Central Europe 21-03-2018

Polish FM: We are committed to EU but Commission is no ‘super-government’

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz outlined his country’s foreign policy aims for 2018 this week, putting special emphasis on security issues and criticising EU institutions for using "double standards". EURACTIV Poland reports.
Languages & Culture 21-03-2018

Le Brief – Roll up, roll up… for free French classes

French used to be the recognised language of international diplomacy even though the British Empire was much larger and more dominant. French held out, more or less, until after World War Two, when the global geopolitical balance shifted and the US took over, helped by Hollywood and rock 'n' roll.

Rasmussen: EU summit should send Putin a clear message

Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that the EU should show solidarity with the UK not only with words, but also with increased sanctions.
Europe's East 21-03-2018

Ukraine says DCFTAs outdated, need deep review

One of the key messages from the EURACTIV debate on the Eastern Partnership – “Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and the EU: The Road to 2020” held on March 20 in Brussels was that the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements with these countries need a revamp.
Agrifood 21-03-2018

Debate on costs of advanced biofuels heats up

The debate on the technologies available to produce second-generation biofuels, and their related costs, is heating up in Brussels amid disagreement over the European Commission’s estimates.
Cybersecurity 21-03-2018

France and Estonia strengthen digital cooperation

Paris and Tallinn have signed an e-government agreement to combat cyberattacks and develop the digital economy. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.
Electricity 21-03-2018

EU’s Clean Energy Package: Are we on the right track?

In November 2016, the European Commission presented eight legislative proposals as part of its “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package. Two of those cover the Electricity Market Design, with the goal of making it more consumer-oriented, competitive, flexible and innovative....
Agrifood 21-03-2018

European Commission greenlights Bayer-Monsanto merger

The European Commission approved on Wednesday (21 March) the proposed blockbuster buyout of US agri-giant Monsanto by German chemical firm Bayer, after securing concessions from Bayer in order to win approval. “We have approved Bayer’s plans to take over Monsanto...
french language 21-03-2018

Macron says too much English spoken in pre-Brexit Brussels

The English language is too dominant in Brussels, especially with Britain soon to exit the European Union, French President Emmanuel Macron said yesterday (20 March) as he vowed to fight for a wider use of French in EU institutions and abroad.
Agrifood 21-03-2018

Pressure mounts on Commission to put neonics ban to a vote

EU lawmakers have urged the European Commission to convince member states to back its proposal to ban neonicotinoids and avoid further delays that will be harmful to bees and the environment.
Global Europe 21-03-2018

Pro-Gazprom bias detected in European Parliament vote on PCIs

A motion introduced by the Green group to oppose “projects of common interest” based on fossil fuels was rejected by a large majority of MEPs last week (March 14), but among those who supported it were MEPs who traditionally support Russia.
ASEAN 21-03-2018

ASEAN countries unconvinced by EU trade pact

South East Asian countries are dragging their feet on a free trade agreement (FTA) with the EU, with officials saying that the countries still need to be convinced of the benefits of the region-to-region deal.
Brexit 21-03-2018

‘Vital’ UK remains part of EU clinical trials, say MPs

Continued participation in EU-wide clinical trials and the Horizon 2020 research programme is ‘vital’ to the UK’s life sciences sector, according to a new cross-party report by UK MPs.
EU-China 21-03-2018

EU study weighs linking power grid to China’s

The European Union’s scientific research centre has explored the idea of linking the power grids of Europe and China, in order to tap into the immense clean energy potential of the Middle Kingdom and the countries of Central Asia.
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Economy & Jobs 21-03-2018

No room for discrimination at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia

Racism and discrimination affect society as a whole and football is no exception. The position of football’s world governing body, FIFA, on the issue is unequivocal: there is no place for racism or for any other form of discrimination in football.
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Future EU 21-03-2018

Why Europe Matters: Youth Speak Up

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Why Europe Matters is a joint initiative by JA Europe and ERT, based on a combination of innovation workshops and a survey, exploring young Europeans’ views about Europe and the EU.
Agrifood 21-03-2018

RED II – Europe’s €25 billion blunder

The Commission’s ‘strategy’ is to phase out conventional biofuels in the hope that they will miraculously be replaced by ‘advanced’ biofuels in Europe’s transport energy mix isn’t backed by science or by logic, writes Dick Roche.
Central Asia 21-03-2018

Expert: One Belt One Road can have ‘huge importance’ for Central Asia

Kazakhstani political analyst Zhumabek Sarabekov discusses the Skripal poisoning case, the war in Syria, and the geopolitics of Central Asia, including the role of the EU.
Global Europe 21-03-2018

Trump congratulates Putin on election, leaders look to meet soon

President Donald Trump yesterday (20 March) congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election and said they would likely meet soon as relations between the two countries grow more strained over allegations of Russian meddling in the US electoral system.
Climate change 21-03-2018

Commission study shows path to end agricultural deforestation – now it must act

A new feasibility study on options to fight deforestation will be a litmus test for the European Union’s commitment to halt deforestation by 2020, writes Nicole Polsterer.
Data protection 20-03-2018

Top EU privacy watchdog calls Facebook data allegations the ‘scandal of the century’

Privacy regulators from across the EU should join together to investigate allegations that London-based firm Cambridge Analytica illegally analysed millions of Facebook users’ data, the EU’s top data protection watchdog has said.
Global Europe 20-03-2018

No new Russia sanctions, or Tusk letter to Putin

Theresa May will update fellow EU leaders on the Salisbury spy attack on Thursday evening but has not requested any further sanctions on Russia following the attack, an EU official has said.
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.