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06/12/2016

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Former EESC president: 'We need an EU president'

Former President of the European Economic and Social Committe (EESC) Henri Malosse explained to EurActiv's partner treffpunkteuropa why he thinks the EU needs an elected president and why neoliberalism and globalisation have fuelled populism.
Trade & Society 02-12-2016

Netzpolitik editor: Trump will press on with 'insidious' TiSA deal

TTIP and CETA aren't the only controversial trade deals around. Net politics activist Markus Beckedahl told EurActiv Germany that the proposed Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is a huge threat to data protection.
Future EU 02-12-2016

Vestager: Men have had informal quotas for hundreds of years

Margrethe Vestager won the “European woman of power” award last night (1 December). She told EurActiv.com in an interview that she supports gender quotas in the public institutions. She also said Günther Oettinger was the wrong Commissioner on the wrong plane.
EU Priorities 2020 02-12-2016

2017 EU budget adopted with more for migration, security

The European Parliament on Thursday (1 December) adopted spending by the European Union of nearly €158 billion for 2017, including a hefty increase to tackle the migration crisis and terrorism.

Parliament bids to reconcile East and West over posted workers

The European Parliament is attempting to bridge the divide between East and West on the question of posted workers. In France, non-francophones are already excluded from some construction sites by the "Molière clause". EurActiv France reports.

Eurozone unemployment falls below 10%

Unemployment in the eurozone has fallen below the symbolic mark of 10% for the first time since April 2011, EU data showed on Thursday (1 December).
Energy 01-12-2016

Winter Package leaves citizens out in the cold

The European Commission’s raft of energy policy proposals not only threatens to derail efforts to fight climate change, it squanders a chance to make the EU more relevant for its citizens, writes Jorgo Riss.
UK & Europe 01-12-2016

Charles Goerens: Associate citizenship for Brits is ‘an offer, not an obligation’

Many fear that the UK's decision to leave the EU will strip British citizens of their right to free movement around the bloc. EurActiv Germany spoke to the MEP trying to protect that right.
UK & Europe 01-12-2016

EU ambassadors claim Boris Johnson privately supports free movement

Britain's pro-Brexit foreign minister, Boris Johnson, has told at least four European Union ambassadors that he personally favours free movement with the bloc, UK media reported yesterday (30 November).
Euro & Finance 01-12-2016

Slovak minister: 'A European unemployment scheme is important'

State Secretary of Finance Ivan Lesay does not include Slovakia among the “hawkish” member states opposed to a fiscal stimulus for the eurozone. In an interview with EurActiv, he also backed calls for a European unemployment insurance scheme.

Young Europeans continue to find it difficult to fly the nest

New statistics highlight how serious Europe’s economic malaise is still affecting young people, as significant numbers of 18-35 year-olds continue to live with their parents.

How the gig economy is changing employment

The advent of the gig economy has brought fundamental changes to the way in which we access goods and services and turned traditional business models on their head.  Denis Pennel considers its impact on employment and the likely implications for the future of work.


Tired of the founding fathers? Let’s celebrate the women building Europe

Gender equality is a prerequisite to achieving a sustainable Europe that has the buy in of its citizens - and this includes women at the heart of all decision-making, write Joanna Maycock and Petros Fassoulas.
Digital 28-11-2016

Uber gains key support ahead of EU Court hearing

A majority of EU governments are expected tomorrow (29 November) to back – at least partly – the ride-hailing firm’s claim of being a digital platform, opening the way for a lighter regulatory oversight of the American-based company than if it was considered like a normal transport firm.

Ansip: No 'black and white' fix to help police crack encryption

Andrus Ansip, the EU's tech policy chief, insisted today that he is against laws that weaken encryption technology, but also that there is no “black and white” solution to help law enforcement authorities access secured data in investigations.

Making violence against ethnic minority women visible

Race, ethnicity and religion play a role in minority women’s experiences of discrimination and violence. As a result, women with multi-layered identities are more vulnerable, but this reality is rarely acknowledged, let alone tackled effectively, writes Amel Yacef.

Signs of change towards Social Europe?

Progress has been made on social values, through the Commission’s Autumn Package. Fintan Farrell and Sian Jones explain what has been done and what is still left to do.
Education 24-11-2016

How much money goes into Europe’s universities?

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Almost a decade has passed since the financial crisis broke out, but universities across Europe are still feeling the pinch.

Five member states want EU-wide laws on encryption

Five EU countries said they want the European Commission to propose legislation that would make it easier for police to crack through encryption technology.
Euro & Finance 22-11-2016

Spain the big winner in EFSI funding

Spain has so far benefited the most from the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI). Its SMEs and infrastructure projects have been injected with over €3 billion to date. EurActiv Spain reports.
Central Europe 18-11-2016

Czechs commemorate the Velvet Revolution with alarm clocks

In the Czech Republic, tensions stirred by President Miloš Zeman, who calls himself “the Czech Trump”, are making themselves felt.

Susan George: Tax the rich and corporations

French-American political scientist and activist Susan George says that the political mainstream has abandoned many people – and they vote for populists. On CETA, she does not consider it very different from TTIP, George told EurActiv Slovakia.
Future EU 17-11-2016

European citizens, time to wake up!

The triumph of populism in Britain and the US should act as a wake-up call for citizens to support greater ambition for the European project, write signatories from the May 9 Movement.

An AAA-rated society for workers' rights

This European Commission promised progress on social issues, but so far none has materialised. Europe’s workers need job security, well-defined right and a fair standard of living, writes Oliver Roethig.