No, the EU Commission has not given up on ‘mass immigration’

Contrary to claims seen on some far-right websites, the EU Commissioner for migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, does not believe that "mass immigration" is unstoppable. EURACTIV.com looks into the allegations as part of the "Fact or fake" series, in partnership with France 24.
Agrifood 21-02-2018

Greek stakeholders ask for less red tape in major rural development programme

Simplified application procedures and better communication among local, national and European stakeholders are the priorities for the improvement of Leader programmes which finance rural development projects, a new study has found. EURACTIV Greece reports.
Future EU 21-02-2018

Visegrad’s timid steps on Macron’s EU citizens’ project

Three of the member states of the Visegrad group are going to take part in Macron’s citizens’ consultations project. Hungary has yet to make its decision known. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Climate change 21-02-2018

COP24 in Katowice: Poland between reason and ambitions

Poland says it will focus on "common sense" at December's UN Climate Summit. But following last month's dismissal of environment minister Jan Szyszko, it currently has no chairman responsible for preparing the summit. EURACTIV Poland’s media partner WysokieNapiecie.pl reports.
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Agrifood 21-02-2018

Europe’s Food & Drink Industry celebrates successes of Single Market

FoodDrinkEurope marks the 25th anniversary of the Single Market — and the wide variety of food and drink it offers to consumers across Europe — with a new campaign that celebrates the diversity of products available.
Health 21-02-2018

Campaigners tell Austria smoking ban is not ‘freedom of choice’ but a health right

Any visitor from Western Europe who enters a bar or a pizza place in Austria is undoubtedly surprised that smoking on the premises is still tolerated and actively practised.
Elections 21-02-2018

Dan Barna: Save Romania Union similar to Macron’s En Marche

Dan Barna, President of Save Romania Union (USR), told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview that his force, which largely represents educated urban voters, could join the European political family of Emmanuel Macron’s La République En Marche! party.

Frontex: Africans made two thirds of illegal arrivals to EU in 2017

The European Union’s southern borders in the Mediterranean will remain under heavy pressure from African migrants trying to reach Europe this year, the head of the EU’s border agency Frontex said yesterday (20 February).
Global Europe 21-02-2018

Latvian defence ministry says corruption claims may be disinformation campaign

Corruption allegations that led to the suspension of Latvia's central bank governor yesterday (20 February) may be part of a disinformation campaign aimed at damaging trust in the country and influencing October elections, its Defence Ministry said.
Elections 21-02-2018

Italy fumes against company relocations in bitter election campaign

European Union rules are helping less wealthy nations swipe jobs from their bigger partners, Italy's industry ministry said yesterday (20 February), as plans by a multinational to shift production to Slovakia took centre stage in the national election campaign.
Climate change 21-02-2018

Climate change ‘will push European cities towards breaking point’

Major British towns and cities, including Glasgow, Wrexham, Aberdeen and Chester, could be much more severely affected by climate change than previously thought, according to new research. EURACTIV's media partner The Guardian reports.
Global Europe 21-02-2018

Abbas calls for new UN Mideast peace talks format

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas yesterday (20 February) called for an international conference to be held later this year to launch a new, wider Middle East peace process and pave the way to Palestinian statehood.
Energy 21-02-2018

Grid operators need a revised cybersecurity strategy in the IoT era

Cybersecurity threats invade the minds of electricity grid managers on a constant basis, and for good reason, writes Neil Strother.
Elections 21-02-2018

Merkel’s future in Social Democratic hands as party vote starts

Members of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) began voting yesterday (20 February) on whether to enter a new coalition with Angela Merkel's conservatives, a postal ballot which could scupper the chancellor's chances of a fourth term in office.
Climate change 21-02-2018

EU urged to do more to protect forests

Forest nations are calling on the EU to strengthen the control of supply chains for products causing deforestation such as palm oil or cocoa. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Economy & Jobs 20-02-2018

De Guindos champions pragmatism at the ECB’s helm

Designated ECB vice-president, Spain’s minister of Economy Luis de Guindos, said on Tuesday (20 February) that the existing expansionary monetary stance should be for “extraordinary times”, as he described the European recovery as solid.
Global Europe 20-02-2018

They talk of war but it’s their own citizens these ‘strong’ men fear most

In the current geopolitical context, European support for those fighting for human dignity is more important than ever, writes Shada Islam.
Africa 20-02-2018

EU to lead funding demand for Sahel force

The European Commission is hoping to drum up further funds for a joint military force tasking with combating jihadist groups in the Sahel at a funding conference in Brussels on Friday (23 February).
Politics 20-02-2018

The Brief – Revolting door policy

New Code of Conduct rules for Commissioners are all well and good but Eurocrats still need to exercise a modicum of common sense. Not accepting a toxic meeting with a former president might be a start.
Energy 20-02-2018

The future of gas is not fossil but green

There is a vast potential for green gas in Europe, generated from sustainable resources such as biomass and organic waste, some of which can directly be injected into the grid or take the shape of hydrogen, writes Claude Turmes.
Energy 20-02-2018

Momentum builds behind higher renewables target

Europe could pursue a more ambitious renewable energy target for 2030 and still keep costs affordable, according to a new European Commission-backed study, which suggests a 34% benchmark ahead of all-important institutional talks.
Armenia 20-02-2018

Nagorno-Karabakh: 30 years on, time for the EU to raise its game

Thirty years after the Karabakh conflict, it is time for the EU to turn its attention back to Nagorno-Karabakh and do better in acknowledging the territory, writes Diogo Pinto.
Azerbaijan 20-02-2018

No headway on Nagorno-Karabakh: Cui bono?

Some positive dynamics has been observed in the Nagorno-Karabakh negotiation process recent months, but also counter-productive statements have resonated, writes Gulshan Pashayeva.
Global Europe 20-02-2018

17 Turkish citizens ‘escape’ from Erdogan and seek asylum in Greece

The Greek coastguard has rescued 17 Turkish citizens, including children, who reached the island of Oinousses on Monday (19 February) and asked for asylum, citing fear of persecution back home.