The Year in Review: The most popular EURACTIV articles & videos of 2017

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2017 has been a full year for the EU, and for EURACTIV. Shortly after our announcement of the EURACTIV rebranding, we rolled out eight Policy Hubs: Politics,  Global Europe, Economy & Jobs, Agriculture & Food, Health, Energy & Environment, Digital and Transport.

Here are the most read articles in each Policy Hub:


A. C. Grayling: ‘Brexit is starting to look a lot like a coup’

Brexit is politically illegitimate, and when the chickens come home to roost, reality and pragmatism will kick in and the Remainers will win the day, Professor A. C. Grayling said in an interview with

Global Europe 

EU warns Turkey after it violates Greek airspace 141 times in one day

Turkish aeroplanes and helicopters illegally entered Greece’s airspace 141 times yesterday (15 May), the Hellenic National Defence General Staff reported.

Economy & Jobs 

Singapore trade deal cannot be concluded by EU alone, ECJ rules

The European Union will have to secure approval from national parliaments in order to finalise a free trade deal with Singapore. The bloc’s top court ruled that the agreement in “its current form” cannot be handled by the Commission acting alone.

Agriculture & Food

Lower quality of same food brands in Eastern Europe raises eyebrows

Big companies are selling better food in Austria than they sell in Hungary, even though the brands are supposed to be the same, the Hungarian government said yesterday (16 February).


Radiation surveillance detects iodine leak in Europe

Nobody knows who released the substance, but radioactive iodine has been detected across Europe in recent weeks. EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Environnement reports.

Energy & Environment

China eclipses Europe as 2020 solar power target is smashed

China has reached its 2020 solar power target three years ahead of schedule, after installed capacity topped well over its 105GW target. Europe has been urged to show similar ambition.


EU to propose new rules targeting encrypted apps in June

The European Commission will propose new measures in June to make it easier for police to access data on internet messaging apps like WhatsApp, EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová said yesterday (28 March), heeding calls from national interior ministers.


Kazakh minister: Two ‘revolutionary’ stories are happening in Central Asia

Kazakhstan’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roman Vassilenko, sheds light on important new developments in Central Asia, little known in the EU, and on the role of his country in major international issues.



The Brief 

We also continued to grow the reach and impact of The Brief, EURACTIV’s straight-talking, bite-sized and fun wrap-up of the day’s news, emailed to you at the end of each afternoon.

The Brief: What can Europe learn from Macron's speech?

Two hours and 40 minutes. Macron’s speech on Europe was three times longer than Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union.



And in February we launched Trans-Europe Express, our weekly newsletter with an insider’s view of the most important coverage from across the EURACTIV Media Network, our media partners and more, sent on Friday at lunchtime.

Trans-Europe Express: National Front Multiculturalism

Marine Le Pen in Lebanon? The idea is almost preposterous.


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In 2017, we also launched these innovative video formats:

  • Tweets of the Week, a weekly roundup of EU tweets from the Brussels bubble twitterati, packaged in a video of maximum 140 seconds;
  • The Presidency Debates, a series of videos reports with a focus on key issues on the agenda of the Maltese and Estonian presidencies of the Council of the EU; and
  • Over a coffee & Over a beer, our own in-depth video interview series with MEPs and other EU policy personalities.

Best of video in 2017

1. Juncker: “The European Parliament is ridiculous.”

2. Juncker’s full 2017 State of the Union speech

3. Danuta Hübner: No more ‘lies’ in Brexit negotiations

4. Tweets of the Week ep 3: Eurovision, Macron’s cabinet, and LGBTI rights

5. Tweets of the Week ep. 23: Puigdemont, Indictment and Halloween


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We hope you enjoyed our coverage in 2017 and trust that you will keep on relying on EURACTIV for your EU policy and politics in 2018.

The EURACTIV team will be on holiday from 23 December to 2 January. In the meantime, we wish you a great winter break and send our best wishes for a happy 2018!