Future EU 16-07-2018

Orban in Jerusalem: Netanyahu wants to split and weaken the EU

The visit to Jerusalem this week by Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orbán symbolizes moral failure and is a real threat to the existence and wellbeing of Israel as we know it, and of world Jewry, writes Raanan Eliaz.
Global Europe 16-07-2018

Turkey and the migration crisis: a positive example for the Transatlantic community

Supposedly illiberal Turkey has set a powerful and positive example for upholding one of the most central of humanitarian values: providing shelter, opportunity, and hope to some of the world’s most vulnerable people, writes Matthew Bryza.
EU-China 16-07-2018

EU leaders head to China and Japan, seeking to restore global trade

After the turmoil of Trump in Brussels, EU leaders are in China and Japan today and tomorrow for two important summits, a sign that Europe is looking to Asia, writes Fraser Cameron.
Brexit 16-07-2018

Embattled May faces further Brexit threats, after Trump urged her to ‘sue’ EU

Theresa May faces further threats to her government's Brexit strategy and could have to stave of the prospect of a 'no confidence' challenge to her leadership this week, after revealing that Donald Trump's had advised her to "sue" the EU.
Future EU 16-07-2018

Five EU countries to take migrants from Frontex ships after Italian plea

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Sunday (15 July) said five European countries had agreed to take in 250 of the 450 migrants aboard two EU border agency vessels.

Norway’s crusade against plastic waste, one bottle at a time

A bottle deposit hub on the outskirts of Oslo has had a stream of high-level international visitors. But can its success be replicated worldwide? EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian reports.
Politics 13-07-2018

The Brief – Juncker’s plan for the elections? Results

Europe is leaving behind some of the craziest days in months and is now gearing for what looms after the summer break. The coming months will be the moment of truth before the European elections show how far the Eurosceptics and populists have managed to seize control of Europe’s agenda and shape the debate.
Enlargement 13-07-2018

US-Russia tensions escalate over Greece, Macedonia name deal

The Kremlin accused Washington on Friday (13 July) of being behind the Greek government’s decision to expel two Russian diplomats who had allegedly tried to derail a deal resolving Greece's name dispute with neighbouring Macedonia.
Future EU 13-07-2018

The Bulgarian Presidency: more about style than substance

With no major faux pas or any ground-breaking policy change to speak of, Bulgaria’s first term as EU President is unlikely to go down in the annals of history. Yet Sofia can nevertheless look back on its six months in office with a sense of satisfaction, writes Vladislava Gubalova.
Economy & Jobs 13-07-2018

Use vouchers to combat grey economy, EU report urges government

EU countries should pilot voucher schemes to assess whether they can be used to combat the grey economy, according to a new report.
Brexit 13-07-2018

May’s Brexit blueprint faces backlash after sacrificing services

Even though Theresa May’s Brexit White Paper prompted a furious reaction from a large section of her Conservative party, not to mention a broadside from US President Donald Trump, not everyone was unhappy with it.
Agrifood 13-07-2018

Has the world reached ‘peak fish’?, fish experts ask

This week’s meetings of the European Parliament’s committee on fisheries (11-12 July) saw fish experts tackling the growing issues of overfishing, small-scale fisheries and fish dependence.
Economy & Jobs 13-07-2018

France rolls out the red carpet for finance sector post-Brexit

France's prime minister presented new measures to appeal to financial circles, which are currently considering their post-Brexit options. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.
Future EU 13-07-2018

How the Spitzenkandidaten process will work ahead of 2019 elections

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The European elections are looming ever closer but how will the Parliament's main political groups choose their candidates for the EU's top jobs in the lead-up to May 2019?
Agrifood 13-07-2018

Europol: Massive seizure of fake pesticides which could spray the size of the UK

Europol’s annual Operation SILVER AXE III seized the largest-ever amount of illegal or counterfeit pesticides in Europe this week. But the fact that such massive amounts of illegal pesticides are available has raised concerns about both the economic and health costs.
Agrifood 13-07-2018

Greening European agriculture: Can the new CAP be really green?

Environmental pressure and climate change are some of the main challenges facing agriculture today. The 2013 Common Agricultural Policy reform addressed these problems with “greening” measures, in an attempt to make the direct payments system more environment-friendly.

Death-knell for microplastics?

MEPs voted on Tuesday (10 July) to amend European Commission plans to cut plastic pollution and suggested a ban on microplastics in cosmetics and other products by 2020.
Global Europe 13-07-2018

Trans-Europe Express – NATO is dead

NATO held its first summit in its grandiose new buildings this week. This should have suggested a new beginning for the transatlantic alliance. But the impression from the discussions was quite the reverse.
Energy 13-07-2018

Ireland commits to divesting public funds from fossil fuel companies

Ireland committed to divesting public funds from fossil fuel companies on Thursday after parliament passed a bill forcing the €8.9 billion Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) to withdraw money invested in oil, gas and coal.
Economy & Jobs 13-07-2018

Bulgaria edges closer to joining euro

Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country, moved a step closer to joining the euro yesterday (12 July).
Agrifood 13-07-2018

Agricultural industry eyes space data

Data access has become a key issue for the agricultural sector, which could benefit from European space programmes. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Electricity 13-07-2018

Decarbonisation not just an option but an opportunity, insist energy experts

Decarbonising the economy and energy production is now a necessity for states and companies, although it can also be a source of business opportunities and innovation, according to experts. EURACTIV's Spanish partner reports.
Global Europe 13-07-2018

Israel reprimands EU envoy in row over discriminatory bill

Israel summoned the EU ambassador yesterday (12 July) over allegations of interference in the passage of a controversial law which could pave the way for Jewish-only communities.
Energy 13-07-2018

Kremlin accuses Trump of trying to bully Europe into buying US LNG

The Kremlin yesterday (12 July) rejected US President Donald Trump's description of Germany as a "captive" of Russia due to its energy reliance, saying his statement was part of a US campaign to bully Europe into buying American energy supplies.

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