He was internationally dismissed as an unwilling to change “loyal party soldier”. But after serving 100 days in office, João Lourenço, Angola’s new president, is busy purging the state apparatus of the ruling family. The daughter of the former president, her banks and her phone company – or: how a regime change in Angola may affect Portugal through the accumulated wealth and the investments of the African country’s former presidential family. Read more "An unexpected change is sweeping through Angola"
Kyriakos Mitsotakis is odds-on favourite to become the next Greek prime minister. Both German and US media have dubbed him a “star of the people” offering Greece “a glimmer of hope”. A sworn reformist, he slams nepotism and corruption. And yet that international praise ignores hard facts – such as the inclusion of his spouse in the Paradise Papers or his personal involvement in the biggest corruption scandal of the last 30 years in Greece. Read more "The overlooked past of the “next PM of Greece”"
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"