Politics

Global Europe 20-10-2017

Italy seeks EU’s help on migration

Italy's Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni sought member states' support for stemming migrant flows at this week's EU summit and called for an EU mission to police Niger's border with Libya.

20-10-2017

The Brief: More EU money for Turkey’s civil society

The toughest discussions EU leaders had during the two-day summit that just ended was on Turkey, multiple sources said.

20-10-2017

Source: Malicious act suspected in Europe building poisoning

Investigations have been conducted in the Europa building in Brussels to make sure that no poisonous material was maliciously placed inside the ventilation system, a source told EURACTIV on Friday (20 October), after two incidents were reported there in the past week.

Brexit 20-10-2017

#EUCO wrapup: EU summit agrees on ‘Leaders agenda’ despite Brexit

EU leaders wound up two-days of high-level talks in Brussels on Friday (20 October). Digital single market, migration, defence, but also Catalonia and Turkey, were discussed on Thursday. On Brexit, the leaders welcomed 'some progress' in the talks, but said it was not enough to move to phase two, postponing that assessment for December.

Data protection 20-10-2017

Facial recognition gains grounds in Europe, among big-brother fears

Facial recognition is gaining ground in Europe. But this technology, used to achieve common security objectives on the ground, raises questions about human rights. EURACTIV France reports.

20-10-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Brussels supports Rajoy as everyone wants sanity between Madrid and Barcelona

The escalating tension between Spain’s central government and its counterpart (Govern) in Catalonia has followed the expected script.

20-10-2017

Truckers from western Europe break posted workers rules, Czech border checks show

Employers from the western EU Member States don’t stick to the rules when it comes to posted workers, a series of checks conducted by the Czech Republic has shown.

Elections 20-10-2017

Warsaw keeps an eye on neighbouring Czech elections

Czechs will elect their new parliament on Friday and Saturday (20-21 October), with former deputy Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, an anti-migrant Eurosceptic and one of the wealthiest men in the country, set to win the most votes, according to the latest opinion polls.

Development Policy 20-10-2017

Juncker: Member states contributed too little to Africa Fund

Speaking to the press after the first round of talks of the EU summit yesterday (19 October), Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that the EU action was “reaching its limits” due to insufficient financing.

Brexit 20-10-2017

May pleads for Brexit deal she can sell at home

British Prime Minister Theresa May pressed EU leaders on the first day of the EU summit yesterday (19 October) for a Brexit deal she can "defend" at home as her counterparts said at a summit in Brussels that there were encouraging signs of progress in the talks.

Enlargement 20-10-2017

Serbia is moving forward, PM says after 100 days in office

Serbian citizens eagerly awaited Prime Minister Ana Brnabić to present her cabinet's first 100 days in office, not because they wanted to be reminded of what the government had done but to find out how much their pensions and salaries would be raised. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

Elections 20-10-2017

Only Belgium breaks ranks in EU unity with Madrid

As the Spanish government vowed to take back powers from the Catalan regional government, EU leaders closed ranks behind Madrid on the first day of the EU summit yesterday (19 October), with only Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel urging moderation and dialogue.

Elections 20-10-2017

Schäuble successor in focus of German coalition talks

This week saw German political parties open talks to form a first-ever four-way coalition, with a successor to respected and feared paymaster Wolfgang Schäuble at the finance ministry one of the top prizes.

Global Europe 19-10-2017

Borissov gives preview of Turkey debate before EU summit dinner

The future of EU-Turkey relations was an agenda item at Thursday's (19 October) EU summit dinner, which was still ongoing at the time this article was published.

Global Europe 19-10-2017

The Brief: Can Europe afford to continue its ‘politics with a smile’?

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini described yesterday the European way of doing politics: with a smile.

Future EU 19-10-2017

Rajoy to trigger Article 155 on Catalonia: what does it mean?

The Spainsh government will trigger Article 155, a constitutional process that will strip Catalonia of its regional autonomy. But how will the process work? EURACTIV Spain reports.

Future EU 19-10-2017

Spain moves to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy

Spain will move to suspend Catalonia's autonomy, the government said on Thursday (18 October), after Catalan President Carles Puigdemont refused to drop the region's drive to break away from Madrid following the 1 October independence vote.

Arrivals surge on Greek islands despite EU-Turkey deal

With Turkey being one of the items on the agenda of the EU summit starting on Thursday (19 October), AFP is reporting that migrants are still coming to Greek islands despite the EU-Turkey deal to stem the arrival of refugees from Turkish territory.

EU agrees on Brexit-proof emissions trading amendment

EU lawmakers and member states agreed on Wednesday (18 October) a measure to guard the carbon market in case of a breakdown in Brexit talks as well as extending the exemption of international flights from the bloc's charges for carbon emissions until the end of 2023.

Economy & Jobs 19-10-2017

Not so fast: Macron and his farmers get trade onto ‘full’ EU summit agenda

French President Emmanuel Macron has succeeded in pushing trade onto the agenda of the EU summit which starts on Thursday (19 October), calling for caution in commercial deals that would bring a surge of beef and other agricultural imports.

Elections 19-10-2017

EU summit begins with ultimatum day in Catalonia

Spain's political showdown with Catalonia is set to reach a new level on Thursday (19 October) when political leaders in Madrid and Barcelona are expected to make good on pledges made to their supporters to stick to their tough positions over the region's future.

Freedom of thought 19-10-2017

From Mandela to Malala: Sakharov winners that won the Nobel Peace prize

Four laureates of the European Parliament’s Sakharov prize for freedom of thought, an award established in 1988 and named after the Soviet physicist and dissident Andrei Sakharov, also won the Nobel for peace. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Elections 19-10-2017

Austria’s far-right stakes claim to interior ministry ahead of coalition talks

Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) yesterday (18 October) named control of the interior ministry as its price for joining a future coalition government following its strong showing in a parliamentary election.

Elections 19-10-2017

EU socialists pledge to turn left to tackle growing extremism

The EU Socialists and Democrats said on Wednesday (18 October) that they have to keep their distance from right-wing parties and be the basis for an alliance with progressive forces in order to counter growing extremism in Europe.