On his recent visit to China, the French president tried to take advantage of Beijing's 'divide and rule' EU approach and become the country's main interlocutor with Europe - while also calling for more EU coordination.
Despite fresh crackdowns on Poland's already restrictive abortion laws, EU commission president Juncker did not raise the issue with the new Polish PM Morawiecki - perhaps because it was an all-male event?
Spain has opened an investigation into complaints that Russian officials laundered €30 million of stolen money through the EU country as part of a wider scam exposed by the late Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky. Spanish prosecutor Jose Grinda, known for previous cases against the Russian mafia in Spain, is to head the new probe, amid ongoing investigations into the money trail in Cyprus, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Switzerland, and the US.
A group of some 40 people are feeding the European commission ideas on how to tackle fake news at the EU level. The commission paper on the issue is set for publication this spring.
The Spanish government will continue to directly rule the Catalan regional administration if the new Catalan parliament elects Carles Puigdemont as the region's president. Puigdemont, who is in self-imposed exile in Belgium, was leader until last October, when he was dismissed by Madrid over Catalonia's unilateral declaration of independence. The new president of the regional government will be chosen on 31 January, by the parliament elected in December.
Around half (51%) of adult Europeans use internet banking, according to statistics published by Eurostat on Monday. Internet banking is particularly popular among 25 to 34 year olds, with 68% paying online. Internet banking is most common in Denmark (90%) and the Netherlands (89%), followed by the other Nordic countries - Finland (87%) and Sweden (86%). The lowest shares were registered in Bulgaria (5%) and Romania (7%).
Sweden aims to create a new public body to protect its September election from Russian and other propaganda.
A dispute between the government and the president over an anti-corruption law has put the spotlight on one of the Bulgaria's main problems - just as it is trying to showcase its economic and social progress.
Germany has the outline of a coalition deal, but the SPD is unlikely to open the purse strings for Europe and Merkel looks weaker than ever.
UK Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn has spoken out against any plan for a second referendum on whether to leave or remain within the European Union. "We are not supporting or calling for a second referendum," he told ITV on Sunday. The Liberal Democrats have called for a second vote, as has former UKIP leader Nigel Farage. The UK is set to leave the EU in March 2019.
A German interior ministry memo says a European parliament reform proposal on the key EU-wide 'Dublin' asylum regulation would require the county to take in far more refugees, reported Der Spiegel last week. The memo also says it would nullify any government plans to impose an annual refugee cap. EU states are hoping to reach a consensus on the bill by June.
Thousands of people took to the streets in Vienna on Saturday to protest against the inclusion of the far-right FPO party in the coalition government headed by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. The FPO's fascist past has caused alarm among many but its anti-immigrant platform chimes well with policy ideas proposed by Kurz's centre-right People's Party. Police estimates put the crowds at around 20,000.
French interior minister Gerard Collomb on Sunday said Britain should shoulder more of the costs for migrants hoping to cross the English Channel from the French port city of Calais. Speaking to the Le Parisien daily, Collomb said he wanted to revamp the 2003 Touquet accords. The accords are a bilateral agreement that allow the UK to set up border controls in France. Several hundred migrants are amassed near Calais.
The former mayor of Porto, Rui Rio, was elected on Saturday to head Portugal's centre-right Social Democrats opposition party. Rio said he did not oppose the possibility of supporting a minority government with the centre-left Socialist party. The austerity-hit country is set to have a general election next year. The current minority Socialist government has reversed many of the austerity policies first launched under the previous centre-right leadership.
While Bulgaria and Ireland present themselves at next week's plenary at the European Parliament, Germany's Social Democrats will decide if the preliminary coalition deal with Merkel is good enough.
Merkel and Schulz clear the first hurdle of coalition talks, but the SPD's full membership backing is still needed. The likely coalition parties express support for Macron's eurozone reform ideas, but remain cautious.
MEPs uge EU Commission and ECB to see if Malta's EU passport sales scheme amounted to "importation of organised crime".
A legal analysis ordered by a European Parliament committee, published on Friday, said only the European Court of Justice can determine whether Article 50 of the EU treaty can be revoked. The UK triggered Article 50 last year to leave the EU. The report said that a "hypothetical right of revocation" of Article 50 can only be examined by the court, which has "exclusive right to interpret the treaty".
Pavel Talicka, a European parliament vice-president and Czech MEP, says prime minister Andrej Babis should have his immunity lifted following charges of defrauding the EU budget.
The leaders of four political groups take aim at Ryszard Czarnecki, a member of Poland's ruling party, potentially bringing the European Parliament into a new fight between Poland and the EU.