EU enlargement: The slow and rocky path to reform
04 October 2023 | 10:49 am
Countries from Ukraine to the Western Balkans are busy undertaking reforms to qualify for EU membership. But the bloc has to make its own internal changes before it can roll out the welcome mat.
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Military reservists are threatening to stop reporting for duty if Israel goes ahead with its judicial reforms. The unprecedented military protests underscore the growing opposition to the legal overhaul.
French President Emmanuel Macron said he expected the pension reform bill to be enacted by the end of the year. The pension fight has brought him to the lowest point of his presidency's second term.
Thousands of Mexicans have protested against the bill, saying it undermines democracy and tips the balance of power in favor of the ruling party of President Lopez Obrador ahead of the 2024 presidential elections.
Minister of National Security Itamar Ben-Gvir announced a postponement of plans to overhaul the judiciary, which had triggered protests and strikes by those who opposed.
The Constitutional Council has the power to scrap all or parts of the bill it deems unconstitutional. Emmanuel Macron's government passed the bill by decree, saying France can no longer afford to let people retire at 62.
Following weeks of mass protests and a day of nationwide turmoil, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has yielded to pressure and agreed to postpone his controversial judicial reforms as of March 27th. This decision was a significant reversal for his government, which had fired the defense minister just a day earlier in response to his demands for a delay in the divisive law.
France's President Macron has won the day after the Constitutional Council gave him the go-ahead for the key points of his pension reform. But he might struggle to win back French hearts, analysts say.
The kingdom in Southeast Asia is due to have elections in May. The EU and Thailand have recently become closer on the issue of trade, but the bloc is seeking guarantees over democratic issues while remaining diplomatic.
The European Court of Justice has again ruled against Poland over its controversial judicial reforms. It has sided with the European Commission over the question of judicial impartiality in Poland.
Protesters in Israel continue to take to the streets. The renewed demonstrations come after the Knesset adopted a key clause in the country's judicial reform package. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pressing ahead with the controversial bill that seeks to curb the power of Israel's Supreme Court, despite widespread opposition. We take a closer look.
As protests against Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's revised plans to reform the courts flare up, we take a look at the impact the controversy has had so far on the country's economy. The Israeli tech sector, which represents 15 percent of GDP, is among those most opposed to the plan. Also in this edition, FRANCE 24's Yinka Oyetade takes a look at how China's youth is turning to street vending in a context of high unemployment.
The Israeli parliament has voted in favor of a contentious judicial overhaul as thousands protested outside. Hours earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left hospital after an emergency heart procedure.
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