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Future EU 01-12-2017

Unprecedented vote on budget puts S&D on track for EU elections in 2019

This week's vote on the EU budget for 2018 might signal a turning point in defining the future political landscape of the European Union, writes Doru Frantescu.

Climate change 17-11-2017

Climate change fight is great opportunity for Europe’s labourers

For decades, labourers were presented with a false choice: good jobs or a clean environment. They were told that efforts to cut pollution would kill jobs—that they had to choose between clean air and the economy. Now we know better, insists Kathleen Van Brempt.

Agrifood 14-11-2017

The dismal prospect of advanced biofuels in the EU

Advanced biofuels are proposed as the next fuels to replace oil, but the EU regulatory environment is fuzzy and uncertain to lure investors and some questionable solutions may benefit the most – in addition to oil, writes Zoltán Szabó.

A fair transition or lock-in to a coal-plagued future?

Are EU policymakers considering spending EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) funds in favor of coal?  It surely seems so if one examines carefully the recent history of the ETS file, writes Nikos Mantzaris.

 

Future EU 06-10-2017

Give the regions more EU power to save the euro and defeat populism

Elections across Europe show Europe's political parties to be increasingly defined by how nationalistic they are. Confronting this and reinstating progressive politics is essential, and can best be done by giving more power to Europe's regions, urges Giles Merritt.

Endocrine disruptors: A guilty definition

French socialist MEPs are defiant against the Commission's "weak, superficial and incomplete" definition of endocrine disruptors, blaming it on French Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot, and calling on the European Parliament to reject it on Wednesday 4 October.

Future EU 27-07-2017

The EU should not allow the symbol of peace in Europe to become a symbol of waste

As members of the European Parliament we are time and again confronted with the same question: why do you accept this carrousel of moving the Parliament between Brussels and Strasburg with all its blatant waste? Time after time emotions run high on this – and rightly so, write the members of the European Parliament’s Single Seat Steering group.

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Politics 20-04-2017

A Brussels-Europe weekend? Two parties for the price of one

6 & 7 May will be a genuine Brussels-Europe Weekend, with two simultaneous events: the Open Day of the European Union (6 May) and the Brussels Iris Festival (6 & 7 May).

Freedom of thought 10-03-2017

A Ministry of Truth in the European Parliament?

The live-streaming of European Parliament debates, established some years ago, was a real step towards more democratic participation and transparency. But the EU assembly is now apparently having second thoughts, writes Sophia Kuby.

Elections 16-01-2017

The Parliament that Europeans want to hear from

The European Parliament is delivering, but there is still room for improvement in the way it communicates to both the younger and older generations, writes Vice-President Ramón Valcárcel.

Elections 09-01-2017

A marriage of convenience

By courting the ALDE group, the Five Star Movement may prove that populists can move into the political mainstream. Despite differences between Beppe Grillo and Guy Verhofstadt, their parties are not as different as they seem, writes Nicholas Whyte.

Euro & Finance 11-05-2016

2014 Commission Discharge: It’s over, we succeeded

The Commission discharge, the exercise by which the European Parliament releases" the Commission from its responsibility for managing a given budget, can be innovative and contain policy recommendations, writes Martina Dlabajová.

Development Policy 28-01-2016

With Africa, the EU must be a player, not just a payer

The biggest challenge in the effort to deal with the migrant crisis at its root is to transform the donor-beneficiary relationship into a win-win relationship, writes Mariya Gabriel.

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.

EU Priorities 2020 04-08-2015

Better Regulation: expertise over politics?

As the Commission makes a bid for greater democratic legitimacy, it must take care not to allow its technocratic tendencies to sideline the EU’s elected institutions, argue Charles de Marcilly and Matthias Touillon.

Trade & Society 24-06-2015

What will happen to TTIP in the European Parliament?

MEPs will supposedly vote on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) resolution in July. Despite recent developments, the camp supporting it is still far stronger than the opposition, writes Doru Frantescu.

Global Europe 05-06-2015

Unseating the mullahs from power in Iran

As the June 31 deadline for an agreement on Iran’s nuclear programs draws closer, there are no signs that Tehran is ready accept the terms of the international community, writes Alejo Vidal-Quadras. it’s high time for Western leaders to support the democratic opposition and permanently unseat the mullahs from power, he argues.

EU votes on shareholder measures to tackle reckless companies

MEPs could send a strong signal to citizens and companies alike that Europe does not accept environmental and social abuses, or tax dodging, say Anne van Schaik and Megan MacInnes.

Public Affairs 12-03-2015

A penny for your thoughts: MEPs and the revolving door

Losing your seat in the elections can be a devastating blow for an MEP, but there can be a silver lining, especially if you were a member of a prominent parliamentary committee, writes Vicky Cann.

Digital 27-11-2014

Breaking up Google

Picking a fight at such a high level with Google would damage the reputation of the European Parliament, writes Kaja Kallas.

Karen Ercoli
Development Policy 22-10-2014

Ending extreme poverty: A majority in the EP is a majority in Europe

A combination of persistence and an affinity with development issues has allowed ONE’s young campaigners to, against all odds, achieve their objective of persuading half the members of the European Parliament to sign a petition to end extreme poverty in the world by 2030, writes Karen Ercoli,

Public Affairs 02-09-2014

The revolving door keeps on spinning: it’s time for ex-MEPs to cool off!

The former chair of the European Parliament Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON), Sharon Bowles, created a furore last week by taking up a position as a non-executive director at the London Stock Exchange.  This followed recent reports of two other ex-ECON members also walking through the revolving door.  In an election year, when many ex-MEPs are back on the job market, particular scrutiny rightly needs to be paid to such potential conflicts of interest and in April, the Transparency International EU Office (TI-EU) highlighted the issue in a report on the EU integrity system.

Brexit 08-07-2014

Excluding political groups in EU Parliament is bad for democracy

A voting alliance between the three largest pro-European parties to block Nigel Farage's Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group from European Parliament committee chairs casts doubts over the Parliament's ability to guarantee pluralism, write Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts.

Mose Apelblat
EU Elections 2014 02-06-2014

How do we face extremists in the EU Parliament?

The recent elections witnessed the rise of Eurosceptic, anti-EU, anti-immigrant, populist, reactionary and even neo-Nazi parties in several EU member states. Their MEPs will have to respect the fundamental values of the EU, but how binding is this, really, asks Mose Apelblat.