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Hundreds of thousands of military-age Ukrainian men are living abroad and the country faces an acute shortage of troops against a larger, better-armed enemy nearly 26 months since Russia’s full-scale invasion.

Ukraine to deny consular services to military-age men living abroad

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Ukraine suspended consular services for military-age male citizens until 18 May, criticising Ukrainians abroad who it said expected to receive help from the state without helping it battle for survival

In contrast to the ‘stop the boats’ mantras of southern European countries and the UK, 69 per cent of respondents in Eurobarometer’s most recent (2022) survey urge active efforts to integrate migrants.

Migration will decide the EU elections: True or false?

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 23, 2024

The European elections will be won or lost on the issue of immigration

After the special council meeting came to a close on Thursday (18 April), Michel said that “substantial” decisions were taken after a “profound” discussion, highlighting three particular areas in which agreements were reached – greater harmonisation of insolvency frameworks, the “targeted convergence” of business conditions across the bloc, and the “strengthening” of EU-level financial market supervision.

A ‘difficult’ summit: Corporate tax, single supervision scrapped from conclusions

By: EBR | Friday, April 19, 2024

European Council President Charles Michel said the EU leaders’ competitiveness summit was tough, but significant decisions were still taken

As airlines try to sell themselves as greener than their competitor, how can claims about their fuels be verified?

Can citizens trust sustainable aviation fuel?

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 17, 2024

The market for low-carbon fuel for aeroplanes is still nascent, but it’s growing

“But we need a European Union that is fit for today’s and tomorrow’s world. What I’m proposing… is radical change.”

Draghi: EU must enact ‘radical change’ as US and China refuse to ‘play by the rules’

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Europe must undergo “radical change” to remain competitive in the face of China and the United States’ refusal to “play by the rules” of international trade, the former president of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi said

In an interview broadcast by RAC-1 radio on Tuesday, Puigdemont, who has been in self-exile in Belgium since 2017 and moved to the south of France at Easter, said he did not see himself “as the head of the opposition” in Catalonia, declaring he would leave active politics if he were not elected president.

Former Catalan president to leave politics if he doesn’t win regional elections

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Former Catalan president and leader of the right-wing separatist Together for Catalonia (JxCat), Carles Puigdemont, will quit politics if he does not win the snap regional elections on 12 May

Yet a Europe-wide defence industry plan that would somehow include the UK is badly needed. It should arguably be presided over by an EU armaments czar able to knock heads together and coordinate planning.

Defending Europe: Brussels must be the cornerstone of EU security

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Brussels is on the warpath, and not before time

Against this backdrop, three points are fundamentally important for political leaders to consider in this pivotal election year for Europe.

Europe’s Radical Right Is Formidable—but not Unstoppable

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Europe’s political landscape is changing rapidly, with the dominant trend favoring the radical right

The aim of the reform is to try to reduce aviation’s impact on environment and climate. It also hopes to improve the performance, organisation and management of European airspace.

EU gives "take off" for more environmental-friendly skies

By: EBR | Monday, April 8, 2024

The EU Council presidency and European Parliament’s negotiators have reached a provisional agreement on the reform of the Single European Sky

To enter into law the proposal needs support from at least 55% of EU countries representing 65% of the bloc’s population. Hungary’s decision to withdraw support of the proposal means this requirement was not met.

Nature restoration law fails to secure support at critical member states meeting

By: EBR | Monday, April 8, 2024

Hungary’s last-minute decision to withdraw support for the proposal means that the law’s future is uncertain

Closer to home, Europe should be in a better position to act strategically.

Europe’s Strategic Deficit

By: EBR | Thursday, April 4, 2024

Europe has no influence over Israel’s war in Gaza

The battle for a sustainable food system and rural livelihoods isn’t a battle that farmers should have to fight alone. However, if farmers’ protests descend into violence as seen in the latest protests in Brussels, they may indeed be facing a losing battle in navigating the complexities the agricultural sector faces.

Are Farmers Fighting a Losing Battle?

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Rather than propping up the status quo, farmers should focus on the transition to more sustainable methods of food production

Romania’s government said Schengen rules would apply to four sea ports and 17 airports, with the country’s Otopeni airport near the capital Bucharest serving as the biggest hub for Schengen flights.

Bulgaria, Romania take first steps into Europe’s passport-free zone

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Bulgaria and Romania joined Europe’s Schengen area of free movement, opening up travel by air and sea without border checks after a 13-year wait

The poll conducted by United Surveys for Wirtualna Polska shows that 66.8% of Poles would prefer to keep the zloty rather than adopt the euro, and almost half are “definitely against” joining the eurozone. Only 27.3% support the introduction of the European currency.

Most Poles don’t want the euro, poll shows

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Nearly 70% of Poles do not want their country to join the eurozone, with voters of the conservative PiS the most sceptical according to recent polls

The EU’s push was further consolidated in the bloc’s economic security strategy presented earlier this year, outlining a range of proposals for the bloc to reduce reliance on certain “countries of concern” through export restrictions and screening for foreign direct investment across various sectors.

EU says plan to ensure critical raw materials supply is not aimed at China

By: EBR | Friday, March 29, 2024

A senior European Union official denied that the bloc’s recently agreed-upon plan to diversify its supply of strategically critical raw materials targets China

After France became the first country in the world to enshrine in the Constitution the right of women to have an abortion, the country now wants to regulate assisted dying.

From abortion rights to assisted dying: Macron’s 180-degree shift

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 26, 2024

In the latest episode of our Today in the EU podcast, we are looking at how European elections have impacted French President Emmanuel Macron’s policy choices

This has become even more important when relations between Paris and Berlin have soured, with President Emmanuel Macron (Renaissance, Renew) and Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD, S&D) publicly sparring over support for Ukraine.

Lawmakers hopeful Franco-German parliament can smooth intergovernmental relations

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Five years ago, Germany and France created the world’s first binational parliament, but as relations between the countries’ two leaders remain rocky, lawmakers remain hopeful it can stop the situation from worsening

That is why the Weimar Triangle matters. Leaving aside the rhetoric and forced smiles before the cameras in Berlin, these three big countries need to cooperate much more closely to give Europe the leadership it sorely needs. The war in Ukraine demands it.

The Weimar Triangle’s Moment to Lead

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 26, 2024

It happened back in 1991, just as the Cold War was ending and the Eastern and Central European countries were making the transition to democracy

“In parallel, there is bilateral cooperation work concerning the Mattei Plan for cooperation in agriculture and training,” said Meloni

EU agrees to controversial €7.4bn migration deal with Egypt

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 19, 2024

European leaders and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi have struck a deal to curb migration from Egypt

As a VLOP, LinkedIn must ensure users can easily discern details about advertisements and prohibit the use of personal data, such as sexual orientation, political beliefs, or race, for targeted advertising purposes.

EU Commission scrutinises nine big tech platforms over targeted ads and generative AI

By: EBR | Friday, March 15, 2024

The European Commission requested information from nine big tech platforms on their use of targeted ads and generative artificial intelligence (AI) to gauge compliance with the Digital Services Act

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