Brexit 20-03-2018

The Brief – Kicking the (fish) can

Barring any last-minute hitches, this week’s EU summit will not burn much midnight oil, at least where Brexit is concerned.

Migrant rights increasingly flouted in Europe, report says

The European Agency for Fundamental Rights points out in its report five persistent challenges for migration to the EU, from access to territory, to asylum procedures and unaccompanied children.
Global Europe 20-03-2018

Juncker urges Putin to ‘re-establish’ security cooperation

EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker urged Vladimir Putin on Tuesday (20 March) to help "re-establish" continental security cooperation following his re-election, amid mounting concern over the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain.
Central Europe 20-03-2018

Austrian experts: Central Europe is the future of Europe

The relations of the Visegrád Four with many EU countries, as well as with Brussels, are currently very tense. Despite some differences of opinion, Austria is endeavouring to establish a good neighbourhood policy. EURACTIV Germany reports from Vienna.
Armenia 20-03-2018

Armenia: Balancing act between Russia and Europe

Few countries have established such close political and economic ties with Russia as Armenia has. But a new agreement is now meant to bring the small Caucasus republic closer to the EU. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 20-03-2018

As Trump plays with fire, EU should lead on global trade

As America retreats after Trump's plans to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, the world is moving on. Now is the time for the EU to take the lead in maintaining the global trade system, writes Shada Islam.
Energy 20-03-2018

No ‘one size fits all’ solution to decarbonise heating and cooling

Heating and cooling our homes, businesses and industrial processes makes up half of the EU’s energy demand. Yet, decarbonising the sector is proving a daunting task for which multiple solutions will be needed, industry experts say.
Brexit 20-03-2018

Ireland says Brexit border deal ‘legally firm’, DUP says not resolved

The Irish government on Monday (19 March) said an agreement that would leave Northern Ireland within the European Union's customs union after Britain leaves the EU was "legally firm," but Northern Ireland's largest party said the issue remained open for debate.
Energy 20-03-2018

Dutch offshore wind farms first in world to go subsidy-free

The Dutch government has begun to follow through on its renewable energy pledges by awarding Swedish firm Vattenfall two contracts for what will be the world’s first wind farms to be built entirely without public money.
Agrifood 20-03-2018

Questions raised over EU’s proposed advanced biofuels list

Not all second-generation biofuels listed by the European Commission are sustainable, critics warn, urging policymakers to use the indirect land use change (ILUC) factor to “clean up” the list.
Enlargement 20-03-2018

Montenegro veteran leader Djukanovic to run for presidency

Montenegro's six-time prime minister Milo Djukanović, who dominated politics in the tiny Balkan nation for decades before stepping down in 2016, announced his comeback Monday (19 March) by saying he will run for president in next month's vote.
Economy & Jobs 20-03-2018

German minister offers hope of detente on Trump tariffs

A compromise could be reached as soon as this week between the European Union and United States over the tariffs President Donald Trump imposed on steel and aluminium, a German minister said Monday (19 March).
Elections 20-03-2018

Key EU lawmakers committee to query Selmayr’s promotion at hearing

The European Parliament's budgetary control committee wants a senior EU Commission official to clarify the sudden promotion of its president's chief aide to the top of the EU civil service, underlining the continuing unease among lawmakers over the move.
Global Europe 20-03-2018

Europe must prepare to stand up to Trump on Israeli-Palestinian ‘peace’ plan

Europe should redouble its commitment to critical EU policies grounded in its commitment to international law and a negotiated two-state solution, writes Lara Friedman.
Global Europe 20-03-2018

Putin says will engage with West after record vote win

Vladimir Putin on Monday (19 March) said he would address disputes with the West after an election that saw him return to the Kremlin with a record vote share, as Moscow faces increasing isolation.
Future EU 20-03-2018

The surprising expansion of citizen dialogue

The European Commission has announced having already organised 500 citizens’ consultations since 2012, and says it plans to organise 500 more by May 2019. But the format of those dialogues is quite different from the citizens' consultations put forward by French President Emmanuel Macron. reports.
Central Europe 20-03-2018

Political analyst: In Central Asia, the personality factor is very important

A change at the helm of Uzbekistan 18 months ago became a game-changer and greatly improved relations in Central Asia, where the personality factor remains very important. In an interview, researcher Anastassiya Reshetnyak assesses the geopolitical situation, relations in the region and with the EU.
Economy & Jobs 20-03-2018

More social dumping comes to Europe through Bulgaria’s door

Although the EU member states recently reached an agreement to tighten posted worker controls, another door has been opened to social dumping, warn Vania Grigorova and Anastaska Todorova, representing two trade unions in Bulgaria.

The Brief – Political axes raised over Facebook data woes

Facebook is facing political pressure on a couple of different fronts. The social media giant has had to answer to increased concerns over its users spread of hate speech, terrorist propaganda, and disinformation (or fake news, depending who you ask).
Brexit 19-03-2018

How do citizens in UK view Brexit, a year before the departure?

One year before the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union, EURACTIV's partner efe-epa spoke to a diverse group of people, including British citizens and EU nationals who have made lives for themselves in the UK, to find out how they felt about Brexit.
Data protection 19-03-2018

Facebook under pressure as EU lawmakers announce probes into data harvesting

The European Parliament announced on Monday (19 March) that it will investigate allegations that millions of Facebook users’ data was misused without their knowledge. The European Commission also called for national watchdogs to open their own probes of the incident.
Global Europe 19-03-2018

EU takes UK allegations on Russia spy poisoning ‘extremely seriously’

EU foreign ministers today (19 March) strongly condemned the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain and said they took "extremely seriously" London's assessment that Moscow is to blame for the attack.
Energy 19-03-2018

Smart lamppost ‘revolution’ could save Europe €2.1bn a year

Switching Europe's aging streetlight network with smart lampposts could slash electricity bills by up to €2.1bn a year and deliver energy savings of between 50-70%. EURACTIV's media partner reports.
Brexit 19-03-2018

EU, UK make major breakthrough in Brexit talks

The European Union and the United Kingdom have agreed a "large part" of what will make up the Brexit agreement, including the transition period, taking a major step towards ensuring the UK's orderly withdrawal from the bloc next year, the two sides' negotiators said on Monday (19 March).