Opinions

EURoad2Sibiu 19-07-2019

Romania’s shift at the helm of the Council

Romania's EU presidency was a successful mandate, showcasing the country's commitment to the EU project, writes Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă.
Central Europe 18-07-2019

Germany and Italy’s migration schemes are simply ways to avoid uncomfortable truths

The issue of migrants entering Europe will dominate the European Parliament's upcoming session, but the proposals already put forward are simple remakes of previously failed plans for the migrant crisis, writes Faisal Al Yafai.
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Energy 18-07-2019

With fraudulent practices on Europe’s energy refurbishment market, national market authorities are needed!

Public decision-makers want to see progress on the energy refurbishment market. This means that EU member states need to take measures to enable the emergence of energy transition operators.
EU Elections 2019 17-07-2019

Top EU jobs: Is there a ‘cordon sanitaire’ against Central Europeans?

There are speculations that the next European Commission will have three vice-presidents, but none of them is from Central and Eastern Europe, writes Piotr Maciej Kaczyński.
Europe's East 17-07-2019

Zelenskiy’s Ukraine: Greenhorn challenge

Balázs Jarábik looks into the stakes of Sunday’s (21 July) Ukraine parliamentary elections, in which President Volodymyr Zelensky’s party rides high. Uncertainty prevails as to how he will deliver once he gets to power, Jarábik writes.
Eastern Europe 16-07-2019

Is Ukraine really committed to EU-style gas reform?

Ukraine has promised to reform its gas sector. But do the government, or the national gas company, really mean it, questions Danila Bochkarev.
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Health 16-07-2019

FIFA Guardians™: a landmark step in ensuring the safeguarding of children in football

Millions of children all over the world are involved in football – and they have the right to enjoy the game in a safe environment and a culture of respect and understanding. With this firmly in mind, FIFA recently launched the child safeguarding programme FIFA Guardians.
EU Elections 2019 15-07-2019

Von der Leyen’s nomination is a betrayal of democracy

Ursula von der Leyen may be a relatively unknown name in Europe but we Germans are familiar with her work, most recently as the country’s Defence Minister, writes Martin Schirdewan.
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Health 15-07-2019

Water meets Energy, Energy meets Water

The Water Innovation Europe 2019 edition “Water meets Energy, Energy meets Water” was successfully concluded on the 13th of June in Brussels with about 230 participants joining us from the water & energy sector.
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Digital 15-07-2019

What the new EU leadership can do for our industry (and vice versa)

Digitalisation is reshaping the borders of traditional industry sectors (e.g. automotive, energy, retail). It is also impacting our regulations that need to be smarter to uphold the competitiveness of Europe’s industry. New industry coalitions that combine verticals with tech sectors can help.
Energy 12-07-2019

In a moment of urgency, put energy efficiency first

Steps can be taken to improve energy efficiency. This is the surest route to achieving the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, write Kim Fausing and Rachel Kyte.

How to fix Eastern Europe’s problem with 2050 climate neutrality

A radical, one might say populist, solution to solve the Eastern blockade on climate neutrality would be to set up a European Climate Solidarity Fund, writes István Bart.
Digital 12-07-2019

The Finnish EU presidency should push for a ‘fast lane’ for tech and AI

Boasting one of Europe’s most liberal and innovative economies, Finland's EU presidency has the chance to push for a ‘fast lane’ for tech and AI in Europe, and show Europe a way forward in the age of AI, writes Christian Walther Øyrabø.
Global Europe 11-07-2019

Let’s hold G7 leaders accountable to their promises on gender equality

We need progress not promises on gender equality. That is why G7 leaders need to establish a mechanism that keep governments to their commitments, argue Friederike Röder, Joe Powell, Aurélie Gal-Régniez and Philippe Lévêque.
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Economy & Jobs 11-07-2019

Time to oppose centrifugal forces that affect European societies

The world is currently experiencing rapid technological, economic, political and social change. The consequences of these developments are also being felt in Germany and Europe, write Andreas Grau and Julia Tegeler.
Agrifood 10-07-2019

Has Europe lost the new biotechnology battle?

The EU's rules on GMOs risk stifling innovation in biotechnology and could lead to China and the US increasing their patent domination, writes Marcel Kuntz.
Enlargement 10-07-2019

Will New Democracy undermine the positive momentum in the Western Balkans?

Following New Democracy’s return to power there are concerns in Brussels, Berlin and Washington about changes in Greece’s policy towards its Balkan neighbours, write Alexandra Voudouri and Ioannis Armakolas.
Agrifood 09-07-2019

The EU must not de-regulate gene-edited crops and foods

Some members of the outgoing EU Commission and the agbiotech lobby want the regulations governing genetically modified crops and foods relaxed or scrapped to open markets for gene-edited products. But this goes against the science underpinning the technology and could put the public and environment at risk, writes Dr Michael Antoniou.
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5G 08-07-2019

The digital industry must become greener

5G will allow the ICT sector to reduce its energy use, and innovate more to help other sectors reduce CO2 emissions, writes Detlef Eckert, Huawei’s Global Policy Affairs Vice-President.
Europe's East 08-07-2019

What is the Eastern Partnership and what it’s not

Georgia intends to continue on its path to EU membership and wants to use all available opportunities and instruments to achieve this self-proclaimed objective, writes David Zalkaliani.
Europe's East 08-07-2019

Ukraine has found a home in the European family of nations

As President Voldymyr Zelenskiy host on Monday (8 July) his first Ukraine-EU summit, a partnership forged in adversity continues to go from strength to strength, writes Alexey Perevezentsev.
Economy & Jobs 08-07-2019

The EU must finally tackle Japan on whale industry

As Japan quits the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (IWC) to resume commercial whaling, Joanna Swabe and Matthew Collis urge the European Commission to put pressure on Europe's trading partner to stop killing cetaceans and undermining international law.
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Building circular and climate-neutral buildings for Europe

The circular economy will be an essential building block of a climate-neutral Europe. This can’t be achieved without focusing on the built environment. For this, the EU needs to confirm its commitment to provide direction and a predictable business environment against the 2050 horizon.
Brexit 05-07-2019

Tory leadership contenders are offering false promises on No Deal

Both Tory leadership contenders are pandering to the idea that a No Deal Brexit will not hurt Britain's future. But when the victor reaches No 10, he will get a shock, writes Dinesh Dhamija.

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