Citizens’ confidence in the European Union has grown since the European elections in May 2014. The uncertain economic situation and immigration are among the main issues still causing concern for the electorate. EurActiv France reports.

 

Greek political crisis: Huge amount at stake

Greece on knife-edge over presidential vote
Creative accounting is nothing new for the Eurozone

Frances Coppola blogs on the Austrian government’s crash investigation into the failure of Hypo Alpe-Adria (latest detail – the biggest participant in the run on the bank was its garantor), also known as Haiderbank, and on the related topic of the Juncker Commission’s “investment plan”. The link is that the investment plan relies on a succession of heroic accounting assumptions to bulk up the final number without putting in any, you know, actual munn, and the Austrians’ response to the Haiderbank’s failure was based on a lot of funny figures. Frances so:

 

Russians ‘will not cave in’ to West

Russia says it will not “cave in” to pressure, following a fresh set of US, EU and Canada sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine.
EU needs ‘long-term’ Russia strategy

The European Union needs a “plan for years” towards Russia, Donald Tusk says, chairing his first summit as European Council president.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday blamed the fall in oil prices and the West’s sanctions for his country’s economic problems. Putin is distorting reality like a Soviet-style leader, commentators write, and pin the blame for the current crisis on his misguided economic and foreign policy.

 

De-radicalising Sweden’s neo-Nazis

Deradicalising Sweden’s neo-Nazis

What has orientated parties such as Jobbik and Golden Dawn towards Moscow, and what are the implications for Russian foreign policy in the EU-peripheries of Central and Southeast Europe?

Members of Jobbik at a rally in Budapest. Demotix/David Ferenczy. Some rights reserved

The Sweden Democrats, the far-right party that chose to bring down the newly-elected Swedish government earlier in December, is surging in the latest polls.

On the verge of failure or success: the complex relationship of Europe and migration

This International Migrants Day, the warm solidarity shown by local populations is at odds with the attempts of European institutions to criminalise people on arrival. And there are signs of progress.

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