01-03-2017

The Brief: White Paper brings back bad memories for Cameron

David Cameron has probably had enough of politics. After all, it turned out he wasn’t very good at it.

Agrifood 01-03-2017

French study: Farmers can slash pesticide use without losing money

French farmers could reduce their pesticide consumption by 30% without losing profitability, a new study published in the review Nature Plants has revealed. EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Environnement reports.

Health 01-03-2017

Commission launches reference networks to face rare and complex diseases

In an effort to combat rare diseases and improve patient accessibility, the European Commission launched the European Reference Networks (ERNs) yesterday (28 February).

Report: Brexit offers escape from over €2bn in EU waste policy costs

British businesses would lose over €2bn over the next 20 years through the EU's Circular Economy Package, according to a new report, which is calling on the UK to adopt a better waste and resource management framework post-Brexit. EURACTIV’s partner edie.net reports.

Economy & Jobs 01-03-2017

Greece: Lenders take unacceptable hard line on worker rights

In the current negotiations over a new loan package for Greece, collective bargaining and worker rights have been in the spotlight. But expert opinion in favour of these tools is being ignored by Greece’s lenders, warn Jan Willem Goudriaan and Richard Pond.

Elections 01-03-2017

Europe’s right in free fall as socialists surge

Marine Le Pen and the German far-right are suddenly losing votes but it remains to be seen how long the strong socialist rise led by Martin Schulz and Benoît Hamon will continue. EURACTIV’s partner Treffpunkteuropa reports.

Politics 01-03-2017

A hard border ‘will cause recession’ in Ireland

Ireland will suffer greatly from the establishment of a hard border with Ulster to the North. Already, the weak pound has cost its economy dearly. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.

Slovakia continues to allow discrimination against Roma children

Despite threats of fines from the European Union, Slovakia still discriminates against Romani children by placing them in segregated schools.

Economy & Jobs 01-03-2017

Growing fake smartphone market raises eyebrows in Brussels

The rise of counterfeit smartphone devices in the EU in 2015 is dealing a severe blow to industry sales and consumer safety, a new report has warned.

Orbán calls ‘ethnic homogeneity’ a key to success

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said yesterday (28 February) that "ethnic homogeneity" was vital to the country's economic success, in a fresh tirade against importing workers to solve labour shortages.

Study: British people underestimate air pollution levels

People across the UK are underestimating the impact of the air pollution crisis in their local areas, according to a new survey. EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian reports.

Enlargement 01-03-2017

Germany summons Turkish ambassador, seeks release of jailed journalist

Berlin summoned Ankara's ambassador yesterday (28 February) to protest the arrest in Turkey of a correspondent for a German newspaper, further fuelling tensions between the two NATO allies as demonstrations took place across German-speaking Europe.

Politics 01-03-2017

May faces setback on Brexit law over EU citizens’ rights

Theresa May's government is set to be defeated in the House of Lords over securing the rights of EU citizens living in the UK.

EU should pay more to return African migrants home from Libya, Malta says

The European Union should step up funding for the United Nation's migration agency to return migrants stranded in Libya to their home countries further south in Africa, the bloc's current president says.

Politics 01-03-2017

Poland confirms opposition to Tusk’s reappointment

Poland confirmed yesterday (28 February) it would oppose the reappointment of former Prime Minister Donald Tusk next week as president of the European Council, highlighting the increased isolation of the nationalist Polish government in Europe.

Future EU 01-03-2017

Pope Francis to share wisdom with EU leaders ahead of Rome summit

EU heads of state and government are planning to meet with Pope Francis in Rome on 24 March, ahead of the summit expected to provide a vision for the future of the EU after Brexit, diplomats told EURACTIV.com.