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Economy & Jobs 15-03-2018

A specific Brexit finance deal benefits the EU

By not embracing the UK financial sector in a future trade deal, the EU might chase global capital markets away from Europe. The idea that Europe will win by keeping London at arm’s length is naïve at best, writes Georges Ugeux.
Elections 09-10-2017

EU failure to respond to plight of the Catalans is shameful

In Catalonia, there appears to be a majority in favour of independence at least as great as the majority in the UK which voted for Brexit. The EU cannot continue to close its eyes to what is happening, writes Sir Graham Watson.
Economy & Jobs 21-03-2017

Homelessness and housing exclusion have reached crisis levels in EU

With rising homelessness and housing deprivation across the European Union, now, more than ever, is the time for the Juncker Commission to bridge the disconnect with its most vulnerable citizens, writes Chloé Serme-Morin.
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.
Brexit 27-06-2016

Why Brexit will not happen

MEP Sorin Moisa argues that the "Big Lie" promoted by the Leave campaign will be exposed before Britain can actually leave the EU, and that a second referendum will reject Brexit.
Brexit 27-06-2016

Door-slamming reactions to the UK won’t help

The UK needs 12-16 weeks to order its affairs. In the meantime, door-slamming reactions from the EU can only be counterproductive, Sir Graham Watson writes.

National parliaments’ 3rd yellow card: A preliminary assessment

On 10 May, national parliaments, mainly from Central and Eastern Europe, managed to trigger a “yellow card” that forces the European Commission to reconsider its proposal to revise the Posted Workers Directive. Valentin Kreilinger answers eight questions on proposal, procedure and precedents.
Brexit 10-05-2016

Cameron is right to raise Brexit security fear

The real risk is that a UK exit could lead to the departure of other member states, writes Paul James Cardwell.
Brexit 31-03-2016

What leaving the EU would really mean for British trade deals

The impact of staying in or leaving the EU for the UK’s global trade has become one of the most talked about questions of the referendum so far, writes Paul James Cardwell.
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.
Climate change 16-03-2016

Resignation of EDF finance chief shows new UK nuclear plant ‘a dead duck’

Five years on from the Fukushima, the human and environmental impacts of the disaster  continue to grow in scale, writes UK Green MEP Molly Scott-Cato.
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.
Brexit 05-02-2016

Is the EU finished if the British leave?

Those who say that if the British leave, the EU is finished are right. Not because Britain is an indispensable member, but because for other members, sovereignty matters too, writes George Friedman.
Edinburgh
Brexit 25-01-2016

Scotland will keep the UK in the EU

The people of Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom will soon decide whether the UK should remain a member of the European Union. The Scottish government is determined to make the case for continued membership, writes Humza Yousaf.
Obesity
Health 19-01-2016

EU governments must ramp up obesity strategies or face fiscal crisis

Only a few governments in Europe have a comprehensive strategy to reduce the obesity burden and the rapidly-rising associated healthcare costs, write Fredrik Erixon and Martin Koehring.
Brexit 12-01-2016

Brexit: Is it 1975 all over again? Not quite…

The decision by David Cameron to allow members of his cabinet a free choice in the upcoming EU referendum is an intriguing example of history repeating itself, writes Dick Roche.
Energy 18-11-2015

Energy efficiency must be made an infrastructure priority

The energy efficiency gap doesn’t exist because of a lack of effort or will, it exists because we have approached it from the wrong direction, write Ada Ámon and Ingrid Holmes.
Peter Allebeck.
Transport 16-10-2015

Alcohol and flying – not a good cocktail

There are many notorious examples of people - from celebrities to ordinairy holiday-makers - who have become intoxicated on flights to the point of posing a threat to passengers and the flight itself, writes Peter Allebeck. 
Michael Emerson
Brexit 13-10-2015

The Leave.EU campaign starts with factual errors and disinformation

The new organization advocating a ‘leave’ vote in the UK's referendum on its EU membership has launched a website with a series of FAQs, which will rapidly give itself a reputation for factual errors and disinformation. Michael Emerson provides examples.
Brexit 13-05-2015

Brexit battle will be won, or lost, on the economy

The British are not emotionally attached to the European Union, so Brussels needs to show them that the EU can compete with other major economies in the run-up to the UK's referendum on its membership of the bloc. While issues like democracy, immigration and the EU budget will play a big part in the referendum campaign, it's "the economy, stupid", writes Syed Kamall.
Brexit 12-05-2015

Clarity of election good for UK and good for Europe

Following the Conservative party's victory in last week's UK general election, a referendum on EU membership before 2017 is now certain. According to Tom Parker, this knowledge, and the scale of the victory provides a certain level of certainty for business.
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.
Brexit 19-03-2015

EU reform: What do we actually need?

All politicians want to reform the EU and make it work better for citizens. But, as Richard Corbett explains, there is no clear consensus on what reform is needed. 
Brexit 16-02-2015

The Labour Party plans for ‘Progressive Internationalism’ if it returns to government

In a time when publics around the world are turning more isolationist, Labour's 'progressive internationalism' puts it at odds with potential centre-left partners in the event of a hung parliament in May, writes Professor Chris Brown.

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