28-03-2017

The Brief: Le freak c’est pas chic

Marine Le Pen got the silent treatment when she addressed French business leaders today and it's no wonder – they are freaked out by the prospect of President Le Pen.

Europe's East 28-03-2017

Russian team inspects Romanian military base

Russian inspectors are visiting a military facility in Romania today (28 March) to assess if there is any activity in the area. The country's defence minister insists that everything is “normal”. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Austria to request exemption from EU migrant relocation system

Austria will seek an exemption from having to accept more asylum-seekers under an EU relocation system, it said today (28 March), arguing that it has already taken in its fair share during Europe's migration crisis.

Politics 28-03-2017

Corina Cretu: ‘Cohesion policy more needed than ever’

The only policy which has direct links with regional authorities, with citizens, is the cohesion policy, and this is why it is more necessary than ever, says Corina Crețu, the European Commissioner for Regional Policy.

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Economy & Jobs 28-03-2017

Mastercard 2017 Masterindex survey on Pan-European E-Commerce Trends

Mastercard’s 2017 Masterindex survey on pan-European e-commerce trends reveals that Europeans are avid online shoppers!

Electric cars 28-03-2017

Full electro-mobility will be the next giant leap for Europe

We are on the cusp of the age of electro-mobility. Now we need concerted action from policymakers to ensure it really does become a reality, writes Nicolas Erb.

Agrifood 28-03-2017

Commission alarmed by ‘mass killing’ of Aegean seals and turtles

The killing of protected mammals in the Aegean Sea has raised eyebrows in Brussels, which called on the Greek government to punish the culprits.

Economy & Jobs 28-03-2017

‘Harness young people’s inventiveness to refresh the economy’

With one in five under-25-year-olds unemployed in the eurozone, young people risk being excluded from political and economic life. What can the EU do about this? EURACTIV France spoke to two MEPs about new ways to engage young people.

Global Europe 28-03-2017

Israel-Palestine deal remains EU’s ‘top priority’

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini yesterday (27 March) reiterated the EU's commitment to a two-state solution and its opposition to Israel's settlements in Palestine. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Elections 28-03-2017

‘President Le Pen’ could ride voter apathy to victory

The mobilisation of National Front voters and widespread apathy among the rest of France’s electorate may combine to hand Marine Le Pen a historic victory in the second round of the presidential election in May, an analyst told EURACTIV France.

Development Policy 28-03-2017

Auditors finds ‘shortcomings’ in EU aid to Tunisia after Arab Spring

The EU gave Tunisia some €1.3bn in aid after the Arab Spring without properly checking how all of it was spent, according to a report published today (28 March) by the Court of Auditors.

Global Europe 28-03-2017

Serbia on EU path seeks to improve ties with Moscow

Serbia is committed to European Union membership but it will work hard to improve relations with its traditional ally Russia, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić told Reuters ahead of a presidential election on Sunday (2 April).

Global Europe 28-03-2017

Trump son-in-law met executives of sanctioned Russian bank, will testify

A Russian bank under Western economic sanctions over Russia's incursion into Ukraine disclosed on yesterday (27 March) that its executives had met Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a top White House adviser, in December.

Elections 28-03-2017

Merkel cheers poll win as ‘Schulz effect’ fizzles

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Monday (27 March) welcomed a surprise state poll triumph by her party as "encouraging" for a September general election, as hype around her main rival fizzled in its first test.

Global Europe 28-03-2017

‘Dozens’ jailed in Belarus following weekend protest

More than 100 people in Belarus appeared in court on Monday ( 27 March) over protests at the weekend against hardline President Alexander Lukashenko, with dozens of them jailed, including journalists.

Economic governance 28-03-2017

ECB needs greater democratic oversight, TI says

The European Central Bank needs greater oversight and more accountability, as it has strayed into the realm of political decision-making but without the necessary scrutiny, global watchdog Transparency International said in a report on Tuesday(28 March).