Issue 386 | 17 March 2014
EU-China relations, psychoactive substances, market surveillance and more...
As Brussels prepares for the visit of Chinese president Xi Jinping, the Parliament Magazine takes a look at relations between the two powers. Commission president José Manuel Barroso says that "Over the past 10 years, the EU-China relationship has grown tremendously. We have become more interconnected and we have increased our coordination." The Portuguese official highlights cooperation in areas "such as Iran or the fight against piracy", where he feels that the EU and China's "joint efforts can make a real contribution to global security". China's ambassador to the EU Yang Yanyi writes that Beijing "stands ready to consult fully and effectively with the EU on major bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual concern".
Montenegro's contempt for the rule of law could well see its EU membership hopes dashed, warns Matthias Menke.
Montenegro latest progress report is a timely reminder of the contempt with which the country's prime minister Milo Đukanović treats the European institutions, argues Andrey Petrushinin
Bahrain’s National Action Charter laid the foundations of the nation as a representative democracy and constitutional monarchy