For a tantalizing two months in the spring, it looked as if Germany might actually have something like a real election this year—that is, a contest between at least two candidates with distinct policy programs that both have a chance of forming a government.
After years of heating up, the EU’s values crisis is close to boiling point. Defiance of core EU principles by the governments in Warsaw and Budapest is turning into a political crisis. The European Commission has taken legal action against both governments for violating specific EU laws and is threatening to go further on Poland. The European Parliament supports this course and is preparing further action against Hungary. But the Hungarian and Polish governments will feel the heat only if political leaders of the EU’s other member states get actively involved.
Answers as to why Russia has proposed the UN protection mission for the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine are fleeting. This initiative from its outset appears to be highly questionable even without considering whatever hidden agenda the Kremlin is pursuing.
The United Nations will be hosting the annual Treaty Event next week at its Headquarters in New York, inviting Member States to sign multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary-General or to become parties to them by depositing instruments of ratification or accession.
On September 1, 2017, President Petro Poroshenko announced that the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) would issue instructions to tighten and strengthen Ukrainian borders, a major feature of which would be the stringent requirement that Russian citizens possess biometric passports when entering Ukraine (President.gov.ua, September 1). This NSDC decision announced by the President put an end to a longstanding internal debate with that body.
Just six months ago, predictions of imminent revolution in world politics were all the rage in Russia and beyond. Observers saw plenty of signs of impending cataclysms: the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, the victory of a political outsider in the U.S. presidential election, the rise of far-right populism and anti-globalism in the West, and the wave of migration threatening to engulf Europe.
European Commission Chief Jean Claude Juncker urged the European Parliament on Wednesday to put Western Balkan integration higher on the agenda.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a traditional summer news conference on Tuesday, just less than a month before Germany’s Sept. 24 federal election, and appeared optimistic about Greece’s path to economic growth.
Turkey and Germany are locomotives of economic development and have important political weight – each of these countries holds a leading position in its region.
State of emergency in the agricultural sector has been declared in 27 counties in eastern Latvian Latgale region, and partly in northern Vidzeme and southern Kurzeme regions, said Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers) after the crisis management council meeting today.