Europe's East 22-01-2019

Russian Orthodoxy, a security issue in Ukraine

The politico-spiritual move away from Russian Orthodoxy, presented by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko as a major national security issue, has deeply angered Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has political ambitions in the region, writes Willy Fautré.
Economy & Jobs 22-01-2019

European countries buying more and more American fighter planes

All of Europe finds American fighter planes attractive, with first Slovakia and Romania and soon Bulgaria and Croatia opting to purchase these machines. EURACTIV France reports.The author, Nicolas Gros-Verheyde, is chief editor of Bruxelles2.eu website, dedicated to EU defence policy. 
Economy & Jobs 22-01-2019

Workforce talent gap increases globally, Davos study finds

The gap between developed and developing countries in their capacities to attract and retain skilled workforces have increased over the last five years, business school executive told EURACTIV.

EU sees crime risks from Malta, Cyprus, Bulgaria ‘golden passport’ schemes

The European Commission will warn that schemes in EU states to sell citizenship or residence to wealthy individuals could help foreign organised crime groups infiltrate the bloc and increase the risk of money laundering, corruption and tax evasion.
Batteries 22-01-2019

Japanese giants team up to build batteries, battle China and Tesla

Carmaker Toyota and electronics titan Panasonic will pool resources and build electric vehicle batteries together as of 2020, according to sources familiar with the planned joint venture.

France summons Italian envoy over Di Maio Africa comments

France has summoned Italy's ambassador to protest against comments by Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio, who accused Paris of continuing to colonise Africa and causing people to migrate from the continent, a government source told AFP.
Brexit 22-01-2019

May tries to tweak defeated Brexit plan, refuses to rule out no-deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May sought to break the parliamentary deadlock over Brexit on Monday (21 January) by proposing to seek further concessions from the European Union on a plan to prevent customs checks on the Irish border.
Energy 22-01-2019

Russia plays for time in EU-mediated Ukraine gas transit talks

The EU mediated on Monday (21 January) talks between Moscow and Kyiv on the future of Russian gas transit via Ukraine, the only decision being that the sides agreed to meet again in May.
Economy & Jobs 22-01-2019

PwC chief: ‘I do think that tensions between US and China will continue’

Pessimism is growing among CEOs, noted the latest global survey published on Monday by PwC, a consultancy firm. In an interview with EURACTIV.com, the global chairman of PwC, Bob Moritz, recommended companies and governments to focus on execution in order to truly turn risks into opportunities.
Economy & Jobs 21-01-2019

Has the EU delivered on economy and growth?

The European elections will take place in just over four months. Economy and growth will play an important role in deciding who will sit in the new European Parliament.
Economy & Jobs 21-01-2019

The Brief – Why Davos?

The World Economic Forum starts today but as fears of a new recession grow and political tensions arise, the question for many is: does the exclusive meeting serve any actual purpose?
Future EU 21-01-2019

France and Germany endorse a disenchanted vision of their relationship in new treaty

The treaty that France and Germany will sign on Tuesday (22 January) stems from Macron’s pro-European vigour. The text is a pragmatic one, promoting the economy and defence rather than politics but some major differences remain. EURACTIV France reports.
Transport 21-01-2019

Czech transport companies under threat from better driver salaries

Truck drivers should earn the same salaries as their foreign colleagues while working abroad, according to new EU rules. But non-EU competition and disgruntled hauliers complicate the issue further. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.
Digital 21-01-2019

Risks to Europe: Identification, evaluation, mitigation

The EU defines risk management capability as ‘the ability of a Member State or its regions to reduce, adapt to or mitigate risks (impacts and likelihood of a disaster), identified in its risk assessments to levels that are acceptable in...
Digital 21-01-2019

Europe’s gigabit future

High-capacity connectivity is vital in scaling Europe's broadband networks across the continent, in the hope of guaranteeing Europe's position at the forefront of the 4th industrial revolution.
Broadband 21-01-2019

Bridging the EU’s broadband divides: The importance of trust and security

The EU has long been plighted by patchy broadband coverage, so much so that previous Commission targets set out for 2020 were put to bed last year by the European Court of Auditors. But could 2019 prove to be a tipping point in the bloc's connectivity potentials?
Azerbaijan 21-01-2019

Azeri parliamentary cooperation chair: MEPs should check facts before they vote

Some events in Azerbaijan are treated in the EU with prejudice and intentional bias, and some MEPs have a clear agenda to make obstacles to the rapprochement of EU-Azerbaijan relations, Javanshir Feyziyev told EURACTIV in a written interview.
Armenia 21-01-2019

EU, UN welcome thaw in Armenia-Azerbaijan relations over Nagorno-Karabakh

The EU welcomed on Friday (18 January) a recent thaw in relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Energy 21-01-2019

EU at risk of missing 2020 energy efficiency targets: Lessons for 2030

EU energy consumption is rising despite targets to reduce demand across Europe. This should not come as a surprise and is explained mainly by GDP growth, writes Samuel Thomas.
Brexit 21-01-2019

May seeks bilateral deal on Irish border to break Brexit impasse

British Prime Minister Theresa May is considering solving a Brexit deadlock by amending a 1998 agreement that ended 30 years of violence in Northern Ireland after ditching attempts to negotiate a cross-party deal, the Daily Telegraph reported late on Sunday (20 January).
Health 21-01-2019

Discussion heats up over stockpiling of generic drugs under patent protection

The Commission has announced its intention to add a manufacturing waiver to supplementary protection certificates (SPC), as part of its upgraded 2015 Single Market Strategy.
Europe's East 21-01-2019

Russian senator says US warship in Black Sea should keep its distance

Visits to the Black Sea by US warships have nothing to do with US security and are motivated by domestic politics, prominent Russian senator Alexei Pushkov said on Sunday (20 January), warning they should stay away from the Russian coast.
Global Europe 21-01-2019

Tens of thousands rally in Athens to protest against Macedonia name deal

Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters outside parliament on Sunday (20 January) as tens of thousands of Greeks rallied in Athens to protest ahead of a parliamentary vote to ratify a name deal with Macedonia due this week.
Global Europe 21-01-2019

Giuliani says Trump pursued Moscow tower throughout 2016, raising questions

US President Donald Trump pursued a business deal to erect a tower bearing his name in Moscow throughout 2016, his attorney said on Sunday (20 January), raising new questions for congressional investigators looking into possible ties between the president and Russia.

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