On Sunday, Romanian citizens will chose their next President from 14 candidates, many of which have done little, if anything, to promote themselves or their proposals and programs. EurActiv Romania reports.
This is the first presidential campaign in the last 20 years that will reach a first round of voting without any interactions between candidates.
One day after the Swedish government officially recognised the state of Palestine, members of the Parliament, Riksdagen, disagreed on whether this decision was right or "immature".
The leftist government, which took office only a month ago after winning national elections in September, on Thursday (30 October) became the first European country to recognise the state of Palestine.
This prompted Israel to recall its ambassador to Sweden to Jerusalem on the same day. The country also threatened that further cuts to the two countries' diplomatic relations can be expected.
The team of the outgoing European Commission's spokespeople said an emotional ‘goodbye’ to the Brussels press corps today, pending the commencement on Monday (3 November) of a revamped service working for the Juncker Commission.
Unsurprisingly, it was Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, the Danish spokeswoman of the Commission, who delivered the farewell message of the 100+ Spokesperson service, as she has been the one who most frequently chaired the commission midday briefings over the last few years.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Friday named Paolo Gentiloni, a former communications minister, to be his new foreign minister after Federica Mogherini stepped down this week to become the European Union's new top diplomat, sources said.
The ever-expanding flow of information, cloud computing and powerful search engines all come with the risk that personal data may fall into the wrong hands. A legislative package to improve the protection of European Union citizens' private data has been expected since 2011, but was delayed by the European Elections in May. EurActiv.fr reports.
The EU's targets for emissions cuts, energy efficiency and renewables, agreed by EU leaders last week, were a disappointment, says Joris den Blanken. But there are reasons for hope that truly ambitious EU position can be set out ahead of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.
Many have correctly perceived the 8 year-old oil embargo against the Lithuanian oil refinery Orlen Lietuva as Moscow’s political vendetta against Vilnius. Nonetheless, the complete picture is more complex, writes Agnia Grigas.
Hungary will shelve plans to introduce a tax on internet data traffic that has generated big protests over the past week, and will revisit regulating and taxing money made online next year, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said today (31 October).
A provision that extended a telecommunications tax to online data traffic will be withdrawn, Orbán said.