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25/09/2016

Hollande tries to bring together Europe’s South

EU Priorities 2020


An economy of, by and for the people

Europe’s economy has clearly seen better days. Facing great technological and societal change, it is marred by a sluggish recovery and a lack of investment, write Reinhard Bütikofer and Philippe Lamberts.
Global Europe 19-09-2016

Frustrated Renzi attacks EU and Merkel after 'boat trip' Bratislava summit

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi stepped up his attacks against other European Union leaders yesterday (18 September) after an EU summit in Bratislava which he said amounted to no more than "a nice cruise on the Danube."
Future EU 16-09-2016

Divided EU seeks unity after Brexit at Bratislava summit

EU leaders meet without Britain in Bratislava on Friday (16 September) to chart their post-Brexit future, focusing on defence cooperation and border security in a bid to heal deep divisions in particular over migration.
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.
Future EU 15-09-2016

Top secret: Commission lists enemies before pro-EU offensive

The European Commission identified opponents to its flagship initiatives in an internal document assessing the feasibility of bringing forward its proposals to “reunite Europe” in the aftermath of Brexit.
Future EU 14-09-2016

Brexit battlers Farage and Verhofstadt butt heads at State of the Union speech

The European Parliament's Brexit point man Guy Verhofstadt today (14 September) clashed with UKIP leader Nigel Farage at the debate after Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's State of the Union speech.
InterviewSpecial Report

James Nix: Brexit could pave the way for EU-wide carbon tax

SPECIAL REPORT / Originally, the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) only came into place because the UK was opposed to using taxation as a policy instrument to reduce global warming. With Brexit, there is now an opportunity to look again at an EU-wide carbon tax, according to James Nix.
EU Priorities 2020 14-09-2016

Midterm budget review digs in EU’s hidden pockets

As EurActiv.com disclosed on 12 January, the tiny tweaks to the EU budget under the midterm review amount to a further disbursement of €12.7 billion hidden in EU coffers.
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.
Digital 14-09-2016

Juncker to announce €200 billion extra funds in 'State of the Union' speech

Energy and digital infrastructure projects are expected to receive a further €200 billion funding boost under plans to be announced today (14 September) by the President of the European Commission in his State of the Union address.
UK & Europe 13-09-2016

Bratislava: Beginning of the battle for the ‘anxious middle’

As Europe begins to think in earnest about life after the UK, the future of the EU remains very much obscured. In the week leading up to the Bratislava summit, a number of think tanks have outlined what they think the historic meeting will bring, continuing with Brigid Laffan.
EU Priorities 2020 13-09-2016

EU to slash funds to Eastern Europe to step up migration budget

European Union countries agreed on Monday (12 September) to slash funds from next year's EU budget to poor regions of the bloc, mostly in the east, while increasing spending to manage migration flows and spur growth.


My loyalty will be to the EU, UK's 'last Commissioner' tells MEPs

Sir Julian King, the man likely to be the United Kingdom’s final European Commissioner, insisted tonight (12 September) that if MEPs confirmed him in the post his loyalty would be to the European Union rather than Great Britain.
Future EU 12-09-2016

Will Europe’s year debut be a success?

As Europe begins to think in earnest about life after the UK, the future of the EU remains very much obscured. In the week leading up to the Bratislava summit, a number of think tanks have outlined what they think the historic meeting will bring, starting with Jean-Dominique Giuliani.
Future EU 12-09-2016

Restoring a Europe built on values for its youth

EXCLUSIVE / The Brexit vote has highlighted the need to restore the values that founded Europe in order to combat the rise of nationalism, populism and anti-European sentiment, writes Jacques Delors.
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.

Breweries, bakeries and brides: Where Italy spent its EU billions

The EU promised the south of Italy billions to promote research and innovation, but, as EurActiv Germany reports, the money was spent on some strange projects...
Euro & Finance 07-09-2016

Dijsselbloem: Fight tax avoidance to boost EU equality

Fighting tax avoidance should be a cornerstone of a push by EU authorities for greater equality as they seek a response to a rise in populism across the continent, the head of eurozone finance ministers said on Tuesday (6 September).
Future EU 07-09-2016

Visegrad group to table proposals at Bratislava summit

Four eastern European countries will stake out a joint position at next week's  Bratislava summit on the EU's post-Brexit future, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło said yesterday (6 September).
Security 05-09-2016

EU should give more funds to peace, not subsidise the arms industry

Subsidising the arms industry is not the way the once-peace EU project will improve its popularity with eurosceptic citizens. Especially not when it is done on advice from the industry lobby. Instead, the EU should invest in jobs and research projects which contribute to the prevention of conflicts, says the Laetitia Sedou.
Agriculture & Food 02-09-2016

France seeks renewed ‘legitimacy’ for EU farm policy post-Brexit

In light of an unprecedented farming crisis, EU agriculture ministers will gather in France today (2 September) to exchange views on the future role of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after Britain's decision to leave the 28-country bloc.
UK & Europe 02-09-2016

Van Rompuy: Brexit will take 'years and years'

No need to panic, the UK was on its way out of the EU years ago. This was the view shared by Herman Van Rompuy and the EU foreign affairs ministers who met in Paris on Thursday (1 September). EurActiv France reports.
Future EU 29-08-2016

Germany, Poland and France revive ‘Weimar Triangle’ in wake of Brexit vote

The German, French and Polish foreign ministers vowed Sunday (28 August) to increase ties between their countries when Britain leaves the EU to secure a safer and more effective union.
Future EU 26-08-2016

Hollande tries to bring together Europe’s South

At a meeting of socialist leaders yesterday (25 August), French President François Hollande pleaded against the rise of populism. He also announced his participation in another summit of the EU’s southern countries in Athens, on 9 September. EurActiv France reports.