Electric cars 17-08-2017

Italian lake goes all electric

Italy’s picturesque Lake Como has become Europe’s first ‘electric destination’ after efforts to install a far-reaching electric-charging network were finally realised.

Economy & Jobs 17-08-2017

‘You’re not welcome’: Tourismophobia spreads across Europe

From Scotland to Ibiza, critics of mass tourism are growing their ranks. EURACTIV partner Ouest-France reports.

Politics 17-08-2017

New crisis emerges as South Sudan refugees in Uganda hit one million

With the one millionth South Sudanese refugee having entered Uganda this week, there is a desperate need for action by the EU, relief organisation World Vision says in a new study.

Agrifood 17-08-2017

Brexit is a chance for farming reform – but we must get the policy right

Britain's withdrawal from the EU undoubtedly carries risks but it may also create the opportunity to build a greener, more efficient, and innovative farming sector. If this happens, Ngaire Woods argues, the EU and other economies might follow suit.

Air Pollution 17-08-2017

New EU rules for lower power plant emissions take effect

The European Commission on Thursday (17 August) published tighter new standards for the bloc's most polluting power plants, including many large coal-fired power stations, giving them four years to meet the lower emission standards.

Global Europe 17-08-2017

Turkey proposes free movement of workers with Kazakhstan

Central Asian countries are exploring forms of integration resembling those of the European Union, the latest one being the establishment of free movement of people and workers between Turkey and Kazakhstan.

Air Pollution 17-08-2017

US renewable energy growth helped prevent thousands of deaths

New research has revealed that up to 12,700 deaths were prevented over a nine-year-period in the United States, thanks to an increase in renewable energy use and tighter regulation.

Politics 17-08-2017

Hague Court holds Islamist liable for €2.7 million damages after Timbuktu destruction

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled on Thursday (17 August) that a former Islamist rebel who was jailed for wrecking holy sites in Timbuktu was liable for €2.7 million in damages.

Global Europe 17-08-2017

Turkey criticises Merkel, says Germany can’t dictate EU policy

Turkey's EU minister said on Thursday (17 August) that German Chancellor Angela Merkel's comments about halting the expansion of a customs union between Ankara and the European Union harmed the credibility of the bloc.

Agrifood 17-08-2017

Commission open to member states’ push to protect quality foods in China

The European Commission will not block member states’ attempts to sue China over its use of counterfeit trademarks and has insisted a future bilateral deal with the Asian superpower will bring “significant benefits” for Europe’s quality food producers.

Elections 17-08-2017

UK and Germany criticise Trump for failing to oppose neo-Nazis

Of all the EU capitals, London and Berlin have reacted most strongly to Donald Trump’s reluctance to forcefully condemn white supremacists after a woman was killed during a white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville last Saturday (12 August).

Brexit 17-08-2017

Britain confident of making progress in Brexit talks by October

Britain said on Thursday (17 August) it was "confident" talks with the European Union would move towards discussing their future relationship by October, in contrast to warnings from the top EU negotiator that the target is receding. Prime Minister Theresa May's government wants to push the discussion beyond the divorce settlement soon, to offer companies some …

Development Policy 17-08-2017

Pittella calls on EU to provide ‘utmost urgent’ help to Sierra Leone

Gianni Pittella, the president of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, has called for the EU to deliver help to Sierra Leone with the utmost urgency, after floods and landslides in the country’s capital Freetown took a huge toll on human lives.

Digital 17-08-2017

Ireland says EU demand that Apple pay it €13 billion in back taxes unjustified

Ireland's finance minister said the European Commission's demand that Dublin collect up to €13 billion in back taxes from Apple was unjustified, in an interview with Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ) newspaper.

Central Europe 17-08-2017

Slovak minister under pressure in coalition row over EU funds

Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Wednesday that (16 August) he wants to replace the Education Minister Peter Plavčan, who is a member of junior coalition partner the Slovak National Party (SNS), over alleged mismanagement of EU subsidies in his department.

Energy 17-08-2017

Russian watchdog says Schlumberger-Eurasia Drilling deal ‘has big problems’

The acquisition of a 51% stake in Russia's Eurasia Drilling Co (EDC) by US oilfield services giant Schlumberger "has big problems" in the current political situation, the head of Russia's competition watchdog said yesterday (16 August).