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02/05/2016

Finance ministers give mixed reaction to Commission response to Panama Papers

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UK & Europe 02-05-2016

Geoffrey Harris: A European career between two referendums

Geoffrey Harris, an old hand in the European Parliament, started his career just after the European Communities membership referendum, and will retire days before the Brexit referendum. In a wide-ranging interview, he tells of people and events that made EU history.
Trade & Society 29-04-2016

CETA runs into trouble with Dutch, Walloon parliaments

Just days after rejecting the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in a nationwide vote, the Dutch parliament has passed a motion rejecting provisional application of the EU-Canada trade deal, known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
Development Policy 29-04-2016

International aid struggling to answer Haiti SOS

Haiti is suffering from both a literal and figurative perfect storm of events: earthquakes, extreme weather, drought, poverty and hunger. International aid provided by both the UN and EU could be insufficient. EurActiv’s partner El País – Planeta Futuro reports.
Global Europe 29-04-2016

Parliament refuses to allocate more EU aid money to migration crisis

MEPs yesterday (28 April) blocked a motion to increase spending from the European Development Fund on the migration crisis, resisting the creeping securitisation of aid spending. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 29-04-2016

Pittella: Hawks are condemning Greece to death

The IMF and German hawks want the patient dead. And they still want a Grexit. But the Socialists say “Non passerano” [they will not pass], Gianni Pittella, leader of the Socialist and Democrats group in the European Parliament, told Euractiv.com in an exclusive interview.
Europe's East 29-04-2016

Ukraine and Russia see opportunity in Easter ceasefire

Ukraine told the UN Security Council yesterday (28 April) that a fragile ceasefire must be strengthened before progress can be achieved in political talks on solving the two-year conflict in the country's east.

Sweden extends border controls until November

The Swedish government is planning to prolong the ID checks it is currently carrying out on the border with Denmark until November, government sources confirmed yesterday (28 April).
Trade & Society 29-04-2016

EU and US say they don’t aim at ‘TTIP-light’

US and European Union trade officials said yesterday (28 April) they would not settle for a limited trans-Atlantic free trade deal that ignores deep divisions on agricultural products, services, public procurement and dispute resolution.
Europe's East 28-04-2016

Post-Soviet ‘frozen conflicts’

The number of post-Soviet frozen conflicts has only grown, as a result of the failure of international mediation to solve them. After Nagorno-Karabakh, Transnistria and Abkhazia and South Ossetia, it seems that eastern Ukraine also qualifies as a frozen conflict.

Three years after Rana Plaza: Progress on corporate responsibility remains modest

More than one thousand workers died in the Rana Plaza factory collapse. Responsible business initiatives have since emerged, but EU companies are still not obligated to prevent human rights abuses in their supply chain, write Paige Morrow and Jérôme Chaplier.
Global Europe 28-04-2016

Obama and the European Union

European integration was an American idea. If the European Union falls apart, it is hard to see how NATO survives, even in its current state, writes George Friedman.
Trade & Society 28-04-2016

Fear of TTIP, globalisation, or a middle class downgrade?

Beyond the technical questions of regulation and trade barriers, TTIP taps into middle class concerns about the nature of globalisation and demographic change, writes Elvire Fabry.


Global Europe 27-04-2016

EU wants to boost Arctic ties with Russia despite Ukraine tensions

The EU is ready to step up cooperation with Russia on the future of the Arctic despite tensions between Brussels and Moscow over the conflict in Ukraine, foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Wednesday (27 April).
Agriculture & Food 27-04-2016

Fishing industry in murky waters

Today 85% of global fish stocks are over-exploited, depleted or fully exploited, to the extent that without urgent measures, we may be the last generation to catch food from the oceans, writes Linnéa Engström.
Development Policy 26-04-2016

Corruption continues to hinder Global Fund's work

The Global Fund has financed anti-malaria programmes in 100 countries since its foundation in 2002. However, there are flaws in the system and the spectre of corruption is ever present. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Global Europe 26-04-2016

Berlin steps up efforts to expand its ‘safe list’

Critics have denounced Germany's intention to put Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia on a list of safe countries of origin in an attempt to reduce the number of asylum seekers coming from those countries. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 26-04-2016

Burundi general killed as ICC opens probe into atrocities

A top Tutsi general was gunned down in Burundi yesterday (25 April), the latest bloodshed in a year of violent political turmoil that has now prompted a preliminary probe by international prosecutors into a litany of atrocities.

US backs NATO blockade of Libya to close refugee route

The United States yesterday (25 April) offered its backing for a NATO naval operation off Libya in support of a controversial Italian plan to close the Western Mediterranean refugee route to Europe.

Commission calls for closer cooperation to combat foreign fighters

Poor information sharing between security services is one of the great shortcomings of European cooperation. About 5,000 Europeans are thought to have joined extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, but only 1,615 appear on Europe’s official list.  EurActiv Spain reports.
Global Europe 26-04-2016

Obama says Putin undermines EU unity

US President Barack Obama said yesterday (25 April) that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin is trying to undermine European unity, which he sees as a threat.
Development Policy 26-04-2016

A year on after Nepal earthquake: Life tries to return to normal

On 25 April 2015, a large-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, devastating rural communities. EurActiv’s partner El País – Planeta Futuro travelled to the South Asian country to see how the local population has recovered and what impact EU-funded projects are having.
Global Europe 26-04-2016

Europe can do more to safeguard religious minorities

The suicide bombings on Easter Sunday in Lahore, Pakistan, should act as a reminder that the European Union needs a high-level office in charge of freedom of religion and belief in the world, writes Sophia Kuby.

Germany urged to rethink climate goals

German environmental groups have called upon the government to up national climate protection targets and have called a recent amendment to the country's Renewable Energy Act (EEG) "counterproductive". EurActiv Germany reports.
Euro & Finance 25-04-2016

Finance ministers give mixed reaction to Commission response to Panama Papers

The release of the Panama Papers has pushed EU finance ministers into stepping up the fight against tax fraud. However, some of the bloc’s financial chiefs have concerns about the Commission’s proposal to publish the tax records of large companies. EurActiv Germany reports.