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5 March 2017

Just as it did for the two 2015 elections, the Turkish governing party AKP is currently organising election meetings in Western European countries once again in the run-up to Turkey’s upcoming constitutional referendum. In Germany, two of those meetings have already been banned. The Dutch …

2 March 2017

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has proposed a white paper with five scenarios for the future of the European Union. “Against expectations, the Commission is not steering clear of a number of taboos in the paper,” says MEP Sander Loones. “For example, as far as I know this is the …

28 February 2017

The Dieselgate Committee of the European Parliament has approved a series of recommendations to prevent a new emissions scandal. “A year and a half after the outbreak of Dieselgate, it is clear that this scandal for public health could and should have been avoided,” says MEP Mark Demesmaeker, vice …

24 February 2017

At the proposal of State Secretary for Asylum and Migration Theo Francken, a draft bill has been approved with which the fight against procedural abuse in cases involving aliens can be both facilitated and turned up a notch. “From now on, it is possible in one and the same hearing to pronounce …

24 February 2017

Following the federal parliament, the Flemish majority parties in the Flemish Parliament are now also asking for Turkey’s accession procedure to be frozen and the European Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) to be scrapped. “In the light of the worsening human rights situation and the decline in …

23 February 2017

Flemish Minister-President Geert Bourgeois has reached an agreement to investigate how Flanders can conclude open asymmetric investment agreements without the other federal entities. After all, for a year and half now, Wallonia and Brussels have been blocking various different investment agreements …