All articles by Eric Bonse

EU Commission considers shortening quarantine times
Against the backdrop of massively increasing numbers of infections with the Omikron variant, the EU Commission is preparing for a change of strategy in the fight against the COVID pandemic. The high number of people affected may necessitate a “more pragmatic approach” to dealing with those infected, said EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides in an […] continue reading →
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14 vice presidents for the EU Parliament
On Tuesday, the European Parliament will elect the conservative Maltese Roberta Metsola as its new president in Strasbourg. The 43-year-old would be only the third woman in this office – and at the same time the youngest so far. She succeeds the Italian Social Democrat David Sassoli, who died unexpectedly last Tuesday. continue reading →
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David Sassoli: a “passionate European”
He declared a climate emergency, pushed the Green Deal, and backed the multibillion-dollar COVID Recovery Fund to pull the EU out of the crisis. But David Sassoli, the president of the European Parliament, will not live to see the long-term results of his work. On Tuesday morning, Sassoli died in Aviano, northern Italy – a […] continue reading →
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Conference on the Future of Europe: the Warsaw wish list
EU citizens are calling for more speed on matters of climate protection and more money for environmentally friendly agriculture. But whether the proposals for the Conference on the Future of Europe will be implemented is unclear. continue reading →
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European Property Register: Commission launches feasibility study
The EU Commission has awarded a feasibility study for a central European asset register. The contract, worth up to €400,000, has been awarded to three companies, including the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels. This is according to a notice published in the EU’s Official Journal on December 13th. The invitation to tender […] continue reading →
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“Massive consequences”: EU threatens Russia with sanctions
The EU is venturing far ahead with its decision on Russia – it is threatening tough sanctions even before the country's feared invasion of Ukraine. The possible punitive measures could hit Russia hard, but they are risky for Europe and Germany. continue reading →
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The EPP’s weakness
Angela Merkel and Sebastian Kurz are leaving, there is no longer a majority in the Council and there is a power struggle over the post of parliamentary president: The EPP, which is used to success, is in crisis. It will have to reinvent itself. continue reading →
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Court of Auditors president rejects mismanagement allegations
The European Court of Auditors President Klaus-Heiner Lehne has rejected accusations of mismanagement but at the same time announced reforms. There will be changes to the Court’s rules on representation expenses and the driving service, Lehne announced at a hearing in the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday. The French daily “Libération” had reported about […] continue reading →
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Mismanagement accusations: President of the Court of Auditors Lehne’s hearing
The head of the European Court of Auditors, the German CDU politician Klaus-Heiner Lehne, must answer to the European Parliament on accusations of mismanagement. Lehne is expected in Brussels on Tuesday afternoon for a hearing in the Budgetary Control Committee. Lehne himself had requested the hearing, his spokesman said. The French daily newspaper “Libération” had […] continue reading →
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German politicians back Macron’s Conference on the Future of Europe
The "Conference on the Future of Europe" has long faced resistance, especially in Germany. But now the traffic light coalition has embraced French leader Macron's initiative. Even EPP leader Weber is on board. But the reform ideas are still far apart. continue reading →
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Online political advertising: Parliament calls for improvements
The EU Commission's draft on political advertising on the Internet has met with a mixed response. MEPs from the Greens and the SPD are calling for the proposals to be improved and tightened up. continue reading →
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New accents in European policy
The coalition partners want to strengthen the EU externally and internally — and are even talking about a "federal state". They have also agreed on von der Leyen's personnel. continue reading →
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EU Commission wants to restrict online political advertising
The EU Commission wants to regulate political advertising on the internet and tightly limit controversial online advertising practices such as micro-targeting and user profiling. Google, Facebook, and other platforms are obliged to keep relevant advertising data and hand it over on request. This emerges from a draft proposal that EU Commissioner Vera Jourova intends to […] continue reading →
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Foreign policy strategy: “Strategic Compass” with strong cyber component
The EU wants to significantly expand its fight against cyberattacks, disinformation campaigns, and other "hybrid threats". This emerges from the draft of the new foreign policy strategy discussed at the Council meeting of EU foreign ministers on Monday. continue reading →
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Ecodesign: The update comes later
The EU Commission has promised too much and has more work to do. New rules for smartphones and tablets are now not expected until 2022 — if all goes well. The European Parliament and the German government want stricter regulations soon. continue reading →
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