Little hope of breakthrough at climate leaders summit
The absence of the two largest countries in the so-called ‘BASIC’ bloc of developing countries means there is likely to be little headway at a climate summit next week.
World leaders will gather at the United Nations in New York on 23 September for a summit on climate change. But it is unlikely that the summit will meet its aim of paving the way for a globally binding climate agreement next year.
European unity and credibility on military and energy security is shrinking.
- Juggling the needs of the EU's leadersThe balancing act continues for Juncker as he tries to find a growth strategy that will benefit all member states.
- Juncker, the foreign-policy president?Juncker wants to increase the Commission’s weight in the EU’s foreign policy, but his early decisions have reduced the potential benefits.
Adair Turner, a former chairman of the United Kingdom’s Financial Services Authority, asks: will policymakers openly admit that escaping from recession will require bigger fiscal deficits financed by the ECB?
- An Uber-sensitive subjectThe disruptive effects of technological innovation are reverberating through the taxi-ranks of Europe. So should we welcome the disruption caused by the US-based app Uber? Or is the disruption damaging to passengers as well as taxi-cartels? Neelie Kroes argues that there are wider lessons for Europe about innovation. Wim Faber argues that innovation does not eliminate the need for regulation.
- Should Scotland leave the pound zone?As Scots prepare to vote in this month's referendum on whether to remain in the UK, the more immediate issue is money, writes Harold James, a professor at Princeton University.
Profile of Italy's minister for European affairs.
When Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister, made Sandro Gozi minister for European Union affairs in February this year, the appointment went largely unnoticed in Rome. Gozi was a virtual unknown in Italian politics and the post to which he had been named – undersecretary for European affairs in the prime minister’s office – was obscure. A profile in France’s Le Monde newspaper expressed incredulity that someone so little known could be as brilliant as Gozi, and on top of that speak flawless French. (His English, though accented, is also impeccable.)
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Alexandra Papadopoulou, who is currently director-general for European affairs in the Greek ministry of foreign affairs, has been named Greece’s next permanent representative to the EU. Now …
On Wednesday (10 September), Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled the most significant shake-up of the European Commission's organisational structure in years. Here is European Voice's take on the new Commission college.
- A brave (though flawed) attempt at a shake-up
- Juncker deals out the pack
- Juncker’s careful balancing act
Juncker has made a serious attempt at reform, but has taken several gambles.
Timmermans given significant powers as Juncker's right-hand man and changes made to Commission departments.
Juncker had to take many issues into consideration when assigning the Commission portfolios.
- Juncker's portfolio assignments: the reaction
- MEPs threaten to get tough
- Juncker seeks greater control over foreign policy
- Juncker's health plans drive a wedge between partners
- Juncker's plan would 'shut down environmental policy', campaigners warn
- National media reaction to Juncker's allocation of portfolios
- Juncker's team
Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled his portfolio assignments today and announced a restructuring of the commission into teams. European Voice has been collecting the reactions.
Judging by early reactions there are some commissioner nominees who may face strong resistance in the Parliament.
The high representative will move to the European Commission headquarters and half of her cabinet must be made up of Commission staff.
Commission reorganisation announcement prompts health NGO to pull out of plans to create a health intergroup in the European Parliament
Business groups have welcomed Juncker's new 'streamlined' Commission structure, but green campaigners have decried the loss of dedicated environment and climate commissioners.
While the division of some of the posts came as a surprise, the reaction from media in the member states has been largely positive.
Nominees for the European Commission 2014-19 and their assigned portfolios.
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