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Digital 26-09-2017

Tech industry sounds alarm over draft online payment rules

Twenty-seven e-commerce companies and lobby groups have asked the European Commission to change a draft proposal to regulate payment services, arguing that additional security measures will drive shoppers away from online platforms.

Health 26-09-2017

Swedish snus wants place in EU tobacco directive

Sweden’s moist smokeless tobacco snus, which is currently banned across Europe, is trying to find its way into the EU tobacco directive, with supporters pointing to evidence suggesting it is appropriate for the protection of public health.

Agrifood 26-09-2017

Fishing for trouble: How Europe is losing money by overfishing

Replenishing Europe’s fishing stocks could create thousands of jobs and boost the EU's GDP by €4.9 billion per year, a new study says, but environmental activists warn that governments lack the political will to implement EU guidelines on sustainable fishing.

Commission, Poland seek new dialogue on troublesome judicial reform

The European Commission and Poland appeared to avert head-on collision over a controversial judicial reform in the biggest eastern member state, with both sides taking a step back on Monday (25 September) and offering pledges for renewed dialogue.

25-09-2017

The Brief: German vote takes wind out of Europe’s sails

Almost two weeks ago, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his annual State of the Union speech on the most positive note since the start of the euro debt crisis, saying "The wind is back in Europe's sails”. And indeed, so it looked, until the German elections on Sunday.

Brexit 25-09-2017

UK enters last-chance Brexit saloon as informal deadline looms

The EU and the UK launched another round of divorce talks on Monday (25 September) hoping to revive the stalled process after Prime Minister Theresa May hinted last week at some concessions that should please the EU.

Increased drugs’ use threatens aquatic environment, report says

The steady ageing of Europe's population will result in an increased consumption of medicines, which will consequently lead to higher concentrations of pharmaceutical residues in the aquatic environment and pose potential threats to public health, a new study has warned.

Circular economy 25-09-2017

Member states seek to water down food waste proposal

Member states have been trying to water down the proposals for food waste reduction, according to leaked documents from the EU waste directive discussions in the Council of the European Union, seen by EURACTIV.com.

Energy 25-09-2017

Gas lobby chief: ‘In 2050, 76% of gas could be renewable’

The excess wind and solar electricity generated at times of oversupply could be used more systematically to produce synthetic gas, providing a convenient way of storing renewable energy that would otherwise be lost. The potential is huge, and can be used to heat homes during winter, argues Beate Raabe.

Future EU 25-09-2017

German voters deal a blow to Macron’s EU reform drive

Angela Merkel may be too busy holding together an unwieldy coalition to act as an effective partner for the French president’s bold plans, which he will outline on Tuesday (26 September).

Elections 24-09-2017

Merkel’s CDU wins with dramatic downturn, far-right AfD enters Bundestag

Chancellor Angela Merkel secured her fourth term in office in Sunday’s (24 September) parliamentary election but her Christian Democratic Union picked up far fewer votes than expected, complicating the future coalition talks. And the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) made a historic breakthrough by winning Bundestag seats.

Elections 23-09-2017

German elections: The race for third place

Voters head to the polls on Sunday (24 September) for a race where the winner is almost pre-ordained. This may drive a protest vote that could see the far-right AfD become the official opposition.

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.

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.

Future of mobility 22-09-2017

London bans Uber over ‘public safety and security’ record

London’s transport authority has revoked the operating licence for ride-hailing app Uber over the American company’s attitude to customer safety and “lack of corporate responsibility”.

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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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.

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.

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.

Tweets of the Week, Ep. 17
Politics 22-09-2017

Tweets of the Week: explosion over “Rocket Man”, big vote if you’re Catalan, and Boris shit hits the fan

This week: explosion over “Rocket Man”, big vote if you’re Catalan, and Boris shit hits the fan.

21-09-2017

The Brief: All eyes are on the money in Florence

Theresa May’s speech in Florence tomorrow is her chance to bring order to the Brexit chaos. Brussels will look on with interest but will pay closer attention to the reaction of May’s colleagues and her party than to the prime minister herself.

Economy & Jobs 21-09-2017

Commission wants bigger role for regulators in sustainable finance development

The European Commission has proposed giving the European Supervisory Authorities broader powers to determine what represents environmental, social and governance investment and to monitor banks’ activities in this field.