The European Council decided last Thursday to support the agreement reached between Macedonia and Greece on the name issue but is still using the name “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” until the new name, Northern Macedonia, has been ratified by the Greek parliament.
The Austrian Constitutional Court ordered Friday that persons not wishing to identify themselves as male or female may from now on be granted that right in their administrative procedures, a new step towards the recognition of a “third sex’’ in Europe.
The controversial anti-defamation law on criminalising an open debate on the Holocaust in Poland was cancelled last week by an overwhelming majority in the Polish parliament (Sejm) and immediately signed off by President Andrzej Duda.
The European Council on Thursday dealt with a number of issues but the focus was on migration where the discussion continued for hours during the night until early Friday morning.
The compromise on migration reached on Friday morning by the 28 leaders of the European Union (EU) after more than eight hours of discussions is “a good agreement”, Prime Minister Charles Michel commented.
Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and his government aim to place emphasis on immigration after Austria takes over from Bulgaria as head of the Council of the European Union on the 1st of July.
The Foreign Affairs Council adopted this week an unusually critical resolution on the Saudi-led coalition’s military operations in Yemen and the worsening humanitarian situation in the country.
After half a year, the Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the EU is approaching its end and will hand over the rotating presidency to Austria. Although a crucial week remains, culminating in the European Council summit in Brussels on 28 – 29 June, Bulgaria has already taken stock of…
The hearing on the rule of law in Poland at the General Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg on Tuesday will be limited to an exchange of questions and answers. There will not be any conclusions and voting, according to the Bulgarian presidency which is chairing the meeting.
Retaliatory measures taken by the European Union (EU) against certain U.S. products in response to Washington's taxes on steel and aluminium became effective today, Friday, at 00:00 hours Brussels Time (22 :00 GMT on Thursday)