Opinions

Elections 29-03-2017

European elections: Careful what you promise, citizens are watching

Members of the European Parliament made a number of big promises ahead of the last election, it is time they were held accountable for the pledges they made, write Allan Päll and Petros Fassoulas.

Politics 29-03-2017

As the UK prepares to leave, is Europe disintegrating after 60 years?

The EU will not necessarily disappear, but it badly needs leaders who would avoid empty slogans, which merely repackage the status quo, and instead propose tangible solutions to everyday problems, writes Sir Michael Leigh.

29-03-2017

Et tu, Britain? Brexit, betrayal and the art of negotiation

Forget about hard, soft or a medium-cooked Brexit: We need to focus on a culturally-intelligent Brexit, writes Peter Alfandary.

Electric cars 28-03-2017

Full electro-mobility will be the next giant leap for Europe

We are on the cusp of the age of electro-mobility. Now we need concerted action from policymakers to ensure it really does become a reality, writes Nicolas Erb.

Global Europe 28-03-2017

Now is not the time to isolate Belarus

The EU can encourage change in Belarus by offering support and closer ties. Punitive moves to sever ties with Minsk will undo much of the progress that has already been made, writes Igor Merheim-Eyre.

27-03-2017

An invitation to invest in Moldova’s media market

Ensuring a more diverse media landscape is key, and Western media are invited to invest in Moldova, writes Pavel Filip, the prime minister of Moldova.

Politics 27-03-2017

Lobby transparency reform: Here we go again

Scandals from Dieselgate to tobacco, glyphosate to high finance, have contributed to widespread public cynicism over the power of lobbyists in the EU. Campaigners are facing the upcoming EU lobby transparency negotiations with a mixture of weary resignation and apprehension, writes Vicky Cann.

Agrifood 24-03-2017

Glyphosate and the crucial battle for independent science

At its core, the political battle for transparency about the herbicide glyphosate is actually a battle for independent science and for the transparent and democratic functioning of the EU institutions, write five Greens/EFA MEPs

Future EU 24-03-2017

A very happy birthday to the European Union

There will be a sombre atmosphere when EU leaders gather in Rome later today (24 March). Just a few days after the summit, the UK will trigger Article 50. But now the bloc is tasked with rekindling public support for integration, so let’s toast its future, writes Fraser Cameron.

24-03-2017

10 reasons why the EU has been good for children

Whatever decisions the EU makes about its future at the Rome summit and beyond, it should recognise the improvements to the lives of children as one if its great achievements and make this a foundation for future action, writes Jana Hainsworth.

Enlargement 24-03-2017

Who provokes, who rules, who benefits?

Turkey, or let us say the Turkish president and the government, continues losing prestige in the West with his aggressive and provocative approach. Zakir Gul asks, is Erdoğan paving the way for a one-man-rule presidency with the upcoming constitutional referendum in Turkey?

Future EU 24-03-2017

Sixty years on, we must write a new chapter in our shared history

This is no time for nostalgia. The 60th anniversary celebrations of the Treaty of Rome are a chance to start a new chapter in Europe’s history, write Philippe Lamberts and Ska Keller.

Economy & Jobs 24-03-2017

Europe’s labour pains

The gradual transfer of competences to the EU has left member states unable to improve working conditions and drag their economies out of stagnation. It is time for serious change, writes Sotiria Theodoropoulou.

Airlines failing to accommodate passengers in need of oxygen treatment

Airlines are unfairly discriminating against passengers that need to bring portable oxygen tanks with them on their flights. Susanna Palkonen explains the obstacles many people face.

Future EU 23-03-2017

An EU Youth Strategy that actually makes a difference

“Young people are the future!” - isn’t that a no-brainer! When meeting politicians, we often find them paying lip service to this mantra. But if you tell someone that they are the future, doesn’t it simply mean you are putting them off, Luis Alvarado asks.

Global Europe 23-03-2017

UN development goals should be put at heart of the European project

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals address all the issues that are all-important to EU citizens. But the clock is rapidly ticking down to the 2030 deadline. That is why Céline Charveriat is calling for a European SDG roadmap.

Digital 23-03-2017

Your imagination is tomorrow’s innovation

Digital technologies and communication have the potential to uphold a strong and dynamic internal market fit for the digital age, ultimately making every European citizen’s life much better, writes Antonio López-Istúriz.

Politics 22-03-2017

Don’t let nationalism threaten economic cooperation on EEC’s 60th anniversary

25 March sees the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome in 1957, which established the European Economic Community (EEC) and set Europe on a path to closer unity. But the rise of populism strikes at the heart of this collaboration writes Michael Collins.

Politics 22-03-2017

How Brexit hits EU external action: The UK’s European legacy

Whatever happens in the Brexit negotiations, both sides should actively seek a constructive role for the UK in EU external action. A failure to do so would lead to huge losses for development cooperation.

Politics 22-03-2017

One year after the Brussels attacks: How can Europe prevent the next tragedy?

Today's anniversary of the terror attacks in Brussels on 22 March 2016 provides a perfect opportunity to reflect on the challenge posed by jihadist radicalisation and the need for effective prevention policies across Europe, write Alexander Ritzmann and Andrea Frontini.

Defence policy 22-03-2017

EU defence policy ready for psychiatric treatment

Calls for a more militarised Europe have grown and grown, while the EU Council recently concluded that “Europe must commit additional resources” to defence. But increasing military expenditure is not the way forward, warn Bram Vranken and Laëtitia Sédou.

Electricity 22-03-2017

The true picture of the German Energiewende

Despite broad public acceptance, investments in renewable energy sources in Germany and the EU have been dramatically decreasing. The failing legislation and exclusion of citizen investments in renewables are jeopardising the Energiewende, writes Hans-Josef Fell.

Let life in the oceans be a priority for ‘blue growth’

Today, as we celebrate World Water Day, I would like to highlight the issue of so-called ‘blue growth’. Our oceans can offer enormous opportunities to millions of people, but only if their ecosystems are preserved, writes Linnéa Engström.

Economy & Jobs 21-03-2017

Homelessness and housing exclusion have reached crisis levels in EU

With rising homelessness and housing deprivation across the European Union, now, more than ever, is the time for the Juncker Commission to bridge the disconnect with its most vulnerable citizens, writes Chloé Serme-Morin.