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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

Digital innovations, particularly Internet of Things (IoT) and sensor technology combined with data analytics, can help assess progress.

A Sustainable Future for Food

By: EBR | Tuesday, December 10, 2019

No industry’s long-held certainties are sure to survive this era of empowered consumers and disruptive technology. But perhaps no sector faces a more fundamental shift than Big Food

On November 14, with 101 votes in favor and three against, the Georgian Parliament voted down a bill that would have replaced the country’s mixed electoral system with a fully proportional one before next year’s parliamentary election.

Georgia’s Dangerous Slide Away From Democracy

By: EBR | Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The EU should help Georgia overcome its latest political crisis and in that way invest in the further democratization and stability of the wider region

Two opinion polls taken after the SPD membership ballot in favour of Esken/Walter-Borjans show a further slump in support for the SPD from 14% to an all-time low of 11% (Forsa) and from 15% to 13% (infratest dimap).

German “New SPD”: No Real Red Lines, No Hard Deadlines

By: EBR | Tuesday, December 10, 2019

It looks like CDU/CSU and SPD agreeing to stay together throughout 2020. But the risk that the SPD throws in the towel continues to loom large

“The European Union must continue to promote and support the consensus in favour of the two-State solution,” Asselborn wrote to Borrell, who was Spain’s foreign minister before moving to Brussels.

Luxembourg urges EU debate on Palestine recognition

By: EBR | Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Luxembourg on Monday (9 December) asked for an EU-level debate on recognising Palestinian statehood, securing a promise that EU foreign ministers would “deeply discuss” the Middle East in January

 Representatives of different strands of society have tried to reconcile stability with the disruptive changes created by technological innovation and major geopolitical shifts.

Wanted: an EU-wide reform strategy for ageing and digital disruption

By: EBR | Tuesday, December 10, 2019

It has taken us more than forty years to awaken fully to climate change, and now there’s less than half that time before huge demographic shifts begin to bite just as hard

The slow and tortuous process, including the negotiation of stabilisation agreements, EU encouragement and surveillance of political and economic reforms and annual publication of ‘progress reports’, has taken a heavy toll.

Geopolitics begins at home: Europe’s challenge is in the Western Balkans

By: EBR | Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Ursula von der Leyen is right: geopolitics must shape the policies of the new European Commission

With the exception of France, the EU has been slow to react to the trade war between United States and China and to the weakening of the rules-based international order.

The case for an enhanced EU-India cooperation

By: EBR | Friday, November 29, 2019

The European Union is at a strategic crossroads. After the confirmation in the European Parliament, the next European Commission will have to change gears and refuse to be consumed by small stakes

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

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