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Biomass 18-09-2020

Biomass: supporting greater climate ambitions without sacrificing sustainability

As Europe’s largest single source of renewable energy, sustainable biomass is a cornerstone of the EU’s low-carbon energy transition. Seeking to accelerate this transition, the European Commission has proposed a series of ambitious new goals to  achieve by the end...
Digital & Media 24-06-2020

Digital tax: Stage set for EU leadership after Trump’s OECD withdrawal

Amazon does not need another massive handout, but that is what the Trump administration gave the US behemoth by withdrawing from international digital tax negotiations at the OECD. The timing could not be worse, write Christy Hoffman and Oliver Roethig.

Poland’s double-game on defence matters

Poland's decision to buy American F-35 aircraft sounds like Warsaw snubbing European projects. However, the EU member state, is also in breach of its commitments, writes Nicholas Gros-Verheyde.
5G 26-07-2019

A response to Robert Strayer: Reasonable people make their own decisions

In an open letter, Huawei's Vice President, Catherine Chen, hits out at recent comments from Robert Strayer, the US's Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, on Huawei's cybersecurity concerns.
Energy 17-10-2018

What follows from China tariffs and the Juncker-Trump LNG talks?

It is a bit surprising to see the Commission chief advocating additional imports in the EU of US LNG, a fossil fuel which produces a lot of greenhouse gas emissions, writes Danila Bochkarev.
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Enhancing European security by strengthening transatlantic ties

As Europe continues to enhance its security and defence, the transatlantic industrial partnerships that Raytheon has developed for decades are a model for future cooperation and joint programs.
Digital & Media 10-09-2018

Europe’s tech industries are booming, but can it last?

The latest figures show that European technology industries are growing fast: turnover is up an impressive 5.0% in 2017, and 2018 is set to mark the fifth consecutive year of growth. Malte Lohan looks at the challenges ahead.
Global Europe 18-05-2018

Cyprus energy – averting a US-Turkey crisis

A storm is brewing as a conflict between the US and Turkey is emerging. Exxon Mobil's plans for natural gas in Cypriot water is strongly opposed by Turkey, which could send warships to block drilling, as it has done in the past. A solution to the crisis would be to start talks on energy issues among the parties of the Cyprus conflict, writes Matthew Bryza.
Global Europe 10-05-2018

EU needs to act now to salvage Iran nuclear deal

The Iran nuclear deal seems to have gone down the drain after the withdrawal of the US. European governments need to unify behind a more assertive diplomatic strategy if they are to have any influence in forthcoming US policy on Iran. Ellie Geranmayeh points out six key actions the EU should prioritise on  to potentially save the deal.

Making Europe more agile in space

The European space sector is increasingly challenged by international competition in commercial markets. The Space Strategy for Europe proposes four goals for the EU to remain an industry leader, writes Jean-Loic Galle.
Global Europe 19-07-2016

The Turkey coup looks like the most incompetent undertaking imaginable

Whatever happened on Friday 15 July, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has emerged stronger than ever and can now arrest anyone he wants on charges of treason, writes George Friedman.
Trade & Society 25-01-2016

Keystone ISDS lawsuit highlights legal risks of EU trade deals

Energy company TransCanada is using the investment dispute settlement mechanism in its trade agreement with the US, to sue the American government over President Obama's decision to cancel the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline for environmental reasons.
Trade & Society 13-01-2016

Time to toss out toxic investment chapters from trade deals

Multinational companies are already exploiting investor protection clauses in free trade agreements to 'chill' social and environmental regulations that threaten their bottom lines, writes Matt Langdon. The EU must heed the warning bells.
Pierre-Olivier Bergeron
Health 13-02-2015

Why a level playing field for small brewers is vital to TTIP

A significant obstacle to European beer’s growth in the US is the unfair tax treatment for Europe’s smaller brewers when compared to their US counterparts, writes Pierre-Olivier Bergeron.
Trade & Society 15-10-2014

Using TTIP to lift unnecessary trade burdens on textiles and clothing

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership offers an opportunity to keep high consumer safety, user information, and environmental standards for the textiles and clothing industry, while removing unnecessary burdens to trade, writes Isabelle Weiler. 
Global Europe 26-09-2013

The thin US-European relationship

There is talk of the trans-Atlantic relationship. It is not gone, nor even frayed. Europeans come to the United States and Americans go to Europe and both take pleasure in the other. But the connection is thin, writes George Friedman.
Global Europe 07-04-2011

US puts supply security at centre of future energy policy

More oil and gas drilling, biofuels, the abandonment of climate change ambitions and perhaps more fuel-efficient vehicles: this is the United States' recipe for energy in the next decade, writes Eberhard Rhein in a post on Blogactiv.
Global Europe 26-01-2011

‘Palestine Papers’ bear the failure of US as mediator

The leaked 'Palestine Papers' on concessions offered to Israel show the failure of the US as principal mediator and give the EU an opportunity to step up its role in peace talks, argues Spyros Danellis MEP, a member of the European Parliament's Palestine delegation, in an opinion piece sent exclusively to EURACTIV.
Global Europe 16-12-2010

Partnership for Innovation

If the EU and the US connect their markets at this week's Trans-Atlantic Economic Council meeting, a new era of transatlantic innovation can begin, writes William E. Kennard, the US Ambassador to the European Union.
Euro & Finance 10-12-2010

The euro will only be saved if Europe exists

Political unity in Europe is essential in order to rid the financial markets of doubt and stabilise the single currency writes Emma Bonino, vice-president of the Italian Senate, former European commissioner and former MEP.
Global Europe 30-11-2010

Drifting towards the rapids

Today's lack of leadership could make tomorrow far more dangerous, argues Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong, a former EU commissioner for external affairs and chancellor of the University of Oxford.
Global Europe 29-11-2010

Europe’s myopic defence cuts

If Europeans want their ambitions to be taken seriously, they must find ways of dealing with their decline in military power, writes Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, a former Danish minister of foreign affairs.
Global Europe 18-11-2010

US-Russian relations in pre-summit flux

Days before the NATO summit in Lisbon where he will meet US President Barack Obama, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has postponed his annual State of the Union address from 22 to 30 November to account for a possible shift in US-Russian relations, writes global intelligence company Stratfor.
Global Europe 12-11-2010

Germany’s geopolitical opening

Germany is no longer a geopolitical chessboard and is beginning to see itself as a major world power again – and it has been forcefully defending its interests and national economic strategy ahead of the G20 summit this week, writes global intelligence company Stratfor in an analysis.