Opinions

  • Spain to lead the energy transition in Europe?

    Energy 03-07-2018

    The creation of the new ministry for ecological transition in Spain brings fresh air not only at the national level but also at the EU level as Spain can give a push in the fight against climate change, writes Ana Barreira.

  • The UK-EU relationship: the political consequences of mutual misunderstanding

    Brexit 02-07-2018

    The Brexit negotiations are following the same pattern of the UK's tortured and contradictory relationship with the EU. That could lead to a 'no deal' Brexit by default rather than design, warn Dr Fabian Zuleeg and Matt Bevington.

  • Ukrainian reforms – is the glass half full or half empty?

    Europe's East 02-07-2018

    Over the last four years, Ukraine has made some tremendous changes to become a functioning market economy and a liberal democracy, a feat which is scarcely recognised by others, writes Ivan Miklos.

  • Power grab: Top EU court redefines marriage

    Promoted content | Freedom of thought 29-06-2018

    Does the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) have the competence to redefine marriage for all EU citizens? On 5 June, the EU’s highest court has claimed that it does, argues Adina Portaru.

  • EU’s soft power to improve human rights in Morocco

    Africa 29-06-2018

    Morocco has made significant progress on a number of human rights issues since the revision of its Constitution in 2011 and the creation of the National Council of Human Rights (CNDH) in 2012, but the EU must continue using its soft power to help Rabat take up other sensitive issues, writes Willy Fautré.

  • Iran: Appeasement is not the right way

    Global Europe 29-06-2018

    Sanctions relief and increased economic activity with European companies will not change Iran's pursuit of its own interests and curb its nuclear ambition, writes Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata.

  • On Brexit, Theresa May is a true Fabian

    Brexit 29-06-2018

    As Theresa May returns from yet another European Council where she had nothing to say in concrete terms to her fellow 27 heads of government on Brexit, she could actually be copying the tactics of one of the most famous Roman leaders, writes Denis MacShane.

  • AFEMS 67th Congress: celebrating the European soul of the Association

    Promoted content | Energy & Environment 29-06-2018

    The 67th Annual Congress of the Association of European Manufacturers of Sporting Ammunition (AFEMS) took place in Portoroz, Slovenia, during the first week of June.

  • Albania and Macedonia – a ray of hope and a warning for Balkans

    Enlargement 28-06-2018

    Everyone was taken by surprise on Tuesday (26 June) when EU ministers agreed to set out a path for opening accession talks with Albania and Macedonia in June 2019. Many were doubtful this would be agreed, at a time when the EU is facing difficult challenges, write Adnan Ćerimagić and Zoran Nechev.

  • When China and the US quarrel, will Europe rejoice?

    Economy & Jobs 28-06-2018

    Now that the US has imposed a first wave of tariffs, Stefen Legge and Priotr Lukaszuk ponder whether the EU has become the standard bearer of multilateralism and free trade or whether it will it ultimately follow America's course of action.

  • Tackling food waste: turning nemesis into a saviour

    Energy & Environment 28-06-2018

    The function of food packaging has traditionally been limited to passive protection from external influences, but innovations are quickly changing its role. Packaging is getting active and intelligent, able to monitor and interact with food and environment and maintain food freshness for longer, writes Dr Milka Sokolović.

  • Brexit: are they insane?

    Brexit 27-06-2018

    Four individuals in the Cabinet Brexit sub-committee, namely Theresa May, Boris Johnson, David Davies and Liam Fox, are so trapped in their rhetoric about taking back control and regaining freedom, that if they changed their position, their political careers would be over, writes Michael Emerson.