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01/10/2016

Minister: Denmark’s security opt-out ‘problematic’ after Brussels attacks

Location: Brussels


UK & Europe 30-09-2016

Blair would have been vetoed by Chirac for Commission President, aide admits

EXCLUSIVE/ Tony Blair’s dream of leaving Downing Street in the wake of the Iraq invasion to become EU Commission President would have been vetoed by Jacques Chirac, his top aide told EurActiv.com Friday on (30 September).
Future EU 28-09-2016

Eurosceptic MEPs float anti-Schulz amendment

A group of MEPs have produced an amendment aimed at limiting the mandate of a European Parliament president to five years, or two half-mandates. A manoeuvre specifically designed to outflank Martin Schulz. EurActiv France reports.
Elections 23-09-2016

Brussels or Berlin? Schulz tight-lipped on possible tilt at chancellor

At an event in Berlin ahead of meeting British Prime Minister Theresa May, European Parliament President Martin Schulz was careful not to reveal too much about his future career plans. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Future EU 15-09-2016

The EU lacks creativity: We need a new vision of it

In 2002, then-President of the European Commission Romano Prodi predicted that the EU would become a “real global player”, capturing an era when the EU was determined to achieve “sustainable stability and security” within the EU. Igor Merheim-Eyre wonders where these aspirations went.
Public Affairs 15-09-2016

European Parliament quietly scuppers lobbying reform

The European Parliament has indefinitely postponed a vote on an initiative that was meant to bring clarity to MEPs' side activities and rein in lobbyists. But no one wants to shoulder the blame. EurActiv Germany reports.
Public Affairs 14-09-2016

Barroso riles against 'discriminatory' EU in Goldman Sachs row

Former European Commission President José Manuel Barroso on Tuesday (13 September) accused Brussels of discrimination after it ordered an ethics probe into his new role at US investment bank Goldman Sachs.
Digital 29-08-2016

Brussels pays tribute to veteran Guardian reporter

Politicians and journalists in Brussels joined Monday (29 August) in paying tribute to the Guardian’s veteran correspondent, Ian Traynor, who died of cancer over the weekend.
Elections 19-07-2016

SPD chief backs Schulz's quest to stay in office

German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) wants his party colleague Martin Schulz to continue in his role as a European Parliament president, contrary to a previous informal agreement. EurActiv Germany reports.

Belgium's Independence Day celebrations will go ahead despite Nice attack

Celebrations for Belgium’s national day will go ahead amid heightened security next Thursday (21 June), despite last night’s Bastille Day terror attack in Nice.
Sustainable Dev. 13-07-2016

DR Congo’s dystopian urbanisation on show in Brussels

DR Congo’s impasse between an unplanned urbanisation of slum expansion and a dystopian dream world of Dubai-inspired gated compounds is on display at a show in Brussels – the former colonial master of what is now one of the world’s poorest countries.
UK & Europe 26-06-2016

Brussels Brits react in horror to Brexit: 'What the hell went wrong?'

The vote for Brexit has come as a huge shock to the British people living and working in Brussels, who "branded it "insane", "stupid", and asked, "what the hell went wrong?"
Security 22-06-2016

Man with salt and biscuit 'suicide belt' sparks Brussels alert

A man with psychiatric problems who was carrying a fake suicide belt full of salt and biscuits was arrested Tuesday after he triggered a major anti-terror operation at a Brussels shopping mall, prosecutors said.
Global Europe 20-06-2016

‘Lighthouse for Lampedusa’ erected on Brussels skyline

A makeshift lighthouse – constructed out of the remnants of refugees' dinghies – was erected on the Brussels skyline last night (19 June), to mark World Refugee Day and pose an ongoing question to EU policymakers through the summer.
Development Policy 17-06-2016

MSF rejects EU funds over 'shameful' migrant policy

Medical aid group Doctors Without Borders on Friday said it would no longer take funds from the EU in protest at its "shameful" policies on the migration crisis, including a deal with Turkey.
UK & Europe 17-06-2016

Brussels NGOs united in mourning for former colleague Jo Cox

The news of the brutal murder of British MP Jo Cox slowly filtered through the closing ceremony of the Brussels European Development Days conference last night (16 June) – an event which, as a former head of Oxfam, she would have felt entirely at home at.
UK & Europe 17-06-2016

The UK may leave, but English will remain

Britain has a history of leaving legacies. The most significant one it may leave on the EU in the event of Brexit may turn out to be the English language, writes Colin Mackay.

Belgium failing to protect Brussels eurocrats from killer fumes

EXCLUSIVE / The Belgium government has failed to protect workers in Brussels’ EU quarter from deadly traffic fumes, according to legal action filed against it by the European Commission.
UK & Europe 26-05-2016

UKIP MEP: Vote me out of my job

UK Independence Party MEP Patrick O’Flynn is a poacher-turned-gamekeeper, a former political journalist for the Daily Express, turned MEP for UKIP.

Airport security chiefs question controls outside terminals

Following the terrorists attacks in Brussels on 22 March, airport security chiefs are calling for heightened intelligence cooperation.

Report: Two European Parliament drivers caught with Islamic State propaganda

Two drivers working for the European Parliament have been caught in possession of Islamic State propaganda material, Der Spiegel wrote on Saturday (16 April).
Global Europe 17-04-2016

Thousands take part in Brussels rally against jihadist violence

Around 7,000 people in Brussels marched against jihadist violence on Sunday (17 April), nearly a month after suicide blasts on Europe's institutional capital left 32 dead and several hundred injured, police said.
Security 30-03-2016

The challenges of the Brussels bombings

Last week's attacks on Brussels exacerbate already existing tensions over freedom of movement and deepening integration. Thanos Dimadis contends that we should think twice before giving into our fears.
Security 25-03-2016

Europe’s shattered peace, Europe’s struggling values

The Brussels attacks have changed Europe’s perception about itself. What makes the events of this week different is that there is now an acceptance by EU leaders that these attacks will continue, writes Judy Dempsey.

Minister: Denmark's security opt-out 'problematic' after Brussels attacks

Denmark's Minister for Justice Søren Pind worries that his country will increasingly miss out on important information that could prevent terror attacks, after EU ministers yesterday (24 March) agreed to step up the information sharing between intelligence services.