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Improving the EU’s poor air quality requires stricter regulation and significant investment. But the long term health benefits must outweigh financial concerns, argues Berk Brunekreef.
Applying financial rules to energy companies will hurt consumers and reduce the industry’s competitiveness, argues Paul Dawson.
Those who wish Europe well will be hoping that Merkel can emulate Kohl’s leadership, and that Hollande can cut a more commanding figure than the wily Mitterrand, writes Andrew Duff.
A new strategy on Syria is a matter of urgency, given the magnitude of the refugee exodus, and the threat ISIS poses to Europe, writes Guido Steinberg .
Fear of the unknown and threats of retaliation have replaced prosperity as the force maintaining cohesion in Europe. This will progressively weaken Europe's balance of power, writes Andrea Bosoni.
Despite the recent nuclear agreement deal signed with Iran, problems with Tehran persist. Chief among these is the issue of human rights, writes Ryszard Czarnecki.
According to François Decoster, it's time for European citizens to demand from their national leaders a clear answer to a fundamental question: “Who governs?”
Pundits often point to the US as a model for Europe. They should be looking east instead, writes Amit S. Mukherjee.
As the only tool for public participation in the EU’s democratic process, the European Citizens’ Initiative must be revised and improved as soon as possible, writes Sophie von Hatzfeldt.
Press freedom is a reliable barometer of the state of democracy. But the EU’s failure to live up to its own standards undermines its influence on the rest of the world, argues Jean-Paul Marthoz.
Sovereignty is nationalism in sheep’s clothing and is threatening to tear Europe apart, writes Angel Saz-Carranza.
Serbia has been at the heart of the ongoing refugee crisis. It is time for the EU to reward its actions by opening the first negotiation chapter, writes Stevan Randjelovic.