Eurosphere agenda: “French hostage beheaded in Algeria… “Hungary and the EU…


Algerian militants beheaded French tourist Hervé Gourdel, who was kidnapped by gunmen in what the group said was a response to France’s action against ISIL militants in Iraq
France confirms an Algerian jihadist group linked to IS has beheaded 55-year-old tourist Herve Gourdel, who was seized on Sunday.
When the European moral vacuum meets Hungary’s autocratic regime

Hungary is obviously moving towards autocracy. But we have to ask ourselves two questions. Would it be useful for the EU to introduce measures against a country with democratic problems? Secondly, is Europe in the moral, political and economic state to be able to act? Both questions require thorough deliberation.


How Hungary can be led back to the path of liberal democracy

What has led Hungary down the path of an ‘illiberal democracy’, and how can a potential crisis within the EU be averted?


Hungary’s Fidesz and its ‘Jewish Question’

open Democracy News Analysis – by Bernard Rorke

Hungary’s Fidesz government may not have pursued a state-sponsored policy of anti-Semitism. However, it has indulged in outrageous historical revisionism; failed to censure anti-Semitism from high within its own ranks; and screwed up its official commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust in Hungary.

South Tyrol: from secessionist to European dreams

Will the Scottish vote strengthen the secessionist movement in the restive Italian province of South Tyrol?


Germany’s economy needs an overhaul. Policymakers should focus on boosting productivity, not “competitiveness,” with workers being paid their due, writes Philippe Legrain.

US President Barack Obama announced at the UN Climate Summit that together with China, the US plans to become a pioneer in climate protection. 120 heads of state and government presented their ideas on how to fight global warming in New York on Tuesday. The time has come for international compromises, some commentators urge. Others see no hope of a newclimate agreement

Ukraine’s military said on Monday (22 February) that it was pulling back artillery and heavy armour from the front line with separatists, backing President Petro Poroshenko’s peace plan for a conflict that has cost more than 3,000 lives.

On a visit to Berlin, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls pledged to get France’s budget back on track and called for “trust from the German people”, a demand met with scepticism from Germany’s reports.

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