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Change EU treaty so countries can leave the eurozone

27 July, 2015 - 15:23

Altering the eurozone treaty to allow states to leave or be expelled will help guarantee the future stability of the EMU, argues Thomas Schuster.

UN development negotiations hampered by excessive targets

27 July, 2015 - 15:13

The UN is this week finalising its post-2015 development agenda in New York. Big questions remain over the implementation and evaluation of the new SDGs. EurActiv France reports

UK and France see euro reform as possible 'win-win'

27 July, 2015 - 15:05

Britain and France agreed on Monday that efforts by eurozone nations to shore up the single currency after the Greek crisis could go hand-in-hand with wider reforms the UK needs to stay in the European Union.

Prime Minister David Cameron wants assurances that non-eurozone EU members such as Britain will not see their influence wane in the wider 28-country bloc as the eurozone integrates more, before he puts British membership of the EU to a landmark referendum by 2017.

EU tries again for compromise on deal to phase out coal aid

27 July, 2015 - 14:45

EU bosses are pushing to resolve a clash between industry and environmental policy with a new strategy to phase out funding to export coal technology to developing nations, ahead of a meeting of leading economic powers on the issue.

The European Commission, the EU executive, urges tougher rules on when subsidies, known as coal export credits, can be used in a paper seen by Reuters, ahead of interim talks this week.

A frosty welcome for Greece's hated creditors

27 July, 2015 - 14:23

In Greece, hospitality is a concept as old as the Acropolis. But the country's hated creditors cannot expect the usual warm welcome when they arrive this week to thrash out a third huge international bailout.

It has been more than a year since top negotiators from the International Monetary Fund, European Union and European Central Bank - together known as the "troika" - last set foot in Athens, and the symbolism of their return is not lost on Greeks.

How can developing countries make themselves heard at the UN Climate Change Conference?

27 July, 2015 - 12:38

Developing countries such as Bhutan, which are hard hit by climate change but contribute little to it, face significant challenges in reaching a fair agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, writes Ian Duncan.

Ian Duncan is a Scottish Conservative MEP and a member of the European Conservatives and Reformists group in the European Parliament.

How far should Europe go for the security of Ukraine?

27 July, 2015 - 11:22

Europe should be prepared to commit hard defence in support for Ukraine and maintain sanctions against Russia, writes Richard Howitt ahead of a UN Security Council meeting over the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 one year ago.

Leaving EU would harm British universities, lobby group warns

27 July, 2015 - 10:43

Britain must remain a member of the European Union if its higher education sector is to maintain its status, quality and research capabilities, a university lobby group said on Monday (27 July).

Prime Minister David Cameron is planning to renegotiate Britain's ties to the EU and then, by the end of 2017, hold a referendum on whether the country should stay in the bloc.

Rosia Montana, an omen for TTIP

27 July, 2015 - 10:24

Romanians decided two years ago not to host Europe's largest gold mine. Now the Canadian mining company is seeking massive compensation from Bucharest, in a case that foreshadows what TTIP could bring, writes Claudia Ciobanu.

Claudia Ciobanu is a Romanian freelance reporter based in Warsaw.

Osborne starts off EU reform roadshow in Paris

27 July, 2015 - 09:54

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer was expected to push the case for European Union reform on Monday (27 July) as he kicked off a European roadshow with a trip to Paris amid reports London could hold its referendum on EU membership as early as June next year.

Row over ISDS overshadows Pacific trade deal

27 July, 2015 - 07:57

With the end game in sight to what could be the world's most ambitious trade deal, critics fear a controversial mechanism to protect investors will strengthen the hand of big business while eroding national sovereignty.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a wide-ranging accord that would encompass 40% of the world's trade, could be sealed in Hawaii this week after more than five years of talks.

Mafia and multinationals milk Italy's green energy boom

27 July, 2015 - 07:50

Thousands of solar panels glint in the sun, but the prized farmland beneath lies barren. While the Italian island of Sardinia revels in a renewable energy boom, the long arm of organised crime risks sullying its clean power ambitions.

Famed for its lush plains and emerald waters but racked by poverty and unemployment, Sardinia has jumped at the chance to boost the economy by converting its long months of sunshine into green energy.

Italy's Padoan calls for tighter eurozone integration

27 July, 2015 - 07:29

The eurozone needs deeper integration to remove the risk of a member country leaving the single currency, Italian Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan told the Financial Times in an interview on Sunday (26 July).

Syriza rocked by reports of secret drachma plan

27 July, 2015 - 07:26

Some members of Greece's leftist government wanted to raid central bank reserves and hack taxpayer accounts to prepare a return to the drachma, according to reports on Sunday (26 July) that highlighted the chaos in the ruling Syriza party.

France targets carbon tax in energy transition law

27 July, 2015 - 07:03

The French energy transition law, passed last week, will quadruple the country's carbon tax for fossil fuels by 2020. Journal de l'Environnement reports

NATO calls emergency meeting at Turkey's request

27 July, 2015 - 06:57

NATO Security General Jens Stoltenberg has called an emergency meeting to discuss security tomorrow (Tuesday 28 July) at the request of Turkey after last week's suicide bombing and Turkish security operations against Islamic State and PKK Kurdish militants.

France tops the list for Juncker Plan funding

27 July, 2015 - 06:52

France's energy transition has received another boost from the Juncker Plan's investment fund, its third so far. EurActiv France reports

Energy Union must not focus solely on climate

27 July, 2015 - 06:43

There will be a price to pay for the continuing focus on fighting climate change at the expense of ensuring the EU's industrial competitiveness, writes Marek Gróbarczyk. 

Marek Gróbarczyk is a Polish MEP from the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group. He is coordinator in the European Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy committee (ITRE) and rapporteur for the Energy Union report.

Azerbaijan was effective in countering radicalisation

27 July, 2015 - 06:41

While the threat of Islamic terrorism and radicalisation still exists to some extent in Azerbaijan, prevention measures have undoubtedly been very effective, writes Ceyhun Osmanli.

Ceyhun Osmanli has been a member of parliament in Azerbaijan since 2010. He is also a board member of the World Bank and IMF Parliamentary Network and a member of the Azerbaijani delegation to Euronest Parliamentary Assembly. He is currently the co-rapporteur on Culture and intercultural dialogue in the context of the Eastern Partnership.

TTIP talks stumble over ‘feta’ dispute

24 July, 2015 - 13:05

European Union plans to seal the world's largest free trade deal with the United States are threatened by intractable differences over food names, none more so than the right of cheese makers to use the term "feta".

Negotiators talk of accelerated progress and hope to thrash out a skeleton agreement on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) within a year, aiming for a major boost to growth in the advanced Western economies.

But geographical indications (GIs), a 1,200-long list ranging from champagne to Parma ham, present a major headache.