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Politics 15-12-2017

WRAPUP – Final #EUCO summit yields few results and one major dispute

European Union leaders gather in Brussels on 14-15 December for the final European Council summit of the year. Follow our live coverage for all the latest developments.

Electricity 15-12-2017

LIVE – Ministers hash out future of EU energy policy

EU energy ministers meet on Monday (18 December) in an attempt to find a common position on four crucial energy laws, ahead of fierce negotiations with the European Parliament expected early next year. Follow the latest developments here.

Politics 15-12-2017

Schuman overhaul to banish muddy puddles from roundabout

The drab mud and puddles that cover Schuman roundabout, the main feature of Brussels’ European quarter, will soon be a thing of the past after a winning design for its redevelopment was picked by an expert committee last week.

Freedom of thought 15-12-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Focusing on Venezuela to forget our own problems

This year, the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize went to the Venezuelan opposition, in the EU’s recognition of their fight for human rights.

Romanian street protests continue as MPs press on with justice law change

Romanians took to streets to vent their anger with the parliament’s rush to change laws that govern the justice system, against the recommendation of both the local magistrates’ associations and foreign partners, including diplomats and the European Commission.

Elections 14-12-2017

Weber says future of EU will dominate German coalition talks, calls for realism

The future of the EU will be one of the key issues for the coalition talks in Berlin, admitted Manfred Weber, the leader the centre-right European Peoples' Party group and member of the Christian Social Union (CSU) – the Bavarian sister party to the Christian-Democrats (CDU).

Brexit 14-12-2017

Theresa May suffers major parliamentary defeat ahead of EU summit

Prime Minister Theresa May’s government was defeated yesterday (13 December), when lawmakers forced through changes to its Brexit blueprint that ministers said could endanger Britain’s departure from the European Union.

Brexit 14-12-2017

European parliament backs outline Brexit deal

The European Parliament urged EU leaders on Wednesday (13 December) to allow the next phase of EU negotiations to start, backing a motion that recognised the talks had made sufficient progress as a well a line criticising Britain's Brexit negotiator David Davis.

Languages & Culture 13-12-2017

Sakharov Prize: Opposition activist lashes out against dictatorship in Venezuela

The wife of a jailed Venezuelan opposition leader lashed out in the European Parliament against the "dictatorship" of the country's leftist president, which she said has imprisoned the whole nation.

Energy 13-12-2017

Corporate giants urge EU to back 35% renewables target

A coalition comprising some of the world’s biggest companies has urged EU energy ministers to back a 35% target for renewable energy when they meet in Brussels next Monday (18 December).

Brexit 13-12-2017

EU readies ‘David Davis-proof’ Brexit summit

The European Union has played down talk by Britain’s Brexit minister that last week’s interim accord is not binding and will launch new talks on Friday (15 December) that are “David Davis-proof”, a senior EU official said.

Central Europe 12-12-2017

MEPs overwhelmingly ratify EU-Kazakhstan landmark partnership agreement

MEPs approved a landmark partnership deal with Kazakhstan on Tuesday (12 December), the EU's first Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA) with a Central Asian country.

Agrifood 12-12-2017

EU kebab-ban? All smoke and no roast

An objection aimed at banning phosphate from kebab meat, to be voted in the European Parliament on Tuesday (12 December), has started a Europe-wide controversy, fuelled by a German conservative MEP and fake news. EURACTIV France reports.

11-12-2017

70 MEPs join pro-Macron movement

Emmanuel Macron is causing a stir in the European Parliament, where more than 70 MEPs have come out in support of his “Refounding Europe” movement, including French Socialist Gilles Pargneaux, Spanish liberal Enrique Calvet-Chambon and Luxembourgish Green Claude Turmes. EURACTIV France reports.

Future EU 05-12-2017

National and regional parliaments bet on Timmermans’ task force to gain clout

A few weeks after the European Commission launched yet another task force to look at ways to improve legislative scrutiny, national and regional parliaments representatives mulled new ideas to put more flesh on subsidiarity.

Energy 05-12-2017

Controversial MEP replaced as lead on energy savings file

Socialists and Democrats (S&D group) MEP Adam Gierek has been replaced as the lead rapporteur on the recast of the energy efficiency directive, barely a week after his report was narrowly adopted by his fellow lawmakers.

Maltese police arrest ten suspects in murder of anti-graft journalist

Maltese police have arrested ten suspects in the murder of anti-corruption blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on Monday (4 December), after an EU delegation left the island last week saying there were serious concerns about the rule of law there.

EU Priorities 2020 01-12-2017

EU budget 2018 finally adopted, socialists abstain

The Council and the European Parliament separately approved on Thursday (30 November) the deal reached on 18 November 2017 in the conciliation committee on the 2018 budget. Thus the budget is finally adopted, with the abstention of the S&D group in Parliament.

Energy 28-11-2017

MEPs vote for stronger EU efficiency and renewable energy targets

MEPs voted on Tuesday (28 November) in favour of increasing efficiency and renewable energy targets, in a decisive morning for EU energy and climate policy that provoked both jubilation and disappointment.

Energy 28-11-2017

EU’s ‘efficiency first’ principle on the line in crucial Parliament vote

Lawmakers will vote Tuesday (28 November) on a crucial energy saving law that has polarised the European Parliament's main political groups, following months of bitter campaigning.

Politics 27-11-2017

EU’s trying trilogues

MEPs want to tell the world what happens in their negotiations with member states over proposed legislation, but the EU’s national capitals are resisting. Why do governments have an impulse to hide what they do in Brussels?

Luxleaks case reaches highest grade of judgement

The hearing of an appeal case for Antoine Deltour and Raphael Halet, who exposed corporate tax schemes in Luxembourg, opened on Thursday (November 23), after the European Parliament voted last month in favour of protection for whistleblowers.  EURACTIV France reports.

Circular economy 23-11-2017

Wasted opportunity: EU stalemate on food waste reduction

Food waste reduction targets are causing a stalemate in discussions on the circular economy: member states keep rejecting the parliament ambition to halve wasteful practices by 2030.

Politics 23-11-2017

Balancing secrecy and openness, the EU strives for transparency

EU laws go through a roller-coaster of opacity, with lawmaking only becoming visible in some parts of the process. But a new regime could extend this transparency from conception to birth.