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Juncker and a Revival of the ‘European Social Model’?

16 Juillet, 2014 - 16:24

Juncker’s plans to relax austerity and assess the social impact of structural reforms suggests that a revival of the ‘European social model’ is in the making. But what does that mean, asks Leticia Díez Sánchez.

Backroom talks on dangerous TTIP agreement must end

16 Juillet, 2014 - 16:10

German MEP Helmut Scholz explains why the GUE/NGL group in the European Parliament is calling for an immediate end to negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

TTIP will not include financial services, says US ambassador

16 Juillet, 2014 - 16:06

Brussels should stop pushing to include financial services in the trade and investment agreement under negotiations between the EU and the US, said Washington’s envoy Anthony L. Gardner in an exclusive interview with EurActiv.

“We keep on getting asked about this and we keep on giving the same answer. Somehow, that does not seem to be sufficient, as the Commission keeps on pushing for this issue when they know what the answer is,” rebutted Gardner.

Schulz says Parliament may reject Hill as UK Commissioner

16 Juillet, 2014 - 15:28

The head of the European Parliament said today (16 July) that the "radically anti-European" views of Jonathan Hill, British premier David Cameron's nominee for the European Commission, might prevent him getting onto the EU's executive body.

"I cannot imagine Hill, whose views - in as far as he's got any - are radically anti-European, getting a majority in the European Parliament," said the legislative body's president, Martin Schulz, a Social Democrat from Germany.

Ukraine submits evidence of Russian covert action

16 Juillet, 2014 - 15:05

EXCLUSIVE / EU leaders are set to adopt further sanctions against Russia at their summit tonight (16 July). Hours before the meeting, Ukraine submitted proof of Russia’s support for the separatists. EurActiv has seen part of this information, and is publishing relevant selections.

Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, the Ukrainian Ambassador to the EU, has provided the European Union with evidence of Russia’s support for separatists and called for tougher sanctions against Moscow, his office announced.

'Smart' technology makes energy utilities more vulnerable to hackers

16 Juillet, 2014 - 14:01

Last November, Felix Lindner came very close to shutting down the power supply of Ettlingen, a town of almost 40,000 people in the south of Germany.

INFOGRAPHIC: Who's who in the new European Commission?

16 Juillet, 2014 - 12:57

After his election as European Commission President on Tuesday (15 July), Jean-Claude Juncker can now start discussions with member states on how to allocate portfolios within his team. Below is an overview of all Commissioners already designated by their member state as well as presumed candidates.

US Ambassador: Beyond growth, TTIP must happen for geostrategic reasons

16 Juillet, 2014 - 10:51

The United States and Europe must work constructively to finalise the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership not only to boost jobs and growth. "There are critical geostrategic reasons to get this deal done, and every day I am reminded of the global context of why we are negotiating TTIP," said US Ambassador to the EU, Anthony Gardner in an exclusive interview with EurActiv. 

Commission 'clusterisation' may follow EU budget headings

16 Juillet, 2014 - 08:21

The future Commission could be designed along “clusters” reflecting the five headings of the EU budget. Accordingly, five Commission Vice Presidents will be responsible for these clusters, but the concept of “junior” and “senior” commissioners has been rejected, sources told EurActiv.

Socialists back Mogherini for EU foreign affairs chief

16 Juillet, 2014 - 07:59

Socialist Prime Ministers are meeting today (16 July) to give their support for Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini to become the next EU foreign affairs chief, ahead of an EU summit where at least four Eastern European countries are expected to object to her candidacy.

European Socialists are backing Mogherini to become the next EU foreign affairs chief, the leader of the S&D group in the European Parliament Gianni Pittella said yesterday.

Small is beautiful: How a tiny device cuts aircraft noise

16 Juillet, 2014 - 07:38

SPECIAL REPORT / The name - vortex generator - sounds more complex than the device itself. Yet the small component developed by German researchers provides a big solution to noise produced by one of the most widely flown passenger aircraft.

BRICS launch ‘New Development Bank’

16 Juillet, 2014 - 07:29

Leaders of the BRICS emerging market nations launched a $100 billion (€73.5 billion) development bank and a currency reserve pool yesterday (15 July) in their first concrete step toward reshaping the Western-dominated international financial system.

The bank, aimed at funding infrastructure projects in developing nations, will be based in Shanghai, and India will preside over its operations for the first five years, followed by Brazil and then Russia, leaders of the five-country group announced at a summit.

Ukraine makes fresh charges against Russia as EU leaders meet

16 Juillet, 2014 - 07:22

Ukraine has made fresh charges of Russian involvement in its conflict with separatist rebels, suggesting Moscow may have had a role in an air strike yesterday (15 July) that killed 11 people. The accusations come a day before EU leaders meet to discuss the crisis, where they might consider adopting fresh sanctions against Russia.

EU Summit Live: Foreign policy chief, top jobs on the table

16 Juillet, 2014 - 07:15

A day after the EU Parliament elected Jean-Claude Juncker to head the European Commission, the 28 EU leaders gather in Brussels on Wednesday evening (16 July) to discuss who will become the next European Council President and EU's foreign affairs chief. Follow the developments live, below.

Le Pen won't hijack TTIP committee, vow MEPs

16 Juillet, 2014 - 07:13

Marine Le Pen and her far-right allies will not be allowed to hijack the debate over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), despite sitting on the European Parliament committee overseeing the EU-US trade deal, its new chairman promised Tuesday.

German Socialist Bernd Lange, who said procedural rules would stop Le Pen grandstanding or using sessions for publicity, also warned that an investor-state dispute settlement mechanism should be dropped from TTIP. If it wasn’t, he said, the Parliament’s next resolution on TTIP could be negative.

Schäuble doubts French claim to EU Commission monetary portfolio

15 Juillet, 2014 - 16:36

In light of France’s ongoing deficit problems, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble expressed doubts over whether the country should be given the influential post of Commissioner for Monetary Affairs. EurActiv Germany reports.

France tries to rein in Bitcoin market

15 Juillet, 2014 - 16:33

The French Ministry for Finance wants to increase the regulation of virtual currencies, in an attempt to fight financial crime. EurActiv France reports.

Tracfin, France's anti-money laundering unit, published a report on 11 July calling for greater regulation of virtual currencies, the most famous of which is Bitcoin, and to make their use is more transparent.

Parliament elects ‘politically ecumenical’ Juncker as Commission President

15 Juillet, 2014 - 14:44

The ‘Spitzenkandidat’ of the centre-right EPP group Jean-Claude Juncker has been elected today (15 July) to lead the European Commission from 1 November, with a massive vote from MEPs, with the Socialists and the Liberals praising the many openings he made in his election speech towards their own political priorities.

The European Parliament confirmed Juncker as European Commission President, by 422 votes in favour out of 729. He needed at least 376. 250 MEPs voted against, 47 abstained and 10 votes were considered invalid.

German minister calls for €1 billion to tackle 'worst refugee crisis in 50 years'

15 Juillet, 2014 - 14:09

In the run up to an informal meeting among EU development ministers, Germany's Gerd Müller is calling for stronger action to tackle the worldwide refugee crisis, saying that simply "raising fences" is too little. EurActiv Germany reports.

German Development Minister Gerd Müller has said he wants to fight the "worst refugee crisis in 50 years" with more money and new personnel.

New Beginnings

15 Juillet, 2014 - 13:39

With a new legislative cycle about to start, we need to lay down the foundations for an economy that grasps the future, beginning with the digital single market, writes Fausto Pinto de Matos.

Fausto Pinto de Matos is a Portuguese legal advisor running Think Europe – a blog on European issues @fpintodematos