Interviews

Economy & Jobs 24-02-2017

Copa-Cogeca: New export markets did not increase EU farmers’ income

The EU found new niche markets to balance the losses of the Russian embargo but this has not translated into increased income for farmers, Pekka Pesonen told EURACTIV.com.

road transport 24-02-2017

Expert: Clear sustainability framework needed for advanced biofuels

If the EU wants to avoid a U-turn on advanced biofuels, then it has come up with a “clear and robust” sustainability framework that will provide policy certainty and investment security, biofuel expert Laura Buffet said in an interview with EURACTIV.com.

Freedom of thought 23-02-2017

Situation of Polish journalists is ‘untenable’

The NGO Reporters Without Borders (RWB) has called on the European Commission to defend press freedom in Poland, after the country fell 29 places in the RWB’s global ranking. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.

Health 22-02-2017

Greek pharma boss: Patients are punished when innovation is penalised

Patients are “punished” due to a lack of innovation-driven structural reforms in a crisis-hit public health system, the head of the Greek pharma industry said in an interview with Euractiv Greece.

Elections 21-02-2017

Political consultant: Schulz has fighting chance of winning German election

Martin Schulz has a real chance of becoming Germany's next chancellor, political consultant Michael Spreng told EURACTIV's partner WirtschaftsWoche, as Angela Merkel struggles to inspire her own voters.

Global Europe 20-02-2017

Czech deputy PM: A ‘different’ migration is needed

We have to change NATO from a defence pact to tan offensive pact, Andrej Babiš, the Czech minister of finance, who also serves as deputy premier, told Euractiv Poland.

Central Europe 17-02-2017

Saryusz-Wolski: Trump is not the end of the world

Europe’s military abilities are useless if there’s no political will to use them in the face of danger, Civic Platform MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski told Euractiv Poland.

Euro & Finance 17-02-2017

EU’s Dombrovskis: Trump brings ‘concern’ to international financial regulation

European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis is wary of US moves to deregulate the banking sector, saying the main lesson from the 2008 financial crisis is that international finance needs international rules. But he was positive about Greece’s fiscal adjustment and called on Athens and its lenders to give a “final push” to break the stalemate on the country's bailout programme.

Global Europe 16-02-2017

Fleckenstein: Europe needs clarity on US foreign policy

The unpredictability offered by the Trump presidency has created a dangerous situation the likes of which has not been seen since the turmoil of the early 1990s, MEP Knut Fleckenstein told Euractiv Germany.

Digital 16-02-2017

Law professor: ‘Autonomous weapons’ notably absent from EU motion on robotics, AI

The European Parliament is voting today (16 February) on a landmark resolution on civil law, robotics and artificial intelligence. Ahead of the vote, Euractiv.com explored the ethical and legal implications of robotisation with a professor of international and European law.

Energy 16-02-2017

Lithuanian PM: Belarus nuclear plant is a threat to our country

EXCLUSIVE / On his first visit to Brussels, newly-elected Prime Minister of Lithuania Saulius Skvernelis shared his fears with Euractiv.com about the building of a nuclear plant in Belarus, 40 km from Vilnius and of the hybrid war waged by Russia against the former Soviet republic.

Enlargement 15-02-2017

Tatar leader: ‘Crimea will be free’

It is only through repression and fear that occupying regimes can stay in power, Crimean Tatar leader, and former Soviet dissident Mustafa Dzhemilew, told Euractiv Poland.

Euro & Finance 14-02-2017

Eurogroup deputy: ‘Grexit is a non-issue’

Eurogroup Working Group President Thomas Wieser told Euractiv Germany that he remains confident the IMF will participate in the Greek bailout programme and that ‘Grexit’ is not even an issue.

Euro & Finance 09-02-2017

Parliament rapporteur: 2018 EU budget should focus on ‘prosperity’ and ‘security’

The 2018 EU budget should be pro-growth in order to create well-paid jobs but simultaneously boost security both externally and internally, Siegfried Mureșan told Euractiv.com in an interview.

Digital 09-02-2017

Czech MEP: Europe needs harmonised standards for smart cities

According to Dita Charanzová, smart cities are about bettering the lives of Europe's citizens. They'll not only improve urban life but the environment too, she told Euractiv.com

Central Europe 09-02-2017

Polish editor: ‘We were underprivileged’ under previous government

Paweł Lisicki, editor-in-chief of the conservative weekly Do Rzeczy, sees “no apparent threat to freedom of speech” in Poland, saying left-wing media outlets were currently suffering only because they lost their privileges under the new government.

Competition 08-02-2017

Steel chief: Brexit may help defend the EU from dumping

For every tonne of steel that we reduce from our production capacity, we find five imported tonnes at our border, Axel Eggert, the director general of the European Steel Association (EUROFER) told Euractiv Slovakia.

Health 08-02-2017

Andriukaitis: ‘Rare cancers present a particular challenge’

The European Commission’s priority when tackling rare cancers such as sarcomas is to ensure European Reference Networks (ERNS) are put in place so that all patients have access to the best expertise available in the EU, Vytenis Andriukaitis told Euractiv.com in an interview.

Central Europe 07-02-2017

Political analyst: Romania is undergoing a second ‘democratic’ revolution

The mass demonstrations that have swept Romania since 29 January have kicked off a social insurrection, the likes of which has not been seen since the overthrow of communism in Eastern Europe in 1989, Octavian Milewski told Euractiv Poland.

Digital 07-02-2017

Rockefeller Foundation chief: Resilient cities harness the power of data

Michael Berkowitz, an expert on resilient cities, praises the work done by many European municipalities in preparing for risks linked to climate change, for example. But Europe should relax its privacy laws in order to better harness the power of data and deal with other emerging challenges, he claimed.

Trade & Society 07-02-2017

EU anti-fraud official: Tobacco smuggling is ‘major source’ of organised crime

Cigarette smuggling costs national and EU budgets more than €10 billion annually in lost public revenue and is a major source of organised crime, including terrorism, Margarete Hofmann told Euractiv in an interview.

Digital 07-02-2017

Civic tech guru: Trump, Breitbart and populism are ‘the new normal’

The election of Donald Trump in the United States, helped by the far-right opinion news site Breitbart, is not a one-off event, says Victor Fleurot, a communication expert and self-proclaimed "visual activist", in an interview with Euractiv.com.

Global Europe 06-02-2017

Schäuble: UK shouldn’t be punished for Brexit

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble told Euractiv's partner Der Tagesspiegel that dealing with new US President Donald Trump requires a "calm" approach and that the UK shouldn't be punished for Brexit.

Global Europe 06-02-2017

Polish MP: With Trump, lifting Russia sanctions is ‘just a matter of time’

The rapprochement between the United States and Russia will result in a deterioration of Warsaw-Moscow relations and the lifting of western sanctions against Russia is only a “matter of time”, a Polish MP said in an interview. Euractiv.com reports from Poland.