All articles by Stephan Israel

Elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina: in the grip of the nationalists
Elections will be held in Bosnia-Herzegovina on Sunday. Russia's war against Ukraine has brought the Balkan state back into focus. Nationalists are paralyzing the country, which is struggling with a fragile government structure. There is also criticism of the post of high representative. continue reading →
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Turmoil over personnel in the EU Parliament
For the GUE group in the EU Parliament, the deal should have paid off: Sanna Lepola, the former secretary-general of the Left, is to lead the new Directorate-General Partnership Parliamentary Democracy, which was specially created as a political maneuvering mass. The agreement between the political families in the EU Parliament is also expected to pay […] continue reading →
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NATO describes China as new challenge
NATO adopted its new strategic concept at the summit in Madrid. In it, the alliance clearly defines Russia as a threat and, for the first time, describes China as a challenge. continue reading →
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Frans Timmermans: a win within reach for Europe’s climate czar
Actually, as the EU’s climate czar, Frans Timmermans would be the man of the hour. But now, he is once again somewhat overshadowed, not getting the unrestricted attention he deserves. Sometimes it’s the circumstances, like now with the Ukraine war, sometimes Ursula von der Leyen steals the show. Yet Frans Timmermans is the man who […] continue reading →
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NATO responds to new threat situation
Ahead of the summit in Madrid, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announces the biggest "general overhaul of the military alliance" since the end of the Cold War. The number of rapid response forces is to be drastically increased. The adoption of a new strategic concept is planned, in which China is to be mentioned for the first time. continue reading →
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EU Parliament votes in favor of ban on combustion engine cars from 2035
The end of the combustion engine is drawing closer. A majority of the European Parliament backed the EU Commission's proposal. There is criticism from the EPP Group. continue reading →
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Hungary blocks sixth sanctions package again
Hungary on Wednesday blocked the adoption of the sixth sanctions package in the Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) with new demands. A lot of technical groundwork had been done to put the leaders’ agreement on the oil embargo into a legal text, an EU diplomat said. This was appreciated at the meeting of EU ambassadors. Hungary, […] continue reading →
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Agreement on oil embargo outline
At the extraordinary summit in Brussels, the EU heads of state and government agreed on the EU Commission's compromise proposal for an oil embargo. The landlocked countries of Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia remain exempt for the time being and also pushed through guarantees should the Dushba pipeline be interrupted. continue reading →
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Dispute over oil embargo overshadows EU summit
A compromise proposal by the EU Commission on the oil embargo has not brought the hoped-for breakthrough for now. The proposal envisages initially only imposing an embargo on imports of Russian oil by ship. The EU ambassadors want to make another attempt at reaching an agreement on the sixth sanctions package today before the heads of state and government arrive for the extraordinary summit. continue reading →
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The Trade and Technology Council finds its role
It was only during the course of Russia's war against Ukraine that the Trade and Technology Council (TTC) found its role as a forum between the USA and the EU. Results have been achieved in the fight against supply bottlenecks and in a close alliance on standardization. continue reading →
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Switzerland the power island
Switzerland always wanted to be the "battery of Europe". Russia's war in Ukraine is now heightening concerns about supply bottlenecks for electricity and gas. The unresolved relationship with the EU also plays a role. continue reading →
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Still no agreement on oil embargo
The ambassadors of EU member states will resume their talks on the sixth sanctions package on Monday or Tuesday at the latest. Over the weekend, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia pressed for significantly longer transition periods and guarantees regarding the planned embargo on Russian oil. Member states do agree that the sixth sanctions package […] continue reading →
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Difficult balancing act with oil embargo
The EU Commission's sixth sanctions package with the gradual exit from Russian oil is meeting with mixed reactions from industry and business associations. Experts doubt the effect, while Hungary and Slovakia reject the package in its current form. continue reading →
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Habeck expects sixth sanctions package including oil embargo today
EU energy ministers held a special meeting on Monday to discuss the situation following the suspension of Russian gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria. A major topic on the sidelines was the sixth sanctions package, which the EU Commission is to present today. Now, things are supposed to move quickly: He expects the EU Commission […] continue reading →
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Sixth sanctions package delayed
The proposal for a sixth sanctions package is not expected to be ready until next week. The EU Commission will present its ideas on how to proceed to the permanent representatives of the member states (COREPER) on Wednesday, according to EU sources. In a second step, Brussels will then sound out the room for maneuver […] continue reading →
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Olivér Várhelyi – Viktor Orbán’s Governor in Brussels
In Brussels, 50-year-old EU Enlargement Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi almost exclusively pushes the agenda of his mentor, Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. continue reading →
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Luc Van den hove – world-class in chip research
You cannot miss the skyscraper from the highway to Leuven. On the top floor of the 15-story tower, Luc Van den hove has a good view over the flat countryside. The 61-year-old is CEO of Imec (Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre), Europe’s largest research center for nano- and microelectronics. Margrethe Vestager, Vice President of the EU Commission, […] continue reading →
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