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Brexit 20-07-2018

Brits thrown post-Brexit EU citizenship lifeline by Commission

The European Commission registered a Citizens' Initiative on Wednesday (18 July) that could end up securing EU citizenship for UK citizens once Britain leaves the EU.
Global Europe 19-07-2018

Commission half-heartedly condemns divisive Jewish nation-state law

The European Commission has expressed concern, but no clear condemnation, of a controversial “nation-state” law passed by the Parliament of Israel. The law states that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country and strips Arabic of the status of an official language.
Elections 17-07-2018

How France successfully countered Russian interference during the presidential election

After the Brexit referendum and Trump’s election in 2016, the French presidential campaign in 2017 was also affected by Russian interference. However, unlike the US and the UK, France managed to maintain its democratic integrity. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Politics 13-07-2018

NATO summit exposes Juncker health problems

European leaders stepped in to help European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker walk on Wednesday (11 July), as he was seen stumbling and losing his balance ahead of the NATO summit gala dinner.
Politics 12-07-2018

Commissioner Thyssen to leave politics at the end of European mandate

European Commissioner for Social Affairs, Marianne Thyssen, (CD & V) will end her political career upon completing the current mandate in Brussels, after 28 years of involvement in European politics.
Future EU 02-07-2018

‘Controlled centres’ for migrants – not ‘hotspots’, say EU leaders

The European Council’s idea of “controlled centres” for migrants put forward in its conclusions is strikingly similar to the 2015 hotspots. EURACTIV.fr reports.

Four major EU countries in favour of joint asylum policy for refugees -poll

In a wide-ranging opinion poll on migration led by Avaaz, the citizens of four major EU countries overwhelmingly said they were in favour of solidarity and a joint European asylum policy for refugees.
Politics 22-06-2018

Timmermans: Increasing transparency on lobbying will boost credibility of institutions

European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans insisted on the need to implement full transparency about lobbying in all European institutions, including the Parliament and the Council, at a conference on Thursday (21 June).

Verhofstadt threatens to take Council to court for ‘failure to act’ on asylum reform

The European Parliament debated the priorities for Europe on Tuesday, ahead of a crucial EU summit due on 28-29 June. Among those priorities, the reform of the Dublin regulation seems the most pressing and MEPs urged EU leaders to find an agreement on the asylum system.

MEPs want to revive the Schengen area

The European Parliament calls for the accession of Romania, Croatia and Bulgaria to the passport-free Schengen area, which has suffered setbacks with the reintroduction of internal border checks since 2015. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Central Asia 29-05-2018

Minister: Developing digital economy is matter of national security for Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is developing its digital technologies in many fields, such as the economy, agriculture or administration, and the Central Asian country also wants to become a pioneer in digital innovation, with the creation of technology hubs and parks.
China 25-05-2018

Europe raises transparency issues with China’s Belt and Road Initiative

China's massive Belt and Road Initiative is seen as a unique chance to strengthen economic cooperation between Beijing and Europe and a way to spur trade and the economies of the countries involved. But some consider it a strategic and self-interested tool for China to extend its sphere of influence.
Elections 23-05-2018

Tajani ups the ante in Spitzenkandidaten controversy

One year ahead of the European Elections, emboldened by a recent opinion poll, the European Parliament made key announcements on Wednesday (23 May), signalling a strong preference for the Spitzenkandidaten system that was rejected by the heads of state and government..
Global Europe 18-05-2018

Erdogan mobilises diaspora, ‘friends’ in Balkans

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan holds a rally in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo to drum up support among the Turkish diaspora. Three days after the EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia, Bulgaria, the Balkans confirm their strategic position.
Climate change 18-05-2018

Trade unions take action to ensure a just transition

As climate change has increasingly tangible effects, also impacting the working environment, trade unions in Europe have signalled their intention to tackle it by taking some concrete measures.
Politics 11-05-2018

Puigdemont steps down, names successor for Catalonia’s presidency

Carles Puigdemont, the former president of Catalonia who organised the illegal independence referendum in October 2017, nominated on Thursday (10 May) a pro-independence politician as his successor at the head of Spain’s rebellious region.
Agrifood 09-05-2018

Reducing meat consumption to reduce CO2 emissions: a sustainable challenge

Eating habits are responsible for carbon dioxide emissions and many countries could improve their carbon footprint by changing them. European countries are not all equal in terms of CO2 emissions, but an effort could be made.
Future EU 09-05-2018

European luminaries warn about new phase of EU ‘lethargy’

In an open letter, a number of well-known European public figures have asked EU leaders to come up with a clear plan for a "revival of the European Union", saying they feared “a new phase of lethargy” that could encourage a rise of populist parties in the European elections in May 2019.