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Social policy in the European Union: state of play 2015

7 October, 2015 - 09:51

The sixteenth edition of Social policy in the European Union: state of play has a triple ambition. First, it provides easily accessible information to a wide audience about recent developments in both EU and domestic social policymaking.

EU-Taiwan relations need update

7 October, 2015 - 09:37

Taiwanese businesses thinking to invest abroad do not automatically think about Europe because bilateral relations between the two commercial partners have been low-profile, said Francis Kuo-Hsin Liang, Chairman of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council, in an interview with EurActiv.

Czech broadband money caught in political intrigue

7 October, 2015 - 06:58

Nearly two years after the adoption of the new long-term EU budget (2014-2020), the Czech government is still struggling to fulfill conditions that would open the door to half a billion euros of EU cohesion money available to support high-speed internet.

EU starts military operation against ‘mafia of the sea’

7 October, 2015 - 06:57

A military operation to catch migrant traffickers begins today (7 October), with European warships patrolling international waters in the Mediterranean to arrest smugglers dubbed the "mafia of the sea".

EU finance ministers approve new tax transparency rules

7 October, 2015 - 06:55

Almost one year on from the Luxleaks scandal, which broke with the revelation of secret tax deals (tax rulings) between governments and multinational companies, the European Union's finance ministers have ">

First freely elected President of Hungary dies

7 October, 2015 - 06:52

Árpád Göncz, the former dissident, and the first post-Communist President of Hungary, died on Tuesday (6 October) aged 93. He enjoyed widespread public support and was regularly polled as the most popular Hungarian politician of his time.

Commission rebukes Moscovici's hawkish stance on Spanish budget

7 October, 2015 - 06:41

Moscovici is widely regarded as a "dove" among Commissioners dealing with economic issues. But his tough stance toward Spain has not only “surprised” fiscal hawks such as German Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schäuble.

West welcomes decision by separatists to postpone Donbas election

7 October, 2015 - 06:18

A decision by pro-Russian separatists to postpone local elections was welcomed on Tuesday (6 October) by Kyiv, the European Union, Washington and Moscow, as a sign of progress in the faltering peace process.

Commission's proposal for stricter thresholds in organic farming opposed

7 October, 2015 - 06:09

The sale of organic products is a booming business. According to the European Commission, the presence of organic products on the European market has quadrupled in the past decade. However, this increased production has led consumers to question whether everything that glitters is actually gold.

Coelho faces difficulties forming government

7 October, 2015 - 05:54

Portugal's president asked Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho on Monday (5 October) to form a government, following an inconclusive election which denied the centre-right leader a parliamentary majority.

PEGIDA defiant amid confusion over German asylum figures

7 October, 2015 - 05:43

The PEGIDA movement was thought to be dead in the water. But the escalating - if unclear - number of refugee arrivals, and Monday night's show of strength by the xenophobic group, show that anti-Islamic backlash is still alive and well in Germany.

Commission details offer to Turkey to tackle refugee crisis

7 October, 2015 - 05:35

The EU has offered Turkey a plan under which it would resettle more refugees, but only if Ankara establishes new camps and boosts its coastguard to slow the flow of people to Europe, officials said on Tuesday (6 October).

Tents in football fields: That is not Europe

7 October, 2015 - 05:24

Marc Calon is the President of Housing Europe, the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing.

Europe's data authorities step into post-Safe Harbour spotlight

7 October, 2015 - 05:15

Data protection officials are assuming increasing prominence following Tuesday's (6 October) ECJ decision to outlaw Safe Harbour, which called them to take on a bigger role in Europe's privacy debacles.

Three million people unite to derail TTIP

6 October, 2015 - 17:55

A petition signed by three million people against the EU-US trade deal will be handed to the European Commission on Wednesday (7 October).

New CAP must face biodiversity challenge

6 October, 2015 - 16:41

The new “greener” Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) could help the EU meet its objective of halting biodiversity loss by 2020, the Commission has told EurActiv, after its own review showed there had been no significant progress towards stopping environmental destruction.   

UNCTAD: Forget innovative financing, increase ODA

6 October, 2015 - 16:34

One of the limitations of the current international financial system is the relative inability to provide desired levels of international finance for development, says a report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published today (6 October).

Mexican standoff over Polish regions' coal dependency

6 October, 2015 - 14:07

Serious discussion over regeneration for Polish coal-producing regions is needed to prevent a political crisis over the shift to a low-carbon economy, writes Anna Dubowik.

Anna Dubowik is head of Change Partnership Poland.

Unpacking the CMU plan: Who will really benefit?

6 October, 2015 - 13:42

The following opinion article is signed by a group of NGOs comprised of Friends of the Earth Europe, Global Witness, Action Aid and SOMO.

European Parliament calls for inquiry into Volkswagen scandal

6 October, 2015 - 13:23

Several European Parliament committees today (6 October) asked about the past role of the European executive in car emissions testing, and called for an inquiry into the Volkswagen scandal.