#Europe agenda: “Romania justice minister quits over corruption bill protests….

A confidence vote fails but the government faces more protests over moves to relax corruption measures.
The scrapped decree would have shielded many politicians from prosecution for corruption.
Ukraine and the cancer of corruption: a conversation with Svitlana Zalishchuk


The rising star of Ukrainian politics tells openDemocracy that deep-rooted corruption is the greatest threat to the nation’s democracy


When the government of Romanian PM Sorin Grindeanu announced that they would gut the country’s anticorruption statutes, removing criminal sanctions for official corruption, the country erupted into mass protests.

Three weeks after Trump’s inauguration a look at the opinion pieces shows that many European journalists believe Europe’s reaction has been too weak. The EU must not tremble in anticipation of Trump’s next move but reorganise itself, they say, preferably with Macron and Schulz at the helm.
55 percent of Europeans want immigration from Muslim countries to come to a halt, according to a study by the British Think Tank Chatham House. The conclusions of the study seem consistent with the recent attempts to tighten asylum law in Germany, Britain and other European states. Is Europe’s criticism of Trump hypocritical?
Paris to put up glass wall to protect Eiffel Tower

The reinforced glass wall is designed to stop gunmen or vehicles storming the site, officials say.
The 2018 EU budget should be pro-growth in order to create well-paid jobs but simultaneously boost security both externally and internally, Siegfried Mureșan told Euractiv.com in an interview.

Europeans should be excited about Benoît Hamon winning the French presidency


From his calls for universal income to his ideas on how to make France’s parliament more representative, Benoît’s candidacy embodies the progressive, democratic values we hold at DiEM25.

France’s centre-right candidate says fresh press allegations are slander aimed at ending his campaign.

Three things you need to know about Romania protests

The BBC’s Steve Rosenberg explains how the huge demonstrations in the country have brought about change.
About 500,000 people protest despite the government reversing a controversial corruption law.

Graffiti in Skopje, Macedonia reading “Nationalism is a disease!” The message vandalizes a small mural featuring a map of ‘Ethnic Macedonia’ (encompassing the Republic of Macedonia and territories in neighboring countries) and the message “I swear to you, you’ll be united!”. Photo by GV, CC-BY.

Globalisation is “manufacturing by slaves” says the far-right leader, launching her presidential bid.
An old interview with Francois Fillon’s wife deals another blow to the French presidential hopeful.
The three major “pro-European” groups in the European Parliament, the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), the centre-left Socialists and Democrats (S&D), and the ALDE liberals, have taken the position that the EU should reject Ted R. Malloch as US ambassador to the EU.

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