EU antitrust regulators are asking Facebook's rivals and telecoms whether the world's No. 1 social network's $19 billion (€14.5bn) bid for WhatsApp will lead to price hikes and curb innovation.
Federica Mogherini, the newly appointed head of the EU diplomatic service, met with several EU foreign affairs ministers in Chisinau, Moldova yesterday (1 September) in a sign of support for the country. This was Mogherini’s first official trip abroad, after being appointed to be the next EU foreign affairs chief.
The visit was largely symbolic, as Moldova struggles to pursue its EU integration against efforts by Moscow bring it back into its orbit. Moldova is a former Soviet republic (see background).
Europeans could be barred from buying new Russian government bonds, under a package of extra sanctions that EU ambassadors were to start discussing on Monday, sources said.
Riding a wave of momentum after a strong showing in a regional election, Germany's new populist party said on Monday it was time for Chancellor Angela Merkel to wake up and accept it as a new conservative force in German politics.
Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans was due to meet the president of the European Commission today (2 September) about a senior role in the European Union's executive body, Dutch public broadcaster NOS reported on Monday.
The Italian daily La Reppublica has published what appears to be the account of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, of an exchange held at the 30-31 August EU summit. Commission President José Manuel Barroso is reported to have told EU leaders that Vladimir Putin had informed him that he could take Kyiv in two weeks if he wanted.
According to La Reppublica the exchange took place after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko left the summit table, having made a dramatic account of the situation in his country.
A EurActiv.fr source has confirmed that the position of Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs will return to France, following a report that appeared in Der Spiegel.
New EU leaders Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Tusk and Federica Mogherini face hard times, and deserve our support, writes Fraser Cameron.
Fraser Cameron is a Senior Advisor to Cambre Associates and a former British diplomat and EU official.
Mobile broadband should have exclusive use of the 700 MHz band of the European Union’s Ultra High Frequency spectrum by 2020, the European Commission was told today (1 September).
In return, terrestrial broadcasters should be guaranteed the remaining UHF spectrum below 700 MHz (470-694 MHz) until 2030, a report by Pascal Lamy for the executive recommended.
A new report published by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) shows that rates for heart disease and stroke continue to decline in Europe. However, more people in Europe are hospitalised.
Kristalina Georgieva, the current Bulgarian commissioner responsible for humanitarian aid who was a strong candidate to replace Catherine Ashton as EU chief, is likely to become budget commissioner in the next EU executive, a well-informed Bulgarian politician said.
Ivailo Kalfin, a former MEP and former Vice President of the Budget Committee, said that Georgieva would most probably be Commission Vice President with the EU budget portfolio, writes Dnevnik, the EurActiv partner in Bulgaria.
At least publicly, the Commission has kept silent over Turkey’s statements that it should profit from the Russian embargo on imported Western food. EurActiv Greece reports.
As an EU candidate country, Turkey is expected to align with EU foreign policy, especially in the cases of restrictive measures imposed on third countries
Romanian President Traian Băsescu expressed outrage upon learning at the 30 August EU summit that Prime Minister Victor Ponta had made a second nomination for commissioner. It was previously announced that both the President and the Prime Minister back Dacian Cioloș, the present EU Commissioner for Agriculture, for a second term, hopefully with the same portfolio.
French political leaders have been cultivating for 60 years the myth that they want a stronger Europe, but there is no diplomacy without a credible military arm. It is time to recover control over the means of sovereignty and France now needs to stop deluding itself, writes Stephen Boucher.
Stephen Boucher is Programme Director at the European Climate Foundation.
1939-2014: Die in Danzig - Live in Donetsk
Anyone who will not say 'no pasarán' to Putin today places the European Union and its presumed values in a position of ridicule and consents to the destruction of international order, a group of Polish intellectuals write.
Current legislative work on endocrine disruptors, which is potentially being undermined by the Transatlantic Trade and Invenstment Partnership (TTIP), is a prime example of how short term profits are being given priority over people and the environment, argues Robert Pederson.
Robert Pederson is food policy coordinator at Arc2020, a platform of 150+ organisations, working towards better food, farming, environment and rural policies for Europe.
Russian President Vladimir Putin called yesterday (31 August) for immediate talks on the "statehood" of southern and eastern Ukraine, although his spokesman said this did not mean Moscow now endorsed “the Novorossiya militias” calls for independence for territory they have seized.
SPECIAL REPORT: Europe’s engagement with fragile and conflict-prone states is increasingly becoming the mainstay of its developmental work, the EU development commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, has told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
For the first time ever, four countries were last month classified by the UN as facing severe ‘Level 3’ emergencies – the highest classification of a humanitarian crisis: Syria, Iraq, South Sudan and Central African Republic.
SPECIAL REPORT: The new European Commission needs to shift its focus from humanitarian aid in conflict zones to conflict prevention and intervene more as a ‘best supporting actor to the UN’, says a paper by the European Think Tanks Group published today (1 September).
Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Sunday morning (31 August) revealed that she has nominated Economics and Internal Affairs Minister Margrethe Vestager as the country's next commissioner.