European party politics are in a turmoil before the EU elections. In Hungary, for example, the opposition announced a common campaign, and they are thinking about a common election list - an unprecedented move in Hungarian politics to beat Orban, says Hungarian Social Democrat István Ujhelyi. "There is the idea that the fight should be between two candidates, one from Orban's Fidesz Party and one common opposition candidate. Because in Hungary, a competitive multi-party democracy doesn't exist." Orban's Fidesz Party warns that this election is all about migration. Those who don't see this, will lose, according to Tamás Deutsch, a Fidesz member of the European Parliament. "Whenever there was an election in Europe recently, whether it was a local or a general election, we saw anti-immigration forces advancing. Forces that want to protect their populations." Euroskeptic parties are trying to form alliances to run in the European elections. Italian vice prime minister Matteo … [Read more...] about European party politics in turmoil before EU elections
The shock of Notre Dame aflame has led to an outpouring of emotion for the historic Parisian landmark. MEPs gathered in Strasbourg paid homage to the shared heritage of Europe. The emotion of seeing the cathedral on fire, and the shared history and culture of the monument. Sophie in 't Veld, Dutch Liberal MEP said: "Well it's of course very sad. There is a big gaping wound in the heart of Paris And of course this is very much part of the cultural heritage of the whole of Europe. So I think everyone feels very affected by this and I'm very glad that President Macron has said immediately they will start rebuilding and repairing. In a way this is also part of the history of Europe because we have buildings with a very long history and sometimes they are destroyed and we rebuild them. That becomes part of the history as well." Pervanche Berès, French Socialist MEP said: "Notre Dame is a monument, a monument is something which in reality links us all. I am not a believer, but I was … [Read more...] about Notre Dame of Paris, France, Europe
Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League succeeded Thursday in forming western Europe's first populist government, which will be headed by a political novice whose first try was rejected four days earlier as too risky for the Italian economy.What changed was the willingness of 5-Star leader Luigi Di Maio and League leader Matteo Salvini to shuffle the proposed roster of government ministers amid a financial market scare. They moved an 81-year-old euroskeptic economist vetoed by Italy's president from overseeing the economy ministry to a European affairs Cabinet post.After the fits, starts and financial turbulence of recent days, the realization of a 5-Star-League coalition government put its populist posture on full display in Salvini's first public remarks. He returned from Rome to address a crowd of supporters in his northern home region of Lombardy."I want to make Italy a protagonist in Europe again. With good manners and without creating confusion. But I … [Read more...] about Italy gets western Europe’s 1st populist govt on second try
World Donald Trump European Union As the European Union braces for trade tariffs on its steel and aluminum exports to the U.S., imposed by President Donald Trump under his hardball “America first” economic policy, Europe is questioning the strength of Washington’s commitment to the transatlantic alliance. Trump talked the talk during his first year in office, threatening to overturn old assumptions and agreements, but did little about it. Now, in his second year as president, Trump is walking the walk, putting his campaign rhetoric into action. And Europe is feeling the impact. The EU said it will retaliate against Trump’s punitive tariffs with its own, and accused his administration of bullying it on trade. Europe wants to avert a full-blown trade war, but the risk of a Pyrrhic escalation is real, something markets fear. This trade dispute between the U.S. and Europe is just one issue of many to erupt under the Trump administration, among them the … [Read more...] about Will Trump’s Trade War Finally Break America’s Close Relationship With Europe?
Macron is seeking to change a two-decade old EU rule aimed at allowing firms to hire workers with specialised skills from other member states on a temporary basis -- one Paris critics say price French workers out of jobs. The 39-year-old French President tried to soothe tensions with his eastern European counterparts on the sidelines of a two-day EU summit that otherwise gave him a warm welcome. Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo urged Macron to abandon "stereotypes and cliches, sometimes received as offensive," according to Konrad Szymanski, her aide on European affairs, referring to a recent newspaper interview. But Szydlo as well as her counterparts from Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia agreed with Macron on the need to pursue a "more intensive" dialogue to bridge differences, Szymanski told journalists. READ ALSO: Photo: AFP Ales Chmelar , Czech secretary of state for European affairs, said Macron agreed with prime ministers Viktor Orban of … [Read more...] about Macron’s plan to protect France from cheap EU labour riles eastern Europe