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After victory, Turkey's Erdoğan seeks pliant successor as PM

11 Août, 2014 - 11:30

Turkish president-elect Tayyip Erdoğan began the process of picking his successor as prime minister on Monday (11 August), a figure the EU hopes will enhance cooperation in all areas.

Turkey’s ruling party has begun planning the next government after Recep Tayyip Erdogan secured his position as Turkey’s first directly elected head of state.

EU launches €845 million Pan-African initiative

8 Août, 2014 - 09:25

The European Commission has kick-started a new programme to help integrate African countries and regions, with a €415 million cash injection between now and 2017 and a further tranche of €430 planned before 2020.

The revenues will be used to fund projects for better trade relations, election observation missions run by the African Union, academic exchange programmes and initiatives to improve the governance of migration and mobility within Africa and the EU.

GMO cultivation in Europe: A decade of legal battles

8 Août, 2014 - 08:58

The European Union has agreed on a new approach to the cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) which allows member states to ban or restrict GMOs in their territory. The agreement should mark the end of a decade of legal problems, but in the context of ongoing EU-US free trade negotiations, vocal GMO opposition from member states and civil society is unlikely to subside.

When science meets politics: the EU’s impact assessment review

7 Août, 2014 - 11:06

The European Commission is reviewing its impact assessment guidelines amid accusations that science is becoming increasingly politicised and scientists manipulated by policymakers and powerful interest groups.

It’s official: Last EU election had lowest-ever turnout

7 Août, 2014 - 10:32

The May 2014 EU election saw the lowest voter turnout on record, according to updated figures discretely released by the European Parliament during the summer holiday period for EU institutions. 

The updated numbers, published on the Parliament website, show that turnout struggled to reach 42.54% in 2014, well below the 43.1% initially announced.

Diplomatic pencils will be being snapped in despair at the lowest public enthusiasm for an EU poll since 1979, when elections were first held.

Cluster model could help Juncker solve Commission puzzle

7 Août, 2014 - 07:53

An influential think-tank’s proposal to streamline the European executive may hold the solution to incoming Commission President Jean Claude Juncker’s difficulties in apportioning jobs among his new team, writes Jeremy Fleming.

Germany, France, Britain propose EU mission to open Gaza crossing

7 Août, 2014 - 07:23

Germany, France and Britain have proposed reactivating a European Union mission on the Egypt-Gaza border to help stabilise the Palestinian enclave after a month-long war, a German diplomatic source said on Wednesday.

Moscow retaliates with import ban on EU, US food

7 Août, 2014 - 07:07

Russia has escalated an economic battle set off by the crisis in Ukraine with a ban on all food imports from the United States and on fruit and vegetables from the European Union, dropping any pretence these might be for food safety reasons.

Diabetes: the EU's heavy burden

6 Août, 2014 - 14:54

An estimated 32 million people in the European Union (8.1%) were living with diabetes in 2013. Although policymakers are now paying special attention to the issue and to obesity-related conditions more generally, health experts say more can be done to tackle what the EU considers as a chronic disease.

Glover: EU chief scientist should stay in the shadows

6 Août, 2014 - 14:21

Anne Glover, the EU’s Chief Scientific Advisor, has said that her opinions to the European Commission should remain independent from politics and therefore “not transparent” and immune from public scrutiny. The incoming Commission chief, Jean-Claude Juncker, is considering to maintain her position after Barroso leaves, EurActiv understands.

Finland warns Russia sanctions could spell ‘economic crisis’

6 Août, 2014 - 13:40

Finland could face an economic crisis because of European Union sanctions against Russia and Helsinki will seek financial compensation from the EU if it is disproportionately hit by the measures, its prime minister said on Wednesday (6 August).

Moscow considers forcing European airlines to fly around Russia

6 Août, 2014 - 07:54

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev threatened on Tuesday (5 August) to retaliate for the grounding of a subsidiary of national airline Aeroflot because of EU sanctions, with one newspaper reporting that European flights to Asia over Siberia could be banned.

EU finalises free trade agreement with Canada

6 Août, 2014 - 07:29

Canada and the European Union have finalised the text of a proposed free trade agreement after months of wrangling, in a deal which is expected to serve as a blueprint for a similar agreement with the United States.

How the Commission ‘blocked’ key environmental plans

5 Août, 2014 - 07:55

EXCLUSIVE / Plans to crack down on endocrine disruptors and illegal timber being imported into the EU, were buried by the outgoing President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and his secretary-general Catherine Day, according to a senior EU source.

With only weeks remaining before the Commission President steps down, tongues are beginning to loosen at the EU executive.

Barroso and Day have often been singled out by environmentalists for a perceived tilt to business interests when it comes to green legislation, a charge their spokespeople strongly deny.

Hollande urges ECB to 'inject liquidity in the economy'

5 Août, 2014 - 07:25

The European Central Bank and Germany must do more to boost growth and fight a "real deflationary risk" in Europe, French President Francois Hollande told the newspaper Le Monde in an interview.

Juncker talks down Greek debt write-off option

4 Août, 2014 - 13:45

Incoming European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker played down on Monday the option of an outright writing off of part of the euro zone loans to Greece to make the country's debt more manageable.

Local communities bring new hope for Haiti

4 Août, 2014 - 08:03

Haitian communities have taken the reconstruction of the Caribbean country into their own hands, completing the efforts to eliminate cholera that were initiated by the government and the UN, writes Ban Ki-moon.

Low-cost Russian airline suspends flights due to EU sanctions

4 Août, 2014 - 07:45

A low-cost airline run by Russian national carrier Aeroflot said on Sunday (3 August) it will suspend all flights after its plane lease agreement was cancelled when the European Union slapped sanctions on Moscow over its role in the Ukraine crisis.

The EU announced punitive measures on the airline, Dobrolyot (Good Flight), in late July when it expanded its list of sanctions on Russia to 95 people and 23 organisations subject to travel bans and asset freezes.

Portugal rescues third largest bank, testing euro zone resilience

4 Août, 2014 - 07:31

Portugal has announced it will spend €4.9 billion to rescue its largest listed bank, testing the euro zone's resilience to another banking crisis just months after Lisbon exited an international bailout.

The rescue of Banco Espirito Santo, which was unveiled after a frenzied weekend of discussions between Portuguese and European Union officials, comes after weeks of increasingly bad news about the financial state of the lender, particularly its exposure to a cascade of companies headed by its founding Espirito Santo family.

EU antitrust probe blocks work on Real Madrid stadium

1 Août, 2014 - 16:01

Real Madrid's plans to remodel their Bernabéu football stadium were thrown into doubt on Friday (1 August) after a court in the Spanish capital suspended an agreement between the club and the city government that is crucial to the project.

The court ruled that the deal between Real and the Madrid council, which would allow land adjacent to the stadium to be incorporated into the stadium overhaul, should be suspended because the European Commission is examining it for possible illegal state aid.