Brexit 22-09-2017

Italians approve of May’s speech venue, but not content

The Italian government, but also ordinary Italians expressed appreciation for UK Prime Minister Theresa May choice of Florence for a speech, during which she asked EU negotiators for more time for a transitional deal after Brexit.

Europe's East 22-09-2017

More than javelins, Ukraine needs change

I remember Ukraine as a friendlier place. But my country’s recent uptick of expelling foreigners it considers inconvenient belies a less hospitable, darker trend. The government that grew out of Ukraine’s 2014 “Revolution of Peoples’ Dignity” now has some Ukrainians reminiscing about the more tolerant, less corrupt government it overthrew, writes Serhiy Lyovochkin.

Politics 22-09-2017

The Brief: On Catalonia, time to de-escalate

Catalonia caught Europe's attention like never before this week. The arrest of regional government officials involved in organising the 1 October referendum was published on front-pages across Europe and sparked a torrent of questions from the international press in Brussels.

Elections 22-09-2017

How does Germany ‘feel’ before election day?

Election forecasts are a difficult beast. Brexit and Donald Trump’s victory prove that. Relying just on analysis from the "political middle" could lead to some rather misleading predictions. EURACTIV Germany reports ahead of Sunday's (24 September) crucial election.

Agrifood 22-09-2017

Visegrad and Balkans hit out at Commission over biofuels phase-out proposal

The Visegrad and three Balkan countries signed a joint declaration urging the European Commission to reconsider its proposal to gradually phase-out the first generation biofuels after 2020 and think about the consequences.

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Renewable energy is too valuable to be wasted – we must preserve Energy Efficiency First

Renewables have an essential role to play in meeting our greenhouse gas emissions reduction target but their use needs to be built upon tapping the full energy efficiency potential of buildings. #EPBD #energyefficiencyfirst

Elections 22-09-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Germany’s tolerance deficit

Asked to explain the AfD’s surge in the polls, Merkel offered a strictly economic analysis. The problem was that she was wrong.

Agrifood 22-09-2017

France to cut support for booming organic farming

Despite the growth of organic agriculture, France will suspend state support to organic farmers by 2018, in a decision that could weaken the sector, as shown by examples in the UK and the Netherlands. EURACTIV France reports.

Central Europe 22-09-2017

Study: Cautious Slovaks take EU approach to refugees

Central European member states are reluctant to accept refugees. The Slovak government filed a lawsuit against the relocation scheme, followed by Hungary. The European Court of Justice ruled against Poland and the Czech Republic. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.

Africa 22-09-2017

EU socialists make ‘progressive’ push in Tunisia ahead of election

The European Parliament's Socialists and Democrats (S&D Group) is exploring ways to bring progressive centre-left forces in Tunisia into the fold in order to ensure a democratic transition ahead of the country's first post-revolution municipality election.

Energy 22-09-2017

Will new EU buildings law help pave the way for an electro-mobile future?

The ongoing reform of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) offers a once-in-a-decade opportunity to make European buildings and cities of today fit for the low pollution, electric transport of tomorrow, writes Teodora Serafimova.

Agrifood 22-09-2017

Greece tells China to cancel fake geographical indications

A Greek minister has warned China to cancel fake trademarks of two Greek products including feta cheese in order for a future deal with Brussels on geographical indications to move on.

Freedom of thought 22-09-2017

European Muslims feel part of Europe but when will European society reciprocate?

New data released this week show that Muslims in Europe face discrimination in all areas of life. We need to start shifting our perspective and promote inclusive narratives and practices with regard to Muslims' presence in Europe. Too often, they are seen as a ‘problem to manage’, writes Julie Pascoët.

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Politics 22-09-2017

FleishmanHillard is delighted to announce that Mr Claudio Murri and Dr Lukas Pfister have joined the firm as senior advisers

FleishmanHillard is delighted to announce that Mr Claudio Murri and Dr Lukas Pfister have joined the firm as senior advisers to our technology and healthcare practices. Given the accelerating EU agendas in both of these sectors, increasing clients demands and opportunities for growth, we are excited to build upon existing expertise with these high caliber professionals. These senior profiles …

Development Policy 22-09-2017

Armed group ‘seeks legitimacy’ with Tripoli migrant deal

A powerful armed group, known for smuggling people from Libya, is seeking legitimacy and state security jobs from the Tripoli government in exchange for stopping migrant boats from leaving the coast of Sabratha for Italy, a senior group member said.

Armenia 22-09-2017

How Azerbaijani laundromat has affected EU policy on Nagorno-Karabakh

More than two decades after Azerbaijan and Armenia fought over Nagorno-Karabakh, a mixture of Azerbaijani bribes and oil politics has kept European institutions out of the disputed region. It is time for the EU to free itself from this grip and stand for its values in the Caucasus, argues Nicolas Tavitian.