Politics

Economy & Jobs 14-10-2019

Rioja president: ‘We will stand behind our wine producers’ in EU-US tariff war

Concha Andreu, the president of La Rioja region, made her first visit to Brussels last week, just after the US announced fresh tariffs on European exports, including wine produced in her region. She told EURACTIV.com she is confident Europe will support the region, whose economy is heavily dependent on the wine sector.
Future EU 02-10-2019

Michael Ignatieff: Hungary will not be a single-party state forever

The democratic transition is not over in Central and Eastern Europe and we will continue our mission of training people and creating "free minds, people who think", Michael Ignatieff, a Canadian academic and president of the Central European University, told EURACTIV Slovakia.
Batteries 26-09-2019

Sefcovic forsees ‘an Airbus for batteries, for 5G, AI, green tech’

In one of his first interviews since getting the nod to serve another five years in the European Commission, Maroš Šefčovič talked about his new job, industrial policy and the "global mega-trends" the EU should lead heading into the next decade.
EU-China 23-09-2019

Budapest-Belgrade railway: Orbán flirts with China

Hungary has signed a deal with China to modernise the railway link between Budapest and Belgrade. The project - the first major Chinese infrastructure deal inside the EU - aims to facilitate the distribution of goods arriving at the Chinese-owned port of Piräus, but critics say it might be a waste of taxpayer money.
Freedom of thought 17-09-2019

CEU provost: Academic freedom is in crisis everywhere in Europe, not only in Hungary

It is the start of a new semester at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. But this year, many of its students are preparing to move to Vienna, where lectures will start in October. It's because CEU, a private US university founded by the Hungarian billionaire George Soros, has been kicked out of Hungary.

Finnish social minister: Europe needs ‘a paradigm shift’ towards the economy of well-being

Working towards a more inclusive economic growth in Europe is one of the Finnish presidency's main priorities. Finnish minister Aino-Kaisa Pekonen lays out her vision for "the economy of well-being".

Sea rescue activist: We hope for ‘coalition of the willing’ to support our rescue operations

In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, David Starke, the chief executive officer of SOS Méditerranée  Germany, spoke about his sea rescue organisation and others resuming operations at sea after Italy's closing of ports and investigations led against sea rescuers prompted a six-month hiatus.
Future EU 12-07-2019

French Minister: ‘There is a long way to go’ on eurozone budget

France wants to make access to European funds conditional on the European minimum wage and respect for the rule of law, the state secretary for Europe, Amélie de Montchalin, told EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview.

Chizhov: Washington chose to act unilaterally to abrogate nuclear arms treaty

In a wide-ranging interview, Russia's Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov, speaks about nuclear arms control, the EU elections and top jobs, the situation in Ukraine, including the MH17, and America's bid to challenge Russian gas.
EU Elections 2019 01-07-2019

Inequalities of chances, income and capital are destroying society, says German expert

In an interview with EURACTIV Germany,  Hanno Burmester, founder of the consultancy firm Unlearn, spoke about the widening gap between rich and poor in Europe, the rise of nationalism and whether social cohesion is crumbling.
Global Europe 28-06-2019

‘Unrealistic’ to think Libya can operate all rescues at sea, UN Special Envoy says

In spite of the drop in numbers of crossing, the death rate in the Central Mediterranean has increased over the past few months. EURACTIV talked to UNHCR Special Envoy Vincent Cochetel about the situation in the world deadliest border.  

Right- and left-wing violence cannot be equated, says expert

In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, Axel Salheiser, who is conducting research on right-wing extremism at the Institute for Democracy and Civil Society, spoke about the growing incidence of acts of violence by the far-right and the potential dangers of right- and left-wing extremist groups in Germany.
Global Europe 17-06-2019

US ambassador: Europe should forget Huawei, embrace Western tech

America cannot have close security, intelligence and technology ties with Europe unless the EU cuts ties with Chinese tech giant Huawei and embraces "Western telecom industry", the US ambassador to the European Union told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
EU Elections 2019 12-06-2019

Single EU Parliament seat should be in Strasbourg, says official

In an interview with EURACTIV France, the president of Strasbourg's city council and task force lead defending the European Parliament's Alsace HQ, spoke about the so-called single seat issue. Frédéric Bierry highlighted the economic benefits for Germany, as well as the preference of MEPs and European officials to live in the city.
Future EU 11-06-2019

Monti: Nationalist parties temper the EU in view of future attacks

Pro-EU parties should not feel complacent about the nationalists' failure to win a majority in the new European Parliament, the former Italian prime minister and ex-EU Commissioner Mario Monti told EURACTIV in an interview.
Elections 06-06-2019

Ciolos: Romanian PSD government can only be trusted after it resigns

In an exclusive interview, the former Romanian prime minister and former European Commissioner, Dacian Cioloș, said his newly-formed political force will be able to tap into a reformist wave that will change his country - and help change the EU.
Climate change 31-05-2019

German conservatives from the CDU/CSU will face difficult times, says former MP

In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, former Green member of the Bundestag Hans-Josef Fell spoke about Angela Merkel's climate heritage, record CO2 emissions and why Germany should become carbon neutral by 2030.
31-05-2019

Professor: Marine Le Pen has more red lines than Salvini

Marine Le Pen will be very cautious in doing business with parties who clearly are anti-Semitic and “she probably had even more red lines than [Italy's Matteo] Salvini on this”, Dr Christian Lequesne told EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview.
EU Elections 2019 28-05-2019

We are witnessing the birth of a European public space – law professor

In an interview with EURACTIV France, the founder of thegoodlobby.eu and law professor, Alberto Alemanno, spoke about European trends that are spreading across the borders, the public's renewed interest in the EU, and how nationalism is spreading.
Future EU 23-05-2019

European citizens have shown strong willingness to move Europe forward – WeEuropeans consultation initiator

What do European citizens expect of the European Union? As the elections officially began on 23 May in the UK and the Netherlands, EURACTIV spoke to Guillaume Klossa, president of the Civico Europa citizen movement, which launched the WeEuropeans consultation in 27 European Union countries.
Digital 22-05-2019

Austria’s ‘video crisis’ exposes poor treatment of media – media expert

In an interview with EURACTIV, Reporters Without Borders Austria President and distinguished journalist Rubina Möhring spoke about the effects of the controversial 'Ibiza video' and why Austria is getting ever so close to the Hungarian media model.
EU Elections 2019 21-05-2019

Video scandal won’t affect FPÖ’s showing in EU elections – Austrian law expert

In an interview with EURACTIV, European law expert Stefan Brocza explains why the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) could still achieve good results in Sunday's European elections, despite the unfolding scandal linking the party with a supposed Russian oligarch.

Vestager: ‘We need more commissioners working on environmental issues’

Margrethe Vestager, one of the seven lead candidate for the Liberals in next month’s EU elections, views Juncker’s “project teams” as a success and would consider establishing multiple environment commissioners for different areas such as climate change, biodiversity, air pollution or chemicals.

Zahradil: ‘Going too far, too fast on climate risks destabilising society’

“It’s a good thing that youngsters are getting involved” in climate policy, says Jan Zahradil, the lead candidate for the European Conservatives in next month’s EU elections. But going too far, too fast risks causing tensions with other groups in society, like the Yellow Vests in France, he warned.

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