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CDU’s troubled reputation With only a few months left before the elections, the image of Merkel’s party got tarnished the past weeks in light of multiple corruption scandals. What did the European press write about the allegations , and are CDU/CSU still leading with the elections approaching, or are the German Greens going for the […]

EU-China relations and another vaccine scandal “What a difference three months make” wrote Stuart Lau in Politico when the EU-China relations soured this week after the country launched a sanctions attack on the EU. December last year, Europe’s leaders still hurried to reach an agreement with the Chinese president, facilitating EU investments in one of the world’s fastest […]

Dutch elections This Wednesday, all eyes were set on the Netherlands, when the Dutch casted their vote in the midst of the ongoing crisis and after a rough political year resulting in the government’s resignation last January. Despite the political crisis, Mark Rutte managed to win, again, aiming for a fourth term in office. What […]

Puigdemont & International Women’s Day In Spain convicted, in Brussels protected, that was the status of Carles Puigdemont and two other Catalan Members of the European Parliament. Was. Until this Tuesday, when the Parliament voted to strip the immunity of the MEPs. In this week’s What’s New(s) we discuss how Belgian and Spanish media reported […]

A final farewell “The end of a story of romance and betrayal” that is how Spanish newspaper El Confidencial described the divorce between Prime Minister Victor Orbán’s Fidesz party and the EPP, the centre-right block in the European Parliament. Tensions between the EPP group and its controversial member have been accumulating for years, but the introduction […]

Attacks on the freedom of expression A breakthrough in the Caruana Galizia case this week, when one of the three suspects changed his plea, admitted to all charges, and was sentenced with 15 years jail. It has been over 3 years now that the Maltese journalist and anti-corruption activist was murdered by a car bomb. […]

The visit that caused fury in Brussels It was not the first time for Josep Borrell to be called before the European Parliament to defend his actions. Last Tuesday, he tried to explain why he failed to push back against Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov on his visit to Moscow two days before. “Borrell faces fury […]

A small victory for Russia Amid the rising criticism towards the EU vaccine rollout; a victory for Russia this week when a study published by the Lancet on Tuesday revealed the Sputnik vaccine is highly effective. Good news for Putin, in a week when international attention towards the Navalny-case was only increasing. What did the […]

The fight over vaccines, and Portuguese elections In the midst of the vaccination race; outrage in Europe this week when pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca refused to be transparent about production and export numbers. Rumours suggest Britain is unfairly prioritised. How has this dispute escalated in an open conflict in the media? Besides the row over delayed […]

Two resigned and one survived Last Friday the photos of Dutch Prime Minister Rutte cycling to the King to announce his resignation made the news across Europe. The Netherlands was not the only country where a political crisis made the PM step down last week. A few days earlier, Jüri Ratas resigned as a result […]