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The Brief: The chances of anything coming from Mars

The chances of any signals coming from Europe’s Mars lander are a million to one, they said.

The Brief: Does the EU actually care about Syria?

The European Union slapped sanctions on Russia for annexing Crimea. Why isn’t it doing the same to Moscow for breaking international law in Syria?
Transport 05-10-2016

EU 'ready to explore' free InterRail tickets for European teenagers

The European Commission is considering handing out free InterRail tickets to all young Europeans when they turn 18, following up on a proposal made by Members of the European Parliament to counter the wave of euroscepticism spreading across the continent.
Public Affairs 15-09-2016

European Parliament quietly scuppers lobbying reform

The European Parliament has indefinitely postponed a vote on an initiative that was meant to bring clarity to MEPs' side activities and rein in lobbyists. But no one wants to shoulder the blame. EurActiv Germany reports.

German coalition strains spill over to European Parliament

Strains in Germany's right-centre ruling coalition are playing out in the race for the presidency of the European Parliament, with the conservative European People's Party (EPP) trying to oust Martin Schulz, a German centre-left Social Democrat (S&D).
Development Policy 14-09-2016

Lawmakers slam diversion of EU aid to 'Trust Fund for Africa'

A little under a year since its launch, the EU’s Trust Fund for Africa is largely financed with EU development money and has failed to convince MEPs. EurActiv France reports.
Future EU 12-09-2016

EU Parliament ‘Grand Coalition’ is at risk, party leaders admit

A dispute over who should be appointed as the next President of the EU Assembly as well as disagreement about austerity-driven policies have put the two biggest political parties in the European Parliament on a collision course that endangers the 'grand coalition', EurActiv has learned.
Elections 09-09-2016

Schulz: Will he stay or will he go?

Martin Schulz is supposed to give up the European Parliament presidency in January, under an agreement brokered between the two biggest political groups. But a change of plans is afoot. EurActiv Germany reports.
UK & Europe 07-07-2016

What should happen to British MEPs?

The uncertainty created by the Brexit referendum has left members of the European Parliament deeply divided over the future role their British colleagues should play. But most agree that Nigel Farage should go. EurActiv France reports.
UK & Europe 25-06-2016

Parliament: No deal for a new EU-UK relationship before Brexit activation

In an effort to protect EU’s integrity, European Parliament party leaders have urged David Cameron to fully respect the British citizens' will and “immediately” activate Article 50 of the Treaty to start Britain's EU withdrawal process.
UK & Europe 10-06-2016

European Parliament plans extraordinary session in case of Brexit vote

As the European Parliament's last session before the UK referendum drew to a close in Strasbourg, some MEPs openly expressed concerns over Brexit, while others chose to hide their heads in the sand. EurActiv France reports.
Energy 18-05-2016

MEPs recognised the Nord Stream threat - the rest of the EU should follow

The European Parliament stood up to its role as the democratic conscience of the European Union by saying loud and clear that the Nord Stream 2 project must be stopped, writes Jacek Saryusz-Wolski.
Europe's East 04-05-2016

Analyst: Germany has ideas for solving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

After the 4-day war in Nagorno-Karabakh at the beginning of April, we may see changes at the negotiating table, as Berlin has indicated it would like to take a stronger role, Amanda Paul, Senior Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre (EPC), told in an exclusive interview.
Energy 02-05-2016

EPP takes strong position against Nord Stream 2

The centre-right European Peoples’ Party (EPP), the largest group in the European Parliament, has taken a strong position against Nord Stream 2, a Gazprom-favoured project to bring additional Russian gas from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea.
Euro & Finance 27-04-2016

European Parliament funding of neo-Nazi conference rings alarm bells

The far-right Alliance for Peace and Freedom (APF) party has received EU-funding to the tune of €600,000, highlighting the ease with which neo-fascist groups have access to European Parliament financing. EurActiv Germany reports.
Euro & Finance 13-04-2016

European Parliament vies to lead Panama Papers inquiry

The European Parliament will vote on whether to create a committee of inquiry into the Panama Papers this Thursday (14 April) - and may decide to merge the new body with the special committee on Tax Rulings. EurActiv France reports.
UK & Europe 16-02-2016

Cameron fails to get EU Parliament assurances over emergency brake

UK Prime Minister David Cameron today (16 February) in Brussels failed to gain assurances from European Parliament leaders that they would pass unchanged the so-called emergency brake mechanism to stop new EU migrants to Britain claiming in-work benefits.
Europe's East 09-02-2016

EPP leader: ‘War refugees should only be granted temporary residency’

Manfred Weber, the leader of the EPP group in Parliament, has welcomed Turkey's commitment to reduce the number of refugees crossing into Europe. EU member states must now do their part and start taking in their quotas of refugees, he said. EurActiv’s partner Tagesspiegel reports.
Central Europe 03-02-2016

MEPs' migration debate turns into ‘stress test’ of European values

We are on a stress test of our European values, Bert Koenders, Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister admitted in the European Parliament yesterday (2 February), following a 5-hour debate on the ongoing migration crisis, in which more than 150 statements were made.

Renzi clash with Juncker and Merkel escalates

The tensions between Rome and Brussels have intensified, with a tough exchange of words in the light of the unfolding refugee crisis, and a looming banking crisis in Italy.

Parliament leaders sign joint refugee letter ahead of Valletta summit

The heads of three political groups in the European Parliament sent a joint letter yesterday (9 November) to the 28 EU leaders urging them to back the European Commission’s proposals on refugees. EurActiv Greece reports.

MEPs debate migrant crisis after Juncker's State of the Union address

On Wednesday (9 September), MEPs held a heated debate on how to tackle the refugee crisis in Europe after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his first ever State of the Union Speech in Strasbourg.
Euro & Finance 21-07-2015

German coalition in turmoil over Schäuble

The conflict over Wolfgang Schäuble’s Grexit proposal is entering a new round, after Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel accused the finance minister of being unreasonable. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 08-07-2015

Tsipras faces the heat of the EU machine

Alexis Tsipras found himself under enormous pressure today (8 July), as he was attacked by representatives of the institutions, centre, and centre-right MEPs.