#Media4EU 16-03-2018

Avoid censorship, dilute fake with quality news

The EU High-Level Expert Group on ‘fake news’ published its report with recommendations earlier this week. Christophe Leclercq, one of its members, offers his views on its potential impact ahead of the 2019 EU elections, and why it matters to the media sector.
Politics 16-03-2018

The Brief – Europe united

Who says the European Union cannot be united? Or that it can no longer see eye to eye with Washington on anything?
Global Europe 16-03-2018

Russia’s economy : still dependent on oil

After two years of recession caused by lower oil prices and western sanctions, Russia’s recovery benefits Vladimir Putin who is seeking a new term of office.  However this improvement won’t last long without a structural reform. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Central Asia 16-03-2018

Astana meeting on Syria takes place without Western oversight

Kazakhstan and Russia urged the US on Friday (16 March) to engage "in a constructive dialogue" in the context of the unfolding tragedy in Syria. But no US or Western diplomats were present at the eight edition of the Syria talks, held in the framework of the so-called Astana process.
Development Policy 16-03-2018

Humanitarian crisis management benefits from new technologies

Weather alert systems, real-time communication and debit cards for refugees: the use of new technologies make humanitarian aid more effective, Commissioner Christos Stylianides said in an interview.  EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.
Central Asia 16-03-2018

Connecting Central Asia

The five Central Asian countries – Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan – only recently represented one of the most disconnected regions of the world, but have now launched a new regional cooperation drive. As a non-permanent of the UN...
Enlargement 16-03-2018

Belgrade and Washington have differing views on Kosovo army

The visit of US Assistant Secretary of State to Belgrade made it clear yet again that the issue of Kosovo remains a thorn in Serbia's side and the biggest obstacle to its hopes of joining the European Union in 2025.
Future EU 16-03-2018

Austria’s high hopes for Merkel 4.0

Good for Europe – this is how political observers in Austria comment on the election of Angela Merkel as the German Chancellor. Especially in European affairs, there are high hopes. EURACTIV Germany reports from Vienna.

Two years after the Brussels attacks, the terrorist threat remains very real

Returning foreign fighters, along with home-grown radicals, are heightening concerns that further attacks could be afoot. Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek and Amanda Paul argue there is room to beef-up security measures without creating a “police state” and maintaining respect for individual rights and liberties.
Brexit 16-03-2018

‘We don’t want Brexit to be the flat burger’, campaign says

Brexit has been compared to many things, but the idea of being sold a big juicy burger and ending up with a flat, badly made one is a novelty.
Politics 16-03-2018

Tweets of the Week: MEPs squawking, May isn’t baulking, goodbye Stephen Hawking

This week, in Parliament Selmayr’s appointment provokes more squawking, reacting to Russian poisoning, Theresa May is not baulking, and the world says goodbye to the amazing Stephen Hawking.
Energy 16-03-2018

Gas chief: ‘We expect at least 10% of the car market in 2030’

Just as Europe is engaging in a fierce race to electrify transport, makers of natural gas vehicles are coming out with bullish projections, saying they expect their car fleet in Europe to multiply tenfold to 13 million vehicles in 2030 – a 10% market share that could reach 20-30% for trucks and buses.
Central Asia 16-03-2018

Astana hosts little-publicised Central Asia summit

Only a couple of years ago, a summit of the five Central Asia countries would have been absolutely unthinkable. But the leaders came together on Thursday (15 March) and decided to hold such meetings annually, always at the same time of the year, which is a major holiday in the region.
Digital 16-03-2018

EU ready to hit big US tech firms with 3% turnover tax

Large digital companies with significant revenues in the European Union such as Google and Facebook could face a 3% tax on their turnover under a draft proposal by the European Commission.
Future EU 16-03-2018

Citizens’ consultations: An ambitious gamble to connect citizens with Brussels

France hopes to reconnect Brussels and European citizens through debates organised by civil society. Jean-Claude Juncker’s participation in the first event on 17 April has yet to be confirmed. EURACTIV.fr reports
Energy 16-03-2018

‘Efficiency First’ will deliver – let’s start with renovating our buildings

There is a simple truth about EU climate policy: If it does not put energy efficiency first, it will not meet its objectives cost-effectively. And if it does not try to do that, it may not meet them at all, writes Adrian Joyce.
Elections 15-03-2018

Slovak PM quits after journalist’s murder but coalition stays in power

Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico resigned on Thursday (15 March), as the governing three-party coalition seeks to cling to power after the murder of an investigative journalist provoked the country's biggest protests since the fall of communism.
Economy & Jobs 15-03-2018

EU conflict minerals bill still three years from becoming reality

Nearly a year after being signed off by MEPs and ministers, the EU’s long-awaited conflict minerals law is still three years from going live.

The Brief – Energy disunion

One quarter of MEPs surprisingly voted against the European Commission’s list of gas and electricity projects on Wednesday. The latest show of disunity once again suggests that the dream of a carbon-free Europe might remain just that: a flight of fantasy.
Agrifood 15-03-2018

EU farm support does not distort trade, Commission tells Washington

The EU financial support to farmers, including to Spanish olive producers, does not distort trade, European Commission sources told EURACTIV.com in light of the rising tensions between Brussels and the US government over trade.  
Economy & Jobs 15-03-2018

‘Secret’ tax deals with multinationals soar despite scandals

Despite the uproar following the publication of ‘sweetheart’ deals signed between member states and corporations, countries signed 2053 ‘secret’ unilateral tax agreements with companies in 2016, an increase of 64% compared to the previous year.
Energy 15-03-2018

An inefficient truth

It’s time for the G20 to give energy efficiency the respect it deserves, writes Rachel Kyte.
Energy 15-03-2018

Bosnia’s first wind farm comes online as hydropower struggles

Bosnia’s maiden wind farm began producing electricity on Wednesday as part of the country’s efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and meet the renewable energy standards of the European Union it aspires to join.
Elections 15-03-2018

Slovenian PM resigns amid rail project trouble

Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar resigned late on Wednesday (14 March), hours after a key investment project hit a legal obstacle, saying he had also had enough of obstruction from his coalition partners and pressure from trade unions.