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Global Europe 08-02-2019

Avoid politicising Arctic issues, expert warns

The Arctic has so far been largely conflict-free. If this ever changes, it will probably be the result of a spillover from other parts of the world, Arctic expert Svein Rottem told EURACTIV.com in an interview, in which he spoke about Arctic governance and the EU’s role in the region.
EU Elections 2019 12-10-2018

Stubb: No room for populism in EPP, European values are under threat

After serving his country as a minister and prime minister, and gaining first-hand experience in dealing with some of the EU's biggest crises, Alexander Stubb is now vying for the top job in the European Commission. He presented his credentials during an interview with EURACTIV.
Economy & Jobs 23-01-2018

Membership in eurozone unlikely for Denmark, Sweden-adviser

The cooperation forum of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden is "in search of new relevance", Christian Opitz and Tobias Etzold explained in a recent analysis paper by the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP). EURACTIV Germany spoke with Tobias Etzold.
Defence policy 18-10-2017

Finnish President: What is a union that cannot provide security for its citizens?

Finland's President Sauli Niinistö does not rule out a common foreign policy, which would make the European Union a global player. In an interview with EURACTIV’s media partner Gazeta Wyborcza, he speaks about security threats on the eastern border and his support for deeper integration in security and defence policy.
Digital 11-05-2017

Smart city mayor: Digitalisation contributes to equality

When Nokia lost the smartphone race against Apple, its key R&D centre in Oulu, a high-tech city of 250,000 in northern Finland, weathered mass layoffs. Nokia has since rebounded and returned jobs to the area. Mayor Päivi Laajala told EURACTIV Slovakia about its recovery.
Elections 20-10-2016

Bütikofer: Green parties ‘are not so limited in our reach as we once were!’

Pan-European polls do not paint a pleasant picture for the continent's green parties: if elections were to be held today, they would only win a quarter of the 50 seats they currently hold in the European Parliament. EURACTIV.de spoke with European Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer about the issue.
Health 13-06-2016

EU drugs chief: ‘US now looks to Europe on decriminalisation’

The internet provides a vast marketplace for new dangerous substances and drug prevention authorities risk being left in the wake of dealers and distributors, warned the head of the EMCDDA, Alexis Goosdeel. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Climate change 14-10-2015

COR President: COP21 will be a failure if cities’ role not enshrined in final deal

EU negotiators must secure a role for cities and regions in the final international agreement to cap global warming by no more than two degrees above pre-industrial levels, otherwise the UN Climate Change Conference will be a failure, the President of the Committee of the Regions exclusively told EURACTIV.com.
Bee
Agrifood 22-09-2014

Bee activist: EU ban on neonicotinoids undermined by national derogations

The European Commission's 2013 decision to ban some neonicotinoid insecticides is not working, as some member states have provided derogation for their farmers, says Martin Dermine.
Alexander Stubb
Elections 24-02-2014

Finnish minister: EU membership has given Finland a voice that is louder than ever before

Finland has benefitted "tremendously" from joining the EU, where it continues to play a constructive and active role, says Alexander Stubb on the 20th anniversary of the Finnish EU membership referendum.
Digital 08-02-2013

Angry Birds chief: Finnish enterprise culture helped company fly

Finland has a business culture that helps start-up companies in the tech sector, says the chief operating officer of Rovio, the makers of Angry Birds. He fears, however, that European regulation could create problems in the future.
Digital 22-10-2012

UN envoy: Affordable broadband a global challenge

The UN Broadband Commission for digital development has set four targets related to accessibility, affordability and getting online in order to reach the UN Millennium Development Goals. Among these, universal access to broadband seems to be manageable, but affordability is and will continue to be the bigger problem, says Suvi Lindén.
Future EU 17-06-2011

Finnish president: ‘We’ve overestimated the Lisbon Treaty’

The EU has overestimated the importance of the Lisbon Treaty and the international community is still wondering who speaks for the European Union on the international stage, Finnish President Tarja Halonen said in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.
Sports 07-06-2006

Interview – Pekka Puska on Finnish EU Presidency health priorities

Professor Pekka Puska, the Director-General of the Finnish National Public Health Institute / Ministry of Social Affairs & Health says that health in all policies and health of workers will be the two main health themes of the upcoming Finnish EU presidency.
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