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Racism row hits campaign to boost Italian birthrate

Location: Italy

Euro & Finance 19-10-2016

Obama hails Renzi's reforms, criticises EU austerity

Barack Obama praised Matteo Renzi in a newspaper interview yesterday (18 October), endorsing the under-fire Italian Prime Minister's reform agenda ahead of his state visit to Washington and a referendum that will define his political legacy.
Health & Consumers 18-10-2016

Italy’s pharma scandal heats up drugs pricing debate

The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) has urged the European Commission to investigate pharma-industry “unethical” practices on drug pricing, after a scandal revealed last week in Italy.

The Brief: Does the EU actually care about Syria?

The European Union slapped sanctions on Russia for annexing Crimea. Why isn’t it doing the same to Moscow for breaking international law in Syria?
Euro & Finance 13-10-2016

Joy and despair in European statistics

Europe needs more than temporary growth to boost its economy, write George Friedman and Antonia Colibasanu.

Leggeri: Revamped Frontex will be ‘game changer’

Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri said that the EU had learned its lessons from last year’s refugee crisis and that the new European Border and Coast Guard Agency would be a “game changer” in securing the Union’s external borders.
Global Europe 12-10-2016

Cut funds to states that turn away refugees, Italy urges EU

Eastern states that continue to refuse to take in refugees to help frontline countries in Europe's migration crisis should have their EU funding cut, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Wednesday (12 October).
Global Europe 11-10-2016

Escalation in Syria means EU less likely to soften stance on Russia

Outraged by Russia's intensified air strikes on rebels in Syria, the European Union is now less likely to ease sanctions on Moscow over Ukraine, diplomats say, and some in the bloc are raising the prospect of more punitive steps against the Kremlin.

European border agency inaugurated at Bulgaria-Turkey border

The EU launched its beefed-up border force today (6 October) in a rare show of unity at a symbolic location – the Bulgarian-Turkeis border guarded by a metal fence and razor wire.
Euro & Finance 05-10-2016

Nobel laureate Stiglitz sees Italy, others leaving euro zone in coming years

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz predicted in an interview on Wednesday (5 October) that Italy and other countries would leave the eurozone in coming years, and he blamed the euro and German austerity policies for Europe's economic problems.

Financial crime knows no borders: Europe needs to join forces to fight it

Criminal activity knows no borders, so the European Commissioner for Justice and two MEPs here reiterate the need for Europe to come together and set up a European Public Prosecutor that can stop criminals in their tracks.

More services integration needed to reinvigorate Europe

Goods can be traded freely across the EU, but the same cannot, in practice, be said of services. Less restrictions in the sector would yield enormous economic benefits, argue Arup Banerij, Doerte Doemeland and Sanja Madžarević Šujster.
Europe's East 05-10-2016

The major stumbling block of the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict needs its mediators to come to an interim agreement that benefits both sides, while international actors, like the EU, have to differentiate between the factors at play in the Caucasus, writes Dr Gulshan Pashayeva.
Energy 04-10-2016

SOCAR: The TAP project is at risk

There is a risk for the realisation of the Trans-Adriatic pipeline (TAP), which is part of the Southern gas corridor, due to delays in issuing permits by the local authorities in the Italian region of Puglia, Vitaly Baylarbayov, deputy Vice President of SOCAR told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
Energy 04-10-2016

Italian olive grove stands in way of European energy security

In the name of European energy security, a private guard wearing a navy blue uniform, aviator sunglasses and a baseball cap walks around a grove of olive trees in southern Italy.
Digital 30-09-2016

Understanding the state of the economy is crucial to business success

A prerequisite for helping European businesses succeed in the new digital and mobile economy is understanding the economic environment in which they operate, writes Facebook’s Nicola Mendelsohn.
Energy 30-09-2016

EU overcomes sovereignty fears to secure deal on climate change

The European Union today (30 September) overcame fears over parliamentary sovereignty to secure a fast-track deal paving the way for the bloc to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Euro & Finance 30-09-2016

Bank of Italy head says wise to be ready for state aid for banks

Italy has asked for more time to sell four small savings banks it bailed out last year, the European Commission said on Friday (29 September), saying it was open to the request.
Europe's East 30-09-2016

Azerbaijan poses as bastion against Islamophobia in Europe

The political aftermath of the refugee crisis in Europe, and the rise of far-right populism, is cause for growing concern in Azerbaijan, a country that sees itself as a bridge between the West and the Islamic world. EurActiv reports from Baku.
Future EU 29-09-2016

Renzi warns UK over post-Brexit EU rights

Britain must not expect to end up with more rights than other countries outside the EU following Brexit negotiations, Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi warned in an interview Thursday (29 September).
Global Europe 28-09-2016

EU likely to break refugee promise one year after vowing to relocate 160,000

The European Union looks set to break its promise to relocate 160,000 refugees across the bloc from Greece and Italy by September 2017, after figures released today (28 September) revealed that just 5,651 asylum seekers were re-homed in the year since the pledge was made.
Elections 27-09-2016

Italian constitutional reform referendum to be held on 4 December

A referendum on Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's flagship constitutional reform will be held on 4 December, the government said yesterday (26 September), with the fate of his administration likely to hinge on the outcome.

New EU border guard agency is no magic bullet

The European Union’s new border guard agency is meant to remedy the failings of its predecessor, Frontex. Dr Lisa Watanabe asks whether the EBCG will be endowed with what Frontex lacked.
Global Europe 26-09-2016

EU summit to consider how to improve Russia ties without dropping sanctions

Next month, European Union leaders will explore the possibility of improving strained ties with Russia in response to growing irritation among some member states over economic sanctions imposed on Moscow over its role in the Ukraine crisis.
Public Affairs 22-09-2016

Racism row hits campaign to boost Italian birthrate

An Italian government campaign hoping to boost the country's flagging birthrate was yesterday (21 September) condemned as racist, just weeks after its original promotional material was panned for being sexist.