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UK referendum plans a 'recipe for confusion', warn Lords

28 Juillet, 2015 - 15:47

The UK government has been criticised for its handling of the referendum on British membership of the EU by the House of Lords, which called the reform plans a "recipe for confusion".

In a report published today (28 July), the House of Lords' European Union Committee listed several aspects of the UK government's preparations that it said are still unclear. The House of Lords is Britain's second chamber of parliament and the committee scrutinises British EU policy.

Brussels denies Varoufakis' claims that troika controlled Greek tax agency

28 Juillet, 2015 - 13:42

The European Commission on Tuesday (28 July) sharply denied claims by Greece's ex-finance minister Yanis Varoufakis that creditors overseeing Greece's bailout also controlled the country's tax agency.

There ain't no such thing as a free lunch

28 Juillet, 2015 - 08:25

We have grown accustomed to the fact that anything we want is at our fingertips at any time. But as the world population grows faster than ever, we need significant changes to the way we think about feeding the planet, writes Paweł Jarczewski.

Paweł Jarczewski is CEO of fertiliser producer Grupa Azoty and chairman of the technical and safety, health and environment committee of the International Fertilisers Industry Association.

Alstom offers concessions to keep GE deal on track

28 Juillet, 2015 - 07:51

Alstom is to accept €300 million less than previously agreed for its power turbines unit from General Electric as a contribution to the US-based buyer's efforts to win antitrust clearance in Europe.

We must tackle this unprecedented European crisis

28 Juillet, 2015 - 07:45

It would be a mistake to keep pretending that Europe will emerge stronger from the latest round of the Greek crisis, or to ignore that all the shouting at Athens, and the shouting back at Germany, sets the scene for the “NO camp” to win other referendums, too. There is only one positive decision to take, argues Diogo Pinto.

How the eurozone survived the Greek crisis

28 Juillet, 2015 - 07:30

The Greek crisis has strained nerves on the eurozone debt market, but unlike four years ago there has been no contagion of financial uncertainty across the single currency bloc.

Study: Restrictions on refugee healthcare cost more than free access to services

28 Juillet, 2015 - 07:23

Asylum seekers in Germany only have limited access to medical care, an attempt by the state to keep costs low, but a new study shows health-related costs are much lower when refugees can freely access health services. EurActiv Germany reports.

Malmström: We can finish TTIP during the Obama administration

28 Juillet, 2015 - 07:09

The EU’s Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström was amazed at German criticism over the planned EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and emphasised its benefits in an interview with Tagesspiegel.

Brussels orders France to reclaim Ryanair subsidies

28 Juillet, 2015 - 06:58

The European Commission has taken Paris to court for failing to recover nearly €10 million in anticompetitive subsidies paid to Ryanair and Transavia. EurActiv France reports

WHO: 400 Europeans die of hepatitis each day

28 Juillet, 2015 - 06:51

About 400 Europeans, mostly people living in Eastern Europe, die each day of hepatitis B and C, while almost 30 million live with the infection, the World Health organisation (WHO) said on World Hepatitis Day (28 July).

Over the past four decades, there has been a significant increase in Europeans affected by hepatitis B and C, diseases that are caused by a virus that primarily affects the liver. As hepatitis is often asymptomatic and progresses slowly, it is also known to be a "silent killer."

EU watchdog launches transparency app for data privacy talks

27 Juillet, 2015 - 16:04

European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli published his recommended version of the data protection regulation today (27 July) and launched a mobile app that compares his suggestions to the three proposals from the European Parliament, Commission and the Council.

The three proposals currently at the centre of negotiations are "not the ideal reform," Buttarelli said.

Change EU treaty so countries can leave the eurozone

27 Juillet, 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 Juillet, 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 Juillet, 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 Juillet, 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 Juillet, 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 Juillet, 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 Juillet, 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 Juillet, 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 Juillet, 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.