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Spain has got its first coalition

Europe bad and good By 12 November, 2019 No Comments

Acting President Sánchez reaches a preliminary agreement with Unidas Podemos Socialist Party (PSOE) leader and acting Spanish President Pedro Sánchez and Unidas Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias have reached a preliminary 10-point agreement for a coalition government. With this agreement, Sánchez will try to gain support from other parties to win the presidency and guarantee his ability to govern throughout the entire legislative period.

Poland voted again for the right extreme party

Europe bad and good By 14 October, 2019 No Comments

Poles went to the polls, some 61% (estimated) of the electorate showed up. Law and Justice (PiS) wins with 43.6% of the vote. It shall translate itself into 239 seats according to the polling institution, which would just be the majority of seats in the Sejm composed of 460 MPs. “Law and Justice” will continue to rule alone. Mateusz Morawiecki will continue to be PM. PiS had a number of controversial policy programme items including the judiciary reform, the media law and the cooperation with the local authorities. Yet the most important of the campaign promises were on the social policy: the minimal wage at a Western European standard by 2023.

Europeans are happy

Europe bad and good By 13 October, 2019 No Comments

According to a study of the BBVA Foundation Europeans express the highest satisfaction of the last ten years (7.2 out of 10), with the Spanish to the fore (7.6). They also see themselves as largely free of the influence of external factors, believing that it is they themselves who control how their lives develop. Note, however, that although this perception of control has advanced in Spain to 7.4, in the United Kingdom and Italy it has dropped 6.7 points compared to 2012. They also see sexual harassment and discrimination against women as widespread practices. The unity of views on these three dimensions locates the situation of women as among the biggest challenges facing society, and one that needs to be addressed in all its forms.

The Portuguese love Europe

Europe bad and good By 2 October, 2019 No Comments

The Portuguese people believe that their country’s fate is inextricably tied to that of the European Union. An ECFR survey carried out ahead of the Portuguese national election suggests that the Portuguese bounced back quickly from a surge in Euroscepticism linked to the strict conditions of Portugal’s 2011 bailout package. Currently Portugal values the economic benefits of EU membership primarily, but its people believe in the EU as more than just an economic project.