Politics

Commission defends Timmermans from Polish attacks

The European Commission today (29 May) sprang to the defence of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, after Poland's foreign minister blamed him personally for the current tensions between Brussels and Warsaw.

Economy & Jobs 29-05-2017

Tsipras to wear a tie if debt talks succeed

A possible EU-IMF deal on 15 June over debt relief designed to boost Greece's recovery is also set to leave a mark - albeit temporary - on Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's chest.

Global Europe 29-05-2017

US might ban laptops on all flights into and out of the country

The United States might ban laptops from aircraft cabins on all flights into and out of the country as part of a ramped-up effort to protect against potential security threats, US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said yesterday (28 May).

Elections 29-05-2017

Borissov accuses EU of ‘apartheid’ over lower quality food in Eastern Europe

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov on Saturday (27 May) called an extraordinary cabinet meeting over two issues, one of them being the practice of big companies to market the same brands of products with big differences in quality between Eastern and Western Europe.

Brexit 29-05-2017

Sturgeon: If SNP wins June election, PM May will have to grant independence vote

If the Scottish National Party wins the most seats in Scotland at the 8 June general election, Prime Minister Theresa May's refusal to agree to a second independence referendum will be unsustainable, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said yesterday (28 May).

Future EU 29-05-2017

Renzi suggests next election be synchronised with Germany’s

Former prime minister Matteo Renzi suggested yesterday (28 May) that Italy's next election be held at the same time as Germany's, saying this made sense "from a European perspective".

Global Europe 29-05-2017

After summits with Trump, Merkel says Europe must take fate into own hands

Europe can no longer completely rely on its allies, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (28 May), pointing to bruising meetings of G7 wealthy nations and NATO last week.

Future EU 26-05-2017

Trump scolding shadows most difficult G7 ‘in years’

US President Donald Trump, fresh from scolding Europe over military spending, slammed "bad" behaviour in trade by Germany as acrimony dogged the start of annual G7 summit talks on Friday (26 May).

Global Europe 26-05-2017

Trump still not backing Paris climate agreement

President Donald Trump still refuses to back the 2015 Paris agreement to fight climate change, blocking efforts by world leaders meeting in Sicily to get the new US leader to endorse the treaty, Italy's prime minister said today (26 May).

Elections 26-05-2017

Slovak prosecutor moves to ban far-right party

Slovakia’s prosecutor general has asked the Supreme Court to ban a far-right party, branding it an extremist group whose activities violate the constitution. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.

26-05-2017

Trump demands NATO payment–but makes no defence pledge

US President Donald Trump stole the show at a meeting of NATO heads of state yesterday (25 May) when he doubled down on his demands for other members to pay more in an opening speech.

Central Europe 26-05-2017

Csenger-Zalán: A strong Europe is only possible with strong nations

There’s no mistaking his Fidesz credentials. Brussels needs to back off, and refugees remain unwelcome, Zsolt Csenger-Zalán, the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in Hungary‘s National Assembly, told EURACTIV Czech Republic.

Trump, EBS, and Manchester
Global Europe 26-05-2017

Tweets of the Week: Trump, EBS, and Manchester

Happy holiday Friday! It’s no rest for the wicked as this week we’re playing Top Trump Tweets!

Enlargement 26-05-2017

Mogherini to Western Balkans: EU door remains open

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini held separate meetings with six prime ministers from the West Balkans in Brussels on Wednesday (on May 24). The talks come amid concerns over the possible rise of tensions in the Western Balkans. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

Agenda for Change 26-05-2017

The EU must forge a European strategy for sustainable development

The UN's 2030 Agenda is absent from the White Paper on the Future of Europe. The Commission should lead by example and mainstream sustainable development across all EU programmes, policies and financial instruments, writes Luca Jahier.

Central Europe 26-05-2017

Takács: Hungary is a successful member state

Just because Hungary has different ideas about issues like migration does not mean it should be perceived negatively. This is exactly why we are fed up, Szábolcs Takács told EURACTIV Czech Republic.

26-05-2017

Loss of trust in EU has social and economic consequences

Trust in EU membership is on the up across the continent but confidence in the Union’s institutions continues to flag. That is why a number of initiatives designed to increase transparency and accountability have gained momentum in recent years.

Global Europe 25-05-2017

EU slams Turkey’s record on human rights in talks with Erdogan

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan met senior European Union officials on Thursday (25 May) for talks that included Turkey's human rights record following sharp disagreements between Ankara and Brussels on a range of issues.

Global Europe 25-05-2017

Doubts over Trump’s policies on Russia, trade and climate remain after first EU meeting

European Council President Donald Tusk has said he and US President Donald Trump have not seen common ground on climate, trade or Russia in their first meeting. They did agree on security and counterterrorism, he said.

Elections 25-05-2017

Polish president wants referendum on constitution in 2018

Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday (24 May) he wants to hold a referendum in November 2018 on whether to change the country's 20-year-old constitution, although it was not clear what kind of changes he was seeking.

Enlargement 25-05-2017

‘Yugo-stalgic’ Balkans long for socialist past

The breakup of Yugoslavia brought more harm than good, according to a new survey. ‘Yugo-stalgia’ and dissatisfaction caused by low employment and political instability mean many yearn for the days of socialism.

Global Europe 25-05-2017

Tusk, Juncker to press Trump on Euro-Atlanticism

Top European Union chiefs meeting Donald Trump for the first time today (25 May) will push cooperation on global trade and fighting climate change as they try to show that the bloc should matter to the United States.

Elections 25-05-2017

Macron’s party seen winning majority in French legislative elections

French President Emmanuel Macron's party is set to win as much as a third of the vote in legislative elections next month, giving it a solid majority, two polls showed on Wednesday (24 May).

Brexit 24-05-2017

Spain plays down tensions with Catalonia in its bid for EMA

Spanish Minister for Health Dolors Montserrat said today (24 May) that Barcelona is “first in the class” in meeting all the criteria to host the European Medicines Agency (EMA). She also insisted that the central government supports Catalonia's bid to host it after Brexit.