Ahead of the elections on October 2, Bosnia and Herzegovina faces internal problems, but its parties agree on at least one strategic issue: They see the future of the country in the EU. However, they remain divided on how the country should be shaped on its path to the EU. Due to the country’s internal instability, but also the strong influence of Russia on the Serbian entity, the elections play an important role for regional and even European stability.
For the first time since ever the EU Commission has proposed to freeze payments to a member state, in this case Hungary, for violating the rule of law and alleged corruption. Now the member states will have to decide.
Windfall levies, Ukraine and protecting the rule of law – EU Commission chief von der Leyen’s agenda for the upcoming year
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s third State of the Union speech was dominated by the war in Ukraine and finding answers to soaring energy prices in Europe. In her annual address to the European Parliament, she proposed a windfall levy. But not everyone is convinced and there is still work to be done.
EU countries are scrambling to face up to a challenging winter ahead, with consumers facing skyrocketing energy prices. Brussels plans a series of measures aimed at shielding households and businesses from high energy costs.
While the proposal on the Media Freedom Act is set to be presented by the European Commission on September 13, press freedom remains under pressure in several countries across Europe.
For years, Albania and North Macedonia have been waiting to move closer to the EU. Now that an obstacle has been removed, things are set to move ahead quickly. In July, a historic moment was celebrated. Time for a recap.