Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades was hospitalised ahead of the first day of the EU summit yesterday (23 October), and was replaced at the summit by Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. This is the first time that a leader from another country replaces a colleague at the EU summit table.

 

EU leaders are in Brussels on 23-24 October for European Council talks focusing on the bloc’s 2030 energy and climate policy. Ebola is also on the official agenda. Follow the developments live on EurActiv.

 

Is Europe well served by its media, old and new? A Ferrara debate

How should Europe’s media hold its leaders, its institutions, its decisions to account? Is it the fault of EU citizens that they don’t? Is there a different role for old and new media? The oD Editor argues that new media might make the difference.

The EU’s leaders are convening in Brussels to discuss EU climate policy up to 2013 today, Thursday. Some commentators hope the current uncertainties about Russian gas supplies will put Europe firmly on the path to an energy union. Others fear that weak compromises will once again prevent the establishment of uniform climate targets.

 

The economic and finance ministers of Germany and France on Monday announced that they will soon present proposals for warding off a new recession. Paris had previously held out the prospect of France cutting its spending by 50 billion euros if Germany matched that amount in investments. Berlin must defend its budgetary discipline, some commentators warn. Others thank Paris for launching an important debate

The treatment of protesters in Parliament Square shows the profound lack of confidence the British state has in itself – and the overwhelming need to codify its powers.

Football and ethnic violence in the Balkans

How can one flag cause so much trouble? A contextual analysis of the now notorious, abandoned football match between Serbia and Albania on 14 October 2014.

An Albanian player is attacked by a Serbian fan during the abandoned football match on 14 October. Flickr/Nazionale Calcio. Some rights reserved.

A combination of persistence and an affinity with development issues has allowed ONE’s young campaigners to, against all odds, achieve their objective of persuading half the members of the European Parliament to sign a petition to end extreme poverty in the world by 2030, writes Karen Ercoli,

Karen Ercoli is Italian Youth Ambassador for The ONE campaign

Q&A: EU’s challenging energy targets

Talks begin in Brussels to agree landmark deal for 2030

Juncker addresses the European Parliament before the vote approving his new Commission

MEPs voted to extend the Council’s proposed 2015 European budget by 2 billion euros, a position that may lead to tough negotiations. EurActiv France reports.

Q&A: Brussels demands budget surcharge

Reasons for the extra €2.1bn charge on Britain are varied and contradictor

Why is the UK being asked to pay in more to the EU budget and what can it do about it?

There are a number of headlines today around the EU’s request for a further €2.1bn from the UK in terms of its contribution to the EU’s budget.

Below we breakdown exactly how and why this has happened and what options the UK has now.

By James Krotz

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For over a week, the Royal Swedish Navy and Air Force have been frantically looking for a suspected Russian submarine in Ingaro Bay, the main port approach to the wharves of Stockholm.  On Thursday, the search was finally called off, ending the largest Swedish naval operation since the end of the Cold War, according to Swedish Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad.

The French art world is on strike – why aren’t we?

The fight to defend the artists’ wage is raging across France, yet today in the UK we believe the arts should be a market-driven competition. A living wage for performers feels a long way off.

Slow translation and the revival of the Catalan language

Today in Catalonia young people grow up bilingual. It also occurs in other parts of Europe. But here a small miracle has taken place; a tradition and a culture that were in danger of being lost have been recovered.

Time to reassess the EU’s environment and climate change policies

EU leaders are meeting today in Brussels to discuss the EU’s 2030 energy, environment and climate change framework which will likely involve some new targets for emissions reduction. You can find our full thoughts on the original Commission proposal here – but broadly we think that the more flexible structure is a good approach and that dropping the binding renewables target is the right approach.


Catalonia’s quarrel with SpainBBC News | Europe | World Edition
The independence battle pitching Barcelona against MadridMAIN FOCUS: EU Parliament to vote on Commission | 22/10/2014

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The EU Parliament will vote definitively on the new Commission in Strasbourg today, Wednesday. Everything points to a majority for the team of designated Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The Commission will suffer from the conflict over how to tackle the recession, some commentators predict. Others hope Juncker will provide an answer to the growing populism in Europe.

 

 

14 lessons from the Scottish referendumopen Democracy News Analysis – by Peter McColl and Adam Ramsay

A month on from Scotland’s independence vote, here are 14 lessons it taught us.

1) People care

The concept of apathy has always been offensive: it implies that people don’t care about their neighbours, their families, or even themselves. No. The problem is that people are alienated from politics. They have been convinced that engaging in the world as a citizen will do nothing to transform it. It’s been said a thousand times, but the Scottish referendum showed that when people do think they can make a difference, they most certainly do engage

Swedish sub search focuses on bay

Naval vessels scouring Swedish waters for a suspected foreign submarine focus on a bay near Stockholm on the fifth day of their search.

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