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Rebel advance in Ukraine prompts push for more Russia sanctions

28 Janvier, 2015 - 07:54

Separatists said on Tuesday (27 January) they had pushed Ukrainian troops out of two districts on the outskirts of Donetsk, and that their aim was to control the entire region.

A rebel advance launched last week has dashed a five-month truce, reignited a war that has killed more than 5,000 people, and brought threats of new sanctions on Moscow, which NATO accuses of backing the separatists with money, arms and troops.

MEP: Ukraine is a heating crisis, not a gas crisis

28 Janvier, 2015 - 07:34

Member states must cooperate with each other and submit to a European Commission-run governance structure, complete with punitive measures, if the EU is to become independent from Russian gas, argues Morten Helveg Petersen, who also stressed the importance of renewables and energy efficiency.

Morten Helveg Petersen is a Danish Member of the European Parliament. An ALDE member, he sits in the Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. He spoke to EurActiv's Deputy News Editor James Crisp.

Laurence Tubiana: ‘EU-China climate agreement is conceivable’

28 Janvier, 2015 - 07:25

Climate change specialist Laurence Tubiana is the negotiator representing France at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. She took the time to share her views on of the discussions between the world's biggest CO2 emitters with EurActiv France.

Merkel’s ‘vaccine summit’ raises $7.5 billion

28 Janvier, 2015 - 07:15

Over the next five years, international vaccine alliance GAVI hopes to immunise 300 million children against preventable diseases, with the German government pledging €600 million for the project. But NGOs warned that most of the money will end up pocketed by pharma giants. EurActiv Germany reports.

French Socialists inspired by Syriza victory

28 Janvier, 2015 - 07:07

After observing the rise of the radical left in Greece with suspicion, France's Socialists have extended a warm welcome to Alexis Tsipras following his election victory. EurActiv France reports

Failing to Deliver? The EU and governance assistance in Africa's Great Lakes region

27 Janvier, 2015 - 15:56

The EU has gone to great lengths to support stability in the African Great Lakes region, yet there is little return on this investment, writes Bram Dijkstra.

Bram Dijkstra is Research Assistant on Africa at the Open Society European Policy Institute.

Twenty years after the genocide which dragged Rwanda and its neighbours into a series of brutal conflicts, regional peace and stability remain elusive in the African Great Lakes region. Despite intensive engagement, the EU has failed to achieve its policy objectives in the region.

The Netherlands continues to have the best health care system in the EU

27 Janvier, 2015 - 15:39

The Netherlands has retained its position at the top of the annual Euro Health Consumer Index (EHCI), which compares healthcare systems in Europe for the fifth year in a row.

Each year, the Swedish NGO Health Consumer Powerhouse (HCP) ranks healthcare systems in Europe on 48 indicators, including patients' rights and information, accessibility, prevention and outcomes. Once again, the Netherlands secured a top position among 36 European countries for the fifth year in a row, scoring 898 of a maximum 1,000 points.

Commission: Beware digital media’s tribal lure

27 Janvier, 2015 - 15:01

Digitisation poses a danger to media diversity and the EU should focus as much on content and quality as access issues within the European Commission’s digital single market strategy, a senior EU executive claimed recently.

“We are tribal, we read newspapers that tell us that we are right,” Jonathan Hill, the head of cabinet of Tibor Navracsics the European commissioner for education, culture, youth and sport told delegates at a conference on the future of the media held in Brussels (20 January).

Stylianides' visit to Ukraine highlights downside of humanitarian effort

27 Janvier, 2015 - 14:35

A visit by Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Commissioner Christos Stylianides to Dnepropetrovsk today (27 January) highlighted the assistance the EU was providing to Kiev. EurActiv reports live from Ukraine.

Stylianides visited the 500.000 inhabitant city, around 200 KM from Donetsk, accompanied by officials, and a few Brussels journalists. The first location the Commissioner saw was an NGO-run centre for internally displaced persons in the centre of Dnepropetrovsk.

