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Politics 12-01-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Presidencies are good, actually

As someone who has followed all the presidencies of the new EU members since the 2004-2007 enlargement wave, I know one thing: Presidencies are good.

Seasons greetings from EURACTIV.
Politics 22-12-2017

The Year in Review: The most popular EURACTIV articles & videos of 2017

2017 has been a full year for the EU, and for EURACTIV. Shortly after our announcement of the EURACTIV rebranding, we rolled out eight Policy Hubs: Politics,  Global Europe, Economy & Jobs, Agriculture & Food, Health, Energy & Environment, Digital and Transport. Here are the most read …

Freedom of thought 15-12-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Focusing on Venezuela to forget our own problems

This year, the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize went to the Venezuelan opposition, in the EU’s recognition of their fight for human rights.

Economy & Jobs 08-12-2017

Trans-Europe Express: European hypocrisy on tax havens

EU national governments say harbouring dodgy money is wrong - unless you’re European. After months of intense negotiations, the 28 EU finance ministers finally published their much-awaited blacklist of tax havens this week. And it landed like a damp squib.

01-12-2017

Trans-Europe-Express: EU-Africa summit, Eastern Europe and the Billy Joel doctrine

The EU-Africa summit in Abidjan confirmed the impression that for EU members from Central and Eastern Europe, Africa is not a big priority.  The same can be said about those countries’ media, who paid little attention to the gathering.

Elections 24-11-2017

Trans-Europe Express: German coalition talks – Blessing or curse for Europe?

Many saw the last German government as a tanker ship cruising stolidly and unswervingly through the stormy seas of world politics. But in the past few weeks, it has looked like the German ship and Captain Angela Merkel are about to start rolling and listing.

Politics 17-11-2017

Trans-Europe Express: The circle is closing on the EU’s unruly members

MEPs went all political this week, with debates in Strasbourg zooming in on the rule of law and tax evasion. We've heard indignation, anger, condemnation and calls for action but only time will tell how much of this will translate into tangible results.

Politics 10-11-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Poland’s gagged media continues to worry Europe

Since Poland's ruling party came to power two years ago, the country dropped 36 places in the media freedom ranking. Journalists of public broadcasters have been losing their jobs and financial pressures are being exerted on commercial companies.

Politics 03-11-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Kosovo and Catalonia are (not) the same

The EU's position that the referendum in Catalonia is illegal and that its independence drive is an internal matter for Spain did not go down well in Serbia. In fact, it irked the Balkan country so much that at one point it considered sending an official letter to the Commission to demand clarification.

Politics 27-10-2017

Trans Europe Express: Three fun facts about Czexit

The Czech Republic’s ‘pragmatic’ approach to the EU will not change significantly with the new government. But more unpredictability can be expected in the long term, with “Czexit” as the worst-case scenario being more likely than before.

Politics 20-10-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Brussels supports Rajoy as everyone wants sanity between Madrid and Barcelona

The escalating tension between Spain’s central government and its counterpart (Govern) in Catalonia has followed the expected script.

Economy & Jobs 13-10-2017

Trans-Europe Express: What do the regions really want?

A week full of debates and events about European regions and cities is over. Once again –for the 15th subsequent year- more than 6,000 participants around Europe gathered in Brussels to take part in what used to be a loose get-together and is now a well (maybe too well) structured multilevel event with thematic priorities and goals.