#Europe agenda: Protests against corruption in Romania continue; “Steinmeier elected German president…

Debate: Protests against corruption in Romania continue euro|topics   The Romanian government has withdrawn its controversial decree decriminalising certain corruption offences. At the same time Prime Minister Grindeanu announced that a new bill with similar content would be presented to parliament. Despite the government’s climbdown hundreds of thousands across Romania demonstrated against corruption on Sunday. The … Read more

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

Romania confidence vote falls but more protests planned BBC News | Europe | World Edition   A confidence vote fails but the government faces more protests over moves to relax corruption measures. Romania justice minister quits over corruption bill protests BBC News | Europe | World Edition   The scrapped decree would have shielded many politicians from … Read more

#Eurosphere agenda: Massive anti-corruption protests in Romania continues…

Romania leaders under growing pressure amid protests BBC News | Europe | World Edition   A new decree to free officials jailed for corruption has sparked outrage across Romania. Romania protests continue against government ‘thieves’ Aljazeera.com–3 hours ago “I do not want to divide Romania,” a pale and tired-looking Grindeanu said in a televised address, sparking … Read more

#Eurosphere – “Finland Starts Handing Out a Basic Income

Finland Starts Handing Out a Basic Income MIT Technology Review   A few unemployed Finns are receiving a monthly check with no strings attached—but it’s unlikely to tell us whether universal basic income is a good idea. Eurozone inflation surges to 1.1% in December BBC News | Europe | World Edition   Eurozone inflation surges to 1.1%, … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “Covering the refugee crisis on Snapchat and Periscope

Credit: Image by Patrick Witty for TIME. ‘A day-by-day digital documentary’: Covering the refugee crisis on Snapchat and Periscope The BBC, Bild and TIME have been using Snapchat and Periscope to broadcast raw, unedited footage of their travels with refugees during their journey through Europe… read more   Informal meeting of EU heads of state … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: One year after Euromaidan… UKIP has another seat in parliament…

One Year Later: Ukrainians Remember Euromaidan Online Global Voices Online by Tetyana Lokot Euromaidan protesters sing the Ukrainian anthem in central Kyiv. Photo from Demotix.   VIDEO: Ukraine uprising: One year on  BBC News | Europe | World Edition Services have been held in Ukraine to mark the anniversary of the mass protests which sparked the downfall … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “Buses, planes, Bulgarians, Romanians and The Daily Mail…”Athens says crisis is ending…

Buses, planes, Bulgarians, Romanians and The Daily Mail: An Update The Daily Mail: Buses and Planes – full or not? On 31 December 2013 the UK?s Daily Mail published a story claiming that buses and planes to the UK from Bulgaria and Romania were sold-out, fully-booked, and single plane tickets were selling for up to £3,000 each. The … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “Greece takes over EU presidency

  Greece takes over EU presidency Crisis-hit Greece on Jan. 1 took over the six-month rotating EU presidency from Lithuania European labour market opens for Romanians, Bulgarians Romanians and Bulgarians have the right to work in any of the European Union’s 28 countries from Wednesday but “no major increase” in emigration is expected Spain: A … Read more

Cengiz Aktar: Vize meselesi

Vize meselesi Dün hükümet Avrupa Komisyonu ile vize muafiyeti müzakeresinin başlamasını sağlayacak adımı attı ve ?Vize Serbestîsi Mutabakat Metni? ile ?İade ve Geri Kabul Anlaşması? imzaladı. Geri kabul Türkiye üzerinden Schengen ülkelerine intikal etmiş yasadışı göçmenler ile Türkiyeli yasadışı göçmenlerin Türkiye tarafından geri kabulü demek. İlk bakışta altından kalkılması çok çetin gibi görünse de esas … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: “Merkel possibly spied on by US…

MAIN FOCUS: Merkel possibly spied on by US | 24/10/2013 The German government has evidence that Chancellor Merkel‘s mobile phone may have been tapped by US intelligence services. Merkel complained to US President Barack Obama about the matter on Wednesday. The chancellor is only making the spying affairher business because she is personally affected now, commentators criticise, … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: Draft EU Regional Competitiveness Index RCI 2013

France’s ‘Devil’s advocate’ lawyer Verges dies at 88 Jacques Verges, the provocative French lawyer died in Paris Germany?s eurosceptics gain traction Alternative for Germany, which is campaigning for the dissolution of the existing 17-member eurozone ? could yet tip the election scales Draft EU Regional Competitiveness Index RCI 2013 Source: European Commission The Regional Competitiveness … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: The new autocrats in Eastern Europe [includes one from Turkey]

Eastern Europe: the new autocrats From Hungary to the Czech Republic, and from Romania to Turkey, democracy is being tested by a new generation of authoritarian leaders. Click on the faces below Eastern European autocrats pose new test for democracy From Hungary’s Orbán and Czech Republic’s Zeman to Erdoğan in Turkey, a new breed of … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: China warns EU of a trade war…

Worrying future for innovation in Europe The region?s share of global manufacturing and R&D is falling. And the number of patent applications registered in Europe has also gone down   MAIN FOCUS: Weapons embargo against Syria expires | 28/05/2013 The EU foreign ministers did not reach a joint position on a weapons embargo against Syriaon … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: No new pope yet, Snow brings chaos to Northern Europe …

Cardinals fail to elect new pope from BBC News | Europe | World Edition Black smoke emerges from the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel chimney, indicating that cardinals have failed to elect a new pope on their first day of voting. The Great Graphics Glut of the 2013 papal conclave from FP Passport by Elias Groll VIDEO: … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: Post-election stalemate in Italy, Cyprus votes for austerity…

Morning Brief: Post-election stalemate in Italy spooks investors from FP Passport by Ty McCormick Tense wait for Italian leftists in neck-and-neck election from Hurriyet Daily News Leftist supporters in Italy settled in for a tense wait at campaign headquarters.. Europe jitters over Italy deadlock from BBC News | Europe | World Edition European politicians and … Read more