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"For Mr. Scholz, it would only be logical if he deepened his communications style and subjected himself to a priestly vow of silence".

Olaf and Volodymyr: A Double Portrait

By: EBR | Thursday, May 5, 2022

The politician who had prepared himself all his life for his top role flops. Meanwhile, the man who had made a career as a comedian on TV turns out to be a very determined and successful statesman

The EHDS will help the EU to achieve a quantum leap forward in the way healthcare is provided to people across Europe.

European Health Union: A European Health Data Space for people and science

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 4, 2022

European Commission launched the European Health Data Space (EHDS), one of the central building blocks of a strong European Health Union

"Russia’s war in Ukraine may have woken the EU up to the necessity of a being fully-fledged hard power".

Made in Ukraine: The EU’s Emerging Real(ist) Power

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 4, 2022

As Russia continues its war in Ukraine, the EU’s security and defense policies are undergoing major shifts. Brussels may finally be getting real(ist) about hard power

"The European Commission chose to honour World Press Freedom Day early – and in style".

EU proposal to tackle abusive lawsuits against journalists could be a game changer

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Journalists and watchdogs deserve better protection against the ‘lawfare’ of powerful politicians or businesses as the new EU anti-SLAPP initiative could turn the worrying trend of weaponising laws and courts to silence critical voices in Europe

"Political parties are cornerstones of modern representative democracies. And, in exchange for endowing them with access to the highest positions of power, their activities and funding, both public and private, come under strict scrutiny".

European political parties: oversight nowhere in sight?

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 3, 2022

European institutions must strengthen oversight of the funding of European parties, writes Louis Drounau, who gives an example of potential maladministration

The European Commission’s proposal to regulate the bloc’s carbon removals market will be based on existing verification and certification schemes and will aim to create a common method in order to bring more transparency to the opaque sector, an EU official has said.

Is the EU at war with Putin?

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Helping Ukraine against the aggressor is a duty for all Europeans but there is a fine line between assisting Kyiv and waging war by proxy against Vladimir Putin, who has a nuclear button

Some governments are looking to restart mothballed coal-fired power plants. Others are revisiting gas infrastructure needs. A few have even suggested to cap wholesale electricity prices, an extreme intervention in most market economies.

Casting an eye on the EU’s electricity market and its long-term goals

By: EBR | Friday, April 29, 2022

In order for the EU to become more energy independent, member states will need to become more inter-dependent, argues Christian Zinglersen

The 100 cities come from all 27 Member States, with 12 additional cities coming from countries associated or with the potential of being associated to Horizon Europe, the EU’s research and innovation programme (2021-2027).

Commission announces 100 cities participating in EU Mission for climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030

By: EBR | Friday, April 29, 2022

The Commission announced the 100 EU cities that will participate in the EU Mission for 100 climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030, the so-called Cities Mission

“A European energy market in which the price of decarbonised electricity remains dependent on the price of fossil fuels is absurd,” said French economy minister Bruno Le Maire, one of the staunchest proponents of reform.

Electricity market ‘not to blame for current crisis’, EU agency concludes

By: EBR | Friday, April 29, 2022

The EU’s integrated electricity market has helped mitigate energy prices, bringing benefits estimated at €34 billion per year, according to a report by the EU’s energy regulators, who outline 13 measures to alleviate the ongoing price crisis

"If the payment takes place in roubles, then we are no longer talking about the agreed contract and we’re talking about a circumvention of the sanctions," said the European Commission’s chief spokesperson Eric Mamer.

Europe struggles for clarity on Russia’s roubles-for-gas scheme

By: EBR | Friday, April 29, 2022

The European Commission on Thursday (28 April) warned buyers of Russian gas they could breach sanctions if they converted gas payments into roubles, as officials struggled to clarify the EU’s stance on Moscow’s payments scheme, which has sowed confusion in the bloc

MEPs call for a “general direct right of legislative initiative” to be established for the EP.

Parliament’s right of initiative: proposals to strengthen EU democracy

By: EBR | Friday, April 29, 2022

The Committee on Constitutional Affairs adopted a series of proposals for a revision of the EU’s legislative process

Europe could free itself from fossil fuels by 2050, according to a new report from BloombergNEF.

How much will it cost Europe to switch to clean energy by 2050?

By: EBR | Thursday, April 28, 2022

Barely a week goes by without a new report on the price the world will have to pay if it does not cut emissions rapidly

"Yet Macron 2.0 will be facing a much more complex political landscape than the one he embraced in 2017, when first elected".

Macron 2.0 and Europe: A Bumpy Ride Ahead

By: EBR | Thursday, April 28, 2022

Geopolitical realities have changed considerably since 2017, when Macron was first elected. In his second term as president, the Russo-Ukrainian war will inform French—and European—thinking

“Without a more strategic approach to developing primary and secondary raw materials capacities in Europe, there will be no green and digital transition, no technological leadership and no resilience.”

No green and digital transition without raw materials, EU warns

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Europe’s transition to a sustainable and digital society is only possible with a strategic approach to the raw materials needed to manufacture chips, electric vehicles and renewable energy technologies

Employment among 15-29-year-olds in the European Union fell by 2.8 percentage points because of the pandemic, Eurostat data shows.

This is how COVID-19 hit youth employment in Europe - and how it can recover

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Youth employment in Europe is recovering from the impact of COVID-19 – but slowly, new figures suggest

Russia accounts for about two-fifths of the EU’s gas imports, 26.9% of its imported crude oil and almost half of its supplies of solid fuel – meaning solid matter, such as coal, that can be used to produce energy.

What is the EU doing to end its reliance on Russian energy?

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 27, 2022

The war in Ukraine has plunged Europe into an ethical dilemma over energy

"Most EU leaders focused on democracy winning against the extreme right in their congratulation messages. In contrast, others reminded President Emmanuel Macron that he needs to pay more attention to social and ecological policies".

Macron pleases EU, particularly Russia’s neighbours

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 26, 2022

For many different reasons, leaders across Europe have hailed the victory of Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the French elections

"The empathy shown by the FDP, the Greens and many others in Germany is something one would finally also like to see coming from the SPD leadership".

The Evasive Mr. Scholz

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 26, 2022

On Ukraine and Russia, Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz is not acting thoughtfully and with a cool head. Rather, he is damaging Germany’s reputation – and his own party

"The war in Ukraine is much more than a crisis. It’s a catalyst for far-reaching change to the European integration project".

The war in Ukraine will reshape the European Union

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Full marks to the European Union for the speed, agility and unity with which it responded to the Ukraine crisis

Over half of people in the European Union had at least basic digital skills in 2021, new data shows.

Which EU member states have the most digital skills?

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Do you know how to read online news sites, send an instant message, use word processing software or manage access to your personal data?

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