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She's been named the world's most powerful woman, seen off a series of domestic rivals and led an unsentimental response to Europe's debt crisis.
www.foxnews.com | 9/16/17
France and Sweden may get a bigger voice in European politics, but Germany and Hungary will not.
www.bbc.co.uk | 9/15/17
The cynicism of was undeniable. Just as the Commission announced it was taking the second step in an infringement procedure against Poland over the reform of its justice system, legal experts associated with the PiS government announced that the country could still demand reparations from Germany for its occupation during World War Two.
www.euractiv.com | 9/15/17
In both the United States and Europe, far-right voters are far more likely to express concerns about immigration and race than trade.
www.nytimes.com | 9/15/17
France's foreign minister is calling on Turkey's government to respect European Union values and to work to improve its strained relations with Germany and other EU nations.
www.foxnews.com | 9/14/17
[Cameroon Tribune] The fourth round of UK-EU negotiations, due to begin on 18 September, will start on the 25th instead. The BBC reported that government said a short delay "would give negotiators the flexibility to make progress". There had been speculation that they could be moved to accommodate a major speech by Prime Minister Theresa May on the issue of Europe."The UK and the European Commission have today jointly agreed to start the fourth round of negotiations on September 25," the Department for Exiting the European U
allafrica.com | 9/13/17

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday morning (13 September) delivered the State of the European Union speech, also known as Soteu, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. It was the third time the president of the commission has held his annual address to MEPs.

In the Soteu, Juncker reviewed his institution's achievements over the past year, presented the priorities for the year ahead, set out how the commission will address the most pressing challenges the EU is facing, and sometimes shared his personal views on the future of Europe.

The speech was followed by a plenary debate with MEPs, kick starting the dialogue between the parliament and the Council of the EU for preparing the commission's work programme for the following year.

Although they may seem dull, especially to people outside the EU bubble, Soteu speeches are one of the very few occasions in which the commission's president publicly speaks about what he and his fellow commissioners have done so far, and shares his vision for the coming months.

It's the closest thing the EU has to a general policy speech by a national chief of government. Therefore, it is interesting to have a closer look at its language and the words that are used, as they speak for which concepts and issues have been marking a specific period, and what the EU is – and will be – focusing on.

1 – The twenty most frequently used words across all Soteu

What are the 20 most used words across all of the seven Soteu speeches, along with their frequency.

2 – The ten most frequently used words in each Soteu

The figure refers to the number of times the most frequent words in all Soteu speeches are pronounced during each of them. The colour of the circle reflects these data, with red reflecting more mentions.

3 – Comparing speeches by all words frequency

The following wordcloud compares the frequency of words across speeches (recurring terms have been excluded), showing the words that are most frequent in each of the speech and are at the same time less frequently found in other speeches.

4 – Comparing speeches by specific words frequency

This cloud shows the number of times a selected keyword is pronounced during each of the speeches. The colour of the circle reflects these data, with red reflecting more mentions. Here, we chose to monitor the most salient words, not the most used.

5 – Comparing speeches by sentiment

These wordclouds show the balance between positively and negatively connoted words used in Soteu speeches. The cloud on the left refers to the 2017 Juncker Soteu speech, compared to all Soteu speeches (2017 included), on the right.

These graphs and the code are distributed under a Creative Commons license (BY). In brief, you can use and adapt all of the above as long you acknowledge the source: Giorgio Comai/OBC Transeuropa/#edjnet.

www.voxeurop.eu | 9/13/17
MPs voted to give the European Union Withdrawal Bill a second reading.
www.bbc.co.uk | 9/12/17
The British government says it's willing to contribute troops to European Union military missions after the U.K. leaves the bloc.
www.foxnews.com | 9/12/17

LONDON — Thousands marched Saturday to Parliament in central London to protest Britain's plan to withdraw from the European Union.

Organizers of the "People's March for Europe" said the goal was to "unite, rethink and reject" the Conservative government's plan to implement Brexit by 2019. Some protesters carried the EU flag while others carried an "Exit from Brexit" banner.

Ed Davey, a Liberal Democrat legislator, told the crowd he is "embarrassed" by Britain's negotiating stance.

The Lega Nord has won the election. Or so one would be inclined to believe, surveying the stories on Italian politics published since August in the (mostly) UK press. A bit of Brexit projection, perhaps? Not exactly, but it can’t be excluded either.
www.euractiv.com | 9/8/17

This week, a courageous group of activists from across Europe are joining Greenpeace Poland to stop illegal logging in the ancient Bia?owie?a Forest.

