Opinions

26-05-2017

On 11 June, Kosovo must elect a European future

Kosovo’s up-coming election is a chance for the country to confirm itself as a “bright spot” in the Balkans and choose the path towards European integration, writes Avdullah Hoti.

Agenda for Change 26-05-2017

The EU must forge a European strategy for sustainable development

The UN's 2030 Agenda is absent from the White Paper on the Future of Europe. The Commission should lead by example and mainstream sustainable development across all EU programmes, policies and financial instruments, writes Luca Jahier.

Protecting conservation or commercial interests?

The highly invasive raccoon dog has been nominated for inclusion on the list of Invasive Alien Species of Union Concern, yet cynical moves are afoot to thwart this conservation measure, warn Ilaria Di Silvestre, Staci McLennan and Joanna Swabe.

Energy 24-05-2017

The EU needs to meet decarbonisation targets at affordable prices

Nuclear is the only reliable source of low carbon energy, without which decarbonisation targets simply cannot be met at affordable prices, writes Tim Yeo,

Global Europe 24-05-2017

No bluffing: US preparing to attack North Korea

The United States is advertising its preparations for war. North Korea assumes the attack is inevitable, writes George Friedman.

Development Policy 24-05-2017

Europe needs a strategy that will treat Africa as a ‘true partner’

If Europe does not eradicate the causes that drive so many migrants into the hands of traffickers, then very soon, it will be faced with uncontrolled migratory pressure, writes Gianni Pittella.

Development Policy 23-05-2017

Is ‘less’ really ‘more’ in the new European Consensus on Development?

European development policy must prioritise democracy, inclusiveness and sustainability. To do this the bloc has to change the way it interacts with stakeholders and support local initiatives, which are the building blocks of societies, writes Wouter Boesman.

Economy & Jobs 22-05-2017

Building on Europe’s nascent recovery

The economic recovery has boosted business confidence in Europe and now the message is clear: businesses want strong cooperation and a new vision for the future of Europe.

5G 22-05-2017

Play in digital premier league? Europe must reform spectrum policy

The next generation of connected devices will change our lives. But the high-speed, reliable mobile connectivity they need requires collaboration across the EU and long-term regulatory certainty, writes Afke Schaart.

Celebrating 25 years of the EU’s nature directives

Europe’s nature protection legislation has had remarkable success with a tiny budget over the last 25 years. Just think what we could achieve with adequate funding in the next quarter-century, writes Andreas Baumüller.

Future EU 19-05-2017

Croatia at a crossroads

Croatia’s geostrategic position in the Balkans means the rest of Europe should pay attention to this weekend’s elections, writes Tomislav Karamarko.

Economy & Jobs 19-05-2017

Trust in EU trade policy boosted by court decision

Following the European Court of Justice’s landmark ruling on the EU-Singapore trade deal, MEP Christofer Fjellner urges the Commission to come up with a roadmap so future agreements do not face the same gauntlet as the EU-Canada deal.

Brexit 19-05-2017

There’s more to European citizenship than free movement

When freedom of movement was written into the Treaties, the hope was that citizens would become more mobile and, in turn, more European. But instead of uniting Europeans, free movement has become politically divisive, writes Rainer Bauböck.

Energy 19-05-2017

The evidence behind a 40% energy efficiency target

The myth about the negative impact of high-efficiency ambition on the competitiveness of EU member states is dismantled by the European Commission’s modelling results, writes Yamina Saheb.

Brexit 18-05-2017

Peace in Northern Ireland needs the EU now more than ever

Brexit will badly impact Northern Ireland. Being cut off from the EU will rob it of its main stability guarantee, writes Daniela Irrera.

Elections 18-05-2017

Why traditional party democracy needs to be overhauled

Political parties have created the mediocrity we are now suffering from and which has led to such voter disenchantment with the system. We need to reinvent the politician as someone who serves society selflessly, for the betterment of all, writes Antanas Guoga.

17-05-2017

Is China’s Silk Road initiative at a dead end?

China’s Silk Road initiative is designed to boost economic growth across Asia and Africa through targeted infrastructure investments. But achieving the convergence needed across such different political and economic environments will be harder than Beijing had anticipated, writes Peter Wolff.

Energy 17-05-2017

Stronger together: The EU’s energy and climate governance

Governance is not about imposing new obligations to member states. It is about mobilising and coordinating all relevant actors, including cities and regions. Europe is changing. Europe is greening. Let’s embrace this change rather than falter, write Michèle Rivasi and Claude Turmes.

Climate change 17-05-2017

EU has opportunity to seize global leadership on forests and climate

Former 'climate heroes’ France, Finland, Sweden and Austria are fighting tooth and nail to weaken EU land accounting rules, also known as the Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) Regulation, writes Hannah Mowat.

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Electricity 17-05-2017

Electricity markets reimagined: Flexible by design

In just over a decade, we will be able to build a new electricity system around renewable energy that is cleaner, produces almost no carbon emissions, costs less than a system built around natural gas, and is just as reliable, writes David Nelson.

Energy 17-05-2017

EU’s risky energy efficiency debate

Since EU governments started negotiating their position on the revision of the bloc’s energy efficiency laws, proposals have been going from bad to worse. Member states have to step their game up, warns Dora Petroula.

China 17-05-2017

China’s ambitious Silk Road summit

In the last twenty years, the rise of China has been the most significant geopolitical and global economic development. It now faces further challenges in reforming its economy, an endeavour in which Europe can play a part, writes Fraser Cameron.

Energy 16-05-2017

Cooling and refrigeration sector: the Cinderella of the EU’s energy system

One of the main reasons the cooling and refrigeration sector is under-represented in the EU energy debate is the poor self-organisation of interested stakeholders, given they're spread out among multiple industrial branches, writes Kostadin Fikiin.

Road safety 15-05-2017

Odometer fraud resonates across the whole European Union

The Belgian system Car-Pass should be introduced across the EU to avoid odometer frauds in second hand cars poses a massive problem, especially in Eastern Europe, writes Tomáš Zdechovský.