Rob Kirby

Politics 04-03-2019

Coca-Cola’s EU Council sponsorship raises eyebrows

NGO Foodwatch has taken exception to Coca-Cola’s sponsorship of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council. Bucarest says everything has been done transparently and in line with legal criteria. EURACTIV France reports.

Austria deports refused refugees in training and education

Refugees in Austria who are refused asylum are rigorously deported, even if they are halfway through their training or education. There are now appeals from the Austrian economy to Chancellor Kurz. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 01-03-2019

Le Pen’s Rassemblement National continues to puzzle pollsters

Considered the favourite for the European elections in the autumn polls, the far-right Rassemblement National party of Marine Le Pen is now predicted to finish in second place with 20% of voting intentions, behind Emmanuel Macron's La République En Marche. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 28-02-2019

German action plan for insect protection: Farmers want greater say

With insects declining at an alarming rate, the German environment ministry wants an action plan to protect them before the end of the year. But farmers are feeling ignored in the process and are calling for more environmental protection incentives. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 28-02-2019

Brexit impact reaches Sicilian shores

Brexit is bad news for British fans of Sicilian wine and good pasta. Sicilia Agricoltura reports. The past three years of current affairs have been marked by the many questions concerning Brexit: from the conditions of the withdrawal treaty to...
Politics 27-02-2019

Benoît Hamon’s movement launches European election list on its own

Having failed to bring the French left together with his plans for citizen voting, Benoît Hamon presented the first 30 names on the list of the Génération.s movement. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 27-02-2019

German ‘climate protection law’: Critics call for alternatives to sector objectives

Germany is at odds over the first draft of its national ‘climate protection law.’ Lessons learned from a similar French law show that one thing is important above all: agreeing on measures as quickly as possible. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Austria: Interior minister wants tighter right of asylum

Austria is debating a host of measures proposed by the interior minister intended to tighten the right of asylum, so that procedures could be quicker and asylum-seekers checked more strictly. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 26-02-2019

François-Xavier Bellamy, a quirky lead candidate for the French right

François-Xavier Bellamy, a philosophy teacher from Versailles, does not believe in European democracy but wants to advance the idea of Europe by working on culture and education. Bellamy believes Europe's roots are Christian, but not exclusively. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 25-02-2019

UN organisation’s report highlights concern over biodiversity

The FAO has raised the alarm over the state of biodiversity, which is necessary for global food security, in the first report it has published on the subject. EURACTIV France’s media partner, the Journal de l’environnement reports.
Climate change 25-02-2019

Green taxation in France: The controversy shows it’s still a difficult issue

In an opinion piece, 86 French MPs from across the political spectrum have called on the government to find an ‘effective and socially just carbon taxation’ after the carbon tax was abandoned at the height of the ‘yellow vest’ crisis. An interview with Matthieu Orphelin by EURACTIV France’s media partner La Tribune.
EU Elections 2019 25-02-2019

German Left Party’s Gysi: EU shouldn’t be understood as necessary evil

The German Left Party has adopted its programme and named Martin Schirdewan, a 43-year old MEP, and Özlem Demirel as its top candidates for the European elections. EURACTIV Germany’s media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Development Policy 25-02-2019

France’s ‘Rana Plaza’ law delivers few results

France wants to be at the forefront of efforts to regulate multinationals’ responsibility towards workers in developing countries, but is having difficulty enforcing its own law on duty of care, according to a report published on 21 February. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 22-02-2019

EU Commission wants to support health systems better through structural funds

Many regions of Europe for poor medical care because there is a lack of doctors, money or infrastrcture. The Commission is now considering how the structural funds can help in a targeted way. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 22-02-2019

German farmers protest against green energy grid expansion

Germany's parliament is looking into a law meant to speed up electric grid expansion and move forward the country's energy transition. But German farmers are not happy and have called for more compensation from the federal government. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 21-02-2019

German bill to tackle undeclared work and child benefit fraud

German finance minister Olaf Scholz has presented a bill for German customs to be given more employees and powers. EURACTIV Germany’s media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Brexit 21-02-2019

Brexit panic reaches across the Channel to France

The French have finally realised that there may well be a no-deal Brexit. The Medef employers’ federation has said that French businesses are not prepared, the agricultural sector is waiting, while transporters are panicking. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 21-02-2019

European carbon tax idea returns to election debate in France

The French green think-tank La Fabrique Ecologique has published eight environmental proposals to contribute to the European election debate. EURACTIV France’s media partner the Journal de l’environnement reports.
EU Elections 2019 20-02-2019

French people make ‘social Europe’ proposals in workshops ahead of EU elections

When consulted at a workshop on the future of “social Europe” after the European elections, French people were ambitious on social issues. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 20-02-2019

German social democrats’ manifesto: What role for the environment?

The German SPD published its European election manifesto on Monday (18 February), clearly setting out social justice and fair taxation as the main priorities. But what about environmental policy? EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 20-02-2019

French people have subtler view of EU than their politicians

A new survey has shown that the French have a nuanced view of the EU, neither being totally for nor against it, often disappointed and carrying many hopes. 59% of French people said they were “attached” to the EU. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 19-02-2019

Environmental organisations ‘very disappointed’ with new ERDF Regulation

The European regional development fund currently amounts to €200 billion. German environmental organisations have criticised the fact that its new version sets the wrong priorities. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 19-02-2019

Germany urged to stand firm on coal phase-out

Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia Laschet intends to close fewer coal-fired power stations than envisaged by the coal commission. Three of its members are exerting pressure on the federal government to push forward closures as quickly as possible. EURACTIV Germany reports.

French debate on setting migration quotas reopened

The question of setting migration quotas in France has come back to the forefront through the 'great debate' initiated by Emmanuel Macron. EURACTIV France reports.

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