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#Happyvoting campaign sees MEPs dancing to attract young voters

14 April, 2014 - 14:05
A video showing MEPs dancing in the streets of Brussels, to the tune of Pharrell Williams' "Happy", was launched last month, in the hope of attracting young voters for the next European elections, in May.

Why is Europe shooting itself in the foot over renewables?

14 April, 2014 - 13:56
Renewable energy isn’t just a necessity for combating climate change. It is also a sound and competitive investment, if sensible interest rates are applied. So why aren’t they?’ asks Mike Parr.

UKIP hits new high in poll ahead of Europe vote

14 April, 2014 - 07:55
Voter support for Britain's anti-European Union UK Independence Party (UKIP) is at a record high according to one opinion poll on Sunday (13 , reflecting growing approval of the party ahead of European elections next month.

Neutral Finland debates NATO membership option

14 April, 2014 - 07:54
Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen said that his country, which is not a member of any military pact, should consider NATO membership along with Sweden, “when the time is right”. He added that there was no acute security risk for Finland due to the Ukraine crisis.

Pat Cox: Ukraine must be at heart of EU elections campaign

14 April, 2014 - 07:41
Europe thought it had settled the issue of territorial integrity in the 20th century, but Russia's annexation of Crimea shows it's not the case. Top candidates must put the issue at the heart of their EU elections' campaign, because the EU's stance on energy and foreign policy matters, said Pat Cox, in an interview with EurActiv.

EU ministers meet as Russia warns of civil war in Ukraine

14 April, 2014 - 07:11
Russia said it was “the west's responsibility to prevent civil war in Ukraine," while NATO described the appearance in eastern Ukraine of troops with Russian weapons, and identical uniforms without insignia, as "a concerted campaign of violence by pro-Russian separatists, aiming to destabilise Ukraine as a sovereign state".

Ukraine looms large in Polish electoral campaign

14 April, 2014 - 07:06
Six weeks before the European elections, the electoral campaign in Poland is growing increasingly tense. In addition to usual attacks on their rivals, issues of security and energy have started to play an important role for the country's parties. EurActiv Poland reports.

Le Pen’s 'dodgy' economics

14 April, 2014 - 04:39
The leader of the Front National, Marine Le Pen, is under fire for her economic programme, and turning down a televised debate with Martin Schulz. EurActiv France reports.

EU “has the power” to put in place a universal basic income

14 April, 2014 - 04:01
From Martin Luther King to Erich Fromm, the universal – or unconditional – basic income (UBI) has always had its supporters. The idea is not new. But the economic crisis has brought it back to the forefront “as a solution” to the most pressing issues facing the EU today.

Van Parijs: An unconditional basic income in Europe will help end the crisis

11 April, 2014 - 16:32
In an interview given after the conference on the “Unconditional Basic Income” (UBI) organised in the European Economic and Social Committee, Phillippe Van Parijs argued that the EU should put in place such a basic income for all of its citizens, to help it escape the crisis, and to show that it is a community that “cares” for all its members.

Michel Barnier: “We set up the banking union in record time”

11 April, 2014 - 15:44
The French Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, Michel Barnier, published a book titled Se reposer ou être libre (to rest or to be free) on 17 April. He spoke with EurActiv about reforming the European banking system.

Study reveals German-US scepticism over TTIP

11 April, 2014 - 14:00
Most Germans and Americans support the planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a recent study shows. But the devil is in the details, as both sides remain sceptical of each other’s standards, and Germans lack trust in EU negotiators. EurActiv Germany reports.

Cyprus president says gas can help reunification

11 April, 2014 - 14:00
President Nicos Anastasiades said discovery of natural gas around Cyprus us could galvanize international efforts to resolve the long-standing division of the island, and smooth development of an alternative energy supply source to Russia.