1. Hungary to Build Russian Pipeline Over European Objections

    Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has no intention of withdrawing Hungary from the construction of Russia’s South Stream pipeline.

    Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán said on Tuesday his country will go ahead with the construction of its part of Russia's South Stream gas pipeline, despite objections from other European Union member…
  1. After Juncker’s Nomination, Nordic Premiers Loom as Council President

    Jyrki Katainen and Helle Thorning-Schmidt look likely candidates for the European Council presidency after leaders push through Jean-Claude Juncker.

    European leaders on Friday pushed through Jean-Claude Juncker's nomination to head the next European Commission while the prime ministers of Denmark and Finland looked likely candidates…
  1. Has Merkel Given Up on the British?

    The German leader seems willing to meet French and Italian demands for budget “flexibility” in order to win their support for Jean-Claude Juncker’s nomination.

    If Germany needed a reminder of why it should want to keep the British involved in the European Union, France and Italy provided one…
  1. Dutch Freedom Party Leader Says Euroskeptic Bloc Failed

    Geert Wilders says cooperating with the Polish Congress of the New Right would have been “a bridge too far.”

    Dutch Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders admitted on Tuesday his and France's Marine Le Pen's attempts to form a second Euroskeptic bloc in the European Parliament had failed. Last week, Britain's Nigel Farage found enough allies…
  1. Italy’s Renzi Wins Conservative Backing for Senate Reforms

    Italy’s two main conservative parties support the prime minister’s effort to significantly weaken the Senate.

    Italy's prime minister, Matteo Renzi, reached agreement with the conservative opposition parties Forza Italia and Lega Nord on Friday to significantly weaken his country's Senate. The proposed reforms take away the upper chamber's ability to block legislation and should make…
  1. Likely Future Premier Suggests Bulgaria Could Pull Out of South Stream

    Boyko Borisov says construction of the Russian pipeline will only go ahead if it complies with European Union laws.

    Bulgaria's likely next prime minister said on Wednesday the country will push ahead with a Russian gas pipeline only if it complies with European Union laws, signaling a more defiant posture than the outgoing…
  1. Farage Saves Euroskeptic Group with Front National Defector

    The United Kingdom Independence Party leader cobbles together just enough allies to maintain his bloc in the European Parliament.

    Britain's Euroskeptic leader Nigel Farage was able to save his group in the European Parliament on Thursday thanks to the defection of a lawmaker from France's Front national. The survival…
  1. By Cutting Gas, Russia Forces Ukraine to Make Painful Choice

    Ukraine must either leave its own citizens in the cold or antagonize the very European countries whose support it needs.

    Russia reduced its natural gas supplies to Ukraine on Monday after negotiations between the two countries over outstanding gas debts collapsed. But Russia continued to send gas down the pipeline for its European customers, forcing Ukraine's government to decide whether to siphon off the gas and antagonize its Western backers or…