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10/12/2016

Susan George: Tax the rich and corporations

Topic: populism


Elections 08-12-2016

Romanian PM says election promises must not fuel populism

Romanian politicians are making unrealistic pay promises ahead of the 11 December parliamentary election that fuel populism and damage voters' understanding of the need for reform, outgoing technocrat Prime Minister Dacian Cioloș told Reuters on Tuesday.
Europe's East 08-12-2016

EU should recognise Romania as bulwark against Russian expansionism

Moldova and Bulgaria recently joined Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic in electing leaders with strong ties to the Kremlin. Romania remains the last pro-European bastion, writes Nicolas Tenzer.
Elections 06-12-2016

Merkel attacks populists, but calls for niqab ban

Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday (6 December) lashed out at populists trying to exploit fears over Germany's refugee influx, but set out a tough line on integration, including a ban on the veil, as she launched into election campaign mode.
Euro & Finance 05-12-2016

Eurogroup ignores Commission’s expansionary fiscal target

Some eurozone members have expressed their willingness to invest more but did not take on board the executive’s proposal for a common positive fiscal stance to boost the bloc’s recovery, at a Eurogroup meeting held today (5 December).

Former EESC president: 'We need an EU president'

Former President of the European Economic and Social Committe (EESC) Henri Malosse explained to EurActiv's partner treffpunkteuropa why he thinks the EU needs an elected president and why neoliberalism and globalisation have fuelled populism.
Future EU 05-12-2016

Socialists and Democrats VP: Socialist 'errors' contributed to populism's rise

S&D Vice-President Enrique Guerrero told EurActiv Spain that he acknowledged the "political errors" made in the past that have contributed to populism's rise across Europe at the expense of socialism.
Elections 05-12-2016

European relief at Austrian far-right election defeat

Austrian voters have resoundingly rejected anti-immigration and eurosceptic Norbert Hofer's bid to become the European Union's first far-right president, a result greeted with relief from centrist politicians across the continent.
Future EU 02-12-2016

Italian senator: The 'EU is very discredited in Italy'

On Sunday (4 December), Italy will hold a constitutional referendum that may usher in the country’s first populist, Eurosceptic government. EurActiv Poland spoke to Senator Paolo Guerrieri about the significance of the vote.
Central Europe 02-12-2016

Fight the lies and ‘alt-truths’

The Kremlin uses our internal grievances to force a wedge between different groups of people in our societies, writes Tomáš Prouza.
Future EU 01-12-2016

Emily O'Reilly: Europe could face a 'Marie Antoinette moment'

EU Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly warned that the bloc needs to create jobs and restore citizen confidence in order to stop a "wave of populism" in the West. EurActiv Spain reports.
Elections 01-12-2016

Austria's Nazi past encroaches on election campaign

Austria's most infamous son, Adolf Hitler, is rarely mentioned in his home country. So it came as a shock to many when presidential candidate Alexander Van der Bellen reached into a folder during a recent live TV debate and produced a photo montage including two images of the Führer.
Security 28-11-2016

Solana: Brexit could boost European defence

The European Union has spent two years preparing to unify its energy market. Former EU High Representative Javier Solana told EurActiv Spain that the Energy Union has to be made a reality as quickly as possible, as well as increasing security cooperation.
Elections 28-11-2016

Can conservative Fillon keep France's far-right at bay?

Francois Fillon, having clinched the presidential nomination for the right-wing Republicains party, will now join a far bigger battle for the future of France, the European Union and mainstream politics in the West.
Elections 28-11-2016

Right-wing Fillon wins French presidential primary

François Fillon, a conservative reformist promising to shrink the French state, on Sunday  (27 November) clinched the rightwing nomination for next year's presidential election with a resounding victory over his rival Alain Juppé.
Global Europe 24-11-2016

From Brexit to Trump: Transatlantic Allies in an era of unpredictability

Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as US President is not just a test for EU leaders and institutions, it’s test of free citizens in free societies, write Geoffrey Harris and Tim Oliver.
Central Europe 23-11-2016

The first year of Law and Justice

It's been a tough year since Poland's populist Law and Justice Party (PiS) first took office. Both for Poles, and for the EU. EurActiv Poland's Editor-in-Chief Karolina Zbytniewska takes a slightly satirical look back.
Global Europe 23-11-2016

New UN chief blames politicians for ignoring ‘losers of globalisation’

The incoming head of the United Nations António Guterres warned yesterday (22 November) that "losers of globalisation" in rich countries have felt ignored by establishment politicians, prompting them to turn to nationalist agendas, as in the US election and Brexit referendum.
UK & Europe 22-11-2016

Trump backs Farage as British ambassador to US

Donald Trump has tweeted today (22 November) that Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage "would do a great job" as British ambassador to the US, in the latest unorthodox intervention by the president-elect.
UK & Europe 21-11-2016

Now is the time for EU and UK to work together

Following the UK’s Brexit vote, the centre of the EU should take note that there is a decent majority of British people, including a currently disenfranchised younger generation, who have embraced the European ethos, writes Charles Collins.
Future EU 21-11-2016

The future's bright, the future's green

Europe and the wider world face a number of daunting challenges. But there is hope. Monica Frassoni insists that Europe’s greens will play a full part in changing things for the better.
Elections 21-11-2016

Merkel to seek fourth term to defend threatened 'values'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said last night (20 November) she would seek a fourth term in a general election next year to defend democratic principles in the face of looming threats at home and abroad.
Central Europe 18-11-2016

Czechs commemorate the Velvet Revolution with alarm clocks

In the Czech Republic, tensions stirred by President Miloš Zeman, who calls himself “the Czech Trump”, are making themselves felt.
Future EU 17-11-2016

Ignatieff: 'It is terrible that progressives express contempt for Trump voters'

Liberals were too confident that history was on their side, Canadian professor, writer and politician Michael Ignatieff says. That is why they are panicking after Donald Trump won the US elections. But the “tone of alarm is excessive”, Ignatieff told EurActiv.com in an interview.

Susan George: Tax the rich and corporations

French-American political scientist and activist Susan George says that the political mainstream has abandoned many people – and they vote for populists. On CETA, she does not consider it very different from TTIP, George told EurActiv Slovakia.