Politics

Future EU 23-11-2017

Tusk confirms December summit on future of eurozone will be held

A summit of euro zone leaders will go ahead as planned in the middle of December, the chairman of European Union leaders said yesterday (22 November), dispelling speculation it might be postponed because of the collapse of German coalition talks.

23-11-2017

Balancing secrecy and openness, the EU strives for transparency

EU laws go through a roller-coaster of opacity, with lawmaking only becoming visible in some parts of the process. But a new regime could extend this transparency from conception to birth.

Global Europe 23-11-2017

France calls urgent UN meeting over Libya slavery

France on Wednesday (22 November) called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council over slave-trading in Libya as President Emmanuel Macron blasted the auctioning of Africans as a crime against humanity.

Future EU 23-11-2017

Time to re-energise Europe

Europe must not stand still and the Leaders Agenda is a step in the right direction. But we must seize the current window of opportunity to re-energise the EU by tackling multiple issues at once, argue Herman Van Rompuy and Janis A. Emmanouilidis.

Elections 23-11-2017

A national list for European elections gains momentum in France

All the political families consulted by the French presidency seem to favour a national list to replace regional ballots for the 2019 European elections, with the exception of some centre-right deputies. EURACTIV France reports.

Lambert van Nistelrooij during the EPP-hearing on the 7th Cohesion Report, 8 November 2017.
Economy & Jobs 23-11-2017

Cohesion funds can stop Europe from moving at different speeds

Cross-border and inter-regional cooperation in cohesion and research & development spending is still limited, but very much needed to prevent a multi-speed Europe writes Lambert van Nistelrooij. To unlock Europe's growth opportunities, the MEP calls for smart regional specialisation and an Innovation Pact 2.0.

23-11-2017

Lawmaking in the dark

The image of unelected bureaucrats making secret deals in smoke-filled rooms has gained traction in recent years, fueling populist resentment towards the European Union.

Elections 22-11-2017

Post-Jamaica collapse: Germany’s EU policymaking clout on the back-burner

After talks between Germany's four main political parties collapsed, the acting government's capacity to participate in EU-level decisions is limited. But important progress still needs to be made to pursue the reform process within the EU. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Enlargement 22-11-2017

Ex-Bosnian Serb commander Mladic convicted to life in prison for genocide

A U.N. tribunal convicted on Wednesday (22 November) former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic of genocide and crimes against humanity committed in Bosnia, including Europe's biggest massacre since World War II, and sentenced him to life in prison.

Energy 22-11-2017

Next German government must not fight for right to pollute

The next German government must embrace EU protections rather than fight for the right to pollute, insists Christian Schaible.

Economy & Jobs 22-11-2017

Lack of German government puts eurozone integration plans on hold

The collapse of talks on a new German government means that the eurozone's ambitious plans for deeper economic integration could be put on hold, officials said on Tuesday (21 November).

Elections 22-11-2017

Berlusconi takes his comeback bid to Europe rights court

Italy's scandal-plagued former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi today (22 November) takes his comeback bid to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, asking it to weigh in on his ban from holding elected office.

Brexit 22-11-2017

UK lawmakers vote against retaining EU Charter of Fundamental Rights after Brexit

The UK Prime Minister narrowly avoided defeat in Parliament after a slim majority of MPs voted late on Tuesday (21 November)  against retaining the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights after Brexit.

Agrifood 22-11-2017

Agri-food industries highlight risks of hard Brexit, demand clarity

The EU’s food and drink industry has joined forces with farmers and agri-food traders to call for a smooth Brexit transition and highlight the damage a cliff-edge EU exit would do to the bloc’s food chain.

Electricity 22-11-2017

Brexit impact on energy markets could be ‘limited’, study says

Brexit could have a limited effect on energy markets in both the United Kingdom and the European Union, according to a new study that is optimistic about the future of energy policy. But the Court of Auditors has warned that experimental energy research could suffer

Energy 22-11-2017

An agenda for Germany’s ecological modernisation

No matter which parties will eventually form a coalition, Germany’s next government will continue with an agenda of ecological modernisation, writes Arne Jungjohann. Based  on exploratory coalition talks, he explains how such an agenda could look like.

21-11-2017

The Brief: More coin-tossing, please

Yesterday the Council agreed to send the EU’s Medicines Agency to Amsterdam and its Banking Authority to Paris. The results were hardly a shock but the process was an eye-opener.

Brexit 21-11-2017

Paris celebrates the arrival of the European Banking Authority

At the end of a suspenseful day, delegates from 27 EU governments meeting in the General Affairs Council chose to relocate the European Medicines Agency to Amsterdam and the European Banking Authority to Paris. EURACTIV France reports.

21-11-2017

In a time of strong men politics, how do women (re)group?

The surge of rightwing nationalist parties throughout Europe has led to an increase in sexist, demeaning remarks as well as attempts to repeal crucial legislation affecting women’s rights, warn representatives of the Brussels Binder.

Illegal logging to cost Poland €100k a day in EU fines

The European Union's top court said on Monday (20 November) Poland would be fined €100,000 a day if it did not stop large-scale logging in Bialowieza Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Elections 21-11-2017

German crisis causes EU headache

Efforts to form a coalition government have failed, Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (20 November), pitching Germany into its worse political crisis for decades, raising the prospect of fresh elections and causing the EU a serious headache.

Brexit 20-11-2017

Amsterdam, Paris take EU agencies in lucky dip thriller

Amsterdam and Paris won the right to host the two EU agencies that must leave London on Brexit after a dramatic ministerial meeting in Brussels on Monday (20 November) that left both result decided by drawing lots after votes were tied.

20-11-2017

The Brief: The ‘Made in Germany’ bottleneck

It was almost indifference with which the international public seemed to take notice of the election results in Germany. The only important thing, it seemed, was that Angela Merkel, albeit scarcely, managed to climb to the top again. Especially because for Europe, the German chancellor stands for stability.

Elections 20-11-2017

Austria makes progress in government formation

Unlike in Germany, Austrian coalition negotiations have progressed much further. The FPÖ insists on an "equal footing" in the talks, while the ÖVP wants to have everything signed, sealed and delivered before the Christmas break. EURACTIV Germany reports.