Muslim anti-Semitism puts pressure on West

27 Janvier, 2015 - 13:55

One after the other, EU leaders took turns reassuring Europe’s Jewish community, following the kosher supermarket attack in Paris, in which four people were killed, writes Joel Schalit.

Joel Schalit is News Editor at EurActiv.

“Without its Jews, Britain would not be Britain,” said UK Home Secretary Theresa May, at a memorial event, shortly after the Charlie Hebdo and supermarket murders.

“If 100,000 Jews leave, France will no longer be France,” Prime Minister Manuel Valls told an American journalist a day later.

Countdown to UK election: A vote on Europe?

27 Janvier, 2015 - 11:25

Ahead of the UK general election on 7 May 2015, EurActiv UK brings you the latest developments in the fight for 10 Downing Street.

European issues are high on the agenda of this election campaign, with Prime Minister David Cameron promising Britons, if he is re-elected, an in/out referendum on the UK's EU membership.

 

You can get in contact with us by tweeting @EurActivUK or by leaving your comments underneath. 

Carbon pricing: a challenge for the future

27 Janvier, 2015 - 08:38

SPECIAL REPORT: The concept of carbon pricing as a tool to combat climate change is broadly accepted by the international community. But at what price, and under what conditions? As the world looks for ways to cut CO2 emissions, many questions remain unanswered. EurActiv France reports.

EU paper calls for binding CCS targets by 2030

27 Janvier, 2015 - 08:37

European countries should be given binding targets for installing technology to capture and store carbon emissions, according to a new report for the European Commission.

EU adviser: Energy Union should take 'holistic approach'

27 Janvier, 2015 - 08:15

Europe's energy policy is no longer based on a difficult balance between competitiveness, sustainability and security of supply. It has now become a holistic project which includes all these dimensions in a multi-disciplinary approach, argues Jean-Arnold Vinois.

Paris and Berlin call for review of EU-Canada trade deal

27 Janvier, 2015 - 07:54

Trade negotiations between the EU and Canada concluded in October 2013, but France and Germany now want to make changes to the CETA agreement’s investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clause. EurActiv France reports

Germany presses new Greek leaders to maintain reforms

27 Janvier, 2015 - 07:46

After the far-left Syriza party triumphed in the Greek elections this Sunday, Germany is still insisting on the country’s implementation of reforms, which were part of the conditions of the country's bailout. Meanwhile German industry has warned the party’s leader, Alexis Tsipras, against changing course. EurActiv Germany reports.

Putin misses Auschwitz memorial, as Ukraine hostilities continue

27 Janvier, 2015 - 07:36

Russia's Vladimir Putin will be absent from the main event marking 70 years since Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz death camp in Poland, held against a backdrop of hostilities in Ukraine and warnings of a rise in anti-Semitism in Europe.

The commemoration on Tuesday (27 January) at the site in southern Poland where the Nazis killed about 1.5 million people, mainly European Jews, between 1940 and 1945, may be the last major anniversary when survivors attend in numbers. The youngest are in their 70s.

EU divided over ‘conditionality’ of aid

27 Janvier, 2015 - 07:20

Belgium has suspended part of its aid programme to Rwanda in response to the country's poor human rights record. The conditionality of aid is a subject of disagreement among European countries. EurActiv France reports

Greek elections: Time for the EU to talk debt

26 Janvier, 2015 - 17:15

European debt justice groups welcome the plans of the new Syriza-led government to renegotiate Greece’s heavy debt burden with its creditors. These negotiations should start as soon as possible, writes Bodo Ellmers.

Bodo Ellmers, policy and advocacy manager at the European Network on Debt and Development (Eurodad).

Muddling through is no longer an option

Ukraine turns to International Criminal Court over 'terrorist' killings in Mariupol

26 Janvier, 2015 - 17:06

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Monday (26 January) he will give the EU ample evidence of who is behind the recent shelling of the city of Mariupol, in which more than 20 people were killed in a missile attack. EurActiv reports from Eastern Ukraine.

The Mariupol killings and others will be submitted to the International Criminal Court in the Hague, Poroshenko said.