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Alarming report reveals rampant poverty across Europe

More than a third of the population in Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Latvia and Hungary are at risk of poverty and social exclusion, according to a new report. In half of the EU's 28 member states, at least one in three children...more »


Orbán says EU’s Energy Union is a threat to Hungary

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said his country has a “major problem” with Brussels because of the European Commission’s plans to set up an Energy Union, which in his words hinders national sovereignty. Orbán, who two days...more »


Nobody is exempt from social justice and concerns for the poor

Today, 20 February, is World Social Justice Day. This is a good occasion to remind European policy makers that they cannot act as if they were exempt from concerns for the poor and for social justice, writes Jorge Nuño...more »


Strong market stability reserve a step towards green growth

Let’s get the facts straight ahead of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee vote on the creation of a market stability reserve mechanism in the European Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), writes Wendel Trio.more »


WTO preferable to EU, say UK Eurosceptics

The UK should leave the EU and rely on membership of the WTO, according to a major conference on alternatives to EU membership held in London yesterday. “We have a clear alternative to EU membership. The WTO alternative,”...more »


France leads Europe in cardiovascular health

A recent report by the French Directorate for Research, Studies and the Evaluation of Statistics (DREES) has placed France ahead of its EU partners in terms of cardiovascular health, despite a relatively high rate of smoking...more »


Energy Union targets renewables subsidies, boosts idle coal plants

The European Commission’s overhaul of the EU electricity market will target national public support for renewables, while encouraging governments to pay energy companies in other member states for idle power stations. Capacity...more »

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