Opinions

Climate change 20-09-2019

Europe’s Green Deal is under threat from Energy Charter Treaty

The EU and its member states should collectively withdraw from the Energy Charter Treaty, which protects fossil fuel investments, and go to the UN Climate Summit in New York with a call to develop a ‘Treaty for the Non-Proliferation of Fossil Fuels’, argues Yamina Saheb.
#Media4EU 19-09-2019

Cooperation of four key Commissioners needed for healthy media, democracy

Democracy is at risk and requires healthy media, several portfolios from the new EU Commission are relevant. After years of fake news and weak self-regulation, this ecosystem could be rebalanced if four key Commissioners cooperate around the media sector, argues Christophe Leclercq.
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Digital 19-09-2019

To rekindle Europe’s competitiveness we must embrace technology and build on our values

New technologies are disrupting our lives. Citizens, businesses, governments: no one is being spared by the ongoing developments in Artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things, ecommerce, or cybersecurity. However, this digital tide does not have to be passively accepted. On the contrary: it needs to be governed and shaped into the driver for change we want it to be.
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Circular economy 18-09-2019

The EU should foster true circular business models

Aluminium is by nature a circular and thus permanent material. All solutions that keep aluminium in the loop are worthwhile to consider because the metal we preserve today will likely remain in service forever.
18-09-2019

Three lessons for Europe from the tragedy of Brexit

The sight of Boris Johnson's government 'going rogue' is a reminder that EU institutions offer citizens a place to go when domestic governments deny their rights, argues Roger Casale.

Choreography of a climate deal

A deal with Poland on 2050 climate neutrality is in sight, writes Brook Riley.
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EU must come to New York with a climate plan for buildings

The EU needs a plan to overcome the housing and climate crises, in order to guarantee quality homes to people and achieve a decarbonized building stock by 2050. The European Green Deal presents an opportunity to deliver on affordable, energy-efficient housing, writes Femke de Jong.
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Economy & Jobs 17-09-2019

Workers’ participation: What Europe needs to do for its workers

The EU needs to do more to strengthen workers’ rights. Otherwise workers’ voice in Europe will be in jeopardy.
Energy 17-09-2019

The attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq refinery and the realpolitik of oil

After a Saudi oil processing facility came under attack, attention turned on the immediate effect this could have on oil prices. But the worry should be more over the medium term than the short term, writes Robin Mills.
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Preparing for more EVs: Three things for policymakers to consider

With the new legislative mandate of the EU Institutions kicking off and Mobility Week in full force, EVs and sustainable transport are high on the agenda. But more remains to be done. The predicted uptake in EVs in the coming decades means that several issues must be addressed, including charging infrastructure, proper management of the growing battery stock and higher demand for resources, writes Bernard Respaut, Chief Executive of the European Copper Institute.

European Green Deal calls for a green EU budget

Torn between the cuts caused by Brexit and the investments that the European Green Deal requires, negotiations over the next EU budget after 2020 are getting tough. The EU must not, however, pass on the challenge and use 40% of its funds to support climate action, writes Markus Trilling.
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Economy & Jobs 16-09-2019

Call for solid building blocks in Europe’s property sector

To unlock capital, face new global challenges such as climate change and immigration, and build the cities of tomorrow, the European Union needs to encourage more stable and cross-border investments aligned with its long-term objectives. EPRA, the European Public Real Estate Association, believes that the listed real estate sector is part of the solution.
Health 13-09-2019

Vaccine Innovation: Europe’s crucial role in advancing global public health

Vaccination is a success story. Over the last century, vaccines have eliminated or nearly eliminated many diseases that were once widespread and often fatal, such as smallpox and polio, writes Nanette Cocer, the Global President of Pfizer Vaccines.
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Cybersecurity 13-09-2019

The digital security of Europe

Europe needs a shoulder-to-shoulder approach between European institutions and network operators to protect the digital world, argues Dr. Thomas Kremer of Deutsche Telekom Group.

A European ‘Mare Nostrum’ instead of Operation Sophia 2.0

An EU mission within the framework of the Common Security and Defence Policy is not the adequate instrument for controversial domestic issues such as migration, writes Tobias Pietz.
Politics 12-09-2019

Von der Leyen’s Commission: More presidentialist, more parliamentarian

The College put forward by Ursula von der Leyen builds on lessons learned from the sometimes negative experience of the Juncker Commission, writes Robert Stüwe.
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A fundamental transformation of our business

Suntory Beverage and Food Europe is one of the Europe’s biggest soft drinks companies. Its goal to make its bottles from 100% sustainable plastic is hugely ambitious. Here, CEO Peter Harding explains why now is the time for action from everyone, and what business and policymakers need to do to help SBFE get there.
Development Policy 11-09-2019

Why multilateralism matters

This September, world leaders will gather at the UN in New York to reiterate the need to speed up action on the global promise to build a more equitable and sustainable world, which is the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), write Ulrika Modéer and Ahunna Eziakonwa.
Arctic Agenda 05-09-2019

China vs. USA in Greenland: The EU needs to step up its engagement

US President Donald Trump’s interest in purchasing Greenland was primarily treated as a joke. In fact, the US is right to see the strategic importance of Greenland and the Arctic. The EU should be no less serious about this vital geostrategic space, write André Gattolin and Damien Degeorges.
Electric vehicles 05-09-2019

Time to give the transport sector the predictability it needs to thrive in a zero emission economy

Despite its clear potential for clean transportation, electro-mobility still does not seem to be the motor driving Europe’s economic, climate, and industrial policy, writes Folker Franz.
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Economy & Jobs 05-09-2019

Strong Codetermination – Solid Companies. An interview with Prof. Dr. Michael Wolff

Prof. Dr. Michael Wolff explains his study and the main results.
Global Europe 03-09-2019

Pompeo’s visit to Brussels is an opportunity for a unified Iran strategy

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s two-day visit to Brussels (2 and 3 September) is an excellent opportunity to address several important issues for the cross-Atlantic relations and have a unified strategy in addressing them as Europe is going to have a new leadership, Giulio Terzi writes.
Azerbaijan 03-09-2019

Turkmenistan should promote the Trans-Caspian Pipeline more actively

Iran and Russia are opposing the implementation of the Trans-Caspian project, which is supported by Azerbaijan and is in the EU’s interest, writes Shahnar Hajiev.
Agrifood 02-09-2019

Icelandic fisheries minister: It’s time we got our seat at the table

Iceland, a nation with a long heritage of sustainable fishing, places great value on working with our European neighbours and friends to ensure the careful management of the shared North East Atlantic fisheries stocks.

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