Focus moves slowly from new Ebola cases to post-crisis recovery
Getting to ‘zero cases’ is proving very difficult, but policymakers now feel able to plan for long-term recovery in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The three African countries worst hit by the Ebola epidemic today (3 March) urged the international community to sustain its support for their countries in the long term in order to help their economies and societies recover from the disease.
One freight vessel on a river could replace 280 lorries on the roads, but Europe's rivers and canals are mostly free of cargo ships.
- A nightmare foretoldAn Estonian president predicted the crisis in Ukraine in 1994; the EU should now listen to the advice he gave.
- Why oil is not yet a blessing for the eastern MediterraneanThe early results of new pipelines and new gas finds in the eastern Mediterranean are less predictability and stalled efforts to reunify Cyprus.
There can be no such thing as a happy Grexit, writes Jean Pisani-Ferry.
- The DNA of German foreign policyGermany must address three key challenges: crisis management, the changing global order, and its position within Europe, writes Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany's foreign minister.
- Fiscal austerity versus European societyThe persistent tendency to pay lip service to social sustainability, while implementing economic programmes focused on unrelenting austerity, is a leading cause of political instability in Europe.
Quote of the Week
If you have what you think is a private conversation ... you use language not that's necessarily wrong but could taken out of context.Jack Straw, a former British foreign minister, after falling for a sting operation by journalists posing as lobbyists.
The Week in numbers
Profile of the secretary-general of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group.
The campaign has begun for a successor to the Cotonou Agreement, the treaty which frames the relationship between the European Union and the 79 states in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group. Patrick Gomes, who becomes the ACP’s secretary-general on 1 March, thus becomes the man charged with making its case over the next five years of demanding negotiations.
People & Places
Teresa Rodríguez, a Spanish far-left MEP and member of the anti-establishment Podemos party, is leaving the European Parliament to fight for the presidency of the regional parliament …
A much-awaited strategy on completing the EU's energy union will be adopted next week. This special report looks at the obstacles the EU faces in its quest for energy harmony.
- A high-energy proposal?
- Imagining an EU energy union
The European Commission’s forthcoming strategy on energy union will be an indication of the Commission’s ambition and commitment.
There are many issues the European Commission will have to address if it is to achieve its ambitions of cross-border co-operation on energy.
- Energy legacy of the Baltic states
- Energy union: who wants what?
- Energy union: what to expect from the Commission
- Energy Union: who's the boss?
Featured ContentLet’s build an energy union based on Europe’s strengths
Energy relations between Latvia and its neighbours are illustrative of the problems of mistrust that plague Europe's efforts toward energy union.
EU member states and the energy sector have very different ideas about how an energy union should work.
The energy union strategy will comprise five pillars and will give new impetus to existing legislation.
Commissioners Maroš Šefcovic and Miguel Arias Cañete have both been given responsibility for EU energy policy, a situation already resulting in some power struggles.
Playing to Europe’s strengths will give us the confidence and inspiration to deliver a secure, low-carbon and competitive energy system.
European Food Safety Summit
24 March 2015
Improving business performance and securing the global supply chain from farm to fork.
Creating Europe’s digital highways: Competition, innovation and investment in high-speed broadband
24 March 2015
Résidence Palace, Brussels, BE
The debate will focus on whether there is sufficient competition in the European telecoms market, whether planned policy initiatives will boost or reduce the level of competition and how this affects innovation and investment.
With: Andrus Ansip, Marvin Ammori, Steven Tas, Mario Mariniello