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08/12/2016

EU leaders to ‘cocoon’ in new Europa building from January


08-12-2016

The Brief: Has 'better regulation' hurt the environment?

The European Commission’s better regulation strategy has been described as nothing more than a ploy to cut environmental protection under the guise of slashing red tape.
Trade & Society 08-12-2016

'TTIP may come back from the dead,' warns expert

Opposition to the EU's transatlantic trade deals is alive and well. According to activists, TTIP is far from dead and CETA can still be stopped. EurActiv France reports.
Trade & Society 08-12-2016

Brussels continues pursuit of elusive Mercosur trade deal

Argentine President Mauricio Macri met with Internal Market Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska on Tuesday (6 December) to discuss strengthening ties between the European Union and the Mercosur trading bloc. EurActiv Spain reports.

No end in sight to posted workers debate

EU member states continue to clash on the reform of the posted workers directive, in a dispute that looks likely to drag on for a long time to come. EurActiv France reports.
Transport 08-12-2016

Commission takes legal action against seven EU countries over VW scandal

Seven countries have broken EU law for refusing to sanction Volkswagen after it used illegal software to manipulate its vehicles' emissions tests.
Elections 08-12-2016

Romanian PM says election promises must not fuel populism

Romanian politicians are making unrealistic pay promises ahead of the 11 December parliamentary election that fuel populism and damage voters' understanding of the need for reform, outgoing technocrat Prime Minister Dacian Cioloș told Reuters on Tuesday.
Security 08-12-2016

Firearms Directive dispute continues, no compromise in sight

The supporters and opponents of the EU's weapons law reform are seemingly entrenched in irreconcilable positions. After more than a year of negotiations and talks this week, there is still no agreement on the horizon. EurActiv Germany reports.
Europe's East 08-12-2016

Hurdle cleared to visa-free EU travel for Ukraine, Georgia

EU negotiators said Thursday (8 December) they have resolved an internal row that had delayed visa-free travel to Europe for Ukrainians and Georgians.


08-12-2016

Hollande's mixed European record

François Hollande marked European politics with his interventions in the Greek crisis, the Ukraine conflict, and international military operations. But he was unable to drive progress on the EU's core projects. EurActiv France reports.

Time for European business to listen to its workers

Workplace democracy makes firms more productive, and therefore more likely to contribute to growth in Europe. The EU should make worker participation in company governance a priority, writes Peter Scherrer.
Development Policy 08-12-2016

Jobs and skills to cement democracy in post-Arab Spring Tunisia

Opportunity is the bedrock of a stable democracy. EU support for innovation and education in Tunisia will benefit the whole of North Africa, as well as the EU itself, write Imed Hammami and Pier Antonio Panzeri.

Commission launches youth volunteer ‘solidarity’ corps

European? Aged 18-30? Unemployed? Want to work abroad for pocket money? The EU's new Solidarity Corps may be for you.
Energy 08-12-2016

EU nations agree to let European Commission vet gas, oil deals

EU nations agreed yesterday (7 December) to allow the European Commission to vet their oil and gas deals with third countries like Russia to guard against anti-competitive practices and supply disruptions.
Enlargement 08-12-2016

Macedonian nationalist ex-PM set to win election in test for EU

Macedonia's veteran nationalist leader Nikola Gruevski looks set for a comeback in Sunday's (11 December) parliamentary election, posing a challenge to the European Union and its strategy of coaxing Balkan nations to make painful reforms in exchange for aid.
UK & Europe 08-12-2016

May wins parliament vote to trigger Article 50 by March 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May secured a symbolic victory on Brexit late last night (7 December) after MPs agreed not to delay her plans to begin the EU exit talks by the end of March - although she had to promise to give them more details of her negotiating strategy.
Public Affairs 08-12-2016

EU leaders to ‘cocoon’ in new Europa building from January

The European Council's new lantern-shaped building, locked into a glass cube, will open its doors to the general public on Saturday (10 December) and to EU leaders and ministers in January.