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MEPs step in to ease sanctions over deficit rules

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Global Europe 27-10-2016

Yazidi women win Parliament's Sakharov prize

Yazidi activists Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar, victims of sexual slavery carried out by Islamic State, have won the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize. EurActiv Spain reports.

The Brief: Is CETA a dead parrot or a zombie?

European Council President Donald Tusk this morning told MEPs that the EU could still sign the CETA trade deal with Canada tomorrow, despite the veto by a number of Belgian regional assemblies.
Global Europe 21-10-2016

Netherland's Rutte still mired in Ukraine referendum aftermath

At the EU summit overnight (20-21 October) Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte obtained little support for his proposals for a way forward following the referendum in which his compatriots rejected the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.

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.
Trade & Society 20-10-2016

Schulz makes a plea to back EU-Canada trade deal

European Parliament President Martin Schulz made a plea on Wednesday (19 October) to back the EU-Canada trade deal insisting it has the power to shape globalisation.
Elections 19-10-2016

Europe's socialists in disarray, Germany tries to plot course away from trouble

No matter where you look in Europe, socialists are in a tight spot. In the south, their voters are jumping ship to the left and in the north they are haemorraging support to the extreme parties of both the left and right. EurActiv Germany reports.

The Brief: Is 'better regulation' getting better?

Is the European Commission’s 'better regulation' strategy getting, well, better? The REFIT program, where EU laws are called in for “fitness checks”, was touted as Brussels’ response to the accusation it was drowning Europe in red tape.
Global Europe 11-10-2016

Putin in Berlin - and Paris? - on 19 October for Ukraine talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Berlin on 19 October for talks with some leaders of the European Union and Ukraine to discuss a solution to the Ukrainian crisis, a Kremlin aide told reporters yesterday (10 October).
Future EU 28-09-2016

Eurosceptic MEPs float anti-Schulz amendment

A group of MEPs have produced an amendment aimed at limiting the mandate of a European Parliament president to five years, or two half-mandates. A manoeuvre specifically designed to outflank Martin Schulz. EurActiv France reports.
Elections 23-09-2016

Brussels or Berlin? Schulz tight-lipped on possible tilt at chancellor

At an event in Berlin ahead of meeting British Prime Minister Theresa May, European Parliament President Martin Schulz was careful not to reveal too much about his future career plans. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Global Europe 22-09-2016

Outsourcing European border security - 'at the whim of foreign dictators'?

If Europe wants to stabilise itself against the relentless pressure of South-North migration — a must rather than an option now — taking matters into its own hands is the only sustainable way forward, argues Leopold Traugott.

‘Flexible solidarity’ becomes new tool in response to refugee crisis

The Bratislava summit marks a turning point in the evolution of the EU’s response to the migration crisis, as Germany and other Western nations appeared to accept the Visegrad Group's alternative to relocation and migrant quotas, called "flexible solidarity”.

Schulz admits mandatory relocation of refugees has failed

Speaking to journalists at the start of the Bratislava summit today (16 September), Parliament President Martin Schulz admitted that the system of relocating refugees based on mandatory quotas isn't working, and that the Visegrad group is expected to table an alternative proposal.
Elections 15-09-2016

EPP candidates line up to replace Schulz

Five centre-right candidates are in the running to become the next president of the European Parliament. But after five years in the job, Martin Schulz has no intention of stepping down. EurActiv France reports.
Future EU 14-09-2016

State of the Union: As it happened

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker kicked off his State of the European Union address at the European Parliament at 9am today (14 Wednesday). EurActiv's live feed brought breaking news, live video and analysis of the speech.

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).
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.

A busy week ahead for Juncker

On top of delivering his State of the Union address at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday (14 September), the European Commission chief will this week field questions from bloggers ahead of the EU’s first 27-state post-Brexit summit. EurActiv France reports.
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.
Global Europe 02-09-2016

Schulz signals visa-free travel for Turks possible despite differences

The European Union wants Turkey to change its anti-terrorism law which it considers too broad but such differences do not mean a deal to grant Turkish citizens visa-free access to Europe will fail, the European parliament chief said yesterday (1 September).
Global Europe 24-08-2016

Venezuela democracy under threat, EU parliament chief says

European Parliament President Martin Schulz warned on Tuesday (23 August) that Venezuela's democracy is "in danger", as it grapples with a severe political and economic crisis.
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.

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 21-07-2016

MEPs step in to ease sanctions over deficit rules

The European Parliament’s intervention “would benefit” Spain and Portugal, as they face the freezing of millions in EU funds for having breached fiscal rules, sources told