Brexit 17-09-2019

The Brief, powered by BP – Put it in writing

Not content with breaking the two parties that have dominated UK politics for almost a century, the Brexit behemoth has set its sights on the country’s famously unwritten constitution.
Energy 17-09-2019

Saudi attack will jolt oil markets out of ‘complacency’ over Gulf tensions – analysts

The price of oil has seemed relatively immune to heightened tensions in the Gulf, but this weekend’s attack on Saudi oil facilities means markets will now be more skittish.
Digital 17-09-2019

Apple says $14 bln EU tax order ‘defies reality and common sense’

Apple launched a legal challenge against Brussels in an EU top court on Tuesday (17 September), saying the European Union's 2016 order for the company to pay 13 billion euros in back taxes to Ireland "defies reality and common sense".
Freedom of thought 17-09-2019

CEU provost: Academic freedom is in crisis everywhere in Europe, not only in Hungary

It is the start of a new semester at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. But this year, many of its students are preparing to move to Vienna, where lectures will start in October. It's because CEU, a private US university founded by the Hungarian billionaire George Soros, has been kicked out of Hungary.
Climate change 17-09-2019

Wealthy countries still failing on $100 billion climate finance pledge

In 2017, the most industrialised countries contributed a little above $70 billion to nations vulnerable to the effects of climate change. This number is far below the annual $100 billion pledged in 2009 for the following decade. EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'environnement reports.
Economy & Jobs 17-09-2019

Ukraine under EU pressure to criminalise tobacco smuggling

The European Union is stepping up the pressure on Kyiv to take a firmer stance on tobacco smuggling and criminalise it in line with the country’s commitments under the terms of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, EURACTIV has learnt.
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Economy & Jobs 17-09-2019

Workers’ participation: What Europe needs to do for its workers

The EU needs to do more to strengthen workers’ rights. Otherwise workers’ voice in Europe will be in jeopardy.
EU Elections 2019 17-09-2019

Commissioners assemble: Class of 2019-2024

European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has unveiled who will do what job in her administration, insisting hers will be a “geopolitical Commission”. Stay tuned here for all the details. UPDATE: Dates for Commissioner hearings have now been released...
Politics 17-09-2019

Sánchez makes last call to avoid new Spanish elections

The Capitals brings you the latest news from across Europe, through on-the-ground reporting by EURACTIV’s media network. You can subscribe to the newsletter here. ***Correction: In yesterday’s edition of The Capitals, we wrote that Commission vice-presidents were questioned in 2014 by...
Brexit 17-09-2019

Britain’s Supreme Court enters Brexit drama

The Brexit drama switches venues from Brussels to the UK Supreme Court on Tuesday (17 September) for hearings on Boris Johnson’s explosive decision to suspend parliament for over a month. The British prime minister’s first talks Monday with European Commission...
Digital 17-09-2019

Apple embarks on EU court battle over €13 billion tax bill

Apple embarks on an epic court battle with the EU on Tuesday (17 September), fighting the commission's landmark order that the iPhone-maker reimburse Ireland €13 billion ($14 billion) in back taxes.
Economy & Jobs 17-09-2019

Europe launches last-ditch effort to avoid US tariffs

The European Commission has dangled the prospect of limiting its public subsidies to the US administration in an attempt to avoid further tariffs from Washington that could come as early as next month in the context of the Airbus-Boeing dispute.
Energy 17-09-2019

The attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq refinery and the realpolitik of oil

After a Saudi oil processing facility came under attack, attention turned on the immediate effect this could have on oil prices. But the worry should be more over the medium term than the short term, writes Robin Mills. Robin Mills...
Europe's East 17-09-2019

In Georgia, EU opens first European School outside the bloc’s borders

In line with EU aims to deepen relations with the Eastern Partnership countries, EU and Georgian officials on Monday (16 September) launched a European School in Tbilisi, the first educational institution of this kind launched beyond the bloc’s boundaries.
Politics 17-09-2019

Slovak PM Pellegrini seen surviving no-confidence vote

Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini should easily defeat a no-confidence vote on Tuesday (17 September), but his government is being increasingly damaged by revelations about the reach of the main suspect in the 2018 murder of a journalist into state offices.

EU grills Hungary over rule of law concerns

EU affairs ministers grilled Hungary on Monday (16 September) over Prime Minister Viktor Orban's tightening of restrictions around free media, judges, academics, minorities and rights groups, which the bloc worries weakens democracy in the ex-communist country.
Global Europe 17-09-2019

Trump says he does not want war after attack on Saudi oil facilities

US President Donald Trump said on Monday (16 September) it looked like Iran was behind attacks on oil plants in Saudi Arabia but stressed he did not want to go to war, as the attacks sent oil prices soaring and raised fears of a new Middle East conflict.
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Preparing for more EVs: Three things for policymakers to consider

With the new legislative mandate of the EU Institutions kicking off and Mobility Week in full force, EVs and sustainable transport are high on the agenda. But more remains to be done. The predicted uptake in EVs in the coming decades means that several issues must be addressed, including charging infrastructure, proper management of the growing battery stock and higher demand for resources, writes Bernard Respaut, Chief Executive of the European Copper Institute.
Brexit 16-09-2019

‘Empty lecturn’ press conference leaves Johnson humiliated

Visiting UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was left humiliated after his Luxembourgish host effectively empty-chaired him on Monday, before criticising Johnson’s handling of the Brexit negotiations and accusing the Leave campaign, which Johnson had fronted, of lying during the 2016 referendum campaign.
Politics 16-09-2019

The Brief, powered by BP – Open season

This week’s European Parliament plenary session will be the first after Ursula von der Leyen unveiled her team of Commissioners last Tuesday. It will also mark the opening of the hunting season as MEPs prepare to grill the proposed new Commissioners.
Agrifood 16-09-2019

Agriculture DG loses state aid oversight to boost competition rules

In an unexpected move, Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has decided to move state aid competences in farming and fisheries from two directorates-general, Agriculture and Maritime affairs and fisheries, to DG Competition.
Climate change 16-09-2019

Thousands of car protesters block Frankfurt Motor Show with bikes

Thousands of protesters took advantage of this year's international motor show in Frankfurt to call for a "transport revolution" - by parking their bikes. EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.
Africa 16-09-2019

No reset on EU-Africa relations under von der Leyen

Speculation that Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen could appoint a Commissioner specifically for Africa turned out to be much ado about almost nothing, if her team of Commission nominees unveiled last week is anything to go by.
Agrifood 16-09-2019

The ‘belching cow’ phenomenon and why it’s a problem

Methane, which is emitted when cows belch, is the second most common greenhouse gas on the planet but its effect on the atmosphere is about thirty times more harmful than that of CO2. The political agenda is set on curbing CO2 emissions, leaving the issue of methane emissions often untouched. EURACTIV Germany reports.

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