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05/12/2016

Gomes: Outrageous that Oettinger gets away with it because he’s German

Interviews


US general: EU leaders must pressure Trump over climate change scepticism

European Union leaders must heap pressure on Donald Trump over his climate change scepticism because global warming poses a global security threat, a retired US general has told EurActiv.com.
Future EU 02-12-2016

Italian senator: The 'EU is very discredited in Italy'

On Sunday (4 December), Italy will hold a constitutional referendum that may usher in the country’s first populist, Eurosceptic government. EurActiv Poland spoke to Senator Paolo Guerrieri about the significance of the vote.
Trade & Society 02-12-2016

Netzpolitik editor: Trump will press on with 'insidious' TiSA deal

TTIP and CETA aren't the only controversial trade deals around. Net politics activist Markus Beckedahl told EurActiv Germany that the proposed Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is a huge threat to data protection.
Future EU 02-12-2016

Vestager: Men have had informal quotas for hundreds of years

Margrethe Vestager won the “European woman of power” award last night (1 December). She told EurActiv.com in an interview that she supports gender quotas in the public institutions. She also said Günther Oettinger was the wrong Commissioner on the wrong plane.
UK & Europe 01-12-2016

Charles Goerens: Associate citizenship for Brits is ‘an offer, not an obligation’

Many fear that the UK's decision to leave the EU will strip British citizens of their right to free movement around the bloc. EurActiv Germany spoke to the MEP trying to protect that right.
Global Europe 01-12-2016

Juncker: ‘Europe must take care of its own defence’

In an exclusive interview, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told EurActiv’s partner Ouest France that Europe urgently needs to improve its defence cooperation and better defend its economic interests.
Euro & Finance 01-12-2016

Slovak minister: 'A European unemployment scheme is important'

State Secretary of Finance Ivan Lesay does not include Slovakia among the “hawkish” member states opposed to a fiscal stimulus for the eurozone. In an interview with EurActiv, he also backed calls for a European unemployment insurance scheme.
Future EU 30-11-2016

Aspaker: Norway wants to be included in Brexit negotiations

Norway would like to help forge a solution to the UK’s single market dilemma, says Elisabeth Vik Aspaker, Norwegian minister of EEA and EU affairs, in an interview with EurActiv Slovakia.
Regional Policy 30-11-2016

Regions leader: More flexibility for the new 'cohesion policy'

Regional structural funds absorption procedures should be simplified, Dr. Michael Schneider said in an interview with EurActiv Greece, adding that financing through the European Strategic Investment Fund should also include a geographical factor.

Commission official: 'Bioeconomy is a unique opportunity to address societal challenges'

More and more member states are adopting bioeconomy plans and the EU is actively encouraging its Central and Eastern European partners to develop their own strategies. EurActiv Slovakia talked to the Commission’s John Bell about the issue.

EIT chief: 'You don't build Silicon Valley overnight'

As the Commission unveiled a new set of measures to support startups in Europe on Tuesday (22 November), Martin Kern, interim director of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), warned that building the “right ecosystem” will not happen overnight.
Special Report
Energy 23-11-2016

Analyst: ‘Member states can strong-arm Brussels on energy policy’

SPECIAL REPORT / From nuclear plants in the UK and Hungary to coal-fired power stations in Germany, member states always manage to forge ahead with their energy projects, according to Georg Zachmann, who calls on EU leaders to sit down and seriously discuss the Energy Union’s governance.
Special Report
Energy 22-11-2016

Eurelectric boss: ‘Orchestrated’ power markets must end

SPECIAL REPORT / If European Union leaders don’t believe markets can work, then there’s no point having a carbon price to encourage renewable energies. And the energy market will always be “orchestrated” by national governments keeping fossil fuels subsidised, says Hans Ten Berge.
Future EU 21-11-2016

Ex-Die Welt publisher: 'Europe is complicated, but worth explaining'

European Union efforts to explain its raison d'être to citizens are hamstrung by the incapacity of its institutions to be open and flexible, German journalist Thomas Schmid told EurActiv Poland.
Future EU 18-11-2016

Captain Europe: I am hanging up my cape

Captain Europe is hanging up his cape after seven years as the European Union’s only superhero. But he told EurActiv.com that he was on the lookout for a successor to put on the mask.
Euro & Finance 18-11-2016

Hudák: The EFSI is 'driven by demand'

On Thursday (17 November), the European Investment Bank signed a contract with the Kuyavia-Pomerania Voivodeship to help finance the modernisation of a hospital in northern Poland under the EFSI. The EIB’s Vazil Hudák spoke to EurActiv Poland about the deal.
Health & Consumers 18-11-2016

EU health chief: Commission is stepping up antimicrobial resistance fight

The European Commission will increase pressure on the member states to better coordinate their national action plans to tackle antimicrobial resistance, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis said in an interview with EurActiv.com.
Energy 18-11-2016

Nuclear lobby boss: Winning back public opinion in Europe? An easy challenge

The best thing to do to win back public opinion in Europe and globally is to build reactors on time and on budget, Jean-Paul Poncelet told EurActiv.sk at the European Nuclear Energy Forum in Bratislava.
Future EU 17-11-2016

Ignatieff: 'It is terrible that progressives express contempt for Trump voters'

Liberals were too confident that history was on their side, Canadian professor, writer and politician Michael Ignatieff says. That is why they are panicking after Donald Trump won the US elections. But the “tone of alarm is excessive”, Ignatieff told EurActiv.com in an interview.

Susan George: Tax the rich and corporations

French-American political scientist and activist Susan George says that the political mainstream has abandoned many people – and they vote for populists. On CETA, she does not consider it very different from TTIP, George told EurActiv Slovakia.
Energy 17-11-2016

Clean energy expert: Renewables are 'a big opportunity to risk gambling with'

The EU has some big plans in climate protection, as well as the targets of the Paris Agreement to meet. The road ahead seems bumpy, especially since leaked Commission documents revealed renewable energy will be bumped down the list of priorities. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 17-11-2016

EU Syria aid manager: ‘We started two years too late’

The manager of the EU’s Trust Fund for Syria, Nadim Karkutli, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview at this year’s AidEx conference that the fund – helping the five million refugees in neighbouring countries – probably should have started in 2012.
Euro & Finance 17-11-2016

New Democracy: Schäuble was more aggressive with us

German Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schäuble was far more aggressive with Greece when a right-wing government was in power than the left-wing Syriza-led coalition, New Democracy's Konstantinos Kyranakis told EurActiv.com, adding that the European People’s Party did not work as an alliance during those days.
Public Affairs 17-11-2016

Gomes: Outrageous that Oettinger gets away with it because he’s German

Günther Oettinger is simply not suitable for European Commissioner, but he gets away just because he has the support of the EPP and of Germany,  MEP Ana Gomes (S&D, Portugal) told EurActiv.com in an exclusive interview.