Interviews

EU Elections 2019 18-04-2019

‘We are talking about breaking monopolies like Facebook,’ says Barley, who tops SPD’s EU election list

In an interview with our partner DerTagesspiegel, German Justice Minister Katarina Barley explains why she wants digital firms to share their collected data with the public, and to limit the power of companies such as Facebook and Amazon.
Road safety 17-04-2019

Bulc urges 5G advocates to focus on autonomous driving, leave connected cars to WiFi

A European Commission plan to push WiFi as the technology of choice for connected cars over 5G is proving to be controversial. EU transport chief Violeta Bulc told EURACTIV in an interview that saving lives is the most important factor and WiFi is the only proven option.
Energy 16-04-2019

Solar CEO: ‘Heating electrification is one of the biggest mistakes of the energy transition’

Wind and solar photovoltaic are way too small to cope with Europe's massive demand for heating, especially in winter, says Christian Holter who calls for allocating scarce renewable energy resources to economic sectors where they can bring the most in terms of carbon reduction.
EU Elections 2019 16-04-2019

‘Citizens are calling for a change’, regional leader says on upcoming EU election

If the EU wants to regain citizens' trust after the European elections, it has to strengthen links with cities and regions, Stefano Bonaccini told EURACTIV.com.
5G 09-04-2019

Mobile network security: Bothorel defends new powers of French executive

In an interview with our partner La Tribune, Eric Bothorel, MP from Macron’s En Marche, discusses a bill to strengthen mobile network security in the context of 5G, which arrived in France's National Assembly last week and will be debated on Wednesday.
EU Elections 2019 09-04-2019

Progressive camp eyes part of ALDE, Macron – Timmermans

Frans Timmermans, the Social Democrats' candidate to lead the next European Commission, will try to form a progressive majority after the EU elections but will need some of the 'progressive liberals' from the ALDE group and will extend a hand to the party of Emmanuel Macron.
Economy & Jobs 08-04-2019

Time to make French industry young again, suggests French education official

Gabriel Attal, the secretary of state at France's ministry of education, expounds on two of his favourite topics: developing the relationship between schools and SMEs and facilitating patronage. An interview with Gabriel Attal by EURACTIV France’s media partner La Tribune.
Batteries 05-04-2019

‘Europe will have at least ten gigafactories’, says battery boss

Northvolt CEO Peter Carlsson wants to build Europe’s largest battery cell plant – in the middle of the Swedish countryside. In an interview, he explained how this should work and gave his thoughts on his new partner Volkswagen’s electromobility offensive.
Brexit 04-04-2019

Leave vote softens but UK still split down the middle on Brexit, says polling guru

The Leave vote may have softened, but most Britons would vote the same way again if the UK held another referendum on Brexit, says UK polling guru John Curtice.
Central Asia 04-04-2019

Narbaeva: Uzbekistan is determined to reform and put an end to negative stereotypes

Tanzila Narbaeva, the Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, told EURACTIV about her country's efforts to develop modern agriculture, eliminate child or forced labour and invest in human capital, especially women.
EU Elections 2019 04-04-2019

Eickhout: Next step for Europe is a ‘Green New Deal’ for industry

Europe must adopt an ambitious industrial policy aligned with its climate agenda by investing in clean technologies, and introducing a carbon tariff at the EU’s external border in order to protect industries against environmental dumping, says Bas Eickhout, the lead candidate for the Greens in the European elections.
EU Elections 2019 03-04-2019

‘Planning the world seven years in advance is absurd’, says EP vice-president

Rising populism and anti-EU sentiment mean the May elections are being portrayed as a “fateful election for Europe”. EURACTIV Germany spoke to Rainer Wieland from the German Christian Democrat Union (CDU) about populists, fair taxes, ‘gilets jaunes’ and citizen consultations.
EU Elections 2019 03-04-2019

Victor Ponta: The ruling PSD in Romania is becoming like Fidesz

In a wide-ranging interview, the former Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta, who has founded a new centre-left force, Pro-Romania, doesn’t mince his words criticising his former party, the ruling PSD. The Party of European Socialists (PES) should, if necessary, show PSD the red card, he says.
EU Elections 2019 01-04-2019

Volt: Parliamentarians need to be directly electable

Founded in 2017 by three politically inexperienced students, the Volt movement has been listed as a party in 14 member states. EURACTIV spoke to its co-founder, Damian Boeslager, about the European army and the principle of unanimity, among other things. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 01-04-2019

Weber: Ignoring Spitzenkandidaten would harm EU democracy

Most European leaders and parties have agreed to the Spitzenkandidat principle. If they suddenly ditched it, it would be a huge step back for democracy in Europe and could risk conflict between the European Parliament and the Council, said Manfred Weber, the centre-right EPP party's Spitzenkandidat for the European elections.
Arctic Agenda 01-04-2019

EU’s Arctic Ambassador: Arctic security can’t be taken for granted

Risk of conflict in the Arctic is low but cannot be entirely excluded, which is why Europe and others need to continue dialogue and confidence-building measures, the EU's Arctic ambassador told EURACTIV in an interview, stressing also the need to strike a balance between economic opportunities and environmental degradation.
Future EU 28-03-2019

Hollande warns of ‘a Europe that stops moving forward’

France's former president, François Hollande, has given his two centimes on Europe during a discussion with high school students. An interview from our partner, Ouest-France.
Energy 27-03-2019

Gas network chief: ‘By 2050, we assume CO2 emissions from energy will be zero’

Europe’s electricity and gas operators are currently working on a joint network plan based on a carbon budget which includes zero-emission scenarios for 2050. “And that automatically means there will be no fossil gas in the mix by then,” Jan Ingwersen told EURACTIV in an interview.
EU Elections 2019 26-03-2019

Bullmann: May should put the Brexit question back to the people

UK Prime Minister Theresa May should stop wasting time and start working with the Labour Party for a closer EU-UK relationship, or put the question back to the British people, socialist chief Udo Bullmann told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
EU Elections 2019 19-03-2019

Pascal Durand: ‘Sometimes you have to fight behind enemy lines’

The European election campaign will see French Green Party representative Pascal Durand joining forces with President Macron’s La République En Marche (LREM), a party not exactly known for its ecological sensitivity. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 19-03-2019

Companies will support EU law on due diligence, but need assurances on liability

Companies will support EU law on human rights due diligence, but want assurances that it will not expose them to increased risk of lawsuits, argues Virginie Mahin.
Energy 18-03-2019

Researcher: 100% renewable energy requires ‘a lot of green hydrogen’

The production of so-called green hydrogen from wind and solar electricity is seen as a potential game-changer for the transition to a 100% renewable energy system. But getting there will take some time and some intermediary solutions will be needed, says Daan Peters.
Brexit 18-03-2019

Association chief: Portuguese textile industry likes to think Brexit will not happen

Portugal has strong links with Britain and Brexit is perceived as a challenge in the country, as it has affected trade since the time of the referendum in 2016. But many companies seem to believe that Brexit will not happen, Paulo Vaz told EURACTIV in an interview.
Global Europe 15-03-2019

Kazakh Minister: Growing interest for next round of Astana talks

The next round of talks under the so-called Astana Process will take place next month, and there is a growing international interest for this forum, First Deputy of the Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tileuberdi told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

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