Opinions

Data protection 25-05-2018

Europe is about to lose the global AI race – thanks to GDPR

The GDPR, which recently came into force, imposes such tight restrictions on the use of personal data that the EU will be unable to keep up with the rest of the world using AI to streamline their economies, writes Nick Wallace.
Africa 25-05-2018

Ending poverty in Africa is within our reach

On  Africa Day (25 May) it is important to note that the continent is making important progress to end extreme poverty. With all the potential Africa holds it is important for the EU to support it, therefore, the next seven-year budget should secure more funds for aid, writes Dorine Nininahazwe.
Future EU 25-05-2018

European elections in the era of disruption

To some extent the vote next May will be a test of the resilience of the forces of disruption, the main achievement of whom so far being Brexit, writes Geoffrey Harris.
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ASEAN 24-05-2018

ASEAN can show the way for Europe on Trade

From Kuala Lumpur, the global trading system currently resembles a high-stakes poker game played by giants – China, the US and the EU. ASEAN as a region feels almost like an outlier, writes Dato’ Lee Yeow Chor.
Health 24-05-2018

The EU is no progressive free trader: It’s exporting chronic diseases to Latin America

If the EU truly wants to be the global progressive trading power, it needs to make sure its trade policy does not promote ill-health, and instead makes a real contribution to the SDGs, writes George Thurley.
Electricity 24-05-2018

Conducting the new energy orchestra – or is it a circus?

The decarbonisation of electric power, and the electrification of energy, is unstoppable. Whether it will be rapid enough to prevent the coming climate crisis is uncertain and will demand vision from politicians, industry leaders and energy providers, writes Andrew Steer.
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Air Quality 24-05-2018

Modern diesels: part of the solution

Motor vehicles’ undesirable tailpipe emissions are pollutants which impact ambient air quality and are harmful to human health, as well as greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions, which impact climate change.
Electric cars 24-05-2018

Poland’s transport sector searches for top gear

The EU is rolling out more and more initiatives to boost e-mobility and the use of alternative fuels. Poland’s secretary of state for energy explains how his country is tackling the transport sector with an ambitious new plan.
Global Europe 24-05-2018

EU should talk to Arab Gulf States as well to try and salvage Iran deal

Trump's decision to to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal has left Europe partially paralysed. However, Europe can still exert significant leverage if it brings the rest of the Gulf into the discussion about a broad regional security process, writes Dr. Christian Koch.
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Economy & Jobs 23-05-2018

Barrier-free environment for fans at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™

With just a few weeks to go before the kick-off in Russia on 14 June, everything is set for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ to be a truly inclusive event for everyone.
Climate change 23-05-2018

Green cities for a greener future

On issues such as providing cleaner air, reducing noise pollution, establishing cleaner water and tackling waste, cities are at the forefront of change, writes Anna Lisa Boni.
Energy 23-05-2018

Why the Paris Agreement requires an ambitious Energy Efficiency Directive

An energy efficiency target of around 35%, combined with a parallel increase in ambition for renewable energies, would allow the EU to halve its emissions by 2030, write Fiona Hall and Brook Riley.
Climate change 23-05-2018

Clean energy innovation: How Europe can make a real difference

Public-private partnerships are vital to achieving the leap forward, deploying new clean technologies at scale and fast, writes Maroš Šefčovič.
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Climate change 22-05-2018

The road to greener and smarter cities is paved with copper

The EU Green Week—taking place this week under the theme ‘Greener Cities for a Greener Europe’—offers a perfect opportunity to reflect on how cities can become more sustainable, smart and resilient. And on the role copper plays in all this, writes Bernard Respaut, Chief Executive of the European Copper Institute.
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Energy 22-05-2018

With a bad RED II policy we will not invest: V4+Sustainable Biofuel Alliance

EU crop based biofuels are currently the primary tool in the decarbonisation of transport in Europe: no small task. Their direct displacement of oil, high sustainability; huge GHG reductions and addition of high protein animal feed to the food chain...
Energy 22-05-2018

Clean energy growth is outpacing climate targets

This week's Clean Energy Ministerial must send clear signal on the role renewables can play in raising climate action targets, writes Jennifer Morgan.
Future EU 21-05-2018

Tackling EU child poverty through Child Guarantee

Based on figures from 2016, nearly 26.4% of children across the EU are experiencing, or are at risk of experiencing, poverty or social exclusion. But the EU has one potential policy development to deal with this worrying trend, write Joanna Hofman and Katie Stewart.
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Digital 20-05-2018

Europe’s next digital network: power and responsibility

With great power comes great responsibility. Various versions of this quote were attributed throughout history to Churchill, Roosevelt and more recently to Spiderman.
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Global Europe 18-05-2018

Role of investment hubs in global FDI flows: unknown, unloved?

On May 22, the Investment Facilitation Forum (IFF) holds an event that seeks to clarify the role of investment hubs and explore how their activities are linked to the EU tax agenda, financial regulation and the assistance to developing countries. Ahead of the event, the IFF president shares his view on the importance of distinguishing between investment hubs and tax havens.
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Health 18-05-2018

Nurses can play key role in supportive care for cancer patients – let’s give them the means to do so

The role of the cancer care team in supportive care is crucial for people with cancer. In this context, empowering cancer nurses plays a central role.
Global Europe 18-05-2018

Cyprus energy – averting a US-Turkey crisis

A storm is brewing as a conflict between the US and Turkey is emerging. Exxon Mobil's plans for natural gas in Cypriot water is strongly opposed by Turkey, which could send warships to block drilling, as it has done in the past. A solution to the crisis would be to start talks on energy issues among the parties of the Cyprus conflict, writes Matthew Bryza.
Energy 17-05-2018

China, the Western Balkans and the EU: Can three tango?

With China pouring loans into the Western Balkans, the EU must step in to ensure this money benefits the region, writes Wawa Wang.
Energy 17-05-2018

Gas market liberalisation: Does Europe really want it?

Almost ten years after the implementation of the Third Energy Package, the risk of backtracking on liberalisation looks very real as policymakers seem increasingly frustrated at having “given away” power to the market, writes Luca Franza.
Brexit 17-05-2018

Brexit turns into a constitutional crisis in Britain

Divisions across the UK's political institutions are turning Brexit into a major domestic constitutional crisis, writes Denis MacShane.