Small, but professional: The Centers on Thematic Expertise in DG NEAR
2021.02.03. Aron James Miszlivetz
In the European Commission, it is not only horizontal coordination that takes the lead. Relevant thematic and policy-specific expertise are crucial components in complementing broad knowledge on different topics and regions regarding the EU. One of these units (seven overall) is called the Center on Thematic Expertise (COTE) dealing with Crisis Reaction and Security Sector Reform in the Southern Neighborhood as part of DG NEAR, the EU’s Directorate General for Neighborhood and Enlargement.
Hungarian Government cuts political ties with Commissioner Jourová
30-09-2020 - dr. Balázs Tárnok
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has called for the resignation of European Commission Vice President Věra Jourová over her derogatory statements about Hungarian democracy. Demanding the removal of the Commissioner nominated by Hungary’s close ally in the Visegrad Group, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, is a direct consequence of Jourová’s controversial statements, regarding Hungarian democracy, expressed in an interview published by the German Der Spiegel on Friday. PM of Hungary argues that Jourová, by making direct political attack on Hungary, violated the Treaties, and thus, cannot pose any longer as the guardian of EU law. Furthermore, PM Viktor Orbán made an unprecedented move in EU history when deciding to cut political ties with the Commissioner in charge of European values and the rule of law until her resignation is completed.
Turbulent fall after elections: North Macedonia
02-09-2020 - Aron James Miszlivetz
North Macedonia’s Zoran Zaev returned to the position of Prime Minister after his resignation which lasted for eight months. What does this mean for the EU and the accession process?
The rule of law debate and the Covid-19 pandemic:
towards an ever divided Union?
26-06-2020 - Ákos Bence Gát
The Covid-19 pandemic was an interesting test of the EU’s rule of law policy. In times of crisis, it would have been logical to suspend usual political battles. The experience showed that once again, the practice happened to be different from the theory.
Preparing for the new Pact on Migration and Asylum
08-06-2020 - Vivien Kalas
The European Commission is expected to present its proposal for the new Pact on Migration and Asylum before the end of June. However, viewpoints of the member states still did not converge and because of this, it will be difficult for the Commission to find a solution that suits everyone.
Why did the Hungarian Government win the European Parliament debate in advance on the state of the rule of law in Hungary?
14-05-2020 - Dr. Tibor Navracsics
The European Parliament is hosting a plenary debate today on the state of the rule of law in Hungary. However, the initiative will not achieve its objective predictably. In the sections below, we'll tell you why.
The Hungarian card came is out of the vest pocket of Romanian President Klaus Werner Iohannis
29-04-2020 - Csilla Hegedüs
Head of State Klaus Iohannis was reported to the National Anti-Discrimination Council by the Imre Mikó Legal Protection Service. The legal protection service asks the Council to investigate Klaus Iohannis' statement issued this morning, in which the Head of State of Romania seriously violates the right of the Hungarian community to dignity and speaks in an unworthy and discriminatory manner about the Hungarians in Romania.
Hungarian “Coronavirus Law” is compatible with EU regulations
24-04-2020 - Vivien Kalas
In April, critical voices against Hungary have intensified again in the European Union. Politicians passed judgment on the Hungarian Act on Protection against Coronavirus, however European Commission Vice-President Vera Jourová defended the law and this can alleviate the current heightened mood.
Corona Presidency: towards and ideological presidency
14-04-2020 - Dr. Tibor Navracsics
The outbreak of coronavirus may reshape the ideological patterns of the Council of the European Union. Where will the upcoming German presidency’s objective “to make Europe stronger in solidarity” lead the strongly divided European integration?
The EU’s crisis response to COVID-19: Civil or military aspect?
11-04-2020 - Aron James Miszlivetz
At the beginning of the year due to the quick European spread of the coronavirus outbreak the EU slowly started to act. On the 28th of January, the Croatian Presidency of the European Council activated the EU’s Crisis Response Mechanism fully operational by 2 March. What can the EU learn from NATO’s response to crises and is that enough when facing an invisible enemy of twenty nanometers?
Hommage à la Croatie!
31-03-2020 - Dr Tibor Navracsics
In the first half of 2020 Croatia holds the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Presumably, the country has had the most difficult presidency period in the history of integration. Nevertheless, the youngest member of the European Union should not be ashamed as it reaches the halftime of his presidency. In an extraordinary situation, the Croats are heroically trying to keep the European integration on its original trajectory.
European Union criticizes Hungary again
26-03-2020 - Vivien Kalas
Since 2010, Hungary has been the subject of constant criticism from the institutions of the European Union because of the government’s actions. Now, the European Commission has the opportunity again to start an investigation into the Hungarian bill on „Protection against coronavirus”.
China is overtaking
18-03-2020 - Dr Tibor Navracsics
The first victim of the corona virus outbreak has suffered not only in human lives, but also in the destruction of its diligently built international prestige. Today, however, it has taken the initiative again and even seems to be giving the European Union a lesson in acting effectively.
Is the European nation born now?
17-03-2020 - Dr Tibor Navracsics
No, it isn't. Although history teaches that crises are important in the formation and strengthening of communities, the current epidemic does not favour European solutions. On the contrary, today, the European Union operates more along national lines than it has ever been in the last half-century.