Catalan elections: What alternative to secession?


By Joan Marc Simon

The results of the Catalan elections of November 25 show that a majority of Catalans are likely to vote in favour of independence in case a referendum is organised. However, this majority is not very ample and suggests that the high expectations that were put on these elections by national and international media were exaggerated. READ MORE

Moldova ranks first on Eastern Partnership countries' European integration index

Moldova ranks first on the Eastern Partnership countries' European integration index, according to the study "European integration index for Eastern Partnership countries", carried out by experts from six countries and the EU. READ MORE

Lithuania's would-be foreign minister Linas Linkevičius wishes for reset in relations with neighbours

Candidate to head Lithuania's Foreign Ministry, Ambassador to Belarus Linas Linkevičius, says that Lithuania will benefit from resetting its relations with neighbors, emphasizing that no revolutionary changes will take place in foreign policy. READ MORE

EU budget summit ends without deal


The Brussels summit has ended without agreement on the 27-strong union's next seven-year budget. READ MORE

Why we need to invest in defence

Defence spending is declining across the Alliance due to the economic crisis. Yet freedom, security and stability do not come for free. In fact, investing in defence underpins the stability needed for sustainable economic growth. In an uncertain security environment, NATO must have the right forces and capabilities needed to deter and defend against any threat, as well as to play an influential role in international developments. Only in this way can it continue to protect its members’ vital security interests, as well as promote and defend the values that are at the core of our Alliance. READ MORE

'Have to come up with convincing foreign policy'

Horst Teltschik, the former national security advisor to Chancellor Helmut Kohl and former chair of the Munich Security Council, sees a need for action in Germany following Obama's re-election. READ MORE

As Merkel Heads For Russia, Moscow Is In For A Schockenhoff


By Robert Coalson

Has Russia's special relationship with Germany hit the rocks?  READ MORE

French President Hollande visits Poland amid EU budget discussion

By Thomas Whittle

French President Francois Hollande was officially greeted by Poland’s President Bronislaw Komorowski here on Friday, during the discussion of the 2014-2020 European Union (EU) budget. READ MORE

Merkel ready to sign Ukraine-EU Association Agreement when prerequisites created

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that the conditions for signing the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine are currently unavailable. READ MORE

The Curse of Corruption in Europe's East

By Dan Bilefsky, George Calin

This summer, after the police arrived at the handsome villa of the former Romanian prime minister Adrian Nastase to arrest him on corruption charges, he apparently pulled out a revolver and tried to kill himself. Millions of Romanians watched on television as Mr. Nastase, 62, was carried off on a stretcher, a Burberry scarf wrapped around his neck. He survived, and one week later was behind bars. READ MORE