11-12-2017

The Brief: Sowing the seed of the PESCO tree

The agenda of today’s mega-FAC meeting was so heavy that even EU policy nerds may have missed the news. Today the EU, or 25 countries out of 28 (all except the UK, Denmark and Malta), took the “historic decision”, as EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini put it, to establish PESCO. Dubbed …

11-12-2017

70 MEPs join pro-Macron movement

Emmanuel Macron is causing a stir in the European Parliament, where more than 70 MEPs have come out in support of his “Refounding Europe” movement, including French Socialist Gilles Pargneaux, Spanish liberal Enrique Calvet-Chambon and Luxembourgish Green Claude Turmes. EURACTIV France reports.

Politics 11-12-2017

Over A Coffee with Maria João Rodrigues MEP, Vice President of the Social Democrats

Maria João Rodrigues, Portuguese MEP, and Vice President of the Social Democrats, joins EURACTIV Reporter, Brian Maguire, Over A Coffee.

Global Europe 11-12-2017

Thousands of Saakashvili supporters stage protest against Ukraine president

Several thousand people marched through central Kyiv on Sunday (10 December) to protest against the detention of Ukrainian opposition figure Mikheil Saakashvili and call for the impeachment of President Petro Poroshenko.

Economy & Jobs 11-12-2017

European Solidarity Corps caught in contradictions

In September 2016, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker unexpectedly announced the creation of a European Solidarity Corps. A welcome proposal, but it has been hijacked for enhancing employability instead of focusing on personal development, writes Florian Sanden.

Energy 11-12-2017

Grid operators boss: ‘Time for energy utilities to re-invent their model’

Digital technologies like blockchain and artificial intelligence bring “total revolution” in the electricity industry, allowing energy communities to proliferate, says Laurent Schmitt. Utilities should not resist the change but embrace it to become “community enablers”, he told EURACTIV in an interview.

Future EU 11-12-2017

Romania to hold first ‘democratic convention’ on future EU

Romania could become the first country to organise a debate in the spirit of the EU-wide ‘democratic conventions’ proposed by the French President Emmanuel Macron in his Sorbonne speech, according to statements by a Romanian Minister.

Elections 11-12-2017

Nationalist gains in Corsica set to pose dilemma for Macron

Nationalists on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica cemented gains in regional elections on Sunday (10 December), underpinned by their demands for greater autonomy from Paris.

Energy 11-12-2017

Building renovation can become ‘Europe’s biggest jobs programme’

The EU’s next long-term budget for 2021-2027 offers a unique opportunity to demonstrate the tangible benefits that EU policies and funding can deliver to citizens on the ground, argues Adrian Joyce.

Elections 11-12-2017

Romanians stage fresh anti-corruption protests

More than 10,000 people on Sunday (10 December) braved biting cold to stage protests across Romania to denounce the left-wing government for backtracking on efforts to fight corruption.

Global Europe 11-12-2017

Erdogan and Macron take lead in urging US to turn back on Jerusalem decision

Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and France's Emmanuel Macron will work together to try to persuade the United States to reconsider its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a Turkish presidential source said on Saturday (9 December).

Brexit 11-12-2017

Davis: UK won’t pay Brexit bill if no trade deal agreed

Brexit Secretary David Davis said Sunday Britain will not honour financial commitments agreed this week with the European Union if they fail to secure a future trade deal, contradicting finance minister Philip Hammond.

Central Europe 11-12-2017

Polish president Duda: Enough with dependency

Polish President Andrzej Duda inaugurated on Tuesday (December 5) the centenary of independence before the National Assembly. In his address, he appealed for  the rejection of "false shame infused with us for years on our national history and identity.” EURACTIV Poland reports.

Economy & Jobs 11-12-2017

Deepening the EMU, but not at the expense of regions

In its package on deepening the EMU unveiled on 6 December, the Commission proposed to amend the Common Provisions Regulation. It's a piece of legislation that sets a single framework of rules for all the Structural and Investment Funds, whose main recipients are the European regions - write Francesco Molica and Nikos Lampropoulos.

Brexit 08-12-2017

Tories sleepwalk towards soft Brexit

The UK government was deluded when it thought reaching a deal would be easy. It is deluded now in underestimating the concession it has made, writes Conor Quinn.

08-12-2017

The Brief, powered by Eni – Habemus sufficient progress

Habemus sufficient progress. Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker spoke of “give and take” as they agreed the two sides had come close enough on the divorce bill, citizens’ rights and the Irish border to move talks on to the second phase.

Politics 08-12-2017

‘The Book Club: ‘Why Europe Fails’. New book by MEP Ramon Tremosa and Aleix Sarri

In an historical context, Europe is a colossal political success. Close-up, the picture, for many, looks starkly different.

Agrifood 08-12-2017

Council and Parliament agree on ‘flexible’ fishing limits for North Sea

EU member states and Norway reached a preliminary agreement with the European Parliament late on Thursday night (7 December) on fishing limits in the North Sea ahead of next week's Fisheries Council.

Elections 08-12-2017

Italy’s far-right attacks newspaper premises as ‘black wave’ continues

A group of far-right activists attacked Italy’s La Repubblica newsroom with smoke bombs on Wednesday (6 December), in the latest of a series of violent episodes by neo-fascist groups who say they are waging "a political war".

Alcohol 08-12-2017

Erasmus students want to see alcohol prevention in EU Youth Strategy

Programmes which focus on the prevention of excessive alcohol consumption should be considered in the next EU Youth Strategy, João Pinto, the president of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) has said.

Economy & Jobs 08-12-2017

EU, Japan reach finishing line on trade deal

After five years of talks, the EU and Japan have finalised negotiations on a comprehensive trade deal on Friday (8 December), leaving out investment protection for now.

Brexit 08-12-2017

Brexit set to dominate UK politics for years ahead

In March, Michel Barnier told me he had offered the UK a two-year transition period after April 2019 in which Britain could trade freely without tariffs or duties, provided London accepted existing EU rules and laws on social protection, environment and rights of EU citizens. Denis MacShane explains.

Danny McCoy on Ireland and Brexit
Brexit 08-12-2017

Danny McCoy on Ireland’s economy and the looming danger of Brexit

Fresh from consultations with Downing Street and Berlaymont, Danny McCoy of the Irish Business and Employers Confederation conveys his optimism about Ireland’s future and his view on why Brexit must be stopped.

08-12-2017

France to launch bottom-up consultation for European reform

Online consultation, then local debates: democratic assemblies for EU reform should be held from May to October 2018, ahead of the 2019 European elections. EURACTIV France reports.