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Digital 29-06-2017

Europe should tear down digital walls to help SMEs prosper

European SMEs operating in cyberspace need better legislation to facilitate cross-border trade and the Digital Single Market is the best platform to address the issue, writes Alf Nagel.

Future of mobility 29-06-2017

Does car sharing really reduce car use?

Concerns that sharing schemes do not deliver a net reduction in car use are not supported by evidence, writes Greg Archer. Now, digitisation and the sharing economy provide an opportunity to reduce the number of vehicles in our cities even further, he contends.

Global Europe 29-06-2017

Europe should not be deceived by Iran’s bid for sympathy

Former European Parliament Vice-President Alejo Vidal-Quadras warns that the West must be vigilant not to fall for Iranian state propaganda depicting the world’s top state sponsor of terrorism as an ally in the War on Terror.

Global Europe 29-06-2017

Hearing those who don’t exist: The fight against statelessness

Statelessness will take centre stage in the European Parliament on Thursday (29 June), with two committees turning their attention to one of Europe's most hidden and marginalised populations, write MEPs Claude Moraes and Cecilia Wikström.

Global Europe 29-06-2017

New lines in the sand in the Middle East

The Middle East used to be known for its stale continuity. But with the Qatar crisis now in its third week, the region is finding itself convulsed in its biggest diplomatic shakeup in decades, warns Willem Oosterveld.

Sanctioning Poland over refugees would be wrong

The European Commission is threatening Poland with financial penalties for refusing to take in refugees. But that approach misses the bigger picture, writes Bartosz Brzeziński.

Migration: A safe investment in humanity

Instead of a responding to today’s migration challenges from a position of strength, Europe has reacted in fear. This has to change, warns Eugenio Ambrosi.

Energy 29-06-2017

Keeping Europe’s ambition alive on renewable heat

If Europe wants to walk the talk on climate change, it needs to get out of fossil fuels by 2050. And the real ambition must be to drive change towards renewable heat, which is still addicted to fossil fuels, writes Nigel Cotton.

Development Policy 28-06-2017

Sustainable development must be overarching EU objective

The EU should throw its full weight behind the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and take a global lead in its implementation. Former President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy explains why sustainable development should be the bloc's top priority.

Tackling money laundering: Crucial to tax evasion and terrorist financing prevention

European Commissioner for Justice Věra Jourová has prioritised stepping up the fight against money laundering. In this opinion piece, she explains what steps have been taken and what more is to come.

Europe's East 28-06-2017

A quiet Ukrainian success for the EU

The EU may have its hands full with Donald Trump and Brexit. But quietly, modestly, things are starting to go right in Ukraine, writes Sir Graham Watson.

Economy & Jobs 28-06-2017

Europe needs an industrial strategy

Calls for the European Commission to develop a holistic EU industrial policy are a welcome development – and one that was long overdue, writes Adrian Harris. If Europe’s Industrial Renaissance is to succeed, a joined-up policy approach is a must, he argues.

Digital 28-06-2017

Facebook hosts Brussels summit to help EU’s digital businesses grow

Whether you’re a furniture maker from Berlin, a traditional Aran sweater manufacturer in Ireland or a Polish wedding stationery designer, there’s no reason why national borders should hold your business back, writes Facebook's Ciaran Quilty.

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Biofuels 28-06-2017

Biomass and biofuels in the EU: Emotion-based policymaking?

The European Commission’s tinkering on biomass policy effectively promotes oil over economically viable and sustainable biofuels, writes Francis X. Johnson.

Health 28-06-2017

Antibiotic resistance is the best case for ‘more Europe’

No country alone can tackle antimicrobial resistance and therefore an effective EU response is needed, backed up by policies and funds, writes Nina Renshaw.

Climate change 27-06-2017

It is high time to localise the energy transition

Donald Trump pulling out of the Paris Agreement is not the end of the world. Cities and towns are moving ahead in localising the energy transition but to fully harness their potential, local governments need to be empowered and equipped with the right tools, argues Philipp Thaler.

Development Policy 27-06-2017

Time to move to an interest-driven Africa-EU political partnership

Geert Laporte proposes eight measures for Europe and Africa to build the strong partnership that everyone seems to want. But is everyone willing to support the tough decisions that these measures would entail?

Health 27-06-2017

Norway’s battle against antimicrobial resistance in the agricultural sector

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the greatest global health threats. Resistant bacteria make infectious diseases like tuberculosis and pneumonia difficult or impossible to treat, writes Norwegian Agriculture Minister Jon Georg Dale.

A fair EU carbon market: but for whom?

Amid calls from heavy industry to get more free pollution permits in the name of a ‘fair’ EU carbon market, Europe’s workers, taxpayers, and the climate must not be forgotten in the system’s design reform, writes Femke de Jong.

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Digital 26-06-2017

Innovation lost or a digital regulation tale

Regulation is good. Until it becomes bad. Make no mistake, regulation is one of the pillars of the rule of law and it is needed to ensure a fair and competitive environment in which innovation thrives. But ill thought out laws risk killing innovation, warns Lise Fuhr.

EU budget for climate action: Time to wake the sleeping beauty

The European Commission will publish its ‘Reflection paper on the future of EU finances’ on 28 June. Against a background of renewed commitments from European leaders towards climate action, the EU budget must be reformed to comply with the requirements of the Paris Agreement, writes Markus Trilling.

Air Pollution 26-06-2017

Western Balkans holds breath for better air quality

In the Western Balkans, air pollution can be a fatal problem, made worse by some of those countries’ energy policies. Ioana Ciuta sheds light on the region’s developing crisis, which is claiming lives at an alarming rate.

Energy 26-06-2017

Five steps to unlock the EU’s cooling potential

In our modern society, cooling is a necessity that has a strong influence on health, productivity at work, cutting down food loss, industrial processes, and more. Keeping ourselves cool, sustainably, means we could keep the planet cool too, writes Jürgen Fischer.

Climate change 23-06-2017

How Paris can make European industry great again

For much of this century, Europe has been a pioneer and a role model for countries across the world – be it on industrial innovation, democratic and human rights principles, or on climate change. That leadership role is now needed more than ever, writes Jill Duggan.