Eurosphere roundup: Austrian centrist coalition survives far-right gains… Berlusconi continues to stir…



English: Silvio Berlusconi in a meeting with J...
English: Silvio Berlusconi in a meeting with José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. Español: Silvio Berlusconi en un encuentro con José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. Italiano: Silvio Berlusconi in un incontro con José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The political consequences of a Greek rapper?s murder

The idea is powerfully simple: on the basis of existing evidence, could a case be made ? the government asked ? that Golden Dawn is, in fact, an organised criminal group?

In Bed With Dracula ? A Grand Coalition With Angela Merkel

Stefan Collignon

The German Social Democratic Party (SPD) has campaigned to get rid of Chancellor Merkel. It now gets ready to give her a new term for four years. This makes 11 247 283 broken promises.

The SPD as the oldest political party in Germany has demonstrated, again and again, that it knows when to assume responsibility and that it is able to put party-political interests behind the national good. After the recent elections it has to do so again but it must clarify what the national interest is. Providing a majority for Angela Merkel in the Bundestag is not what would serve Germany in the future.


Austrian centrist coalition survives far-right gains

The partners in Austria’s pro-Europe, centrist coalition scraped a combined majority despite recording their worst election results since World War Two and losing support to the far-right

MAIN FOCUS: Berlusconi sparks government crisis | 30/09/2013

The Italian government is facing collapse. All five ministers belonging to ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi‘s People of Freedom party resigned on Saturday in protest at plans toexclude Berlusconi from the Senate. Some commentators believe that Italy – and consequently the entire Eurozone – is being held hostage by an unscrupulous egomaniac. Others see new elections as a chance for the country to push through much-needed reforms.

What would a Brexit mean for EU competition policy?

The debate over Britain?s future in the EU has to date failed to highlight the threat posed to EU competition policy and enforcement, which both play a critical role in underpinning the single market. Yet a British exit from the EU could have important repercussions for competition policy.

Why democracy is still in danger in Greece

Ten days after the murder of Pavlos Fyssas, the ND-PASOK pro-austerity government arrested most of the Golden Dawn leadership on the grounds of being a criminal organization. Yet, for a combination of economic and political reasons, democracy in Greece is in more danger today than ever before.

Golden Dawn arrests: a victory for democracy in Greece?

The Greek government has finally launched action against Golden Dawn, a far-right party long tainted by its association with violence. But the timing of this action casts doubt on the depth of the government?s commitment to countering far-right violence in the country.

Austrian Elections: The Grand Coalition lives on

As the results of the Austrian elections came in yesterday, it was clear that the Social Democrat-led Grand Coalition will live on, if a little battered. The result will come as a relief to the Party of European Socialists, and Werner Faymann who can look forward to continue to lead the Austrian government after having failed to unseat Merkel last week.


Germany and the EU: a new cycle?

A new coalition in Germany may revamp its EU policy towards more commitment. The country’s partners will have to get a better grasp of its concerns, but the new constellation can foster further progress in Europe, write Jacques Delors, Antonio Vitorino and Yves Bertoncini.

Jacques Delors is founding president, Antonio Vitorino is president and Yves Bertoncini is director of the Paris-based Notre Europe ? Jacques Delors Institute think tank.

The verdict of the general election in Germany on 22 September 2013 helps to clarify Europe’s political future, which it seems important to address in a constructive manner on the basis of the following three complementary observations.

Expert: The EU falters on common energy interests

No matter how much we talk about a common EU energy policy, many examples show that some member states don’t favour setting up trans-border links, and Poland is clearly one of them, Dr Ar?nas Molis told EurActiv Czech Republic in an exclusive interview.

Dr Ar?nas Molis is the head of Strategic Analysis and Research Division in the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence in Vilnius.

He spoke to EurActiv Czech Republic?s Adela Denkova.

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