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Digital 29-06-2017

Europe should tear down digital walls to help SMEs prosper

European SMEs operating in cyberspace need better legislation to facilitate cross-border trade and the Digital Single Market is the best platform to address the issue, writes Alf Nagel.

Enlargement 29-06-2017

Report: Local government debt a threat to Serbia’s public finances

If the Serbian government does not take the necessary steps, the debts of local governments, which currently reach 4% of GDP, will sink public finances, the Fiscal Council has warned. EURACTIV.rs reports.

Future of mobility 29-06-2017

Does car sharing really reduce car use?

Concerns that sharing schemes do not deliver a net reduction in car use are not supported by evidence, writes Greg Archer. Now, digitisation and the sharing economy provide an opportunity to reduce the number of vehicles in our cities even further, he contends.

Agrifood 29-06-2017

European agri-food: A typical example of quality

The European Union has put in place strict rules that govern food quality. The prestige this has created around the world has made the bloc competitive at the highest level. EURACTIV’s partner EFEAgro reports.

Climate change 29-06-2017

Three years left to stop dangerous climate change, experts warn

Avoiding dangerous levels of climate change is still just about possible, but will require unprecedented effort and coordination from governments, businesses, citizens and scientists in the next three years, a group of prominent experts has warned.

Economy & Jobs 29-06-2017

Bern demands progress in Swiss-EU talks

Several political and economic issues remain open in neutral Switzerland's talks on future ties with the European Union, the Bern government said on Wednesday (28 June), linking progress in negotiations to whether it continues to pay into the EU budget.

Global Europe 29-06-2017

Europe should not be deceived by Iran’s bid for sympathy

Former European Parliament Vice-President Alejo Vidal-Quadras warns that the West must be vigilant not to fall for Iranian state propaganda depicting the world’s top state sponsor of terrorism as an ally in the War on Terror.

Enlargement 29-06-2017

Serbia’s first female PM sticks to EU path

Serbia's first female prime minister pledged on Wednesday (28 June) to reform education and push for the digitalisation of state administration to take the country closer to European Union membership.

Business leaders back G20 task force recommendations on climate-risk disclosure

Over 100 business leaders worldwide have backed the final recommendations of a global task force set up by the G20 to disclose how companies manage climate-related risk, in a move that could divert trillions of investments away from polluting fossil fuels.

Global Europe 29-06-2017

Hearing those who don’t exist: The fight against statelessness

Statelessness will take centre stage in the European Parliament on Thursday (29 June), with two committees turning their attention to one of Europe's most hidden and marginalised populations, write MEPs Claude Moraes and Cecilia Wikström.

CETA 29-06-2017

Trudeau pushes EU to apply free trade pact provisionally

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday (28 June) called on Europe to immediately apply the CETA free trade agreement while the two sides work through a final hurdle pertaining to agricultural quotas.

Europe's East 29-06-2017

Germany urges lasting ceasefire in eastern Ukraine

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Wednesday (28 June) called for Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine to extend a harvest-related ceasefire, saying it could help pave the way for a political solution.

Global Europe 29-06-2017

New lines in the sand in the Middle East

The Middle East used to be known for its stale continuity. But with the Qatar crisis now in its third week, the region is finding itself convulsed in its biggest diplomatic shakeup in decades, warns Willem Oosterveld.

Central Europe 29-06-2017

Czech law to allow civilians to shoot during terrorist attacks

The Czech parliament on Wednesday (28 June) passed a constitutional amendment that challenges EU gun control rules by allowing legal firearms holders to use them when national security is threatened, including during terrorist attacks.

Sanctioning Poland over refugees would be wrong

The European Commission is threatening Poland with financial penalties for refusing to take in refugees. But that approach misses the bigger picture, writes Bartosz Brzeziński.

Migration: A safe investment in humanity

Instead of a responding to today’s migration challenges from a position of strength, Europe has reacted in fear. This has to change, warns Eugenio Ambrosi.