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01/09/2016

Ifo economist: ‘China may not become a market economy in our lifetime’

People: Jean-Claude Juncker


UK & Europe 31-08-2016

The silver lining to the Brexit cloud

After a fairly restless summer, the mood on Brexit has shifted in Brussels. Initial disbelief that the UK could have voted to leave is now replaced by acceptance that, “Brexit means Brexit”, writes Andrew Duff.
Trade & Society 29-08-2016

TTIP deal alive and well, insists Commission

The European Commission today (29 August) insisted that it stood ready to finalise TTIP by the end of the year, after a leading German minister said the EU-US trade deal was dead in the water.
26-08-2016

Yildirim: Turkey clearing borders to prevent more migrants

Turkey aims to clear its borders of Islamic State and other militant groups to prevent a new flow of migrants and will continue operations until the nation's security is guaranteed, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday (26 August).
Med & South 24-08-2016

EU provides Italy with satellite maps of earthquake damage

The EU has pledged to provide whatever help Rome requests in the wake of an overnight earthquake in central Italy which has so far claimed at least 38 lives.
Global Europe 22-08-2016

Lamy: Declustering policies will alleviate tensions with the EU’s neighbours

Changing geopolitics in Europe’s neighbourhood, to the east and in the south, call for a further declustering of a number of policies, going beyond bilateral trade agreements and security measures, Pascal Lamy, former Commissioner and WTO chief told EurActiv.com.

European NGO chief: To fight fear and populism, start with social programmes

Ambitious social programmes, which benefit everybody, undermine populism and combat fears, said Conny Reuter, the Secretary General of SOLIDAR in an interview with EurActiv.com.
Elections 12-08-2016

Survey: Juncker likely to stay in office until 2019

The presidents of all three European institutions are predicted to keep their positions until their terms end in 2019, according to a new survey.
Global Europe 09-08-2016

Erdogan threatens to end migration deal with Brussels, praises Putin

One day before a crucial meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Saint Petersburg, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told France's Le Monde newspaper that the migration deal with the EU might collapse if Brussels does not deliver its promise on visa waivers.
Global Europe 04-08-2016

Turkey's Erdogan vows to cut off revenues of Gulen-linked businesses

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed on Thursday (4 August) to choke off businesses linked to the US-based cleric he blames for an attempted coup, describing his schools, firms and charities as "nests of terrorism" and promising no mercy in rooting them out.
Euro & Finance 02-08-2016

Luxembourg appeals verdicts in Luxleaks tax scandal

Luxembourg has lodged an appeal against the verdicts handed down to three LuxLeaks whistleblowers who exposed the small duchy's huge tax breaks for giant multinationals, the justice department said Tuesday (2 August).
Global Europe 02-08-2016

Juncker names new UK Commissioner as EU anti-terror boss

Great Britain’s new Commissioner will likely head up the European Union’s anti-terror strategy, after Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today (2 August) put forward Sir Julian King for the role.
Global Europe 01-08-2016

Turkey to back out of EU migrant deal if no visa-free travel

Turkey would have to back out of its agreement with the European Union to stem the flow of migrants into the bloc if the EU does not deliver visa-free travel for Turks, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said.
Future EU 30-07-2016

Juncker: I have a black book of my enemies and I never kissed Farage

Jean-Claude Juncker has a little black book called “little Maurice” where he notes the names of everyone who has betrayed him, the European Commission president said in an interview in which he denied kissing UKIP leader Nigel Farage after the Brexit vote.
UK & Europe 29-07-2016

Barnier and Brexit: Bad mood before the holidays

One month on from the Brexit vote, the decision to appoint Michel Barnier as chief Brexit negotiator is ill-fated, writes Daniel Guéguen.
Euro & Finance 28-07-2016

Commission split on credibility of rules as Spain and Portugal get ‘pardon’

A strong group of commissioners was in favour on Wednesday (27 July) of imposing at least a symbolic fine on Spain and Portugal for breaching the Stability and Growth Pact, but Jean-Claude Juncker opted for a zero penalty - supported by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble.
UK & Europe 27-07-2016

Barnier, battler of British bankers, is Commission’s new Brexit boss

Michel Barnier, the former financial services Commissioner with a testy relationship with the City of London, will lead the Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom, the European Commission announced today (27 July).

EU vows to help France fight IS 'barbarity'

The head of the European Commission on Tuesday (26 July) pledged "Europe's solidarity and cooperation in the fight against barbarity", in a letter to French President François Hollande after a church attack claimed by the Islamic State group.
Euro & Finance 26-07-2016

Has the Juncker Plan really boosted investment in Europe?

The Juncker Plan has put an end to Europe’s “investment breakdown”, according to the European Commission President. But many of its projects are no different to those normally financed by the European Investment Bank. EurActiv’s partner La Tribune reports.
UK & Europe 26-07-2016

Juncker tells UK: No single market without freedom of movement

Britain will need months of preparation before Brexit talks can start, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Monday (26 July), adding there would be no single market without accepting freedom of movement.
Europe's East 25-07-2016

Rebecca Harms: 'Possibility of Turkey sanctions has to be considered'

The leader of the Green-European Free Alliance group spoke to EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel about the EU’s refugee deal with Turkey and its current chances of EU membership in the aftermath of the attempted coup.
Elections 19-07-2016

SPD chief backs Schulz's quest to stay in office

German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) wants his party colleague Martin Schulz to continue in his role as a European Parliament president, contrary to a previous informal agreement. EurActiv Germany reports.
Trade & Society 18-07-2016

Spain promotes self as 'bridge' between continents at Mongolia summit

At the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Mongolia, Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo outlined the role of his country as a "bridge" between Asia and Latin America. EurActiv Spain reports.
Global Europe 15-07-2016

France struck on its national day by horrific terrorist attack

A truck ploughed into a crowd in the French resort of Nice, killing at least 80 in what President François Hollande today (15 July) called a "terrorist" attack on revellers watching a Bastille Day fireworks display.
Trade & Society 14-07-2016

Ifo economist: 'China may not become a market economy in our lifetime'

Critics warn that granting Market Economy Status to China would threaten millions of European jobs. This is an exaggerated view, Erdal Yalcin told EurActiv Germany.