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27/07/2016

Four Europeans lead in race for UN Secretary-General

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UK & Europe 27-07-2016

May cautious on route to Brexit as Rome urges clear timeline

UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday (27 July) said Britain would take the time needed to steer its way towards the EU exit as Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi urged a clear timeline to deliver Brexit.
Transport 27-07-2016

MEPs battle Commission over €1 billion transport and energy cuts

Members of the European Parliament have warned the Commission not to make more cuts to its €30 billion fund for building transport, energy and telecoms infrastructure.
UK & Europe 27-07-2016

Live: Birth of the Brexit government

David Cameron has followed through with his pledge to resign and has been succeeded by Theresa May at 10 Downing Street. Follow EurActiv's live coverage as the new UK government is formed and begins to deal with the country's exit from the EU.
Euro & Finance 27-07-2016

Barnier, battler of British bankers, is Commission’s new Brexit boss

Michel Barnier, the former financial services Commissioner with a testy relationship with the City of London, will lead the Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom, the European Commission announced today (27 July).

Terror expert: Europe can survive ISIS without electing nutjobs

Terrorism is not new to Europe, despite the recent Islamic State inspired attacks that have rocked France and Germany, Alexander Ritzmann has said. The terror and radicalisation expert said it was vital that the outrages did not lead to policy decisions confusing migration with terrorism ahead of crunch elections in Germany and France next year.
Euro & Finance 27-07-2016

Italy and Spain test EU’s 'intelligent' use of economic rules

The European Commission is expected to fine Spain on Wednesday (26 July), but it will give two extra years to Madrid to adjust its budget - while the commissioners pledge a solution for Italian banks that will protect small investors.
Global Europe 27-07-2016

Thailand's referendum on constitution ‘could be delayed’

EXCLUSIVE / Thailand’s make-or-break referendum next month on a new constitution could be postponed, one of the men in charge of drafting it has admitted.
Health & Consumers 27-07-2016

Fake wines and spirits cost the EU ‘at least’ 4,800 jobs per year

The rise of counterfeit products in spirits and wine across Europe cause annual government losses estimated at €1.2 billion as well as approximately 4,800 jobs in these sectors, a new study has found.
Europe's East 26-07-2016

Azerbaijan calls September referendum on greater presidential powers

Ex-Soviet Azerbaijan on Tuesday (26 July) set 26 September as the date for a referendum on constitutional changes that would hand extra powers to long-running President Ilham Aliyev.
UK & Europe 26-07-2016

UK and EU ‘failing’ unaccompanied child refugees

The European Union is ‘systematically’ failing unaccompanied child refugees, a UK parliamentary report, which criticised Britain for not taking in its fair share of asylum seekers, has warned.
UK & Europe 26-07-2016

Ratings agency: EU ‘unsustainable in its current form’

Leading credit ratings agency S&P has warned that the current construction of the European Union is “unsustainable” and needs far-reaching reform.

Syriza vows to abolish lawmakers’ immunity, hold more referendums

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras yesterday (25 July) called for the abolition of parliamentary immunity for lawmakers and for more referendums to boost direct democracy.

Universal basic income paid by a 'robot tax' is a bad idea

Although the digitalisation of industry is a top priority among EU decision makers, Europe should not be concerned about job losses caused by growing automation. Instead, member states should teach the new generations the skills required for a digital future, believes the VDMA chief, Thilo Brodtman.
Health & Consumers 26-07-2016

Pharma expert: new 'value added medicines' offer cheaper, customised treatment

A new breed of drugs, called “value added medicines”, could help patients improve their everyday life while in treatment, without increasing healthcare budgets, Christoph Stoller said in an interview with EurActiv.com
UK & Europe 25-07-2016

May rules out Irish ‘hard border’, as Sturgeon mulls second independence poll

Theresa May has pledged there will be no return to a ‘hard border’ between a post-Brexit Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, as Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was now taking “preparatory steps” towards a second independence referendum in the wake of the Brexit vote.
Development Policy 25-07-2016

Mass killing of elephants: Will the EU go on turning a blind eye?

Every year, 30,000 elephants are killed for their tusks according to Fondation Franz Weber, a Swiss-based NGO campaigning against the ivory trade for over 40 years, writes Willy Fautre.
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Agriculture & Food 25-07-2016

New CAP is still struggling to find new export markets

SPECIAL REPORT / Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has launched a “diplomatic campaign” to find new markets for EU products. But external trade complexity and an unbalanced internal market pose serious challenges for the executive.
Digital 22-07-2016

Europe should abandon its expensive internet cookies law

The European Commission should repeal its "cookies law" - it's expensive for online businesses and a burden for internet users, writes Alan McQuinn.
Security 22-07-2016

ISIS in Würzburg

Following an axe attack on a Bavarian commuter train on Monday (18 July) by an Afghan asylum seeker claiming allegiance to ISIS, Germany’s news media were awash with reports that the terrorist organisation had finally staged a successful attack. EurActiv.com news editor Joel Schalit, was almost there.
UK & Europe 22-07-2016

‘Dramatic deterioration’ in UK economy since Brexit

The British economy has suffered a “dramatic deterioration” in the four weeks since the UK voted to leave the EU, new figures on Friday (22 July) showed, prompting the country’s new Chancellor to warn he may have to “reset fiscal policy” in the autumn.
Global Europe 22-07-2016

Can Greece copy Morocco, and stop sulking?

Anyone ever tried to get from Athens to Skopje or Pristina? It’s a journey from hell as the excellent Aegean Airlines, which links all the region’s cities, have eliminated Macedonia and Kosovo from their satellite map, writes Denis MacShane.
Transport 22-07-2016

Commission management of biofuels given short shrift

The European Court of Auditors has come down heavily on the Juncker Commissions’s handling of sustainable biofuels, shortly after the executive published its low-emission mobility strategy.
Trade & Society 22-07-2016

Commission plans export controls for surveillance technology

EXCLUSIVE / Technology companies may face stricter licensing requirements to export products that could be used to violate human rights, as part of a change to EU rules.
Global Europe 22-07-2016

Four Europeans lead in race for UN Secretary-General

Portugal’s António Guterres, Slovenia’s Danilo Türk, Bulgaria’s Irina Bokova and Serbia’s Vuk Jeremić have emerged as the frontrunners in a race to replace UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, whose second term expires on 31 December.