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Today β€” March 23rd 2019EurActiv

S&D chief: Conservatives and liberals did not allow Greta to speak in the EU House

By Sarantis Michalopoulos

The European People’s Party (EPP) and the liberals (ALDE) have blocked climate change activist Greta Thunberg from speaking in the European Parliament because “kids belong in schools”, according to the chief of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), Udo Bullmann. Speaking at...

France conditions support for opening US trade talks

By Beatriz Rios

France wants to secure enough guarantees in terms of environmental protection and access to public procurement markets, before moving forward into trade talks with the US, president Emmanuel Macron said during the European Council on Friday (22 March). 

β€˜Don’t be naive with China’, EU leaders tell Italy

By Alexandra Brzozowski, Jorge Valero

EU leaders displayed a united front toward China on Friday (22 March) and warned the Italian government of the consequences of signing a bilateral deal with Beijing to become part of the new ‘Silk Road’.

Macron slams the EPP compromise on OrbΓ‘n’s Fidesz party

By Georgi Gotev

French President Macron spoke in very critical terms on Friday (22 March) about the compromise reached by the European People’s Party to suspend, but not exclude Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party from the European centre-right family.

The ball’s in your court on Brexit, leaders tell UK

By Beatriz Rios, Benjamin Fox

EU leaders struck a reflective tone as they wrapped up a Spring summit in Brussels that was, again, dominated by Brexit.

The Brief – Brexit Oddity

By Georgi Gotev

A photo says more than 1,000 words. This one shows the so-called ‘sherpas’ on the first day of the EU summit on Thursday (21 March) as they are trying to work through the details of the Article 50 draft conclusions. It’s...

5G not part of Italy-China agreement, Di Maio says

By Samuel Stolton

Chinese investments into the development of 5G communications networks are not included in the agreement between China and Italy set to be signed tomorrow, Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Thursday (22 March).

French jailbirds to vote in EU elections for first time

By Aline Robert

For the first time, a prison in northern France will make sure inmates are able to vote at the EU elections in May. Almost all of France's 80,000 prisoners have the right to cast a ballot but few have managed to exercise it until now. EURACTIV France reports.

  • March 22nd 2019 at 14:51

Italy and France reconcile after Macron’s harsh late-night comments

By Gerardo Fortuna

French President Emmanuel Macron and Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte appeared to have found common ground on long-standing bilateral issues, overcoming the risk of another rift after Macron said Italy's attempts to discuss national problems on the sidelines of an EU summit were "a waste of time".

With Brexit imminent, EU celebrates β€˜neighbourly cooperation’ with EEA

By Alexandra Brzozowski

Only hours after intense Brexit negotiations on a delay to the UK's exit date, EU leaders on Friday (22 March) celebrated the 25th anniversary of the European Economic Area (EEA) agreement on joint legislation on movement of goods, services, persons and capital.

  • March 22nd 2019 at 14:16

Polish bison staring down the barrel of cull

By Sam Morgan

Poland’s endangered bison herds could be subject to a cull if environmental lawyers fail in their bid to overturn a decision by the country’s head of environmental protection.

Russia angry at Poland over WWII anniversary snub

By admin

Russia expressed anger on Wednesday (20 March) that President Vladimir Putin has not been invited to ceremonies marking the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II in Poland later this year.

EU institutions at loggerheads over online terrorist content

By Alexandra Brzozowski, Samuel Stolton

MEPs are seeking to "delay and time-out" the adoption of the regulation against online terrorist content, the EU's security chief Julian King said on Wednesday (21 March). His comments came as the Commission criticised online platforms for dragging their feet in removing graphic video footage following the Christchurch attacks.

The future of farming is sustainable and connected [Promoted content]

By Case IH, Malte Ketelsen, Michael Ball

Agriculture is a difficult business involving a lot of different aspects such as the quality of the food, the environment and the economic situation of the farmers.

The puzzle of the European aircraft carrier

By Romain Mielcarek

A proposal by the heir apparent to German Chancellor Angela Merkel to develop a European aircraft carrier with France would be a first. But the subject seems too sensitive and complex to open the door to advanced cooperation anytime soon. EURACTIV France's partner Bruxelles2.eu reports.

Tweets of the Week: Bercow, Orban, and Vestager

By Amanda Lee, Evan Lamos, Jennifer Baker
Bercow’s bombshell is rather splendid, Orban’s not banned, but he is suspended, and Google and Vestager are definitely unfriended. This week we are supported by EPRA.

MEPs push to give EU prosecutor job to KΓΆvesi on 27 March

By Dan Alexe

Bucharest appears to be deliberately delaying the nomination of the EU's first-ever prosecutor general, fearing the Romanian candidate, Laura Codruta Kövesi, is well positioned to get the job, reports Dan Alexe, a blogger at EUelectionsRomania.com.

Tsipras: EU β€˜disaster’ if ultra-right Weber is next Commission chief


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China’s new Silk Road gets bumpy as Xi visits Italy

By Georgi Gotev

Chinese President Xi Jinping kicks off a whistlestop European tour in Rome on Friday (22 March) amid growing Western unease over Italy joining the ever-expanding Asian giant's new Silk Road project.

Macron, Merkel and Juncker to meet China’s Xi on Tuesday

By Jorge Valero

French President Emmanuel Macron invited German chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to join a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping next Tuesday (26 March), in a bid to forge a united front in European efforts to rebalance relations with Beijing.