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East Ukraine fighting continues despite ceasefire

23 June, 2014 - 07:59

Fighting flared between Ukrainian and pro-Moscow separatist forces, both sides reported Sunday (22 June), further straining a unilateral ceasefire declared by Ukraine, as Russian President Vladimir Putin pressed Kyiv to talk to the rebels.

 At separate ceremonies marking the anniversary of Nazi Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union, Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, both stressed the need to bring peace to Ukraine's rebellious east.

Socialist leaders back Juncker, want other top jobs

23 June, 2014 - 07:51

Left-wing European leaders agreed on 22 June to back Luxembourg conservative Jean-Claude Juncker for the post of European Commission president, saying they would seek other top EU jobs for their party allies in return.

Among those posts was the European Parliament presidency, whose incumbent Martin Schulz, a German Social Democrat, won their backing to seek a new term at the head of the EU assembly.

Hate speech in the European Parliament?

23 June, 2014 - 07:35

An oath of allegiance to the Treaty of the EU and 'European values' should ban far-right, anti-immigrant and racist politicians from the European Parliament. Sounds too good to be true? That's because it is, writes Mose Apelblat.

Georgieva considers Commission’s ‘clusterisation'

23 June, 2014 - 07:22

Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, responsible for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, said the EU executive needed “more systematic” relations between groups of commissioners who have shared responsibility over certain dossiers.

As the present Commission is nearing its term, political thinking projects the construction of the future EU executive as “clusters” of Commissioners organised into five, six or seven "clusters" of core competences regrouping three or four commissioners.

EU paper pencils in 30% or 35% efficiency target for 2030

23 June, 2014 - 07:17

SPECIAL REPORT / To maintain Europe’s emissions-cutting momentum, a 30% cut in energy usage is needed by 2030, rising to 35% if the EU wants to reap the benefits of energy security, jobs and growth, says a draft communication for the bloc’s energy efficiency review, seen by EurActiv.

Sannino: Italy will turn the perfect storm into the perfect rainbow

23 June, 2014 - 07:13

After the eurozone's perfect storm, Europe can regain competitiveness and growth through an aggressive investment plan. The Italian presidency starting next week will do its utmost to push partners to adopt  measures  for the ‘perfect rainbow’ of sustainable recovery, said Italy's ambassador to the EU, Stefano Sannino, in an exclusive interview with EurActiv.

Lobbyists increasingly look online to influence EU policy

23 June, 2014 - 07:01

Public affairs in Europe is increasingly moving online to reach EU policy makers, linking their campaigns to what high-level official of the EU Commission, Robert Madelin, called the ‘creation of a digital public service’ on Thursday (19 June).

German consumers spend less than their EU neighbours

20 June, 2014 - 16:33

The cost of goods and services for private consumption are slightly higher in Germany than the EU average. But in Germany, consumers live more cheaply than those in most neighbouring states. EurActiv Germany reports.

Hybrid loans tax loophole worth billions of euros closed

20 June, 2014 - 16:27

EU finance ministers meeting today (20 June) have closed loophole exploited by multinationals to pay little or no tax worth billions of euros, after Malta dropped its objections to a compromise deal on hybrid loan arrangements.

Defence minister is Juncker's favourite for German Commission post

20 June, 2014 - 16:25

Few women can be found among EU Commissioners, something Jean-Claude Juncker says he will change if he becomes Commission president, amid news that Martin Schulz has given up vying for the post and rumours that Ursula von der Leyen is Juncker’s top choice. EurActiv Germany reports.

The scramble to select the next president of the European Commission may not be over, but an agreement seems to be near. Controversial top candidate from the conservatives, Jean-Claude Juncker, is already sure of victory.

EU warns Ireland it could expand tax probe beyond Apple

20 June, 2014 - 16:22

The European Commission has told Ireland it may investigate more companies as part of a probe into the country's tax practices, after announcing a formal probe into Apple's Irish subsidiaries, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday (20 June).

The EU is investigating whether Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands have attracted investment and jobs by helping big companies avoid tax in other countries, including EU members.

EU states need to get grip on youth unemployment

20 June, 2014 - 16:07

The dust may have started to settle from the European elections, but the same issues and problems for young people across Europe remain, Allan Päll writes.

German leaders emphasise unity over Stability Pact course

20 June, 2014 - 15:59

German Economic Affairs Minister Sigmar Gabriel has advocated giving crisis-ridden countries more time to get their budgets in order, triggering a debate in Germany and rumours of a divide within Germany’s grand coalition over its course for EU stability policy. EurActiv Germany reports.

Stop taxing the sick

20 June, 2014 - 15:49

The world’s sick and vulnerable should have access to affordable medicines in emerging and developing countries, which should lead an international liberalisation effort, argues Rod Hunter.

Rod Hunter, a senior director for international economics on President George W. Bush’s National Security Council, is a senior vice president at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.

Why Cameron should accept Juncker

20 June, 2014 - 15:48

London should hug - not hate - the Luxembourg former prime minister and David Cameron should pick up the phone and ask: 'Can we talk?', writes Denis MacShane.

Denis MacShane is a former UK minister for Europe and Advisory Board Member of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF).

One of the great puzzles of the aftermath of the European parliament election has been the furore over the idea that Jean-Claude Juncker should become the next president of the European Commission.

Georgieva: ‘Travelling trouble’ could reach us

20 June, 2014 - 15:47

The EU and the developed countries need to more forcefully direct their resources and attention to “the belt of crisis” stretching from Somalia to Mali, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.

Bulgarian Kristalina Georgieva was a World Bank vice-president until she 'saved' the Barroso II team by becoming EU commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis response after the first candidate, Rumiana Jeleva, flopped at her hearings in the European Parliament.

TTIP will boost Europe's competitiveness

20 June, 2014 - 13:53

A successful outcome to the trade talks between Europe and the United States will help rebuild European competitiveness, and ensure the EU remains a leading actor in global trade

'Nils S. Andersen, CEO of A.P. Moller – Maersk – and Chairman of the Trade and Market Access working group at the European Round Table of Industrialists.

The rural route to a more energy-secure Europe

20 June, 2014 - 12:24

Renewable energy sources, including bioethanol, should take centre-stage in Europe's push to decrease its dependence on Russian oil and gas imports, writes Rob Vierhout.

Rob Vierhout is Secretary General of ePure, the European Renewable Ethanol Industry Association.

An unsustainable refugee crisis

20 June, 2014 - 11:31

Commissioner General of the United United Nations Relief and Works Agency Pierre Krähenbühl writes on the unsustainability of the Palestine refugee crisis on World Refugee Day (20 June).

120 children were recently allowed out of Yarmouk, the Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, to sit public exams. The 14-year-olds emerged from the apocalyptic city-scape they call home shell-shocked and bewildered, child victims of one of the most pitiless conflicts of our age.

Ukraine says it will 'remove need' for South Stream pipeline

20 June, 2014 - 07:55

Ukraine's parliament agreed yesterday (19 June) to discuss a bill to allow gas transit facilities to be leased on a joint venture basis with participation from firms in the European Union or United States.

Ukraine would hold 51% and foreign partners would be offered 49% in the venture, which would manage both transit pipelines and underground gas storage facilities.