Public Affairs

Future EU 07-09-2018

The Brief, sponsored by Danfoss – Sound of silence

Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel will be meeting in Marseille late this afternoon, but neither Paris nor Berlin wanted to disclose what will be on the menu - a silence that is louder than words.
Politics 05-09-2018

European Parliament gripes against a France Insoumise MEP

The attempt by the European Parliament administration to exert pressure on a tweet shocked MEP Younous Omarjeee, who condemned this as an attack on freedom of expression. The European Union’s “rebuttal unit” was at the root of the debate. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 04-09-2018

EU Ombudsman raps Juncker over Selmayr’s move to top job

The European Ombudsman has found that the EU executive under President Jean-Claude Juncker failed to follow procedures in appointing his chief aide to run the EU civil service and so undermined public trust.
Elections 06-08-2018

Act on anti-Semitism or face ‘eternal shame’, insists Corbyn deputy

Tom Watson, the deputy leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party increased pressure on its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, over anti-Semitism on Sunday (5 August), saying the party could "disappear into a vortex of eternal shame" unless he tackled a growing crisis.
Politics 31-07-2018

Belgium introduces security check fee for EU journalists

Belgium has introduced an unprecedented fee of €50 per semester for the security check of journalists attending EU summits. Moreover, the fee discriminates against journalists permanently residing in Belgium since those from abroad don’t need to pay the fee.
Elections 31-07-2018

Romanian stirs debate with anti-government licence plates

Romanian police on Monday confiscated the number plates and driving licence of a man who registered his car in Sweden with letters featuring an obscene insult to the left-wing ruling party.

Greek PM Tsipras faces fierce criticism over handling of wildfires disaster

Greece this weekend buried the victims of a devastating wildfire near Athens which killed at least 91 people, and has prompted criticism of the government's handling of the disaster.

Maltese PM says name cleared in Panama Papers probe

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said Sunday (22 July) a year-long inquiry into allegations of financial wrongdoing linked to the Panama Papers scandal had cleared him.
Politics 19-07-2018

Catholic Church tells CSU to show Christian values in immigration policy

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies, who are pressing her to toughen up immigration policy, should remember their Christian roots and show a sense of responsibility towards the poor and weak, the head of the Catholic Church in Germany said.
Politics 16-07-2018

UK’s Boris Johnson returns as Telegraph columnist

After resigning as foreign minister last week over Prime Minister Theresa May's compromise plan for Brexit, Boris Johnson is back at his old job as a columnist at the eurosceptic Daily Telegraph newspaper.
Politics 13-07-2018

NATO summit exposes Juncker health problems

European leaders stepped in to help European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker walk on Wednesday (11 July), as he was seen stumbling and losing his balance ahead of the NATO summit gala dinner.
Politics 10-07-2018

Transparency International reveals MEPs’ additional income

MEPs’ outside income raises questions : some MEPs (particularly on the far-right) take part in activities which are likely to lead to conflicts of interest, without the European Parliament taking the slightest action. EURACTIV.fr reports
Politics 22-06-2018

Timmermans: Increasing transparency on lobbying will boost credibility of institutions

European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans insisted on the need to implement full transparency about lobbying in all European institutions, including the Parliament and the Council, at a conference on Thursday (21 June).

Slovak farmers drive tractors into capital to protest alleged EU subsidy fraud

Dozens of farmers from across Slovakia drove their tractors into the capital Bratislava on Tuesday (19 June) to protest against alleged irregularities in EU farm subsidy payments first made public by murdered journalist Jan Kuciak.
Politics 08-06-2018

Penka the cow – a buzz that eclipsed the Bulgarian Presidency

The case of Penka the cow got the unprecedented attention of the world media, so much so that a Bulgarian columnist wrote it had outshone the official highlights of the country’s EU Presidency.  But it was mostly used by British tabloids, which turned it into a symbol of the blatant bureaucracy imposed by Brussels.
Future EU 06-06-2018

The Brief, powered by Yara – Strasbourg single seat silliness

Relocating the European Parliament to Strasbourg every month is a waste of time and money. You know it, I know it, we all know it. But France refuses to let go. Instead of holding on to it, Macron should start using it as a bargaining chip.
Politics 05-06-2018

EU energy chief eyes Commission top job

Slovakia's member of the European Commission declared his candidacy on Monday (4 June) to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as the EU executive's president, promising to try to ease tensions between western states and newer members from the ex-communist east.
Politics 31-05-2018

Former Commissioner takes UBS shilling as revolving door keeps turning

Swiss bank UBS has hired the UK's former European Commissioner, Jonathan Hill, to advise corporate customers about Brexit, it was revealed on Tuesday (29 May), prompting 'revolving door' concerns once again.
Politics 25-05-2018

Yerevan calling? UK’s Johnson discusses Russia with hoax caller

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson talked international relations and rude poetry with a hoax caller who pretended to be the Armenian prime minister in a new gaffe by one of Britain’s most prominent politicians.
Politics 15-05-2018

EU Ombudsman opens probe into Selmayr’s promotion

The EU Ombudsman has opened an investigation into the controversial promotion of European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker's right-hand man, it said on Monday (14 May).

Macron wants to treat France’s addiction to public money

In an interview given with the Journal du Dimanche (JDD) and the Figaro, French President Emmanuel Macron said he wanted to wean the French off public fund allocations, as he assessed his first year in office. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Politics 07-05-2018

Macron gets Charlemagne Prize on first anniversary in office

French President Emmanuel Macron will receive the Charlemagne Prize, the EU's version of the Nobel Peace Prize, on 10 May. The award was announced on 7 May, the first anniversary of the French President taking office.
Future EU 25-04-2018

Europe fair, but room for improvement- Eurobarometer

Europeans generally see their society as fair, particularly in Scandinavia, but income gap, which has increased greatly, was singled out as an issue of concern, according to a Eurobarometer survey. EURACTIV.fr reports.

EU move to protect whistleblowers gets praise from MEPs, NGOs

Whistleblowers exposing fraud, tax evasion, data breaches and other misdeeds will be given more protection from retaliation under new rules proposed by the European Commission on Monday (23 April). The move got praise from MEPs, NGOs.