"The report should be viewed as an opportunity for member states to reflect on their own state of rule of law and possibly learn from those best performing countries that are in line with the acceptable rule of law standard found in the Copenhagen criteria." Dr Andi Hoxhaj of Warwick Law comments on the the first EU Rule of Law report which has been criticised by Hungary and Poland.
The post Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU on their future relationship, and in particular on a Free Trade Agreement, will be a complex set of negotiations over multiple issues, with multiple factors at play. Expert comment from Professor Abhinay Muthoo.
"He became recalled popularly as a regular guy who spanned the left-right divide while remaining suitably presidential in office, but who did not let France get pushed around by anyone, including Mrs. Thatcher." Professor Seán Hand comments on the legacy of President Jacques Chirac, who has died at the age of 86.
Professor Alison Ribeiro de Menezes, Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Warwick, comments on the Spanish Supreme Court's ruling that the remains of Francisco Franco should be moved from the mausoleum of the Valley of the Fallen to a cemetery at El Pardo just north of Madrid.
"This election is taking place completely through the prism of Brexit" - expert comment from Dr Anil Awesti
" The current EP elections are the first UK-wide elections in which the campaign is absolutely dominated by the Brexit issue." Dr Anil Awesti comments on the European Parliament elections, which are now under way in the UK.