Global Europe 26-05-2017

Trump still not backing Paris climate agreement

President Donald Trump still refuses to back the 2015 Paris agreement to fight climate change, blocking efforts by world leaders meeting in Sicily to get the new US leader to endorse the treaty, Italy's prime minister said today (26 May).

Elections 26-05-2017

Slovak prosecutor moves to ban far-right party

Slovakia’s prosecutor general has asked the Supreme Court to ban a far-right party, branding it an extremist group whose activities violate the constitution. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.

Global Europe 26-05-2017

Rows threaten to derail ‘toughest G7 in years’

G7 leaders met on Friday (26 May) with divisions on trade and climate change, and fresh friction surrounding Donald Trump, threatening to undermine a show of unity against jihadist terrorism.

26-05-2017

On 11 June, Kosovo must elect a European future

Kosovo’s up-coming election is a chance for the country to confirm itself as a “bright spot” in the Balkans and choose the path towards European integration, writes Avdullah Hoti.

CETA 26-05-2017

Canada ratification upsets Macron’s promises on CETA

Canada’s ratification of CETA on 17 May opens the door to a provisional application of the free trade agreement in the coming weeks. But it places Emmanuel Macron’s promise to establish an expert committee to evaluate the impact of the deal on shaky ground. EURACTIV France reports.

26-05-2017

Trans-Europe Express: The foundations of fortress Poland

After surviving a vote of no confidence this week, Poland's scandal-hit defence minister used the Manchester bombing to land a dig at his opponents and announce a military spending spree that would turn the country into the EU's eastern fortress.

Economy & Jobs 26-05-2017

EU, US to set up joint task force to make progress on trade in Trump era

The European Union and the United States agreed on Thursday (25 May) to set up a joint delegation to increase trade cooperation, after the EU-US free trade deal negotiations were put on ice with the election of Donald Trump.

Economy & Jobs 26-05-2017

Macron praises Juncker’s ‘social Europe’ and posted worker overhaul

Emmanuel Macron surprised Jean-Claude Juncker with his interest in social policies during his first visit to Brussels.

Central Europe 26-05-2017

Csenger-Zalán: A strong Europe is only possible with strong nations

There’s no mistaking his Fidesz credentials. Brussels needs to back off, and refugees remain unwelcome, Zsolt Csenger-Zalán, the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in Hungary‘s National Assembly, told EURACTIV Czech Republic.

Enlargement 26-05-2017

Mogherini to Western Balkans: EU door remains open

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini held separate meetings with six prime ministers from the West Balkans in Brussels on Wednesday (on May 24). The talks come amid concerns over the possible rise of tensions in the Western Balkans. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

Health 26-05-2017

Greek government under fire for not implementing smoking ban law

Anti-smoking campaigners heavily criticised the Greek government for not implementing a 2008 law that prohibits smoking in public places. EURACTIV.com reports from Athens.

Agenda for Change 26-05-2017

The EU must forge a European strategy for sustainable development

The UN's 2030 Agenda is absent from the White Paper on the Future of Europe. The Commission should lead by example and mainstream sustainable development across all EU programmes, policies and financial instruments, writes Luca Jahier.

Sobotka and Fico: Czechs and Slovaks committed to nuclear energy

The Czech Republic and Slovakia see nuclear power as key to their future energy mix. But new reactors needed in both states, however, face financing problems due to the low price of electricity. EURACTIV.cz reports.

Central Europe 26-05-2017

Takács: Hungary is a successful member state

Just because Hungary has different ideas about issues like migration does not mean it should be perceived negatively. This is exactly why we are fed up, Szábolcs Takács told EURACTIV Czech Republic.

Politics 26-05-2017

Loss of trust in EU has social and economic consequences

Trust in EU membership is on the up across the continent but confidence in the Union’s institutions continues to flag. That is why a number of initiatives designed to increase transparency and accountability have gained momentum in recent years.

Global Europe 25-05-2017

EU slams Turkey’s record on human rights in talks with Erdogan

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan met senior European Union officials on Thursday (25 May) for talks that included Turkey's human rights record following sharp disagreements between Ankara and Brussels on a range of issues.