Sam Morgan with Alexandra Brzozowski

Transport 31-01-2019

The Brief – Pulmonary madness

Everybody enjoys clean air. It invigorates you, draws the pollution out of your lungs and makes you feel alive. We even spend fortunes to escape the city in search of it. But some people in Germany do not seem to be interested in that and even think that air quality standards are protecting our health too much.
Politics 25-01-2019

Trans-Europe Express – Land of My Poor Fathers

Wales voted to leave the EU just like England did but spare a thought for a country that will be most hard hit by Brexit. The green, green grass of home is starting to turn brown.
Politics 15-01-2019

The Brief – Trading places

As the European elections draw ever closer, EU leaders are quietly manoeuvring into position the candidates they want to install in the next European Commission. Here are some of the latest developments.
Politics 08-01-2019

The Brief, powered by Metal Packaging Europe – Back with a bang

Don’t call it a comeback, he’s been here all along. Brexit boss Michel Barnier definitely still wants the EU’s top job and is now touting himself as the candidate everyone could live with.
Politics 18-12-2018

The Brief – Sick men of Europe

Poland's foreign minister labelled France a "sick man of Europe" on national TV this week but beds at the Ode to Joy hospital are rapidly filling up. There's no silver bullet for the smorgasbord of ailments on show though. Can Europe get fighting fit before May's elections?
Global Europe 14-12-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Cognac catalyst

How much influence does the EU actually have over the rest of the world? In one of the most volatile regions in the northern hemisphere, the answer is: quite a lot (potentially). 
Politics 04-12-2018

The Brief – How to lose friends and influence no one

Curvy cucumbers, Turkey in the EU, uncontrolled migration: all debunked lies exploited by the pro-Brexit campaign. But there’s one aspect of the EU that Leavers could've legitimately painted on the side of their bus. And it reared its monstrous head again today.
Politics 16-11-2018

The Brief, powered by EUSALT – How to win the European elections

One news story dominated headlines this week but you won't find a mention of it in today’s Brief. Instead, let’s look at how European politicians could win the next elections. Oh, and save the world while they’re at it.
EU Elections 2019 07-11-2018

The Brief, powered by EFPIA – Taking the low road

Viktor Orbán’s face literally loomed over Brussels on Tuesday, plastered as it was on the side of a van. The idea was to denounce his brand of illiberal democracy as a 'threat to EU values'. But are cheap stunts like this really what the EU needs ahead of May’s elections?
Climate change 08-10-2018

The Brief – Climate cabal

Europe has an easy decision to make soon: either save trillions of euros, prevent the deaths of thousands of people and do its part to save the planet from climate oblivion. Or keep going the way we are. Staggeringly, the former option is not everybody’s first choice.
Future EU 02-10-2018

The Brief – Scrapping Strasbourg

Many of you reading today’s Brief will be sat in Strasbourg, perhaps enjoying a Flammkuche with a cool Kronenbourg, but make the most of it because the monthly jaunt to the Alsace capital could be coming to an end.
Politics 06-09-2018

The Brief – Donald Tusk: Last Action Hero

With the Venice Film Festival in full swing, European Council boss Donald Tusk dropped a trailer for this year’s hottest blockbuster. Now that the race to be the next Commission president has well and truly begun, wannabe Junckers should take a leaf out of the Pole’s political playbook.
Politics 27-08-2018

The Brief – Horrendous hindsight

Anyone hoping that a summer break and some time at the beach would cure the UK of its virulent bout of Brexit madness is in for a disappointment. The illness continues to resist all forms of treatment, only the clock is now ticking in earnest.
Politics 26-07-2018

The Brief – EU Storm Front

Europe has been ravaged by flames this week. But there are other fires that continue to burn. Did we start them?
Future EU 06-06-2018

The Brief, powered by Yara – Strasbourg single seat silliness

Relocating the European Parliament to Strasbourg every month is a waste of time and money. You know it, I know it, we all know it. But France refuses to let go. Instead of holding on to it, Macron should start using it as a bargaining chip.
Climate change 28-05-2018

The Brief, powered by 2025AD – Climate Chariots of Fire

More than 40,000 people signed up to run the Brussels 20km yesterday, on a Sunday that was brimming with a great atmosphere and car-free roads. But such late-spring days could be numbered, thanks to the scorching heat.
Transport 18-05-2018

The Brief – Fast and Furious: Brussels Drift

The Commission couldn’t have picked a more smoggy week in Brussels to unveil new emissions cuts and hit national capitals with air quality legal cases.
Politics 24-04-2018

The Brief – I’m a billionaire, get me out of here!

A Croatian billionaire who set up one of the largest companies in the Balkans will be extradited back to his native country to face charges of fraud. But what chance does Ivica Todorić really have of getting a fair trial in the EU’s newest member state?
Climate change 20-04-2018

The Brief – Climate dominoes

The EU wants to prove that its climate action credentials are genuine, which means being top of the class in taking the Paris Agreement seriously. That could all hinge on a series of meetings scheduled for next month. So no pressure then…
Elections 28-02-2018

The Brief – Berlusconi’s puppet show

Silvio Berlusconi, like any half-decent B-movie villain or that spider that lives in your kitchen, refuses to stay (politically) dead. He has, inexplicably to non-Italians, clawed his way back into political relevance and his latest masterplan is just starting to become clear.

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