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28/06/2016

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Agriculture & Food 28-06-2016

Brexit: A step forwards or backwards for a Greener Europe?

Environmental action is one of the triumphs of the EU. The UK’s contribution and ambition in this area is likely to be sorely missed, write Viviane Gravey, Andrew Jordan and Charlotte Burns.

The EU needs to talk whaling with Japan

Japan has resumed its ‘scientific’ whaling activities in Antarctica. The EU should use its trade deal negotiations to gain commitments from the Far-East country to enforce the multilateral environmental agreements to which it is a signatory, write Chris Butler-Stroud and Joanna Swabe.
Europe's East 28-06-2016

Towards compassion and a ‘compact’ on refugees

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appeals to European leaders meeting in Brussels today (28 June) to contribute for a new Global Compact on Responsibility-sharing for Refugees, as well as a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
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.
UK & Europe 28-06-2016

Post-Brexit EU must fight the descent into populism

The forces that led to Brexit are not unique to the UK. Europeans must react against populism, anti-immigrant rhetoric, and "post-truth" politics before the EU's values become a thing of the past, writes James Sibley.
Future EU 27-06-2016

Beyond Brexit: A roadmap for a New European Renaissance

We respect the vote of British citizens and we regret it. But we can’t let Brexit sap our energy. Europeans have to reinvent themselves and face major, but shared, challenges.
UK & Europe 27-06-2016

Will Brexit harm EU trade deals?

The UK took the plunge into the unknown and is dragging everyone along with it. Just as the EU and global markets were slowly getting back on track after years of economic recession, economic chaos this time has arrived via popular vote, writes Nelly Stratieva.
UK & Europe 27-06-2016

Why Brexit will not happen

MEP Sorin Moisa argues that the "Big Lie" promoted by the Leave campaign will be exposed before Britain can actually leave the EU, and that a second referendum will reject Brexit.
UK & Europe 27-06-2016

Door-slamming reactions to the UK won’t help

The UK needs 12-16 weeks to order its affairs. In the meantime, door-slamming reactions from the EU can only be counterproductive, Sir Graham Watson writes.
UK & Europe 27-06-2016

Brexit, Europe’s OMG moment

Any gesturing on the side of the EU-27, or from the Union's institutions that smacks of hectoring, bullying, impatience or disrespect will make a bad situation worse, writes Dick Roche.
UK & Europe 27-06-2016

Brexit has exposed Juncker's democratic unaccountability

The fallout from Brexit would have claimed the scalp of any other politician, but Jean-Claude Juncker appears to be bullet-proof. Never has his unaccountability to the people been so obvious, writes James Crisp.
Global Europe 24-06-2016

Post-Colonial Brexit Blues

The anti-colonial rhetoric used by Brexit campaigners was uniquely familiar to surviving subjects of the British empire, and their children. Joel Schalit reflects on the memories it raised for him as an Israeli, and the son of one of the country's founding families.
Global Europe 24-06-2016

Migration: The people behind the numbers

Last year over a million migrants and refugees arrived in Europe. When talking about migration, we have to remember that behind the numbers are children, women and men fleeing war zones and conflicts, writes Antonio López-Istúriz.
UK & Europe 24-06-2016

A plea to the rest of Europe: Reform or face further exits

There is obviously no time to lose in absorbing the new reality facing the UK and urgently working to unite and heal its divided communities. It is time for reform, writes Jean Lambert.
UK & Europe 24-06-2016

Britain heads forwards into the past

After months of speculating and suspense, the Brits made up their minds as 51.9% voted in favour of Brexit. Europe is hungover this morning as a period of uncertainty starts, write Nathalie Brack and Amandine Crespy.
UK & Europe 24-06-2016

Brexit: What to do and where to go now?

Like most tragedies, Brexit is the result of stupid mistakes, often self-inflicted. But the referendum question was put in clear and simple terms, it was actively debated and the democratic answer is clear. Any attempt to reverse it would change the situation from bad to worse, writes Philippe de Schoutheete.
Sustainable Dev. 23-06-2016

Let’s design out waste for a real Circular Economy

The European Commission must wholeheartedly commit to building a Circular Economy if it is to deliver the benefits for the environment, businesses and the economy that EU citizens expect, writes Simon Wilson.
UK & Europe 23-06-2016

A thin win of the Remain camp means Britain will remain in uncertainty for EU

If the Remain camp wins by a tiny majority – the polls show a deadlock – then the Leave camp will not let the matter stand. It will manoeuvre for another referendum down the road, writes George Friedman.
UK & Europe 23-06-2016

Remain campaign out of touch with the British public

Given the enormous implications of the EU referendum on the UK economy, many are legitimately questioning David Cameron’s leadership and more specifically the effectiveness of the Remain campaign, writes Tom Parker.
UK & Europe 23-06-2016

A Brussels Brit: Brexit referendum is good, painful and necessary

The Brexit campaign has at times been difficult for British people living in Brussels, but the referendum is a vital challenge to the complacency and arrogance all too evident in the upper echelons of the European Union, writes James Crisp.
Global Europe 23-06-2016

The conflict in Syria cripples the soul, not just the body

The mental health of refugees in Turkey remain a controversial topic surrounded by cultural taboos, writes Dimitar Iv. Ganev.

ECJ decision triggers crisis of social protection system in UK

The EU has spent years building a safety net for the most vulnerable children in society, but the UK’s decision to cut child benefits may not save any money, but could lead the whole system to unravel, writes Jana Hainsworth.
Agriculture & Food 22-06-2016

Animal health matters: Can EU legislation deliver?

Disease outbreaks such as Ebola and avian influenza serve as a stark reminder that human and animal health will always be inter-connected, writes Roxane Feller.
UK & Europe 22-06-2016

Work for a better EU as you see it, or suffer a worse one

A Brexit with hopes for a Norway-inspired EU relationship would in fact leave Britain with a true democratic deficit and, certainly from a UK perspective, a far less attractive EU to deal with, writes Jonas Helseth.