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Elections 22-06-2022

Macron’s high-stakes diplomatic marathon

Faced with a political and institutional crisis at home, French President Emmanuel Macron who lost control over the National Assembly as his coalition only obtained a relative majority in recent elections, is poised to embark on a series of international meetings.
Elections 17-06-2022

French left is still divided on Europe

The French left, now the strongest opposition facing Emmanuel Macron's presidential majority in this year's legislative elections set for Sunday (19 June), remains divided regarding issues related to the European Union.
Health 05-05-2022

Obesity causes 1.2m deaths in Europe each year, says WHO

A new report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed that obesity causes 1.2 million European deaths every year, while not a single EU country is on track to reach the target of reducing obesity rates by 2025.
Energy 05-05-2022

Germany secures four floating LNG terminals in mad rush to replace Kremlin gas

As Russia’s war continues, the German government has been frantically looking for alternatives to Russian pipeline gas and mobile floating tankers repurposed to process LNG from around the world have become the government’s solution. To ship gas long-distance, it needs...

Europe’s booming demand for heat pumps exposes bottlenecks

Sky-high gas prices have sent demand for heat pumps booming across Europe, exposing a range of bottlenecks limiting industry's ability to deliver, including a shortage of skilled labour, as well as the need to simultaneously insulate buildings to ensure maximum efficiency.
Non-discrimination 16-03-2022

Kosovo snubs recognition of same-sex civil unions

Kosovo lawmakers on Wednesday rejected a law that would recognise same-sex civil partnerships, failing to become the first Muslim-majority country to adopt such legislation.
Cities & regions 03-03-2022

EU regional catch-up cohesion funds to be rerouted to help Ukrainian refugees

As the war in Ukraine rages on, Europe braces for an unprecedented wave of refugees. European regions are expected to play a crucial role by leveraging their interconnectedness and the EU’s regional cohesion funds.
Energy 15-02-2022

EU aims to make Africa a world champion in hydrogen exports

Europe wants to get out of fossil fuels and build a hydrogen economy. Without enough internal supplies, it is looking to import large quantities of hydrogen from countries in the Global South. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Mr. Sandro GOZI, UEF President and MEP
Future EU 01-02-2022

Stars are aligning for real EU reform

2022 will be "a turning point" for Europe. The winds of change blowing from some member states are bringing the EU into a new era, write Anna Echterhoff and Sandro Gozi.
EU-Africa 31-01-2022

Amnesty slams five years of EU-Libya migrant deal

An EU-Libya deal under which migrants desperate to reach Europe are turned back and held in "hellish" conditions must be ended, Amnesty International said on Monday, the pact's fifth anniversary.
Elections 28-01-2022

Pécresse riding the fine line between Macron and Le Pen on Europe

Valérie Pécresse, the right-wing candidate for Les Républicains, has presented her "patriotic and European" vision for Europe. It flirts between the one presented by 'not-yet candidate' Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 26-01-2022

Sovereignty at the heart of Macron’s Europe vision

French President Emmanuel Macron, who is building suspense over whether he will run for a second term, has a vision of "refounding" a more sovereign Europe. EURACTIV France reports.
Brexit 30-12-2021

France blocking Britons from transiting to EU homes

Britons who live in the European Union can no longer drive through France to their homes elsewhere in the bloc under new regulations that have created confusion for many holiday travellers.
Economy & Jobs 29-12-2021

Euro banknote artist fears redesign could revive rivalries

Twenty years after arriving in Europeans' wallets, euro banknotes will get a new look with help from the public, a process officials hope will make citizens feel closer to the single currency.
Technology 09-12-2021

Media watchdog: Number of imprisoned journalists hits all-time high

Twenty-four journalists were killed in 2021 and 293 have been jailed concerning their work, making this year the most dangerous on record for media workers, according to data from the Committee to Protect Journalists
22-11-2021

Brexit still an Issue for Europe whilst Britain’s border remains in Ireland

One important issue that the Conference on the Future of Europe needs to deal with is the relationship of the EU with the rest of the world. For me, that ‘rest of the world’ begins a few kilometres from my...

Green, digital transition at core of tourism recovery

EU ministers in charge of tourism agreed at a virtual informal meeting on Tuesday (16 November) that the green and digital transition must form the core of the tourism sector's post-pandemic recovery if the industry is to be put on a sustainable footing.
Future EU 10-11-2021

We can strengthen European democracy by giving the European Parliament more powers

The past year’s crisis underscored the need for a more united Europe. We must seize this opportunity to make the Conference on the Future of Europe a true forum with citizens to work together to achieve a more sovereign and democratic Europe, says UEF President and Renew MEP Sandro Gozi.

Slovenian presidency reaches agreement on expanded EMA mandate

The Slovenian presidency of the EU Council and negotiators of the European Parliament have reached a temporary agreement on an enhanced role of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in preparedness for crises.

EU high court fines Poland €1 million a day for non-compliance

As Poland’s row over judicial independence continues to escalate, the EU’s highest court has imposed a €1 million daily fine on Warsaw for not implementing its summer orders. On 14 July, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) ordered Poland to...
Technology 29-09-2021

EU and US hold first trade and technology talks amid tensions

The new EU-US Trade and Technology (TTC) is set to hold its first meeting in Pittsburgh on Wednesday (29 September), in the shadow of the submarine dispute between France and Washington, which had put the transatlantic relationship to the test.
Economy & Jobs 27-09-2021

Euro zone corporate business slows further

Lending to eurozone companies slowed further last month, European Central Bank data showed on Monday, extending its steady downward trend and likely raising concern among policymakers about banks' reluctance to extend credit.
Enlargement 23-09-2021

The EU’s quest for strategic autonomy in the Western Balkans: Why it flopped

One could cut a long story short and simply note that the EU failed in its dealings with the Western Balkans because it did not put its money where its mouth is. However, this assertion contradicts the accepted narrative in Brussels and most EU capitals, and requires proof, writes Dušan Reljić.
Eastern Europe 23-09-2021

Digital connectivity can fix the EU’s faltering Eastern Partnership

Relations between the EU and its eastern neighbours a going backwards. But a combination of renegotiated trade agreements and digital connectivity could reverse the tide, writes Dan Dalton.