All articles by Eric Bonse

Italy’s shift to the right: the consequences for the EU
Russia, rule of law, debts: The right-wing election wins worry Brussels. However, experts warn against panic-mongering – the leeway of a new government is limited. continue reading →
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Germany initiates debate on unanimity principle
The German government has initiated a debate on the expansion of majority voting in Brussels. The so-called Qualified Majority Voting (QMV) should also be introduced in foreign policy and sanctions decisions, said Anna Lührmann, Minister of State for Europe, on the sidelines of the General Council in Brussels. She added that discussions with like-minded countries […] continue reading →
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Energy crisis and protests: Belgium calls EU for help
An impending energy shortage is not one of Belgium's problems, but massively rising prices are. The country is facing a series of protests, and the yellow vests are also making a comeback. Prime Minister Alexander De Croo hopes for help from Brussels, so far in vain. continue reading →
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Court of Auditors criticizes vaccine procurement
The EU Commission has not sufficiently addressed the shortcomings in the procurement of Covid vaccines. This is the conclusion of the European Court of Auditors in a special report that reviews the experience of the Covid years 2020 and 2021. The EU Commission did manage to build up a broad range of Covid vaccines and […] continue reading →
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Liz Truss: mixed EU reactions to Boris Johnson’s successor
The news of Liz Truss' appointment as the new British prime minister has been met with concern in Brussels. So far, the EU has not had good experiences with the conservative Tory politician, who often references Margaret Thatcher. continue reading →
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Foreign ministers argue about visa ban for Russians
Three countries for, Germany against: An emotionally charged debate is emerging at the informal Gymnich meeting in Prague. At its core is the question of collective guilt – but there are also signs of a possible compromise: the suspension of the visa agreement with Russia. continue reading →
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EU begins accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia
After several years of slumber, European enlargement policy continues to gain momentum. Around four weeks after the decision to grant Ukraine and Moldova candidate status, the European Union began formal accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia in Brussels on Tuesday. Originally, negotiations were supposed to begin two years ago. However, Bulgaria had repeatedly delayed […] continue reading →
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EU steps up fight against disinformation
The EU fears being put on the defensive by disinformation and manipulation from Russia. The foreign ministers now want to take countermeasures – with a new toolbox, they decided on Monday at the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels. The EU Commission and Josep Borrell, the EU’s High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs, were […] continue reading →
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Rule of law in the EU: expectations vs. reality
In its third Rule of Law Report, the EU Commission again rebukes Hungary and Poland. Germany could also do more, for example, in the area of lobby transparency. However, the Brussels authority does not always live up to its own high standards. The European Parliament is now calling for consequences. continue reading →
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Eurogroup shifts away from expansionary fiscal policy
Faced with growing risks and high debts, the 19 euro countries are taking a cautious course. The EU Commission expects less growth and higher inflation. continue reading →
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Ukraine: Where will the billions needed for reconstruction come from?
Ukraine needs at least €720 billion to rebuild the country, head of government Denys Shmyhal said Monday at an international conference in Lugano. The EU agreed to cover much of the cost as well as coordinate international aid. Funding, however, remained unclear. continue reading →
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“Historic decisions” in favor of Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia
The EU grants candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova, while Georgia has to settle for the "European perspective. There was great disappointment at the Balkan summit, where the hoped-for progress failed to materialize. continue reading →
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EU summit: unequal treatment in EU enlargement
The EU summit starting today is supposed to produce results on a geopolitical level. However, a clear strategy is not yet emerging. Some member states warn against putting Ukraine on the fast track, while the Western Balkan countries remain in the slow lane. continue reading →
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Last hurdles on the way to candidate status
After the EU Commission's "go", the way seems clear for Ukraine at the EU summit on Thursday. Denmark and the Netherlands have put aside their reservations, but Hungary is still considered a shaky candidate. There is also the "political knot" in the Western Balkans. continue reading →
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Von der Leyen: Poland gets funds only against judicial reform
The EU Commission is taking a new approach to the planned disbursement of financial aid from the COVID-19 reconstruction fund to Poland. In contrast to previous practice, the billions of euros in aid – €23.9 billion in grants and an additional €11.5 billion in loans – will not only be tied to economic policy “milestones. […] continue reading →
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EU and African Union warn of grain crisis
The EU calls for an end to the blockade of Ukrainian grain exports. The Russian war of aggression has a direct impact on global food supply security, according to the conclusions of the EU summit that ended Tuesday in Brussels. Russia must unblock the port of Odesa and end attacks on Ukraine’s transport infrastructure, the […] continue reading →
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Ukraine: accession issue to be discussed at next summit
President Zelenskiy urged EU leaders at the summit to grant his country candidate status – but they are still taking their time with the decision. continue reading →
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Brussels postpones the debt problem
The EU Commission does not want to fully apply the stability rules for the euro until 2024. At the same time, it is putting off the controversial reform of the rules – and the risks are increasing. continue reading →
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