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17/01/2017

Verhofstadt drops out of EU Parliament race, backs EPP


Elections 17-01-2017

European Parliament presidential candidates outline their hopes for change

Each candidate gave a short speech before the European Parliament presidential election began. They summarised their plans, emphasising the importance of change and transparency. The election continues into a third round, with a result due this evening (17 January).
Global Europe 17-01-2017

Live: World Economic Forum, direct from Davos

Between 17 and 20 January, the Swiss mountains will be abuzz as the World Economic Forum once again descends on Davos. After a hugely tumultuous year, follow EurActiv.com’s live coverage of the meeting, where we will be on-site to provide all the latest developments.
17-01-2017

The Brief: Mrs May's 12-point Brexit shopping list

While the UK media might be presenting this as a "12-point plan", at the moment it is nothing more than a glorified wishlist.
Europe's East 17-01-2017

Moldovan president hopes to cancel EU Association Agreement

Moldova's president said today (17 January) he hoped the ex-Soviet state's Association Agreement with the European Union would be cancelled if his party obtains a parliamentary majority, paving the way for an alliance with Moscow.

Top German court refuses to ban neo-Nazi party

Germany's Constitutional Court today (17 January) said the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) resembled Adolf Hitler's Nazi party but ruled against banning it because it presented no threat to democracy.
Global Europe 17-01-2017

Chinese president defends globalisation, rebuffs protectionism

As world leaders gathering in Davos on Tuesday (17 January) tried to make sense of recent economic and political turmoil, Chinese President Xi Jinping made a fervent case for globalisation.
Europe's East 17-01-2017

Council of Europe praises Georgia's anti-corruption efforts, demands more

The Council of Europe has called on Georgia to do more to reduce corruption but did acknowledge that it has made considerable progress.

Rajoy outlines 2017 plan, hopes for minimal Brexit disruption

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has told the presidents of Spain's autonomous communities that improving the country's welfare state could be possible but will depend entirely on getting back to pre-economic crisis levels. EurActiv Spain reports.


Agriculture & Food 17-01-2017

Vice-versa: Germany's nitrate problem

Germany and the EU: How do they cooperate? Where do their approaches conflict and where are their interests aligned? EurActiv Germany's new 'Vice-versa' feature will take a look at one issue from both a European and federal government perspective.
UK & Europe 17-01-2017

May throws down gauntlet to European leaders

Watching Theresa May in a hotel room in the capital of a small European nation, not in the EU, has been a surreal experience. Her insistence that every other EU leader had to accept that their citizens cannot any longer travel to the UK on the terms they can today seemed borderline impertinent, writes Denis MacShane.
UK & Europe 17-01-2017

The four possible Europes after Brexit

Brexit's impact on business will depend on which Europe emerges in the aftermath, writes Ilaria Maselli.
Energy 17-01-2017

Energising European recovery

Last year's Winter Energy Package contains the seeds of two fundamental economic and political requirements needed for the EU to prosper: returning some ‘power to the people’, alongside European investment and network integration, write a number of energy experts.
Sustainable Dev. 17-01-2017

Waste reform: From environmental disaster to economic opportunity

MEPs have the chance to unlock over 800,000 jobs by improving waste management and waste prevention across the EU. If they support progressive waste reform, the benefits will be huge for citizens, businesses and governments, writes Piotr Barczak.
Euro & Finance 17-01-2017

Moscovici: Progress on deficit reduction must not be reversed

Pierre Moscovici spoke to EurActiv's partner Ouest-France about France's left-wing primary, the impact of Donald Trump's election, the 3% deficit rule, the Commission's March white paper and the importance of the euro.

EU must tackle homelessness to achieve SDGs

In order to deliver on the 2030 Agenda, Europe has to leave homelessness – not homeless people – behind, writes Ruth Owen.
Elections 17-01-2017

Verhofstadt drops out of EU Parliament race, backs EPP

The right-wing European People’s Party (EPP) and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) decided to form a pro-European coalition that will support EPP candidate for the Parliament presidency Antonio Tajani. EurActiv.com reports from Strasbourg.