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5Qs

5 questions with...Maria Spyraki

17 July 2019

Maria Spyraki (EL/EPP) is a 2019 MEP award winner and member of parliament’s ITRE and REGI committees

5 questions with...Benedek Jávor

25 June 2019

Benedek Jávor (HU, Greens/EFA) Parliament Magazine MEP 2019 award winner for the environment

5 questions with...Lieve Wierinck

25 June 2019

Lieve Wierinck (BE, ALDE) member of parliament’s ITRE committee and winner of 2019 MEP award for health

Agriculture

A wake-up call for EU fisheries ministers

31 July 2019

The latest scientific advice from The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) makes for sad reading - North Sea cod is severely depleted. However, this could be just what is needed to shock EU fisheries ministers into action, write Rebecca Hubbard and Dr Monica Verbeek.

Anti-palm oil lobbies bending the EU’s will

30 July 2019

Youssef Kobo explains how anti-palm oil lobbies are hurting the environment and the EU’s poorest members

Paper food packaging "not as innocent as it seems", says consumer body

30 July 2019

A new study by consumer group BEUC underscores the need for EU-wide rules to regulate non-plastic food packaging and protect consumers from potentially harmful chemicals.

Animal Welfare

An inhumane and dangerous practice

25 April 2019

China’s burying of pigs alive in an effort to control African Swine Fever is a brutal method of culling that also poses health risks, explains Annie Schreijer-Pierik.

MEPs hail new live animal transportation rules

4 March 2019

MEPs from across the political divide have welcomed the adoption of new EU-wide rules designed to give added protection to the transportation of live animals.

A vote for animal health is a vote for your own health

21 February 2019

A Europe whose political and regulatory framework stimulates the growth of innovation in the animal health sector is a Europe that secures a more sustainable future for all, writes Roxane Feller.

Committee guide

Committee Guide: AFCO has enormous responsibility in Brexit process

20 April 2017

The constitutional affairs committee will have a crucial role to play in how Brexit unfolds and beyond, writes Danuta Hübner.

Committee guide: PETI providing a voice to EU citizens

19 April 2017

Parliament's petitions committee strives to address citizens' concerns and foster constructive dialogue, writes Pál Csáky.

Committee guide: FEMM fighting the global backlash against women

18 April 2017

In these increasingly challenging and unstable times, Parliament's women's rights and gender equality committee is ready to lead the fight for equality, says Mary Honeyball.

Culture and Education

How the largest American Muslim foundation was falsely demonised by white supremacists

9 August 2019

The escalating spate of mass shootings from Christchurch to El Paso has been enabled by the fact that millions of ordinary people now believe in the existence of an Islamist conspiracy to ‘replace’ white people through mass immigration and birth rates, writes Saeed Khan.

Magid Magid: Taking the EU by storm

15 July 2019

Magid Magid is everything anti-immigration politicians such as Matteo Salvini or Viktor Orbán fear and despise. He is a Muslim and a refugee. And he’s just become an MEP. He tells Rajnish Singh about his mission to shake up the EU

Development

Delivering a Paris Agreement-compatible EU

12 July 2019

Parliament has already stated its climate change agenda; the new intake of MEPs must ensure that this is honoured and delivered, writes Wendel Trio.

Tanger Med promises to bring EU-Morocco cooperation to the next level

10 July 2019

Tangier overlooks a sea of opportunities with the launch of the Mediterranean's largest port just 14 km away from the EU, says Eli Hadzhieva - founder and director of Dialogue for Europe

Want to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals? Invest in Big Data and AI

27 June 2019

Agnieszka Łukaszczyk explains how satellite imagery can help set the UN Sustainable Development Goals back on track.

Digital Agenda

Huawei ‘fighting for survival’, says chairman

2 August 2019

Huawei’s chairman has admitted the company is under “immense pressure” and “fighting for survival”.

Bringing 5G to all corners of Europe

18 July 2019

While the advent of 5G networks promises to revolutionise digital society, the EU must ensure that more rural and sparsely-populated areas of Europe are not left behind explains Mart Võrklaev

Economic Affairs

The EU must do more to fight the funding of Islamism across the continent

7 August 2019

The case of Qatari-controlled, UK-based Al Rayan Bank, which continues to provide financial services to a series of Islamist and extremist groups blacklisted by other institutions, highlights the dangers of lax financial oversight by the EU and its Member States, writes Nervana Mahmoud.

EU ‘too slow to act’ on tax transparency

2 August 2019

Former MEP Catherine Stihler says the EU has been “too slow to act” on the “urgent need” for greater tax transparency.

