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Health 27-04-2018

Clearing the clouds: Reduced-risk and vaping regulation

Reduced-risk products (RRPs) have the potential to reduce the risk of harm associated with a particular activity or behavior, what about smoking?
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Politics 27-04-2018

Tweets of the Week: Macron goes to Washington, Brexit app stalls, and Kate delivers

This week, Macron helps Trump plant a tree, Europeans in the UK are un-appy, and William and Kate welcome baby number three.
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Politics 20-04-2018

Tweets of the Week: Selmayr, Macron, Syria, and Facebook

In the end Selmayr’s not told to take a hike, Macron’s speech causes excitement spike, MEPs debate Syria strike, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg can’t even get a like.
Politics 13-04-2018

Tweets of the Week: Hungarian voters allegiant, Good Friday Agreement, EU investigators vehement

This week, to Viktor Orban, Hungarian voters are allegiant, ongoing Brexit troubles jeopardise the Good Friday Agreement, and in raiding Murdoch’s HQ, EU investigators are vehement.
30-03-2018

Tweets of the Week: Puigdemont is arrested, Oettinger is tested, Zuckerberg won’t attest it!

This week in Germany, Puigdemont is arrested, defending Martin Selmayr, Oettinger is tested, and Facebook tampering with Brexit? Zuckerberg won’t attest it!

‘Democracy in crisis, dialogue denied’, Belgian MEP Demesmaeker says of Catalonia

Prisoners, protests, and no clear pathway for a Catalan settlement. Carles Puigdemont, the self-exiled former president of Catalonia, is now held by German authorities on a European Arrest Warrant, his future uncertain. If he returns to face trial in Spain,...
Brexit 23-03-2018

Tweets of the Week: Brexit transition deal, EU digital tax, and Juncker congratulates Putin

This week, Brexit transition deal raises the stakes, Moscovici’s Big Tech tax angers the States, while Juncker and Putin seem like best mates.
Electricity 21-03-2018

EU’s Clean Energy Package: Are we on the right track?

In November 2016, the European Commission presented eight legislative proposals as part of its “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package. Two of those cover the Electricity Market Design, with the goal of making it more consumer-oriented, competitive, flexible and innovative....
Politics 16-03-2018

Tweets of the Week: MEPs squawking, May isn’t baulking, goodbye Stephen Hawking

This week, in Parliament Selmayr’s appointment provokes more squawking, reacting to Russian poisoning, Theresa May is not baulking, and the world says goodbye to the amazing Stephen Hawking.
Digital 13-03-2018

Europe’s future in high performance computing

Currently only 5% of High Performance Computers are located in the EU and according to Vice-President Ansip, not all EU countries have the capacity to develop such infrastructure on their own.
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Politics 09-03-2018

Tweets of the Week: US Trade War, Italian Election, and Women’s Day

This week, potential trade war with US is brewing, Italy’s election results make for interesting viewing, and International Women’s Day shows women’s rights are accruing.
Brexit 05-03-2018

Young people and Brexit: Are we listening to the next generation?

The UK’s decision to leave the EU is leaving many young people on both sides of the Channel feeling uncertain about their future. While some see an opportunity to carve out a new future, others are anxious that Brexit will...
Politics 02-03-2018

Tweets of the Week: Mobile World Congress, Brexit mess, and the beast from the east

Hello and welcome to EU Tweets of the Week. This week, techies swamp Barcelona for their annual congress, Brexit, as usual is just one big mess, and the Beast From The East causes widespread distress.
Central Asia 28-02-2018

What’s next for EU-Kazakhstan relations?

2018 is an important year for EU-Kazakhstan relations as it marks the 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations and the start of a new chapter with the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Kazakhstan and the EU (EPCA) fully entering into force.
Railways 23-02-2018

What will Brexit mean for Europe’s railways? Exploring ‘EU27’ perspectives

Until Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU conclude, all industry sectors, including rail, face uncertainty about future relations.
Brexit 23-02-2018

Tweets of the Week: Selmayr’s promotion, Barroso’s ethics, and Mad Max Brexit

Welcome to Tweets of the Week. This week, Selmayr's promotion sparks attacks, Barroso’s ethics are allegedly lax, and post-Brexit Britain won’t be like Mad Max.
Brexit 16-02-2018

Tweets of the Week: Dutch minister resigns, Boris Johnson’s credibility, and Bad Valentines

This week Dutch Foreign Minister resigns, Boris Johnson’s credibility declines, and Twitter is awash with bad Valentines!
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Elections 09-02-2018

Tweets of the Week: GroKo, transnational lists, and the Falcon Heavy launch

This week Germany finally gets its #GroKo, in plenary, transnational lists are a no-go, and Elon Musk’s magic spacecar is just loco!
Digital 06-02-2018

Artificial Intelligence: Another bubble or a game changer?

European policy makers discuss Artificial Intelligence as its fast development as well as unknown impact raises certain issues.
Elections 05-02-2018

Reviving the European Project: Innovative communication to tackle Euroscepticism

Comprehending and Debating Euroscepticism (CODES) is a project combining research and public awareness building, co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme.
Politics 02-02-2018

Over A Coffee with Marisa Matias, Portuguese MEP

Marisa Matias meets Brian Maguire over a coffee to talk about the return of Silvio Berlusconi, the Israel-Palestine issue, and the 2016 presidential election in Portugal.  
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Brexit 02-02-2018

Tweets of the Week: Brexit assessment, EMA appeal, Monkeygate, and Brussels Binder

This week, Britain is set to come up short, Italy appeals to EU court, Volkswagen just can’t seem to do what it ought, and Brussels Binders gets loads of support.
Alcohol 26-01-2018

Smart prevention works ! Empowering European students to adopt a responsible lifestyle.

Student life broadens horizons and brings new opportunities. This freedom impacts student lifestyle in many positive ways but it also entails new challenges for their health and wellbeing.
26-01-2018

Tweets of the Week: Davos Forum, Qualcomm fine and Romania rule of law

This week, Davos leaders drink wine and whine, Qualcomm hit with a massive fine, and Romanian rule of law is in serious decline.