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Europe still matters in many African countries. France is expected to convene a meeting with African leaders in June and several German-Africa gatherings will be held during the German Presidency in the second half of 2020, including one summit in Brussels.

Europe needs new stories and an end to mind-numbing ‘group think’

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has jazzed up her team’s job titles, promising also to give a ‘geopolitical’ tinge to future policies

The CDU’s youth wing has already shattered a taboo by demanding a membership vote on who the party’s chancellor candidate should be in the next general election, in a blow to Merkel’s succession plan.

Merkel’s conservatives brace for stormy party congress

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 19, 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right CDU braces for a tumultuous two-day party congress in Leipzig from Friday (22 November), with members smarting from recent local election drubbings and bickering over her successor

“It’s not a luxury, it should be an obligation,” said Metz, who spoke last month at the annual conference of the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) in Brussels.

Green MEP calls for EU action plan on alternatives to animal testing

By: EBR | Friday, November 15, 2019

All initiatives to promote alternatives to animal testing are welcome, but lawmakers should be bolder and impose some mandatory measures as well, Luxembourgish MEP Tilly Metz has said

PiS’s ideology is muscular Roman Catholicism. It is a nationalist, authoritarian party. The party may pride itself on its anti-Communism and has indeed a different ideology.

Poland’s Catholic Neo-Communists

By: EBR | Thursday, November 14, 2019

PiS aims to create a repressive, homogeneous society not much different from the late unlamented Polish People’s Republic — albeit in the name of Jesus Christ, not Karl Marx

Caroline Freund, in her book “Rich People, Poor Countries,” shows that in 2014 63% of Russian billionaires’ wealth came from dubious sources such as privatization schemes, mineral resource wealth (which is almost always connected with state-given privileges) and outright political connections.

Putin’s Oligarchs and Yeltsin’s Oligarchs: All the Same?

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The Putin oligarchs are billionaires which serve at the discretion of the state. The original Yeltsin-type oligarchs owned the state

‘’The maritime technology sector provides more than 1 million jobs in Europe. These are high-quality jobs and are crucial for many communities and regions across Europe. We cannot lose these jobs due to unfair trading practices in other countries,” Luis Colunga, Deputy General Secretary for industriAll Europe, said.

European Shipyards, Manufacturers Urge EU to Safeguard Industry

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 12, 2019

European social partners for the maritime technology sector have once again called upon EU policy-makers to adopt a dedicated European industrial strategy for the sector

“New Commission President Von der Leyen is a strong proponent of evidence based policy making; so,  here is the evidence: now we need the right policies!”, said Eurochambres President Leitl.

The 27th edition of the EUROCHAMBRES Economic Survey

By: N. Peter Kramer | Friday, November 8, 2019

The 27th edition of the EUROCHAMBRES Economic Survey (EES2020), based on feedback from 53.000 businesses, reveals that ongoing concerns about domestic sales and exports, as well as labour related challenges are constraining private sector investment and growth

The three Baltic states have done very well since communism ended, although Latvia experienced a deep recession in 2008.

Thirty Years After the Wall Fell: The Baltics and Kaliningrad

By: EBR | Friday, November 8, 2019

How the market economy changed lives: East Europeans assess 30 years of freedom

Welcoming incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s pledge to cut regulation as “nice to hear”, Babis was quick to express his views about the “need to change Europe”, exasperatedly mentioning the €10 billion spent each year on sustaining the operations of the European institutions.

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis speaks of "need to change Europe"

By: EBR | Monday, November 4, 2019

More than 150 representatives of industry, business and the third-sector gathered in Prague on Thursday (31 October) at the Financial Times Business Regulation Forum in Prague

Since 2014, Ukraine has embarked on an ambitious reform programme with the main objectives of stabilising its economy and improving its citizens’ livelihood.

If Ukraine wants more Europe, corruption must end

By: EBR | Friday, November 1, 2019

When the recent phone call between US President Trump and Ukraine’s President Zelensky went viral, it made headlines for several reasons, none of them good

Capital is no longer allocated to the highest return projects or the projects that create the most value. In such an environment, the financial system’s basic operating principle becomes relative value destruction.

The “Eurozone Soviet”

By: EBR | Friday, November 1, 2019

Negative interest rates have a pernicious effect on human beings. They corrode the structures of society, culture and people’s mindsets, triggering widespread resignation and even nihilism

Berlin and Paris appeared to be on the same page on China, but, since then, they have ploughed their own separate paths.

Macron Goes to China: For Europe or for France?

By: EBR | Thursday, October 31, 2019

France and Germany must stand united if Europe is to exert any meaningful political and economic influence in its relations with Beijing. But for now, national interests prevail

While the dominant parties have cemented their power both in Hungary and Poland, the elections of last Sunday signal that the regimes built by Jaroslaw Kaczynski and Viktor Orban are on the defence.

After the elections in Hungary and Poland

By: EBR | Tuesday, October 29, 2019

A few good reasons for Liberals to be cautiously optimist

Macron and Merkel are at odds over strengthening the euro, with France wanting a banking union, something which Germany opposes.

Europe’s Enlargement Problem

By: EBR | Tuesday, October 29, 2019

If France and Germany managed to get along, Europe would look very different—and so would the Western Balkans

In May 2018, speaking in the grand setting of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Draghi reflected on how far the euro zone had come since the crisis, but argued that there was still more work to be done.

Mario Draghi’s Roadmap for Europe’s Future

By: EBR | Tuesday, October 29, 2019

He leaves the ECB better than he found it, but there’s still more to be done

Europe’s relationship with Vladimir Putin’s Russia is fraught with mistrust, yet the stand-off is to the advantage of neither.

Why making friends with Moscow is a no-brainer

By: EBR | Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Major news stories sometimes go unreported, and such was the case in Paris a fortnight ago

Esken/Walter-Borjans and Kampmann/Roth seem to favor a looser fiscal policy than Scholz. But as they would probably leave the government, they would not be able to implement such plans.

Merkel’s Exit?

By: EBR | Friday, October 25, 2019

Germany’s center-left SPD will announce the result of the first stage of its leadership contest this Saturday

Jourova cited the $5 billion fine dished out to Facebook earlier in the year to set straight a government probe into its privacy practices, as an example of the efficacy of the Federal Trade Commission’s actions in this field.

EU seeks ‘concrete’ improvements to Privacy Shield, as advocacy group calls the accord a ‘big mistake’

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The European Commission has called for a number of ‘concrete steps’ to be made in order to improve the EU’s data transfer accord with the US, the Privacy Shield. Meanwhile, the data protection group Access Now has come out in criticism of the agreement and called for it to be suspended

The EU27 is a commercial giant. Because the big EU used the strength of its size, it has largely prevailed on many aspects of the Brexit negotiations.

The Brexit Saga: Seven Lessons for the EU

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The lessons that the EU will – hopefully – draw from Brexit should give it a good chance to weather other storms

Turning Europe’s back on the Western Balkans is a gift to other geopolitical actors to occupy the space

It’s a tough world - Europe shouldn’t become part of the problem

By: EBR | Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Angry, polarised and confrontational. The world’s arguments over rights, territory and sovereignty are getting shriller and more violent

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