German elections: Is Merkel losing ground or Shultz is winning?

Visit of Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EC, to Germany
Jean-Claude Juncker, Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz (from left to right)
Date: 12/05/2016.  Location: Berlin - European House. © European Union , 2016 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: Adam Berry

Martin Schulz’s candidacy for Chancellor has changed the balance in the German elections as polls show that Angela Merkel and the Christian Democrats (CDU) are left in the second place after the Social Democrats (SPD). The polls which are conducted by the Emnid institute and by Forschungsgruppe Wahlen for broadcaster ZDF reveal a clear lead […]

Will Brexit shatter the EU or is it still too early to predict?

Discussion between Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker (in the foreground, from left to right)
Date: 21/10/2016. Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont. © European Union , 2016 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: Etienne Ansotte

The president of the European Commission together with EU and German officials fear that Brexit will divide the EU after the negotiations have been concluded. Theresa May is about to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and begin the talks for UK’s exit once the House of Lords grants permission. In addition to the Brexit procedure, […]

“We need to use the momentum globally to ensure that corporations pay their fare share of taxation”, EU Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis outlines from the World Economic Forum 2017.

World Economic Forum, Davos, 17-20/01/2017
Valdis Dombrovskis and Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, attend a session named 'Taxation without borders: a fair share from multinationals'.
Date: 19/01/2017. Location: Davos-Congress Center,Davos
© European Union , 2017 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: Johanna Leguerre

At the third day of the World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos, the session “Taxation without Borders: A Fair Share from Multinationals” took place where tax-base erosion and profit shifting policies were discussed in view of the Panama Papers and the fact that countries lose tones of money when multinationals implement such strategies. Emerging countries […]

“China will strive to enhance the performance of economic growth”, President Xi highlights from the World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos

President Xi Jinping at World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Destination: Davos Klosters.

The first day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) began with the opening plenary with Xi Jinping yesterday, President of the People’s Republic of China, monopolizing the interest of the global economic status quo convening these days at the Swiss Alps. This was the first time ever a Chinese President accepts the Davos invite and naturally all the […]

Will France vote for more or less Europe in the next presidential elections?

Meeting on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - From humiliation and exclusion to participation : eradicate all forms of poverty
Copyright: © European Union 2016 -  Source : EP.
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Date: 19/10/2016.

Meeting on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – From humiliation and exclusion to participation : eradicate all forms of poverty Copyright: © European Union 2016 Source : EP. Location: Brussels, Belgium. Date: 19/10/2016. Photo: Alexis Haulot. The citizens of three of the strongest European countries, having in their minds the recent terrorist […]

How did Facebook fool the Commission that easily during the WhatsApp acquisition?

Press conference by Margrethe Vestager, Member of the EC, on a cartel case
Date: 07/12/2016. Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont. © European Union, 2016.  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service. Photo: Mauro Bottaro

The European Commission announced yesterday that a Statement of Objections was sent to Facebook accusing the company of providing incorrect or misleading information during the investigation under Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp. The aforementioned information was that Facebook had initially reassured the EC that it was not possible to match the user accounts of Facebook and WhatsApp. However, […]

EU prepares for the worst case scenario as Turkey seems to be withdrawing from the migration deal

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The EU Foreign Ministers convened in Brussels two days ago with Austria calling for a tougher stance towards the Turkish membership urging the EU to freeze negotiations due to the recent security crackdown in Turkey. The EU leaders will discuss the EU-Turkey refugee deal on Thursday which is directly linked to the Turkish accession talks. Erdogan […]

How will the EU face the migration crisis when the Turkish threats come true?

Plenary session week 47 2016 in Strasbourg - EU-Turkey relations
Johannes HAHN, Member ofthe EC in charge of European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations
Date: 22/11/2016
Location: STRASBOURG
Copyright: © European Union 2016 - Source: EP.

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on 24 November calling for the negotiations to be suspended between the EU and the Turkish government until the latter ends its suppressive and dominant response to July’s failed coup. But this decision has triggered immediate reactions by the Turkish and European sides. While the president of Turkey threatens to […]

COP22 addresses a strong global pledge to effectively implement the Paris Agreement

COP22, Marrakesh, 07/11-12/11/2016
Salaheddine Mezouar, President of the COP22
Date: 08/11/2016   Location: Marrakesh
© European Union , 2016 / Photo: Mohammed Kamal

Last Friday, more than 190 countries gathered at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP22) and jointly pledged through an Action Proclamation to implement the Paris Agreement showing a sense of global unity on climate change. The Proclamation was a clear call for more political commitment in order to fight climate change and prevent its […]

The COP22 is under full deployment while Donald Trump threatens openly to withdraw the US from the Paris agreement

Miguel Arias Cañete, in the center, during the conference "Joint Solutions for a Sustainable Planet" as part of EU Energy Day.
Date: 14/11/2016   Location: Marrakesh
© European Union , 2016 / Photo: Ouarrak Abdessaliaa

The 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) which is taking place at the Moroccan city of Marrakech is already at its second week with the final meetings to be held under the fear that the newly elected U.S. government will step back from the Paris Agreement. It is […]