Data protection 19-01-2018

Jourova: ‘Never say never’ to EU hate speech law

Tech giants should share the technology they develop to detect hate speech with smaller companies, EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said in an interview.

Politics 19-01-2018

The Brief – Prepare for the rumble in the Davos jungle

Despite the soothing presence of Elton John and Cate Blanchett, love, peace and goodwill to all is unlikely to break out at the Davos World Economic Forum next week. Not when Donald Trump is in town.

Elections 19-01-2018

Set voting age at 16 to renew EU, says Davos report

The voting age for next year’s European elections should be lowered to 16 as part of a suite of reforms to revitalise the European project.

Future EU 19-01-2018

Does the UK government even trust the British people?

Labour MP Geraint Davies writes that the Brexit debate is now shifting and that many promises have not materialised. British people who voted in good faith to leave the EU are now facing a number of impacts they simply did not expect.

 

Development Policy 19-01-2018

Least developed countries benefited most from EU duty-rebate schemes

A report published today (19 January) by the European Commission and the European External Action Service shows the positive impact of the European Union's duty-rebate schemes on developing economies, including human rights improvements.

Global Europe 19-01-2018

EU, China bet on tourism to boost trade, ease tensions

At a time of increased tensions between Brussels and Beijing, the two partners met in Venice on Friday (19 January) to launch the EU-China Tourism Year, hoping to patch up or better revitalise relations.

Development Policy 19-01-2018

Forests decimated by cocoa farming in Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire’s brown gold has gradually destroyed the country’s national parks and protected forests. At the same time, suspicions of corruption are tainting the authorities’ attempts to curb rampant deforestation.

Future EU 19-01-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Dragnea’s perfect new proxy PM

After winning the elections in December 2016, Liviu Dragnea's aim was to have a government led by someone who would blindly follow his orders. Third time may be the charm for the leader of Romania’s ruling party. 

Agrifood 19-01-2018

Commission expects clarity on GM scope from court ruling on plant breeding techniques

The European Commission expects “important” clarity on the scope of GMO legislation ahead of a Court ruling on new plant breeding techniques, an EU spokesperson told EURACTIV.com following the release of an Advocate General’s first opinion.

Politics 19-01-2018

Kazakhstan likely to host future Ukraine talks

One of the major highlights of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarayev's visit to the US was an exchange of remarks with Donald Trump that suggested the Minsk talks on Ukraine may be moved to the Kazakh capital, Astana.

Global Europe 19-01-2018

US lawmakers aim to tighten terms of Iran nuclear deal

A bill was introduced in the US House of Representatives yesterday (18 January) aimed at tightening the terms of the Iran nuclear deal, despite Tehran's rejection of changes to the accord.

Austrian far-right orders ‘border protection unit’

Austria's new far-right interior minister was quoted as saying yesterday (18 January) that he has ordered the creation of a "border protection unit" in case of a major new influx of migrants, like the one in 2015.

Future of mobility 19-01-2018

More space for more Europe

2018 will be a crucial year to shape a stimulating new narrative for EU space policy. Jean-Loic Galle lists a couple of key points ahead of the 10th EU space policy conference taking place in Brussels on 23 and 24 January.

Europe's East 19-01-2018

Ukraine recognises war as ‘temporary Russian occupation’

Ukraine's parliament yesterday (18 January) formally recognised its eastern war as a "temporary Russian occupation" in a vote that an outraged Moscow said was preparation for a new wave in the conflict.

Future EU 19-01-2018

Countries prioritise research, education to avoid ‘lost decade’

Smart spending and a focus on future-oriented priorities, such as innovation and education, will be key to create more jobs the next decade in a more competitive environment.

Energy 19-01-2018

EU need not fear new Russian gas pipeline

Europe’s continuing need for Russian gas – for reasons of proximity and price – is a reality, but it need not leave the EU over a barrel, writes Noah Gordon.

Future EU 19-01-2018

May, Macron seek common ground to offset Brexit fallout

Prime Minister Theresa May and her French counterpart Emmanuel Macron agreed a new border security deal yesterday (18 January), through which the UK will pay more to France to stop migrants trying to reach British shores.

Politics 19-01-2018

Tweets of the Week: EP plenary, UK takes all the credit, and the Minister for Loneliness

This week, MEPs are back to school, UK claims credit for European rule, and lonely Theresa May faces ridicule.

Future EU 19-01-2018

Austria and Germany: An old quarrel that never dies

During the refugee crisis, Austria's then foreign minister and now Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has emerged as a fierce Merkel critic. During his inaugural visit to Berlin this week, it became clear that their differences aren't going anywhere, writes EURACTIV Germany's partner Der Tagesspiegel.

Economy & Jobs 19-01-2018

Europe is recovering but needs to confront lingering dangers to its unity

Europe is on the road to recovery which means now is the time for it to take the lead on a global scale and tackle the concerns and needs of its citizens, write Martina Larkin and Eckart Windhagen.

Economy & Jobs 18-01-2018

Europe needs more money for research, here’s where to get it

The lack of funding needed to achieve Europe's widely advertised ambitions for global excellence in research and innovation should be addressed in discussing Horizon 2020’s successor. Understanding the challenge and where the money could realistically come from is key, writes Thomas Estermann.

The Brief – Hunting season on member states is open

The European Commission, for a variety of reasons, doesn’t like going after member states. But MEPs live for it. So don’t be surprised if in 2018 we see the Berlaymont taking the Parliament’s side more and more.

Future EU 18-01-2018

Germany and Poland to explore revived ‘Weimar Triangle’

On Wednesday (17 January), Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz met with his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel in Berlin. The ministers spoke about the dispute over the rule of law in Poland, the future of the EU and a possible revival of the Weimar Triangle. EURACTIV Poland reports.

Enlargement 18-01-2018

Tensions grow before biggest secret is revealed: FYROM’s new name

The opposition VMRO-DPMNE of former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski in Skopje, possibly encouraged by Russia, is trying to hinder the resolution of a name dispute with Greece that has blocked the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's (FYROM) progress in joining NATO and the European Union.