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Under Martin Schulz, the Parliament has become the ’29th member state’

Location: Luxembourg


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 11-10-2016

Luxembourg's PM refuses to see European values 'erased with tipp-ex'

A lack of community spirit on the part of Europe's leaders has stalled the European project, according to Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel. He called on the EU to take a hard stance against the UK. EurActiv France reports.

Minimum wage debate in EU centres on social dumping, ‘fair pay’

Germany’s adoption of a minimum wage in 2015 and the EU’s repeated talks over posted workers have paved the way for the adoption of a European minimum wage. But political resistance in some quarters is still strong. EurActiv France reports.

EU law expert: Throwing Hungary out would 'fan the flames of populism'

Hungary has courted controversy over the last few months and has been accused of ignoring European principles and undermining the rule of law. Walther Michl explained to what extent Budapest should fear repercussions from Brussels, in an interview with EurActiv Germany.

Luxembourg foreign minister wants Hungary out of EU

Luxembourg's foreign minister, Jean Asselborn, has called for Hungary to be thrown out of the European Union. EurActiv Germany reports.
Security 12-09-2016

Romanian president backs EU anti-terror agency

Romania's president, Klaus Iohannis, has added his voice to the growing number of calls to establish a European anti-terror agency, after meeting the leaders of Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. EurActiv Romania reports.

Francois Hollande buries hope of concluding TTIP this year

While the European Commission, Barack Obama and Angela Merkel all insist the transatlantic trade negotiations can be concluded by the end of the year, François Hollande has said he is ready to throw in the towel. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 02-08-2016

Luxembourg appeals verdicts in Luxleaks tax scandal

Luxembourg has lodged an appeal against the verdicts handed down to three LuxLeaks whistleblowers who exposed the small duchy's huge tax breaks for giant multinationals, the justice department said Tuesday (2 August).
Euro & Finance 25-07-2016

LuxLeaks highlights need for whistleblower protection and incentives

The time has come for EU member states to decide how they will treat whistleblowers. Erika Kelton asks, will they embrace and encourage them, or will they perpetuate a culture of fear?
Trade & Society 18-07-2016

Kerry to embark on EU roadshow to promote TTIP

US Secretary of State John Kerry said today (18 July) that concluding the TTIP agreement before the end of President Barack Obama's term in office remains his country’s priority, and that he was going to tour EU countries to make this happen.
Euro & Finance 13-07-2016

Panama Papers parliament committee keen to avoid LuxLeaks mistakes

The initial outrage provoked by the Panama Papers is over. Now that the dust has settled, a European Parliament committee will examine the case in detail. EurActiv Germany reports.
Trade & Society 11-07-2016

Virginie Rozière: 'We need whistleblowers'

The conviction of the three whistleblowers that broke the LuxLeaks scandal should serve as a trigger for the EU to establish a European system of whistleblower protection, Virginie Rozière told EurActiv France.
UK & Europe 07-07-2016

France, Luxembourg roll out red carpet for post-Brexit business

British Prime Minister David Cameron once gleefully offered to "roll out the red carpet" for French executives wanting to escape staggering wealth taxes.
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.
UK & Europe 23-06-2016

Won 18, lost 11: The EU’s referendum record so far…

Whichever way Britain votes today, the referendum will be —according to a tally—  the 29th such EU plebiscite in the 43 years since the UK joined the EU.
Global Europe 20-06-2016

Luxembourg warns of Brexit 'domino effect' in Eastern Europe

A British exit from the European Union could trigger similar moves by other member states in Eastern Europe, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said in a German newspaper interview published yesterday (19 June).
UK & Europe 10-06-2016

Ireland, Malta and Cyprus most concerned about Brexit

European countries relying on finance as a source of revenue are becoming increasingly concerned about Brexit, according to search data from Google. And with good reason: rating agency S&P has highlighted just how sensitive their economies are to the UK. EurActiv France reports.
Sustainable Dev. 03-06-2016

Circular economy way of thinking embraced across EU

According to a new survey, 70% of EU companies are implementing a circular economy strategy, but there is still work to be done on renewable energy and water consumption. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Global Europe 31-05-2016

At EPP anniversary summit, Tusk slams ‘utopian’ illusions of united Europe

EU leaders promoting utopian "illusions" of a united Europe have lost touch with its peoples and risk losing out to Eurosceptic populists bent on breaking up the bloc, European Council President Donald Tusk said yesterday (30 May).
Euro & Finance 10-05-2016

Whistleblowers: Between a rock and a hard place

Catching one's boss breaking the law currently seems like a lose-lose situation for all involved. There is support in the European Parliament for more protection to be given to whistleblowers, but it faces an uphill struggle. EurActiv Germany reports.
UK & Europe 28-04-2016

Brexit a threat to London's FinTech dominance, industry says

82% of British financial technology companies want the United Kingdom to stay in the European Union, according to recent a poll by the industry association. EurActiv’s partner La Tribune reports.

Commission calls for closer cooperation to combat foreign fighters

Poor information sharing between security services is one of the great shortcomings of European cooperation. About 5,000 Europeans are thought to have joined extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, but only 1,615 appear on Europe’s official list.  EurActiv Spain reports.
Euro & Finance 26-04-2016

LuxLeaks whistleblowers go on trial

Three people go on trial in Luxembourg today (26 April) over the so-called LuxLeaks scandal that exposed the country's huge tax breaks for major international companies, with the issue riding high after the recent Panama Papers revelations.
EU Priorities 2020 21-04-2016

Under Martin Schulz, the Parliament has become the '29th member state'

The president of the European Parliament will not say whether he plans to stay in his position in 2017. The German Chancellor may prefer to keep him in Brussels, at arm’s length. EurActiv's partner La Tribune reports.