Europe's East 28-02-2017

EU approves visa liberalisation for Georgia

The European Council yesterday (27 February) adopted a Commission proposal granting visa liberalisation for Georgia. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Economy & Jobs 28-02-2017

As Brexit talks loom, EU dodges early clash with City of London

The European Union will not pick an immediate fight with the City of London over its right to clear euro-denominated securities, EU officials said on Monday (27 February) , as Britain prepares to trigger the process of quitting the bloc.

Digital 28-02-2017

In Barcelona, cutting-edge technologies struggle to demonstrate their potential

As the Mobile World Congress continued, the "father" of Li-Fi said his LED-based wireless connection technology deserves EU support, while Blockchain developers defended the positive impact of the public ledger on society at large.

Global Europe 28-02-2017

EU extends sanctions against Belarus, cracks down on North Korea

The EU yesterday (27 February) extended its remaining sanctions on Belarus and warned Minsk it would have to make progress on fundamental freedoms to see them lifted. Brussels also piled more sanctions on North Korea after it carried out more missile tests.

Energy 28-02-2017

Brexit will spur Irish efforts to connect to EU energy market

Brexit will spur Irish efforts to diversify its energy supplies, which are dominated by UK imports, and connect its energy market to continental Europe, Ireland’s energy minister said yesterday (27 February).

Global Europe 28-02-2017

Binding rules for business, rights for people

Legally-binding rules for transnational corporations on human rights are extremely important, as voluntary measures are not enough, and it’s an opportunity for the EU to take a leading role, explains Anne Van Schaik.

Biofuels 28-02-2017

EU biofuels targets should be ‘more ambitious’, industry says

The biofuels industry urged EU member states yesterday (27 February) to review the European Commission’s proposal on post-2020 biofuel use in transport.

CETA 28-02-2017

Hogan: Balanced trade deals beneficial for EU farming

Trade deals have boosted EU agricultural exports as well as employment in agri-food and other economic sectors, a new European Commission study has found.

Politics 28-02-2017

Hamon and Jadot call for end to Lyon-Turin rail project

A ban on endocrine disruptors, the end of nuclear power and the suspension of the Lyon-Turin high-speed train line: this is Yannick Jadot’s price for supporting Socialist candidate for the French presidency Benoît Hamon. Euractiv France reports.

Elections 28-02-2017

Populist economic policy and how to respond to it

It is crucial to explain to voters what the populist agenda is, why it is misleading and how national governments and the EU can respond, writes Ifo President Clemens Fuest.

Energy 27-02-2017

EU’s clean energy package gets national support

Negotiations for the third version of the Clean Energy for all Europeans package have officially begun.

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”.

Global Europe 27-02-2017

Russian official: Information war part of ‘battle for the consciousness of the masses’

The new propaganda and cyber-warfare division of Russia’s ministry of defence is staffed by 1,000 people and has a budget of €300 million. Special efforts are being made to target the French presidential election. Euractiv France reports.

Elections 27-02-2017

French election turns ugly as political attacks mount

Journalists accused of bias. Judges said to be taking orders from the president. The country in a state of "near civil war".

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.