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Politics 18-04-2018

Mysterious Martin, Sinister Selmayr

Selmayr will have no role in the choice of the next European Commission president, but for Eurosceptics, it was a gift from heaven to read a long attack on Selmayr as proof of how the EU is run by a secret cabal of unelected power-holders who dictate what the EU is and does, writes Denis MacShane.
EU Priorities 2020 18-04-2018

No more memoranda for Greece

In an interview with Dimitris Rapidis, coordinator of the European Progressive Forum, Commissioner Pierre Moscovici talks about EU reforms, Greece, taxation, the surge of the far-right in Europe, and the challenge for the European Socialists ahead of the European Parliament elections in 2019.
Health 09-04-2018

Metastatic breast cancer (MBC): pink turning deep black

MBC is more than just a lethal disease. It has a toxic impact on most if not to say all aspects of MBC patient’s lives. A situation that is aggravated by their underdog position, even in the breast cancer community itself.
Aviation 09-03-2018

Ryanair right to warn on flights as British Airways waits for Brexit Harry Potter

UK-based airlines will face serious problems sorting out their flying rights when the UK leaves the Single Market and Customs Union, writes Denis McShane.
Elections 19-02-2018

The 2014 European Parliament elections, under the 2019 rules

On 23 February, the European Council will consider the European Parliament’s proposals for the reallocation of MEPs between different member states. However, the allocations of the seats might be at the expense of the Left and the hard Right, writes Nicholas Whyte.
Health 23-01-2018

MBC patients higher on the EU agenda

We have to increase the survival rate for metastatic breast cancer patients. Science has done its part and hopefully will keep up. Policy is supposed to support it, requiring a continuous effort among multiple actors, argues MEP Alberto Cirio.
Health 14-12-2017

A charter for the world’s metastatic breast cancer patients

The world’s leading metastatic breast cancer (MBC) experts and advocates came together in Lisbon in November to welcome the ABC Alliance Global Charter. Marc Beishon explains.
The Visegrad Group (consisting of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia) has struggled with the image of being the EU’s trouble-maker

Many shades of the Visegrad Group

A new research among the Visegrad Group’s European policy communities found that policy trend-setters in the four countries are not entirely happy with the current V4 brand, write Vít Dostál and Zsuzsanna Végh.
Health 27-11-2017

MBC: a modern Cinderella story peppered with sacred cows

Medical data owners should cooperate and no longer monopolise their databases and policy makers should consider what is most important: protecting the privacy of the present MBC patients or allowing privacy exceptions to save the lives of future MBC patients, writes Suzanne Leempoels.
Energy 22-11-2017

Smart interconnectivity: towards a sustainable and integrated Europe

In a blog about the new European Commission expert group report “Towards a sustainable and integrated Europe”, Michal Smyk calls for a change in the way we think about smart grid interconnectivity.
Central Asia 15-11-2017

EU must continue active interaction with Eastern partners

Beyond the successful efforts in multilateral projects of economic nature, the Eastern Partnership should also involve its partners in strengthening democratic institutions and civil society, argues René van der Linden.
Agrifood 15-11-2017

Organic farming: progress in EU seeds and agricultural biodiversity

The issue of seeds available for organic farming and the biodiversity promoted by this agronomic model is among the topics that have been subject of the longest and most heated negotiations. But progress is waiting around the corner, writes Blanche Magarinos-Rey.
Climate change 07-11-2017

Syria signs the Paris Agreement, leaving the US alone in the denial camp

The Syrian Arab Republic announced this morning (7 November) that it will sign the Paris Agreement, leaving the United States as the only country not pledging to climate action, writes Arthur Wyns.
Brexit 24-10-2017

Duff on #EUCO: May not savaged but salvaged

During the latest European Council (19-20 October), President Donald Tusk and his colleagues took the point that to savage the British prime minister in Brussels would further undermine her already weak position in London and risk the ascendancy of Boris Johnson, argues Andrew Duff.
EU Priorities 2020 11-09-2017

Duff : Is the European Parliament really a serious parliament?

Over the years, step by step, the European Parliament has won a share of real constitutional power. Today, circumstances have thrown it a golden opportunity to take another major step – but it looks as though MEPs are going to retreat again, argues Andrew Duff.
Brexit 06-09-2017

Duff: New joint EU-UK court needed post Brexit

To manage Brexit and prepare for what is to come, Andrew Duff argues for the creation of a new joint EU-UK court to settle the disputes that a joint EU-UK authority cannot resolve politically or technically.

Romania to withdraw Rosia Montana UNESCO application

Two years ago, Romanians decided not to host Europe’s largest gold mine and filed for world heritage protection under UNESCO. In a new turn of events, Bucharest is now withdrawing its application in view of a settlement with the Canadian mining company owning the site, writes Claudia Ciobanu.

Vers un label européen pour l’accessibilité des transports aux personnes handicapées

Les législations sur les transports, les règles d’accessibilité, la qualité des équipements et des infrastructures, les modes de financement de la mobilité diffèrent assez largement d’un pays à l’autre de l’Europe et les situations des personnes handicapées à l’égard des transports sont contrastées.
Continued UK participation in Euratom can be assured on a provisional basis under the terms of the Article 50 secession treaty.
Brexit 12-07-2017

Duff: Brexit and Euratom: No need to panic

Incipient panic about the future of Britain’s nuclear industry has rocketed Euratom into the Brexit headlines. In doing so, staggering ignorance is displayed by too many MPs and journalists about the basic facts of the matter, writes Andrew Duff in BlogActiv.

Accessibility of public transport services in Prague

Prague's transport system has to deal with a vast number of people every day, including those with special needs. It is a big challenge for the Prague Public Transit Company.