Interviews

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Future EU 20-09-2017

Van Rompuy: Juncker’s single EU president idea ‘cannot deliver’

A week after the landmark State of the Union speech by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the first president of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy told EURACTIV.com that merging the two functions at the EU helm could run into legal and political obstacles.

Climate change 20-09-2017

Oslo Mayor: Here’s how we plan to become a carbon neutral city

The city of Oslo surprised observers last year by announcing plans to introduce a “carbon budget” with the objective of halving its global warming emissions by 2020 and becoming carbon neutral by 2030. The city’s Mayor, Raymond Johansen, told EURACTIV.com how he intends to achieve this ambitious objective.

Digital 20-09-2017

Estonia’s top tech official: EU states should integrate their digital systems

Estonia is trying to convince European ministers to agree on the “once only” principle. That means that if one member state has information about a citizen, another member state should not ask for it again, the country’s chief information officer told EURACTIV Slovakia.

Agrifood 18-09-2017

Greenpeace director: CAP’s two-pillar structure has failed, we need a new contract

The direct payments pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy has too often wiped out the environmental benefits provided by parts of the rural development pillar, therefore real reform is needed to move the EU away from industrial farming practices, Greenpeace’s Marco Contiero told EURACTIV.com in an interview. Marco Contiero is Greenpeace's food and agriculture director. He …

Central Asia 18-09-2017

Kazakh strategist: The Eurasian union is only about economic relations

Kazakhstan sees the Eurasian Economic Union purely as a means to develop economic relations, while it strives for much deeper integration with its Central Asian neighbours, based on the model of the European Union, Sanat Kushkumbayev told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.

Brexit 18-09-2017

Stanley Johnson: In 50 years, Brexit may look like the right move at the right time

Former MEP Stanley Johnson, the father of the current UK foreign secretary, told EURACTIV.com that Brexit should not throw out the baby with the bathwater and maintain the best the EU has to offer.

Global Europe 18-09-2017

Andrew Geddes: Shifting attitudes to migration starts with trusted political leaders

Ahead of the launch of the Observatory of Public Attitudes to migration, its director Andrew Geddes tells EURACTIV that a better understanding of attitudes can help craft informed policy debates and shift public attitudes on migration.

Freedom of thought 15-09-2017

Campaigner: Religious freedom envoy must be permanent part of EU’s foreign policy team

The EU appointed its first special envoy on religious freedom in May 2016. Jan Figel’s 12-month mandate has now been extended for another year and Sophia Kuby of the Alliance for Defending Freedom (ADF) explains why his role should be strengthened.

Economy & Jobs 15-09-2017

Bütikofer: ‘The priority to support additive manufacturing is financing research’

Reinhard Bütikofer is one of the most authoritative voices in the European Parliament on 3D printing. In his view, Europe will have to struggle over the next decade to be a leader in industry, and will get there only if it turns research efforts into innovative results.

Health 14-09-2017

Greek minister: EMA bid shows drugs are a social good

Athens’ decision to claim the European Medicine Agency's relocation from London sends a message that medicine is “not just a commodity but a social good”, Greece’s Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georgios Katrougalos, told EURACTIV.com.

Economy & Jobs 14-09-2017

German minister: ‘Platforms have to pay social security in the future’

Thorben Albrecht is responsible for addressing the impact of the digital revolution on the labour sector and preparing Germany workers for the future. The minister presented his Work 4.0 white paper at the Future of Work conference hosted by Estonia’s rotating presidency of the EU.

Eurelectric: EU carbon market reform ‘won’t get us to 2050’

The energy transition requires deep CO2 emissions cuts of 80-95% across the economy by 2050, says Kristian Ruby. “And the current proposal won’t get us there,” he told EURACTIV.com as three-way talks to reform the EU Emissions Trading Scheme get underway.

Løkkegaard: Amended Accessibility Act should pass in Parliament

The European Accessibility Act – a landmark piece of legislation for Europe's 80 million people with disabilities – goes to the European Parliament's for a plenary vote on Wednesday (13 September) after lengthy and sometimes heated debates.

Elections 11-09-2017

Schulz: ‘I’m glad’ Macron proposed eurozone reforms

Two weeks from the legislative elections, Social Democrat (SPD) candidate Martin Schulz wants to close the gap on Chancellor Angela Merkel, focusing on Europe and the digital sector, which have been largely absent from the campaign so far. He spoke with EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France.

Energy 11-09-2017

John Cooper: On fossil fuels, the European public is ‘a little bit misled’

A lot is at stake for the energy security of Europe if political correctness was to dictate imposing one technology against the other, John Cooper, Director General of FuelsEurope told EURACTIV.com.

Central Europe 07-09-2017

Zahradil: Visegrád must be firm vis-à-vis Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron is applying a divide and rule strategy against the Visegrád Group, Czech lawmaker Jan Zahradil told EURACTIV.cz.

Central Asia 05-09-2017

Minister: Multiculturalism flourishes in Kazakhstan

Yerzhan Ashikbayev, Kazakhstan's deputy foreign minister, spoke to EURACTIV.com about nuclear disarmament, relations with the big powers and his country’s example when it comes to multiculturalism.

Enlargement 04-09-2017

Ukraine reform plans: Away from Russia and towards European integration

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Ivanna Klympush-Tsynadze, tasked with European integration, described in an interview the importance of the country's Association Agreement with the EU. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Electric cars 04-09-2017

Green MEP: EU member states did not learn from VW scandal

The EU has failed in sanctioning car manufacturers following the Volkswagen scandal and this means that they did not learn their lesson, Green MEP Karima Delli told EURACTIV Greece in an interview.

Central Asia 31-08-2017

Kazakh minister: Two ‘revolutionary’ stories are happening in Central Asia

Kazakhstan’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roman Vassilenko, sheds light on important new developments in Central Asia, little known in the EU, and on the role of his country in major international issues.

Elections 30-08-2017

Transparency International: German criticism of ECB ‘a tad dishonest’

As Germany prepares for general elections in September, Leo Hoffmann-Axthelm reminds about Berlin’s responsibility in the politicisation of the European Central Bank (ECB), saying it is largely due to German inaction during the Eurozone crisis.

Future EU 29-08-2017

Nathalie Loiseau: France has ignored Eastern Europe for too long

France is looking east to launch a reform of the EU and is seeking Central Europe’s support on defence, migration, trade and posted workers briefs. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.

Economic governance 22-08-2017

HSBC economist: Europe’s south can live with a strong euro

HSBC Germany’s chief economist still sees a bright future for the euro and insists that the heavily-indebted countries of southern Europe should not be put off by the resurgent single currency, in an interview with EURACTIV’s partner WirtschaftsWoche.

Brexit 22-08-2017

MacShane: ‘We can leave the EU but not the single market’

To stop Brexit now would require another referendum and there is no public appetite for it, according to Denis MacShane. Instead, he argues the British government should push to remain in the single market and keep trade with Europe open.