Dozens of people have been chaining themselves to trees and logging machinery to stop foresters from cutting down trees in Europe’s last remaining ancient lowland forest. The forest is home to many rare birds, lynxes, wolves and the biggest wild-ranging herd of European bison.

      © Grzegorz Broniatowski / Greenpeace            © Rafal Wojczal / Greenpeace                                   Activist occupies trees - 6 Sept, 2017           Activist participating in the blockade

In case you haven’t been keeping up to date with the story, here’s what’s happened so far: the Court of Justice of the European Union has told the Polish government to immediately stop logging and removing trees from the most precious parts of the forest. But the Polish Minister of the Environment, Jan Szyszko, has been ignoring EU law and Poland’s commitments to UNESCO, and continues to allow logging in this unique fairytale forest.

This is the first time in the history of the EU that a member country has flatly refused to comply with an order from the European Court.

©Rafa? Wojczal - activists march - 31 Aug 2017 

The authorities in Poland argue that the removal of dead trees from the forest is a measure against a bark beetle infestation. But many scientists and the European Court confirm that bark beetles are not a threat to the forest, and if the natural ecosystem is left alone, it will thrive. Dead trees are extremely important for the biodiversity of the forest. The real threat to Bialowieza is deforestation.

Greenpeace has been working to protect the forest in Poland for many years. And we won’t stop now.

Some of the activists have already been removed by guards, but we aren’t moving until we know that this forest is protected.

© Grzegorz Broniatowski - an activist being removed from the protest - 6 Sept 2017

We will not let this ancient and fragile ecosystem be cut down for profit. We won’t stop resisting until the entire forest is recognised as a National Park.

Help defend this unique and ancient forest. Sign the petition to protect the Bia?owie?a Forest.


Marianna Hoszowska is the head of communications for Greenpeace Poland

The EU’s top court ruled that Central European states have no legal grounds to reject a refugee relocation program, backing the bloc on a policy that has roiled politics across the region since a major influx of people two years ago.
www.wsj.com | 9/7/17
The EU’s top court ruled that Central European states have no legal grounds to reject a refugee relocation program, backing the bloc on a policy that has roiled politics across the region since a major influx of people two years ago.
www.wsj.com | 9/7/17
The German chancellor has not ruled out EU sanctions to stem the crisis, said a government spokesman. Caracas has accused several European countries of undermining "Venezuelan democracy and its institutions."
www.dw.com | 9/6/17
A leaked document has shed some light on the British government's plans to cut immigration from the European Union once Brexit has become a reality.
www.foxnews.com | 9/6/17

CARACAS, Venezuela — A prominent anti-government activist was barred from leaving Venezuela on Saturday for planned meetings with European leaders, dealing a setback to opposition attempts to rally international pressure on President Nicolas Maduro.

Lilian Tintori posted a photo on Twitter of herself at Caracas' international airport holding a document signed by immigration officials ordering the seizure of her passport as she was preparing to board an afternoon flight. Tintori said she had a meeting planned for Monday in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron.

The European Jewish Congress has expressed "grave concerns" over what it says is a rise in anti-Semitism in Poland and a "deteriorating relationship between the Polish government and the Jewish community."
www.foxnews.com | 8/31/17
A European Union official has voiced concern about Romanian government plans to change the country's justice system that critics say will dampen the anti-corruption fight.
www.foxnews.com | 8/30/17

Updated on 30 August 2017

‘Built on lies’

Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich, 29 August 2017.

Journalist Alexander Menden takes aim at the legacy of Brexiteer-in-chief Boris Johnson, linking his penchant for architectural follies while Mayor of London with his willful disregard for the truth during the Brexit campaign. The failures of his time as Mayor – notably the taxpayer subsidised Arcelor Mittal Orbit, the ill-fated Garden Bridge, or the “kind of urban funfair” of luxury high-rises now dotted all along the Thames – are in keeping with a man who constructed “an expensive tower of lies, built on a foundation of ignorance, nostalgia and the desire for imperial grandeur” as part of his bid to persuade voters to leave the EU.

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‘London in search of a “soft Brexit”’

Le Figaro, Paris, 27 August 2017.

Writing after the release of a series of white papers setting out the UK government’s positions on some of the most contentious aspects of Brexit, Marina Daras, sees hope of more pragmatism in the negotiations. Regarding the UK’s softened stance on the European Court of Justice, she notes “the British have been forced to acknowledge it would be extremely difficult to negotiate commercial agreements with Europe without a system in place to resolve potential disputes.” Nevertheless she casts doubt on the success of this new, more constructive attitudes – since at the end of the day the UK still refuses to accept it can have the advantages of the single market without the perceived downsides.

