Friday will mark 128 days since elections in the Netherlands. Four parties are negotiating to form a government coalition.
Lawmakers in Poland adopted a controversial reform of the Supreme Court, despite warnings from the EU that the move could trigger a sanction procedure over the rule of law.
EU and UK negotiators presented their Brexit positions to identify common grounds this week, but that was made difficult by the scarcity of UK position papers.
The Polish parliament on Thursday adopted a reform that puts the Supreme Court under government control. The European Commission had called for the Polish government to suspend the bill. The EU executive said this law and two recent others, "increase the threat to the rule of law in Poland". The commission is likely to trigger Article 7 next week, a procedure that can lead to sanctions.
A proposal to allow member states to ban the use of genetically modified ingredients in food will likely remain stuck in the legislative pipeline for the rest of the year. “Reopening discussions on this topic is currently not part of the Estonian presidency programme," Estonian spokeswoman Annikky Lamp told EUobserver. The plan has been rejected by MEPs, but will remain in limbo until member states adopt a position.
EU law professor Ellen Vos says the commission's proposed mini-reform on comitology, an obscure but often-used method of EU lawmaking, should go much further.
Slovakian PM Robert Fico said Wednesday that he would negotiate with the European Commission to demand new legislation against inferior food products being sold in Central Europe. If the talks fail, he said he would need to impose restrictions on those imports. The Visegrad countries - the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland - have repeatedly complained about companies selling lower-quality foodstuff in Central Europe, compared to western EU countries.
A French court on Wednesday referred a case with Google to the European Court of Justice, on whether the search engine must comply with Europe's "right to be forgotten" on a global scale. The French data authority argued that the policy of de-listing incorrect, irrelevant or out-of-date information on people, upon their request, should be done on a global scale and not only in Google's regional search results.
Turkey gave Germany a list of 68 companies and persons in Germany who it says have ties to Fethullah Gulen, the enemy of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Die Zeit reported Wednesday. Gulen's movement is branded a terror organisation in Turkey, and accused of orchestrating a failed coup attempt last July. The list includes automaker Daimler and chemical company BASF as backers of terrorism. German officials called the accusations "ridiculous".
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was inadvertently picked up by a microphone on Wednesday (19 July), calling the EU "crazy" for attempting to create conditions for peace with the Palestinians. "Europe is undermining its security by undermining Israel," he said in Budapest, during a close-doors meeting with the leaders of Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia, which was accidentally recorded. He also admitted Israeli missile strikes in Syria.
Candidates from all political families should be presenting their vision on where the Union should be headed. European socialists want to keep the Spitzenkandidat procedure for future elections.
Huge amounts of money from criminal activities are funnelled into the legitimate European economy. But little is being done about it at EU or national level.
Former UK prime minister Tony Blair has argued for the EU to limit free movement to stop Brexit. But at what cost?
Poland's judicial system is on the ropes, in what could be another sign of the country backsliding further on democratic values.
"It seems we have not yet reached the bottom of the emission scandal", said the European commissioner for industry, Elzbieta Bienkowska, in a confidential letter.
The EU executive will launch infringement procedures next week on Polish judicial reforms that break EU rules, and start discussing the possibility of triggering a sanctions procedure.
Public prosecutors in Paris have opened a preliminary investigation into an alleged misuse of assistants in the European Parliament by Jean-Luc Melenchon.
Two years into its third bailout, Greece needs to combine the necessary fiscal targets with a new vision. This can be done in the context of the ongoing industrial revolution.
A UK home affairs minister refused to say if the British government had ever made use of EU-wide rules that would allow it to expel EU nationals if they are not working or seeking employment, the Guardian reported. Reducing immigration was a key debate in Britain's EU referendum last June. Lady Susan Williams admitted her department doesn't hold data to know whether EU nationals in the UK had secured jobs.
Polish president Andrzej Duda proposed to tweak controversial court reforms Tuesday, otherwise he won't sign the law. Poland was criticised for a bill that gives lawmakers the power to select members of a body that nominates judges. Duda now says that more than a simple majority would be needed for approving judges, meaning the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) would need the support of at least one other party.