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Davos wrap-up: Instability becomes the 'new normal'

The 2016 World Economic Forum, which concluded on Saturday (23 January), looked at a 21st century economy led by robots and artificial intelligence, against the backdrop of a more unstable and unequal world. 

PEGIDA plans anti-Islam demos across Europe

Until now, the right-wing PEGIDA group has limited itself just to Germany. But the xenophobic movement wants to widen its reach, with demonstrations planned in 14 different countries for the beginning of February. EurActiv's partner Tagesspiegel reports.
Digital 21-01-2016

Bank chief: The end of cash could happen within a decade

Cash could become history within a decade, thanks to new financial instruments, including virtual currencies, some of the world's leading bankers said during the World Economic Forum on Wednesday (20 January).
Digital 20-01-2016

Davos pitches ‘tech revolution’ in the face of mounting pessimism

The annual Davos meeting, which opens today (20 January) in the Swiss Alps, will look into whether the forthcoming technological revolution can bring renewed prosperity in times of overwhelming challenge and mounting gloom.
Digital 18-01-2016

Why Industry 4.0 is not just about industry

This year’s summit in Davos is meant to raise awareness of the opportunities of Industry 4.0 for everyone – not only in Europe, but worldwide, writes Thilo Brodtmann. 

Swiss, like Danes, seize assets from refugees to recoup costs

Refugees arriving in Switzerland have for ten years had to turn over to the state any assets worth more than 1,000 Swiss francs (913.6 pounds) to help pay for their upkeep, broadcaster SRF reported on Thursday (14 January), revealing a practice that has drawn sharp rebukes for Denmark.
Euro & Finance 07-01-2016

Austria’s unwieldy subsidies system continues to cost the country

In 2014, Austria allocated €19.3 billion for direct and indirect subsidies. This ranked it second worldwide just behind France. EurActiv Germany reports.

Climate change: The solutions are right in front of us

Whether COP21 will be a success or not remains to be seen. What is certain is that climate change is still an urgent problem. Energy efficiency, renewables and sustainable mobility provide the solutions, writes Rolf Wüstenhagen.

Swiss edge toward possible ‘Swexit’ from EU bilateral pacts

Switzerland threatened yesterday (4 December) to impose unilateral curbs on immigration should it fail to agree with the European Union on limiting the influx into a country where nearly a quarter of the population is foreign.
Trade & Society 05-11-2015

US to remove sanctions on EU firms who do business with Cuba

The EU is speaking with the US about the extraterritorial application of Washington's embargo on Cuba, Herman Portocarero, the head of the EU delegation in the Communist country, said on Wednesday (4 November).

Swiss vote turns into plebiscite on EU, immigration

The anti-immigration Swiss People's Party (SVP) won the biggest share of the vote in Sunday's national parliamentary election (18 October), projections showed, keeping pressure on Bern to introduce quotas on people moving from the European Union.
Regional Policy 16-10-2015

Alpine macroregion close to launch

The EUSALP project moves closer towards reality, while its maritime cousin, EUSAIR, struggles to provide results. EurActiv Italy reports.
Global Europe 11-09-2015

Nemtsov and others nominated for Sakharov prize

Assassinated Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, a Ukraine military pilot held on murder charges by Moscow, and jailed Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi were shortlisted yesterday (10 September) for the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
Health & Consumers 31-08-2015

Heart disease rates continue to decrease

Although cases of cardiovascular disease (CVD) are falling, there remains a large disparity between Western and Eastern Europe. EurActiv Spain reports.
Global Europe 25-08-2015

Official: 'Thousands' of bigwigs hold Swiss accounts

Thousands of so-called "politically exposed persons", or PEPs - a category that includes heads of state and other top officials - hold Swiss bank accounts, a Swiss foreign ministry official said yesterday (24 August).

Steinmeier urges EU-Swiss talks on planned immigration quotas

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier yesterday (17 August) urged the European Union to negotiate with Switzerland on Bern's plans for new quotas on immigration from the bloc.
Euro & Finance 01-07-2015

Improving Greek democracy: The Swiss example

Switzerland guarantees stable public finances by seeking public approval for every significant piece of finance legislation. Greece could learn from this, writes Guido Cozzi.
Transport 31-03-2015

Luxembourg and Lisbon prop up air pollution list

Luxembourg and Lisbon have come last in a ranking of European cities, which rates efforts to fight air pollution caused by transport.
Development Policy 12-02-2015

'Swiss Leaks' catastrophic for African economies

Developing countries in Africa have been hit by the full force of the recent Swiss Leaks scandal. The Swiss branch of HSBC bank cost Tanzania, Senegal and the Ivory Coast over 30% of their national health budgets. EurActiv France reports
Global Europe 19-01-2015

Beware Davos predictions, recent experience suggests

As the world's business and political elite ascends the Swiss Alps for an annual bout of crystal-ball gazing this week, history suggests the Davos pundits are likely to get plenty of things wrong.
Euro & Finance 19-01-2015

Swiss officials reassure after scrapping euro cap

Swiss officials sought to reassure the country on Sunday (18 January) that a shock decision by the central bank to scrap its cap on the franc would not destabilize the economy ahead of a crucial week in which the European Central Bank could announce a massive bond-buying program.
Trade & Society 16-01-2015

European Parliament is gearing up for TiSA

Overshadowed by the highly mediatised Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) negotiations are moving along, and will appear on the radar this year, promises Luxembourgish MEP Viviane Reding, responsible for the dossier.
Euro & Finance 15-01-2015

Swiss franc unpegged from euro, value soars

The Swiss franc soared by almost 30% in value against the euro today (15 January) after the Swiss National Bank (SNB) abandoned its three-year old cap at 1.20 Swiss francs per euro.

Swiss seek to avert EU immigration clash with 'safeguard' clause

The Swiss government hopes to negotiate for a right to cap immigration from the European Union so as to keep its access to EU markets when it writes into law a popular vote requiring strict limits on migration.