During an interview on 8 March, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that the EU needed its own military, in order to deal with the Russian threat, as well as to restore the bloc's standing around the world.
Not everyone agrees. Germany and France support Juncker's idea, while Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia insist that NATO should remain the guarantor of security on the European continent. The EurActiv network reports.
The European Parliament has resisted pressure from member states to water down the draft law on biofuels after five-hour long negotiations yesterday afternoon (25 March).
A second trilogue meeting between the co-legislators ended without a compromise text on limiting the use of food-based biofuels. The European Parliament’s Rapporteur on Indirect Land-Use Change (ILUC), MEP Nils Torvalds (ALDE) refused the Council’s proposal to make a number of provisions weaker, or optional.
Enhanced political participation of young people will be beneficial both for society and decision makers, said Latvia's Minister for Education and Science Mārīte Seile, in an interview with EurActiv.
Seile spoke to Sarantis Michalopoulos at the EU Youth Conference, Empowering Youth Political Participation, in Riga.
Like Stalin, Putin views Crimea's Tatars as a threat, and is sowing fear in the peninsula's population, to help facilitate their ethnic cleansing, Refat Chubarov told EurActiv.
On a visit to Brussels, the leader of the Crimean Tatar national movement in Ukraine, and worldwide, called the annexation of Crimea by Russia in March 2014 “a tragedy”.
Chubarov said that Russia has probably thought that the annexation would be “digested” quickly by the international community. But now, the prevailing opinion is that the international order should be restored.
A first and immediate step to respond to Russia’s objective to annex the territory of the former Soviet Union is visa liberalisation, writes David Bakradze.
David Bakradze is State Minister of Georgia for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration
In an effort to tackle youth political absenteeism, the European Commission is partnering with youth organisations to find ways to reach the young people ‘out of the system’. EurActiv reports from Riga.
“European elections [in 2014] have shown that there is still a high level of youth absenteeism, with only 28% of young people under 25 who actually voted,” Johanna Nyman, President of the European Youth Forum, told EurActiv.
SPECIAL REPORT / As a silent killer, where symptoms are often invisible before it's too late, high levels of bad cholesterol do not get much attention. But researchers are making the case that the condition, which is known to cause cardiovascular diseases, can also cause brain disorders such as Alzheimer's, and dementia.
Cancer survival rates in Britain are “stuck in the 1990s”, trailing behind comparable EU countries both in terms of regular treatment and cutting edge technology.
According to Macmillan Cancer Support, in the UK, five year survival rates for a range of common cancers are trailing 10 years behind other European countries. Austria had better lung cancer survival rates between 1995-1999 (14%) than Britain had between 2005-2009 (10%).
With green innovation centres “Made in Germany”, Development Minister Gerd Müller hopes to eradicate world hunger by 2030, while critics warn the biggest winners in the new initiative could be the wrong ones. EurActiv Germany reports.
Marine Le Pen, the head of France's far-right National Front party, has said she will ask the French people to vote on pulling out of the EU if she is elected president in 2017.
"My idea is to tell the French people that if they elect me," in 2017, "six months later there will be a referendum," Marine Le Pen told Greek TV channel Mega.