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29/07/2016

Rodrigues: Brexit blame game will throw Europe into chaos

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Special Report
Agriculture & Food 28-07-2016

German farmers: 'Aid is not going to help active farms'

SPECIAL REPORT / The aid package coming the way of milk farmers will only be of help if funds are not tied to targets on reducing production, the Secretary-General of the German Farmers' Association told EurActiv.de. However, he did downplay the impact Brexit will have on the sector.
Global Europe 28-07-2016

The Thai junta expects people to 'shut up and obey orders'

With under two weeks to go to Thailand’s crucial 7 August referendum on a new constitution, supposedly paving the way to a return to democracy, the ruling military junta in Bangkok has cracked down on dissent and press freedoms, making a free and fair vote impossible, says Sunai Phasuk.
Euro & Finance 27-07-2016

George Soros: 'We need an EU that the UK would want to be a part of'

Business magnate George Soros is convinced that the EU needs to reinvent itself. In an interview with EurActiv's partner WirtschaftsWoche, he explained how Europe should deal with Brexit.

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.

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
Europe's East 25-07-2016

Rebecca Harms: 'Possibility of Turkey sanctions has to be considered'

The leader of the Green-European Free Alliance group spoke to EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel about the EU’s refugee deal with Turkey and its current chances of EU membership in the aftermath of the attempted coup.
Enlargement 20-07-2016

German-Turkish community: ‘Erdogan thrives on European criticism’

One of the leaders of the Turkish expatriate community in Germany, Gökay Sofuoğlu, spoke to EurActiv Germany in the aftermath of the failed coup in his homeland about the impact of Ankara's domestic policy on Turks living abroad.
Transport 20-07-2016

Bulc: ‘We are working on a master plan for the deployment of driverless vehicles’

The European Commission will publish a comprehensive plan for the deployment of driverless vehicles later this year, Violeta Bulc, the EU Commissioner for Transport, told EurActiv.sk in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 19-07-2016

World Bank: Libya and Jordan 'have got into serious debt’ to host refugees

Four million people have fled the violence in Syria seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. Refugees now make up 20% of the population in Jordan and 30% in Lebanon, as national debts have climbed to unsustainable levels.
Global Europe 19-07-2016

Political scientist: 'Turkey is a tyranny of the masses'

Even before the attempted coup, Turkey was no longer a democracy, according to political scientist Dr Roy Karadag. He told EurActiv's partner WirtschaftsWoche what Erdoğan has planned for Turkey next and why the EU refugee deal hangs in the balance.
Future EU 18-07-2016

Kaufmann: Brexit means EU 'has a mountain to climb ahead of it'

A debate about the future development of the EU has raged across the continent since the UK's Brexit vote. While many believe this is the beginning of the end, others, like Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann MEP, see it as an opportunity to start afresh. EurActiv Germany reports.
Special Report
Transport 15-07-2016

Boeing: 'UK's aviation policy is in question after Brexit'

SPECIAL REPORT / US aircraft maker Boeing confirmed its commitment to the UK's aviation sector during the Farnborough Airshow. But in the long run, the uncertainty generated by the country's exit from the European Union will be hard for business, says its Vice-President, Randy Tinseth.
Agriculture & Food 15-07-2016

FAO: The EU has a role in Africa’s agriculture mechanisation

The involvement of the European private sector in the mechanisation of Africa’s agriculture, currently dominated by China, will open up the market and help farmers make quality choices, FAO’s Josef Kienzle said in an interview with EurActiv.com.
Energy 15-07-2016

EDF scientific chief: A 100% renewable energy system is impossible

Fossil-fueled power is still necessary to balance the intermittency from renewable electricity production. But costs are rapidly dropping, and the socio-economic drivers are in place to support the transition towards renewable energy, says Jean-Paul Chabard.
Trade & Society 14-07-2016

Ifo economist: 'China may not become a market economy in our lifetime'

Critics warn that granting Market Economy Status to China would threaten millions of European jobs. This is an exaggerated view, Erdal Yalcin told EurActiv Germany.
UK & Europe 12-07-2016

Goebel: Brexit should mean 'fewer Commissioners'

Putting the brakes on further EU enlargement, and a more core approach to Europe: these are two of the ideas proposed by Lutz Goebel, the president of the association of family-owned German businesses. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Digital 12-07-2016

Michel Bauwens: Uber ‘should be regulated like rest of the economy’

Enterprises like Uber and Airbnb “basically suck value out of the local economy” by trying to work around social laws and other regulations, says Michel Bauwens. But simply banning them would be short-sighted, he told EurActiv.com.
Sustainable Dev. 12-07-2016

EEB: The Slovak presidency must set higher climate and waste targets

Repatriating competences to the member states is not going to help citizens enjoy a better environment, Jeremy Wates tells EurActiv Slovakia.
Trade & Society 11-07-2016

Virginie Rozière: 'We need whistleblowers'

The conviction of the three whistleblowers that broke the LuxLeaks scandal should serve as a trigger for the EU to establish a European system of whistleblower protection, Virginie Rozière told EurActiv France.
Security 11-07-2016

German public 'misled' on weapon exports

Germany recently released its report on arms exports, which showed that sales have nearly doubled, despite promises to scale back the number and value of weapons being sent abroad. EurActiv Germany reports.
Euro & Finance 11-07-2016

Joschka Fischer: Stabilise the eurozone to defuse 'hurricane' Brexit

The EU will survive the Brexit storm, but it should stabilise the eurozone, said former German foreign minister and Vice-Chancellor Joschka Fischer in an interview with EurActiv.com, adding that France and Germany should lead the change.
UK & Europe 08-07-2016

Vaughan: Labour MEPs want to continue work until UK leaves, 'if it leaves'

Despite the vote on 23 June, British Labour MEPs want to continue having a full and active role in the European Parliament. “We want to continue as much as we can until we leave, if we do leave," Derek Vaughan told EurActiv Poland.

Rodrigues: Brexit blame game will throw Europe into chaos

If some big member states now try to take advantage of the UK referendum and put all the blame on ‘Brussels’, Europe will descend into chaos and none of our big problems will be solved, said Maria João Rodrigues in an interview with EurActiv.com.