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Commissioners assemble: Class of 2019-2024

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 17:00
European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has unveiled who will do what job in her administration, insisting hers will be a “geopolitical Commission”. Stay tuned here for all the details. UPDATE: Three new candidates have now been proposed, issued...

Pedro Sánchez is part of the problem        

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 16:54
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez should follow the example shown by David Cameron and Alex Salmond over the question of Scottish independence. Instead, he has walked away from dialogue, argue Raül Romeva and Alfred Bosch.

The Brief, powered by ESA – Please Remain seated

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 16:43
After just two days of campaigning, we have the first ‘Remain’ alliance in the UK’s ‘Brexit election’. Between them, the Liberal Democrats, Greens and Plaid Cymru will give voters a single 'Remain' choice in 60 constituencies across England and Wales.

Nine EU countries urge new Commission to tax aviation more

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 16:30
A coalition made up of Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Sweden urged the next European Commission on Thursday (7 November) to propose new measures on aviation pricing.

As economy slows, Commission tells member states to be ready for ‘all scenarios’

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 16:27
EU member states should be prepared for “all scenarios” as the European economy continues to decelerate, and is not expected to pick up in the near future, the European Commission warned in its latest economic forecast published on Thursday (7 November).

Metals are Europe’s climate compass. Here’s why

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 14:58
The future of Europe’s metals industry will be an early indicator of whether the EU has succeeded in uniting its Green New Deal and Industrial Strategy, write Tomas Wyns and Gauri Khandekar.

20 Visions for Europe: ‘My future Europe is again confident’

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 14:00
Together, as Europe, we do have good prospects of shifting gears, of catching up and even prevailing in several areas , writes Mihnea Motoc, Deputy Head of the European Political Strategy Center.

Germany commits to NATO spending goal by 2031 for first time

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 14:00
Germany will reach a NATO defence spending target by 2031, its defence minister said on Thursday (7 November), missing a 2024 deadline agreed by the allies who are under heavy US pressure to beef up their military budgets.

Digital Brief: EU institution data concerns

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 13:55
Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “EU institution staff are not aware of all the data which is collected by Microsoft.” – Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Acting...

Emission-free mobility: How will Europe reach its targets?

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 13:48
Decarbonising transport is a core theme of the EU 2020 strategy. The long-term objective of the European Union on CO2 emissions is an overall reduction of 80-95% by 2050.

France’s Macron decries NATO ‘brain death’ ahead of anniversary

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 13:42
European countries can no longer rely on the United States to defend NATO allies, French President Emmanuel Macron warned in an interview on Thursday (7 November), only weeks ahead of a meeting of NATO leaders in London, supposed to mend the widening cracks in the Western military alliance.

Decision time for the EU on Iran: INSTEX vs the FATF [Promoted content]

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 12:00
Incoming EU top diplomat Josep Borell should steer EU foreign policy to align it with the values of the liberal world order. Instead of continuing their support of INSTEX, European leaders should throw their weight behind the FATF, whose impartial analysis shows that Iran is a serial offender in terms of terror financing.

After a week in Hanoi: What we need to make a EU-Vietnam trade deal work

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 11:12
The jury is out on whether a new EU-Vietnam trade pact will do anything to improve people's livelihoods and arrest a deteriorating human rights record, writes Jude Kirton-Darling.

Selling electricity to neighbours: Technically feasible, but not in practice

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 10:50
An EU-funded Interreg project promoting microgrids technology has managed to help consumers produce renewable electricity on their own. But the ultimate objective to  enable reselling the power to their neighbour has been hindered by regulatory obstacles.

EU institution staff ‘unaware’ of Microsoft data misuse, EU data chief says

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 10:46
Members of staff working across the EU institutions are “not aware” of the extent to which the US tech firm Microsoft collects and stores their data as part of the use of their products and services, the EU’s data protection watchdog has told EURACTIV.

A climate election? UK voters want parties to tackle crisis

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 09:02
With the climate emergency at the forefront of British voters’ minds as found by a recent poll, the Green Party made a dramatic campaign pledge on Wednesday to spend £100bn a year to tackle climate change.

Sánchez calls on Spanish parties to be ‘open’ to avoid another deadlock

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 08:54
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Deputy PM Kuleba: Ukraine is not Russia’s buffer

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 08:31
Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine's Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, discussed the chances of holding a Normandy-type summit, the upcoming NATO summit and strategies for his country to come closer to the EU, in this wide-ranging interview.

Johnson: We will get Brexit done in January

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 08:20
Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday (6 November) promised to take Britain out of the European Union in January, speaking at a campaign rally he used to frame the country's 12 December general election as the most important in a generation.

Budapest declares climate emergency, teases carbon-neutrality

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 08:18
The new Green mayor of Budapest on Tuesday (5 November) added his city to the growing list of capitals to have declared climate emergencies. It is the first visible break with Viktor Orbán’s government, which still opposes an EU plan to go climate-neutral by 2050.