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The European Union’s and China’s joint commitment to climate action is tarnished by Chinese support for and the EU’s neglect of coal projects in the Balkans, as a new briefing shows. But it is still not too late to change course. by Pippa Gallop, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog. As the EU-China summit kicks off… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

To say that EU-Turkey relations are under strain is a strong understatement. Perhaps the only reason (NATO concerns aside) why EU member states have not officially put a stop to the accession negotiations is enlightened self-interest in the refugee deal. Megaphone diplomacy and diplomatic tactics at or over the far end of the spectrum of… » read more

  Posted by Antonius Voluptarius

United Against Rape

European civil society calls for action against the Turkish government’s recent bill that would release prisoners convicted of sexual assault of minors, if they marry their victims. In the light of recent events and concerning news arriving from the state of democracy and respect of fundamental human rights in Turkey, AEGEE-Europe and the European Youth… » read more

  Posted by Key to Europe

There are rising problems in the Western Balkans. Serbia’s role in fostering region stability is growing as tensions increase in the traditionally problematic Balkan triangle of Croatia-Serbia-Bosnia. Serbia’s balancing act between Washington and the European Union on one side and Russia on the other has gained visibility since late 2014. Russia lost ground when the… » read more

  Posted by Global Perspectives - Antonia Colibasanu

Turks, being both friendly and political, usually ask visitors what they think of Turkey. Seldom nowadays do they like the answer. When criticisms are made by Europeans of Turkey’s apparent drift to Islamist autocracy and away from pluralist democracy, we are reminded that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has frequently (most recently last November) been popularly… » read more

  Posted by Andrew Duff - On Governing Europe

Ahead of a referendum in the Netherlands on the association agreement between the European Union and Ukraine, Olexi Pasyuk from the National Ecological Centre of Ukraine discusses the agreement’s importance for Ukraine’s civil society and why Europe must still improve how it engages with the country. by Olexi Pasyuk, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog. (The… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

While the Energy Community yesterday failed to consider more stringent air pollution rules for the Western Balkans, a new report quantifies the health costs of the region’s coal burning both within the region itself as well as in the neighbouring European Union. by Ioana Ciuta, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog I often hear that countries… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

Daily news reminds us of the terrible crisis in the Mediterranean, with people fleeing their countries in any way possible with the aim of landing somewhere safer than what used to be home. The EU reaction, rumor has it, has been slow and plain insufficient according to the majority. Somehow, we still need the picture… » read more

  Posted by 1989 Generation Initiative

The first time it happened, on 22 November 1989, the German Chancellor outshone the French President. It was under a fortnight since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Helmut Kohl sounded confident and decisive, clear in his call for enlargement of the European Community and commitment to the goal of political union. François Mitterrand, by… » read more

  Posted by Andrew Duff - On Governing Europe

A summit on the Western Balkans will take place on Thursday (27 August) in Vienna, amid enlargement fatigue, and fear of the migrant wave submerging the region from the outside, but also stemming from the region, overwhelming wealthier EU countries. To dispel the gloomy mood, a football match will take place tonight in the Austrian… » read more

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