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Central Europe 15-11-2017

Szydlo: Poland is not going to leave the EU

"Poland belongs to the EU and the EU belongs to Poland," Prime Minister Beata Szydło affirmed as the European Union considers launching an unprecedented infringement procedure against Warsaw over the rule of law. EURACTIV Poland reports.

Economy & Jobs 24-10-2017

Posted workers: Macron’s first victory in reforming the EU

After lengthy negotiations, EU member states found a compromise on Monday (23 October) on the reform of posted workers, one of the pivotal issues for the EU reform pushed by Emmanuel Macron. EURACTIV France reports.

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Economy & Jobs 11-07-2017

Eastern Europe’s shadow economy: What citizens think

A new poll commissioned by Mastercard shows that citizens across Eastern Europe are not fans of the shadow economy.

Economy & Jobs 12-04-2017

Commission insists poor-performing regions need structural reforms

The European Commission yesterday (11 April) suggested that regions with a lower level of growth could benefit from greater institutional capacity and structural reforms that could facilitate investment. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Agrifood 09-03-2017

Romanian MEP: EU needs food quality agency

Food quality in Western Europe can differ greatly to what Central and Eastern European shops stock on their shelves. S&D group MEP Daciana Sârbu spoke to EURACTIV Romania about the issue and promoting local produce.

Agrifood 02-03-2017

Visegrád readies attack against ‘double standards’ for food

The leaders of the Visegrád Group (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) are meeting today (2 March) in Warsaw to discuss, among other things, food quality in Central and Eastern Europe.

Global Europe 23-02-2017

NATO, the Middle East and Eastern Europe

Interests within NATO diverge, particularly between the United States and many European countries. George Friedman takes a closer look.

Global Europe 08-02-2017

Commission threatens to sue countries that don’t take refugees

The EU warned today (8 February) that it will consider punishing member states next month if they fail to share the burden of asylum seekers stranded in Greece and Italy.

Euro & Finance 03-02-2017

Spain benefitted most from Juncker Plan in 2016

Spain is one of the main beneficiaries of the Juncker Plan, according to European Investment Bank Vice-President Román Escolano, after a year in which the EU bank focused on financing SMEs. Euractiv Spain reports.

Austrian chancellor launches bid to win back voters from far right

Austrian centre-left Chancellor Christian Kern yesterday (11 January) launched a bid to win back voters from the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ), presenting a 10-year plan focused on creating jobs, boosting public investment and taxing multinationals.

14-12-2016

The Brief: Cracks appear in EU’s united front on Brexit

The uniformity of the EU’s response to Brexit has been striking but today the first cracks in that carefully crafted unity appeared.

Global Europe 08-09-2016

Bokova for UN Secretary-General

Irina Bokova embodies the strategic thinking necessary to navigate today’s challenges  successfully at the United Nations, writes Sir Graham Watson.

Brexit 06-09-2016

Eastern Europe and Brexit: Avoiding an ‘ever looser union’

In the wake of the Brexit vote, it remains unclear how aware Central and Eastern European countries are about the short and medium-term risks of the UK leaving the bloc and which strategies they should pursue to mitigate them, writes Ivaylo Iaydjiev.

Global Europe 01-09-2016

The strongest candidate from Eastern Europe for UN top job is a woman

Bulgarian MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk calls for the United Nations to recognise that nominating Irina Bokova to be the next Secretary-General is the best way to fulfil principles that the UN agreed upon almost 20 years ago.

Global Europe 17-08-2016

Will the UN glass ceiling be shattered this time?

While the contest to select the next UN Secretary-General may not be on a par with the slugging match for the White House, it is beginning to heat up - with some decidedly undiplomatic tactics evident in the campaign to replace Ban Ki-moon, writes Dick Roche.

Central Europe 10-02-2016

Bulgaria’s Irina Bokova enters race for UN leadership

Bulgaria's foreign ministry yesterday (9 February) formally announced its nomination of UNESCO chief Irina Bokova for UN Secretary-General.

Health 27-11-2015

WHO records highest number of new HIV cases in Europe ever

Over 142,000 people were diagnosed with HIV in Europe in 2014. This is the highest number in a single year to be reported since the 1980s, says the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Med & South 18-11-2015

EU urgently needs new neighbourhood policies

There will never be a common foreign and security policy worthy of the name unless the EU manages to redefine its neighbourhood policies, writes Michael Leigh.

Agrifood 07-10-2015

Commission’s proposal for stricter thresholds in organic farming opposed

The European Commission is considering stricter pesticide limits for organic products. The organic sector and the European Parliament are not in agreement. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.

Health 18-09-2015

Taking action for rare cancers

For many rare cancers patients, it can be difficult to have access to appropriate therapies and clinical expertise, due to the fact that there has been a limited number of clinical studies to find new drugs and treatments, writes Mihaela Militaru.

Health 31-08-2015

Heart disease rates continue to decrease

Although cases of cardiovascular disease (CVD) are falling, there remains a large disparity between Western and Eastern Europe. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Health 28-07-2015

WHO: 400 Europeans die of hepatitis each day

About 400 Europeans, mostly people living in Eastern Europe, die each day of hepatitis B and C, while almost 30 million live with the infection, the World Health organisation (WHO) said on World Hepatitis Day (28 July).

Global Europe 16-07-2015

The next UN Secretary-General? Bokova ticks all the boxes

The prospect of having the first UN Secretary-General from Eastern Europe is an opportunity for the region, and for Europe as a whole. Bulgaria’s Irina Bokova has demonstrated her vote- winning capacity at UN level, writes Dick Roche.

Energy 17-04-2015

Rosatom woos EU with guaranteed low electricity price

An official of Russian state nuclear firm Rosatom told a Brussels audience that his company could guarantee a levelized price for electricity of $50/MWh from new nuclear plants it builds, if the client chooses the firm's services for their lifecycle. According to EU policies, however, fuel supply should be diversified.