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By Javier Solana & Steven Blockmans One of the EU’s so-called founding fathers, Jean Monnet, has taught Europeans that ‘Europe will be forged in crises, and will be the sum of the solutions adopted for those crises’. Does this now count for the EU and its role as a security actor?

This week could be a turning point for climate and energy policy in Europe. The Commissioner for Energy Union, Maros Sefcovic announced the strategy for Energy Union alongside a Climate communication from the European Commission on the ‘road to Paris’ and a Communication reporting on the electricity interconnection target of 10 percent. According to the… » read more

One step before reaching an agreement (?) on Greece’s bailout program, the government dispatched today the revised proposal including the extension of the current loan agreement for the next six (6) months, while introducing a moratorium in the implementation of new austerity measures suggested by troika last November. Meanwhile, the ECB decided yesterday to extend… » read more

He has been on board for three months only, but has already managed to attract attention, doubts and criticisms. I am referring to Jean-Claude Juncker, and his plan to create a new European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). A plan to trigger a “Virtuous Triangle”, so he claims: investment, fiscal responsibility and structural reforms, to… » read more

My old friend Jan Eliasson

By Georgi Gotev Yesterday Jan Eliasson recognised me and said: Hey, you still look young. I realised that the world was going to change more and faster than most people thought. And of course Sweden had been a facilitator for this change.

Fondation EurActiv organised the #Media4EU event in the European Parliament on 29 January, gathering policy-makers, stakeholders and media representatives to discuss the EU’s strategy for independent and sustainable media in Europe. These are our notes of the evening’s discussion: Summary and conclusions of debate at EP on 29 January 2015 Wide support from cross-section of… » read more

On Monday January 26 the European Council released the Statement of the Heads of States or Governments pointing out the growing concern on political and military developments in Ukraine. In the Statement the Council also underlined that the EU should consider taking and implementing new sanctions against Russia if it considers it appropriate. While such… » read more

From a European viewpoint… 2015 is officially the “European Year of Development”, but politically the upcoming elections in the UK (May 2015) will most likely intensify tensions in and reporting on the UK when looking at the European Union and even London’s EU membership. If 2014 was the year of the elections and new faces… » read more

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