Public Affairs

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. 
Politics 06-04-2018

Commission: Selmayr was ‘obvious choice’

The European Commission has this week published 84 pages of replies to MEPs’ questions about Martin Selmayr’s controversial promotion to the top civil servant post in the Commission. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Elections 03-04-2018

Romania’s former EU Commissioner starts new political party

Romania's former EU Agriculture Commissioner, Dacian Cioloș, who also briefly headed a technocratic government in 2016, has started a new political party just as the country gears up for presidential elections next year and parliamentary elections in 2020.
Politics 27-03-2018

The Brief, powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) – Losing my religion

The Commission has said and repeated that the bureaucratic procedures for appointing Martin Selmayr as Secretary General of the EU executive had been followed “religiously”. If this is true, I’m losing my religion.
Elections 26-03-2018

European elections face the challenge of fake news

To tackle fake news ahead of the 2019 European elections, the European Parliament will launch “a not neutral” information campaign, according to the institution's spokesman and media director, Jaume Duch. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.
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Future EU 09-03-2018

Rebuilding trust in governance and democratic accountability

Some types of sharks must swim constantly in order to keep oxygen-rich water flowing over their gills. If they stop swimming, those sharks slowly die. Political parties are much the same, writes Ruža Tomašić.
Future EU 27-02-2018

What the EU must do to be loved and admired

The European Union is in need of a rebranding. Giles Merritt suggests ways the European Commission can go about doing that while helping save the European project.
Future EU 22-02-2018

From phones to polls: How today’s youth can make the case for democracy

The European Parliament is exploring ways to convert the younger generation's online engagement into higher turnout in the upcoming elections, write Ramón Luis Valcárcel and Sylvie Guillaume.
Politics 21-02-2018

The Brief – Kartenhaus von Selmayr

For those who like to describe the EU bubble as the European version of ‘House of Cards’, today we saw its season’s finale. Our very own Frank Underwood secured a post to prolong his power and influence beyond the expected expiry date.
Politics 20-02-2018

The Brief – Revolting door policy

New Code of Conduct rules for Commissioners are all well and good but Eurocrats still need to exercise a modicum of common sense. Not accepting a toxic meeting with a former president might be a start.