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GO will use the EIB loan to roll out its Fibre to the Home (FTTH) network to cover more than 70,000 additional households.

First Juncker Plan project in Malta brings broadband to 70,000 homes

By: EBR | Thursday, November 28, 2019

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and GO p.l.c. (GO) have signed a €28 million loan to finance GO’s investments in telecommunication infrastructure

Today, 10% of our GDP is estimated to depend on the proper functioning of space infrastructures and the data they generate back to earth.

Space traffic management – the next challenge for Europe’s leadership in space

By: EBR | Thursday, November 28, 2019

The EU needs to show leadership on space traffic management to ensure that it protects its increasingly important space infrastructure, writes MEP Marian Jean Marinescu

The next European Commission is set to take office without a British member after Boris Johnson turned down repeated requests to provide a candidate.

The UK’s missing EU commissioner

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The council approved a membership list that does not include a British nominee

For Corbyn, a 1970s-style leftist who entered Parliament in 1983 as Mrs.Thatcher ended the 1945 mixed UK economy with its wide social provision, this is the moment he has dreamt of for four decades.

UK: Can Corbyn Sell Britain on His Hard Left Turn?

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 26, 2019

In three weeks British voters decide on the fate the biggest left-wing political offer made in a western democracy since 1981

President Macron’s thinking ranged from controversial EU-level taxes on carbon-heavy imports and on largely American giants of the Internet, and included a new ‘disruptive innovations’ agency and the ‘mutualisation’ of debt within the eurozone that would target taxpayers in richer countries like Germany.

Why Macron’s ’Master Plan’ for EU reform risks being stillborn

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 26, 2019

General de Gaulle famously believed his “certaine idee de la France” in the aftermath of World War 2 was key to re-building his country’s economic and political muscle

Johnson is promising to bring back his Brexit deal to parliament before 25 December if the centre-right Conservatives are returned to power.

Johnson unveils manifesto for Brexit Britain

By: EBR | Monday, November 25, 2019

Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged Sunday (24 November) to take Britain out of the EU by 31 January then set about reinvigorating public services, as he launched his Conservative Party’s general election manifesto

“Hydrogen could be applied using a lot of infrastructure we already have,” Timmermans pointed out referring to the existing natural gas infrastructure.

Timmermans sees ‘pivotal role for hydrogen’ in meeting EU climate goals

By: EBR | Monday, November 25, 2019

The European Commission’s upcoming vice president for the Green Deal received a standing ovation at a forum in Brussels last week after he declared, “I see a pivotal role for hydrogen” in Europe’s efforts to achieve its climate goals

Polarized and despondent, the Czech Republic is not a happy place. Despite rising living standards and its membership of NATO and the EU, Czechs are stuck in a national malaise.

Central Europe: Democracy Intact, But Under Pressure

By: EBR | Thursday, November 21, 2019

Polarized and despondent, the Czech Republic is not a happy place. Despite rising living standards, Czechs are stuck in a national malaise

France, Spain, and Belgium have a debt-to-GDP ratio at almost 100%, while Italy’s goes up to 136%. The countries are not only failing to meet the debt rule but have not “sufficiently used favourable times to put their finances in order”.

EU concerned over France, Italy and Spain debts

By: EBR | Thursday, November 21, 2019

Reduction of public debt should be the main priority for France, Italy, and Spain, which have “failed to put their finances in order” during the economic upswing of recent years, the European Commission warned on Wednesday (20 November) at the presentation of the autumn fiscal package

The new proposal – presented at the ‘EU Eastern Neighbourhood Forum’ on 12 November –  echoes calls made by the Ukrainian foreign minister to apply a “differentiation principle” to the three EaP frontrunners who have concluded Association Agreements with the EU (Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova) at a recent ministerial dialogue in Stockholm.

Future of Eastern Partnership: EPP backs trio plan, Commission cautious

By: EBR | Thursday, November 21, 2019

The European People’s Party (EPP) has presented a proposal to enable faster and deeper sector-by-sector integration with the EU for the three countries within the Eastern Partnership (EaP) – Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova – that are looking for a more ambitious integration with the bloc

The EU has always punched below its weight when it comes to defense; a former Belgian foreign minister once (in)famously said that “Europe is an economic giant, a political dwarf, and a military worm.”

The Democratic Challenge of EU Defense Policy

By: EBR | Thursday, November 21, 2019

The EU must improve democratic accountability and transparency on defense policy—otherwise its new-found ambitions to forge a defense and strategic culture will backfire

“We certainly will come out on January the 31st, because we have a deal … that is oven ready,” Johnson said, reinforcing a message he has used throughout the election campaign that his Conservative government would end the Brexit crisis quickly.

In testy leadership debate, UK PM Johnson promises quick Brexit

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Prime Minister Boris Johnson doubled down on his Brexit promises on Tuesday (19 November), saying only he could take Britain out of the European Union quickly in a testy leadership debate with opposition Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn

This is a portfolio that does not exist in any other national government. We have an organisation that gives Frans Timmermans the means of its ambitions. So all that is very positive.

Pascal Canfin MEP: Time to declare climate emergency in Europe

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Pascal Canfin is a French MEP for the centrist Renew Europe group in the European Parliament, where he chairs the assembly’s environment committee (ENVI)

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

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