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Future EU 11-09-2017

Juncker’s secret 6th scenario already exists

In March, President Juncker outlined his five scenarios for the future of Europe, which boiled down to a simple question: more or less of the status quo? His recent admission of a mysterious “sixth scenario” must mean a radical, sustainable, people-focused rethink of the European project, write Leida Rijnhout and Paul de Clerck.

Politics 19-07-2017

EU court strikes small blow for transparency

The European Court of Justice on Tuesday (18 July) struck a blow for transparency by throwing out an appeal by the European Commission in a case related to public access to documents. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Oil and Industry 09-06-2017

EU sets steel import duties to counter Chinese subsidies

The European Union has set duties of up to 35.9 percent on imports of hot-rolled flat steel from China to counter what it says are unfair subsidies in a finding challenged by Beijing. The European Commission, which conducted an investigation on behalf of the 28 EU members, found a number of Chinese companies had benefited from …

Brexit 22-03-2017

EU Brexit boss warns of ‘serious repercussions’ if divorce talks fail

The European Commission’s chief Brexit negotiator today (22 March) warned of serious repercussions for both Britain and the EU if the divorce talks fail without a deal being agreed.

Energy 09-03-2017

Green future can’t happen without consumers

Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, a top European Commission official, declared that Europe’s transition to a green future will be impossible without the support of consumers, but admitted that the executive had been terrible at communicating its work, during a panel discussion held today (9 March).

EU watchdog opens probe into Barrosogate

Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly began investigating the Commission’s handling of the Barrosogate scandal today (28 February).

Climate change 21-02-2017

Natura 2000 must manage cash better, warn EU Auditors

The EU’s flagship biodiversity programme, Natura 2000, needs more money and better management, the European Court of Auditors has warned.

ETUC: Wages in Europe are too low

The gap between the rich and ‘the rest’ is growing, European Trade Union leaders warned as Europe struggles to recover from the 2009 crisis that wiped 10% of it’s economy.

Climate change 14-02-2017

Distrust of construction industry could put EU building renovations ‘at risk’

European Union plans to spur building renovation risk being hindered by distrust in the construction industry, a conference on the bloc’s flagship energy strategy heard last Wednesday (8 February) in Brussels.

Euro & Finance 03-02-2017

Irish finance minister: Dublin, EU agree on Apple tax estimate

The European Commission's estimate that Apple owes Ireland up to €13 billion in a disputed tax ruling is unlikely to be altered greatly by Dublin's calculations, the Irish finance minister said on Thursday (2 February).

02-02-2017

The Brief: Juncker dresses down Commission’s Davos dozen

Jean-Claude Juncker is “not a great fan” of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the European Commission said today.

Commission ‘quietly shelves’ corruption report

The European Commission today refused to comment when faced with allegations that it had quietly shelved a regular anti-corruption report, despite massive anti-graft protests taking place in Romania.

Euro & Finance 02-02-2017

Juncker scolds a dozen Commissioners for flocking to Davos

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker scolded his Commissioners for flocking to the World Economic Forum in Davos at a weekly meeting of the executive’s top brass.

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.

03-11-2016

The Brief: Juncker orders Oettinger to apologise

Günther Oettinger, Germany’s Commissioner, finally apologised today for calling the Chinese "slitty eyes" and mocking women and gay marriage.

Global Europe 31-10-2016

The Brief: Commission in credibility crisis over Oettinger and Barroso

The European Commission is facing a credibility crisis. If it is not addressed soon, it risks confirming the worst prejudices held about EU officialdom - that it is arrogant, elitist and out of touch.

Circular economy 14-10-2016

The Brief: Is ‘better regulation’ getting better?

Is the European Commission’s 'better regulation' strategy getting, well, better?
The REFIT program, where EU laws are called in for “fitness checks”, was touted as Brussels’ response to the accusation it was drowning Europe in red tape.

Global Europe 19-09-2016

The Brief: ‘Flexible solidarity’ is Europe à la carte

Crack open the champagne. Not to celebrate the first ever edition of The Brief. Instead, salute the birth of ‘flexible solidarity’ – the latest, ghastliest example of EU indecision and doublespeak.

Public Affairs 12-09-2016

Juncker forces Barroso to face humiliating security checks in Brussels

José Manuel Barroso will face humiliating security checks after Jean-Claude Juncker, his successor as European Commission President,  stripped him of the privileges traditionally offered to visiting dignitaries in Brussels.

Future EU 30-07-2016

Juncker: I have a black book of my enemies and I never kissed Farage

Jean-Claude Juncker has a little black book called “little Maurice” where he notes the names of everyone who has betrayed him, the European Commission president said in an interview in which he denied kissing UKIP leader Nigel Farage after the Brexit vote.

Public Affairs 12-07-2016

How to prevent Barroso from becoming yet another lobbyist

Contrary to the salvific rhetoric embraced by the Juncker Commission there are legal obligations preventing José Manuel Barroso from taking up the job as non-executive chairman of Goldman Sachs, write Alberto Alemanno and Benjamin Bodson.

Brexit 27-06-2016

Brexit has exposed Juncker’s democratic unaccountability

The fallout from Brexit would have claimed the scalp of any other politician, but Jean-Claude Juncker appears to be bullet-proof. Never has his unaccountability to the people been so obvious, writes James Crisp.

Commission snubs watchdog’s demand for Big Tobacco transparency

The European Commission has snubbed an EU watchdog’s demand for more transparency in the executive’s dealings with Big Tobacco, drawing further criticism from the European Ombudsman. 

Climate change 07-12-2015

A heady climate for Brussels’ revolving door policy

As negotiations at the climate talks in Paris move into their second week, the revolving door in Brussels continues to spin energetically, writes Vicky Cann.