News from the Capitals #14
Europe is a colourful continent in terms of policies and outcomes. It is essential to stay updated on how these policies may impact your work to build better regulatory frameworks, enhance your message and enhance communication with stakeholders. Here you can find a summary of the major European political updates of this week.
The humanitarian crisis at the Polish-Belarusian border is escalating, as Poland refuses to cooperate with Frontex and the agencies like the UNHCR. With the state of emergency on Belarusian border extended to the end of this month, Polish authorities continue to deny access to journalists and NGO workers. On Tuesday, footage was released showing Polish border guards using water cannons and gas on migrants. In the meantime, some airlines agreed to reduce air traffic with Belarus to limit the number of migrants flying in from the Middle East.
The migrant crisis in Poland is getting political in the electoral context in France. The Foreign Affairs Secretary made a statement on the subject, arguing that human rights have to be respected but that Frontex could prove useful in this context to avoid the proposed solution of building a wall. It seems like the government wants to keep a very diplomatic position ahead of the French Presidency of the EU Council coming in January.
The coalition talks are in their final stage. The working groups have submitted their coalition papers material: the topics of discussion are traffic, environmental and foreign policy. The future coalition partners SPD, Greens and FDP (liberals) have not reach a consensus on these topics. The new chancellor - most probably the SPD’s leader Olaf Scholz - is expected to be announced on 6th of December.
The crisis at the top of the main opposition party, Partido Popular, continues to escalate. One of the party's leading figures, Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo, has published a book in which she criticises leader Pablo Casado. This comes after rumours had leaked that Casado intends to replace the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso. This crisis seems to be splitting the party into two, weakening its position in face of possible early elections.