As every year, on September 11, many Catalans celebrated La Diada, the national day in Catalonia, commemorating the siege of Barcelona against the Bourbons in 1714, which dramatically reduced Catalonia’s autonomy. This year the festivities of the Diada were of special importance as Catalans formed a spectacular 400 kilometres long human chain on the road from [...]
Communists will make a comeback in the upcoming Czech elections, but their impact on future politics remains to be seen When the Czech Republic elects a new parliament on 25-26 October, the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSČM) is likely to come second, winning 16% of votes or more. This will probably entail that [...]
Greek Golden Dawn member kills leftist hip – hop artist Pavlos Fyssas in Athens – the rise of extremism in Europe?Sep 29th, 2013 | By Lamprini Basdeki
With the murder of a leftist hip-hop artist by an extremist party member only a few days ago, Europe finds itself on alert: the rise of extremist groups in the European states as a result of the current economic crisis is one of the consequences of the crisis that Europe is facing on a social [...]
“The Youth Employment Initiative” proposed by both the European Council and Parliament has been declared as another necessary program to adjust the instabilities in the EU labour market. Specifically such program would guarantee quality employment for the youth and assist in developing the skills demanded in the highly competitive labour markets. The problem of this [...]
In this last Brussels Briefing on Agriculture before the summer break, Agrafacts journalists Rose O’Donovan and Ed Bray provide an overview of the recent deal reached by the Council of Agriculture Ministers, the European Parliament and the European Commission. They look at the different parts of the agreement (direct payments, greening, coupled aid, young farmers, [...]
It is only six weeks to go until the long-anticipated German federal elections on September 22 and the general atmosphere seems to be quite calm. Is it due to the summer vacations, the high temperatures across Europe, or is it the calm before the storm? Three experts from Great Britain and Germany give us their light.
Recent events in Egypt have troubled EU policymakers. The overthrow of the democratically elected President Mohamed Morsy early July and the subsequent violence on the streets of Cairo presented the EU with a dilemma. Should it support or reject the coup? After initially choosing to support it, the EU now seeks a new role as mediator in the conflict. The EU High Representative Catherine Ashton’s recent double visit to Cairo should be interpreted as a positive sign, but the EU should also be aware that its ability to shape events in the African country is rather limited.
Three years ago the German government announced that due to the success of the EEG (Renewable Energy Act) it would increase its RES (Renewable Energy Sources) goals and predicted that by 2020 more than 35% of all electricity generated should be from wind, solar and other renewable sources. News that the European Commission might launch an official probe into whether the EEG is violating EU competition law has caused a stir in Berlin. Will the EU stop Germany’s green energy investment vehicle?
Another videos by viEUws about the challenges and priorities of the Lithuanian Presidency (1 July 2013 to 31 December 2013).
The UK became a member of the Single Market 40 years ago but David Cameron has planned to hold a referendum on the UK’s future in Europe and senior conservatives are calling for the UK to leave the EU. This has prompted a huge debate in the European Parliament.
Watch the debate with Graham Watson MEP (ALDE Group Leader) and Martin Callanan MEP(ECR Group Leader), moderated by Peter O’Donnell.