Orban’s audacity is right off the chart; an EU support scheme will everyone take part?; and a bored lockdown world makes its own art.
Seven political groups have been formed in the new European Parliament and there are two major left-outs still looking for their place ahead of the Parliament's inaugural plenary on 2 July. Piotr Kaczyński takes a look at the groups and their Polish members, as well as at the strategic agenda for the next five years.
The European People's Party has “lost all credibility and moral authority to lead the EU,” ALDE's leader Guy Verhofstadt has said, following the EPP's decision to suspend but not expel Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party.
As EU Head of States were gathering 19 September in Salzburg (Austria) for an informal meeting, both Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and President of the EU Council Donald Tusk said they will promote the idea among member states of an EU-Arab States summit on migration next February as well as an additional meeting on Brexit next November.
Manfred Weber’s European Commission presidency bid is “absurd” given that he represents a political party with close links to Vladimir Putin and politicians like Hungary’s Viktor Orbán, who openly question the EU's values, according to leftist chief Gabriele Zimmer.
With a year to go until the European Parliament elections and the appointment of a new European Commission, the EU is yet again at a crossroads. But unlike Robert Johnson, the EU is unlikely to sell its soul to play a mean guitar, writes Tom Parker.
Ten days ago Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev went to Mutti Merkel to seek her support in trying to untangle the eternal name dispute with Greece, a mess that has for many years prevented his country from joining NATO and starting EU accession negotiations.
As one of the ‘wise men’ of EU politics, Hans-Gert Pöttering has seen a generation of talented young politicians come and go. But few cut such a "tragic figure" as David Cameron, the former British prime minister who set Brexit in motion.