Nato has declared its willingness to join the US-led international coalition against the IS terror organisation. Until now only individual Nato states had been active in the coalition, a fact that US President Donald Trump had repeatedly criticised. The members have nevertheless ruled out the possibility of direct participation in combat missions for the time being. Will the war on terror now be fought more resolutely?
The G7 summit in Taormina in Sicily is beginning under difficult circumstances. There is major disagreement among the leaders of the West's seven most important industrial nations, the US, Canada, the UK, Japan, Germany, France and Italy. For the first time the latter six states must try to reach a consensus with US President Donald Trump on trade policy, climate protection and the refugee crisis. What does the meeting hold in store?
The far-right L'SNS founded by Marian Kotleba is facing the prospect of becoming the first party elected to the Slovakian parliament to be banned. Kotleba's first party, Slovak Togetherness, was also banned. Legally a ban would be the right move, Slovakian journalists believe. But would that be the end of the right-wing extremists, whom current polls rank as the country's third-strongest political force?
Nowhere in the world is alcohol consumed in such great quantities as in Lithuania, according to a recent report by the World Health Organisation. In a counteroffensive the Lithuanian governing coalition wants to reduce alcohol consumption through various bans. In neighbouring Latvia, where similar quantities of alcohol are consumed, the sale of alcohol in two-litre bottles is to be banned as of 2020. Baltic media see little sense in the measures.
Just two and a half weeks before the parliamentary elections Britain has been rocked by the attack in Manchester. Campaign appearances have been cancelled while Prime Minister Theresa May and her rival Jeremy Corbyn have refrained from drawing any political conclusions about the attack. Commentators disagree about whether the decision to temporarily suspend the campaign was right.
Despite implementing harsh austerity measures Greece will have to wait for new loans. The Eurozone finance ministers on Monday failed to agree on the release of new bailout money, among other things because of the row over IMF participation. Commentators see the election campaign in Germany as a key reason for the lack of consensus and present their own solutions to the debt drama.
During his visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories at the end of his Middle East trip US President Donald Trump announced that the US is committed to reaching a peace agreement between the conflicting parties. Europe's commentators criticise the lack of concrete proposals and his avoidance of the more controversial issues.
Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel are setting the EU on course for reforms and deeper integration of the Eurozone. However countries in Central and Eastern Europe are critical of the plans, fearing that a core Europe will leave them behind. How should the region position itself? Is conversion to the euro the only way to avoid being left on the periphery?
With the title For the many, not the few, the British Labour Party promises in its election manifesto to bring about reforms it claims will benefit the masses. In addition to building council housing and raising corporation tax it foresees the nationalisation of large service providers and the railways. The media take differing views of the proposals.
The EU Commission has ended the disciplinary budget procedure for Portugal after eight years. Having brought its budget deficit well below the EU's three percent of GDP limit, the country need no longer fear any penalties. Portugal's press celebrates the good news but doesn't lose sight of the ongoing problems.