Live blog: the Saturday summit
Donald Tusk has been elected as the next European Council president, and Federica Mogherini has been appointed as the next EU foreign policy chief. Now the leaders will grapple with Ukraine. Live updates below.
Leaders of the European Union’s member states are meeting at a summit in Brussels today (30 August) to choose who will become the next EU foreign policy chief and president of the European Council.
Summer blog: The FDP hopes to stop its decline when voters in Saxony go to the polls.
The chief executives of Unilever and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development discuss how to build a circular economy in Europe.
- Demographic shifts are manageableOne might think that a shrinking population is a bad thing, but in fact the benefits of demographic stability – or even decline – outweigh any adverse effects, writes the former chairman of the UK’s Financial Services Authority.
- Scotland's EU reform agendaWith a month to go until Scotland votes on whether to leave the UK, the Scottish government is setting out its vision for a future relationship with the EU, writes Fiona Hyslop, Scotland’s external affairs secretary.
A good week for...
At the age of just 36, Macron, a former banker and former deputy secretary-general at the Élysée Palace, has been given the role of economy minister in the French government. Macron has been rewarded for his loyalty to François Hollande in a reshuffle caused by Arnaud Montebourg, the former economy minister, who criticised the government’s economic policy, which he said was dictated by Germany.
A bad week for...
The European space project
It has cost billions of euros and suffered delays, and things never seen to run smoothly for the Galileo network. The European Commission is investigating what went wrong when two satellites that were launched from French Guiana ended up in the wrong orbit. The European Space Agency says that the satellites are under control but not in the correct position.
Profile of the Greek opposition leader and candidate for European Commission president, Alexis Tsipras.
Greek politicians are not in the habit of taking Europe by storm. They are certainly not used to being seen as trend-setters, capable of galvanising public opinion in the 28-nation bloc. At age 39, Alexis Tsipras, who heads Greece’s radical left Syriza party, can claim to have done both. In the almost five years since Greece triggered the worst crisis to hit the continent since the Second World War, the young firebrand has sent shudders through Brussels – and international markets – with rhetoric that is both stridently anti-austerity and unusually non-conformist. It has been a potent mix.
People & Places
Centre-right political veteran wants to be the UMP's choice at the next election.
- Martin Callanan to sit in House of LordsThe former leader of the ECR group, voted out of office in May, will sit in the UK's House of Lords.
- Michael Cashman becomes lordThe former MEP and head of the Parliament’s LGBT intergroup will sit in the House of Lords, Britain’s upper house.
- Cable association appointments
- Estonian members of the CoR
Examining the world of public affairs in and around the EU.
- Public affairs is not an exact science
- A decade of change in EU public affairs
- Switching professions: politician to public affairs practitioner
Estimates put the number of lobbyists in Brussels at around 30,000 but calculations of their impact are still more vague.
Public affairs organisations have switched their focus to MEPs and changed their tactics to get the best results.
Do ex-MEPs become lobbyists because they are suited to the task, or because they are unsuitable for anything else?
- Cultural differences affect practices in the public affairs industry
- Roman Catholic lobby
- Using social media in public affairs
- Data protection and aggressive lobbying
- Making the public affairs sector more transparent
- Public affairs: a small revolution, still turning
Lobbying in Brussels has developed into a unique practice incorporating the norms and regulations of other countries.
Spurring the Roman Catholic lobby into action.
Creating grassroots momentum behind the reform of fisheries rules that was being proposed by the European Commission.
The moment that hard-nosed US lobbying arrived in Brussels.
The Joint Transparency Register has made the public affairs sector more open, but there are limits to what it can achieve.
Maros Sefcovic believes that there have been improvements to the conduct of public affairs around the EU.
18 September 2014
The Crowne Plaza, Brussels, BE
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With: Pierre MASAI, Stefano FRATTA, Fotis Karamitsos, Klaus SCHIERHACKL, Arndt OHLER, Fabrizio CORTESI, Frans OP DE BEEK
Cyber-security in 2014
23 September 2014
Regulatory compliance, internal controls, crisis management... best practices to protect data and intellectual property
With: WIM BARTSOEN, DAVID CALLEBAUT, UDO HELMBRECHT, MATTHEW JOHNSON, Troels Oerting, JAAN PRIISALU, QUENTYN TAYLOR, Steve Wright, Simon TAYLOR