Politics 23-10-2017

The Brief: What’s the EU leverage in Czech Republic, Austria, Spain?

Only a day after the EU27 leaders agreed on the 'Leaders agenda', a roadmap for two years packed with high-level meetings, new creases are appearing on the EU's fabric.

Agrifood 23-10-2017

More than 1.3 million demand EU glyphosate ban

Activists handed the EU a petition signed by more than 1.3 million people on Monday (23 October) calling for a European ban on the weedkiller glyphosate, produced by chemicals giant Monsanto and others, over fears it causes cancer.

Central Europe 23-10-2017

Babiš searches for international allies in anti-immigration course

The electoral victory of Czech politician Andrej Babiš, who based his campaign on opposition to refugee migration, is causing concern. While critics condemn his stance, he searches for allies in Eastern Europe and beyond. EURACTIV's media partner "Der Tagesspiegel" reports.

Agrifood 23-10-2017

Brie trade agreement: China lifts soft cheese ban

Fans of soft cheeses in China have reason to celebrate after the country reversed a ban on mould-ripened cheeses, allowing imports of Camembert, Brie and Roquefort, European Union officials said on Monday (23 October).

Energy 23-10-2017

US forests, sustainably managed, really can help Europe decarbonise

Campaigners have warned about the environmental dangers of bioenergy, saying burning wood is not low-carbon. However, forests can – and must – be managed in a sustainable way that maintains or even increases the carbon stock, writes Tony Juniper.

Brexit 23-10-2017

Brexit is a ‘future of Europe’ issue, European industry warns

The EU27 must “save Britain from itself” by offering a “looser deal” that protects the European Union or else the future of Europe is at stake, an Irish industry leader told a EURACTIV forum in Westminster.

23-10-2017

Commission: Some people undermine our Brexit negotiating position

Margaritis Schinas, the Commission chief spokesperson, today (23 October) refuted publication according to which Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that UK Prime Minister Theresa May looked “despondent” and “looked like someone who can’t sleep a wink”.

Development Policy 23-10-2017

The real wave of refugees is yet to come

Climate change in Africa is going to be a much stronger driving force for mass migration than political turmoil, writes Tara Shirvani.

Politics 23-10-2017

Northern Italy referendum: regions seek greater autonomy

Two wealthy northern regions in Italy voted on Sunday (22 October) in favour of having increased independence from Rome, in a non-binding referendum that set the stage for negotiations on more autonomy with the central government.

Europe's East 23-10-2017

Speaking with facts about Ukraine’s law on education

It is high time to stop politicizing the new Ukrainian Law on education, writes Ukraine’s Ambassador to the EU, Mykola Tochytskyi.

Elections 23-10-2017

Slovenia president in run-off against comedian for second term

Slovenia's President Borut Pahor won by far the most votes in a presidential election on Sunday (22 October) but failed to secure an outright victory and will face a runoff on 12 November against a former comedian turned mayor.

Brexit 23-10-2017

UK’s divorce bill figure will come in final Brexit deal – trade minister

Britain can only come up with a figure for a financial settlement with the European Union when Brexit has been agreed, trade minister Liam Fox said yesterday (22 October), warning leaders not to believe London is bluffing over a no deal.

Elections 23-10-2017

Catalan separatists weigh options ahead of crucial week

Catalonia's separatists weighed their options on Sunday (22 October) ahead of a week that will see Spain take the drastic step of sacking the region's government as well as calling fresh elections to try and stop the country breaking up.

Elections 23-10-2017

Austria’s Kurz hopes to form government by Christmas

Austria's likely next chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, wants talks over a new government to last no more than two months, he said in a newspaper interview published on Sunday (22 October).

Agrifood 23-10-2017

Farmers: No quick fix for food security if Brexit talks fail

British farmers are “running out of patience” with both sides in the Brexit negotiations, after Friday’s (20 October) EU summit did little to allay fears of a mutually damaging no-deal scenario.

Circular economy 23-10-2017

Recycling industry and circular economy – Up to the challenge

In December 2015, the European Commission presented a new Circular Economy Package that will impact a wide range of sectors, especially the recycling sector. This package has set various targets in terms of recycling but also has introduced life cycle thinking and measurement tools such as PEF (currently in its pilot phase).