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Future EU 05-10-2017

Catalonia’s chief communicator: We will be independent and an EU member

EXCLUSIVE / The EU may be reluctant now but it will inevitably accept to mediate in the separation of Catalonia from Spain and the presence of the new Catalan state within the EU, Joan Maria Piqué told EURACTIV in an interview.
Economic governance 23-05-2017

Moscovici: Italy, Portugal, Spain fiscal progress ‘good news’

Portugal, Italy and Spain became yesterday (22 May) illustrative examples of the new period Europe enjoys. The executive congratulated Lisbon and Madrid for turning their economies upside down, just one year after they became the first countries that breached the fiscal rules, while it gave its blessing to Rome’s adjustments, one of the eurozone’s troublemakers.
Brexit 29-03-2017

Moravcsik interview, part I: Britain is the exception to the rule

Brexit was an extremely unlikely occurrence, Princeton’s Andrew Moravcsik told EURACTIV Slovakia.
Future EU 17-03-2017

Spanish think tank: Spain needs to anchor itself in EU’s ‘big four’

Spain has to cement itself among the European Union's 'big four' after the United Kingdom's departure from the bloc, the Elcano Royal Institute's lead analyst told EURACTIV's partner EFE.
Euro & Finance 17-02-2017

EU’s Dombrovskis: Trump brings ‘concern’ to international financial regulation

European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis is wary of US moves to deregulate the banking sector, saying the main lesson from the 2008 financial crisis is that international finance needs international rules. But he was positive about Greece’s fiscal adjustment and called on Athens and its lenders to give a “final push” to break the stalemate on the country's bailout programme.
Future EU 02-02-2017

Senior EU notary: European integration to continue ‘with or without Brexit’

President of the Council of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE) José Manuel García Collantes told EURACTIV Spain that the European project is on track and that free movement and integration will continue “with or without Brexit”.

Global Europe 19-01-2017

Gurría: ‘Brexit damage is only beginning’

British Prime Minister Theresa May will address the World Economic Forum today (19 January) to try and convince the global elite of the soundness of her Brexit plan. A staunch critic of Brexit in the past, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría now offers his support to the British government to minimise the damage caused by the break-up.

Former EESC president: ‘We need an EU president’

Former President of the European Economic and Social Committe (EESC) Henri Malosse explained to EURACTIV's partner treffpunkteuropa why he thinks the EU needs an elected president and why neoliberalism and globalisation have fuelled populism.
Climate change 24-11-2016

Commission official: ‘Bioeconomy is a unique opportunity to address societal challenges’

More and more member states are adopting bioeconomy plans and the EU is actively encouraging its Central and Eastern European partners to develop their own strategies. EURACTIV Slovakia talked to the Commission’s John Bell about the issue.
Security 15-11-2016

Spanish ex-foreign minister: ‘Either we defend ourselves or there is no defence’

Spain's former foreign minister, José Manuel García-Margallo, told EURACTIV Spain that now is not the time for alarmist reactions to Donald Trump's US election victory and that Brexit could provide Spain with an opportunity to increase its international standing.
Climate change 09-11-2016

UfM representative: ‘Obligation’ to protect Mediterranean from climate change

COP22 kicked off this week and achieving the goals set by the last instalment in Paris will top the agenda of the Marrakesh conference. EURACTIV Spain spoke with Miguel García-Herraiz about the climate challenges facing the countries that border the Mediterranean.

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.
Euro & Finance 09-09-2016

Economist: Distrust rife between Greece and its lenders

Following on from EURACTIV's exclusive interview with Alexis Tsipras, our partner WirtschaftsWoche spoke to Greece expert Jens Bastian about Greek distrust of its donors, Tsipras' political future and how Angela Merkel has made herself popular in the country.
Euro & Finance 20-04-2016

Moisés Naím: ‘More Europe’ needed to strengthen EU

"Europe has been losing its clout and its voice has diminished,” Moisés Naím told EURACTIV Spain in an interview, as well as highlighting his desire for “more Europe” so that “the predominant voices are not those of autocracies and dictatorships like Russia or China”.
Euro & Finance 04-03-2016

Dombrovskis: ‘Unilateral decisions on refugees create new problems’

It is high time to follow “prudent” economic policies, says European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis. His call comes against the backdrop of global market turbulence, a revolt against EU fiscal rules in Spain and Italy, the Brexit debate in Britain, and the ongoing refugee crisis.
Euro & Finance 22-01-2016

Moscovici: Europe is less vulnerable than other regions to China slowdown

EXCLUSIVE / The European recovery remains on track, despite turbulence in China, according to EU Commissioner Pierre Moscovici. But he also warned against complacency.

Xavier Timbeau: ‘The Juncker Plan is not working’

The independent Annual Growth Survey group (iAGS) highlights the need for investment, in order to secure Europe's economic recovery. French economist Xavier Timbeau says that Juncker Plan has not delivered.
Marianne Thyssen

Thyssen: New business-led initiative will help young people into jobs

Though the implementation of the Youth Guarantee in member states is on track, the Commission is launching a new initiative with businesses to help more young people into jobs, says Marianne Thyssen in an exclusive interview.
Digital

Google: Interest in computer science education is exploding globally

The digital industry is increasingly being asked to assist educational providers in making computer science learning more engaging for students. Lack of digital skills will result in a shortfall of 900,000 jobs within the sector by 2020, says Jon Steinberg.
Digital 04-11-2015

CEO: How I turned ?€3K into more than a million for my start-up in just 18 months

Four European entrepreneurs put ?€3,000, all they had, into their digital start-up which rents out long-term accommodation to students and professionals.
Europe's East 22-10-2015

Tajani: ‘Orban made mistakes, but opened debate’

Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán made “mistakes” when dealing with the refugee crisis, but has highlighted the importance of Europe's borders, European Parliament Vice-President Antonio Tajani told EURACTIV Spain.
Elections 21-10-2015

EPP Secretary General: A Podemos victory would be disastrous for Spain

Ciudadanos, Podemos and the Socialists (PSOE) won't be able to guarantee stability in Spain, according to Antonio López-Istúriz, Secretary General of the centre-right European People's Party (EPP).
Elections 23-09-2015

Catalan rep: Commission position is ‘too partial, too easy and incomplete’

A former journalist turned EU official, Amadeu Altafaj has been sitting on both sides of the fence. Now, as the Permanent Representative of Catalonia in Brussels, he wants the EU to give its blessing to the region's independence process after the local elections to be held on Sunday (27 September).
Regional Policy 30-07-2015

Ignacio Molina: Catalan separatists will never gain EU support

Many of the most radical Catalan separatists believe the autonomous elections on 27 September 27 this year will open the door to the question of secession from Spain. Researcher Ignacio Molina believes this is a dangerous idea.