Benjamin Fox

Politics 19-01-2018

The Brief – Prepare for the rumble in the Davos jungle

Despite the soothing presence of Elton John and Cate Blanchett, love, peace and goodwill to all is unlikely to break out at the Davos World Economic Forum next week. Not when Donald Trump is in town.

Elections 19-01-2018

Set voting age at 16 to renew EU, says Davos report

The voting age for next year’s European elections should be lowered to 16 as part of a suite of reforms to revitalise the European project.

Europe will hike climate finance spending, insists Cañete

The EU’s climate chief Miguel Arias Cañete has vowed to increase the bloc’s funding for climate change adaption, pledging that 20% of the EU’s foreign spending would be allocated to climate-related projects.

Brexit 17-01-2018

Farmers need income guarantees to avoid Brexit cliff-edge, former minister warns

UK ministers must quickly offer post-Brexit financial guarantees to farmers to avoid ending up with “wilderness and a decimated industry”, former Agriculture Minister Jeff Rooker has told EURACTIV.

Brexit 17-01-2018

UK cancer patients must have access to radiotherapy after Euratom exit, warn MPs

MPs have demanded guarantees that UK cancer patients will not lose access to new radiotherapy treatments because of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU’s treaty on nuclear materials.

Brexit 15-01-2018

A market that’s not on the menu

“If economic interests triumph, then we are looking at the EEA.” So said Norwegian political consultant Paal Frisvold of the UK’s future trade relations with the EU, addressing a EURACTIV event on the future of EU integration on Friday (12 January). And his view appears to be shared by the Scottish government.

Agrifood 12-01-2018

Companies set to miss EU acrylamide targets

Food manufacturers risk falling well short of meeting new EU rules aimed at limiting levels of cancer-causing Acrylamide, according to a series of new tests released on Thursday (11 January).

Brexit 12-01-2018

Farage backtracks, or does he, on Brexit referendum?

Nigel Farage’s apparent conversion in favour of a second referendum on Britain’s EU membership on Thursday (11 January) was manna from heaven gleefully received by British Remainers. But that only last a few hours.

MEPs back down from EU bisphenol ban

MEPs have shied away from demanding a full ban on Bisphenol A, instead approving measures that will lower the amount of the chemical that can be part of food packaging.

Africa 11-01-2018

Kenya frustrated report into disputed election, EU’s observer claims

The Kenyan government blocked the presentation of the EU’s report on its hotly disputed presidential election, the head of the EU’s Election Observation Mission has claimed.

Brexit 10-01-2018

The Brief – A tale of two cities

A Fortnum & Mason hamper, replete with British sparkling wine, cheese and the now obligatory biography of Winston Churchill, was the gift bestowed by a group of ‘hard Brexiteers’ on Michel Barnier on Wednesday (10 January). The ensuing talks only added to the confusion about where Britain wants to go after leaving the bloc next year.

Brexit 09-01-2018

Bemused Commission defends planning for ‘no deal’ Brexit

The European Commission has dismissed claims that it was ‘discriminating’ against British businesses by starting contingency planning for a possible 'no deal' outcome, in the latest row over the UK’s access to the single market after it formally leaves the EU next year.