Von der Leyen offers groups concessions ahead of key Parliament vote

15 July 2019

Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission President-designate, has offered the Socialists and Renew Europe a list of concessions in a bid to assuage her naysayers ahead of Tuesday’s crucial Parliament vote on her nomination.

Employment and Social Affairs

Adopting a gender-sensitive lens in global security

1 August 2019

Global security has deteriorated over the past decade, with the number of people forced to flee their homes due to violence, human rights violations and war on the increase. The EU must adopt and implement a gender-sensitive lens when dealing with this, writes Madi Sharma.

Von der Leyen offers groups concessions ahead of key Parliament vote

15 July 2019

Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission President-designate, has offered the Socialists and Renew Europe a list of concessions in a bid to assuage her naysayers ahead of Tuesday’s crucial Parliament vote on her nomination.

EU urged to up its game on tackling racism

7 June 2019

The EU has been urged to “show a true commitment” to tackling racism after a new report revealed that only 5 percent of the new European Parliament intake are from racial and ethnic minorities.

Energy

Delivering a Paris Agreement-compatible EU

12 July 2019

Parliament has already stated its climate change agenda; the new intake of MEPs must ensure that this is honoured and delivered, writes Wendel Trio.

The Arctic – Global Connector

9 July 2019

Climate change and the inexorable rise in digitisation is accelerating Arctic development. Europe needs to work to ensure its own policy agenda is realised, writes Tero Vauraste

Perfect timing

9 July 2019

With the Arctic becoming an increasing priority around the globe, the start of the Finnish EU presidency, fresh from chairing the Arctic Council and Council of Europe is ideally timed, writes Marja Rislakki.

Enlargement

Perfect timing

9 July 2019

With the Arctic becoming an increasing priority around the globe, the start of the Finnish EU presidency, fresh from chairing the Arctic Council and Council of Europe is ideally timed, writes Marja Rislakki.

EU risks losing credibility in Western Balkans if no North Macedonia accession talks this summer

6 June 2019

The EU will lose “credibility” in the Western Balkans if it refuses to open accession talks with North Macedonia this summer, according to the country’s chief accession negotiator.

Environment

Italy's ‘suicide diplomacy’ is reducing its influence in EU and NATO, says report

1 August 2019

A new report says that while Italy has a "central role" to play in Europe’s response to growing security challenges in the Mediterranean region, the current government’s "suicide diplomacy" is weakening its clout in the EU and NATO.

A wake-up call for EU fisheries ministers

31 July 2019

The latest scientific advice from The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) makes for sad reading - North Sea cod is severely depleted. However, this could be just what is needed to shock EU fisheries ministers into action, write Rebecca Hubbard and Dr Monica Verbeek.

Anti-palm oil lobbies bending the EU’s will

30 July 2019

Youssef Kobo explains how anti-palm oil lobbies are hurting the environment and the EU’s poorest members

EU Council Presidency

MEPs raise ‘grave’ concerns over Council transparency

22 July 2019

A cross-party group of MEPs have voiced their “grave concern” about the “opacity” of the Council, branding the institution “a veritable black box” which has been lagging far behind the Parliament and Commission on transparency.

Finland EU Council Presidency 2019: What to expect

18 July 2019

Now that the Finland holds the European Council presidency, we spoke to MEPs about what to expect over the next six months.

A new chapter in EU-Ukraine relations

9 July 2019

Ukraine’s home is the European family of nations, says Alexey Perevezentsev - Ukrainian State Secretary for Economic Development and Trade.

EU Election 2019

Senior political figures urge overhaul of EU foreign policy

12 August 2019

A group of senior EU political figures have called for a “change in EU foreign policy” under the European Commission’s new President, Ursula von der Leyen.

UK urged to guarantee right of EU citizens to participate in post-Brexit local elections

6 August 2019

A campaign group that first raised the alarm about the “mass disenfranchisement” of EU27 citizens before the European elections in May has now called on the UK Government to guarantee their right to participate in post-Brexit local elections.

Carry On Regardless: The Brexit Party hits Brussels

29 July 2019

The Brexit Party are political prisoners in Brussels. Or so they’d have you believe.  Despite standing in the European elections, knowing full well what awaited them, Nigel Farage and his band of Brexit-peddling cronies have been on a mission to expose to their faithful followers back home in Blighty that "Brussels" is the most dreadful of places: a wasteful, bureaucratic hellhole where little is achieved and where MEPs' pockets bulge with excessive pay and unwarranted expenses.

European Commission

Croatia nominates Dubravka Šuica as country’s next EU Commissioner

21 August 2019

European Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen needs just four more female nominees to hit equal representation target.

EU Parliament President intervenes in Italian ‘Open Arms’ migrant standoff

20 August 2019

David Sassoli has urged the Italian government to let the Open Arms rescue ship carrying migrants to disembark at Lampedusa.

Senior political figures urge overhaul of EU foreign policy

12 August 2019

A group of senior EU political figures have called for a “change in EU foreign policy” under the European Commission’s new President, Ursula von der Leyen.

European Questions

5 questions with...Maria Spyraki

17 July 2019

Maria Spyraki (EL/EPP) is a 2019 MEP award winner and member of parliament’s ITRE and REGI committees

EU urged to up its game on tackling racism

7 June 2019

The EU has been urged to “show a true commitment” to tackling racism after a new report revealed that only 5 percent of the new European Parliament intake are from racial and ethnic minorities.

Cast your vote

21 May 2019

With the European elections only a matter of days away, a failure to cast a vote means voting against Europe, argues Jacek Krawczyk.

Food

A wake-up call for EU fisheries ministers

31 July 2019

The latest scientific advice from The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) makes for sad reading - North Sea cod is severely depleted. However, this could be just what is needed to shock EU fisheries ministers into action, write Rebecca Hubbard and Dr Monica Verbeek.

Anti-palm oil lobbies bending the EU’s will

30 July 2019

Youssef Kobo explains how anti-palm oil lobbies are hurting the environment and the EU’s poorest members

Paper food packaging "not as innocent as it seems", says consumer body

30 July 2019

A new study by consumer group BEUC underscores the need for EU-wide rules to regulate non-plastic food packaging and protect consumers from potentially harmful chemicals.

Foreign Affairs

EU Parliament President intervenes in Italian ‘Open Arms’ migrant standoff

20 August 2019

David Sassoli has urged the Italian government to let the Open Arms rescue ship carrying migrants to disembark at Lampedusa.

Boris Johnson accuses MPs of 'collaborating' with Brussels to block No Deal Brexit

15 August 2019

Legal and political experts, campaigners and MPs have been accused of "collaborating" with Brussels to undermine the UK government's negotiating position by attempting to block a no-deal Brexit.

Green week

Reversing the climate crisis

15 May 2019

It’s not too late to take decisive action on man-made climate change, writes Hans Bruyninckx.

Environment policy: A major EU achievement

15 May 2019

Environmental policy is one of the EU’s major achievements, but we can’t stop now; change can and should happen more locally, says Karl-Heinz Lambertz.

Karmenu Vella talks EU Green Week 2019

13 May 2019

Green Week encapsulates all that the EU has achieved so far with its green policies but also highlights what still remains to be done, explains Karmenu Vella.

Health

Paper food packaging "not as innocent as it seems", says consumer body

30 July 2019

A new study by consumer group BEUC underscores the need for EU-wide rules to regulate non-plastic food packaging and protect consumers from potentially harmful chemicals.

Tackling rare diseases a ‘European success story’

23 July 2019

Tackling rare diseases, said to affect up to 30 million people in the EU, has been hailed as a “European success story.”

FemTech – Making strides for women

23 July 2019

Israeli innovation puts the spotlight on long-ignored women’s health in Europe

Internal Market

Paper food packaging "not as innocent as it seems", says consumer body

30 July 2019

A new study by consumer group BEUC underscores the need for EU-wide rules to regulate non-plastic food packaging and protect consumers from potentially harmful chemicals.

Delivering 5G is not rocket science

12 July 2019

European technology is at the forefront, so how can policy speed up a digitalised economy, asks Gabriel Solomon.

An antidote to fear-based politics?

8 July 2019

Europe’s new leaders must tackle disinformation, argues EuropaBio’s Beat Späth

Justice and Rights

UK must “avoid catastrophic No-Deal Brexit” says MEP

22 August 2019

British MEPs have voiced concern at the rising prospect of the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal.

MEPs debunk post-Brexit US-UK trade deal

21 August 2019

EU commentators warn the British government that a Trump trade agreement will come at a price and could take years.

Maritime and Fisheries

Fisheries Committee chair discusses No Deal Brexit fears with fishermen and producers

8 August 2019

The new chair of the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee was visiting the largest fishing port in France on Thursday amid fears that the threat of a No Deal Brexit will put cooperation between British and continental fishermen at risk.

The Arctic – Global Connector

9 July 2019

Climate change and the inexorable rise in digitisation is accelerating Arctic development. Europe needs to work to ensure its own policy agenda is realised, writes Tero Vauraste

Perfect timing

9 July 2019

With the Arctic becoming an increasing priority around the globe, the start of the Finnish EU presidency, fresh from chairing the Arctic Council and Council of Europe is ideally timed, writes Marja Rislakki.

News in a nutshell

Movers and Shakers | 25 June 2018

25 June 2018

Keep track of developments in the European institutions and public affairs with our movers and shakers column.

Movers and Shakers | 4 September 2017

4 September 2017

Keep track of developments in the European institutions and public affairs with our movers and shakers column.

MEPs endorse Mariya Gabriel as digital economy Commissioner

4 July 2017

Keep track of the latest appointments and developments in the European institutions and public affairs.

Refugee crisis

EU Parliament President intervenes in Italian ‘Open Arms’ migrant standoff

20 August 2019

David Sassoli has urged the Italian government to let the Open Arms rescue ship carrying migrants to disembark at Lampedusa.

Adopting a gender-sensitive lens in global security

1 August 2019

Global security has deteriorated over the past decade, with the number of people forced to flee their homes due to violence, human rights violations and war on the increase. The EU must adopt and implement a gender-sensitive lens when dealing with this, writes Madi Sharma.

Italy's ‘suicide diplomacy’ is reducing its influence in EU and NATO, says report

1 August 2019

A new report says that while Italy has a "central role" to play in Europe’s response to growing security challenges in the Mediterranean region, the current government’s "suicide diplomacy" is weakening its clout in the EU and NATO.

Regions

Miguel Cañete: Leaders of EU cities and regions must ‘lead by example’ on climate

4 July 2019

Miguel Cañete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, says elected leaders of European cities and regions are “uniquely positioned” to “lead by example” on the transition to a low-emission and climate-resilient economy.

AI offers new opportunities for local services

2 July 2019

The potential of artificial intelligence extends far beyond business and could revolutionise the way in which we deliver to our citizens; local and regional services must play an active role, writes Jan Trei

Research and Innovation

Huawei ‘fighting for survival’, says chairman

2 August 2019

Huawei’s chairman has admitted the company is under “immense pressure” and “fighting for survival”.

Anti-palm oil lobbies bending the EU’s will

30 July 2019

Youssef Kobo explains how anti-palm oil lobbies are hurting the environment and the EU’s poorest members

Growing scientific progress

25 July 2019

Students Martina Helmlinger and Lilli Schütz tell us why they are launching a Citizens’ Initiative to ensure the EU can benefit responsibly from new plant breeding techniques.

Trade

UK must “avoid catastrophic No-Deal Brexit” says MEP

22 August 2019

British MEPs have voiced concern at the rising prospect of the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal.

MEPs debunk post-Brexit US-UK trade deal

21 August 2019

EU commentators warn the British government that a Trump trade agreement will come at a price and could take years.

Tanger Med promises to bring EU-Morocco cooperation to the next level

10 July 2019

Tangier overlooks a sea of opportunities with the launch of the Mediterranean's largest port just 14 km away from the EU, says Eli Hadzhieva - founder and director of Dialogue for Europe

Transport

Autonomous driving: A glimpse into the future

16 July 2019

Driverless cars could soon make the leap from science fiction to reality. Jonathan Benton takes a look at what is needed to bring them into our daily lives.

Prepare for lift off

21 June 2019

The solutions to tackling capacity issues in Europe’s aviation sector have already been identified; the next step must be urgent implementation, says Marian-Jean Marinescu 

Aviation strategy is flying high

20 June 2019

The Aviation Strategy may not yet have resolved all the issues for the sector, but it has laid the essential groundwork for future success, writes Violeta Bulc 

US-EU

The new Lunar Gateway

22 July 2019

Fifty years after the first lunar landing, the US and EU are gearing up to send astronauts back to the moon. Brian Johnson reports.

LNG: Transatlantic cooperation at its best

4 July 2019

The 2009 energy crisis taught valuable lessons in diversification and LNG is an important part of the solution. EU-US cooperation in this area is a success story, says Maroš Šefcovic.

A marriage of convenience

1 July 2019

Gordon Sondland, US Ambassador to the EU, compares US-EU relations to a marriage. He tells Rajnish Singh that “We’re like an old married couple. The kids have left, we still love each other, we’re never getting divorced, but we have some very specific and tough issues to address."