Internationally acclaimed Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk has accused the European Union of turning a blind eye to the state of democracy in Turkey because of its cooperation in the migration crisis, local media reported yesterday (31 January).

The EU’s core values are at stake in the migration crisis

Madi Sharma is a UK member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

Renzi vs Juncker: a social media analysis

If Matteo Renzi hoped to gain support among Italian eurosceptics in his quarrel with Jean-Claude Juncker, the reaction on Twitter says he was not so successful.

Syriza one year on: what happened to the radical left dream in Greece?

In the year since they came to power, Syriza have all but capitulated on their radical economic program. But what happened to other ‘leftist’ issues such as church-state relations, minority rights and the military?

Portugal’s new government faces EU hurdle over 2016 budget

The European Commission could ask the new Portuguese government to tweak its draft budget for 2016 and implement bigger structural deficit cuts. Such a request could put Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa on a collision course with either the Commission in Brussels, or his leftist allies in Lisbon.

King Felipe of Spain tasked the Socialist Pedro Sánchez with forming a government on Tuesday after Marian Rajoy, whose Partido Popular won the most votes in the elections, refused the undertaking. Is Spain facing a new phase of instability?
A row has broken out in Romania over amendments to the country’s electoral law. The non-partisan Prime Minister Dacian Cioloş has rejected demands for local elections to be divided into two rounds instead of just one. In doing so he has betrayed the very citizens who brought him to power with their protests, Romania’s press criticises.
Eastern Europe’s crisis of compassion

Why has Eastern Europe has become synonymous for animosity towards refugees and migrants?

The looming banking crisis in Italy spells trouble not just for Europe’s fourth largest economy, but also for the EU and an already sputtering global economy, writes Jacob Shapiro for Geopolitical Futures .

Greek farmers clash with riot police in Athens

Hundreds of farmers threw tomatoes at police, broke windows in agriculture ministry and set fire to dustbins in Athens.
Greece takes a fall for Schengen

Greece has become wearily accustomed to micromanagers in Brussels and Berlin telling it what to do. Last summer’s Greek bailout sought reforms in some remarkably specific areas, including the weight of loaves and the shelf-life of milk. (Bakeries and dairies were cast as symptomatic of the economy’s protectionism and uncompetitiveness).

10,000 child migrants ‘missing’

More than 10,000 migrant children may have disappeared after arriving in Europe, raising fears of sexual exploitation, the EU’s police unit says.

UN says one-third of refugees sailing to Europe are children

For the first time since the crisis began, women and children make up the majority of refugees undertaking the perilous journey to Greece

Europe’s refugee story has hardly begun | Paul Mason

With a million new refugees expected in Europe this year, Greece faces a diplomatic onslaught and an existential crisis

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