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‘Tories, Europe and Brexit’s long summer’

Strade Online, Rome, 23 August 2017.

With the Conservative Party conference in Manchester closing in, Theresa May “fears that her internal rivals will take a chance to take her out. Brexiteers are still in the front row, with Boris Johnson in pole position”, followed by Michael Gove and Jacob Rees-Mogg, “the poshissime son of a Times former editor, highly cultivated Eurosceptic and a social media idol”, writes political scientist Stefano Basilico. Even if Theresa May “survives Manchester’s Caudine Forks, the path she’d have to walk would be precarious, as the Brexit clock is inexorably ticking toward the end of barely started negotiations.”

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‘Brexit, or Theresa May’s descent into hell’

Les Echos, Paris, 17 August 2017.

The British government’s position paper on leaving the EU’s customs union – only to create a new, virtually identical transitional partnership – was greeted with disbelief in Brussels, writes European affairs specialist Patrick Martin-Genier, adding despairingly that “nobody understands what they want”. He urged realism over what negotiators could hope to achieve: “we must acknowledge that, with less than 600 days to reach a general agreement, no substantial progress has been made since article 50 was triggered. [...] And there’s worse to come. The government’s position is increasingly difficult to understand and it is not certain that Theresa May has the ability to survive the wave of opposition that is growing day by day, nor the anger brewing in the political, economic and social arenas.”

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‘Brexit: do you want it or not?’

Libération, Paris, 14 August 2017.

The Fench daily’s veteran Brussels correspondent Jean Quatremer wonders what would happen if “like the Burghers of Calais, wearing nooses around their necks, the British beg for their re-admission to the European Union once Brexit is implemented?” Some do now believe that, “as soon as the political circumstances allow it, the UK will want to come back into the European family, as the economic and diplomatic consequences of Brexit look disastrous for it.”

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’Much better together’

El País, Madrid, 20 June 2017.

In a defiant editorial, the centre-left daily describes the first round of Brexit negotiations as “symbolic and fruitful”, although perhaps not in the way that the UK’s negotiating team would appreciate. “Symbolic in that the weight of 27 coordinated countries cannot but be superior to one alone: in a global world it is better to confront challenges united than fragmented. Fruitful because the European plan was implemented without too much of a fuss,” with discussions centering on the most important issues for the EU’s remaining members. It all goes to prove, the Madrid-daily concluded, that Europe is keeping its cool just as the UK has lost its marbles – but that, ultimately, “it is to be hoped that British politics ends up recovering its rationality” to avoid disaster.

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www.voxeurop.eu | 8/30/17
The U.K. government launched guidelines on executive pay and worker representation aimed at strengthening the country’s reputation as a leader in corporate governance as it moves to leave the European Union.
www.wsj.com | 8/29/17
Poland's rightwing government on Monday (28 August) rejected EU concerns over controversial court reforms that Brussels fears will erode judicial independence, insisting that they are "in line with European standards".
www.euractiv.com | 8/29/17
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she wants to work more closely with Libya's government to curtail illegal migration from Africa to Europe.
www.foxnews.com | 8/27/17
The European Commission approved the Spanish Government’s request to recall nearly 20,000 tons of stone fruit from the market due toexcess production. EURACTIV’s partner EFEAgro reports.
www.euractiv.com | 8/25/17
French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday said Poland was isolating itself in Europe and Polish citizens "deserve better" than their government's refusal to seek compromise on European rules on the employment of labour from low-pay nations.
www.dnaindia.com | 8/25/17
India and Japan, along with Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East have the biggest potential for renewable energy growth by 2030, according to research by China New Energy International Alliance.
The British government said Tuesday it wants to end the “direct jurisdiction” of the European Court of Justice after it leaves the European Union, but left open the possibility of allowing European courts indirect sway.
www.wsj.com | 8/23/17
The British government will outline its plans on Wednesday (23 August) to escape the "direct jurisdiction" of the European Court of Justice after Brexit, one of Prime Minister Theresa May's main aims in talks to unravel 40 years of European Union membership.
www.euractiv.com | 8/23/17
The British government said Tuesday it wants to end the “direct jurisdiction” of the European Court of Justice after it leaves the European Union, but left open the possibility of allowing European courts indirect sway.
www.wsj.com | 8/22/17
[Nation] The European Union has raised concern over the crackdown on non-governmental organisations perceived to be critical of the government.
allafrica.com | 8/17/17

