Trade & Society

Public Affairs 20-02-2017

EURACTIV Metamorphosis: The story behind EURACTIV’s rebranding

As you discover our rebranded euractiv.com website today, we wanted to walk you through the changes that have been taking place at EURACTIV over the last 6 or so months.

16-02-2017

Trudeau at the European Parliament: ‘Together we have built something’

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told policy makers today (16 February) that have to do more to make sure their voters see the benefits of CETA.

16-02-2017

Asia wants a stronger global role for Europe

Given the unpredictability surrounding the future of US foreign policy, many Asian countries are beating a path to Brussels to shore up their relations with the EU, which remains the strongest supporter of the multilateral system, writes Fraser Cameron.

Global Europe 16-02-2017

Gates urges Trump not to defund foreign aid

Bill Gates spoke at the European Commission on Thursday (16 February) urging world leaders, including Donald Trump, not to defund foreign aid spending.

16-02-2017

Trudeau to MEPs: Trade has to work for people

The day after MEPs approved CETA, the landmark EU-Canada trade deal, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told MEPs in Strasbourg on Thursday (16 February) that trade had to work for people who are struggling to make ends meets and raise their families.

Central Europe 16-02-2017

Future EU: Does Visegrád have a plan?

In the Visegrád Group, there is a desire to both strengthen the powers of member states, but also defend the Schengen area, and the four freedoms. Unsurprisingly, talk of treaty change is in the air. Euractiv's Central European partners report.

Global Europe 16-02-2017

Fleckenstein: Europe needs clarity on US foreign policy

The unpredictability offered by the Trump presidency has created a dangerous situation the likes of which has not been seen since the turmoil of the early 1990s, MEP Knut Fleckenstein told Euractiv Germany.

Elections 16-02-2017

French and German socialists divided by CETA vote

The European Parliament's vote on ratifying CETA, the EU-Canada trade agreement, revealed the deep divisions among socialists across the EU, in particular in the “engine of Europe” – France and Germany.

16-02-2017

Malmström: CETA done, Mexico and Mercosur next up

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström told Euractiv Spain that the bloc's Canada deal (CETA) has "the highest standards" and confirmed Mexico and Mercosur are next on the negotiating agenda.

Over a Beer with Udo Bullmann

Udo Bullmann on Trump, social justice and football

In our Over A Beer video series this month, Euractiv’s Brian Maguire chats with German MEP Udo Bullmann, vice-president of the Socialists and Democrats political group in the European Parliament.

15-02-2017

After Parliament approval, final ratification could still put CETA in legal limbo

Most measures outlined in the EU's landmark free trade agreement with Canada are set to go into effect after MEPs approved the deal today (15 February), but fourteen member states can still put the deal to a referendum vote and national parliaments need to rubberstamp it—including feisty legislators in Belgium's regional Walloon Parliament.

15-02-2017

Commission says proposal to block Chinese takeovers is ‘worth discussing’

The European Commission welcomed Germany, France and Italy’s proposal to halt China’s buyouts in Europe in some cases given the “limited access” to the Chinese market.

15-02-2017

MEPs approve EU-Canada trade deal

After a heated debate in Parliament on Wednesday (15 February), MEPs have given the green light to the EU-Canada trade agreement, clearing the way for the deal to come into force provisionally this spring.

15-02-2017

Civil society makes final push to block EU-Canada trade deal

In a last-minute bid to block the EU-Canada trade agreement ahead of a crucial vote in the European Parliament on Wednesday (15 February), civil society organisations have campaigned to derail the fragile balance of support among MEPs. Euractiv's media partner Borderlex reports.

Global Europe 14-02-2017

Farage disparages Muslim immigration, says Europeans agree

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage expressed anger at the European Union in a heated debate this morning (14 February). Farage stated that leaders are ignoring the true wishes of Europeans.

14-02-2017

A vote against CETA would reset Europe’s trade agenda

With global inequalities spiralling and the climate crisis on our doorstep, the last thing we need is a trade deal that would worsen both. If CETA passes, the European Parliament will be seen as putting corporate profits above people and the planet, write Magda Stoczkiewicz and Jan Willem Gourdiaan.

13-02-2017

Minsk under pressure to take action against ‘illicit whites’

Belarus should take measures against its illicit tobacco trade with Europe, lawmakers and stakeholders warn.

Global Europe 13-02-2017

Tajani: The ‘UK will always be a European country’

President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani (EPP) told Euractiv Spain that austerity policies must go hand-in-hand with growth and that the United Kingdom will not be "an enemy" of the EU after Brexit.

13-02-2017

China’s steel capacity grew in 2016 despite promises of cuts

China increased its steelmaking capacity last year by more than twice Britain's annual output, a report said on Monday (13 February), despite repeated pledges to cut huge excess in the sector.

09-02-2017

EU-Belarus co-operation: Can it help in fighting illicit trade?

The illicit tobacco trade, representing 10.4% of the global cigarette market, is becoming an increasingly important issue with severe overall repercussions on finance, taxation, public health and international security.

UK & Europe 09-02-2017

Asian economies stress focus is on EU-27, not UK, after Brexit

Leading Asian economies stressed on Wednesday (8 February) their attention would continue to be focused on the EU-27 post-Brexit, ahead of any possibilities for the UK opened up by Brexit.

Global Europe 09-02-2017

Rajoy offers to serve as Trump’s bridge to Europe and Latin America

Spain's prime minister has told President Donald Trump that he would be the ideal point of contact for the United States in Europe and Latin America, as well as providing a bridge between the US and North Africa, as well as the Middle East. Euractiv Spain reports.

UK & Europe 09-02-2017

UK’s Brexit bill overcomes another hurdle

British MPs overwhelmingly backed a bill yesterday (8 February) empowering Prime Minister Theresa May to start negotiations on leaving the European Union, bringing Brexit a significant step closer.

Competition 08-02-2017

Car battery cartel ordered to pay €68 million fine

The European Commission fined three recycling companies a total of €68 million for creating a car battery cartel. Campine, Eco-Bat Technologies and Recylex were found to have fixed the prices of scrap automotive batteries, breaching EU antitrust rules.