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15-01-2020

The Brief, powered by Orgalim – Historical revisionism on steroids

In 2020, Europe will mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and of the liberation of German Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. But as the commemorations draw closer, we may see the manipulation of history for political ends return with a vengeance.
15-01-2020

Parliament kicks off debate on the Future of Europe conference

The European Parliament launched on Wednesday (15 January) the debate on the Future of Europe conference, expected to begin in May, and outlined its position ahead of talks with the Commission and Council. 
Climate change 15-01-2020

‘Green’ alert: environmental risks top Davos report

For the first time in the 15-year history of the Davos risk report, the top five global risks are all environmental, according to the latest survey published on Wednesday (15 January) ahead of the World Economic Forum next week.
14-01-2020

Guy Verhofstadt ready to chair citizen consultations on Europe’s future

From May onwards, hundreds of EU citizens will be invited to reflect on Europe's future at a conference that will debate European policy priorities in an attempt to introduce direct democracy in EU decision-making. EURACTIV France reports.
09-01-2020

The Brief, powered by MPE – A conference for what?

By the end of this year, member states must reach an agreement against the clock on a long-term budget to finance their bold priorities for this decade, and seal a deal with the UK on their future relationship. On top...
08-01-2020

Fidesz-PiS talks point towards potential exit from EPP

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met with Poland's ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) in Warsaw on Tuesday (8 January) amid growing speculation that his Fidesz party plans to leave the EPP.
07-01-2020

Commission President to attend Davos gathering

The European Commission will be represented by its President at the World Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland) towards the end of January, signalling the closer ties Ursula von der Leyen has with the exclusive gathering, compared with her predecessor Jean-Claude Juncker.
07-01-2020

The Brief, powered by MPE -Time for EU socialists to leave behind ‘dinosaur era’

The Party of European Socialists (PES), the EU's second-largest political family, usually holds its Congress after the EU elections in autumn. However, currently, there are only rumours that it’s going to take place at some point in spring.

Government’s handling of pension strikes threatens France’s EU credibility

The French government continues to defend its pension reform proposal initially recommended by the European executive. Although it has since been watered down, its divisiveness has led to the paralysis of the transport system for almost a month. EURACTIV France reports.
20-12-2019

The Brief, powered by Eurogas – Christmas dinner politics

We’ve all been there, looking forward to the ‘perfect’ Christmas with faultless food (and too much of it), flowing conversation, and gifts that are going to be spot on. Just imagine: the fire crackles in the fireplace and you peacefully...
19-12-2019

The Brief, powered by Eurogas – The end of a bruising decade

As the year comes to an end, we tend to write long stories about the murky waters ahead in EU affairs. Given the long list of challenges, some would try find comfort in looking back over this past decade, not because of how far we’ve gone, but because of all the storms that we have weathered.

Poland could end up leaving the EU, Supreme Court warns

Poland could end up leaving the European Union because of plans by the ruling nationalists that would allow judges to be fired if they question the legitimacy of the government's judicial reforms, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday (17 December).
16-12-2019

The Brief, powered by Eurogas – A zero-cost goodbye

A quasi zero-cost timely departure is sometimes better than reaching a zero-sum situation. The European People’s Party (EPP) has now been presented with a great opportunity to be released from the pain of Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party.
13-12-2019

The Brief, powered by BP – Welcome to uncharted territory

It is not often that we knowingly witness history in the making before our own eyes, but today we've had one of those moments.
13-12-2019

AS IT HAPPENED: EU leaders discuss budget, climate change

EU27 leaders meet in Brussels on 12-13 December to discuss the bloc's next seven-year budget and ways to financially sweeten its 'green component', in order to meet the new European Commission's top priority of making the EU climate-neutral by 2050.
Brexit 13-12-2019

EU leaders congratulate Johnson but warn of more hard work ahead

EU leaders put on a brave face on Friday (13 December) and congratulated Boris Johson on his resounding victory in the UK elections, which means he will take the country out of the EU next month after three years of Brexit frustrations.
Economy & Jobs 12-12-2019

Parliament puts its trust in Michel for progress on EU budget

As European Council president Charles Michel takes over the negotiations on the EU's long-term budget, the Parliament hopes this will give a new impetus to the slow-moving talks, lawmakers in charge told a press briefing on Wednesday (11 December).
12-12-2019

EU summit: Even without Britain, EU leaders unlikely to take big decisions

European Union leaders meet without Britain on Thursday (12 December), but their departing neighbour's absence will not make agreeing a budget any easier.
06-12-2019

The Brief – Gender-washing at the Commission?

After having failed to have a gender-balanced Commission, the first female Commission President Ursula von der Leyen recently announced that she had achieved gender parity in all the cabinets at administrative level. But the real power-sharing in incoming Commissioners’ offices...
04-12-2019

Von der Leyen criticises Finnish presidency’s EU budget proposal

The new European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, did not mince her words at her first press conference on Wednesday (4 December), criticising a recent proposal of the Finnish EU Presidency for the bloc’s 2021-2027 budget and voicing concern "about the severe cuts in the proposal".
03-12-2019

Goulard’s indictment confirms EU Parliament doubts

France's first pick for the EU Commissioner post, Sylvie Goulard, has been indicted by the Court of Paris for embezzlement of funds in the employment of EU parliamentary assistants, raising questions about French President Emmanuel Macron defending her candidacy after MEPs rejected her on ethical grounds. EURACTIV France reports.
02-12-2019

LEAK: Finland’s EU budget proposal limits expenditure to 1.06% of GNI

Finland's EU presidency proposed a budget equal to 1.06% of the region's gross national income (GNI) for 2021- 2027, slightly increasing its past draft proposal but below the ambition of the European Commission and Parliament, according to the negotiating box  seen by EURACTIV.com.
02-12-2019

EU leaders mark a decade of Lisbon Treaty amid calls for reform

European Union leaders on Sunday (1 December) celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Lisbon Treaty, the union's legal cornerstone, amid calls to reform a bloc weakened over the past decade by economic and migration crises, rising euroscepticism and Brexit.
29-11-2019

Michel vows to push for a more assertive Europe

The new European Council President Charles Michel called on Friday (29 November) for a more assertive role for Europe in the world, and promised to be “more cautious” on Twitter than his predecessor Donald Tusk.

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