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06/05/2016

EU emissions trading scheme needs urgent reform

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Future EU 06-05-2016

Juncker on EU anniversary: We have too many part-time Europeans

The presidents of Europe's three main institutions yesterday (5 May) presented a bleak picture of the European Union, saying the 28-nation bloc lacked leadership and was descending into petty, nationalist politics.
Elections 06-05-2016

Oppermann: ‘Any decent German must condemn’ AfD's stance on Islam

Thomas Oppermann, the SPD parliamentary group's chairman, spoke with EurActiv's partner Der Tagesspiegel about the rise of right-wing populism, Germany's relationship with Turkey and his own party's performance.
Elections 03-05-2016

Catalonia leader plans 'charm offensive' after Brexit referendum

Catalonia President Carles Puigdemont found the EU institutions’ doors closed in his first official visit to Belgium in early May, but he said that he would embark on a charm offensive after the in-or-out referendum in the United Kingdom next June.

Time has come for the European Parliament to tackle conflicts of interest

After almost four years since the European Parliament’s code of conduct was updated in the wake of a scandal, it is clear that it still lacks clarity, fails to provide appropriate limitations on MEPs’ second jobs and is only very weakly enforced, writes Paul de Clerck.
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.
Central Europe 25-04-2016

Poland’s Duda slams EU's lack of 'solidarity' with Eastern Europe

Polish President Andrzej Duda defied European Union criticism of his country's government yesterday (24 April), accusing the bloc of showing "too little solidarity" with its eastern members.
Euro & Finance 21-04-2016

Restore citizen confidence by tackling Europe's underlying crisis

Europe currently faces an overwhelming number of crises, but one feature unites them all: the EU is unable to make member states comply with its own rules, writes Ramon Tremosa.
Elections 20-04-2016

Ivan Krastev: Referendums cannot negotiate with each other

It is impossible that 20 % of the Dutch voters should take hostage of a common EU policy. The EU created a gifted class of intellectuals and bureaucrats and others, but they really lack a genuine political experience, Ivan Krastev told EurActiv Slovakia in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 14-04-2016

Turkey rejects European Parliament report as 'null and void'

Turkey on Thursday (14 April) rejected a European Parliament report which accused Ankara of "backsliding" on democracy, because of references that the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire constituted genocide, EU Affairs Minister Volkan Bozkir said.
Global Europe 14-04-2016

Refugee country ‘safe lists’ complicated by European disunity

The Geneva Convention clearly defines where can be considered a "safe country of origin", but the refugee crisis has complicated the issue and thrust it back into the limelight. EurActiv’s partner treffpunkteuropa.de reports.
Central Europe 12-04-2016

Enhanced cooperation needed between Visegrad Group & Western Balkans

The refugee crisis and the fight against terrorism have made the EU and Western Balkans realise first-hand how interdependent we have become. Now is the time for enhanced engagement with the Western Balkans write Ditmir Bushati  and Lubomír Zaorálek.
UK & Europe 11-04-2016

Graf Lambsdorff: EU ‘clearly went too far’ in Brexit concessions

EXCLUSIVE / The European Council agreed in February to a number of reforms proposed by Britain to try and counter the risk of the UK leaving the bloc in a June referendum. Alexander Graf Lambsdorff spoke to EurActiv Germany about the historic vote.


Global Europe 11-04-2016

Why we should ban referenda on EU policies

IIt is hardly democratic that 30% of voters in one member state can block a policy approved by 27 member states, writes Fraser Cameron.
Euro & Finance 06-04-2016

Handling our structural problems a prerequisite for openness

The Five President’s Report does not provide enough answers on how to push through vital reforms and does not focus on how to solve the monetary union’s main problems, writes Paul Lindquist.
Euro & Finance 23-03-2016

Pervenche Berès: Eurozone budget carries a ‘strong political message’

Plans for a eurozone budget have progressed quickly in recent months. The European Parliament is finalising its proposals and two European Council summits will focus on the subject by the end of the year.
Future EU 22-03-2016

Financing the EU primary elections 2019

Leading EU think tanks and European Political Parties came together to present their ideas regarding the financing of the European primary elections ahead of the next round in 2019.
Euro & Finance 18-03-2016

Draghi warns EU leaders he can't fix the economy on his own

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi warned European leaders on Thursday (17 March) that monetary policy alone would not be enough to jump-start the economy and that governments needed to do their job by pushing through structural reforms.
Future EU 16-03-2016

Elmar Brok: 'The idea that the EU will not advance any further is false'

EU treaty changes are laborious and come with a great deal of uncertainty. As a result, the European Parliament is assessing an own-initiative report that intends to assess what reforms of the functioning of the EU are possible without treaty changes. EurActiv Germany reports.

EU-Turkey deal: Decisive or divisive?

If European Union leaders were expecting Turkish PrimeMminister Ahmet Davutoğlu to meekly accede to their expectations and demands at the migration summit last week, they were clearly mistaken, write Mehmet Öğütçü and Stephen Jones.
Euro & Finance 15-03-2016

Maystadt: Consensus quietly growing for eurozone budget

A consensus has emerged in Germany, France and Italy over the need to create a eurozone budget, according to Belgium’s former Minister of Finance, Philippe Maystadt. But the popularity of anti-European parties is blocking progress. EurActiv France reports.
UK & Europe 14-03-2016

Majority of French back holding ‘Frexit’ referendum

53% of French surveyed would like to hold a referendum on their country’s continued EU membership, a new poll has revealed, fuelling fears in Brussels that Britain’s own referendum will give others ideas and unravel the EU’s unity.

Women's Day: More women in politics? It’s 2016!

When asked why he had picked a gender parity cabinet the Canadian Prime Minister replied, “because its 2015”, a simple riposte to a journalist’s question of why there should be more women in politics. Melanie Sully asks if parliaments or governments can be a mirror reflection of society.

Europe needs a strategy of confidence, not politics of fear

As Europe faces numerous crises, Karl Aiginger, Jean-Paul Fitoussi and Paul De Grauwe call for clear, coherent, long-term policies and measures.

EU emissions trading scheme needs urgent reform

The EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) puts thousands of jobs at serious risk in the steel, chemical, fertiliser and refining sectors, writes Marcin Bodio.