Public Affairs

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.
Politics 14-02-2018

Europe on the agenda of France’s constitutional reform

France’s constitutional reform would allow for a more European dimension in French parliamentary work.  EURACTIV.fr reports.
Elections 05-02-2018

Austria can be ‘sparring partner for sustainable parliamentarism’

The new president of the Austrian parliament, Wolfgang Sobotka, has announced that he wants to work more closely with the institutions in Strasbourg and put more focus on historical awareness. EURACTIV Germany reports from Vienna.
Air Pollution 31-01-2018

VW suspends chief lobbyist over emission tests on monkeys

Germany's scandal-hit auto giant Volkswagen on Tuesday (30 January) suspended its chief lobbyist Thomas Steg as outrage mounted over monkey and human experiments to study the effects of diesel exhaust fumes.
Politics 27-01-2018

ECB chief rejects chance to adopt EU’s transparency register

The European Central Bank’s President Mario Draghi has rejected calls from European lawmakers to have financiers who give advice and feedback to the ECB register as lobbyists, saying they merely provide “information”.
Freedom of thought 26-01-2018

Croatia’s media freedom in jeopardy as delegation returns for second visit

The issue of media freedom in Croatia has earned the EU's newest member the dubious honour of being visited twice in as many years by a team of press freedom organisation representatives. Upon return, they said the situation has improved but serious concerns remain.

More transparency needed in science, as experts take fight to the ‘flat-earthers’

There have been big changes in the way the EU institutions receive and use scientific advice but concerns remain that there is still not enough transparency in the process.
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 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.
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.