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Energy 30-07-2020

EU’s hydrogen strategy a good start but key problems sidestepped

Europe’s hydrogen strategy mostly points in the right direction by identifying renewable hydrogen as a key energy vector and necessary storage solution for delivering a zero-carbon EU, but it side-steps several key problems that go to the core of what...
Digital 29-07-2020

Protests in Bulgaria are also about media freedom

Protests in Bulgaria are a genuine civil protest against the party-state and in favour of basic democratic rights such as media freedom, writes Maria Stoyanova.
Energy 28-07-2020

US pipeline sanctions: Reality check

US pipeline sanctions suggest a deliberate misreading of the European gas market and a paternalistic “America knows best” view of how Europeans should manage their energy commerce, writes Danila Bochkarev.
Politics 27-07-2020

Farm to Fork Strategy: A partial response to our farmers’ needs

The European Commission's Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy has pleased environmentalists, but that is not enough - we have to look at the big picture and address its economic and social impact as well, writes Hermann Tertsch.
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Economy & Jobs 27-07-2020

COVID-19 & Startups: Opportunities in Times of Crisis

Covid-19 is an unprecedented challenge for all businesses. For startups at the most vulnerable phase of their development, however, it is a potential existential crisis. Despite this, government aid during the crisis has often neglected startups, favouring incumbents and national champions.
Stakeholder Opinion
Azerbaijan 27-07-2020

Caucasus: Armenia’s ‘New war for new territories’

While Europe and the rest of the world is trying to cope with the coronavirus and searching for ways to re-energise their pandemic-affected economies, fighting broke out on 12 July on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Armenia would appear by any rational analysis to have the only motive for starting the recent border skirmishes, writes James Wilson.
Energy 27-07-2020

Gas boilers deserve an ‘F’, not an ‘A’

Fossil gas boilers may continue to be labelled ‘green’ for another decade or so if EU leaders fail to review energy labelling rules for heating appliances within a year. This would be very bad news for an overheating world, write...
Coronavirus 24-07-2020

The Brief – Breaking (for) summer

This summer will be different. Travelling in the time of COVID-19 is not a pleasure, even inside Europe, and especially if you live in the EU and want to go to another continent. Intercontinental travel has almost completely stopped, only...
EU Priorities 2020 24-07-2020

A stronger Commission is not the same as a stronger Europe

It is a dangerous myth to believe that maximising the role of the European Commission is  synonymous with a stronger, wealthier Europe, writes Gunnar Hökmark.
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Biomass 24-07-2020

The European Green Deal will unlock the true potential of bioenergy – if we take the right decisions now

Despite the considerable challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic, the European Commission continues to push ahead on the implementation of its ambitious European Green Deal agenda. Its latest proposals include a new 2030 Biodiversity Strategy and, most recently, the ambitious Energy...
Elections 24-07-2020

Illiberal democracy in Slovenia? Yes and no

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša is the strongest challenger to a status quo in which the left has been in power in the country for too long, writes Žiga Turk.
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Health 24-07-2020

Europe at the crossroad of Rare Diseases innovation: lessons from the past and future outlooks

In shaping the future of rare diseases policies all stakeholders should cooperate to create an environment that actively supports research and clinical development of orphan medicinal products (OMPs). This entails building synergies all across the innovation ecosystem to address the...
Brexit 23-07-2020

The Brief – Poking the Bear

It only took a few short months for the accusation that the 2016 Brexit referendum was rigged, unfair and corrupt to start doing the rounds. This week, Boris Johnson’s government finally published the Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee report, which...
Climate change 23-07-2020

What the European Council on recovery tells us about European climate politics

After five long days and nights of negotiations, European leaders struck a deal on the seven-year EU budget and “Next Generation EU” recovery plans on Tuesday. What did this European Council tell us about the politics of green and resilient recovery in the EU? Jennifer Tollman, Johanna Lehne and Rebekka Popp explain.
Future EU 22-07-2020

The Brief – Monnet’s law

“All’s well that ends well” should have been the refrain among exhausted diplomats after 92 hours of very intense negotiations in Brussels. With one of the longest summits in history now behind us, it is time for EU pundits to...

The budget deal and EU defence cooperation: What are the implications?

Most headlines on the EU budget deal will focus on the response to Covid-19. But the new budget will include billions for new EU defence initiatives, writes Niklas Novaky.
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Global Europe 22-07-2020

Cambodia: Between COVID-19 and EBA Withdrawal

For Cambodia, the impact of COVID-19 is similar to a simulation of the possible withdrawal of the EU-driven Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme. In the current situation, if EBA is to be withdrawn, it would signify "a nail in the coffin" of the already dying garment industry, the country's biggest employer, writes Sim Vireak.
Cybersecurity 22-07-2020

Digital politics and the COVID crisis

The coronavirus pandemic has forced us to move more of our lives online faster. But is this for the better? What should we take with us from our lockdown experiences, asks Dita Charanzová.

Russian interference in western judicial systems is growing

The West doesn’t seem to realise the trend whereby bad-faith Russian cases brought by the Russian state and oligarchs leverage trumped-up charges in Russian courts to harass and damage opponents and rivals in western legal proceedings, writes Daniel Mitov.
Stakeholder Opinion
Digital 22-07-2020

Have we given the tech giants the keys to our privacy and our medical secrets?

For months, the world has been asking: how can we avoid a resurge of the pandemic, which would be catastrophic for our economies and well-being? Part of the answer lies in establishing a screening and tracking system for people who have been exposed, in order to prevent them from infecting those around them in turn, writes Pierre Pozzi Belforti.
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Azerbaijan 21-07-2020

Five reasons why Armenia is resorting to military provocation

Azay Guliyev explains why recent clashes at the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan must be taken seriously by the international community.
Politics 20-07-2020

The Brief – EUCO Wrestlemania

Europe’s premier political entertainment extravaganza, EUCO Wrestlemania, kicked off on Friday for a full weekend of fighting. Here’s the play-by-play account of the still ongoing summer slam in Brussels.
Agrifood 20-07-2020

Let’s talk about pork…

An EU-funded campaign has been launched in France, Spain and Portugal to ‘demystify’ the production of pork. Joanna Swabe argues that if we’re going to ‘talk about pork’, let’s talk about routine violations of animal welfare legislation and eating less of it.
Enlargement 20-07-2020

Nothing gets done by sitting out

For years, Serbia lagged behind. We were a step away from bankruptcy, in April 2012, our unemployment rate was 25.5%, with youth unemployment at 51.5%. Our leaders spent money we did not have and watched our infrastructure decay and our population flee the country. Today, the reality is very different, writes Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić.
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