The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), dubbed a second-generation trade deal in the wake of the moribund WTO Doha negotiations, seeks to go beyond conventional tariffs and quotas, by strengthening the international order through greater regulatory cooperation.
In an unusual move that underlined frustration with the Greek government, the European Commission published on Sunday (28 June) what it said were the last proposals creditors made to Athens before Greece broke off funding talks. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will speak to the press today at noon.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a referendum for next Sunday, urging voters to reject the offer on the table in Brussels, leading to the Eurogroup meeting of eurozone finance ministers on Saturday saying a bailout scheme was now finished.
Denmark's new conservative-liberal government has called a referendum in 2015 to decide on a more flexible opt-in arrangement on EU Justice matters, an area where the country currently has a strict opt-out, according to the government's work programme published yesterday (28 June).
Both the UK and Ireland have similar opt-in versions on Justice, and the Danish government is worried that Denmark would be kicked out of the European cross-border police cooperation, Europol, which the country has been a member of for 17 years, if it does not adopt a similar arrangement.
As the EU-China summit opens in Brussels today (29 June), new research points to a “delivery gap” on clean energy, which is making the EU level less relevant to Beijing than individual member states, or the US.
Greek lawmakers on Sunday (28 June) authorised Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' proposed 5 July bailout referendum, setting Greece on course for a plebiscite that has enraged international creditors and increased Greece's chances of exiting the eurozone.
The government easily passed the 151-vote threshold needed to authorise the referendum, with deputies from the far right Golden Dawn voting with the government and pro-European opposition parties New Democracy, Pasok and To Potami and the KKE Communist Party voting against.
No matter how desperate Greece's situation appears after its government suspended negotiations, Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem left the door open Saturday (27 June) to avoid a Greek default next week.
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis walked out of talks with the Eurogroup earlier Saturday (27 June), after creditors rejected his demand to extend the Greek bailout programme, which expires on Tuesday (30 June), to accomodate the referendum his government decided to hold on 5 July.
As Greeks are queuing up at banks, the spirit of national division is rising and the Greek drama has reached its final and most painful stage, argues Pavlos Vasilopoulos. The few days that remain will shape the Greek and European future in an extremely poisonous environment.
Eurozone ministers on Saturday (27 June) rejected extending the Greek bailout programme, which expires on Tuesday (30 June). They said Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras reacted "negatively" by calling a referendum on the creditors' proposal and by recommending a 'No' vote.
After about three hours of talks, Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem gave a press conference saying that the extraordinary Eurogroup meeting would conclude with a document which 18 eurozone finance ministers could accept, except Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis.
Denmark's new prime minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, will on Sunday (28 June) announce that he will lead a liberal minority government over the next four years, as government coalition talks with other right-wing parties have collapsed.
An alliance of right-wing parties won the Danish general election on 18 June, marked by the dramatic rise of the far-right Danish People's Party, which became the country’s second biggest political force.
The 5 July referendum called by the Greek government will be on the agreement proposed by international creditors, not on a Grexit, said Alexis Tsipras, late Friday night (26 June). EurActiv Greece reports.
The premier said an emergency session of Parliament would be called to ratify the decision and ruled out any scenario of a “in or out” referendum later today.
No Grexit referendum
Alexis Tsipras called a referendum on bailout demands from foreign creditors early Saturday (27 June), rejecting an "ultimatum" from lenders and putting a deal that could determine Greece's future in Europe to a risky popular vote.
After a week of acrimonious talks in Brussels, where Tsipras dismissed proposals from the lenders as "blackmail", the 40-year-old prime minister said parliament would meet on Saturday to approve holding a referendum on July 5.
Should they stay or should they go? On Sunday (5 July), Greek voters will decide to accept or reject a new bailout package. EurActiv reports, in real time.
Creditors offered a five month extension to the current Greek bailout which expires on 30 June, after Athens brought its proposals closer to the demands of the “institutions”.
But Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called the terms “political blackmail”, as they offer little money outside of what Athens needs to service its debts.
The EU must take more concrete measures in the fight against bullying in the workplace, argues Elissavet Vozemberg.
Giorgos Stathakis, Greece's Minister of Economy, Infrastructure, Shipping and Tourism, spoke to La Tribune about his country's negotiations with its creditors.
French prosecutors said on Friday (26 June) that the anti-terrorist police branch was deployed to investigate an attack which left one person dead and several wounded in southeast France.
A probe has been opened for murder and attempted murder in an organised group in relation to terrorism, the Paris prosecutor's office said in a statement.
French media said a decapitated head was found at the site, along with a flag bearing Islamist inscriptions.
Local authorities and municipalities across Europe are increasingly turning to innovative approaches to meet continuing socio-economic challenges, writes Leander Bindewald.
Politicians on both sides of the Atlantic should consider the wishes of their electorate, including the millions of citizens that have signed petitions against TTIP, argues Pieter de Pous.
In an exclusive interview with EurActiv, the Chinese Ambassador to the EU says next week's EU-China summit will accelerate work to achieve progress.
French doctors prescribe more patented statins than their European counterparts. The country’s health service spends €1.2 billion on statins every year, double the budget of some European countries. EurActiv France reports.