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23/01/2017

Former Népszabadság editor: Orbán’s referendum was no failure

Topic: populism


UK & Europe 23-01-2017

Buzzfeed editor: Brexit calls for European media cooperation

BuzzFeed UK Europe Editor Alberto Nardelli advocates for more translation and localisation of media content, as well as more cooperation to balance out the often biased English-speaking press.
Future EU 23-01-2017

Far-right 'counter-summit' claims 'Europe will wake up in 2017'

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen urged European voters to follow the example of Americans and the British and "wake up" in 2017, at a meeting of far-right leaders aiming to oust established parties in elections this year.
Global Europe 20-01-2017

Putin to visit Hungary on 2 February

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Budapest on February 2 for talks with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, the Hungarian government said yesterday (19 January).
Public Affairs 20-01-2017

Students trial ‘positive populism’ in pro-EU messages

A group of students is running a project revolved around positively communicating the EU. Taking on the populists at their own game, the students are creating and spreading simple, cheeky posts and messages on social media, with a pro-European twist. EurActiv.com spoke to one of these 'positive populists'.
UK & Europe 19-01-2017

The Times: EU needs 'bold leadership and honest thinking' on migration

European leaders can't keep pretending freedom of movement is not an issue. Whether, in the context of Brexit or the migration crisis, inaction is undermining people's confidence in the EU, says Emma Tucker.
Elections 18-01-2017

Guy Verhofstadt's flagrant opportunism in the name of Europe

Guy Verhofstadt’s support dragged Italian conservative Antonio Tajani over the line in the European Parliament’s presidential election yesterday (17 January). This is a dark signal for a Europe in crisis. EurActiv’s partner La Tribune reports.
UK & Europe 18-01-2017

The Economist: We didn’t win the Brexit argument but eventually could

Readers of The Economist probably voted quite strongly to remain in the European Union and so lost the argument over Brexit, says John Peet. But as people start to worry about the economic consequences of Brexit, public opinion could shift towards a solution that minimises the damage, he argues.
Future EU 18-01-2017

Pick-and-choose populism and the EU elite

EU leaders cannot exploit populism when it suits them and then complain when things do not go their way. We need strong leadership from the political mainstream to turn things around, write Petroula Nteledimou and Nikos Lampropoulos.
Future EU 17-01-2017

Trump advisor: 'EU bureaucrats have to pay more attention to the working class'

Anthony Scaramucci tried to soothe concerns triggered by Donald Trump, on Monday (16 December), as the US president-elect outlined his foreign policy agenda to British and German newspapers.
Elections 17-01-2017

Analyst: Dutch vote to set off Europe's 'super election year'

Dutch voters head to crunch parliamentary polls in two months’ time, heralding the start of a "super election year" in three of Europe's leading economies: The Netherlands, France and Germany.
Digital 17-01-2017

Spain's Público: Media crisis comes from elitist thinking, distance from the people

The media has lost its credibility because publishers can’t realise they are writing for the establishment while the middle class is slowly losing its economic position, argues Virginia Perez.
Global Europe 16-01-2017

Visegrád and migration: Few prospects for a change in position

With Slovakia handing over the EU Presidency to Malta and agreement on a new EU asylum system out of sight, the Visegrád Group remains in strong opposition to compulsory refugee relocation. EurActiv Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland, and Budapest's Political Capital think-tank, report.
Digital 16-01-2017

EFE director: The European project needs help, and the media can provide it

The European project needs a truly European public opinion and the media can help construct it. The EU institutions should work with national media to inform citizens and combat populism, José Manuel Sanz Mingote told EurActiv's founder Christophe Leclercq. José Manuel Sanz Mingote is international director of the Spanish-speaking news agency EFE. In an interview …

Digital 13-01-2017

Tagesspiegel publisher: Tech-savvy journalists are the key to media innovation

Sebastian Turner is the publisher and part-owner of Der Tagesspiegel. Based in Berlin, the seventy-one-year-old newspaper is considered one of Germany's most influential dailies. In a #Media4EU interview with Christophe Leclercq, the founder of EurActiv, Turner explained why the media should not be owned by oligarchs and how the sector will reform itself.
Global Europe 13-01-2017

French far-right leader Le Pen visits Trump Tower

Populist French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen visited Donald Trump's headquarters but left without meeting the US president-elect or any of his staff, aides said Thursday (12 January).
Global Europe 12-01-2017

WEF chief: Globalisation 'easy scapegoat' for global angst

The man behind the annual Davos forum that for decades has been singing the praises of global trade insists that globalisation is only one factor in dramatic shifts provoking angst and anger.

Breivik 'trying to spread his ideology from prison'

The Norwegian state, found guilty of treating mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik "inhumanely" in prison, said on Wednesday (11 January) that his limited contact with the outside world was necessary because he is trying to spread his ideology from prison, including in dating adverts.
Central Europe 12-01-2017

Ruling conservatives reconvene Polish parliament despite opposition blockade

Poland's parliament resumed proceedings after the winter recess on Wednesday (11 January) in defiance of an opposition blockade of the plenary hall, escalating a standoff that has raised fears for democracy in the European Union state.
Future EU 11-01-2017

Macron shares vision of Europe in Berlin visit

Outside bet for the French presidency Emmanuel Macron called for renewed European sovereignty in a Berlin speech yesterday (10 January), as crucial elections loom large. EurActiv Germany reports.
Future EU 11-01-2017

Greens take in first 5 Star defector

The European Parliament’s Green group today (11 January) formally accepted its first defector from the 5 Star Movement, EFE learned. MEP Marco Affronte left the Eurosceptic EFDD group following his party’s rejection by liberal ALDE MEPs this week. EurActiv Spain reports.

Commission wants to open up legal, architectural, and engineering professions

The European Commission proposed on Tuesday (10 January) a fine-tuning of the Services Directive in order to address the over-protection of certain professions in the member states.
Central Europe 10-01-2017

Poland's ruling party to lift media curbs in parliament

Poland's ruling conservatives announced plans on Monday (9 January) to reinstate full media access to parliament in a bid to defuse a political standoff, but the main opposition party said it was not yet ready to end its blockade of the legislature.

Polish protest leader deals blow to opposition

The leader of Poland's anti-government protest movement acknowledged on Thursday (5 January) taking money from the organisation, dealing a blow to the parliamentary opposition, but he said the funds were for contract work he had carried out.

Former Népszabadság editor: Orbán's referendum was no failure

Hungarian newspaper Népszabadság was closed down in October 2016, in a move that was seen by many observers as the Budapest government’s attempts to crack down on dissenting voices. EurActiv’s partner Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft talked to its former deputy-editor.