Despite offering few details on the mechanism linking European Union (EU) funding with the rule of law, the recent deal on the 2021-2027 budget and recovery fund still raises the probability of financial penalties to countries with perceived rule of law deficiencies, most notably Hungary and Poland.… Read the rest
Serbia has launched a controversial investigation into the financing of civil society organizations critical of the government. In Bulgaria, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov is seeking appease continuing public discontent by reshuffling the government and rolling out new economic support measures.… Read the rest
The announcement of the members of the reshuffled government on 6 July did not produce any surprises on the economic front. Finance and Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire has retained his post, and the changes to some of the key portfolios such as home affairs, labor, and the environment suggest a substantial degree of continuity in the policies of President Emmanuel Macron’s administration.… Read the rest
The ruling center-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) achieved a convincing victory in the 5 July general election and is expected to govern alone, relying on the support of national minority MPs and the informal backing from smaller parties.… Read the rest
The Restart Coalition led by the opposition Social Democratic Party (SDP) will likely win the most mandates in the general election scheduled for 5 July, but the ruling Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) – expected to come in second – has better chances of forming a new coalition government.… Read the rest
President Rodrigo Duterte re-imposed movement and business restrictions for the greater metropolitan Manila region from 4-18 August, following a plea Saturday from doctors’ organizations that the system could “not hold the line much longer.”… Read the rest
- President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to cancel the licenses of the country’s two largest telecommunications companies will be more difficult to carry out than his denial of a broadcast license to ABS-CBN this June.
- President Rodrigo Duterte will supposedly present his “roadmap to recovery” on 27 July.
- However, he is unlikely to deviate from the limited stimulus being advocated by his economic team, or radically reshape his administration’s other healthcare policies.