Economy & Jobs 23-06-2017

EU SUMMIT WRAP-UP: European Council ends, post-Brexit EU starts to take shape

On the second and final day of the summit on Friday (23 June), EU leaders met ECB President Mario Draghi, who presented the current economic situation. They also discussed migration and Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas outlined the digital ambitions of the incoming Estonian Presidency.

Future EU 23-06-2017

Macron makes link between poor French economy and refugees

Emmanuel Macron said there was “no glory” in France's track record on refugees because it reflected the country's weak economy.

Transport 23-06-2017

Commission to approve €2.7 billion funding for transport projects

The Commission proposed on Friday (23 June) to invest €2.7 billion in 152 transport projects ranging from a railway network upgrade in Poland to a road tunnel linking Slovenia and Austria.

23-06-2017

The Brief: De Gaulle was right about Britain all along

Back in the 1960s, Charles de Gaulle vetoed the UK’s attempts to join what is now the EU. Exactly one year on from the Brexit vote, it’s clear that ‘the Great Asparagus’ was right to try and keep Britain out of the club.

Development Policy 23-06-2017

EU fails to convince ACP countries to sanction Burundi

Despite two years of political crisis and a downward spiral of human rights and rule of law abuses in Burundi, Europe has failed to mobilise a wave of condemnation from other developing countries. EURACTIV France reports.

Brexit 23-06-2017

Brexit: Can a bitter divorce end up in a good trade partnership?

The European Union and the United Kingdom have less than two years to negotiate a satisfactory deal for their divorce.

Digital 23-06-2017

Czech cities against Uber, but European court has the last word

It is not easy to be an Uber driver in the Czech Republic. The capital, Prague, has fined them and the second city Brno is now an Uber-free zone. Although public opinion is broadly positive, the EU courts are probably Uber’s last hope.

Climate change 23-06-2017

How Paris can make European industry great again

For much of this century, Europe has been a pioneer and a role model for countries across the world – be it on industrial innovation, democratic and human rights principles, or on climate change. That leadership role is now needed more than ever, writes Jill Duggan.

Agrifood 23-06-2017

Soft drink makers back product reformulation as ‘healthier’ than taxation

Governments can steer consumers towards healthier choices by supporting the reformulation of food ingredients, rather than imposing "discriminatory" taxes, according to the soft drinks industry.

23-06-2017

Consumer goods regulation: A ‘slippery slope’?

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In an attempt to address public health concerns, policymakers have pushed for increased regulation on food, soft drinks and alcohol products.

Hungary’s justification of NGO law is false

In his response to a EURACTIV interview about Hungary’s NGO law, Hungarian government spokesman Zoltán Kovács suggested that the Venice Commission approves of Hungary’s new NGO law. This is not the case, writes Heather Grabbe.

23-06-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Is Sánchez a man with a plan?

Last month, Pedro Sánchez brought a new and unexpected result to the European ballot box. Sánchez returned to his post as secretary general of Spain’s Socialist Party (PSOE) after a bitter campaign against Susana Díaz, the powerful president of Andalucía who was supported by the barons of the party.

Brexit 23-06-2017

Tweets of the Week: Brexit talks, the Queen’s hat, Gabriel’s hearing, and Gare Centrale

We’re featuring, you guessed it, Brexit talks. Also the Queen’s hat, I mean speech, the new Commissioner designate’s hearing, and the Gare Centrale attack.

Future EU 23-06-2017

Future of Europe debate lacks vision one year after Brexit

One year after the Brexit referendum, the Juncker Commission has refrained from talking about ‘what kind of Europe’ citizens need and focused on narrow, uninspiring questions about levels of integration, writes Magda Stoczkiewicz.

German parliament votes to cut funding to extremist parties

Germany's parliament has changed the constitution so that extremist parties can no longer claim government funds. Critics call that undemocratic, but lawmakers say Germany's political system is entitled to defend itself.

Global Europe 23-06-2017

France and Germany to make joint proposal for future of Europe

French President Emmanuel Macron said yesterday (22 June) that with German Chancellor Angela Merkel they would table concrete proposals for the future of the EU and of the Eurozone in three months’ time.