Warsaw has reacted with outrage to the European Court of Justice ruling to impose a daily fine of €1 million. Opposition lawmakers have accused the government of acting irresponsibly and wasting Polish taxpayers' money.
The European Court of Justice has fined Poland €1 million per day for ignoring an EU ruling that called for the country's Supreme Court disciplinary chamber to be suspended.
Russia and Germany are keen for full regulatory approval of the natural gas pipeline as European faces an energy crunch. Critics say the pipeline increases the EU's dependency on Russian gas.
Several EU member states are seeking a bloc-wide rapid reaction force. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says the defense efforts should not duplicate existing structures.
Poland and the European Union have been at loggerheads this week over the country’s rejection of parts of EU law. But tensions have not emerged overnight. Despite the country’s overwhelming grassroots support of EU membership, bitter disputes over judicial matters and social policy have emerged since the Law and Justice (PiS) party came to power in 2015. While Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki insists that Poland's place is in the EU, some believe that the latest clash could signal the start of a ‘Polexit’.
At her last European Union leader's summit, outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she is leaving power "at a time when there is cause for concern" for the European Union, citing disputes on migration, the bloc's economy, and the rule of law in EU countries. of Angela Merkel
Luxembourg joins only two other countries and a handful of US states in decriminalizing the cultivation of cannabis for recreational use. However, Germany may not be far behind.
The two sides seem worlds apart after the first day of discussions, which were intended to be about rising energy prices, but ended up being overshadowed by an increasingly bitter feud over the rule of law.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki tells MEPs in the European Parliament that Poland rejects EU "blackmail" on legal matters, saying the Constitution remains "the supreme law" for his country.
Britain's Brexit Minister David Frost has reacted to proposed EU concessions to ease bottlenecks affecting the trade in goods to Northern Ireland from the UK mainland.
Nicaragua is "one of the worst dictatorships in the world" with its President Daniel Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo preparing "fake elections" to stay in power, Josep Borrell, the EU's foreign policy chief says. He made the blunt criticism in a news conference following a meeting of EU foreign ministers that discussed the situation in the Central American country, which is to hold general elections on November 7.
Farmers and lobby groups are split on an EU agricultural reform that may increase farmers' incomes and consumers' prices. A DW joint report reveals a rift between farmers and the groups purporting to represent them.