The principle of ‘sustainability first’ should become the golden thread unifying all EU actions.
What makes Europe different from many other parts of the world? One answer is social protection: the principle of assisting the most vulnerable in society and guaranteeing a minimum standard of wellbeing – a social safety net. In the nineteenth century, writers like Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens highlighted the horrors of extreme destitution, helping […]
After months of argument which brought hundreds of thousands of protestors onto the streets of European cities, the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is this week taking a further step towards implementation, with the vote in the European Parliament. MEPs were put in a difficult position: forced to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to […]
As the weather cools and Europeans get back to work after the summer break, the temperature of the EU trade policy row is hotting up. With the date set for the signing of the controversial EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in October drawing nearer, positions are hardening. On 17 September, Germans and Austrians […]