Sam Morgan

Electricity 26-06-2017

New electrification alliance seeks top billing in EU’s decarbonisation efforts

Industry groups representing sectors as varied as wind and solar power, fuel cell batteries, copper and heat pumps, have clubbed together to launch the Electrification Alliance, with the hope that electricity will be recognised as the main energy carrier in Europe’s decarbonisation drive.

Energy 26-06-2017

Massive human chain protests ageing Belgian nuclear reactors

50,000 people from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands formed a cross-border 90 km-long human chain on Sunday (25 June) to protest against the controversial Tihange nuclear power plant. Micro-cracks were recently discovered in one of the facility’s reactors.

23-06-2017

The Brief: De Gaulle was right about Britain all along

Back in the 1960s, Charles de Gaulle vetoed the UK’s attempts to join what is now the EU. Exactly one year on from the Brexit vote, it’s clear that ‘the Great Asparagus’ was right to try and keep Britain out of the club.

Digital 12-06-2017

Darknet guru: New technology can help build European identity

Modern technology could shore up the European project, boost transparency and help governments collect taxes. Author Jamie Bartlett told EURACTIV.com that the EU should become the great technological innovator but warned that politicians simply aren’t prepared for massive changes ahead.

Politics 01-06-2017

German army insists country supports NATO defensive action

German army research shows that German citizens would support NATO military action in defence of a fellow alliance member, in stark contrast to another study that said the very opposite.

Economy & Jobs 31-05-2017

US trade chief ‘open’ to resurrecting TTIP

The United States is "open" to resuming stalled talks with the EU on its planned mega trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a senior US official confirmed yesterday (30 May).

Politics 26-05-2017

Loss of trust in EU has social and economic consequences

Trust in EU membership is on the up across the continent but confidence in the Union’s institutions continues to flag. That is why a number of initiatives designed to increase transparency and accountability have gained momentum in recent years.

Enlargement 25-05-2017

‘Yugo-stalgic’ Balkans long for socialist past

The breakup of Yugoslavia brought more harm than good, according to a new survey. ‘Yugo-stalgia’ and dissatisfaction caused by low employment and political instability mean many yearn for the days of socialism.

23-05-2017

The Brief: Greek debt delay hurts real people

Greece’s lenders and eurozone partners disappointed Athens once again last night. Despite Alexis Tsipras securing reforms that have made him less popular than Donald Trump, his country has been left to deal with the financial and social costs.

19-05-2017

The Brief: English is here to stay, even if UK isn’t

Jean-Claude Juncker thinks the English language is losing importance in Europe. Maybe the Commission president wanted to annoy Theresa May or maybe he really believes it. But he’s wrong either way.

16-05-2017

The Brief: Singapore slings EU more trading influence

EU trade policy was given a hefty dose of clarity today, after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said the Commission cannot finalise its Singapore deal without member state involvement. But Brussels will be happy nonetheless...

Economy & Jobs 16-05-2017

Singapore trade deal cannot be concluded by EU alone, ECJ rules

The European Union will have to secure approval from national parliaments in order to finalise a free trade deal with Singapore. The bloc’s top court ruled that the agreement in "its current form" cannot be handled by the Commission acting alone.

Elections 15-05-2017

Macron hopes new centre-right PM will broaden political appeal

France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron, appointed a conservative prime minister earlier today (15 May) in a shrewd move designed to broaden his political appeal ahead of legislative elections next month. But just who is Macron’s new right-hand man?

12-05-2017

The Brief: The Great British Wake-Up

Whisper it quietly but there is a wave of realisation sweeping the United Kingdom, as the hard truths of Brexit gradually take hold.

Juncker talks corruption, Schengen and fall of USSR in Romania visit

Romania should be able to convince the EU to lift special monitoring of its justice system before it takes over the presidency of the Council in 2019, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said yesterday (11 May).

Politics 10-05-2017

Bulgaria finally nominates new Commissioner

Bulgaria has finally nominated a candidate to replace Kristalina Georgieva as its European Commissioner, following a four month gap where the country went unrepresented.

Digital 04-05-2017

Belgian dentists smiling as advertising ban ruled unlawful by EU court

Belgian dentists should not be banned from advertising their services, according to the European Court of Justice, which ruled that a national moratorium contradicts EU law.

Politics 02-05-2017

Europol: Denmark closes front door, opens back door

Denmark is no longer a member of EU law enforcement agency Europol as of yesterday (1 May) but will retain access to its databases thanks to an eleventh hour agreement.

Brexit 02-05-2017

‘Sceptical’ Juncker fears Theresa May is living ‘in another galaxy’

UK Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday (1 May) insisted that negative reports about her talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker are just "Brussels gossip”, after a German newspaper released a damning appraisal of their meeting.

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.