What Europe talks about
Discussions in Europe are often similar. Yet, we don’t recognize it, as we are not part of the discourse in all Member States. So, what does Europe talk about? Here is a sample overview of discussions in some main European media.
- A European perspective for the states of the Western Balkan: Le Soir writes about the summit in Sofia, which seeks to establish a European perspective for the Western Balkans. While Commission President Juncker clearly advocates the move, French President Macron calls for “no laxity, no hipocrisy.”
- Europe’s fears of Italy’s new government: The coalition between League and Five Stars Movement could violate not only political culture, but also the budgetary rules in Europe and hence weaken its economy (and chances for reform).
- Europe is aging: Also because of this demographic development we need to take a fresh look at pension systems. Le Monde takes a look at Sweden’s example.
- At the European summit meeting in Sofia, (Polish) European Council President Donald Tusk criticizes the “unpredictability of Europe’s closest ally, the US” under Donald Trump.
- The European Parliament calls for the European Union-wide ban on animal testing for cosmetics to be extended to a worldwide ban.
- The Soros foundation is to leave Hungary. Die Soros-Stiftung wird Ungarn verlassen. Previously, such involuntary relocation of activities only were conceivable in regimes such as Russia or usbekistan, according to Gaceta Wyborcza.
- At the summit if the European People’s party before the Sofia summit (before European summits always also the national party leaders meet in their European political families, including opposition party leaders) Berlusconi states a “European preoccupation” about the new Italian government.
- Corriere della Sera reports of a meeting in Assissi, where Angela Merkel received the “lamp of St. Francis”, and where she reminded that “in order to achieve the European integration as a project of unequaled peace, we need to be able to look beyond our boundaries.” She refrained from commenting on the elections in Italy, but met with Paolo Gentiloni on this occasion.
Already from these three countries, we see three trends in the news:
First, all talk about the summit meeting in Sofia in different aspects, where leaders will again set parameters for the EU’s direction in the next months regarding deepening and widening.
Second, elections in other countries are a big topic, in this case in Italy. Hence the domestic developments and changes in one country do have a direct impact on the policies of all other countries in the European Union.
Third, media looks closely at what is happening in other European states: This is for example the case between Poland and Hungary when talking about the fate of the Soros foundation, but it is also the case with visits and speeches like that of Angela Merkel in Assissi. Hence we follow the lines of politics in our fellow countries also beyond the big lines of elections.