EU Priorities 2020 24-01-2018

World Economic Forum: Full coverage from Davos

Between 23 and 26 January, the Swiss mountain village of Davos will host the 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. The programme, initiatives and projects of this year's meeting are focused on the theme Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World. EURACTIV's editor-in-chief Daniela Vincenti and business editor Jorge Valero will be reporting from Davos throughout the whole week.

Electricity 24-01-2018

EU’s energy project list denounced by unimpressed MEPs

A proposed list of priority energy projects drawn up by the European Commission is coming under intense scrutiny by MEPs, some of whom accuse the EU executive of focusing too heavily on fossil fuel projects. The most critical voices plan to launch a landmark objection to the list.

Health 24-01-2018

Health tech bill to kick off busy policy agenda in 2018

The European Commission will propose a new law on Health Technology Assessments to kick off a busy EU health agenda in 2018.

Global Europe 24-01-2018

Turkey detains dozens more in ‘terror propaganda’ clampdown

Turkish security forces yesterday (23 January) detained dozens more people nationwide on accusations of spreading propaganda for "terror" groups, in a major clampdown as Ankara presses its new offensive inside Syria.

Elections 24-01-2018

Italy centre-right divisions widen as League beats anti-euro drum

The leader of Italy's far-right Northern League on yesterday (23 January) called the euro "a failed experiment" and presented outspoken anti-euro economists among his election candidates, widening divisions with his ally Silvio Berlusconi.

Energy 24-01-2018

Energy Union: The way ahead through governance

The governance of the low-carbon transition would constitute a litmus test to EU’s international credibility and evolving energy policy-making and enforceability framework, writes Yana Popkostova.

 

Economic governance 24-01-2018

Commission not using crisis early-warning tool well, EU auditors say

For political reasons, the European Commission is not using effectively a procedure intended to provide early warning of brewing economic crises, the European Court of Auditors said yesterday (23 January).

Defence policy 24-01-2018

Peace expert: EU’s soft power is most effecive when it is least used

Despite winning the Nobel Peace Prize five years ago, the EU is no longer "a great actor of peace". It should not rush into creating its own army unless the US decides to pull back its troops, Dan Smith told EURACTIV.com in an interview on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Economy & Jobs 24-01-2018

Trump angers European solar installers with solar panel tariff

US President Donald Trump signed into law a steep tariff on imported solar panels on Tuesday, a move billed as a way to protect American jobs but which the solar industry said would lead to thousands of layoffs and raise consumer prices.

Data protection 23-01-2018

Facebook tries out charm offensive with four EU Commissioners

Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg attempted to woo a team of four EU Commissioners during closed-door meetings Tuesday (23 January) on tense issues like hate speech and online platform transparency.

Why the tide is turning on fur farming in Europe

As ethical and animal welfare concerns grow, fur farming bans are spreading across Europe. The tide is turning and this is the time to show why the fur industry belongs in the past, write Jon Vinding and Reineke Hameleers.

Global Europe 23-01-2018

Indian PM launches charm offensive in Davos

After last year’s push from China to champion itself as the saviour of globalisation and lure international investors, this year it was the turn of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to slam protectionism and showcase a 'new India' to global chief executives gathered in Davos.

Future EU 23-01-2018

French and German MPs to agree to a new Élysée Treaty

On the 55th anniversary of the 1963 treaty, the French National Assembly and the German Bundestag both adopted, on the same day, a resolution calling for the strengthening of Franco-German relations. EURACTIV France reports

Future EU 23-01-2018

EU mulls new link between budget and rule of law

The EU’s justice commissioner is working on a proposal that could oblige member states such as Poland, which has clashed with Brussels over reforms to its courts, to pass tests on the independence of their judicial systems before receiving funding.

Politics 23-01-2018

The Brief – Don’t rush to cheer up: EPP wants pan-EU lists for 2024

“The Parliament is the institution that was the most independent of governmental choices, the one which had consistently been the most capable of developing transnational groupings of political forces, the one that was the most imbued with European spirit and had been the most resolute in calling for a limitation of national sovereignty and for supranational development.”

Development Policy 23-01-2018

UNHCR chief: EU won’t solve migration crisis without restoring solidarity

Europe is losing the sense of shared solidarity, said the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees, lodging an attack on EU leaders for failing to agree on a proper strategy to deal with the migration crisis.

MEPs bare teeth in debate over Russian propaganda

Moscow’s influence within EU member states worries MEPs. While the main political groups condemn the interference of the Kremlin, Eurosceptics have no qualms about defending Vladimir Putin. EURACTIV France reports.

Enlargement 23-01-2018

Turkey and EU shadow-box over illusive accession process

Turkey’s accession process is neither formally suspended nor canceled but the European Commission is not working on opening new negotiation chapters, an EU official told EURACTIV.com following Ankara’s fresh all-or-nothing request for full membership.

Economy & Jobs 23-01-2018

Membership in eurozone unlikely for Denmark, Sweden-adviser

The cooperation forum of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden is "in search of new relevance", Christian Opitz and Tobias Etzold explained in a recent analysis paper by the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP). EURACTIV Germany spoke with Tobias Etzold.

Brexit 23-01-2018

Resigned to Brexit, Scots push case for UK staying in single market

Scotland’s government thinks campaigns to halt Brexit have little chance but believes it can persuade British negotiators to try to stay in the European Union’s single market, a senior Scottish minister said on Monday (22 January).

Economy & Jobs 23-01-2018

Gibraltar gun fans disappointed by EU court ruling

Members of a Gibraltar gun club were left disappointed by an EU Court of Justice decision on Tuesday (23 January), after judges decided that the Firearms Directive does not apply to the British Overseas Territory.

Freedom of thought 23-01-2018

Istanbul Convention spells trouble for Bulgaria’s ruling coalition

At the very start of Bulgaria's EU presidency, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s ruling coalition was unexpectedly shaken by growing opposition to the government's plan to ratify the Council of Europe convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.

Economy & Jobs 23-01-2018

Greece gets green light for fresh bailout cash

Eurozone finance ministers approved another 6.7 billion euros in bailout cash for Greece yesterday (22 January) after Athens pushed through controversial reforms that drew strikes and protests.

Global Europe 23-01-2018

Election will signal direction of Cyprus division

How to end Cyprus' decades-long division and the re-ignition of a lifeless UN-backed peace process took centre stage yesterday (22 January) in the country's first and only live TV debate featuring the main presidential candidates.