After the attack on a residential area in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, the EU foreign ministers plan to discuss further economic sanctions against Russia on Thursday. The EU is yet again being far too hesitant, some commentators criticise. Others go a step further and say Ukraine should be given weapons.
France is taking new steps to combat terrorism and believes French citizens can play an important role in identifying potential jihadis.
Italian lawmakers failed to elect a new president in a first round of voting on Thursday (29 January), leaving Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hoping to push through his candidate only in a fourth round, when the required threshold of votes is lower.
Even before the leftist Syriza party’s overwhelming victory in Greece’s recent general election, it was obvious that, far from being over, the crisis was threatening to worsen. And it does not take a prophet to predict that the Greek election result will leave the European Union’s German-backed austerity policy in tatters.
Mutual recognition between people and cultures moves in mysterious ways, the cartoon its Rorschach test.
On Tuesday’s 100-days-to-go mark for the general election, UKIP published a list of ‘100 great reasons‘ to vote for them.
We want to be sure that the new Commission will not deregulate the labour market, because EU citizens are more important than the market, said Marita Ulvskog.
The European continent, ravaged by war for much of the last century, has been transformed to a bastion of justice, tranquility and progress, writes Egidijus Vareikis.
The Irish political elite is deeply invested in an essentially religious narrative: Ireland sinned, Ireland confessed, Ireland did penance, Ireland has been forgiven, Ireland will be rewarded. If Syriza’s strategy in Greece succeeds, this will be exposed as a folly.
The fact that SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) won last Sunday’s national elections in Greece was not a surprise. It had been leading opinion polls for months. The fact that the radical left SYRIZA formed a coalition government with the right wing ANEL (Independent Greeks) within hours of its electoral victory was not particularly surprising either. Greece has been governed by coalition governments that have included both left-of-centre and right-of-centre parties since 2011. The left-right dimension of party competition has become secondary to the issue of the terms of Greece’s membership of the Eurozone and both SYRIZA and ANEL are opposed to the current terms, which they feel have been imposed on Greece.
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