Politics

Elections 24-04-2017

EU a peripheral issue for some French voters

The future of the European Union has been at the heart of the French presidential debate. But for many voters it remained a peripheral issue. EURACTIV France reports.

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Freedom of thought 24-04-2017

The EU needs a Special Representative for freedom of religion or belief

77% of the world’s population – that is 5.5 billion people - are living in countries where the free exercise of religion or belief is severely restricted.

Elections 24-04-2017

Europe speaks out against Le Pen

The second round of France’s presidential election will be a run-off between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. Across the EU, politicians have called on French voters to rally against the extreme-right candidate. EURACTIV France reports.

Global Europe 24-04-2017

Merkel encouraged US will consider EU free trade deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel fueled expectations of a future EU-US trade deal on Sunday (23 April), saying she was "very encouraged" talks were being looked at after her recent trip to Washington.

Freedom of thought 24-04-2017

Petition launched to eject Orbán’s Fidesz from EPP

Change.org, a global platform for launching petitions, has initiated a call to the European Peoples’ Party to kick out Fidesz, the political force of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, from the EU’s largest political family which has sheltered him so far despite his authoritarian drift.

Health 24-04-2017

Drugmakers urge June decision on EU agency location

Europe's drugmakers pushed for a decision as early as June on the new location for the headquarters of the bloc's medicines watchdog, which will relocate from London after Britain's decision to leave the EU.

Elections 24-04-2017

Historic French election upheaval sets up second round clash over EU

The first round of France’s presidential election on Sunday (23 April) saw the traditional parties reduced to insignificance in a vote that exposed the country’s deep social divisions. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 24-04-2017

Germany’s AfD picks election drive leaders, shift to right

The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party on Sunday (23 April) chose a tough-talking former member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and an economist to lead its campaign for a September election in a line-up likely to drag the group further right.

24-04-2017

Europe’s populist wave crashes as Macron sails into French runoff

The populist tsunami that slammed into Britain last year, before sweeping across the Atlantic to the United States, may have faded on the shores of France on Sunday (23 April).

24-04-2017

EU offers more language choice to hopeful recruits

The EU has changed the language requirements for its recruitment process. Prospective candidates will now have a wider choice and no longer be limited to just English, French or German during the selection procedure.

Brexit 24-04-2017

Brexit: Where to Brefugees?

Brexit risks creating millions of 'Brefugees' - British expats living in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK - whose rights and future remain in limbo ahead of extraordinarily complex negotiations between the EU and the UK on terms for the planned divorce.

Brexit 24-04-2017

Brexit talks place citizens’ rights in limbo

Brexit negotiators will face “extraordinarily complex” talks over the rights of EU citizens in the UK and British expats in Europe, according to sources in Brussels.

Elections 21-04-2017

Presidential candidates too cautious on development pledges

Most of the candidates for Sunday’s (23 April) presidential election in France have made inadequate commitments on development aid. Just five of the 11 presidential hopefuls say they would boost spending to meet the OECD target of 0.7% of GNI. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 21-04-2017

Italy’s wealthy north to demand more power from Rome in referendums

Italy's wealthy northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto, controlled by the right-wing Northern League, will hold referendums in October to try to obtain greater autonomy from the central government, Lombardy's president said yesterday (20 April).

Elections 21-04-2017

Young French voters seduced by extreme candidates despite EU stance

Young people are losing their trust in politics. While they tend to be overwhelmingly pro-European, many are seduced by the discourse of the extreme right or left of French politics. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 21-04-2017

Greek 2016 primary surplus at surprisingly high level

Greece in 2016 registered a primary surplus of 3.9% of output, its statistics agency said today (21 April), in an important announcement for the country's reform talks with its creditors.

Elections 21-04-2017

Soros gets warm Brussels reception amid spat with Hungary

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and several Commissioners will meet US financier George Soros next Thursday (27 April) as part of consultations on a new Hungarian law that could close a university he funds, and of legislation targeting foreign-funded NGOs.

Elections 21-04-2017

Juncker trusts EU could survive ‘President Le Pen’

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker sees no need for “contingency planning” regarding the French presidential election, as the EU is strong enough to survive even if the Eurosceptic candidate wins, his spokesperson said today (21 April).

Global Europe 21-04-2017

New Venezuela protest clashes follow deadly unrest

New clashes erupted Thursday (20 April) between Venezuelan riot police and President Nicolas Maduro's opponents, inflaming tensions after a day of deadly unrest in the beleaguered oil-rich nation.

Brexit 21-04-2017

Amsterdam backs a ‘transparent and objective’ relocation of EU drugs agency

The Netherlands announced on Thursday (20 April) Amsterdam's candidacy for hosting the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which is currently based in London.

Global Europe 21-04-2017

Argentina puts hope in Brexit for new EU position on the Falklands

The EU could re-evaluate its position on the disputed Falkland Islands after Britain leaves the bloc, Argentina's foreign minister said yesterday (20 April).

Elections 21-04-2017

IMF warns against protectionism as Trump, Brexit loom

The International Monetary Fund renewed its warnings against protectionism yesterday (20 April) as nationalist political trends threaten trade integration on both sides of the Atlantic.

Brexit 21-04-2017

Britain must pay EU divorce bill in euros

Britain may be leaving the EU but it will still have to settle the divorce bill in euros, not pounds, according to an EU document on the upcoming negotiations.

Global Europe 21-04-2017

Paris shooting overshadows final day of French election campaign

Security concerns took centre stage in the final days of France's tight presidential race, as candidates defended their stance on the fight against terror, following a shooting in Paris that killed one policeman.