Environmental Groups Respond to European Commission Climate Change Proposal

Last week the European Commission outlined its new policy proposal concerning renewable energy for 2030. European Commission president José Manuel Barroso announced the plan to reduce emissions to 40% of 1990 levels, compensated by increased investment in renewable energy. With this plan, renewable energy should account for 27% of the European Union’s energy by 2030. […]

Deals, Concessions in Strive at Coalition Between German CDU and SPD

Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has reached a coalition agreement with their opposition party, the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). The CDU came short of reaching absolute majority in parliament at the last elections on September 22, and thus were forced to consider a coalition. Their previous partners, the Free Democrats Party (FDP), […]

European Elections 2014: Far Right Parties to Form an Alliance against Brussels

French Front national (FN) leader, Marine Le Pen, and Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV), leader Gert Wilders, announced their parties will join forces in light of next May’s European elections. The two far right parties wish to merge as the European Alliance for Freedom party, backed by five other European right wing and populist parties: […]

EU to Re-initiate Talks on Turkey’s Membership

On November 5, the European Union will re-initiate talks on Turkey’s membership more than eight years after the first negotiations. June’s discussions were dismissed as Germany strongly condemned the extreme use of police force by the ruling AK conservative party during mass street protests, in which 6 people were killed and more than 8000 injured. […]

Expansion of the Schengen Area to Include Bulgaria and Romania

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius announced on September 24 France’s opposition to the expansion of the Schengen area to include Bulgaria and Romania. Both countries, which entered the European Union in 2007, have officially integrated into the EU and have met all preconditions set by the Schengen agreement to become a part of this passport […]