Donald Trump will be sworn in today as the 45th president of the United States. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend the ceremony at the Capitol. With dubious deals this businessman and inexperienced politician could destroy the existing world order, some commentators fear. Others warn against drawing hasty conclusions about his presidency.
The Greek government and opposition are at odds over plans to help the ailing Lambrakis Press Group. Prime Minister Tsipras has announced a new law aimed at providing support for the company. In addition former Syriza MP Moulopoulos is to act as the group's new head. Journalists take differing views of the government's plans.
Observers expect the race for the presidency in France to be a tight one. The latest polls put Marine Le Pen, the candidate of the far-right Front National, in the lead with 25 to 26 percent of the vote. The conservative candidate François Fillon follows close behind with the leader of the En Marche! movement, Emmanuel Macron, in third place. Which issues will dominate the election campaign and who will be able carve to out the best position ahead of the election at the end of April?
Britain will not remain in the single market after Brexit, Theresa May announced in her speech earlier this week. The prime minister also promised that her country would curb immigration from the EU and would no longer be subject to the ECJ's jurisdiction. Commentators put a damper on expectations that other member states will benefit from Brexit.
The Italian conservative Antonio Tajani has become the new president of the European Parliament. Tajani, a former spokesman for Silvio Berlusconi and ex-EU commissioner, won the runoff against the Socialist Gianni Pittella with the support of the Liberals. While some columnists see Tajani's influence as extremely limited, others believe his election will strengthen the role of the EU Parliament.
Romania's new government on Wednesday presented a draft bill for a series of emergency decrees that would restrict criminal investigations against corrupt politicians and see thousands of prisoners released. President Iohannis, however, intervened and the legislation was not passed. The public learned of the proposals and thousands of people took to the streets to demonstrate against the plan.
Departing US president Obama has commuted the sentence handed down to whistleblower Chelsea Manning in 2013: instead of staying in prison until 2045 she will now be released in May. Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison after passing US military documents on the Iraq War to Wikileaks. A triumph for justice or pure naivety?
In a ruling handed down on Tuesday, the German Constitutional Court rejected the call by the country's 16 states to have the far-right NPD party banned. The party is too weak to represent a threat to Germany's democratic order, the court found. Some journalists agree with the decision while others remain unconvinced.
Europe has been left bewildered and unsettled by Donald Trump's interview with Bild and The Times. Nato is obsolete, Brexit is a good idea and Merkel's refugee policy is a catastrophic mistake, according to the US president-elect. Commentators hope that Europe won't be misled by his remarks and that it will develop a strategy of unity with fresh resolve.
The Conference for Peace in the Middle East ended in Paris on Sunday without the participation of Israel or the Palestinians. The two-state solution - up to now the international community's common denominator - was apparently called into question but in the end was reaffirmed in the final communique. The international community must support the Palestinians' bid to have their own state, commentators from the Palestinian territories demand.