Last Updated: Thursday, 19 May 2016 11:36
The College of Commissioners today discussed the current situation concerning the Rule of Law in Poland – based on an oral presentation by First Vice-President Timmermans regarding the state of play of the intensive dialogue that has been ongoing with the Polish authorities since 13 January on the situation of the Constitutional Tribunal. The College examined a draft Rule of Law Opinion, structuring and formalising the assessment of the current situation, and empowered First Vice-President Timmermans to adopt the Opinion by 23 May, unless significant progress is made by the Polish authorities to resolve the concerns expressed by the European Commission before that date.
More information: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-1828_en.htm
Last Updated: Thursday, 19 May 2016 11:21
Citing a strategy paper from the EU on Tuesday, "Spiegel Online" reported that the European Union plans to defend its technological dominance in the nuclear sector. According to the document, the European Union's 28 member states should strengthen cooperation on researching, developing, financing and constructing innovative reactors. "Spiegel" reported that the European Union plans to advance the minireactors with the hope that such technology should be in use no later than 2030.
More information: http://www.dw.com/en/european-union-to-publish-strategy-paper-on-nuclear-energy/a-19262144
Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 May 2016 09:26
Peace in Europe could be at risk if Britain votes to leave the European Union, David Cameron has warned. The UK has regretted "turning its back" on Europe in the past, the PM said, arguing the EU had "helped reconcile" countries and maintain peace. Was leaving the union a "risk worth taking", Mr Cameron asked. But ex-London mayor Boris Johnson hit back, saying the EU's "anti-democratic tendencies" were "a force for instability and alienation".
There are just over six weeks to go until the 23 June referendum which will decide whether Britain remains in or leaves the EU.
More information: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/brexit-could-trigger-world-war-7928607
Please notice the following event in cologne on May 18 about the "Brexit":
Come along to this informal event to discuss with Jon Worth (jonworth.eu), me and others:
What´s likely to happen - will the UK leave?
What do German politicians think of this whole thing?
If the UK does leave, what then?
How to register to vote in the EU referendum? ...
How to apply for German citizenship if you need it?
Politics and language
Please note that this event is non-partisan - we all have our own view about the referendum, the European Union and whether what the UK government is doing is right. Advocates of Remain and Leave are welcome to attend. All speeches will be in English. However, as all panellists also speak German, question can be posed in German.
Date: 18 May 2016
Place: Riphahn-Saal, Die Brücke, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Hahnenstrasse 6, 50667 Köln (KVB Neumarkt or Rudolfplatz)
Entrance fee: €5 (to cover some of the room rental costs)
Registration: Please register here so that we can get an idea about the number of participants, although registration is not required.
Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 May 2016 08:53
Tens of thousands of people in Poland have demonstrated against the policies of the governing Law and Justice Party. The march was organised by the opposition Civic Platform party and a movement called the Committee for the Defense of Democracy, with support from other opposition parties.
One leader of the pro-EU march, Civic Platform party leader Grzegorz Schetyna, a former foreign minister, declared it the biggest demonstration in the democratic era. "We will not allow for the nightmare of authoritarian rule to happen," Schetyna said.
The protesters say the governing conservatives run an undemocratic administration that violates European values.
More information: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36236576
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