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Agrifood 18-09-2020

Agrifood Brief: The agri-side of Europe’s man on the moon moment

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. You can subscribe here if you haven’t done so yet.   Once again, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has come under...
Politics 18-09-2020

Tweets of the Week: SOTEU, Forest Cities, Good Friday Agreement

In her state of the union, VDL aims to please, Trump thinks Vienna is nothing but trees and Dominic Raab has us all thinking jeez!
Agrifood 16-09-2020

Farmers lament lack of support from Commission chief as Brexit looms

The President of the Irish farmers association has expressed his disappointment at the lack of support Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen showed Irish citizens and farmers during her ‘State of the Union’ speech, saying that her comments about Brexit were “chilling" for Irish farmers.
Politics 16-09-2020

State of the Union 2020: As it happened

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen held her first ‘State of the Union’ address in front of the European Parliament, focusing on the recovery from the corona crisis, updated green targets and outlining a path towards a “digital decade” for...
European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen delivers her first state of the union speech at a plenary session of European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, 16 September 2020.
Digital 16-09-2020

Von der Leyen charts Europe’s ‘digital decade’, evades platform economy challenge

Commission President von der Leyen has laid out her vision for the development of digital policy in the EU, with an accelerated commitment to innovation in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.
Climate change 16-09-2020

‘We can do it!’: EU chief announces 55% emissions reduction target for 2030

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced plans on Wednesday (16 September) to target a 55% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 as part of a broader European Green Deal programme aimed at reaching "climate neutrality" by mid-century.
Politics 15-09-2020

#SOTEU: Von der Leyen takes stock and looks to the future

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gave her first State of the European Union address on Wednesday (16 September), catch up here on the main points covered by the speech and analysis on all the details.
EU Priorities 2020 14-09-2020

After one year of the ‘geopolitical’ Commission it’s time to get real

Last year Ursula von der Leyen promised to lead a 'geopolitical' Commission. It's time to get real on putting that into practice, argue Nicole Koenig and Nils Redeker.
Global Europe 05-02-2020

In State of the Union, Trump hails ‘American comeback’ amid domestic storm

With the impeachment shadow still over his head, US President Donald Trump on Tuesday (4 February) painted a self-congratulatory rosy image of the US economy. Here are four takeaway from Trump's State of the Union.
EU Elections 2019 12-09-2018

MEPs kick off electoral campaign after Juncker’s State of the Union speech

Jean-Claude Juncker's last State of the Union speech before the next European elections turned into a stocktaking of his mandate and a platform for political groups to set up their priorities for the electoral campaign.
Future EU 12-09-2018

Juncker to propose breaking dollar’s dominance in global markets

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is expected to propose today (12 September) a bigger role for the euro in international markets and more efficient decision-making in EU foreign policy in his state of the union speech, European diplomats said.
EU Elections 2019 10-09-2018

The core of Juncker’s State of the Union speech: A federal border police

Establishing a genuine European border police and turning the control of irregular migration into a community competence will be the core of Commission President’s Jean-Claude Juncker State of the Union speech on Wednesday (12 September), according to Spanish daily El País.
Future EU 07-09-2018

Ska Keller: Manfred Weber’s openness to the far right is ‘quite crazy’

In an exclusive interview, Ska Keller, co-chair of the Greens-EFA group, shared what she expects from next week's State of the Union speech and the vote on whether to trigger punitive Article 7 measures against Hungary, as well as weighing in on Manfred Weber's bid to lead the EPP into the EU elections.
Brexit 03-09-2018

Brexit absent from Commissioners’ input for state of the EU speech

Negotiations about the UK's orderly exit and future relations with the EU did not feature in the discussions the European Commission’s top echelons held in preparation for President Jean-Claude Juncker’s last state of the union speech before next year's European elections.
Economy & Jobs 19-02-2018

It’s time for Europe to deliver on an ambitious industrial strategy

As the EU's annual industry day approaches, the time is ripe to deliver on an ambitious industrial strategy that builds on Europe’s unique strengths, unlocks the potential of digital technology and data, and helps innovative companies solve societal challenges, writes Malte Lohan.

Future EU 29-09-2017

Political fiction, a form of European activism

Writing fiction, especially science fiction, can become an act of political activism. After all, as Giuseppe Porcaro asks, if we can’t imagine multiple future scenarios for Europe how do we expect to build a better one?
EU Priorities 2020 15-09-2017

Tweets of the Week: A State of the Union special

This EU Tweets of the Week is a State of the Union special. We’ve got the hails and fails, wails and… sails?
Future EU 14-09-2017

Austria’s leaders reject Juncker’s vision for eurozone expansion

Austria’s Social Democrat Chancellor Christian Kern and conservative Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz today (14 September) rejected European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker’s vision to expand eastward the euro and a border control free zone.
Future EU 14-09-2017

Paris and Berlin don’t take Juncker’s ‘Union of equality’ seriously

European officials made positive comments on Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’ s State of the Union speech on Wednesday (13 September), but several said he would face stiff opposition for countering "multi-speed Europe" by encouraging all states to join the euro.
Climate change 14-09-2017

Juncker’s pledge to ‘make the planet great again’ fails to satisfy

Environmental groups and MEPs were left disappointed by Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union address on Wednesday (13 September), after the Commission president only mentioned climate change anecdotally.
CETA 13-09-2017

Juncker’s trade push starts with Australia, New Zealand

As anticipated in recent weeks, trade topped the Juncker Commission’s priorities for the rest of its mandate.
Future EU 13-09-2017

On the eurozone, Juncker goes wide but not deep

In his speech on the State of the Union, Jean-Claude Juncker insisted on the extension of the eurozone, but not on its deepening. He fears the two-speed Europe defended by Emmanuel Macron. EURACTIV France reports.
Central Europe 13-09-2017

State of the Union: Juncker snubs Poland, overwhelms Romania, Bulgaria

Pro-European EU members Bulgaria and Romania were overwhelmed with attention in Commission President’s Jean-Claude Juncker State of the Union speech today (13 September). In contrast, Poland, l‘enfant terrible of the EU, was not mentioned a single time.
Economy & Jobs 12-09-2017

MEPs stick to their guns on EU anti-dumping reform, China

European Commission trade chief, Cecilia Malmström, will travel to Strasbourg on Tuesday (12 September) to seek an agreement with Parliament on new EU anti-dumping rules, but MEPs remain firm and refuse a 'de facto' recognition of Market Economy Status (MES) for China.
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