James Crisp

29-03-2017

The Brief: Will EU miss the British?

European Council President Donald Tusk walked into the packed press conference brandishing the letter that triggered Article 50 and will begin the torturous process that will take Britain out of the EU.

Politics 29-03-2017

Tusk to Brexit Britain: ‘We already miss you’

The United Kingdom triggered Article 50 today (29 March), beginning an unprecedented two-year period of tough negotiations that will end in Britain leaving the European Union.

Under Pressure:Will the Paris Agreement spell the end of the fossil fuel industry?
Climate change 27-03-2017

Under Pressure: Will the Paris Agreement spell the end of the fossil fuel industry?

The Paris Agreement on climate change is a landmark international agreement which caps global warming. Many campaigners argue that the United Nations deal spells the end for polluting fossil fuel industries.

Pressure grows on Commission to change environment law after UN rebuke

EXCLUSIVE/ Green campaigners today (27 March) heaped more pressure on the European Commission to change EU law to make it easier for NGOs to bring lawsuits over EU environment policy.

24-03-2017

The Brief: When the EU is 64

Our resident bard has penned this lyric to mark the weekend’s celebration of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.

Climate change 24-03-2017

Leaked paper exposes EU countries’ abuse of climate loophole

EXCLUSIVE/ European Union countries exploited loopholes in United Nations forestry rules to pocket carbon credits worth €600 million and the equivalent of global-warming emissions from 114 million cars.

23-03-2017

The Brief: A treaty is just a treaty

The European Union is, we are regularly told, based on the treaties. But who really cares about treaties?

Politics 22-03-2017

EU Brexit boss warns of ‘serious repercussions’ if divorce talks fail

The European Commission’s chief Brexit negotiator today (22 March) warned of serious repercussions for both Britain and the EU if the divorce talks fail without a deal being agreed.

22-03-2017

The Brief: The day the Brussels Bubble burst

A year ago today the Brussels bubble burst. The 22 March terror attacks reminded us that the city is not just an EU policymaking machine but, first and foremost, home.

Politics 22-03-2017

Brussels attacks survivor: I return to Maelbeek station every working day

EXCLUSIVE / A survivor of the Brussels terror attacks has kept his vow to get back on the city’s metro system for his daily commute to the European Parliament. Mark Beamish was in the carriage behind suicide bomber Khalid el-Bakraoui when the terrorist blew himself up at Maelbeek station a year ago today (22 March).

21-03-2017

The Brief: EU’s ticking trade timebombs

The European Commission needs to deliver free trade agreements (FTAs). Every deal it seals strengthens the EU but any failure will raise serious questions about what exactly the bloc is for.

20-03-2017

The Brief: What happens next with Brexit

The UK today said it will fire the starting gun on Brexit by triggering Article 50, the legal process taking the country out of the bloc, on 29 March.

17-03-2017

The Brief: A very unhappy birthday

The EU-Turkey migrant deal is one year old tomorrow. It is time to wish it an unhappy birthday.

Economy & Jobs 14-03-2017

Tax campaigner: No one noticed LuxLeaks in Central and Eastern Europe

The LuxLeaks and Panama Papers scandals got hardly any attention in Central and Eastern European countries, Ondřej Kopečný told EURACTIV.com. The tax campaigner called on Brussels to push for greater awareness of the dangers of tax evasion in the region.

The Brief: Brussels’ Balkans balancing act

The European Union must perform a delicate balancing act as it seeks to win the tug of love over the Western Balkans with Moscow and Ankara.

Energy 13-03-2017

Member states move to weaken EU energy efficiency targets

EU member states have moved to weaken the bloc’s 2030 energy efficiency goals, setting up tough negotiations with the European Parliament, which backs stronger legislation.

Global Europe 10-03-2017

The Brief: Back to the future

The EU summit may have a brand new colourful building. But it was the same old grey story when EU leaders met in Brussels.

Future EU 09-03-2017

EU unity in ruins after Poland’s tussle over Tusk

European Union plans to present a united front in the face of Brexit were thrown into disarray tonight (9 March), after Poland was overruled in its opposition to the reappointment of Donald Tusk as European Council President.

Global Europe 09-03-2017

The Brief: Polish psychodrama casts shadow over summit

A Polish psychodrama has cast a fratricidal shadow over today’s EU summit. The Poles want their former Prime Minister Donald Tusk out of his job as European Council president. So much for Solidarity.

08-03-2017

The Brief: Tusk will be elephant outside EU summit room

The one nailed-on certainty about tomorrow’s EU summit is that Donald Tusk will still be European Council president on Friday.

07-03-2017

The Brief: Fake news is old news in Brussels

Fake news is big news but in Brussels it is also old news. Tactical leaks ahead of legislative proposals are a well-worn tool to heap political pressure on internal opponents in the Commission.

Global Europe 06-03-2017

The Brief: Could ‘more Europe’ heal Brexit wounds?

More integration among the remaining 27 member states of the European Union could have the unintended consequence of laying to rest some of Britain’s long-held grievances against Brussels.

03-03-2017

The Brief: Jean-Claude est mort

There’s something fishy going on in Brussels. Jean-Claude is dead.

The Brief: White Paper brings back bad memories for Cameron

David Cameron has probably had enough of politics. After all, it turned out he wasn’t very good at it.