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Politics 19-01-2018

The Brief – Prepare for the rumble in the Davos jungle

Despite the soothing presence of Elton John and Cate Blanchett, love, peace and goodwill to all is unlikely to break out at the Davos World Economic Forum next week. Not when Donald Trump is in town.

The Brief – Hunting season on member states is open

The European Commission, for a variety of reasons, doesn’t like going after member states. But MEPs live for it. So don’t be surprised if in 2018 we see the Berlaymont taking the Parliament’s side more and more.

Brexit 17-01-2018

The Brief – You say goodbye and I say hello, Juncker tells UK

Who knew? Juncker said today that once the British have left under Article 50, there is still Article 49, which allows a return to membership, and that he would like that to happen.

Enlargement 16-01-2018

The Brief – How to shoot down ambitious Balkan plans

Events in the Western Balkans may indeed seem peripheral to the EU, particularly as it braces for debates on the new budget and eurozone reform, but let’s not forget the old quote by Winston Churchill: “The Balkans produce more history than they can consume.”

EU Priorities 2020 15-01-2018

The Brief – Guindos, Spain’s best option for ECB post?

Candidates for the ECB vice-presidency will put forward their names next week. For Spain, there is more at stake than meets the eye as it almost feels this is one of its last chances to regain some clout in Europe, writes Jorge Valero.

The Brief – Europe’s ‘Make the Planet Great Again’ pledge gets first acid test

Next week, the EU gets another crack at showing that its promises to take care of the environment and honour the Paris Agreement are more than just empty words. But will the people in charge hit their marks or fluff their lines?

Politics 11-01-2018

The Brief – Kaczynski can relax, the EU won’t bite

If you want to know what is going on in the EU, speak to the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.

Brexit 10-01-2018

The Brief – A tale of two cities

A Fortnum & Mason hamper, replete with British sparkling wine, cheese and the now obligatory biography of Winston Churchill, was the gift bestowed by a group of ‘hard Brexiteers’ on Michel Barnier on Wednesday (10 January). The ensuing talks only added to the confusion about where Britain wants to go after leaving the bloc next year.

Politics 09-01-2018

The Brief – EU keeps squaring the vicious Balkan circle

Looking at 14 years of the EU's attempts to determine once and for all what to do with the Balkans (since the first EU-Balkan Summit in Thessaloniki in 2003), one cannot help wondering whether wholehearted commitment on both sides might have been lacking all along.

Brexit 08-01-2018

The Brief – Wanted: A job for Mr Farage

For Brexit aficionados, the year has started with a welcome twist. Today, Nigel Farage met Michel Barnier in Brussels in an attempt to balance out the “neverending stream of Remainers” the EU’s Brexit negotiator has met since talks on the UK’s withdrawal began in June.

Seasons greetings from EURACTIV.
Politics 22-12-2017

The Year in Review: The most popular EURACTIV articles & videos of 2017

2017 has been a full year for the EU, and for EURACTIV. Shortly after our announcement of the EURACTIV rebranding, we rolled out eight Policy Hubs: Politics,  Global Europe, Economy & Jobs, Agriculture & Food, Health, Energy & Environment, Digital and Transport. Here are the most read …

The Brief: Money can’t buy you friends

Migration was confirmed to be the most divisive issue in European politics at the final 2017 EU summit. The Visegrad group (Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia) will pay €35 million, but calling this “solidarity” is ludicrous.