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Future EU 21-10-2016

#EUCO Summit Live: Migration, trade and Russia top the agenda

EU leaders gather in Brussels on Thursday and Friday (20-21 October) to discuss the still ongoing migration crisis and the EU-Canada trade deal, CETA. Follow our live feed for all the latest developments.
UK & Europe 21-10-2016

May defends EU response to Aleppo bombing, as Russian warships sail in English Channel

British Prime Minister Theresa May today (21 October) insisted that EU leaders’ response to Moscow’s bombing of Aleppo was a success, as Russian warships passed through the English Channel on their way to Syria.
Global Europe 21-10-2016

Netherland's Rutte still mired in Ukraine referendum aftermath

At the EU summit overnight (20-21 October) Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte obtained little support for his proposals for a way forward following the referendum in which his compatriots rejected the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.
Global Europe 21-10-2016

Russia’s strategy is to weaken the EU, declares Tusk at summit

Russia’s strategy is to weaken the EU, Council President Donald Tusk said following a five-hour summit discussion on the Union’s relations with Moscow, described as “tough” by diplomats.
Global Europe 20-10-2016

Sanctions off the table as EU holds ‘strategic discussion’ on Russia

European Union leaders will review the whole range of their “selective” cooperation with Russia – including on the Syria conflict – when they meet in Brussels today (20 October). Expanding EU sanctions on Moscow is off the table at this stage.
Europe's East 20-10-2016

Progress over Ukraine war at Berlin summit with Putin

Moscow and Kiev agreed Wednesday (19 October) to end a deadlock on the conflict in eastern Ukraine by the end of November, Ukraine's president said, after a four-way summit in Berlin with the leaders of France and Germany.
Global Europe 19-10-2016

Greek minister: EU needs to ‘deepen’ dialogue with Russia

Moderate voices about the future of EU-Russia relations should prevail at a summit this week (20-21 October), Greece’s Alternate Foreign Minister for European Affairs, Nikos Xydakis, told
Global Europe 19-10-2016

Compromising in the Caucasus

A change in the status quo of the frozen Nagorno-Karabakh conflict would affect all regional players, writes Antonia Colibasanu.
Elections 19-10-2016

Bulgarian presidential elections explained… by one of the candidates

Former MEP Ivailo Kalfin, a familiar face in Brussels where he comes regularly as member of the Monti group of the future EU budget, told EurActiv about the upcoming presidential elections in Bulgaria on 6 November, where he is one of the 21 candidates.
Digital 19-10-2016

Realpolitik (in space)

Realpolitik is often defined as the use of down to earth politics rather than ethical or idealistic objectives. It could be argued that space policy has now reached a realpolitik orbit, writes Didier Schmitt.
Global Europe 19-10-2016

Ex-VP: Taiwan must become 'neutral Switzerland' of Asia-Pacific

To avoid China taking over Taiwan, and ease tensions in the South China Sea, Taiwan should become a permanent neutral nation like Switzerland, former Taiwanese vice-president Annette Hsiu-lien LU told EurActiv in an interview.
Energy 18-10-2016

Poland puts hopes in ‘Northern Gate’ gas pipeline

Poland made the case today (19 October) for the “Northern Gate” gas pipeline project, designed to bring gas from the Norwegian shelf across Denmark to Poland.
Global Europe 18-10-2016

EU ministers redefine policy with Russia, Eastern neighbours

The foreign ministers of the 28 EU countries have redefined yesterday (17 October) the Union foreign policy priorities for 2016 and the basis of its relations with Russia and the countries of the Eastern neighbourhood.
Europe's East 18-10-2016

Georgia’s quiet move away from 'Messiah' politics

A quiet transition has taken place under the Georgian Dream government, bringing the country in line with a fully-matured western democracy, writes Amanda Paul.
Global Europe 18-10-2016

‘Dangerously complacent’ Europe unready for Trump or Clinton

European leaders have either underestimated the danger of a Donald Trump presidency or overestimated the level of continuity Hillary Clinton will bring, according to a new study by the European Council on Foreign Relations.
Global Europe 18-10-2016

EU condemns Russia over Aleppo, to impose more Syrian sanctions

EU foreign affairs ministers yesterday (17 October) condemned Russia's air campaign in Syria, saying it may be guilty of war crimes, and it vowed to impose more sanctions on President Bashar al-Assad's government.
Global Europe 18-10-2016

German defence minister says Berlin is ready to expand military role

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said yesterday (17 October) that Berlin was ready to play a larger military role than in the past in the service of closer European defence cooperation.
Global Europe 17-10-2016

Russia Today's bank accounts closed in UK

Kremlin-funded television network RT said today (17 October) that Britain's NatWest bank is closing all its accounts in a unilateral decision.
Global Europe 17-10-2016

EU divided over Russia in Syria and more sanctions

Russia's role in Syria has led to calls for more sanctions against Moscow, but the deadline for deciding whether to renew the current raft of punitive measures is fast approaching. There are powerful figures on both side of the argument. EurActiv's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Agriculture & Food 17-10-2016

Hogan: Farmers have to seek 'alternatives' for post-Brexit world

European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan has warned Spanish farmers they will "have to find alternative markets" once the UK leaves the EU. The bloc has increased its budget for finding new market opportunities as a result. EurActiv Spain reports.
Global Europe 17-10-2016

Montenegro hit by cyber-attacks on election day

The Ministry for Information Society and Telecommunications of Montenegro has announced that several important websites were targeted by cyber-attacks on Sunday (16 October), the day of the country's parliamentary elections.
Global Europe 17-10-2016

UK, France and Germany seek EU condemnation of Russia over Syria

Britain, France and Germany aim to persuade the European Union today (17 October) to condemn Russia's devastating air campaign in Syria and pave the way for imposing more sanctions on the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
Enlargement 17-10-2016

Montenegro election marred by ‘coup’ accusations

Montenegro said it had arrested 20 Serbs for planning to carry out attacks after voting wrapped up in the Balkan nation's tense parliamentary elections yesterday (16 October).

The Brief: Is 'better regulation' getting better?

Is the European Commission’s 'better regulation' strategy getting, well, better? The REFIT program, where EU laws are called in for “fitness checks”, was touted as Brussels’ response to the accusation it was drowning Europe in red tape.