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Energy 19-10-2021

Who’s to blame for high energy prices?

A group of MEPs and the US administration have accused Russia of market manipulation. The situation is however much more complex and nuanced than that, writes Danila Bochkarev.
Economy & Jobs 11-10-2021

The global tax marathon: Winners and losers

Aspects of the global tax reform agreement which have largely gone unnoticed are likely to come in for closer scrutiny in national parliaments of EU countries and in the European Parliament where some pushback can be expected, writes Dick Roche.
Global Europe 28-09-2021

Will the EU be a pawn in the pro-Israel incitement game?

To truly advance peace through education, the EU bodies must distinguish between cheap manipulation designed to justify Israel’s ongoing occupation, and authentic striving for improvement, writes Dahlia Scheindlin.

The Parliament and the Rule of Law: an elephant in a china shop

The European Parliament is going beyond its mandate in its pursuit of punishment for Hungary, writes Judit Varga.
Future EU 27-05-2021

A time to reflect

The European Parliament has begun a much needed reflection process with a view to updating the way that the institution works, writes David Sassoli.
Brexit 06-05-2021

With Brexit deal ratified, EU and UK parliamentarians must now rebuild their relationship

With the post-Brexit trade pact now formally ratified, EU and UK lawmakers must take the lead in rebuilding the cross-Channel relationship, writes John McStravick.
Enlargement 20-04-2021

Populism and cozy ties with Russia and China: Vucic takes Serbia further away from EU

European tolerance has greatly contributed to Serbian President Alexander Vučić and the ruling Serbian Progressive Party's establishing an authoritarian system that has nothing to do with the rule of law, writes Svetla Miteva.
Eastern Europe 06-04-2021

The EU should get serious about Georgia’s political crisis

The lack of visionaries in Georgian politics increases the European Union’s responsibility to make sure that the country gets out of its current crisis, write Vakshuti Menabde and Teona Lavrelashvili. By Vakhushti Menabde is director of Program of Support for...
Eastern Europe 24-03-2021

European Parliament supports the people of Belarus in their quest for democracy

The quest for democracy and freedom is in the hands of the people of Belarus. They should know that they are not alone, writes David McAllister.
Future EU 11-02-2021

Appointment with history

Crises boost EU integration: an unprecedented budget, common bonds, border guards in EU uniforms. But EU parliamentary democracy is lagging far behind and the European Parliament should defend democratic oversight. If it shies away from using its powers, it will lose them, writes Sophie in ‘t Veld.

Hope for a new settlement between companies, people and the environment in the EU

A proposed due diligence law gives the EU the chance to reshape the relationship between corporations, people and the planet, writes Richard Gardiner.

Dangerous pipedream: how funding fossil gas risks blowing apart the EU Green Deal

MEPs should uphold the Green Deal and vote against subsidising gas in the upcoming Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs vote, writes Jeremy Wates and Magda Stoczkiewicz.
Agrifood 16-10-2020

CAP: A last-ditch effort to avert greenwashing and capitulation to agribusiness 

A grand coalition in the European Parliament risks undermining the promise of a new greener and fairer Common Agricultural Policy, writes Luke 'Ming' Flanagan.
Europe's East 23-09-2020

Make or break for the ‘pro-Belarusian revolution’

In these difficult times for liberal democracy, the EU has to ensure its credibility more decisively than ever, writes Darya Mustafayeva.
Non-discrimination 17-09-2020

An EU law for the Romani people becomes possible

The European Parliament will pass today its Resolution “on the implementation of National Roma Integration Strategies: combating negative attitudes towards people with Romani background in Europe”. The rapporteur, Romeo Franz, who is of Roma origin, shares his emotional reaction.
Economy & Jobs 23-06-2020

Fair treatment of Europe’s cross-border workers

A truly integrated EU labour market cannot exist without a fair level of coordination for social security, writes Dragoș Pîslaru, who insists that Europe must learn the lessons of the COVID-19 crisis.
Elections 03-06-2020

Elections in a time of crisis: Is postal voting the answer?

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the challenge of holding elections in a time of crisis.  Only the European Parliament has the expertise to advise if voting by mail would be a good idea, writes Dick Roche.
Economy & Jobs 23-04-2020

The day after

The EU's next seven-year financial framework will be the budget that rebuilds Europe or shatters it irreparably. And the current proposal on the table is too far from what we really need, write MEPs Eider Gardiazabal Rubial and Margarida Marques and explain the proposals offered by the Socialists and Democrats.
Future EU 02-04-2020

The European Parliament’s greatest battle is upcoming

In the face of the ongoing crisis, European Parliament lawmakers must make it clear that negotiations for the EU’s long-term budget are starting at 2% of GDP and will not go below 1.5%, and that the EU budget for 2020 will be at least 2% of the Union's GDP, writes MEP Radan Kanev.

In defence of democracy to save Europe

Europe has an opportunity and must intervene in the political conflict between Spain and Catalonia, writes Oriol Junqueras.
Economy & Jobs 02-12-2019

Why are European countries against fiscal transparency?

After three years of blocking negotiations, the European Council finally voted on whether to secure fiscal transparency in the EU. True to form, they voted against it, writes Luis Garicano.
Politics 12-09-2019

Von der Leyen’s Commission: More presidentialist, more parliamentarian

The College put forward by Ursula von der Leyen builds on lessons learned from the sometimes negative experience of the Juncker Commission, writes Robert Stüwe.
Politics 19-06-2019

European Elections 2019 – what now for racial diversity?

It is clear that ethnic minorities will remain vastly underrepresented in the European Parliament, and although this election brought a welcome increase in the numbers of racial and ethnic minorities elected, Brexit will roll back most of the gains, writes Sarah Chander.
EU Elections 2019 13-06-2019

Time for Europe to move with the times

It's time for the EU to make the changes demanded by voters at May's European elections, and make the bloc fit to meet the challenges of today's world, writes Sophie In't Veld.