27-02-2017

The Brief: EU cash scandal could strengthen Le Pen

Populist is an over-used and abused word in Brussels. Too often, it just means “someone I disagree with”.

Freedom of thought 27-02-2017

Asselborn: Poland would not be allowed into the EU now

Poland would fail to join the European Union if it were to apply again and messing up the Brexit negotiations could cost hundreds of thousands of jobs, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn told EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel.

Central Europe 27-02-2017

Hungary starts construction of second border fence

Hungary has begun building a second line of fence along its southern border with Serbia, a government spokesman said on Monday (27 February), a move likely to exacerbate criticism from some of the country's European Union partners.

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Digital 27-02-2017

Anthony Whelan, DG CONNECT on EECC’s objectives

Anthony Whelan explains why it is crucial to agree quickly on a new Electronic Communications Code, as EU institutions line-up to deliver increased benefits to Europeans.

Agrifood 27-02-2017

Brexit churns unease for Britain’s speciality cheese

In the rolling countryside of southwest England, farmer Charles Martell is tending to his rare breed of cattle while two of his dairy workers get to work making Single Gloucester cheese – a British delicacy that is protected under EU law. For now.

Economy & Jobs 27-02-2017

Germany insists on no debt relief, Greece shows how much gold it has

Greece must not be granted a "bail in" that would involve creditors taking a loss on their loans, Germany's deputy finance minister said yesterday (26 February), as Athens announced how much gold it has in reserve.

Energy 27-02-2017

Westinghouse: Only Ukraine applies EU’s nuclear diversification policy

EXCLUSIVE / Unlike the five EU member states with Russian-built nuclear power plants, Ukraine is the only country implementing EU requirements for diversified portfolios of fuel supply, Michael Kirst, an official at Westinghouse, told EURACTIV.com.

Competition 27-02-2017

EU set to block stock market mega merger

London Stock Exchange (LSE) said its proposed merger with Deutsche Börse AG was unlikely to be approved by the European Commission, leaving the stock market operators' third attempt at combining on the brink of failure.

Agrifood 27-02-2017

Brexit sows seeds of doubt for British farmers

Dependent on foreign workers and subsidies from Brussels, the United Kingdom's small but important agricultural sector is losing sleep over the possible fallout from Brexit, but hopes a future outside the EU will open up new export opportunities.

Broadband 27-02-2017

EU calls for greater industry involvement in 5G

The European Commission this week will urge EU member states and the private sector to get more involved in the development of the next generation of broadband networks enabling the digital revolution, as the World Mobile Congress opens in Barcelona.

Economy & Jobs 27-02-2017

EU court asked to decide if card game is actual ‘sport’

The European Court of Justice has been asked to rule if the card game bridge is actually a sport, for the purposes of the EU’s VAT Directive.

Thousands form huge EU flag during Bucharest protest

Thousands protested in the Romanian capital Bucharest yesterday (26 February) against the Social Democrat government that tried to weaken a crackdown on corruption earlier this month.

Digital 27-02-2017

MWC17: The power behind the tech revolution

The Mobile World Congress, to be held in Barcelona from 27 February to 2 March, will bring together industry representatives, regulators and politicians to discuss current challenges and future opportunities posed by the digital revolution.

Elections 27-02-2017

Le Pen still has chance of presidential victory

With the polls narrowing and one of her main rivals embroiled in an expenses scandal, far-right leader Marine Le Pen could feasibly become French president in May, senior politicians and commentators say.

European companies compete for water solutions

European companies are competing in the petri-dish of innovative projects looking to provide water solutions in the arid lands of the eastern Arabian Peninsula, writes Stuart Reigeluth.

Global Europe 27-02-2017

The Presidency: Migration mayday

The seasons are changing. As the weather gets better, Europe's migration crisis gets worse. In a year of critical elections, Malta brings its frontline Mediterranean experience to the leadership of the presidency of the European Union.