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Freedom of thought 19-01-2018

Commission backs away from regulating online platforms over hate speech

The European Commission is backing away from a plan to propose binding EU legislation that would force online platforms to remove posts containing hate speech.

Politics 16-01-2018

EU should be more careful its funding doesn’t spread online radicalisation

EU-funded videos used for an anti-radicalisation campaign could in fact be considered as recruitment tools such as Islamic State, warns Eli Hadzhieva.

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Politics 15-01-2018

Who are the EU digital influencers? How are they shaping Europe?

The #EUinfluencer event organised by EURACTIV and ZN last October was more than the highlight of the season in the Brussels bubble.

Politics 09-01-2018

Austria wants to cut family benefits for children living abroad

The new Austrian government intends to cut family benefits for workers whose children live abroad. With this, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and his Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache started implementing their election campaign promises at the first meeting of their Council of Ministers. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Politics 08-01-2018

Former Irish Commissioner Peter Sutherland dies at 71

Former Irish Commissioner Peter Sutherland, who was also World Trade Organisation director general and Goldman Sachs international chairman died yesterday (7 January) at the age of 71, Ireland’s foreign minister said.

How powerful can Poland’s Morawiecki really be?

Poland's new prime minister is as much on a collision course with the Commission as with his own party. His first-time appearance and early departure from the last EU Council held on 14-15 December indicate that his future is still uncertain, writes Wojciech Przybylski. Wojciech Przybylski is the editor-in-chief of Visegrad Insight, an analytical website focused …

Politics 18-12-2017

EU Ombudsman asks Council to join transparency register

The European Ombudsman has asked European Council President Donald Tusk to consider publishing information about meetings he and his cabinet hold with interest representatives, in line with the EU's push for more transparency.

Politics 15-12-2017

Schuman overhaul to banish muddy puddles from roundabout

The drab mud and puddles that cover Schuman roundabout, the main feature of Brussels’ European quarter, will soon be a thing of the past after a winning design for its redevelopment was picked by an expert committee last week.

Politics 28-11-2017

Excessive complexity hinders transparency of lawmaking

Understanding of EU lawmaking among lobbyists and journalists has declined as the processes themselves have become more complex, to the point of making Brussels "a land of incompetence", experts said at a seminar on Monday (27 November).

Politics 28-11-2017

The biggest loophole in the Commission’s lobby transparency efforts

Extending the “no registration, no meeting” rule from the Commission elite to lower-level officials would at once improve lobby transparency and protect civil servants. But the Commission has been actively avoiding the need to address this, writes Margarida Silva.

Politics 24-11-2017

EU mandatory register for lobbyists, a baby step towards full transparency

Over time, the business of influence has been honed into a fine art in Western democracies. But that art is becoming increasingly regulated, even if the average citizen perceives lobbyists as cigar-smoking men in suits wining and dining lawmakers to gain an unfair advantage.

Politics 23-11-2017

Balancing secrecy and openness, the EU strives for transparency

EU laws go through a roller-coaster of opacity, with lawmaking only becoming visible in some parts of the process. But a new regime could extend this transparency from conception to birth.