France's Baupin sexual harassment case leaves bitter taste
- 10 May 2016
Hard not to feel depressed and disenchanted by the allegations of sexual harassment now swirling around Denis Baupin, the deputy speaker of the French assembly who resigned on Monday.
Depressed because it appears to be proof once again of the sexual arrogance of so many French males, especially in politics. If you thought that Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the Socialist presidential hopeful brought down by a string of sex scandals, represented a dying breed, then you may have to think again.
Disenchanted because, whatever the facts in the case, there are serious questions about how and why the affair has suddenly come to light.
The French Greens, or to give their full name Europe Ecologie Les Verts (EELV), are a party divided on just about every issue that affects them.
Allegations against Denis Baupin
Poland in row with historians over landmark war museum
- 5 May 2016
Nearly 200 North American and European historians and other academics have written in protest against a plan by Poland's conservative government to abandon a new World War Two museum because of its global perspective on the war.
The government wants the events of 1939-45 to be presented from a narrower Polish perspective.
Migrant crisis: Has EU found solution for flawed asylum rule?
- 5 May 2016
Since the start of the migration crisis, the flaws in the EU's asylum policy have been exposed and heavily criticised.
The problem has been a mechanism known as the Dublin Regulation, which dictates that refugees seek asylum in the first EU country they enter.
Brussels attacks: Why Europe missed warning signs
- 24 March 2016
Europe now knows it is facing a network of inter-linked cells of violent extremists on a scale it has never had to deal with before.
"It is more extensive perhaps than we first feared," admitted Europol Director Rob Wainwright, in an interview with the BBC.
EU-Turkey migrant deal: A Herculean task
- 18 March 2016
A deal has been done, but - in the words of Jean-Claude Juncker - implementing it will be a Herculean task.
"It is the biggest challenge the EU has ever faced," he said.
French Socialist government's rifts laid bare by Aubry attack
- 26 February 2016
"Sometimes there are truths which are disagreeable to articulate, but the time has come. Enough is enough."
So begins a devastating attack published in Le Monde this week against the government of President Francois Hollande.
Greeks stage 'necktie revolt' in fight for their pensions
- 5 February 2016
Much of Greece ground to a halt on Thursday in a general strike billed the biggest yet by trade union leaders.
Schools stayed closed, some hospitals were reduced to emergency services and public transport only functioned to bring people to and from protest actions.
German leader Seehofer's Putin visit stokes outcry in Berlin
- 4 February 2016
One of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's key political allies has ruffled feathers at home by meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin at his residence in Moscow.
Amid fears that the Russian leader is seeking to destabilise the European Union, the visit of Bavarian Premier Horst Seehofer, known for his hardline stance on refugees and international sanctions, could do more to undermine rather than boost the Berlin government.
Is EU's Schengen border-free dream at an end?
- 27 January 2016
The ability of Europeans to travel freely the length and breadth of their continent, from Bordeaux to Bratislava, Stockholm to Sicily, has been hailed as "Europe's biggest achievement". But is it an achievement in peril?
No matter whether it's for work or pleasure, study or sunshine, whether it's people or products flowing east and west, north and south, freedom of movement is the lifeblood of Europe's union.
Russia steps into Berlin 'rape' storm claiming German cover-up
- 27 January 2016
The alleged rape of a 13-year-old Russian-speaking girl in Berlin, supposedly by asylum-seekers, has fuelled anti-migrant protests from Germany's large Russian community.
But the outrage was sparked by Russia's media propaganda machine. And now the Kremlin is stepping in.