Dismantling democracy, millions spent in lawsuits and jobs in peril. A study into the effects of the planned CETA and TTIP agreements on the German region of North Rhine-Westphalia has revealed a grim picture. Bleaker still is the conclusion that the results can be applied to all of Germany. EurActiv Germany reports.
Austria's economy minister has said talks on an EU-US free trade agreement should be halted, adding his voice to an increasingly polarised debate on both sides of the Atlantic over whether to keep the negotiations going.
While the European Commission, Barack Obama and Angela Merkel all insist the transatlantic trade negotiations can be concluded by the end of the year, François Hollande has said he is ready to throw in the towel. EurActiv France reports.
Former European Commissioner Günter Verheugen has claimed that there was no evidence of emissions test manipulation up to 2010, as he moved to defend himself against accusations of collusion with the car industry. EurActiv Germany reports.
Germany and other European Union countries turned a blind eye to the refugee crisis building on its external borders for too long, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a German newspaper interview published today (31 August).
Kurdish-backed militias in Syria agreed yesterday (30 August) to a US initiative to stop fighting Turkish forces whose week-old incursion in the country has stoked tensions between Washington and Ankara.
The European Commission’s demand for Apple to pay back a record 13 billion euros in back taxes in Ireland has triggered warnings that it could damage transatlantic economic ties. Others in Washington, however, used the case to call for an international tax system to ensure revenues are paid where they are due.
Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said he will visit Kyiv on 2 September to discuss energy reforms and lay the groundwork for trilateral talks with Ukraine and Russia that he hopes will help ensure uninterrupted gas supplies in the winter.
Some 800 African migrants and a group of smugglers were arrested near Sudan's border with Libya while trying to reach Europe between June and August, security officers told reporters yesterday (30 August).
Spain's caretaker Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy yesterday (30 August) urged lawmakers to back him for a second term, arguing ahead of a confidence vote which he appears set to lose that the country "urgently" needs a government.
After two years in office, France’s controversial Economy Minister, Emmanuel Macron, has resigned. Macron made himself popular with his EU counterparts by placing Europe at the heart of his political message. EurActiv France reports.