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Europe's East 20-02-2020

Concessions to Russia will cost Europe too much

Europe’s strength lies in its unity and solidarity, but strength does not mean making concessions to an aggressor in a hope that it will become your friend: strength is to make the aggressor hange his behaviour, writes Mykola Tochytskyi. Mykola...
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Construction equipment rental market ready to step up to the plate

The outcome of a study commissioned by the European Rental Association (ERA) has found that rental of construction equipment, as a circular economy model, can significantly help reduce emissions and achieve the Paris climate goals.
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Digital 19-02-2020

Digital Services Act – the opportunity for Europe to lead in the platform economy

The European institutions are gearing up for the revision of the eCommerce Directive. We must aim for a legitimate digital economy framework that encourages all actors to play fairly and to comply with EU standards, to protect consumers and safeguard trust in the digital environment.

A brief history of graft in Orbán’s Hungary

Corruption is deeply embedded in Hungary, with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán shielded by a cluster of wealthy bosses with close personal and political ties to the leader, writes Szabolcs Panyi.
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Agrifood 19-02-2020

From linear to circular – a roadmap for Europe’s soft drinks industry

Circularity presents a real opportunity for our generation. We have already done a lot, but we recognise there is still much to be done to make our businesses more sustainable – and we are up for the challenge.
Global Europe 18-02-2020

Time for Germany to get vocal on European security

Anna Wieslander offers her reflections on the Munich Security Conference, held last weekend against a backdrop of European confusion about its role in the world.
Economy & Jobs 18-02-2020

EU budget summit: Is the EU risking another ‘no deal’?

With some member states demanding further cuts to the EU's next long-term budget, this week's discussions are expected to be particularly challenging, and continued hardening of positions may also mean that negotiations could even end up in a ‘no deal’ situation by the end of the year, write Niels Keijzer and Benedikt Erforth.
Climate change 18-02-2020

Putting a lid on Russia’s planet-heating methane emissions

Although Russia has made great strides to decrease methane flaring in recent years, it still lags badly behind neighbouring gas producing countries like Norway. And gas flaring is only part of the story, because it doesn’t take account of leakage, says Lukas Trakimavičius.

Fatnassia refugee camp will anger both Tunisians and Europeans

Tunisia has always publically refuted reports that it “promised” Europe to accept hosting on its soil refugees from different African countries, but the EU could seize the opportunity of a war in Libya to convince Tunisia to do so, writes Mourad Teyeb.
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Economy & Jobs 17-02-2020

European Child Guarantee can be EU’s answer to child poverty.

A staggering 22.7 million children live in poverty or social exclusion across the European Union. That’s one in four children in the EU. This is unacceptable for one of the most prosperous regions in the world.
Digital 17-02-2020

The EU is ignoring AI’s effect on the climate crisis

The relationship between climate change and Artificial Intelligence is one of the biggest blindspots in the European Commission ‘leaked’ white paper on AI, writes Fieke Jansen.
Climate change 14-02-2020

Climate emergency requires real action now, not building new LNG terminals and gas pipelines

With the so-called fourth PCI List of energy infrastructure projects now approved in the European Parliament, the battle for a future-proof EU energy policy continues, write MEPs Jutta Paulus and Marie Toussaint.
Economy & Jobs 14-02-2020

Time for a stronger and more sustainable Economic and Monetary Union

Despite continuous efforts by all decision-makers to reform and strengthen the Economic and Monetary Union, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) believes that its architecture still remains to be completed, writes Stefano Palmieri.
Enlargement 14-02-2020

Mini-Schengen is not a ‘plan B’ for the Western Balkans

The idea of an inclusive regional Schengen and cooperation among the six Western Balkan countries, based on the four freedoms of the European Union, is not a replacement but the best way to prepare for EU accession, writes Edi Rama.
Development Policy 13-02-2020

New chapter in EU-Africa relations can only succeed with support of civil society

Since the start of the new Commission, European leaders have switched gears to accelerate the advent of a new era of relations between the EU and Africa, writes Luca Jahier.
Enlargement 13-02-2020

New membership forms solve EU challenges

Associate membership and other innovations could be used to break the log-jam and the EU's enlargement fatigue, giving the EU a chance to turn a “historic mistake” into a historic opportunity, writes Manfred Kohler.
Agrifood 12-02-2020

How the EU’s Green Deal could help trigger a historic EU-ASEAN trade deal

There has been much fanfare over the EU’s new Green Deal, a three-decade plan to make the EU climate neutral by 2050. Lauded as “revolutionary”, “visionary” and a “game-changer”, it has been applauded across the globe. Understandably so: the stated goals are nothing short of commendable, writes Teresa Kok.
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Agrifood 12-02-2020

Fighting malnutrition: Golden Rice and the EU’s GMO conundrum

In the last two decades, the cultivation of genetically biofortified crops, such as Golden Rice, to help solve the global humanitarian crisis of “malnutrition” remains elusive. Let’s consider the facts.
Digital 12-02-2020

The digital union: is Big Brother friend or foe?

Europe's coming revolution in Artificial Intelligence and robotics technologies brings with it a series of new challenges that must be met head-on, writes MEP Ismail Ertug.
Elections 11-02-2020

Ireland’s political earthquake

Sinn Féin made only one mistake: had it run multiple candidates in its strongest constituencies, it could have become the largest party in the Irish parliament by a long lead, writes Dick Roche.
Enlargement 11-02-2020

(Yet) another ‘credible EU perspective’?

The European Commission’s new proposal for enhanced accession process of the Western Balkans is 'a small masterpiece of European compromise' that could foster momentum and reforms. But it still lacks details on funding and convergence and realistic target years, write Milena Lazarević, Sena Marić and Strahinja Subotić.
Circular economy 10-02-2020

Europe must resist attempts to weaken single-use plastics laws

The EU's recently agreed laws to tackle the most polluting single-use plastics are in danger of being watered down by industry players, writes Delphine Lévi Alvarès.
Global Europe 07-02-2020

Why Belarus cannot replace Russian crude?

A month has passed since Russia withheld its regular oil supplies to Belarus, and the country is not out of the woods yet. Mateusz Kubiak argues that any diversification is likely to remain limited.
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Economy & Jobs 07-02-2020

A new tax deal for the EU

Cross-border tax evasion is a problem for the EU and there is no reason to exclude EU member states from the tax haven assessment. Therefore, the EU needs a New Tax Deal. Jan Sarnowski and Piotr Arak set out the principles that could guide it

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