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Elections 10-01-2017

One head, two votes: The case for a pan-European list for EU elections

In the 2019 European elections, voters should be able to cast two votes: one for their national representative and another for a second representative elected by a single European electoral college, argues Giorgio Clarotti.
Climate change 03-01-2017

Illegal timber trade set for the chop

The first batch of timber considered legal under Europe’s most innovative ever anti-illegal logging policy arrived in the UK this week as the fight against the illegal trade in wood gathers momentum, writes Saskia Ozinga.
Euro & Finance 12-12-2016

Cartel-like EU must change through common interests

Now that the German-led Eurogroup has rejected the Commission’s proposal for a timid expansionary fiscal policy, it’s up to the Parliament to take a stand and defend a Eurozone fiscal capacity that would allow such expansive measures, write Ernest Maragall and Jordi Angusto.
Global Europe 24-11-2016

From Brexit to Trump: Transatlantic Allies in an era of unpredictability

Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as US President is not just a test for EU leaders and institutions, it’s test of free citizens in free societies, write Geoffrey Harris and Tim Oliver.
Climate change 31-10-2016

Carbon Capture and Storage – EU climate policy’s gaping hole

Carbon Capture and Storage has suffered numerous setbacks in Europe, but its deployment is essential to keeping CO2 levels within manageable levels and to the attainment of the Paris climate goals, warns Chris Davies.
Global Europe 14-10-2016

Who fears the wolf of globalisation?

Trade unions and companies are more closely aligned against the harmful competition stemming from emerging economies’ low salaries and working conditions than ever before. But the EU's export of jobs is harming itself and the global economy, write Ernest Maragall and Jordi Angusto.
Euro & Finance 07-10-2016

Animal welfare deserves better from investment policy

International finance institutions and member state export credit agencies continue to invest in projects outside the EU involving cruel farm animal confinement systems banned in the EU. Better joined-up thinking is needed with regard to investment policy and animal welfare, writes Joanna Swabe.

The relationship between the posting debate and the Brexit debate

The posting of workers and the issues regarding social security need to be looked at from a shared perspective, writes Frank VandenbrouckeThis op-ed summarises a paper published by the Notre Europe Jacques Delors Institute in Paris.
Brexit 05-07-2016

Everything you need to know about Article 50

Most people will have never read a single article of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) before they stumbled recently across the much reported on Article 50. Here is Andrew Duff’s comprehensive guide to the many aspects of Article 50.

Transport 02-06-2016

Zaventem’s Frankenstein airport provides a test case for the EU

Brussels’ Zaventem Airport has evolved into Frankenstein’s monster, processing more than 20 million passengers and millions of tonnes of cargo annually. And it’s growing, as jets fly round the clock over the rooftops of the city, write a number of concerned citizens and organisations.
Trade & Society 12-05-2016

TTIP vs Europeans: A wake-up call for the Commission

The massive opposition to TTIP in Europe should convince the EU to listen to its citizens, as the issue has the potential, in conjunction with other factors like Brexit, to bring the whole idea of the Union into question, writes Nomi Byström.
Health 12-05-2016

EU must guarantee the safety of materials and products in contact with drinking water

Materials that come into contact with drinking water must be fit for purpose. A common, EU-wide approach is needed to protect health and break down barriers to the single market, writes Claudia Castell-Exner.
Global Europe 23-03-2016

Brussels attacks tear at the fabric of the European Union

Among other negative consequences for the EU, political parties and groups that want the United Kingdom to leave the Union could use the recent terrorist attacks to justify greater isolation from the continent, writes Stratfor, the global intelligence company.
Euro & Finance 23-02-2016

EU solves one problem and creates another

The deal that was necessary to keep the United Kingdom in the EU has also opened the door for other members to use referendums — or more likely, the threat of referendums — as a negotiating tactic, writes Stratfor, the global intelligence company.
Development Policy 18-01-2016

The Dutch have a special responsibility with the Global Goals

The Dutch are in the unique position to both begin and end the EU’s path towards the fulfilment of the Global Goals, writes Tamira Gunzburg.
Climate change 09-12-2015

Below 1.5 degrees target is only way to provide a safe future

Europe must stand by vulnerable nations and support the 1.5 degrees global warming target in the Paris agreement, writes Emmanuel De Guzman.
Brexit 09-12-2015

How to interpret Cameron’s ‘renegotiation’ strategy

David Cameron’s renegotiation strategy is as much about quelling rebellion within his own party as it is about obtaining real reforms from the EU, argues Steven Blockmans.
Languages & Culture 08-12-2015

Refugee crisis highlights differences of French and Dutch integration models

With the refugee crisis, the French are testing the limits of assimilation as a model of integration, while the Netherlands is grappling with a growing distance between Dutch identity and 'Dutch tolerance’, writes Eline Chivot.
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Agrifood 25-11-2015

Fair income for farmers makes Europe independent

A fair economy should go hand in hand with a fair income. But this is not quite the case yet in the agriculture business, write Annie Schreijer-Pierik and Jaco Geurts.

A truly circular economy will massively reduce Europe’s climate impact

The climate conference in Paris is only weeks away but the emissions reductions pledges made by countries are far from sufficient. We now know that the meeting in Paris will at best provide a platform for further action, writes Anders Wijkman.
Climate change 02-10-2015

Air quality at a crossroads

Improving the EU’s poor air quality requires stricter regulation and significant investment. But the long term health benefits must outweigh financial concerns, argues Bert Brunekreef.

The EU should wrest back leadership on climate change from the courts

A recent judgment by a Dutch court signals a trend towards the judiciary getting involved in setting climate policy. Lucas Bergkamp argues that this confuses the separation of powers, and that the EU should restore the balance.  
Climate change 16-06-2015

The Commission must give teeth to the 2030 renewable target

Binding national targets have been key to the successful development of renewable energy in the European Union so far, writes Jean-François Fauconnier.
Brexit 27-03-2015

North Sea Grid will prove EU is serious about Energy Union

There is cross-party support and a common vision for a North Sea Grid as part of the Energy Union project. But it must be prioritised by policymakers, write Bas Eickhout and Ian Duncan.

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