Opinions

Energy 26-07-2017

NordStream 2 will divide the EU, but new US sanctions will do more harm

Should Trump choose to use his new authority and put sanctions on Nordstream-2, it would raise tensions with the Commission, Germany and others, writes Rem Korteweg.

Time for Europe’s financial community to join the climate fight

Although many lessons have been learnt since the global crisis, the financial system is still not fit for purpose, in one crucial respect, warns Arlene McCarthy.

Energy 20-07-2017

The vote you’ve never heard of – and why it can change Europe’s investment climate

A revision of the EU accounting rules on the treatment of public-private energy performance contracts would allow massive injections of investment into the EU economy. Yet, there is opposition from some national statistical offices, writes Monica Frassoni.

Economy & Jobs 20-07-2017

EXPO 2017 in Astana will contribute to global sustainable development

Staging such an important exhibition as EXPO 2017 in Kazakhstan will accelerate our transition to a modern and sustainable economy, writes Kairat Abdrakhamanov. EXPO 2017 taking place from 10 June to 10 September 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Its theme is "Future Energy".

Chemicals

Addressing endocrine disrupting chemicals requires an integrated strategy

The dangers of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) for human health and the environment have long been documented and the evidence keeps piling up every day, yet Europe's approach to this challenge has been lukewarm, writes Genon Jensen.

Global Europe 20-07-2017

It’s time to face reality over terrorism in the Gulf

Federica Mogherini must push the Gulf states to clean up on terrorism and work towards an end to the standoff with Qatar, writes Stefano Stefanini.

Agrifood 19-07-2017

From the Monsanto Papers to IARC-gate: A glyphosate story

Renewing glyphosate’s authorisation is still one of the most controversial issues in the EU. The Monsanto Papers saga continues. André Heitz reveals the story behind the scandal.

Winds of change: EU embarks on sustainable finance mission

Disturbing developments on the international political scene have only increased the resolve of the European Union to lead in taking action against the impact of climate change. Flavia Micilotta explains why financing is a key component.

Energy 19-07-2017

Poland’s cherry picking of EU energy rules makes no sense

When it comes to EU energy policy, Warsaw does not always adhere to the letter and the spirit of EU law and tends to select rules a la carte, adapting them to Poland's narrowly-defined interests, writes Danila Bochkarev.

Economy & Jobs 19-07-2017

European SMEs can lead the world in the IoT revolution

European firms can lead the economy of tomorrow if our small and medium-sized companies obtain the necessary support, notably when it comes to innovation incentives and patent litigation, writes Hassan Triqui.

Azerbaijan 18-07-2017

Azerbaijan is disappointed with EU’s role in Nagorno-Karabakh

It's a pity that the EU Special Representative (EUSR) for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia did not contribute to the effort to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, writes Dr Gulshan Pashayeva.

Politics 17-07-2017

Europe’s contribution to resolving the Qatar crisis

The European Commission and the European Parliament could play a role in overcoming the current crisis involving Qatar, especially since the USA is not in a good shape to play this role, writes Dr Ahmed Al Hamli.

Europe's East 17-07-2017

MH17: The deadliest attack against EU citizens

Today (17 July) is the anniversary of the attack that claimed the largest number of EU lives since a united Europe emerged from the rubble of WWII, when 298 civilians were killed, including 80 children, on flight MH17. Juraj Mesík looks back, three years on.

Russia turns its back on human rights with contempt for international court decisions

When members of the international community decide that human rights are a matter of expediency and not law, we are all at risk, warns Herta Däubler-Gmelin.

Europe's East 17-07-2017

Georgia: Failing democratic transition or Eastern Partnership success story?

To the untrained eye, Georgia’s European future looks secure. Yet, zoom in closer and Georgia is quickly turning into another oligarchic regime in the region, where political competition and free speech are on the wane. Salome Samadashvili calls on Brussels to act.

Global Europe 14-07-2017

Turkish-EU relations need common sense

We are living in a world of vast differences and constant changes, yet there is often opportunity to be considered in our approaches in order to tackle the negatives and highlight the positives, writes Egemen Bagis.

EU citizens in the UK: Second class

No more immigration from the EU is one of the UK government’s invented red lines for the Brexit negotiations. But what to do with those who have already immigrated? The UK's current proposal provides few satisfactory answers, warns Peter Sellar.

Politics 13-07-2017

Be strong or die: Why Europe must become a superpower

The European Union desperately needs power. Not only to push forward but to survive, write Piotr Arak and Greg Lewicki.

Reshaping the financial system as a tool for good

The European Commission's High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance delivered its interim report today (13 July). Ingrid Holmes, one of the members of the group, explains how the financial system can help address long-term challenges such as climate change.

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Health 13-07-2017

Why cosmetics are more than cosmetic

Cosmetic products are not only skin deep. They bring real benefits to people’s lives and contribute massively to Europe's economy. It is time to recognise their broader contribution, argues John Chave.

Agrifood 12-07-2017

Global food insecurity: Could the next generation have the answer?

It's no secret - farming is declining in popularity. All over the world, young people are put off by the long hours and low pay and this is a worrying trend. That's why we need a new generation of farmers, explains Adrian Percy.

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Electricity 12-07-2017

Europe must show the way on climate action

Clouds are gathering on the international climate agenda. But Europe must continue with its efforts despite the fact that President Trump has decided to pull out of the Paris Agreement, writes Kristian Ruby.

Energy 11-07-2017

Nord Stream 2 doesn’t matter

Nord Stream 2 continues to divide Europe. That's a pity. For all the noise, Nord Stream 2 is just a distraction - it doesn't really matter. Here's why, writes Nikos Tsafos.

Climate change 11-07-2017

Western Balkans cannot track climate action without appropriate monitoring

The European Commission has just announced it will drop a mechanism to monitor progress in limiting greenhouse gas emissions in the Western Balkans. The decision will make it difficult to track and manage the climate goals in a region that is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts, warns Dragana Mileusnić.