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Elections 21-09-2017

Elections: What should German EU policy look like?

The outcome of the German elections will also shape the future of the EU. What do German associations, unions and civil society organisations demand from the future government with regards to EU financial, social and trade policies? EURACTIV Germany reports.

Economy & Jobs 21-09-2017

Don’t protect us from doing business!

It’s always a pleasure to be praised as strategically important. But when looking at the European Commission’s current proposal for screening foreign direct investments, many entrepreneurs ask: what is the strategy? Thilo Brodtmann explains.

Economy & Jobs 18-09-2017

Commission ignores calls for objectives in new industrial strategy

The European Commission did not include new strategic objectives and targets in its industrial package unveiled on Monday (18 September), stressing instead that a master plan already exists for European industry.

EU Priorities 2020 15-09-2017

Tweets of the Week: A State of the Union special

This EU Tweets of the Week is a State of the Union special. We’ve got the hails and fails, wails and… sails?

Climate change 14-09-2017

Juncker’s pledge to ‘make the planet great again’ fails to satisfy

Environmental groups and MEPs were left disappointed by Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union address on Wednesday (13 September), after the Commission president only mentioned climate change anecdotally.

Future EU 13-09-2017

State of the Union 2017 Live, as it happened

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gave his annual State of the European Union address at the European Parliament on Wednesday 13 September. EURACTIV.com brings you coverage, analysis and background from the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

CETA 13-09-2017

Juncker’s trade push starts with Australia, New Zealand

As anticipated in recent weeks, trade topped the Juncker Commission’s priorities for the rest of its mandate.

Africa 13-09-2017

Juncker criticises lack of solidarity with Africa

In his State of the Union speech, Commission President Juncker reminded member states to contribute to the EU's Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. EURACTIV France reports.

Future EU 13-09-2017

On the eurozone, Juncker goes wide but not deep

In his speech on the State of the Union, Jean-Claude Juncker insisted on the extension of the eurozone, but not on its deepening. He fears the two-speed Europe defended by Emmanuel Macron. EURACTIV France reports.

EU Priorities 2020 13-09-2017

Juncker’s full 2017 State of the Union speech

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s annual State of the Union speech covered what the EU achieved last year and where the bloc is heading.

Economy & Jobs 13-09-2017

It’s the housing challenge, Mr Juncker

Despite President Juncker's cheerful speech, actual recovery in the EU cannot be celebrated as long as it is confronted by an alarming housing challenge.

Agrifood 13-09-2017

‘No second class consumers’: Juncker slams double food quality in the EU

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker criticised double standards of food quality in his address to Parliament on Wednesday morning (13 September), saying that there should be no “second class consumers” in the single market.

Economy & Jobs 30-08-2017

Juncker to push for new trade agreements in Union speech

The Commission president will ask for mandates to negotiate new free trade agreements, and will propose a framework to screen foreign investment, as part of a trade package to be announced during his state of the EU address on 13 September, officials told EURACTIV.com.

Future EU 11-10-2016

EU puts ‘ever closer union’ on hold

As the EU prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary, the “ever closer union” principle that underpinned the European project is being put on hold as the bloc struggles to survive its annus horribilis.

Berlin reluctant to top up Juncker’s piggy bank

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker wants the amount of funding made available by the EU’s investment plan, aka the Juncker Plan, to be doubled. But he faces strong opposition from Germany. EURACTIV’s partner Der Taggespiegel reports.

Transport 05-10-2016

EU ‘ready to explore’ free InterRail tickets for European teenagers

The European Commission is considering handing out free InterRail tickets to all young Europeans when they turn 18, following up on a proposal made by Members of the European Parliament to counter the wave of euroscepticism spreading across the continent.

An economy of, by and for the people

Europe’s economy has clearly seen better days. Facing great technological and societal change, it is marred by a sluggish recovery and a lack of investment, write Reinhard Bütikofer and Philippe Lamberts.

Global Europe 19-09-2016

France leading the campaign for EU military HQ

France and Germany both support the idea of creating a European military headquarters, but Paris has the most to gain from the project. EURACTIV France reports.

Digital 15-09-2016

Eurosceptics took Twitter by storm during Juncker speech

More Eurosceptics tweeted about Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union speech on Wednesday (14 September) than people in favour of the EU, a study revealed.

Digital 15-09-2016

Free Wi-Fi in cities? ‘We panicked for five minutes. Then we realised it’s not serious’

Telecoms companies were as surprised as anyone when Jean-Claude Juncker announced Wednesday (14 September) that the European Commission wants every city and village in the EU to have free public Wi-Fi in some places by 2020.

Euro & Finance 14-09-2016

Brussels eyes investment and capital markets to revive weak growth

Against the backdrop of weak output growth in Europe, the European Commission announced on Wednesday (14 September) that it will double the funds for its ‘successful’ investment plan and urged Parliament and the member states to adopt the Capital Markets Union proposals to relaunch the real economy.

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Future EU 14-09-2016

Brexit battlers Farage and Verhofstadt butt heads at State of the Union speech

The European Parliament's Brexit point man Guy Verhofstadt today (14 September) clashed with UKIP leader Nigel Farage at the debate after Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's State of the Union speech.

Future EU 14-09-2016

State of the Union: As it happened

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker kicked off his State of the European Union address at the European Parliament at 9am today (14 Wednesday). EURACTIV's live feed brought breaking news, live video and analysis of the speech.

Future EU 14-09-2016

Video: Juncker’s full 2016 ‘State of the Union’ address

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gave his annual "State of the European Union" address in the European Parliament at 9.00am in Strasbourg this morning (14 Wednesday). Watch the full video here.