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According to Europe Elects, the most recent gains for the ID group were partially driven by the surprising victory of far-right Geert Wilders’ PVV in the Dutch elections last week.

EU far-right dangerously boosted in new forecast

European far-right political forces have reached a record high just a few months before the EU elections, according to a new projection about EU Parliament’s seats

In 2023, as the EU prepares for European elections in June 2024, fixing the EU’s economy is emerging as the number one priority, eclipsing other issues such as the support for Ukraine or the renewed Middle East tensions.

Fixing the EU economy: Mission impossible?

By: EBR | Thursday, November 30, 2023

“It’s the economy, stupid.” The phrase was coined by American political consultant James Carville in a TV quip in 1992 when he was advising Bill Clinton in his successful run for the White House

The matter of transparency in defence matters is tricky, because of the sensitiveness of the information. Too much transparency is a concern to the member states and the Commission.

EU Ombudsman launches inquiry into Commission’s defence fund selection process

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 29, 2023

The EU ombudsman asked the European Commission on Tuesday (14 November) to give guarantees of independence for the experts evaluating the industry’s proposals for the European Defence Fund

Some say the ‘inventive step’ that defines intellectual property rights will be key, so that the owners of AI technologies will dictate terms to the users. Others argue that the deciding factor will instead be the extent to which AI is applied to complex operations in manufacturing and services.

As an AI lawmaker, EU could recover its global lost ground

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 28, 2023

The noisy debate over artificial intelligence (AI) is yielding remarkably little consensus as to whether Europe can catch up with the US and China, and what might be the consequences if it can’t

Morawiecki has two weeks for the parliament to vote in his cabinet. Assuming that fails, the mantel will be passed onto Tusk

EU Waits for the New Polish Government

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Europe needs some good news

EU Parliament’s slim majority triggers convention on treaties reform

By: EBR | Thursday, November 23, 2023

With a slight majority, the EU Parliament approved its proposal for EU treaty reform


There are four areas that should stand out for policymakers as potential leverage points to reverse Europe’s relative decline, which are all historic drivers of productivity: technology, energy, and capital, with skills as a common foundation across all three areas.

How to increase Europe’s competitiveness in the new global economy

By: EBR | Thursday, November 23, 2023

The achievements and benefits of the European Union are too easily forgotten in the public debate

“Those lawmakers who cooperate with me will vote against [the report]”, Tusk announced, admitting that individual deviations can always happen and he cannot guarantee voting discipline.

Poland’s Tusk opposes EU treaty changes

By: EBR | Thursday, November 23, 2023

Polish opposition leader and election winner Donald Tusk of the Civic Platform left no room for speculation when he openly stated that his party is opposed to changing the EU treaties

The survey is a useful tool in understanding the impact of skills shortages on SMEs, and will feed into the Commission’s policy making.

Skills shortages are a serious problem for majority of EU SMEs, Eurobarometer shows

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 21, 2023

A new Eurobarometer survey released today finds that skills shortages are one of the most serious problems for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the EU

Accession would “lead to the demise of family farming in Europe”, he told a press conference on the future of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

German farmers: Ukraine membership would spell end of EU farming system

By: EBR | Monday, November 20, 2023

EU membership of agricultural powerhouse Ukraine would result in the ‘death’ of family farming, the German farmers’ union has warned amid growing concerns over the future direction of the EU’s farming subsidies programme

Tensions between Greece and Albania have simmered since May when the Albanian ethnic Greek mayoral candidate, Fredi Beleri, running under an opposition banner, was arrested two days before the local elections on suspicion of vote buying.

Greece is blocking Albania for opening EU accession process

By: EBR | Monday, November 20, 2023

Greece is blocking a letter from the 27 member states to the EU Commission on opening up the first five chapters of the accession process, a source revealed

EU officials have been evasive about the reasons for the delay of the EU’s latest sanctions package against Russia, despite the public announcement of European Commission boss Ursula von der Leyen in Kyiv two weeks ago.

What’s next for EU sanctions on Russia?

By: EBR | Monday, November 20, 2023

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the EU has applied 11 packages of sanctions against Moscow, with measures spanning across sectors and including some 1,800 individuals and entities

“The world is moving in the wrong direction, unable to curb its addiction to fossil fuels and leaving vulnerable communities behind in the much-needed energy transition,” Tedros said, adding that it is necessary to reach the Paris Agreement’s goals of limiting global warming to 1.5°C to protect public health, goals that the UN warned in September, we are at risk of missing.

Health consequences of the climate crisis needs more focus in policy-making

By: EBR | Friday, November 17, 2023

Despite an increase in EU policies on health and climate, there are calls to link the two even further as almost 25% of excess mortality in Europe can be traced back to the health impacts of fossil fuel burning

The EU Talent Pool will additionally support the implementation of Talent Partnerships. These are tailor-made partnerships with non-EU countries, providing mobility for work or training.

Commission proposes new measures on skills and talent to help address critical labour shortages

By: EBR | Thursday, November 16, 2023

The Commission is proposing to establish an EU Talent Pool to facilitate the recruitment of jobseekers from non-EU countries in EU-wide shortage occupations

Yet if Brussels is going to open accession negotiations with Ukraine, Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and grant Georgia the status of a candidate country, the EU in its current form is unprepared. It cannot defend itself. And it is ambiguous about defending the rule of law in its member states.

Before Enlarging, the EU Must Cement Democracy at Home

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Admitting countries from Eastern Europe and the Balkans would complete the European project

The European Parliament last week finalised its negotiating stance on ‘Euro 7’, a regulation aimed at tightening vehicle pollution limits

Euro 7: The winner takes it all

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 14, 2023

The European Parliament last week finalised its negotiating stance on ‘Euro 7’, a regulation aimed at tightening vehicle pollution limits

The implications of Europe’s digital laggardness are still unclear, although there seems little ground for optimism. But it may be that AI will be so transformative that who owns it matters less than who uses it to greatest advantage. The second part of this article will address the factors involved.

Europe’s AI weakness has a long history of missed opportunities

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 14, 2023

The more AI (artificial intelligence) makes headlines, the clearer it is that Europe has failed disastrously to keep up in the global race for digital technologies

“We call on EU institutions to present a clear agenda for gradual and accelerated integration with concrete implementation steps until 2024 and beyond,” Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Slovakia, and Slovenia wrote in the document they circulated ahead of a joint ministerial meeting with the six Western Balkan countries in Brussels.

‘Friends of Western Balkans’ push for more cooperation with region on EU foreign policy

By: EBR | Monday, November 13, 2023

Western Balkans representatives should join their EU counterparts more regularly to align with the bloc’s common foreign and security policy, according to a non-paper on “deeper cooperation” with the region

Together, the center-right and center-left in Germany could change the constitution to harden the rules on unwarranted asylum claims, and thereby make the debt brake fit for purpose.

Debt and Migration: Does Germany Need a New Consensus?

By: EBR | Monday, November 13, 2023

Germany needs to take major decisions on migration and fiscal policy soon

Parliament and the member states’ representatives agreed on a budget of €189.4 billion for 2024, following a conciliation meeting between the institutions on Saturday (11 November).

European Parliament and EU countries agree on 2024 EU budget

By: EBR | Monday, November 13, 2023

Negotiators of the European Parliament and the EU Council reached an agreement on the bloc’s 2024 budget

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