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France’s Euro-passionate President Emmanuel Macron wants the conference to “propose all the necessary changes to our political project, without any taboos, not even treaty revision”. Policymakers in Berlin are in corners, hiding.

We’ve got problems – but talks on Europe’s future must not be a Big Moan

Europe is having another party. Sorry, my mistake. It’s not a party nor a celebration. It will be a sober and serious reflection, a much-anticipated ‘Conference on the Future of Europe’

Climate action can be the polestar. A net-zero emissions strategy should be the course we follow out of the chaos and into a stable and prosperous future.

A net-zero emissions future to guide Europe through turbulent economic times

By: EBR | Monday, January 27, 2020

Climate action can be the polestar guiding EU leaders through turbulent economic waters, writes Pascal Lamy, calling on politicians to put climate policy at the heart of a coherent industrial strategy

“Turkey is and should remain a candidate country, despite the current difficulties in EU-Turkey relations”, Mr Sanchez Amor said.

New EP Turkey rapporteur: “New narrative for EU-Turkey relations needed”

By: EBR | Friday, January 24, 2020

“We need to keep the Turkish EU accession process on track”, said Parliament’s new rapporteur for Turkey, Nacho Sanchez Amor, following his first official visit to the country this week

Some countries may be skeptical about addressing Europe’s weakness in projecting hard power with an institutional response instead of addressing the deeper, underlying issues of a lack of political will and military capability.

The Pros and Cons of a European Security Council

By: EBR | Friday, January 24, 2020

France and Germany have proposed creating a European Security Council to better enable Europe to think and act strategically. The jury is still out on whether such a council will be created

The powerful German carmakers missed the speed and force with which their industry would embrace the shift to electric vehicles, and are scrambling to catch up.

If Merkel Wants to Fix the German Economy, She Needs to Hurry Up

By: EBR | Thursday, January 23, 2020

Angela Merkel is running out of time to reset the German economy before her era as chancellor draws to a close

European Commissioner Thierry Breton said the new rocket “is at the core of the objective to guarantee a European autonomous access to space”.

EU fuels rocket programme with €100m

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The European Commission announced a €100 million investment in a prototype rocket project on Tuesday (21 January), as Europe aims to keep a firm hold in a space industry predicted to be worth €1 trillion in the coming years

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“People need to be at the very centre of all our policies. My wish is therefore that all Europeans will actively contribute to the Conference on the Future of Europe and play a leading role in setting the European Union’s priorities. It is only together that we can build our Union of tomorrow.”

Shaping the Conference on the Future of Europe

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Today, the European Commission set out its ideas for shaping the Conference on the Future of Europe, which should be launched on Europe Day, 9 May 2020

Climate change, the destruction of our natural environment, and technological development have provoked an unprecedented response from the international community in recent years.

Adapting labour markets to Europe’s green economy

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Climate change has provoked an unprecedented response from the international community in recent years. However, as industry becomes greener, the working lives of Europeans will change

The work of the Croatian presidency will be focussed on an agreement on the new Multiannual Financial Framework, the orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

Croatian Presidency priorities discussed in the European Parliament

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic presented the priorities of the Croatian presidency to the European Parliament and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

Brexit has already put equivalence under scrutiny as there is a 30 June target for the EU to assess the equivalence of Britain’s financial regulation to allow the UK finance industry to maintain some access to EU markets after a Brexit transition period ends in December.

Global banks urge EU to ‘improve’ market access as Brexit looms

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 14, 2020

International banks have called on the European Union to make its system for financial market access more transparent and predictable to avoid hurting markets and consumers

Is continued investment in fossil fuels leading us towards another financial as well as ecological catastrophe?

Financing fossil fuels risks a repeat of the 2008 crash

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 8, 2020

To continue financing fossil fuel expansion is today’s equivalent of betting the bank - and the global economy - on subprime mortgage-backed securities over a decade ago; it is fuelling a crisis

Assuming 44 million electric vehicles are on European roads by 2030 that means a fifteen-fold increase on the 185,000 public chargers currently available in the EU, the research found.

Massive rise in EV charging points needed to reach EU climate goals, analysis finds

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Europe needs a fifteen-fold increase in electric vehicle public charging points by 2030 to support the EU’s goal of becoming “climate neutral” by mid-century, according to new research published

Vera Jourova, Vice-President for Values and Transparency, said, among others: “The new rules will increase protection for consumers in digital world, which they rightly deserve.’’

New Deal for Consumers: consumer protection enter into force

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Τhe Commission welcomes the entry into force of new EU rules for consumer protection, as part of the New Deal for Consumers

“There’s no reason to open negotiations and say, ‘No problem, it can take 10-15 years; this is not so important.’ It is important,” Lafond says.

EU expert in North Macedonia: Negotiations have to lead to EU membership

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The European Commission is expected to propose the new methodology in January, and ideally, EU member countries would adopt it by March

2020 will be a decisive year for the EU’s relations with China.

2020: Critical year for EU-China relations

By: EBR | Friday, December 27, 2019

2020 will be a decisive year for the EU’s relations with China and its success will largely depend on the fate of the long-running bilateral investment treaty negotiations, writes Fraser Cameron

Brexit does leave a gap. It shifts the center of gravity in Europe toward Berlin—not toward Paris, which some argue—precisely because of how the geographical and geostrategic locations of the UK and Germany currently influence each other.

A Post-Brexit Europe in a New Decade

By: EBR | Thursday, December 19, 2019

Boris Johnson’s sweeping election victory brings clarity for Britain but not for Europe as it enters a decade of major geostrategic shifts

“The taxonomy for sustainable investment is probably the most important development for finance since accounting. It will be a game changer in the fight against climate change”.

Climate change: new rules agreed to determine which investments are green

By: EBR | Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Parliament negotiators reached an agreement with Council on Monday on new criteria to determine whether an economic activity is environmentally sustainable

Military security is nowadays discussed all over the place when it comes to the Arctic, except in the Arctic Council for statutory reasons.

High geopolitics in the High North: A call for a deeper EU engagement

By: EBR | Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The Von der Leyen Commission begins its mandate at a time when Arctic geopolitics are at their most important since the Cold War. The EU needs to deepen its engagement in its own Arctic backyard, argue Andre Gattolin and Damien Degeorges

“In order to do so, we put the Commission in the mindset of the startups,” she explained, highlighting the biggest difference compared to the industrial strategies developed in the past.

A ‘startup mindset’ is behind battery strategy, says EU official

By: EBR | Monday, December 16, 2019

The European Commission is thinking like a startup as part of its efforts to develop a value chain for batteries, according to one of the EU officials that has been heavily involved with the sector over the past two years

New EU rules will ensure that all cross-border payments in euro in non-eurozone Member States will be priced the same as domestic payments.

Consumers and businesses to save money thanks to new EU cross-border payments rules

By: EBR | Monday, December 16, 2019

As of today, consumers and businesses in non-eurozone Member States will enjoy cheaper cross-border payments in euro

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We’ve got problems – but talks on Europe’s future must not be a Big Moan

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Europe is having another party. Sorry, my mistake. It’s not a party nor a celebration. It will be a sober and serious reflection, a much-anticipated ‘Conference on the Future of Europe’

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