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The EU needs reform, including treaty change, and it needs leadership, but more than that, it needs people’s support for these reforms. At the end of the process, it will be up to the European Parliament to decide if von der Leyen has the potential to lead the way.

VDL is synonym for ‘more of the same’

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 20, 2024

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s CDU party announced her candidacy as the Spitzenkandidat for the European elections

“The ideal situation would have been to conclude all this [negotiations on the EU-Mercosur agreement] before the European elections. This is no longer possible,” Nils Schmid, German MP and foreign affairs spokesman for the Socialist Group in the Bundestag (SPD), told Euractiv France.

EU-Mercosur unlikely to be finalised before the EU elections

By: EBR | Wednesday, February 14, 2024

It is highly unlikely that the hotly-contested EU-Mercosur free trade agreement will be concluded before the EU elections in June

The high share of Russian gas is partly caused by rapidly falling gas consumption in Austria – from 100 TWh down to 75 TWh in 2023, according to figures from the energy ministry.

Austria’s dependence on Russian gas rises to 98%, two years after Ukraine war

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Austria’s dependence on Russian gas has increased from 80% to 98% in two years, prompting the country’s energy minister to ring the alarm bell ahead of a national election due to take place in the Autumn

EU countries have previously expressed concern that the agreement, which provisionally entered into force in 2017, could effectively allow investors to sue member states if they impose more stringent environmental laws.

EU announces new ‘interpretation’ of Canada trade deal in bid to ensure ratification

By: EBR | Monday, February 12, 2024

The European Commission and Canada have agreed on the “interpretation” of parts of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

Small EU member states—and Poland—are either opposed or hesitant. They worry they will lose influence; that the big member states will dominate, that adopting QMV would be a first step toward more institutional EU reforms.

How Small Member States Shape EU Narratives

By: EBR | Friday, February 9, 2024

Central European and Baltic states have been the driving force of the EU’s response to Russia’s war on Ukraine

The opening of negotiations with Kyiv is bound to change both enlargement and the EU itself. The bloc of twenty-seven tends to recoil in the face of complex challenges—and upcoming elections.

To Make Enlargement Happen, the EU Must Reform

By: EBR | Friday, February 9, 2024

The EU cannot afford to keep Ukraine and the Western Balkans in the waiting room

US officials defend LNG pause, say EU exports unaffected

By: EBR | Friday, February 9, 2024

A top US Department of Energy (DOE) official defended President Joe Biden’s pause on approvals of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports at a Senate hearing called by a fellow Democrat who said he will investigate the decision

The law seeks to protect women in the 27-nation European Union from gender-based violence, forced marriages, female genital mutilation and online harassment.

EU agrees first law combatting violence against women

By: EBR | Wednesday, February 7, 2024

EU member countries and lawmakers reached an agreement on the bloc’s first rules to tackle violence against women, the European Parliament and officials said

Farmers have become an endangered species. The extinction of all but major landowners threatens widespread rural unemployment and the near-death decline of countless villages and small towns.

Rural decline and farmers’ anger risks fuelling Europe’s populism

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Europe’s farmers are angry, and so are more and more voters in deprived rural communities throughout the EU

One can disagree with certain aspects of Meloni’s policies, but it can be safely said that she has anchored Italy in the EU mainstream

Meloni, the new Merkel?

By: EBR | Monday, February 5, 2024

Diplomats agree that Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni played a key role in taming Viktor Orban during the extraordinary EU summit

However, Zsolt Darvas, a senior fellow at Bruegel, a Brussels-based think tank, said that he remained “optimistic” about the eurozone’s economic prospects, pointing to the currency union’s record low unemployment and marked recent improvements in energy efficiency as key positive developments.

‘The outlook is not so good’: IMF cuts eurozone growth forecast

By: EBR | Thursday, February 1, 2024

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has downgraded its growth forecast for the eurozone this year, as the continued impact of the energy crisis and weak consumer demand raise growing concerns

“The European Council also reiterates the urgent need to accelerate the delivery of ammunition and missiles,” the draft text also says.

Hurdles remain as EU looks to pledge more military support to Ukraine

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 31, 2024

While EU member states are expected to pledge continued military support to Ukraine at a decisive summit on Thursday (1 February), hurdles for a future funding scheme remain

With Kyiv and much of eastern Ukraine the targets of unprecedented barrages of missile attacks, predicting victory may seem absurdly optimistic.

Why Ukraine will eventually win

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Ukraine is going to win. Not in the dramatic sense of a military triumph, and perhaps not even by recovering Crimea and its occupied territories

Indeed, humiliation — or its mirror image, honor — plays a big role in the Middle East in general and in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular

Breaking the cycle of humiliation and retribution in the Middle East

By: EBR | Monday, January 29, 2024

Although 20 years have passed, I still hold a grudge against the United States for spoiling my 57th birthday

The anger expressed by Belgian farmers echoes that of farmers in Romania, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands and France ahead of the crucial European elections in June, in which the far right is expected to make gains.

Farmers’ protests slowly spread to Belgium

By: EBR | Monday, January 29, 2024

German, Polish, Romanian, and French farmers were joined in their protests by Belgian farmers on Friday and throughout the weekend, with demands similar to those of their European peers

Auditors estimate that the average car mass increased by around 10% between 2011 and 2022.

Most cars on EU roads emit same carbon levels as 12 years ago: report

By: EBR | Thursday, January 25, 2024

EU regulation failed to meaningfully reduce the level of carbon emissions from combustion engine vehicles over the last 12 years

NATO members have not taken any steps to mediate the issue and have repeatedly dismissed it, while negotiations between Finland, Sweden, and Turkey were put in place in the summer of 2022.

As Turkey approves Sweden’s NATO bid, Hungary remains sole hurdle

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Turkey’s parliament approved Sweden’s accession bid to become the 32nd member of NATO, leaving Hungary as the final hurdle to overcome on the Nordic country’s way to full membership

“We begin directly with the implementation of health screening programmes funded by RRF funds”, the source told.

Athens to unpause screening programmes, health ministry sources say

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 24, 2024

The implementation of the “Spyros Doxiadis” Action Plan of public health screening is expected to get back on track within the first semester of 2024

With the 2024 European elections a few months away, Macron is hoping to re-establish himself as the natural pro-EU candidate against the surging far-right Rassemblement national (RN), who intend to turn the June ballot into a midterm vote ahead of the 2027 presidential run they hope to win.

Could Macron’s conservative turn drag EU elections into a national-only campaign?

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 23, 2024

French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to defend a “sovereign Europe” ahead of European elections in June

Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck’s plan to entice solar module manufacturers back onto German soil by offering generous state subsidies is faced with a dead-end.

Germany’s last solar panel producer prepares to close shop

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Meyer Burger, the biggest producer of solar modules in Germany, has announced plans to close down and relocate to the US

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