Competition 19-02-2019

France, Germany call for a change of European regulatory rules

Less than two weeks after the European Commission blocked the merger of Siemens and Alstom, France and Germany published a joint industrial manifesto on Tuesday (19 February)  calling for the EU merger rules to be changed.
Economy & Jobs 19-02-2019

Migration and security: Snapshots across a divided Europe

If the Eurozone crisis was the defining issue in the Barroso II Commission, migration has dominated Jean-Claude Juncker’s European Commission. This Special Report takes snapshots on migration and security policy from five EU member states ahead of May’s European Parliament elections.
Digital 19-02-2019

Regulating against radicalisation

The EU is seeking to regulate against the dissemination of terrorist content online. This special report looks into some of the finer details of the measures, such as the length of the time-limited order, the scope of the regulation, and whether the restrictions could ever lead to a censorship of the web.
Enlargement 19-02-2019

The Brief – Euromaidan post-mortem

Council President Donald Tusk is in Ukraine to mark the fifth anniversary of Euromaidan, more precisely of the fierce fighting on 18-20 February 2014 in which 77 activists were killed.  Others consider 22 February, when Yanukovich fled to Russia, the culmination...
Global Europe 19-02-2019

Greek MEPs demand action on overpopulated migrant centres

Overpopulation of migrant reception centres on the island of Samos has reached the point of no return, with the local community and local authorities left overwhelmed and demanding assistance from the Greek government.
Economy & Jobs 19-02-2019

German environmental organisations ‘very disappointed’ with new ERDF Regulation

The European regional development fund currently amounts to €200 billion. German environmental organisations have criticised the fact that its new version sets the wrong priorities. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 19-02-2019

Young Polish farmer: The reasons to move to the countryside

Small farms dominate the Polish agriculture. Their area gradually decreases, but data from the Central Statistical Office shows that the average Polish farmer has two to five hectares of land at his/her disposal. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Global Europe 19-02-2019

In Brussels, US lawmakers seek to reassure worried Europeans

A high-ranking delegation of US lawmakers, led by House of Representatives Speaker, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, sought to reassure Europe of Washington's continued commitment to transatlantic ties and NATO during a visit to Brussels on Tuesday (19 February).
Politics 19-02-2019

Far-right party seeks to kick EU out of Italian constitution

An Italian far-right party is aiming to change the national constitution as a means to reduce the influence of EU law over national legislation. Emanuele Bonini has the story for EUelectionsItaly.blog.
Agrifood 19-02-2019

Sheep milk prices cause Salvini headache, Italy’s agri-boss meets Hogan

Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini has tried to placate Sardinian farmers ahead of regional elections this week, sending Italy's agriculture minister to Brussels to get the green light to introduce support measures that set a fixed price for sheep milk.
EU Elections 2019 19-02-2019

Vestager ranked best EU Commissioner, favourite to succeed Juncker

EU antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is the clear favourite to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as the next President of the European Commission, according to the results of a Europe-wide online survey unveiled today (19 February).
EU Elections 2019 19-02-2019

France rallies to denounce anti-Semitic insults at protests

Mass rallies are planned in Paris and other French cities Tuesday (19 February) to denounce a flare-up of anti-Semitic acts which culminated in a violent tirade against a prominent writer during "yellow vest" anti-government protests last weekend.
Politics 19-02-2019

The Capitals: Labour exodus gives Corbyn headache

The Capitals brings you the latest news from across Europe, through on-the-ground reporting by EURACTIV’s newsroom network.
Politics 19-02-2019

Pro-EU parties join forces in Poland to face off conservatives

Poland's centre-right Civic Platform (European People’s Party) has joined forces with other opposition parties in a “European Coalition” in order to challenge the ruling conservative Law and Justice party (PiS). EURACTIV Poland reports.
Data protection 19-02-2019

‘Digital gangsters’: UK parliament slams Facebook on data protection, disinformation

A UK Parliamentary report has singled out Facebook for failing to effectively protect user data and stem the spread of disinformation across its platform, saying that the tech giant "is unwilling to be accountable to regulators around the world."
Brexit 19-02-2019

Car giant Honda to scrap 3,500 jobs at UK plant

Japanese carmaker Honda confirmed that it will shutter its Swindon factory in 2022, where 3,500 workers ply their trade, after media reports on Monday (18 February) cited uncertainty caused by Brexit as the main driving factor.
Agrifood 19-02-2019

Navracsics: ‘Health lifestyle is more than sport’

EU Sport Commissioner Tibor Navracsics praised the involvement of "a wide range of actors" in promoting physical activity in Europe, and called on the private sector to ensure that healthy choices are easier and more affordable for everyone.
Health 19-02-2019

EU Commission accused of ignoring science on e-cigarettes

The European Commission’s recent statement comparing electronic cigarettes to “poison” has prompted a strong reaction from stakeholders, who accused the EU executive of disregarding scientific evidence.
Brexit 19-02-2019

Ireland expresses ‘frustration’ at Brexit uncertainty

Ireland's deputy prime minister expressed annoyance on Monday (18 February) at Britain's continued failure to ratify a deal on its orderly withdrawal from the European Union.
Enlargement 19-02-2019

Albania’s opposition MPs to resign in protest

Albania's centre-right opposition said Monday (18 February) its MPs would resign from parliament, the latest in a series of dramatic protests against Prime Minister Edi Rama, who they accuse of corruption.
Road safety 19-02-2019

Truck safety: A lack of vision and a loss of life

Cynthia Barlow’s daughter died after being struck by a truck while out cycling. When she realised how casually her child's death was treated by the legal system, she resolved to take action.

French debate on setting migration quotas reopened

The question of setting migration quotas in France has come back to the forefront through the 'great debate' initiated by Emmanuel Macron. EURACTIV France reports.

The Brief – Worlds apart, but still together

Is the once powerful transatlantic bond dying? If the last few weeks are anything to go by, one might well wonder… The disarray between Washington and its European allies became even more strikingly evident as US Vice President Mike Pence...
EU Elections 2019 18-02-2019

Crisis over, crisis continues

The migration crisis in Europe is over. According to the statistics, at least. The political crisis over how and whether to reform the bloc's immigration and asylum rules remains as deadlocked as ever.

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