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02/05/2016

Brussels weighs the cost of another century of nuclear power

Location: Italy


Energy 02-05-2016

EPP takes strong position against Nord Stream 2

The centre-right European Peoples’ Party (EPP), the largest group in the European Parliament, has taken a strong position against Nord Stream 2, a Gazprom-favoured project to bring additional Russian gas from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea.
Euro & Finance 29-04-2016

Pittella: Hawks are condemning Greece to death

The IMF and German hawks want the patient dead. And they still want a Grexit. But the Socialists say “Non passerano” [they will not pass], Gianni Pittella, leader of the Socialist and Democrats group in the European Parliament, told Euractiv.com in an exclusive interview.

Time has come for the European Parliament to tackle conflicts of interest

After almost four years since the European Parliament’s code of conduct was updated in the wake of a scandal, it is clear that it still lacks clarity, fails to provide appropriate limitations on MEPs’ second jobs and is only very weakly enforced, writes Paul de Clerck.

Italy and Austria reach agreement to keep Brenner pass open

Italy and Austria yesterday (28 April) played down tensions that flared after Austria said it might reintroduce border controls at the Alpine Brenner pass to keep migrants from coming from Italy.

MEPs urge Juncker to stand against Austria border fence

Leading MEPs have urged European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to take a position against Austria’s plans to erect a fence at its border with Italy, at the Brenner pass.
Euro & Finance 27-04-2016

European Parliament funding of neo-Nazi conference rings alarm bells

The far-right Alliance for Peace and Freedom (APF) party has received EU-funding to the tune of €600,000, highlighting the ease with which neo-fascist groups have access to European Parliament financing. EurActiv Germany reports.

Europe needs low-skilled migrant workers too

A resolution for the rights of women domestic workers and carers in the EU is due to be voted on 28 April at the European Parliament. This could be a historical step towards equal rights for this category of workers.
Regional Policy 25-04-2016

Majority of Austrians support increased border checks

Three quarters of Austrians are in favour of increased border security. The alpine republic's new interior minister is set to meet with South Tyrol's governor, with this pertinent information in his back pocket. EurActiv Germany reports.

Turkey moves closer to visa-free travel deal with EU

The EU vowed on Wednesday (20 April) to propose visa-free travel for Turks next month if Ankara meets the terms of a landmark refugee deal, as it tried to defuse a row with Turkey's leaders.
Euro & Finance 21-04-2016

Restore citizen confidence by tackling Europe's underlying crisis

Europe currently faces an overwhelming number of crises, but one feature unites them all: the EU is unable to make member states comply with its own rules, writes Ramon Tremosa.
UK & Europe 20-04-2016

Will Brexit make the EU more pro-Russian?

Asked if Brexit will make the EU more pro-Russian, international experts with different backgrounds approached by EurActiv were not unanimous in their assessment. However all said that without the UK, the EU will be weaker internationally.
Health & Consumers 20-04-2016

EU must not backslide on sexual and reproductive rights

It would have been hard to miss the recent furore caused by Donald Trump’s flip-flopping around on the Republican abortion bandwagon. But frankly, what worries me much more is what is happening here in Europe, writes Caroline Hickson.

Austria's neighbours fear more border controls

While increased people-trafficking has been recorded in eastern Austria, increased border controls in the west, specifically at the Brenner Pass, continue to be mooted. EurActiv Germany reports.
Agriculture & Food 19-04-2016

What is happening with the EU’s Russia sanctions policy?

The EU has recently experienced several digressions from its official line on sanctions against Russia. The growing frustration of European farmers with the sanction regime has prompted national politicians to undermine the EU’s position on Russia, writes Julius Lorenzen.
Euro & Finance 19-04-2016

Berlin set to insist on home-grown ECB president

CSU politicians want the next president of the European Central Bank (ECB) to be German, as Berlin grows increasingly exasperated with the bank's policies. EurActiv Germany reports.
Euro & Finance 15-04-2016

EU’s big 5 call to end shell company secrecy

EU’s five leading economies called yesterday (14 April) for a crackdown on tax havens, urging the G20 powers to end the secrecy of shell companies that enables tax evasion and money laundering.
Global Europe 14-04-2016

Italian government asks local authorities to find 'more beds' for the migrants

Italy has asked local authorities to find an additional 15,000 beds for asylum seekers as fears mount that it could be squeezed between a surge in new arrivals from Libya and its neighbours tightening their borders.

Heading migrants off at the Brenner Pass

If Austria follows through with the Brenner Pass border controls, the economic and political repercussions will be felt throughout the entire region, writes Stratfor.
Agriculture & Food 13-04-2016

Germany set to approve glyphosate, despite public opinion

Glyphosate remains a controversial issue and it seems that Berlin will seek to allow its continued use, albeit with limitations in place. EurActiv Germany reports.

Italy rescues 4,000 refugees in two days

Italy's coast guard said on Tuesday (12 April) that it had rescued some 4,000 asylum seekers in the past two days, adding to fears of a fresh push to reach Europe via the southern European state, as the number of refugees landing in Greece sharply recedes.
Health & Consumers 12-04-2016

Council of Europe raps Italy over difficulty in obtaining abortions

Women's rights are being violated in Italy by the serious difficulties they face in trying to obtain safe abortions due to many doctors refusing to carry out the procedure, the Council of Europe said on Monday (11 April).
Euro & Finance 12-04-2016

Italy launches €5 billion fund to help weaker banks

Italian financial institutions have agreed to set up a €5 billion fund to shore up weaker banks, in a state-orchestrated plan to avoid a crisis in the eurozone's fourth-biggest banking sector.

Europe can learn from its largest ethnic minority

Soon, the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture will be established in a major European city yet to be revealed. It’s time to look to us for guidance, solutions, and inspiration, writes Ethel Brooks.
Energy 05-04-2016

Brussels weighs the cost of another century of nuclear power

The European Commission is supposed to make regular assessments of the member states' nuclear installations, a task that has not been carried out since 2008. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.