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24/07/2016

Italian olive-growers denounce ‘Pontius Pilate’ EU plan

Location: Italy


Future EU 19-07-2016

Barcelona Mayor: 'Rebel' cities must tackle Brussels on refugee crisis

Barcelona's mayor, Ada Colau, has criticised Brussels' response to situations like the refugee crisis and denounced the EU for being "interest-based", calling for a network of cities to be set up to “better represent the people”. EurActiv Spain reports.
Future EU 12-07-2016

Boschi: Italian constitutional reform and EU reform are equally needed

On a visit to Brussels, Italy's Maria Elena Boschi received a show of support from the major political groups in the European Parliament and from the Commission, ahead of the do-or-die referendum in October on constitutional reform.
UK & Europe 12-07-2016

Goebel: Brexit should mean 'fewer Commissioners'

Putting the brakes on further EU enlargement, and a more core approach to Europe: these are two of the ideas proposed by Lutz Goebel, the president of the association of family-owned German businesses. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Elections 12-07-2016

Europeans fear that refugee influx raises terror threat

A majority of Europeans fear the recent refugee influx will heighten the risk of terrorist attacks and cost their countries jobs and social benefits, and create further problems with the integration of Muslims, said a survey released yesterday (11 July) by the Pew Research Center.
Global Europe 12-07-2016

New EU border guard plans migration 'stress tests'

The European Union’s new border and coast guard agency is developing migration 'stress tests', based on the system used to evaluate the resilience of banks to economic shocks, in a bid to stop future refugee crises in the passport-free Schengen zone.
Global Europe 07-07-2016

Super-Frontex approved, acclaimed and decried

The European Parliament endorsed today (7 July) the Commission's proposal to establish a European Border and Coast Guard Agency, beefing up the existing Frontex, a move acclaimed by the major political groups, but decried by the Greens and the leftist GUE/NGL because of its new powers.
Elections 07-07-2016

Italy's 5 Star Movement overtakes Renzi's Democrats in opinion polls

Fresh from its successes in last month's local ballots, the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement (M5S) is now Italy's most popular party and would easily win if a national election were held today, three opinion polls showed this week.
Euro & Finance 05-07-2016

Why Germany has had enough of Juncker

According to the Sunday Times, Angela Merkel sees Jean-Claude Juncker as "part of the problem" with the EU. But it was she who installed him at the head of the European Commission in 2014. So why the change of mind now? EurActiv's partner La Tribune reports.
Energy 04-07-2016

Emissions injustices committed against Greece must be corrected

The EU established its criteria for awarding free CO2 emission allowances in 2013. However, it failed to take into account the tough economic conditions that lay ahead, writes Georgios Andriotis.

Accenture digital chief: ‘Oettinger is doing a great job’

The completion of the Digital Single Market will play a crucial role in the transformation of European companies, Accenture's Bruno Berthon told EurActiv.com. One of the main challenges, he believes, will be deciding how companies share data.
UK & Europe 28-06-2016

First Brexit, next stop United States of Europe and a Norse League?

In December 2011, EurActiv.com’s partner, Milano Finanza, published a scenario put together by British historian Niall Ferguson. It concerned Europe in 2021 and his predictions are already starting to materialise.
Future EU 27-06-2016

Diplomats mock the ‘founding countries’ ministerial gatherings

Diplomats outside the group of the six founding members of the Union who have had meetings to discuss the future of the EU spoke ironically about the initiative.
Global Europe 23-06-2016

Boat migrant rescues surge, as calm seas return to Mediterranean

Ships manned by humanitarian organisations, the Italian navy and the coast guard helped rescue more than 2,000 boat migrants today (23 June) as calm seas returned to the Mediterranean prompting a surge in departures.
Euro & Finance 22-06-2016

Italy’s 5 Star Movement wants euro referendum

Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star movement, buoyed by its big gains in local elections, used its resurgent strength to press demands for a national a referendum on whether to keep the euro.
Elections 20-06-2016

Renzi suffers vote setback as Five Star makes big breakthrough

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was trounced by the anti-establishment Five Star Movement in local elections in Rome and Turin on Sunday (19 June), clouding his chances of winning a do-or-die referendum in October.
Security 17-06-2016

The EU’s collective security: Stronger together!

The people of Europe are facing a multi-faceted security challenge that they need to confront together, whatever the outcome on 23 June. "Collective security" needs to be placed at the very heart of the European construction, write Jacques Delors, António Vitorino, Pascal Lamy, Enrico Letta and Yves Bertoncini.
Transport 17-06-2016

Joint European-Russia Mars mission gets funding boost

The second part of a delayed joint European-Russian mission to probe Mars for traces of life has received a crucial €77 million cash injection, the European Space Agency said Thursday (16 June).
Agriculture & Food 16-06-2016

CAP: Still a work in progress

In June 2013, politicians approved the first major reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in a decade, following months of haggling over quotas, subsidies and measures to improve environmental accountability.

Europeans fear ISIS and refugees, oppose increased military budgets

A wide-ranging survey carried out across Europe has highlighted that most EU citizens believe that Islamic State is the biggest threat to security. However, a majority of respondents opposed bigger military spending as a solution. EurActiv’s partner WirtschaftsWoche reports.
Global Europe 15-06-2016

UNHCR warns of ‘collective failure’ following London donor conference

The UNHCR warned of a “collective failure” by the international community to deliver on pledges made to help the countries which bear the heaviest burden of the Syrian refugee crisis.
Global Europe 15-06-2016

EU willing to pay 'almost any cost' to stop refugees

Amnesty International has accused the EU of indirectly supporting attacks on refugees by Libyan security forces because of the bloc's cooperation with the country's authorities. EurActiv Germany reports.

EU child custody laws need updating

Modern families are evolving, but family law has failed to keep up. It is time for the EU to step in to ensure that families, and particularly children, have protection and legal certainty, wherever they are in Europe, argues Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea.
Global Europe 10-06-2016

Italy arrests two Ukrainians suspected of trafficking Syrians by boat

Italian police have arrested two Ukrainians suspected of trafficking Syrians to Italy on a sail boat and have launched a probe to find the criminal organisation responsible.
Agriculture & Food 10-06-2016

Italian olive-growers denounce 'Pontius Pilate' EU plan

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has officially backed drastic measures adopted by the EU to combat a bacteria infection that is decimating Italy's olive crop. EurActiv’s partner Italia Oggi reports.