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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.