leaders on 13 December announced that most parts of the fund will be kept, including the money for chip, steel and hydrogen production. Still, a total of €45 billion had to be cut off the fund, including some of its ambition when it comes to bringing home the production of solar panels.

2023 in EU economic policy: The year Germany went French – and back

By: EBR | Thursday, December 28, 2023

Faced with the fear of deindustrialisation, Germany sought to adopt a French-style industrial policy in 2023, including massive subsidies and protectionist ‘Buy European’ clauses – but was caught up by its constraints sooner than expected

Europe pays tribute to ‘visionary’ ex-EU chief Delors who died at 98

By: EBR | Thursday, December 28, 2023

Tributes from across Europe poured in for Jacques Delors, a former EU Commission chief who played an instrumental role in European integration, following his death on Wednesday (27 December) at 98

There is a prevailing sense that the status quo in Europe can continue. This status quo is based on the assumption that the wars next door won’t affect the European Union, the way it functions, the lives of its citizens

Europe’s Dangerous Comfort Zone

By: EBR | Thursday, December 28, 2023

Europe is on autopilot

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