Public Affairs

Transport 08-09-2021

German industry gears up for its next lobbying battle: the internal combustion engine

While German carmakers unveil their latest electric vehicles at the International Motor Show in Munich, the industry associations they are members of have made their position clear: the next German government must fight for the internal combustion engine at EU level.
Politics 31-08-2021

Google, Facebook, Microsoft top EU lobbying spending

Alphabet Inc's Google unit, Facebook Inc and Microsoft Corp are the three biggest lobbying spenders in Europe in a battle against tough new laws aimed at curbing US tech giants' powers, a study released on Tuesday (31 August) showed.

Presidencies for sale?

The practice of multinational companies sponsoring the governments which hold the EU's rotating presidency, while lobbying the same ministers, is a rotten practice that must stop, write Vicky Cann, Suzy Sumner, and Manuel Araujo.
Politics 16-03-2021

Controversial lobbyists raise eyebrows in Strasbourg

A non-profit group has been raising eyebrows in the Council of Europe for its questionable lobbying activities, a British lawmaker told EURACTIV.
Politics 08-03-2021

Italian government faces criticism for hiring McKinsey over EU funds

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi's government is facing criticism for hiring consulting giant McKinsey to help it rewrite plans for spending the European Union funds aimed at rebuilding the economy.
Politics 07-01-2021

Czech PM ditches Trump-inspired social media profile after Capitol assault

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš removed his red "Strong Czechia" hat inspired by US President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" cap from his social media accounts on Thursday after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building.
Politics 30-10-2020

Think tanks and ethics – a contradiction in terms?

Think tanks play an important role in our democracies, in policy-making and in public opinion, but black sheep tarnish the reputation of the whole sector. Developing and adhering to ethical principles could be a step forward but this needs to be incentivised, through funding and capacity building, writes Fabian Zuleeg.
Politics 20-10-2020

Jean-Claude Van Damme saves life of puppy in fake pet passport row

Action movie star Jean-Claude Van Damme has come to the rescue of a three-month-old chihuahua, saving her from euthanasia on Monday (19 October) after a legal tussle between Norway and Bulgaria.
Politics 02-10-2020

BlackRock case: Putting an end to conflicts of interest at European level

BlackRock's controversial contract to advise the European Commission should be put on hold and new transparency criteria introduced to prevent such conflicts of interest, writes Aurore Lalucq and a group of 58 MEPs.
Politics 16-09-2020

Bronze statue of Melania Trump unveiled in Slovenia

A life-size rough bronze sculpture of US first lady Melania Trump was unveiled near her hometown of Sevnica in southeastern Slovenia on Tuesday (15 September) to replace a wooden figure which was set on fire in July.
Economy & Jobs 01-06-2020

EU trade commissioner Hogan mulling candidacy for WTO chief

European trade commissioner Phil Hogan is considering putting his name forward as a candidate to be the next director-general of the World Trade Organization, his spokesman said on Sunday (31 May).
Politics 21-04-2020

Communication in times of a pandemic

With all events and activities cancelled from March to May (at least), and the planet literally holding its breath following the spread of the virus, what is the role of communication in an organisation that is not standing in the...
Politics 21-04-2020

EU leaders must stand up to protect the news media sector

An open letter to EU leaders from more than 40 MEPs calls for immediate actions to support Europe's news media sector as it faces up to the sudden loss of advertising revenue caused by the COVID-19 crisis.
Politics 06-04-2020

‘We’ll meet again’: Queen Elizabeth invokes WW2 spirit to defeat coronavirus

Queen Elizabeth told the British people on Sunday (5 April) that they would overcome the coronavirus outbreak if they stayed resolute in the face of lockdown and self-isolation, invoking the spirit of World War Two in an extremely rare broadcast to the nation.
Politics 30-03-2020

France moves patients from swamped hospitals as death toll climbs

France used two high-speed trains and a German military plane to move more than three dozen critically ill coronavirus patients on Sunday (29 March) to ease the pressure on overwhelmed hospitals in eastern France.
Global Europe 10-03-2020

Amid migrant crisis, Greece-Turkey conflict plays out on social media

Greeks and Turks are waging a proxy war on social media with photos, video and commentary purporting to show the other side behaving badly in a migrant crisis that has seriously strained already tense relations between Athens and Ankara.
Politics 04-03-2020

MEPs irked by Greta visit despite virus ban

EU lawmakers on Tuesday (3 March) complained that a visit by eco-warrior Greta Thunberg to the European Parliament is set to go ahead despite a moratorium on all outside visits to the chamber.
Politics 29-01-2020

Communications and identity: A make-or-break year for the EU

With one of its important members seceding, the EU is navigating dangerous and uncharted waters and will need to take a more proactive approach in terms of communication to ensure that the ship stays on course, writes Anthony Spota.
Politics 17-01-2020

Revolving door rules must be enforced

The latest case of an EU banking official taking a lobbying job in the financial sector underscores the need to uphold rules to prevent revolving doors, write Luis Garicano and Paul Tang.
Climate change 24-10-2019

Oil and gas giants spent 250m on EU lobbying since 2010: green groups

The five biggest publicly listed oil and gas companies and trade groups representing them spent more than 250 million euros lobbying the European Union to influence climate action since 2014, environmental groups said Thursday (24 October).
Politics 10-10-2019

Proper ethics rules can help bridge gap between citizens and Brussels

Sylvie Goulard’s example illustrates the kind of behaviour which has become unacceptable for European citizens. Europe needs to elevate its conflicts of interest assessment procedure and strictly regulate external activities, writes Manon Aubry.
EU Elections 2019 09-07-2019

Power-sharing puzzle solved: Who will chair parliamentary committees?

EURACTIV has pieced together the names of already designated and potential candidates for chairing the European Parliament’s 20 committees and two sub-committees, before their formal election on Wednesday (10 July).
Politics 19-06-2019

European Elections 2019 – what now for racial diversity?

It is clear that ethnic minorities will remain vastly underrepresented in the European Parliament, and although this election brought a welcome increase in the numbers of racial and ethnic minorities elected, Brexit will roll back most of the gains, writes Sarah Chander.
EU Elections 2019 21-05-2019

Big firms pump up voters for EU polls

From Volkswagen to Spotify to Iberdrola, Europe’s biggest firms are urging people to vote in key European Parliament elections this weekend amid concerns that an anti-EU outcome could disrupt their business and hurt their bottom line.