Opinions

Brexit 18-08-2017

The UK should realise that Ireland is an island

The fixation amongst Brexiteers to take back control of Britain's borders makes resolving the Irish border issue nearly impossible, writes Dick Roche.

Agrifood 17-08-2017

Brexit is a chance for farming reform – but we must get the policy right

Britain's withdrawal from the EU undoubtedly carries risks but it may also create the opportunity to build a greener, more efficient, and innovative farming sector. If this happens, Ngaire Woods argues, the EU and other economies might follow suit.

Freedom of thought 16-08-2017

The EU disregards human rights in Iran

Federica Mogherini should be asked how she manages to continue relations with the Iranian officials despite reports of Tehran's declining respect for human rights, writes Hamid Bahrami.

Is the Irish border question really ‘intractable’?

In the coming days the UK government will release its “carefully formulated” working paper on the Irish border issue. Dick Roche gives timely advice.

Electricity 14-08-2017

Cutting consumption is key to cutting energy bills

Westminster’s latest attempt to manage energy bills looks increasingly like an attempt to manage headlines about energy bills. Much more must be done to cut consumption, writes Tom Burke.

Four tips from peacebuilders on working with young people to transform violent extremism

If violent extremist groups recognise the power and potential of young people, why don’t those combatting them? Rachel Walsh Taza, Lakshitha Saji Prelis and Fien De Baere from the organisation Search for Common Ground lay out four tips to help young people avoid violence.

Aviation 08-08-2017

Why European passengers pay more for their flights than they should

The EU has failed to make airports competitive and fair for travellers. It needs reform, writes Thomas Reynaert.

Economy & Jobs 08-08-2017

Time to bust a few myths about innovation in the internet of things era

Small European tech companies might be about to lose out if the European Commission's new patent guidelines favour giants like Qualcomm and Ericsson, writes Morgan Reed.

Energy 08-08-2017

US sanctions and Nord Stream 2: Every dog has its day?

The US’ new Russia sanctions only added fuel to the EU’s divisions over how to deal with Russian energy, write Aleksandra Gawlikowska-Fyk, Bartosz Wiśniewski.

Global Europe 04-08-2017

Mogherini’s attendance at Rouhani’s inauguration encourages Iranian impunity

Attending Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration in the midst of a series of revelations is morally and politically unconscionable, writes Alejo Vidal-Quadras, as it suggests the EU will look the other way on actual abuses as long as there are pleasant-sounding promises coming out of a small faction within the Iranian regime.

Global Europe 04-08-2017

New Russia sanctions: A European concern

Washington-Moscow relations are threatening to plummet even further after the US decided to impose new sanctions. The new penalties are likely to have an impact on European companies too. George Voloshin examines the situation in the second part of this op-ed. George Voloshin is head of the French branch of Aperio Intelligence, an independent corporate …

Transport 03-08-2017

Diesel summit takeaway: voluntary retrofits will not stop driving bans in cities

Germany’s diesel summit with car companies this week was a disappointment and does little to cut air pollution, writes Ugo Taddei.

Global Europe 03-08-2017

New Russia sanctions: A road to nowhere?

Washington-Moscow relations are threatening to plummet even further after the US decided to impose new sanctions and Russia retaliated by expelling a large number of American diplomatic staff. George Voloshin examines the situation.

Electric cars 02-08-2017

‘Diesel summit’ analysis: Burning money to make diesel less dirty is not the solution – electric is

Summoning the heads of Germany’s carmakers to a ‘diesel summit’ could never give a positive glow and banish the dark clouds created by cities proposing diesel car bans.

Economy & Jobs 02-08-2017

EU politicians should lead EU budget talks, not technocrats

Europe’s political leadership should be the one to take the lead in consultations and the responsibility to speed up individual political decisions on which technocrats will be called upon to adapt financial tools for their achievement, Stavros Kalafatis writes.

Economy & Jobs 01-08-2017

Women have to appease gender stereotypes to be influential

Men and women have sharply divergent routes for converting self-confidence into organisational influence, and the path available to women is far more complex, writes Natalia Karelaia.

The Capital Markets Union can deliver Europe a sustainable future

The European Commission’s mid-term review of the Capital Markets Union Action Plan shows it is serious about sustainable finance, but more remains to be done, write Christian Thimann and Steve Waygood.

Future EU 31-07-2017

Tangible results for citizens must be EU’s focus

Rising Euroscepticism is a key challenge for the EU. Long-term treaty change should be discussed but European leaders should focus on delivering benefits to their citizens here and now, writes Alexander Bürgin.

Biofuels 31-07-2017

Wrong assumptions could lead to phase-out of conventional biofuels

The European Commission cannot be trusted in its call to invest in advanced biofuels as experience with first generation biofuels set a negative precedent, writes Elmar Baumann.

Global Europe 28-07-2017

Europe should stop following US

President Trump walks the talk with his "America First". But US Congress also supports this mantra. It is high time that the EU defends its own legitimate interests, including with respect to trade and energy relations with Russia, writes Tom Sauer.

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Digital 28-07-2017

Catalonia to host urban security and inclusive cities conference

Catalonia and Barcelona will host the sixth international conference on urban security and inclusive cities. President of the Government of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont Casamajó writes about how proud he is to be host of the conference.

Future EU 27-07-2017

The EU should not allow the symbol of peace in Europe to become a symbol of waste

As members of the European Parliament we are time and again confronted with the same question: why do you accept this carrousel of moving the Parliament between Brussels and Strasburg with all its blatant waste? Time after time emotions run high on this – and rightly so, write the members of the European Parliament’s Single Seat Steering group.

Climate change 27-07-2017

Gove’s ‘green’ Brexit will be hard to achieve

On top of weakening environmental protection in the UK, a hard Brexit would strengthen the influence of the EU’s climate sceptic governments and undermine the bloc’s commitments at home and abroad, writes Joseph Curtin.

Development Policy 26-07-2017

Taking stock of 2030 Agenda: Are we making progress with integrated implementation?

There is no planet B. Humanity needs to acknowledge this and work together to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015, in a relatively short space of time, write  Hannah Janetschek and Imme Scholz.