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Trade & Society 12-02-2016

France and EU trade policy – no longer the ‘non’ sayer

The persistent economic slump and a notable weakening of traditional French corporatism in the country under the onslaught of the digital revolution and the long-term effect of (limited but real) reforms in its various services sectors mean the discourse on trade in France is - finally - becoming more interesting, argues Iana Dreyer.
Elections 12-02-2016

Varoufakis’ new movement must answer tough questions, or fail

Yanis Varoufakis' call for “authentic democracy” in Europe bears potential contradictions. His new pan-European movement has to answer difficult questions if they want to be heard, writes Jasper Finkeldey.
Development Policy 12-02-2016

The EU’s response to Zika: Old wine in new bottles?

Fundamental research into the effects of the disease, and into vector control for this and other diseases is welcome, but it will not address the immediate lack of a vaccine, writes Cecile Vernant. 

A fresh look at public-private partnerships

Public-private partnerships remain an invaluable tool for driving progress, but the unwillingness of governments to collaborate with private businesses has to change, writes Erin Huntington.
Digital 12-02-2016

Analogue rules in a digital world hampering progress

Fast growth in digital services is bringing enormous social and economic benefits to customers the world over. But market regulation must be adapted to the 21st century if this sector is to achieve its potential, writes Daniel Pataki. 
EU Priorities 2020 11-02-2016

Subsidiarity: The only way forward

The principle of subsidiarity should be understood as a means to strengthen regional and local political power. Tomasz Por?ba discusses the problem of the misinterpretation of this key EU provision. 
Europe's East 11-02-2016

In Ukraine's conflict, rumours of compromise grow

The United States and Russia may be moving closer to an understanding on the conflict in Ukraine, writes Stratfor, the global intelligence company.
Agriculture & Food 10-02-2016

Better law-making requires more transparency

The European Commission should make public a study on biofuels it commissioned itself, even if it doesn’t like its results, writes José Inácio Faria.
UK & Europe 10-02-2016

Juncker fuels Brexit 'myth' in European Parliament

UK Eurosceptics in favour of Brexit will not be persuaded by Juncker’s words in Strasbourg, writes Denis MacShane. The Commission President has simply reinforced British stereotypes of migrant laborers.

Breaking barriers for businesswomen: A resolution on female entrepreneurship

Despite existing equality legislation, women are massively underrepresented in business. Stronger implementation of EU directives and changes to national social policies can turn this around, writes Barbara Matera.

Putin using refugee crisis to weaken Merkel

Putin’s campaign in Syria is deepening the refugee crisis and making Angela Merkel’s position increasingly insecure. A weakened Merkel means a weakened European Union, writes Judy Dempsey.
UK & Europe 08-02-2016

Seven steps to winning a referendum

Nicholas Whyte takes a journey back in time to previous referendums in order to consider whether the UK and EU can learn anything from the lessons of the past.
Development Policy 08-02-2016

Ethiopia’s El Niño drought leaves 10m dependent on food aid

With world leaders having departed drought-ridden Ethiopia following the African Union meeting at the end of January, the time for talking and roundtables is over.
UK & Europe 08-02-2016

Europe and the UK must avoid a ‘Neverendum’

Statistics and, more importantly, history itself teaches us that for questions over the UK’s EU membership to be put to bed, the winning camp must win by around 20%. The ‘remain’ campaign must emphasise the issue of security, argues Tom Spencer.
UK & Europe 08-02-2016

From Grexit to Brexit

The economic crisis, the threats of Grexit and Brexit and the death of Schengen are all failures of the EU. To survive, the bloc must learn to solve the root causes of its problems, writes Ernest Maragall.
Europe's East 05-02-2016

Europe’s other Russia ‘problem’

Russia’s economy continues to die a slow death, and is forecasted to contract even further this year. Europe must shine a spotlight on Russian business practices that threaten to have a global impact, writes Sir Graham Watson.
Development Policy 05-02-2016

Development is geopolitical

Changing geopolitics has progressively eroded the foundations of the ACP-EU partnership and the bargaining power of both the EU and the ACP Group, writes Rhys Williams.
UK & Europe 05-02-2016

Is the EU finished if the British leave?

Those who say that if the British leave, the EU is finished are right. Not because Britain is an indispensable member, but because for other members, sovereignty matters too, writes George Friedman.
Development Policy 05-02-2016

SDGs: Not an à la carte menu

How do we translate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into policy? We need a more coherent and integrated approach, argue Sarah Holzapfel and Heiner Janus.
Future EU 05-02-2016

Hands off Schengen!

Georges Dassis urges European citizens not to surrender the benefits of Schengen.

Space: Another frontier under threat

The weakness of security in outer space is a growing common threat to the whole of society and it is only going to get worse if we do not take action, writes Didier Schmitt, in his personal capacity.

Holding the EU together with the threat of disintegration

The dynamics of European integration have changed. The EU is no longer moving forward by its power of attraction. Its threats of exclusion have taken a similarly important place, argues Florian Trauner.
UK & Europe 04-02-2016

‘Facilitating Coexistence’: the endgame for Brexit

There is much said and to be said about this Brexit business, writes Andrew Duff. The Liberal leader gives his view on the continuation of negotiations between now and the meeting of the European Council on 18-19 February.
Global Europe 04-02-2016

Education under attack in Pakistan

The EU should use its development and security programmes in Pakistan to ensure children have safe access to education and keep them out of the hands of extremists, writes Marie Arena.