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Macedonian political crisis hampers EU membership bid

Bitter exchanges between Macedonia's government and the opposition, including wiretapping and claims of million-euro bribes, have pushed the Balkan state into a deep crisis that could further hamper its already stalled bid for EU...more »


Motion for a Resolution on a new Alcohol Strategy

A positive vote by the Parliament's Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee on the Alcohol Strategy Resolution on the 31st of March is crucial, writes Anna Hedh. Anna Hedh is a Swedish member of the...more »


New EU air safety measures could follow Germanwings tragedy

The European Commission will propose new air safety measures after the Germanwings crash earlier this week, an EU official said on Friday (27 March). A plane flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf with 144 passengers on board...more »


EU keeps Hamas on terror list, despite court ruling

The European Union kept Hamas on its terrorism blacklist Friday despite a controversial court decision ordering Brussels to remove the Palestinian Islamist group from the register. "Hamas stays on list during Council's appeal to...more »


Migrant access to benefits not automatic

EU citizens are not entitled to claim benefits in a member state they haven’t previously worked in, The Court of Justice of the European Union announced on Thursday (26 March). The opinion of Advocate General Wathelet said...more »


Poland charges two Russian officials over Kaczyński crash

Poland said today (27 March) it would bring charges against two Russian air traffic controllers over a 2010 plane crash which killed then Polish president Lech Kaczyński, a move likely to damage bilateral relations already...more »


Britain and Europe: An Irish perspective

Britain’s membership of the EU is a matter of high politics for Europe, for Britain itself and for Ireland. It should be treated as such, writes Kevin Leydon.  Kevin Leydon is a trustee of the Institute for International and...more »

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