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Politics 22-06-2018

Trans-Europe Express – 100 shades of gruesomeness

Germany's grand coalition, or GroKo as it has been dubbed, had little cause to celebrate its 100 days in office on 21 June. Instead, it came under sharp criticism from all sides.

Trans-Europe Express – Migration is here to stay

Never before since becoming Germany’s Chancellor in 2005 has Angela Merkel been as close to losing power than on Thursday (14 June). And the reason was migration.
Politics 01-06-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Nothing quiet on the Western front

It was another exciting week in Strasbourg. Not only did MEPs from across the political spectrum race to show righteous anger at Donald Trump, the president of new protectionism, but they saw the fall (and rise) of two EU governments in the space of a few days.
Politics 25-05-2018

Trans-Europe Express, powered by Yara – Eurobarometer tells only half the story

One year ahead of the European elections, a recent Eurobarometer opinion poll seems to have emboldened mainstream politicians. European Parliament boss Antonio Tajani said that these results indicate a positive trend of EU support, despite Brexit, “or perhaps precisely because of this”. 
Elections 18-05-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Having 5-Star in ALDE wasn’t a bad idea

As Italy gets closer to having a cabinet dominated by the 5-Star Movement, the rejection of this force by the liberal ALDE group in January 2017 increasingly looks like a strategic mistake.
Elections 04-05-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Sowing the seeds of discord

Almost certainly to the displeasure of mainstream Brussels, leaders of Europe's far-right parties came together on the French Riviera this week, saying they wanted to devise a battle plan for next year's European election.
Politics 27-04-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Yodelling away Macron’s EU reform plans

Anxious of losing its absolute majority in the next Bavarian election, the CSU is venturing into the territory of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD). Unfortunately, rejecting Emmanuel Macron’s EU reform plans is part of that strategy, and it's pushed Angela Merkel to take a vow of silence on the EU's future once again.
Politics 20-04-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Macron: A hero yet to prove his mettle

A strange and boring lunch, hosted by Antonio Tajani, took place on the 7th floor of the European Parliament on Tuesday (17 April), when Emmanuel Macron came to Strasbourg to charm MEPs with his visions of Europe.
Politics 13-04-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Visegrad’s Hungarian Rhapsody

Viktor Orban's landslide victory last weekend is not good news for the EU. But it may also turn out to be a mixed blessing for the Visegrad group of Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
Enlargement 06-04-2018

The Trans-Europe Express, powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) – Europe’s frozen conflict

Russia is the undisputed master of engineering ‘frozen conflicts’ that prevent countries in its neighbourhood from building closer EU relations.
Elections 16-03-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Smells like teen spirit

Getting young people out to vote has frustrated national politicians across Europe for a generation.
Politics 09-03-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Dubious sale has potential to sink two governments

The Bulgarian and Czech governments are trembling because of the unfolding scandals surrounding a deal to sell the assets of ČEZ Bulgaria to an obscure private company with no experience. ČEZ is a Czech state energy giant in which pro-Russian President Miloš Zeman has a lot of sway.
Enlargement 02-03-2018

Trans-Europe Express -Juncker’s Magical Mystery Tour

Jean-Claude Juncker completed his shuttle diplomacy tour of the Western Balkans this week in the manner of an ageing soccer captain playing the last games of his career.
Politics 23-02-2018

Trans-Europe Express – One year on, more of the same in Romania

Romania’s justice minister has asked for the country’s top anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi to be sacked. But analysts say the ruling coalition is not aiming at Kovesi's post. It is, apparently, going for the big picture - capturing all the state institutions and suspending the country's president.
Future EU 16-02-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Merkel can’t reform the EU alone

Since September 2017, one question has been weighing on Europe’s mind: What is actually going on in Germany?
Future EU 09-02-2018

Trans-Europe Express: Mistrust is gaining ground in Europe

The wind of enthusiasm blown by the victory of President Emmanuel Macron last June has vanished. In a historic vote on Wednesday, the European Parliament rejected the innovative idea of transnational lists.
Politics 02-02-2018

Trans-Europe Express: The EU’s regional Pandora’s Box

The Catalan crisis, which kept Spain on edge for a few months last year, appears to have been laid to rest. Whether it's once and for all or until next time remains to be seen.
Politics 26-01-2018

Trans-Europe Express – EU is gaining on economy but not on democracy

Europe is back, the world’s business and political elites heard in Davos this week. But, as Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa rightly cautioned, there is no room for complacency.
Future EU 19-01-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Dragnea’s perfect new proxy PM

After winning the elections in December 2016, Liviu Dragnea's aim was to have a government led by someone who would blindly follow his orders. Third time may be the charm for the leader of Romania’s ruling party. 
Politics 12-01-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Presidencies are good, actually

As someone who has followed all the presidencies of the new EU members since the 2004-2007 enlargement wave, I know one thing: Presidencies are good.
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...
Freedom of thought 15-12-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Focusing on Venezuela to forget our own problems

This year, the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize went to the Venezuelan opposition, in the EU’s recognition of their fight for human rights.
Economy & Jobs 08-12-2017

Trans-Europe Express: European hypocrisy on tax havens

EU national governments say harbouring dodgy money is wrong - unless you’re European. After months of intense negotiations, the 28 EU finance ministers finally published their much-awaited blacklist of tax havens this week. And it landed like a damp squib.
01-12-2017

Trans-Europe-Express: EU-Africa summit, Eastern Europe and the Billy Joel doctrine

The EU-Africa summit in Abidjan confirmed the impression that for EU members from Central and Eastern Europe, Africa is not a big priority.  The same can be said about those countries’ media, who paid little attention to the gathering.