Elections 21-04-2017

Presidential candidates too cautious on development pledges

Most of the candidates for Sunday’s (23 April) presidential election in France have made inadequate commitments on development aid. Just five of the 11 presidential hopefuls say they would boost spending to meet the OECD target of 0.7% of GNI. EURACTIV France reports.

21-04-2017

The Brief: What a wonderful world this would be…

Juncker said that even President Le Pen cannot destroy the EU. We don’t buy that, because she can.

Elections 21-04-2017

Italy’s wealthy north to demand more power from Rome in referendums

Italy's wealthy northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto, controlled by the right-wing Northern League, will hold referendums in October to try to obtain greater autonomy from the central government, Lombardy's president said yesterday (20 April).

Elections 21-04-2017

Young French voters seduced by extreme candidates despite EU stance

Young people are losing their trust in politics. While they tend to be overwhelmingly pro-European, many are seduced by the discourse of the extreme right or left of French politics. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 21-04-2017

Soros gets warm Brussels reception amid spat with Hungary

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and several Commissioners will meet US financier George Soros next Thursday (27 April) as part of consultations on a new Hungarian law that could close a university he funds, and of legislation targeting foreign-funded NGOs.

Aviation 21-04-2017

Mastermind behind EU-funded ‘endless runway’ responds to critics

The mastermind behind an EU-funded idea to build circular runways has defended his brainchild after the concept came under fire from fascinated social media users.

Development Policy 21-04-2017

Ethiopia admits 2016 unrest death toll reached 669

The official death toll from last year’s civil unrest in Ethiopia came to 669 people, according to a report to the parliament in Addis Ababa this week.

21-04-2017

Trans-Europe Express: The fake campaign

It has been a very long presidential race in France. But the country is still waiting for a real political debate.

Global Europe 21-04-2017

New Venezuela protest clashes follow deadly unrest

New clashes erupted Thursday (20 April) between Venezuelan riot police and President Nicolas Maduro's opponents, inflaming tensions after a day of deadly unrest in the beleaguered oil-rich nation.

Brexit 21-04-2017

Amsterdam backs a ‘transparent and objective’ relocation of EU drugs agency

The Netherlands announced on Thursday (20 April) Amsterdam's candidacy for hosting the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which is currently based in London.

Global Europe 21-04-2017

Argentina puts hope in Brexit for new EU position on the Falklands

The EU could re-evaluate its position on the disputed Falkland Islands after Britain leaves the bloc, Argentina's foreign minister said yesterday (20 April).

Elections 21-04-2017

IMF warns against protectionism as Trump, Brexit loom

The International Monetary Fund renewed its warnings against protectionism yesterday (20 April) as nationalist political trends threaten trade integration on both sides of the Atlantic.

Health 21-04-2017

Study: Biking to work lowers risks of cancer and heart disease

Riding a bicycle to work reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer, according to a new UK study carried out by Glasgow researchers.

Brexit 21-04-2017

Britain must pay EU divorce bill in euros

Britain may be leaving the EU but it will still have to settle the divorce bill in euros, not pounds, according to an EU document on the upcoming negotiations.

Global Europe 21-04-2017

Paris shooting overshadows final day of French election campaign

Security concerns took centre stage in the final days of France's tight presidential race, as candidates defended their stance on the fight against terror, following a shooting in Paris that killed one policeman.

Economy & Jobs 21-04-2017

Ryan: Washington will ‘chart a path forward on TTIP’

The United States is ready to negotiate a new trade deal with the UK. It also continues to have plans for the European Union, said Paul Ryan, the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives.