Issue 404 | 26 January 2015
Parliament's political priorities for 2015, European year for development, EU space policy and more...
European parliament president Martin Schulz introduces our cover feature on a hopeful note, urging policymakers to learn from the challenges the EU faced in 2014 and use this new year as the opportunity to make a positive impact on citizens’ lives. He writes that "the elections [last May] must be considered as a last chance mandate for moderate European parties to achieve reforms". The German MEP adds that Europe must "settle the ideological dispute between politicians who preach austerity and those who advocate reckless spending", while working to strengthen the single market – "the crown jewel of the EU's successes". Read on to find out what he believes should be the focus of EU policy for the year ahead.
Each day brings another twist and turn in the Brexit saga and there is still more to come, writes Dmitry Leus.
Europe's single market is hampered by a lack of harmonisation in cross-border delivery rules, argues Jaap Mulders of the European Express Association.
EU policymakers should support measures to enhance cooperation between public and private employment services argues Eurociett's Denis Pennel.