Sam Morgan

Brexit 28-04-2017

Industry and associations steer clear of Brexit communication ‘black hole’

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union is totally unprecedented. How best to communicate the various aspects of Brexit presents its own challenges, including how to get a meaningful message across when everyone else is shouting about the same thing.

Brexit 28-04-2017

Public sector jobs fail to escape Brexit uncertainty

Public sector jobs in the United Kingdom and in the EU itself are far from safe from the uncertainty generated by Brexit. UK public services are already suffering and British civil servants could be put out to pasture by Brussels.

26-04-2017

The Brief: Council of Europe in hunt for relevance

The Council of Europe is in disarray. Its president has been told to resign, its members have been accused of corruption and there are doubts about its relevance in the modern world.

Brexit 26-04-2017

The road to Brexit and beyond

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The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union. But how did it get to this stage? And what happens next? As the negotiations fast approach, familiarise yourself with the all-important dates and events.

Global Europe 25-04-2017

Turkey’s EU bid in jeopardy after Council of Europe vote

The Council of Europe has voted to reopen its monitoring procedure against Turkey. The decision deals another potentially fatal blow to Ankara's EU membership hopes, as exiting the process was made a precondition of negotiations back in 2004.

Croatian PM hopes border chaos won’t affect tourism

Croatia’s prime minister said yesterday (24 April) that he hopes to find a solution to new border crossing problems before the start of the tourist season. Changes to Schengen rules have caused chaos on its border with Slovenia.

Politics 24-04-2017

EU offers more language choice to hopeful recruits

The EU has changed the language requirements for its recruitment process. Prospective candidates will now have a wider choice and no longer be limited to just English, French or German during the selection procedure.

Aviation 21-04-2017

Mastermind behind EU-funded ‘endless runway’ responds to critics

The mastermind behind an EU-funded idea to build circular runways has defended his brainchild after the concept came under fire from fascinated social media users.

19-04-2017

The Brief: EU’s eastern promise evaporates

In its search for friends, the European Union’s gaze is turning from East to West.

Brexit 18-04-2017

May calls early election for 8 June

UK Prime Minister Theresa May today (18 April) announced she will call a snap general election for 8 June.

Global Europe 18-04-2017

EU’s Turkish voters backed Erdogan’s reforms

The European Union’s Turkish diaspora voted overwhelmingly in favour of granting Turkey’s president more power in Sunday’s (16 April) constitutional referendum.

13-04-2017

The Brief: The man who would be king

This Sunday, Turkey will decide if it wants to appoint a dictator. Tomorrow marks exactly 30 years since the country submitted its application to join the European Union.

Data protection 13-04-2017

Romanian EU-funded project accused of data protection violations

The Romanian government has been accused of bias in its awarding of EU funding to the country’s intelligence services. The e-Governance project is also facing serious allegations that it violates European and domestic laws on personal data protection.

Languages & Culture 11-04-2017

Turkish language still far away from official EU status

In early 2016, Cyprus asked the EU to recognise Turkish as an official language, in an attempt to boost its reunification process. Over one year later, this request has made little headway.

07-04-2017

The Brief: Italian politics could be penne in the neck for Brussels

France, Germany and the Netherlands. The elections we were told to fear. But what about Italy?

Economy & Jobs 04-04-2017

Under-threat Soros university thrown lifeline by other European cities

A Budapest university founded by billionaire George Soros, which is threatened with closure by Hungarian government legislation fast tracked today (4 April), has already received a number of offers from other EU countries to host the seat of learning.

27-03-2017

The Brief: Fear and loathing in the Eternal City

We bought the ticket and took the ride. Saturday’s March for Europe brought together pro-Europeans from every corner of the continent.

The Brief: Brussels’ Balkans balancing act

The European Union must perform a delicate balancing act as it seeks to win the tug of love over the Western Balkans with Moscow and Ankara.

Railways 09-03-2017

German railways on track for Brexit boost

German railway company Deutsche Bahn remains interested in setting up a Frankfurt-London route. The UK’s Brexit vote and potential relocation of financial services to mainland Europe means demand could skyrocket.

Brexit 03-03-2017

Brexit could slam door on star footballers

European football’s top official fears superstar footballers with ongoing court cases, like Messi and Neymar, could be refused access to the UK after Brexit. He even indicated that European matches could be held elsewhere in a worst case scenario.

Economy & Jobs 27-02-2017

Germany insists on no debt relief, Greece shows how much gold it has

Greece must not be granted a "bail in" that would involve creditors taking a loss on their loans, Germany's deputy finance minister said yesterday (26 February), as Athens announced how much gold it has in reserve.

Economy & Jobs 27-02-2017

EU court asked to decide if card game is actual ‘sport’

The European Court of Justice has been asked to rule if the card game bridge is actually a sport, for the purposes of the EU’s VAT Directive.

Public Affairs 15-02-2017

Commission fluffs lines on decision-making reform

The European Commission has revealed its long-awaited reform of the so-called comitology decision-making process. But it has already been criticised for not being ambitious enough and concerns have been raised about whether the proposal stands any chance of being approved.

Digital 14-02-2017

Copyright waiver for visually impaired persons greenlit by EU court

A copyright waiver that is intended to facilitate visually-impaired access to literature has been given the go-ahead by the European Court of Justice (ECJ), after eight member states filed a dispute.