Economy & Jobs 16-02-2018

EESC adds pressure on trade partners to respect ILO conventions

The European Economic and Social Committee adopted a resolution on Wednesday (14 February) calling on the EU to step up its efforts to give greater weight to labour and environment chapters in its free trade agreements.
Health 16-02-2018

Greek judges urge for calmness over Novartis scandal

The Greek Union of Judges and Prosecutors called for “calmness and sobriety” on Friday (16 February), following a lawsuit by former Prime Minister Antonis Samaras against Premier Alexis Tsipras and Prosecutor of Corruption Eleni Touloupaki over the Novartis scandal.
Politics 16-02-2018

The Brief – Juncker’s mysterious ways

The Commission used to be the best at pointing out Bulgaria’s shortcomings. But is no longer the case, since Jean-Claude Juncker started offering his political friend Boyko Borissov a permanent indulgence, of the kind the Roman Catholic Church was selling in the middle ages. 
Elections 16-02-2018

Macron’s party sticks to transnational list proposal

France’s politicians are holding out for transnational lists for the 2019 European elections, despite opposition from the European Parliament. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Enlargement 16-02-2018

Two cheers for Balkan Boris

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has come in for plenty of criticism in his 19 months in post. But there is one area of foreign policy where he has been faultless and where indeed Britain can play a leading role in shaping Europe’s future direction of travel, explains Denis MacShane.
Africa 16-02-2018

A small setback for intensive agriculture in Africa

Frequently criticised, the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition just lost France’s financial support. For now, the project aimed at helping Africa's agriculture is still supported by Germany and the EU. EURACTIV.fr reports
Brexit 16-02-2018

NHS facing ‘Brexit cliff-edge’ from immigration delay

The most popularly supported public service in the UK, the national health service (NHS) is also the country's largest single employer. Throughout its nearly 70 year history, it has been reliant on migrant workers and may face a serious shortage of staff because of Brexit.
Global Europe 16-02-2018

EU will not lift visas unless Turkey eases terrorism laws

The European Union told Turkey today (16 February) it would not ease travel requirements for its citizens unless Ankara softens counter-terrorism laws that the bloc says are excessive.
Future EU 16-02-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Merkel can’t reform the EU alone

Since September 2017, one question has been weighing on Europe’s mind: What is actually going on in Germany?
Automated vehicles 16-02-2018

Divisions over proposal to end Eurovignette system

The European Parliament could pass a law on the compulsory replacement of the Eurovignette, by a system of tolls, despite the reluctance of Member States. EURACTIV.fr reports
Global Europe 16-02-2018

Expert: Erdogan is turning international relations ‘decades back’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has opened up his entire reviewing agenda, challenging sovereign rights everywhere and basically testing the West's limits, Tasos Chatzivasileiou told EURACTIV Greece in an interview.
Enlargement 16-02-2018

Hahn ‘confident’ Macedonia name row settled by July

The European Union is "very confident" Macedonia will settle a long-running row with Greece over its name before July, the EU commissioner responsible for enlargement said today (16 February).
Africa 16-02-2018

Ethiopia’s prime minister resigns to smooth path for political reform

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn suddenly resigned yesterday (15 February) in what he described as a bid to smooth reforms, following years of violent unrest that threatened the ruling party’s hold on Africa’s second most populous nation.
Elections 16-02-2018

Why is Matteo Renzi such a divisive figure?

Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is a divisive figure in his homeland. As elections loom just on the horizon and Renzi's return to power far from guaranteed, EURACTIV’s partner Italia Oggi takes a look at why the Florentine splits opinion.
Global Europe 16-02-2018

Fisheries agreement with Morocco is an instrument of soft power for EU

If the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement is not renewed, tensions might affect the relations between the EU and Morocco, writes Willy Fautré.
Economy & Jobs 16-02-2018

Finland differs with Commission on European Monetary fund

Finland supports the idea of expanding the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) fund into a European monetary fund but does not back the European Commission's proposal on having the European Parliament oversee it, Helsinki said yesterday (15 February).

ECJ ushers in new era for water protection

Disputes over an Austrian hydropower project and snow cannon system are ushering in a new era for water protection across the EU, writes Andrea Johanides.
Climate change 16-02-2018

Balearics launch pioneering plan to phase out emissions

The Balearic islands’ government has launched a pioneering plan to phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, potentially setting itself on a collision course with the Spanish government. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
EU Priorities 2020 16-02-2018

Baltic leaders back bigger EU budget after Brexit

The leaders of three Baltic states yesterday (15 February) backed a proposal for EU members to pay more into the bloc's budget after 2020 to fill a Brexit void.
Brexit 16-02-2018

Employers suggest Turkish-style UK-EU customs union to solve Brexit impasse

Britain and the European Union could reduce their differences over future trade ties by agreeing a compromise deal that would keep a chunk of British exports within the EU's customs union after Brexit, a British employers' group said.
Digital 16-02-2018

EU signs off on copyright waiver for the visually impaired

The European Council decided on Thursday (15 February) to approve a treaty on access to published works for visually impaired people, opening the door for the EU to ratify the text in the summer.
Elections 16-02-2018

Macron praised as French economy powers ahead

The good news keeps coming for the French economy: data published yesterday (15 February) showed unemployment at its lowest level since 2009 while the head of the IMF praised recent reforms by President Emmanuel Macron.
Data protection 16-02-2018

Access to car data – the new battleground that risks consumer choice

Ahead of the 20 February vote in the TRAN Committee on the draft report on a European strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems access to vehicle data, Laurianne Krid takes a look at the issues facing motorists with regard to the automotive digital economy.  
Freedom of thought 16-02-2018

Borissov gets preview of the perfect storm

In just one day, Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, has embroiled himself in a spat with the country's president, been offered Russian citizenship and seen some of his pet projects crumble before his eyes.