Opinions

How do we help Europe’s young entrepreneurs?

Overly flexible labour markets and poor quality jobs are harming the European economy, not making it more competitive. Restoring the social safety net for entrepreneurs would benefit us all, writes Agnes Jongerius.

Energy 17-02-2017

A Canadian circular economy reality

Edmonton has become the first city which turns all non-compostable and non-recyclable household waste into methanol, ethanol and green chemicals. Europe should take notice, writes Lambert van Nistelrooij.

Global Europe 17-02-2017

The next Turkish revolution after Ataturk

Turkey’s new constitution will give the country the tools it needs to face today’s challenges and to play its important role as a pivot between East and West, writes Egemen Bağış.

Public Affairs 16-02-2017

Comitology reform: Doing, undoing and redoing is still hard work

To avoid taking responsibility for contentious proposals like GMO and pesticide approvals, the European Commission’s proposed comitology reform aims to put member states in the frontline, writes Daniel Guéguen.

Trade & Society 16-02-2017

Asia wants a stronger global role for Europe

Given the unpredictability surrounding the future of US foreign policy, many Asian countries are beating a path to Brussels to shore up their relations with the EU, which remains the strongest supporter of the multilateral system, writes Fraser Cameron.

Digital 16-02-2017

In a self-driving future we can’t let carmakers decide who lives and who dies

The EU needs independent oversight of self-driving technologies, argues Antonio Avenoso. The risk is of a kind of lawless Wild West for the early years of automated cars, not unlike the early years of motoring itself – before speed limits, traffic lights and driver license tests started to set the rules of the road.

Energy 14-02-2017

ETS vote will determine Greece’s energy future

The European Parliament will decide Wednesday (15 February) on the future of the emissions Trading System (ETS). But in this vote, it's not just EU’s leadership role in global climate policy at stake, writes Nikos Mantzaris.

Trade & Society 14-02-2017

A vote against CETA would reset Europe’s trade agenda

With global inequalities spiralling and the climate crisis on our doorstep, the last thing we need is a trade deal that would worsen both. If CETA passes, the European Parliament will be seen as putting corporate profits above people and the planet, write Magda Stoczkiewicz and Jan Willem Gourdiaan.

European Works Councils are vital to protect fundamental and democratic rights

European Works Councils protect fundamental and democratic rights, but too many employees are still not protected by them. If Europe is serious about becoming a truly social Europe, this has to change, writes Stan De Spiegelaere.

Energy 14-02-2017

Split cement lobby forces MEPs to choose ahead of climate emissions vote

MEPs must pick between progressive and regressive wings of the cement sector in Wednesday’s vote on the Emissions Trading Scheme, writes James Nix.

Agrifood 13-02-2017

Will MEPs stand up for financial stability over speculation?

MEPs have the power to protect our food security by setting tough standards on speculation. They should not bow to industry lobbying but put consumers first, writes Myriam Vander Stichele.

Health 13-02-2017

Commission must bring healthcare to the fore

Given that the current European Commission has not prioritised healthcare, it looks as though it is up to the European Parliament to push the agenda, writes Denis Horgan.

Health 13-02-2017

Health matters should supersede European bureaucracy

European red tape should not be an obstacle to effective healthcare. For patients with diseases like sarcoma, waiting means suffering and often avoidable death, writes Marlene Mizzi.

Smog-plagued Poland tries to escape tag as ‘Europe’s China’

Poland’s government has finally promised action after air pollution provoked the ire of the general public. However, Marek Józefiak wonders if Warsaw will dare to take action that will affect their coal-centred vision of economy.

Using sewage to make Europe’s economy truly circular

Sewage sludge is a potentially vast source of nutrients for fertilisers. The Commission is missing a golden opportunity by excluding it from the Fertiliser Regulation, writes Arne Haarr.

Elections 09-02-2017

Voting alone won’t save our democracies

We are so often told that ‘those who don’t vote are not allowed to complain about the result’. Allan Päll asks what would happen if instead of forcing us — the citizens — to adapt to a failing system, democracy evolved to suit our modern day society.

Will bioplastics repeat the biofuels saga?

It took years for politicians to wake up to the destructive impact of biofuels, in no small part because of their green-sounding name. With bioplastics we risk falling into the same trap, argues Meadhbh Bolger.

Health 09-02-2017

Commission must take action against endocrine disruptors

Reducing exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals will benefit healthcare systems and economies as a whole, writes Christian Zahn.

Digital 08-02-2017

Avoiding an EU own goal on digital access to knowledge

The EU should listen to the innovators, knowledge creators and developers when it comes to data mining: the potential benefits are too great to be ignored, writes Helen Frew.

UK & Europe 08-02-2017

Knowledge: A Swiss Army knife for Brexit?

The Swiss and British referendums of 2014 and 2016, respectively, share some parallels. The way the Alpine republic resolved its dispute about free movement offers a number of lessons as the date for making Brexit official looms ever nearer, writes Giorgio Clarotti.

Elections 07-02-2017

Macron, the anti-Trump

Macron winning the French presidency would be more than just a breath of fresh air for the European Union: it would an undeniable victory of Enlightenment values against the populist threat, argues Beatriz Becerra.

Why self-employment needs nurturing, not protection

The European Parliament recently voted in favour of a stronger European Pillar of Social Rights, including labour protections for all workers, “regardless of the type of contract or employment relationship”. But the report is unrealistic warns Marco Torregrossa.

Energy 07-02-2017

The future of clean coal and Europe’s new geopolitics of energy

Climate change denialism may have swept the Trump Administration, but the fight against global warming and greenhouse gases remains at the top of the agenda for most other international organisations and governments, writes Nicolas Tenzer.

A social triple A without an entrepreneurial triple A?

If Europe is serious about providing high-quality jobs and a worthy system of social protection, it must do more to help job creators: small businesses and entrepreneurs, writes Arnaldo Abruzzini.