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Open Europe: 17% probability of Brexit

26 Février, 2015 - 18:04

The probability of the UK leaving the EU during the next parliament stands at 17%, according to Open Europe, a critical but pro-EU think tank.

Their “Brexit Barometer” assesses of the chances of the UK leaving the EU, up to and following the General Election on 7 May 2015.

The barometer comes as public support for EU membership in the UK is at record levels.

>Read: Support for EU membership in UK at record high

Brussels demands more ambitious reforms from France

26 Février, 2015 - 17:55

The European Commission is expecting to receive a new programme of structural reforms from Paris by April, despite the recent adoption of the Macron bill. EurActiv France reports

Riga to host ‘Eastern Partnership survival summit’

26 Février, 2015 - 17:51

Edgars Rinkēvičs, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, didn’t mince his words Thursday (26 February) when he called the summit of the Eastern Partnership his country is hosting next May, in its capacity as holder of the rotating EU presidency, “a survival summit”.

Speaking at a public event organised by the European Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Rinkēvičs said that three months before the Riga summit, on 21-22 May, there were “more open issues than ever”.

Energy Union a green light for human rights abusers, warn NGOs

26 Février, 2015 - 17:26

EXCLUSIVE: The European Union’s flagship energy project will prop up a rogue’s gallery of authoritarian governments responsible for a string of human rights abuses, while not improving gas supply security, civil society organisations have warned.

Does diversification of supply routes really deliver energy security?

26 Février, 2015 - 17:09

Simply diversifying energy supply routes does not necessarily guarantee energy security, writes Luca Bergamaschi after the European Commission published its plans for Energy Union.

Luca Bergamaschi is a researcher at leading environmental think tank E3G.

Energy security is often understood as a matter of physical disruption. In response, policymakers tend to react by developing security strategies that aim at diversifying supply routes. This is reflected in the EU’s new Energy Union strategy, published on 25 February by the European Commission.

A ceasefire on the market place

26 Février, 2015 - 17:08

While we are all crossing our fingers, hoping that the agreed ceasefire in Ukraine will stop the deadly conflict, time has come for the next steps to maintain peace and create progress in Ukraine. As disputes over trade were a significant part of the problem, trade must also be a significant part of the solution, writes Christian Friis Bach.

Women failing to keep up with cholesterol treatment, survey finds

26 Février, 2015 - 14:33

Fewer than 40% of women suffering from bad cholesterol are able to follow the medicines regiment needed to control their disease, according to a US survey.

The poll was conducted by Women Heart, the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, a non-profit organisation. This is the first national survey of this kind in the United States.

It showed that the mean medication adherence rate for the 795 women who took part in the survey was only 62%.

Europe’s piece in the puzzle of global climate cooperation

26 Février, 2015 - 12:56

The European Commission has just proposed Europe’s ‘contribution’ to the international climate negotiations that should be finalised with a new agreement in Paris in December 2015. Overall, the Commission’s proposed contribution, and the vision it provides for the Paris agreement, is an encouraging first step. Some points may require further clarification, writes Teresa Ribera.

From the European Energy Community to the Energy Union

26 Février, 2015 - 12:55

It is essential to mobilize all citizens around the energy transition in which the world is engaged and required to adopt common measures to keep the increase of temperature below 2°C. The release of the Energy Union package by the European Commission is the first major step in the European wide debate to give life and to create public support to this challenging project, write Jacques Delors, Sami Andoura and Jean-Arnold Vinois.

Macedonia opposition leader says PM ordered wiretapping of journalists

26 Février, 2015 - 08:55

Macedonia's opposition leader accused the government on Wednesday (25 February) of illegally wire-tapping around 100 journalists to cement control over the media, the latest revelation in a scandal that Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski blamed on foreign spies.

Opposition Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev, charged last month by police with plotting to bring down the government, played to a packed press conference audio tapes that he said demonstrated the extent of government influence over the media. A voice he identified as Gruevski's was among them.

Austria passes 'Law on Islam' banning foreign money for Muslim groups

26 Février, 2015 - 08:52

Austria's parliament passed a law on Wednesday (25 February) that seeks to regulate how Islam is administered, singling out its large Muslim minority for treatment not applied to any other religious group.

Putin and Anastasiades celebrate their cooperation

26 Février, 2015 - 08:42

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, who is on an official visit to Moscow, applauded with his host and counterpart Vladimir Putin, the many ties linking the two countries.

In his remarks, Putin said that Russian investment in Cyprus was at 80% of the total for the small island country, amounting to $33 billion.

Germany sees fourfold increase in renewables since 2000

26 Février, 2015 - 08:03

Renewable energy sources are on the rise in Germany, with wind power continuing to play the most important role. But a current study reveals the potential of renewables is far from being fully exploited. EurActiv Germany reports.

Brussels blesses merger between Daimler and Russian military vehicle producer

26 Février, 2015 - 07:55

Under the EU Merger Regulation, the European Commission has approved the creation of a joint venture by Daimler AG, of Germany, and Kamaz OJSC, of Russia, a producer of trucks, but also of a large variety of armoured vehicles, some of which are in use in the Ukraine conflict.

According to the Commission press release, Daimler is active in the development, manufacture and distribution of automotive products (mainly passenger cars, trucks, vans and buses), while Kamaz is active in the production of trucks, trailers, tractors, chassis, engines, power units, and armoured vehicles.

Big pharma, NGO square the circle on access to vaccines

26 Février, 2015 - 07:42

SPECIAL REPORT: One would expect a multinational pharmaceutical group and a leading humanitarian NGO to hold radically opposed views on access to vaccines.

Yet, when EurActiv asked GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for comment, their analysis was broadly similar.

Ukraine crisis strengthens French-German relationship

26 Février, 2015 - 07:37

The Ukraine ceasefire talks and the latest convolutions of the Greek debt crisis have strengthened the working relationship between Angela Merkel and François Hollande. This common cause has reinforced French-German cooperation across the board. EurActiv France reports

Health Commissioner calls for national plans to tackle rare diseases

26 Février, 2015 - 07:31

Patients with rare diseases are more vulnerable, as they live with more ambiguity about their affliction than others, according to Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis. But with the help of patient groups and national action plans in member states, their lives can be improved.

This coming Saturday (28 February) is Rare Disease Day. The date has been chosen to raise awareness on the impact that rare diseases have on patients and their relatives.

Support for EU membership in UK at record high

26 Février, 2015 - 07:23

Support for Britain remaining in the European Union is at its highest in more than four years, according to a poll published on Tuesday (24 February).

YouGov found that 45% of those surveyed said they would vote to stay, compared to 35% who would opt to leave.

That was a record level of support for the EU, compared to a low of 28% in May 2012, it said.

YouGov surveyed 1,772 adults between 22-23 February.

INFOGRAPHIC: Vaccine R&D leaders

26 Février, 2015 - 07:18

Vaccination may be the most effective public health intervention of all time. This is especially true in developing countries, where many families can’t find or afford health care when they get sick. The prevention offered by vaccines can be life-saving.

But there are still many diseases for which vaccines are not available, and market forces alone are not always strong enough to drive the development of vaccines. Especially for diseases that mainly affect poor countries.

German domestic security agency finds Russia reverting to KGB measures

26 Février, 2015 - 07:15

Russia has bolstered its espionage activities in European states during the course of the Ukraine crisis, according to findings of the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV). EurActiv Germany reports.