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Serbian Opposition Suspicious of Referendum Law Changes

Pathway to changing the constitution?:

Borko Stefanovic, vice-president of the opposition non-parliamentary Freedom and Justice Party. Photo: EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

The official explanation of the changes says the current law, adopted in 1994, is restrictive, outdated and inconsistent with Serbia's 2006 constitution.

New Democracies ‘Need Formative Crises to Build Immunity’

This is the latest in a series of articles on the legacy of the fall of the Iron Curtain 30 years ago. See more.

Rather than unfolding like George Orwell's classic fable, he said the anti-totalitarian revolution ingrained the rule of law, free elections, free media, the partition of power and constitutional liberties in Central and Eastern Europe.

About 28.7% of EU Residents Are at Risk of Poverty or Social Exclusion

In 2018, about 28.7% of the EU population with a disability (aged 16 or over) was at risk of poverty or social exclusion, compared with 19.2% of those with no limitation, Eurostat data show.

There are significant differences across Member States, yet in all of them people with a disability are more exposed to the risk of poverty and social exclusion than those with none.

#2019PresidentialElection/PMP's Paleologu running on constitutional reform, 2.5pct of GDP for defence spending, no more school inspectorates

Theodor Paleologu, the People's Movement Party (PMP) candidate in the presidential election, on Wednesday unveiled the "short version" of his presidential programme, in which he promises among others, constitutional reform, 2.5pct of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for defence spending, and discarding the school inspectorates.

Now We Know Who Wants Slovakia’s Fascists to Survive

On one side were those who argued that a court ruling to dissolve the party — even if such a ruling fully accorded with the law — could not eradicate a movement that clearly had popular support.

According to this line of thinking, dissolving the party would not prevent another, similar party from emerging. 

Smart measures

When it was in the opposition, New Democracy had criticized Alexis Tsipras's leftist government for distributing the country's primary budget surplus in the form of an end-of-the year handout. 

Ciamba attends General Affairs (Art.50) Council; Romanians in UK, encouraged to register for special status

Minister Delegate for European Affairs George Ciamba attended a new General Affairs (Art.50) Council meeting on Tuesday, in Luxembourg, in which the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, presented the latest developments in the Brexit process, as well as his assessment of the prospects for the negotiations to move towards an agreement that would allow an orderly withdrawal and which could be s

Hungary’s Opposition Wins in Budapest and Other Cities

Karacsony called his victory "a lesson on democracy" after Fidesz-backed Istvan Tarlos conceded defeat, media reported.

With most ballots counted, Karacsony, 44, had the support of more than 50 per cent of voters in the capital, compared with just over 44 per cent for Tarlos, 71, mayor of Budapest since 2010.

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