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.

Europe in brief: EUR 100 billion of investments planned in European chip industry, announces Thierry Breton

Europe in brief: EUR 100 billion of investments planned in European chip industry, announces Thierry Breton

Europe aims to become self-sufficient in the area of semiconductor production and the European Commission has positive evaluations for North Macedonia. In other news: Commission President von der Leyen visits flooded areas in Slovenia, European citizens want more action against disinformation online and July 2023 has officially been the hottest month ever recorded.

Hungary: EU Commission wants to withhold EU funding

Hungary: EU Commission wants to withhold EU funding

In an unprecedented move, the EU Commission has proposed freezing the 65 percent of the EU cohesion funds for Hungary, namely 7.5 billion euro, over concerns about rule of law. On the other side, European Commission officials conditionally approved Budapest’s 5.8-billion-euro recovery plan. Now, it will up to the EU member states to decide on both issues that could come with high political stakes.

Why is the renewal of the judiciary in Spain blocked?

Why is the renewal of the judiciary in Spain blocked?

The renewal of the Spanish General Council of the Judiciary has been blocked for four years now. As Spain will hold the EU Council presidency in the second half of 2023, Brussels is urging the country to end the deadlock in the appointment of new incumbents to important judicial positions.