Defence and security are the priorities of the day in BrusselsComments
EU defence tops the agenda this week with EU defence ministers meeting in Bratislava to deliberate deepening military cooperation. Berlin and Paris recently floated the idea of an EU common defence plan, something London had always blocked. With London planning to leave the bloc, what will this mean for the remaining 27? They still have very different interests and motives. We speak to Pauline Massart from Friends of Europe about the topic. She feels a European army is an unrealistic idea.
Meanwhile, EU counter-terrorism chief, Gilles De Kerkhove attend the EU Parliament civil liberties committee this week. He raised the alarm bells about the modus operandi of jihadists and foreign fighters coming to Europe.
The plight of refugees and migrants in Europe has still not been addressed. Hungary has become a hardliners on the topic with the government refusing to implement European rules for relocation.
Ahead of a this Sunday’s EU quota referendum, human rights NGO Amnesty International claims thousands of asylum-seekers – including unaccompanied children – suffer violent abuse, illegal push backs and unlawful detention in the hands of Hungary’s authorities.
And finally, the investigative journalists who uncovered the Panama Papers scandal, will speak for the very first time this week in front of the EU Parliament’s Tax Evasion Committee.