Poland’s new conservative government is being accused by the EU of breaking the union’s rules on democracy. At issue is what some see as recent attempts to control the judiciary and the media. Threatened sanctions could be serious.
Poland's parliament has voted to set up a body that will oversee the distribution of funds to NGOs. The move is seen by critics as another example of the ruling party's attempts to dismantle democracy by a thousand cuts.
It was an optimistic speech. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker sees tailwinds for Europe and has proposed far-reaching reforms. A number of these, says Barbara Wesel, are doomed to fail.
In his State of the Union speech, European Commission President Juncker has praised the bloc for "bouncing back" after 10 years of crises. He has outlined bold proposals for the eurozone, trade and migration.
The Turkish author told audiences in Berlin that she's one of a growing number of "depressed" writers from countries with weak democracies. But she also came with a message of hope and change.
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