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Future EU 23-09-2016

Live: EU begins to talk life after UK

The negotiations haven't even started yet, with the now infamous Article 50 yet to be triggered by Theresa May's government. Things are starting to take shape and the news will come thick and fast. Follow EurActiv's live feed for all the latest developments and talking points.
UK & Europe 23-09-2016

Commission calm in face of UK government's conflicting Brexit messages

The European Commission insisted Friday (23 September) it was patiently waiting for the UK government to trigger Article 50, in the face of a spate of mixed messages coming out of London about the shape of a Brexit deal, or even its own objectives.
Global Europe 23-09-2016

Bokova: My advantage is multiculturalism

In a wide-ranging interview with EurActiv's Editor-in-Chief, Daniela Vincenti, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO and candidate for the post of UN Secretary-General, spoke of her experience and goals, as well as discussed her strengths.

Europe risks exclusion from key UN climate body

The ratification of the Paris deal on slashing greenhouse gas emissions by the USA and China has caught the EU by surprise. In a stunt never seen before, EU countries will make efforts to pass the deal through national parliaments by 7 October.
UK & Europe 23-09-2016

Bernie Sanders' brother to run for Cameron's old seat

The brother of Bernie Sanders, the defeated US democratic presidential candidate, is standing for election in the seat of former British prime minister David Cameron.
Euro & Finance 22-09-2016

Commission ready to sanction Kroes after missing her confession

The European Commission said there was "scope" to slap sanctions on its former competition policy chief Neelie Kroes, embroiled in the Bahamas Leaks scandal, after taking five days to react to an e-mail where she confessed having transgressed the rules.

Analysts: Expect visa liberalisation for Turkey by early 2017

Turkey analysts said today (22 September) that the lifting of the visa requirement for Turkish citizens will likely not materialise before the year's end, if not in early 2017.

Flexible solidarity: Slovakia gives 550 scholarships to refugees

In a gesture illustrating the concept of “flexible solidarity”, Slovakia announced that it will offer 550 state scholarships to young people that will be able to come to Slovakia to study in its universities, but it will not grant them asylum.

Financiers want climate risk integrated into EU’s Capital Markets Union

Investors managing over €13 trillion in assets have called on EU regulators to foster a financial system that better takes climate risk into account when the European Commission reviews its Capital Markets Union next year.

Universal basic income debate gains traction in the EU

Against the backdrop of the “fundamental transformation of the world of work”, Commissioner for Employment Marianne Thyssen is paying close attention to “free money” experiments ahead of a discussion next year with member states on how to improve social policies.
Digital 21-09-2016

After botched first attempt, Commission proposes new roaming bill with no time limit

In a bid to save face after a wave of outrage following a botched first attempt earlier this month, the European Commission proposed a new bill today (22 September) to get rid of mobile roaming charges by next year.

Slovakia becomes fourth EU country to ratify the Paris Agreement

The Slovak parliament today voted today (21 September) to ratify the Paris Agreement, the landmark international treaty in the fight against climate change. After France, Hungary and Austria, Slovakia, who holds the rotating presidency of the EU, is the fourth country to ratify the deal.
Development Policy 21-09-2016

Mimica: Europe's new plan for Africa 'could reach €88 billion'

EXCLUSIVE / One of the keynote announcements of Jean-Claude Juncker's State of the Union address last week was the European External Investment Plan. EU development aid chief Neven Mimica gives the details in an interview with EurActiv.com
Europe's East 21-09-2016

Azerbaijan says US pressure led to OSCE Baku closure

The closure of the OSCE office in Baku was the result of US pressure, Ilham Aliyev told the EU-Azerbaijan parliamentary committee yesterday (20 September). EurActiv.com broke the news of its shuttering in June 2015.
Enlargement 21-09-2016

EU accepts Bosnia and Herzegovina’s membership application

The European Union's 28 member states yesterday (20 September) accepted Bosnia and Herzegovina's membership application and ordered the Commission to prepare an assessment of the Balkan country's readiness to join the bloc.
Trade & Society 20-09-2016

Juncker postpones controversial export control bill on surveillance technology

Jean-Claude Juncker intervened today (20 September) to postpone a controversial trade bill that would have made it more difficult for EU countries to export surveillance software, marking the second time this month that the Commission chief pulled the brakes on a high-profile technology file.
Global Europe 20-09-2016

EU activist gets 3-year Thai jail sentence for exposing labour abuses

A British lawyer who helped expose labour abuses in Thailand’s fruit factories has been handed a three-year suspended jail sentence.

'Unmanageable' situations at Greek hotspots, regional governor says

The refugee-hosting crisis in the Greek islands is spiralling out of control, a regional governor said after violent clashes that took place yesterday (19 September).
Elections 20-09-2016

Envelope manufacturers deny responsibility for Austrian election meltdown

The Austrian government said the rerun of the presidential election has been delayed because defective glue caused mail-in ballot envelopes to open, rendering the vote invalid. But the European Federation of Envelope Manufacturers (FEPE) replied that envelopes are not to blame.
Energy 20-09-2016

EU’s ex-Soviet nuclear reactors’ decommissioning over-budget and behind schedule

A slew of USSR-era nuclear reactors within the EU are years behind schedule in decommissioning and still require billions in funding, a damning Court of Auditors report found today (20 September).
Europe's East 20-09-2016

Russian MP: ‘We will buy Bulgaria, we already bought half of the coast’

A statement by a Russian MP has sent wave shocks in Bulgaria, the country beginning to realise that the many Russians who bought real estate to Bulgaria may sooner or later become a powerful political force,

Hungary readies attacks on Juncker over migration referendum

A spokesman for the Hungarian government, Zoltán Kovács, told a group of Brussels journalists yesterday (19 September) that the so-called ‘migrant quota’ referendum to be held next month in Hungary will expose the "stealth way the EU is working" during the past two years of the Juncker Commission.

Fire safety chemicals ‘threaten’ public health, alliance warns

The use of chemical flame retardants in furniture to increase fire safety has severe opposite implications, a number of associations have warned.
Digital 19-09-2016

EurActiv launches The Brief

EurActiv.com has today launched The Brief, a straight-talking, sassy evening newsletter, brimming with incisive insight and commentary.