Europe in brief: Macron calls on Europe to invest in its future

Europe in brief: Macron calls on Europe to invest in its future

France is proposing that Europe should issue common debt again. In other news, Slovenia is reluctant on the question of whether the EU should deprive Hungary of its voting rights under Article 7 of the EU Treaty. Romanian MEP Daniel Buda calls for more subsidies to support farmers across Europe.

Hungary’s EU presidency: How could Orbán influence the direction of the EU?

MEPs threaten legal action over EU billions for Hungary

MEPs have called for further steps to prepare a court case against the European Commission over the unblocking of billions of EU funds for Hungary. In December, the Commission released funds to win Hungary’s support for Ukraine. The European Council is due to discuss the financial aid to Kyiv again at an extraordinary summit in February.

Europe in brief: EU offers closer partnership with Central Asia

Europe in brief: EU offers closer partnership with Central Asia

European Council President Charles Michel wants to intensify the bloc’s relationship with Central Asia. The new Bulgarian government is about to start work. Albania and Hungary strengthen their cooperation. Germany escapes a fine as the European Commission ends water pollution proceedings.

Photo of EU leaders, Zelensky in front of nude statue is doctored

Photo of EU leaders, Zelensky in front of nude statue is doctored

A doctored photo began circulating on social media in multiple languages in the spring of 2023. It purported to show European Council President Charles Michel, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in front of a grey statue with breasts and male genitalia. In fact, the image was altered to superimpose the leaders – from a photo taken in Kyiv in 2023 – against the nude statue found in The Hague.