Opinions

Future EU 23-11-2017

Time to re-energise Europe

Europe must not stand still and the Leaders Agenda is a step in the right direction. But we must seize the current window of opportunity to re-energise the EU by tackling multiple issues at once, argue Herman Van Rompuy and Janis A. Emmanouilidis.

Europe's East 23-11-2017

A low-key Eastern Partnership Summit

Instead of grand declarations, a low-key Eastern Partnership Summit focusing on concrete deliverables can be just what both the EU and the EaP countries need, write Igor Merheim-Eyre and Katarzyna Sobieraj.

Global Europe 23-11-2017

A European view of Trump’s China visit

The ‘America First’ policy of Donald Trump leaves a big window of opportunity for the EU in Asia, writes Geoffrey Harris.

Lambert van Nistelrooij during the EPP-hearing on the 7th Cohesion Report, 8 November 2017.
Economy & Jobs 23-11-2017

Cohesion funds can stop Europe from moving at different speeds

Cross-border and inter-regional cooperation in cohesion and research & development spending is still limited, but very much needed to prevent a multi-speed Europe writes Lambert van Nistelrooij. To unlock Europe's growth opportunities, the MEP calls for smart regional specialisation and an Innovation Pact 2.0.

Energy 22-11-2017

Next German government must not fight for right to pollute

The next German government must embrace EU protections rather than fight for the right to pollute, insists Christian Schaible.

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Economy & Jobs 22-11-2017

The role of teachers and school heads in improving Vocational Education and Training

The European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) is pleased to announce the forthcoming public hearing on “The role of teachers and school heads in improving the status of Vocational Education and Training".

Agrifood 22-11-2017

Tying up the whole food supply chain to help farmers – where is the beef?

Legislating against unfair trading practices in the agri-food sector would ultimately push up prices and cause farmers and consumers to lose out, writes Christian Verschueren.

Agrifood 22-11-2017

Disgraceful behaviour by the EU at high-level tuna meeting in Marrakesh

While claiming to fight for the oceans and put sustainability first, the European Commission is pushing for the largest total allowable catches of bluefin tuna ever seen, without a solid scientific basis, write Linnéa Engström, Ricardo Serrão Santos and Norica Nicolai.

Global Europe 22-11-2017

Reversing negative trends in the EU’s neighbourhood policy

With the Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit this Friday (24 November) and the Bulgarian Presidency in January 2018, the EU is at a juncture where it can reverse a very negative trend and breathe new life in its neighbourhood policy, Harry Nedelcu writes.

Energy 22-11-2017

An agenda for Germany’s ecological modernisation

No matter which parties will eventually form a coalition, Germany’s next government will continue with an agenda of ecological modernisation, writes Arne Jungjohann. Based  on exploratory coalition talks, he explains how such an agenda could look like.

Global Europe 22-11-2017

Russian blackmail in the Council of Europe?

The Council of Europe (CoE) could become the first European institution to lift sanctions imposed on Russia for annexing Crimea and military aggression in Eastern Ukraine. This would be a major blow to democratic values on the European continent, write Volodymyr Yermolenko and Sergiy Sydorenko.

Development Policy 21-11-2017

Africa’s young people need inspirational leaders, not old autocrats

Investing in youth is essential for Africa’s future, but what's even more essential is to let inspirational and transformational leaders to come forth, writes Shada Islam.

Economy & Jobs 21-11-2017

Tackling youth unemployment and the skills gap

EU and business leaders are very keen to address the high levels of youth unemployment and the emerging skills gap across Europe by offering young people opportunities to play an active role in the European economy, writes Stefan Crets.

Energy 21-11-2017

Are we there yet? Current state of the smart home market

The smart home is capturing headlines with its futuristic possibilities of smart cars, fridges and thermostats all connected to each other. However, it is important to be realistic. The current state of the smart home is not even close to this vision, writes Paige Leuschner.

Politics 21-11-2017

In a time of strong men politics, how do women (re)group?

The surge of rightwing nationalist parties throughout Europe has led to an increase in sexist, demeaning remarks as well as attempts to repeal crucial legislation affecting women’s rights, warn representatives of the Brussels Binder.

Circular economy 21-11-2017

Microplastics, macro problems

Tackling the visible impact of plastic pollution is one thing. But if we’re serious about finding a long-term solution, revealing the invisible impact is imperative, writes the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Jocelyn Blériot, calling for a ban on oxo-degradable plastics that are still widely used in carrier bags.

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Digital 20-11-2017

Cutting-edge communication network vital for digitalisation

The widespread rollout of 5G technology in the coming years will make digitalisation and the Internet of Things an integral part of all aspects of our daily lives, writes T-Systems.

Economy & Jobs 17-11-2017

Don’t let criminals ruin European mobility

As the EU Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth opens in Gothenburg, Norway is inviting the European Union to strengthen cross-border collaboration to stop the networks that illegally exploit workers, distort competition and undermine social structures, writes Erna Solberg.

Climate change 17-11-2017

Finding climate ambition outside of Europe

Yesterday at the Bonn climate summit, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica underlined the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and the support needed to rebuild a fully climate-resilient nation. Maeve McLynn describes how rich nations can help.

Energy 17-11-2017

Radiator valves: A simple trick to achieve CO2 targets in the building sector

Energy savings can be very low cost and easy. You can cut bills, energy imports and CO2 emissions through individual room temperature control, for example through thermostatic radiator valves. Sarah Brückner explains.

Economy & Jobs 17-11-2017

Children must be at the heart of debate on Europe’s future

Most people debating the future of Europe think in economic terms. But today we must think about how children in Europe are experiencing their childhood, as that will be the biggest determining factor of our future, writes Jana Hainsworth.

Economy & Jobs 17-11-2017

Fighting the Trump trade threat: The EU must go through Congress

The Trump administration's actions on trade so far reflect a mixture of traditional, assertive American approaches and more troubling new ideas that could have serious consequences, writes Noah Gordon, warning that Europe has a lot to lose in a steel trade war against the US.

Climate change 17-11-2017

Climate change fight is great opportunity for Europe’s labourers

For decades, labourers were presented with a false choice: good jobs or a clean environment. They were told that efforts to cut pollution would kill jobs—that they had to choose between clean air and the economy. Now we know better, insists Kathleen Van Brempt.

Economy & Jobs 16-11-2017

Economic and social progress are two sides of the same coin

When EU heads of state and government gather in Gothenburg to debate fair jobs and growth, it will be the first such ‘social summit’ in 20 years, writes Juan Menéndez-Valdés.