Rob Kirby

Future EU 13-11-2018

Time to take stock of EU citizen consultations

The European Council will consider in December the outcomes of the citizen consultations. However, some MEPs are already calling for the EU not to stop at this experiment. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 12-11-2018

Macron between patriotism and pro-European sentiment at Armistice centenary

Whether he was in Paris on 11 November, or Les Éparges, the site of a bloody battle between the French and the Germans, or in Verdun with secondary school pupils, Emmanuel Macron’s “memorial itinerary” was set against the background of Europe’s future and the European elections. EURACTIV France reports.
Politics 12-11-2018

Seehofer to step down as CSU chair

Germany's Federal Minister of the Interior, Horst Seehofer, wants to imitate Angela Merkel and give up his position as party chair. It remains unclear whether he will be able to keep his ministerial post in the long term. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Luxembourg reprimanded over slow transposing of money laundering laws

The European Commission has reprimanded Luxembourg once again for delays in transposing European anti-money laundering rules into its legislation. EURACTIV France reports.
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Politics 12-11-2018

France continues fight against ‘gold plating’ of EU laws

French senators have removed around 20 over-transpositions of EU directives, which are considered to harm businesses’ competitiveness. This was part of a “tidying-up” mission which is sometimes at odds with the public interest. EURACTIV France reports.

Finland becomes tenth participant country in European Intervention Initiative

In a meeting in Paris on Wednesday (7 November), the nine ministers from the member countries of European Intervention Initiative (EI2) welcomed Finland as the tenth participant. The group’s objective is to promote Europe’s strategic autonomy in security and defence. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 09-11-2018

American midterms not influenced by cyberattacks

The midterms in the United States were not subject to an intervention due to a lack of Russian resources. But will the upcoming European elections also go under Moscow’s radar? EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 09-11-2018

Row over fuel prices highlights flaws of France’s ecological tax

The many exceptions to the  French carbon tax do not make it easier for people – and drivers – to accept green taxation, EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 08-11-2018

European Court of Auditors criticise plans to reform CAP

The EU auditors have expressed clear criticism of the plans to reform the CAP. They said that the Commission's proposals did not meet the demand for a "more environmentally-friendly and more strongly preformance-based" approach. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 07-11-2018

German Minister for Environment pushing for end of glyphosate

The German Federal Minister for the Environment is calling for pesticide-free compensation areas and a binding date for the phase-out of glyphosate. However, this has annoyed the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture. EURACTIV Germany’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Digital skills 07-11-2018

Delays in equipping classroom 4.0 in Germany

In order to make society fit for digitisation, its youngest members should be equipped with digital skills. The German government is promoting its “Digital Pact for Schools,” for which the government will provide €5 billion, according to the coalition agreement. But to date, not a cent has changed hands. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 06-11-2018

French financial support for organic farming lagging behind

Financial assistance for French organic farming has accrued more than two years of delays, organic farmers have filed complaints with the French human rights defender and hope that the state will renew the existing cash advances. EURACTIV France’s media partner the Journal de l’environnement reports.
Economy & Jobs 06-11-2018

All eyes on EU’s anti-discrimination efforts

Associations working to fight against inequalities are calling on the EU to adopt a more aggressive policy against fraudulent employers. This approach echoes a survey showing that the majority of French people are closely following this issue. EURACTIV France reports.    
EU Elections 2019 06-11-2018

Fragmentation of French left in European elections sharpens appetites

From Ségolène Royal to Benoît Hamon and citizens’ pressure groups, the ambitions of the French left are multiplying in the run-up to the May 2019 European elections, with the risk of cancelling each other out. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 05-11-2018

Can Germany’s Grand Coalition survive Merkel’s withdrawal?

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be handing over the CDU chair, which will have an impact on the governing parties, the CDU, the CSU and the SPD. The coalition government is shaking. EURACTIV Germany’s media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Climate change 05-11-2018

Steel industry moulds EU carbon market to its advantage

By authorising the steel industry to burn blast furnace gases until 2026, the European Commission has backtracked on its earlier position. EURACTIV France reports.
Brexit 05-11-2018

Brexit: Eurotunnel preparing for increased checks in Calais

Every minute counts when it comes to maintaining a fluid flow of traffic at the entrance to the tunnel under the English Channel. In order to prepare for the return of new checks, post-Brexit, the Eurotunnel site in Calais is mounting a race against the clock. EURACTIV France’s media partner, Ouest-France reports.
Agrifood 31-10-2018

From field to city: Are direct deliveries a viable business model for farmers?

Most farmers sell their products to large food companies and therefore lose large proportions of their income to long supply chains. But individual farmers manage to sell directly to customers. Is this a viable model? EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 31-10-2018

Will the centre hold the balance of power in a fragmented European Parliament?

The increasing contingent of centrist MEPs could put an end to the “grand coalition” approach between the right and the left at the European Parliament. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 30-10-2018

The four candidates to succeed Merkel

Merz, Kramp-Karrenbauer, Spahn and Laschet – portraits of the four candidates to succeed Angela Merkel as CDU chair. EURACTIV Germany’s media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Politics 30-10-2018

EU helps French research institute unlock mysteries of the ocean

From studying toxic microplankton to currents and ocean temperatures, the Euro Hab and Euro-Argo projects are trying to understand the oceans. The British are contributing to this undertaking but Brexit could complicate things. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 29-10-2018

Elections in Hesse: Austria’s Conservatives see confirmation of their political course

Germany and Austria elected new parliaments a year ago. Since then, the governing parties in both countries have progressed very differently, as the regional elections in Hesse illustrated once again. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 29-10-2018

European Parliament wants to ban neo-fascist groups

Faced with the upsurge in xenophobia in Europe, MEPs want to take firm action against neo-fascist and neo-Nazi groups, which currently benefit from a certain level of discretion in several countries. EURACTIV France reports.
Brexit 26-10-2018

French businesses prepare for no-deal Brexit

With the fateful date fast approaching, the France's Ministry of Economy and Finance is encouraging French businesses to prepare for a no-deal Brexit. EURACTIV France reports.