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www.autoblog.com | 8/15/17
In the last two years, three Saudi princes living in Europe have disappeared. All were critical of the Saudi government.
www.bbc.co.uk | 8/15/17
The leader of Germany's Social Democrats, Sigmar Gabriel, wants Martin Schulz to run for chancellor. But to date, the former European Parliament president has not been very active in German national politics.
www.dw.com | 8/14/17
Hundreds of people have gathered in an ancient forest in Poland to protest the widespread logging the government has ordered there.
www.foxnews.com | 8/13/17

LONDON — The British government tried to fight back Sunday against criticisms that it is divided and unprepared for Brexit, saying it will set out detailed plans for the U.K.'s exit from the European Union and issuing a joint statement by two Cabinet rivals over Europe.

The British government is fighting back against criticisms that it is divided and unprepared for Brexit, with two Cabinet rivals over Europe issuing a joint statement.
www.foxnews.com | 8/13/17
The European Commission has launched infringement proceedings against Poland and has threatened to strip Warsaw of voting rights if it does not respect the rule of law. But a government adviser insists Brussels is being hypocritical and has little legal reason to get involved.
www.euractiv.com | 8/3/17
Warsaw's populist government has approved large-scale logging in the ancient Bialowieza Forest, despite an injunction by Europe's highest court. The forest is a World Heritage Site.
www.npr.org | 8/1/17
Warsaw's populist government has approved large-scale logging in the ancient Bialowieza Forest, despite an injunction by Europe's highest court. The forest is a World Heritage Site.
www.npr.org | 8/1/17
Warsaw's populist government has approved large-scale logging in the ancient Bialowieza Forest, despite an injunction by Europe's highest court. The forest is a World Heritage Site.
www.npr.org | 8/1/17
Warsaw's populist government has approved large-scale logging in the ancient Bialowieza Forest, despite an injunction by Europe's highest court. The forest is a World Heritage Site.
www.npr.org | 8/1/17
The European Union announced on Saturday (29 July) it had launched legal action against Poland's rightwing government over a new law that it fears will erode judicial independence.
www.euractiv.com | 7/31/17
Malavath Poorna, the young girl from Telangana who climbed Mount Everest at the age of 13, has now conquered Mount Elbrus, the highest peak in Russia and entire Europe, the state government said today.
www.dnaindia.com | 7/27/17
Government is committed to find solutions to illegal migration, to facilitate the safe return and re-integration into the society of Ghanaians caught in the migrant crisis in Europe and elsewhere, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said.
ghanaweb.com | 7/27/17
The European Commission has “substantial concerns” about the rule of law in Poland. The ongoing reform of the judiciary, meant to increase the government’s control over the judicial system, has pushed the College of Commissioners to issue a third set of recommendations to the Polish government.
www.euractiv.com | 7/26/17
European chip maker says expansion will enable it to produce secure ID chips for the U.S. government.
www.eetimes.com | 7/25/17
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Saturday that Budapest would fight to defend Poland as the European Union threatens Warsaw with sanctions over its plans to extend government control over its courts.
www.dnaindia.com | 7/22/17
Poland is giving the government sweeping powers over its judiciary, a move that is rattling European Union leaders but hasn’t shifted voters much at home.
www.wsj.com | 7/22/17
Poland is giving the government sweeping powers over its judiciary, a move that is rattling European Union leaders but hasn’t shifted voters much at home.
www.wsj.com | 7/22/17
[ICG] While Nigeria confronts the humanitarian fallout of the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency and simmering separatism in the South East, crucial reforms have been stalled. In this excerpt from the Watch List 2017 - Second Update early warning report for European policy makers, Crisis Group urges the European Union and its member states to encourage the government to prioritise engagement with regional leaders and other stakeholders.
allafrica.com | 7/21/17

The politics of Europe deals with the continually evolving politics within the continent. It is a topic far more detailed than other continents due to a number of factors including the long history of nation states in the region as well as the modern day trend towards increased political unity amongst the European states. The current politics of Europe can be traced back to historical events within the continent. Likewise geography, economy and culture have contributed to the current political make-up of Europe. Modern European politics is dominated by the European Union, since the fall of the Iron Curtain and the collapse of the Eastern Bloc of Communist states. After the end of the Cold War, the EU expanded eastward to include the former Communist countries. By 2007, it had 27 member states.


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