The resolution to be adopted next week in Strasbourg is a major step towards further militarisation of the EU. For the first time ever, the European Parliament makes the case for the creation of a Commission Directorate General (DG)-Defence. Rapporteur Michael Gahler is also the head of Kangaroo, a lobby group promoting security and defence imperatives in the EU institutions for decades. Read more "The European Parliament opens the way for a defense commissioner and pushes states to find €76 bn for weapons"
The collapse of the negotiations for a new government gives the German political elite a second chance to avoid a capital mistake. Reform and democratisation of the EU could finally get the attention it deserves. Read more "The end of the “Jamaica” illusion in Germany: A blessing for the future of the EU"
The politics of Poland’s ruling party “Law and Justice” (PiS) nowadays promote allies as unpredictable as Donald Trump; as politically marginal as Viktor Orbán; and as troublesome as Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The freedom of the press has begun to suffer in countries that once seemed to be young and growing or well-established democracies. We, the journalists, need to wake up. Read more "A good chance to fight (PiS) propaganda in Poland"
Italy is the EU laggard in terms of productivity, but at the same time it retains a strong performance in manufacturing, registering the third best trade surplus in Europe. How can this paradox be explained? What are the roots of these problems and where is the potency of the country concentrated? Italian journalist Maria Maggiore of Investigate Europe gives her vision of the Bel Paese. Read more "Italy, G7 member and Third World country"