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By Marissa Ryan, Deputy Director of Advocacy & Campaigns and Head of Oxfam’s EU office. Europe is not flourishing this spring. The European Union is beset by baying populism, Brexit, and a faltering economic model which bred an inequality crisis. Come the May elections, will the Union succumb to internal strife and selfishness, turning its… » read more

  Posted by Oxfam's EU Advocacy office in Brussels

During the Global Energy Prize Summit, which took place at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany on 10 April 2019, international experts, including Nobel prize laureates, discussed possible scientific and technological solutions to avoid dangerous climate change in line with the commitments under Paris Agreement. The event was organised by the Global Energy Association,… » read more

  Posted by Dialogue for Europe

Stability and safety are not synonyms of today’s Europe. A possible terror motive behind the tram attack in the Netherlands where 3 people died; a Brussels “bomb threat” that was a false alarm but increased the tension near the European Union’s headquarters, forcing evacuation of the building; rampant anti-Semitism and Neo-Nazism across Europe—these are headlines… » read more

  Posted by Uniting Europe

How can we tackle irregular migration flows into Europe? This is a question that has been puzzling the minds of European politicians and citizens over the past few years, especially after the refugee crisis of 2015 caused by the ravaging war in Syria. Many have argued that the influx of asylum seekers has triggered fear… » read more

  Posted by Fragmented Collisions

By Marc-Olivier Herman, Oxfam EU Economic Justice Policy Lead Right now, European supermarkets are using their huge purchasing power to squeeze their food suppliers through a range of unfair trading practices, such as late payments or last-minute cancellations of orders. These practices lead to poor working conditions and even human rights abuses for the people… » read more

  Posted by Oxfam's EU Advocacy office in Brussels

Representing interests (more commonly known as ‘lobbying’) is a complex profession founded on a simple choice: either you try to convince and build consensus via mediation, or you work to impose one side’s view upon the other. The European Union, so long a beacon of mediation, is slowly drifting towards the second option. This is… » read more

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

Today, the Aquarius, boat of the French NGO “SOS Mediterranean”, cannot find refuge for the 629 migrants it has saved in the Mediterranean Sea during six separate operations. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat exchanged about the fate of this boat, on which stay 123 unaccompanied minors, 11 small children,… » read more

  Posted by EU-Logos

After 4 months of bickering about coalitions and policy measures, Germany’s 2 largest parties – Angela Merkel’s conservative party CDU/CSU and the Social Democrats (SPD) – have formed a grand coalition: the so-called GroKo. German politics plays a mayor role in the climate goals of the whole EU: which parties end up in the government… » read more

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

    Open letter by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions. Last September, the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, invited all Europeans to think together about the future of our Union. Without waiting for this invitation, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, a federation of national associations of towns and regions from 42… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Guest post by Dr. Laurens Ankersmit, ClientEarth trade lawyer   On the website promoting the EU-Canada trade deal (CETA), the Canadian government proudly lists the ‘opportunities and benefits of CETA for Canada’s oil and gas exporters’. However, provisions on combatting climate change are completely absent from this ‘progressive’ agreement. It was one of the main… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Venture capital funds relatively risky businesses with significant upside. It’s expensive capital. When successful however it has an outsized economic impact. Think PayPal, Square, Google, Facebook Amazon, and Uber. EC bureaucrats worry the EU has insufficient venture capital and is therefore disadvantaged relative to the US in creating big, transformational businesses. When Brussels perceives a… » read more

  Posted by The Atlanticist

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