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19-06-2017

Greece blocks EU statement on China human rights at UN

Greece has blocked a European Union statement at the United Nations criticising China's human rights record, a decision EU diplomats said undermined efforts to confront Beijing's crackdown on activists and dissidents.

Politics 13-06-2017

EU summit draft backs closer defence ties, Paris climate accord

European Union leaders meeting next week will agree to boost cooperation on security and defence and express support for global trade and the Paris Agreement, according to a draft joint statement.

Climate change 08-06-2017

Fighting climate change needs green investment to go mainstream

Ad hoc measures won’t be enough to fight climate change. The EU needs to step up and the ECB should start pumping some of its €60 billion monthly investments into green projects, insists MEP Neena Gill.

06-06-2017

Sefcovic: Looking forward to working with US mayors, governors, progressive corporations

EXCLUSIVE: Speaking to EURACTIV just before he left for a visit to China from 5 to 9 June, Commission Vice President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič voiced the EU determination to work for reaching the Paris agreement goals despite the withdrawal of the Federal government.

02-06-2017

EU, China turn from trade to climate action to cement relations

The EU and China confirmed today (2 June) their decision to step up their cooperation against climate change. But disagreements over trade soured the end of the summit, as Beijing refused to sign the joint declaration.

02-06-2017

China must abandon ‘China First’ to be a solid partner to Europe

As China becomes an increasingly important partner for the EU, now is the time to take a strong stance on human rights and make sure Beijing provides fair access to European businesses, writes Marietje Schaake.

02-06-2017

Germany and China see eye-to-eye on trade

The United States is on a different page when it comes to free trade and climate change. China could move into the void that the Trump administration is rapidly vacating. EURACTIV Germany reports.

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Politics 02-06-2017

Tweets of the Week: The Paris Agreement, EU China Summit, Twiplomacy, and Covfefe

Once again, Donald Trump set Twitter on fire. Welcome to the covfefe kerfuffle.

China continues to violate sustainable fishing practices in Africa

The new EU law on sustainable management of the EU external fishing fleet can contribute to forcing global parties to take more responsibility for sustainable fisheries, writes MEP Linnéa Engström, vice-chair of the European Parliament’s fisheries committee.

Transport 31-05-2017

‘Chinese Balkan corridor’ pits EU north against south

The Western Balkans have become China’s preferred access point to the EU, and a corridor to Europe’s north from the Greek port of Piraeus is being financed by Beijing. But Brussels fears EU rules will not be respected, while in northern countries, big ports resent the competition.

Climate change 31-05-2017

EU and China: Bail out the climate or sink

The EU and China have two jobs when they meet in Brussels to discuss global action against climate change. The first is to figure out how to pump water out of the sinking ship faster than it’s pouring in, write Jorgo Riss and Shuo Li.

Economy & Jobs 30-05-2017

Proposal to block Chinese foreign investment faces uncertain future

Member states disagree on whether it is appropriate to create an EU mechanism to protect strategic sectors despite pressure exerted by the EU's largest countries.

29-05-2017

The EU urgently needs to review its Human Rights Dialogue with China

The EU's well-meaning declarations on human rights in China must be followed up by a regular, high-level dialogue with Beijing. The degradation of human rights in Tibet must be systematically raised at each EU-China Summit, including the one planned in Brussels for 2 June, write a group of MEPs.

29-05-2017

EU-China: Mending differences

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Brussels hosts the 19th EU-China summit on 1 and 2 June. The wide-ranging talks will cover issues from trade, climate change and migration to foreign policy and security.

17-05-2017

China’s ambitious Silk Road summit

In the last twenty years, the rise of China has been the most significant geopolitical and global economic development. It now faces further challenges in reforming its economy, an endeavour in which Europe can play a part, writes Fraser Cameron.

Defence policy 27-04-2017

Beijing picks Berlin to announce first ‘Made in China’ aircraft carrier

China launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier yesterday (26 April), amid rising tensions over North Korea, regional concerns about Beijing's assertiveness in the South China Sea and the country's broader military modernisation program.

Europe's East 13-04-2017

Trump: NATO ‘no longer obsolete’

After less than three months in office, President Donald Trump has abruptly shifted his stance on an array of foreign policy issues from the US relationship with Russia and China to the value of the NATO alliance.

Agrifood 30-03-2017

EU health chief says Brazil meat scandal ‘is not closed’

Brazil needs independent controls over its meat industry, the EU’s Health Commissioner said yesterday (29 March), as he wrapped up a visit to the country rocked by an anti-corruption investigation focusing on bribery of its food-sanitation inspectors.

Defence policy 24-02-2017

Trump suddenly likes the EU?

Donald Trump expressed support for the European Union on Thursday (23 February), which is surprising against the background previous remarks.

Trade & Society 16-02-2017

Asia wants a stronger global role for Europe

Given the unpredictability surrounding the future of US foreign policy, many Asian countries are beating a path to Brussels to shore up their relations with the EU, which remains the strongest supporter of the multilateral system, writes Fraser Cameron.

Security 14-02-2017

Munich Security Conference: Start of a post-Western era?

The Western world order as we know it is at risk, according to the annual Munich Security Report. Euractiv Germany reports.

Global Europe 13-02-2017

Tajani: The ‘UK will always be a European country’

President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani (EPP) told Euractiv Spain that austerity policies must go hand-in-hand with growth and that the United Kingdom will not be "an enemy" of the EU after Brexit.

Trade & Society 13-02-2017

China’s steel capacity grew in 2016 despite promises of cuts

China increased its steelmaking capacity last year by more than twice Britain's annual output, a report said on Monday (13 February), despite repeated pledges to cut huge excess in the sector.

Future EU 03-02-2017

Divided EU leaders put faith in transatlantic ties, despite Trump

Transatlantic relations are an absolute priority insisted European Council President Donald Tusk at the end of the informal summit in Malta where EU leaders today (3 February) discussed US President Donald Trump's comments on Europe and NATO.