Opinions

Enlargement 14-11-2018

South-East Europe needs zero-priced capital to boost growth

The region of former Yugoslavia and Albania has long ago been swallowed up by the EU. Yet, it is doomed to permanent marginalisation unless the EU does not open its structural and cohesion funds, or provide other source of zero-priced capital, writes Dušan Reljić.  
Brexit 13-11-2018

Seizing the window of opportunity to rethink Brexit

The UK government is paralysed by Brexit as it reaches decision time over whether to agree a messy compromise or crash out with no deal. In the meantime, support for a second referendum is growing, writes Sandra Khadhouri.

Healthy rivers and lakes are not ‘nice-to-haves’, they are essential to our existence

Healthy rivers, lakes and wetlands are our life support system, but EU member states are trying to destroy the law that protects them and the window to save them is closing, warns Andreas Baumüller.
BRICS 13-11-2018

As Brazil moves right, what is left for Europe in Latin America?

Brazilian foreign policy under new President Jair Bolsonaro won’t focus on cooperation with neighbours in Latin America, so the EU should double down on its flexible approach to Latin America, says Gustavo Müller.
Freedom of thought 12-11-2018

Pakistan, democracy and the demise of the independent press

Pakistan's new military-supported government is targeting independent media and poses a grave threat to the country's democracy, writes Shada Islam.
Electricity 12-11-2018

Electricity market must serve higher climate ambition

As negotiations on the EU’s new electricity market enter their crucial trialogue phase, the bloc faces a litmus test for the credibility of its climate ambition. With only two trialogues left, the fate of coal subsidies is still not sealed while COP24 is approaching, writes Joanna Flisowska.
Energy 12-11-2018

Europe’s path to carbon neutrality: A move to ‘sobriété énergétique’?

What is 'sobriété énergétique' and what is its role in pushing Europe towards its carbon reduction goals? Kamila Waciega explains.  
Future EU 09-11-2018

Electrifying Europe to win over populists

Some years ago, Europhobes were a few solitary but loud people who said they wanted to wipe out the European Union. Things have changed: now they are many more and became more ambiguous about their wishes, writes Beatriz Becerra.
Economy & Jobs 08-11-2018

Cohesion Policy and European Semester: Could they have more in common than we think?

Study shows that citizens’ concerns are directly linked to domestic policies, which are consistently the target of EU economic coordination priorities. That is why Cohesion Policy could help the European project, by making it relevant to citizens, writes Katie Cavell.
Brexit 08-11-2018

Come back, Mother Britannia! 

Seeing Brexit crumble towards a single market fudge with no UK say, daughter Europa pleads to re-unite her mother - with her father Franz-Emmanuel, not the ideal home-maker.
Electric cars 08-11-2018

A strong EV benchmark can cut transport emissions and help modernise Europe’s electricity grid

Over a century ago, electric vehicles (EVs) were the best-selling cars on the market. Bringing them back on today’s roads will not only help to decarbonise transport, but the energy sector too, with wider benefits for society, argues Julia Hildermeier.
Agrifood 08-11-2018

Europe should protect its farmers, not big food multinationals

MEPs working on the 'unfair trade practices' directive risk handing a series of victories to food multinationals in the name of 'fairness for all', argues Christian Verschueren
Transport 07-11-2018

Why rewarding renewable fuels under the truck CO2 regulation would be a bad idea

It may sound like a good thing to reward advanced fuels. But doing it under the CO2 standards for heavy duty vehicles (HDVs) would not achieve this goal and would only end up weakening EU fuel efficiency standards, says Cristina Mestre.
EU Elections 2019 07-11-2018

Spitzenkandidat is only as strong as the europarties make it

If the Spitzenkandidat process is to succeed it must be the result of a transparent primary, not a back-room deal, argue Henrik Vuornos and Juho Mäki-Lohiluoma.
Freedom of thought 07-11-2018

Racism against one group eventually affects all

After the Pittsburgh Attack, Jews must unite with Muslims and other minorities, says Joseph Dana.
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Economy & Jobs 05-11-2018

Building a stronger Europe – the case for listed real estate

Listed real estate plays a key role in all aspects of our everyday lives and should be strongly represented in EU policymaking. From spearheading transparency to creating jobs across Europe, the unique contributions of listed real estate is more vital than ever to the EU economy, writes Tobias Steinmann.
EU Elections 2019 05-11-2018

Why Europe needs Alex Stubb

University Professor Brent F. Nelsen explains why his former student, Alexander Stubb, should be the next European Commission president.
Energy 05-11-2018

Four priorities for a future-oriented Connecting Europe Facility

Swift implementation of the EU’s energy and climate commitments is only possible if the next EU budget gives a clear signal to invest in a transition to a low-carbon economy, write Lisa Fischer and Elisa Giannelli.
Health 31-10-2018

Will the EU take care of our bones?

In the next legislative term, EU policymakers will be called upon to tackle the risk factors of osteoporosis, a skeletal disorder which has never earned enough attention and is expected to take epidemic proportions in the decades to come, writes Andrea Giustina.
Global Europe 31-10-2018

Brussels’ approach to Greater Eurasia in need of revision

It’s curious that the EU’s initiative “Connecting Europe and Asia” makes no mention of two of its most important players – the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the Chinese “Belt and Road” Initiative, writes Yuri Kofner.
Electricity 30-10-2018

Britain’s capacity market for electricity: Lessons for Europe

The UK’s market-wide capacity mechanism for electricity provides a solution to a supply problem that has yet to emerge, writes Phil Baker. A targeted strategic reserve is likely to be a more cost-reflective alternative, he argues.
Agrifood 30-10-2018

We need transition farming in the EU

European tastes are changing and so must farms, therefore we need to support a transition away from industrial animal farming, writes Alexandra Clark.
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Electricity 29-10-2018

Regulatory flaws in the Clean Energy Package, part 1 – The bidding zones: Shaky foundations of complex machinery

The ambition behind the Clean Energy Package is to create a liquid, pan-European electricity market. However, the crucial tool - the appropriate representation of the grid in market processes - has been significantly blunted and remains flawed.
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Health 29-10-2018

Nutrient Profiling: Friend or Foe?

Salt is essential to a healthy life. But due to a lack of regulatory framework and harmonisation, European public health policies have failed to address issues linked to malnutrition, particularly lack of micronutrients and the ensuing health impacts, writes Inge Neetens.