EU loosens farm subsidy rules in bid to ease pressure on farmers

EU loosens farm subsidy rules in bid to ease pressure on farmers

Last week, EU member states approved new rules for the bloc’s Common Agricultural Policy, which allows farmers to apply for subsidies, albeit subject to strict environmental rules. The concessions from Brussels follow months of protests by farmers across the EU – but the resistance to the EU’s flagship green ambitions is not over.

Controversial new Migration and Asylum Pact to come into force in 2026, 15 EU countries demand even stricter rules  

Controversial new Migration and Asylum Pact to come into force in 2026, 15 EU countries demand even stricter rules  

On May 14, EU member states took the last hurdle to a stricter, controversial migration and asylum pact after nearly a decade of wrangling. The overhaul comes into force from 2026. However, 15 EU countries already expressed a desire to clamp down on illegal migration even further in a letter to the European Commission on Wednesday.

China’s Xi Jinping tests European unity with tour to France, Serbia and Hungary

China’s Xi Jinping tests European unity with tour to France, Serbia and Hungary

On his first European tour in five years, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited European leaders in France, Serbia and Hungary. While relations with Belgrade and Budapest are blossoming, Paris – and European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen – failed to persuade the Chinese leader to soothe the EU’s concerns over global trade and Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Europe Day 2024: In the shadow of the polls 

Europe Day 2024: In the shadow of the polls 

On May 9, the calendar marks Europe Day, commemorating the Schuman Declaration in 1950. The historical plan was a proposal to place the French and the West German production of coal and steel under one single authority, which would later become the European Union. Less than a month out from the European elections, what does this Europe Day have in store? 

20 years of the EU’s Eastern Enlargement

20 years of the EU’s Eastern Enlargement

Two decades of EU membership are a reason to celebrate. On May 1, 2004, ten Eastern European states joined the bloc – the EU’s biggest enlargement to date. However, amidst the festivities, attention turns to regions like the Western Balkans, who are still on the waiting list for EU accession.