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Mr Timmermans, don’t underestimate civil society's potential in shaping Europe’s future

19 Juin, 2015 - 11:26

As poverty and inequalities worsen in the European Union, Frans Timmermans needs to nurture the debate between European decision-makers and civil society, not criticise the intentions and effectiveness of the latter, writes Jana Hainsworth.

Commission unimpressed by Russia’s pipeline offensive

19 Juin, 2015 - 10:56

BREAKING / Russia and Greece signed a deal today (19 June) for a section of the Turkish Stream pipeline across Greece, and Gazprom announced plans to build two additional stretches to the Nord Stream gas pipeline.

But the Commission said more Russian gas was not needed, and that it would thoroughly scrutinise the new projects for compliance with EU rules.

Solana: A wake-up call for a European Defence Union

19 Juin, 2015 - 07:53

After years of focusing on the economic crisis, the European Union should become aware again that it also has other responsibilities, says former EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana in an interview with EurActiv Germany.

Rightist coalition wins Danish election

19 Juin, 2015 - 07:51

An alliance of right-wing parties won the Danish general election on Thursday evening (18 June), in an extremely close race marked by the dramatic rise of the far-right Danish People's Party, which became the country’s second biggest political force.

The rightist parties consisting of the Liberals, the libertarian Liberal Alliance, the Conservatives and the Danish People's Party won the 90 mandates necessary to have a majority in the Danish parliament.

Tusk calls emergency summit after Greek talks collapse

19 Juin, 2015 - 07:36

The EU called an emergency eurozone summit next week after Greek debt talks ended Thursday without a deal, sparking warnings of an "accident" that could push Athens out of the euro if there is no breakthrough by the end of the month.

Finance ministers meeting in Luxembourg failed to break the five-month-old standoff between the anti-austerity government in Athens and its EU-IMF creditors, who have demanded tough reforms.

France, Belgium seize Russian assets to compensate Yukos shareholders

19 Juin, 2015 - 06:54

Russian government assets in France and Belgium including bank accounts have been frozen in a row over compensation for shareholders of defunct oil giant Yukos, officials and a claimant representative said yesterday (18 June).

In France, accounts in around 40 banks were frozen along with eight or nine buildings, Tim Osborne, executive director of the main shareholder GML, told AFP.

"It's bank accounts and real estate," Osborne explained.

There was no immediate confirmation from officials in Moscow or Paris.

Parliament demands moratorium on cloned animal products

19 Juin, 2015 - 06:46

MEPs have taken a harder line than the one proposed by the Commission on cloned animals, refusing to authorise food products from clones and their descendants. EurActiv France reports

Germany’s Müller targets sustainability with new Asia strategy

19 Juin, 2015 - 06:41

Development Minister Gerd Müller’s new strategy for Germany’s involvement in Asia intends to helo the booming continent achieve environmentally and socially acceptable growth with aid from German citizens and businesses. Critics are sceptical. EurActiv Germany reports.

EU takes Belgium and Bulgaria to court over air quality

19 Juin, 2015 - 06:33

EU regulators are referring Belgium and Bulgaria to the bloc's top court over the quality of their air, which poses a major risk to health, the European Commission said Thursday (18 June).

It has also issued a final warning to Sweden that it needs to take action.

Commission data shows about 400,000 premature deaths per year linked to air pollution in the European Union, but member states have systematically missed targets to reduce levels of harmful emissions and dust particles associated with respiratory disease and some forms of cancer.

Trouble on Europe’s flanks lift interest in drones and military aircraft

19 Juin, 2015 - 06:29

SPECIAL REPORT / A possible Greek exit from the eurozone, on-going tension with Russia, and a refugee crisis that is causing widening conflicts within the European Union. Added together they could become today’s Waterloo. Yet for the aviation industry participating in the biennial Paris Air Show this week, there is opportunity in these difficulties.

War-torn Kosovar village faces new threat as World Bank considers coal power plant

19 Juin, 2015 - 06:28

HADE, Kosovo – In 1999, Serbian commandos wearing hoods over their heads and greasepaint on their faces entered this mountain village and executed five Muslim men ages 25 to 80. The soldiers forced the surviving inhabitants onto buses headed for Albania and Macedonia. Then they set nearly every home in Hade ablaze.

Physical activity touted as medicine for mental illness

19 Juin, 2015 - 06:13

SPECIAL REPORT / A new report on physical activity in Europe underlines the positive impact of exercise for the body and the mind.

The report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), published on Wednesday (18 June), points to various studies suggesting that physical activity can prevent mental illness, such as stress, anxiety and depression.

Greece and the EU: How to break the stalemate

19 Juin, 2015 - 05:57

A solution to unlock the stalemate for debt-wracked Greece should be based on mutual obligations, writes Karl Aiginger.

Clearing the hurdle of multilingualism

19 Juin, 2015 - 05:26

Only four percent of online spending by Europeans is currently done through cross-border purchases, largely due to segmented national language markets, argues Jochen Hummel.

What we can’t do, Francis can

18 Juin, 2015 - 17:11

Pope Francis can be the trigger for a larger movement within the centre-right in order to forge a successful climate policy, writes Kathleen Van Brempt.

CEOs: Europe doesn’t have ‘the big balls’ to make a Tesla

18 Juin, 2015 - 16:20

The European Union doesn’t have the “big balls” needed to make market-leading and disrupting innovation such as the Tesla electric car, business leaders have said.

Tesla is an American company that makes electric cars. It now dominates the market. But European car manufacturers found it too difficult to let go of the past to enjoy similar success, bosses speaking at an event in Brussels said.

Stefan Lodeweyckx is chief executive officer at Enervalis, a sustainable energy company.

UN official: More development doesn’t mean less immigration

18 Juin, 2015 - 16:17

François Crépeau, Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said today (18 June) that the assumption that more development aid would reduce immigration was wrong.

Crépeau, a Canadian national and a Professor at Montreal's McGill University, met with Brussels officials, and the press, to talk about his annual report to the Human Rights Council on the management of the external borders of the European Union and its impact on the human rights of migrants.

Eurozone integration plans delayed by Grexit and Brexit threats

18 Juin, 2015 - 15:35

The urgency of the Greek crisis and the sensitivity of the UK to issues of eurozone integration have complicated the last-minute negotiations over the “five presidents’ report” on eurozone governance. Initially promised for earlier this month, the report will now be presented in late June. EurActiv France reports

Pope's climate change politics gets mixed reception in Catholic Poland

18 Juin, 2015 - 14:51

Pope Francis's plunge into the climate change debate has caused uneasiness in conservative Poland, exposing the dilemma for Catholics who are devout but prefer their leaders to steer clear of "liberal" causes.

Germany defiant as Brussels thwarts motorway toll plan

18 Juin, 2015 - 14:39

The German government suffered a defeat on Thursday (18 June) when the European Commission launched a challenge to its planned road toll. Federal Minister of Transport Alexander Dobrindt defended the proposal, saying it was a matter of national sovereignty.