Madrid is ready to restore rule of law
The Catalan crisis nears a breaking point as the Spanish government last Thursday announced it will hold an extraordinary cabinet meeting on 21 October to trigger procedures to suspend home rule in the province. "The Spanish government will continue with the procedures foreseen by Article 155 of the Constitution to restore legality in the self-government of Catalonia," a statement said.
Opinions matter: listening and understanding them
A survey commissioned by the European Parliament shows that a clear majority of European citizens (57%) believes that EU membership is beneficial to their country. The rate is close to the figures registered in 2007 before the onset of the financial and economic crisis.
Meteoric rise of chancellor
At 31 years old, Sebastian Kurz is set to become the world's youngest leader. The conservative People's Party leader is poised to be the next Chancellor of Austria, the latest European country to take a sharp turn to the right in 15 October election, won as a result of his hard-line position on immigration.
Stepping into digital era
Maria Koleva, Brussels
For two days, on 17 and 18 October, the European Parliament sheltered a vibrant exhibition named “Generation Code: Born at the Library”.
Mission Althea in Bosnia to continue
The EU foreign ministers last week confirmed the EU's readiness to continue the executive military role of Operation Althea, which supports Bosnia and Herzegovina's authorities to maintain the safe and secure environment, under a renewed UN mandate. Operation Althea was launched in 2004.
EU derivatives market worth €453 trillion, ESMA says
The European Union's derivatives market is worth a notional €453tn, and there are around 33m transactions still open, the Paris-based European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) said in its first overview of it.
Lower Saxony's slap on Merkel
German Social Democrats (SPD) defeated last Sunday Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) in the northern state of Lower Saxony regional election, news wires reported.
French Senate voted new restrictive anti-terror bill
The French parliament last Wednesday adopted a controversial anti-terror bill that gives the authorities permanent new powers to search homes, shut places of worship and restrict freedom of movement, news wires reported.
Malta shocked as car blast kills prominent journalist
A Maltese investigative journalist who exposed the island nation's links to offshore tax havens through the leaked Panama Papers was killed last Monday when a bomb exploded in her car, news wires reported.
Challenge of heading UNESCO today
For the second time ever, a woman, this time from France, will be the head of UNESCO. The 58 members of the Executive Board of the United Nations' cultural agency, based in Paris, on 13 October selected France’s former Minister of Culture Audrey Azoulay for the position of director-general of the organisation, after five rounds of voting that began on 9 October. Her candidacy was put forward last, amid wide expectations that it is the turn of a representative of an Arab nation to lead UNESCO.