Euroscepticism 24-02-2017

Victory for May as Labour suffers historic defeat

Britain's main opposition Labour Party defeated UKIP's leader in a Brexit bastion, but in a second by-election suffered a landmark defeat to Prime Minister Theresa May's governing Conservatives on Friday (24 February).

Southern Gas Corridor’s dubious contribution to energy security

Advertised by the EU as the silver bullet that will free Europe from its dependency on Russian gas, the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) is highly unlikely to ensure energy security and might in fact end up channelling Russian gas, warns Xavier Sol.

Digital 24-02-2017

Dreaming big can help reform gigabit society

Europe’s digital transformation will connect previously-isolated rural communities and create jobs in multiple sectors, as well as improving individual wellbeing through eHealth solutions and encouraging SMEs to flourish, writes Pierre Louette.

24-02-2017

The Brief: Right to stay must be first priority of Brexit talks

The status of EU citizens in Britain and British workers in the EU should be resolved as soon as possible.

Politics 24-02-2017

Socialists and Democrats and Labour to collaborate on Brexit talks

The Socialists and Democrats (S&D) will cooperate closely with the UK Labour Party in the crucial Brexit negotiations with the aimof protecting the social agenda and opposing Theresa May’s "ultra-hard” strategy.

Competition 24-02-2017

US companies would avoid EU state aid rules with Republican tax proposal

A planned reform of the US tax system designed to attract economic activity and jobs to the country could also put US companies beyond the reach of European state aid rules, an EU official told EURACTIV's media partner PaRR.

Europe leads sustainable development agenda

Sustainability should be integrated as a leitmotif and goal of every policy formulated and implemented, writes Stuart Reigeluth.

Biofuels 24-02-2017

Loaded terms in the bioeconomy

The use of emotionally misleading terms needs to be avoided if we are to have efficient policies, writes Zoltán Szabó.

24-02-2017

Trans-Europe Express: National Front Multiculturalism

Marine Le Pen in Lebanon? The idea is almost preposterous.

Defence policy 24-02-2017

Trump suddenly likes the EU?

Donald Trump expressed support for the European Union on Thursday (23 February), which is surprising against the background previous remarks.

Elections 24-02-2017

Macedonia’s Social Democrats to form government with Albanian party support

The leader of Macedonia's Social Democrats said yesterday (23 February) he expected to be able to form a new government in March, having found an agreement with the biggest Albanian party over a law backing broader use of their language in the country.

Politics 24-02-2017

Sources: Scottish government considering independence vote next year

The Scottish government is increasingly convinced it can win a new independence referendum and is thinking seriously about calling one next year as Britain exits the European Union, sources close to the Scottish government said on Thursday (23 February).

Energy 24-02-2017

Top policymakers reassure Europe on Azeri gas deadline

The Southern Gas Corridor will start pumping gas from the Caspian Sea to Europe by 2020, its backers said yesterday (23 February), despite the risk of delays to this option for reducing dependence on Russia.

Future EU 24-02-2017

Juncker: This Commission no longer regulates the flushing of toilets

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Thursday (23 February) that he “fought like a lion” against “ill-inspired Commissioners” who thought the EU should regulate the flushing of toilets. He also indicated that he will push for a multi-speed Europe in proposals to be unveiled next month.

Economy & Jobs 24-02-2017

Copa-Cogeca: New export markets did not increase EU farmers’ income

The EU found new niche markets to balance the losses of the Russian embargo but this has not translated into increased income for farmers, Pekka Pesonen told EURACTIV.com.

Elections 24-02-2017

Hahn: All sides in Montenegro should show restraint

In an exclusive interview against the background of stalemate in Montenegro, Neighbourhood Commissioner Johannes Hahn told EURACTIV.com that he trusts the country’s political leaders will find a way to compromise, and that he hoped to meet them soon.