Final Day of EP Elections Arrives

400 million people can vote in the European Parliament (EP) election, taking place across the European Union from May 22 to May 25. The only democratically elected institution in the European Union, the EP brings together the 751 Members of Parliament (MEPs) from the 28 states, who will not only set the course of European […]

EC Estimates France Will Miss Deficit Target in 2015

  The European Commission doubts that France will be able to cut its deficit to the target level – 3% of its GDP – in 2015, despite the austerity measures announced by the new government led by Manuel Valls. Last Monday, the European Commission released its latest economic forecast for France, estimating a 3.4% public […]

EU Gives €11 Billion in Aid to Ukraine

On March 5, the European Commission promised Kiev €11 billion in aid, taking what many consider a long overdue measure to provide help in Ukraine. The promise of monetary compensation came alongside announcements that the assets of 18 former Ukrainian officers would be frozen.  The names of the individuals were withheld until Thursday, to prevent […]

Internet Wars: Google and EU Work to Reach Agreement Three Years in the Making

On Wednesday, February 5, the European Commission announced it had accepted terms proposed by Google to remedy problems concerning the marketing of online search results. Google was accused of overstepping boundaries, yet the talks between the EU and Google are said to have opened the way for an amicable solution. The 14 plaintiffs can be […]

Environmental Groups Respond to European Commission Climate Change Proposal

Last week the European Commission outlined its new policy proposal concerning renewable energy for 2030. European Commission president José Manuel Barroso announced the plan to reduce emissions to 40% of 1990 levels, compensated by increased investment in renewable energy. With this plan, renewable energy should account for 27% of the European Union’s energy by 2030. […]

European Leaders Respond to “NSA Reform”

Data protection and privacy, rights contained in Article 8 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, have often triggered differences of opinions and policies between the US and Europe. The recent disclosures by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden did little to help. Following months of resulting controversy, President Barack Obama committed to reforming […]

LJP Youth: What is Horizon 2020?

Léa-Claire Tersou is part of a new initiative called LJP Youth. The LJP team has partnered with the Bilingual School of Marcq-en-Baroeul, a high school in Lille, France, to create a space for young, aspiring journalists to comment on the world around them. We hope you enjoy what they have to say.  Innovation, exploration and curiosity have been […]

America’s “Patent Trolls” on the Move to Europe?

For today’s largest companies, especially those in the technology sector, patent wars are an increasingly prevalent and expensive reality. Many patent wars last many years and have an effect that has consequences across continents. Recently, patents have composed a major topic of discussion, as the European Parliament’s decision to propose a unified patent court system […]

France to Welcome More Syrian Refugees

More Syrian refugees can now look to France as a safe haven. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced on September 12 that France would welcome more Syrian refugees. Many nations, including France, have opened their doors to the refugees, now currently numbered at more than 2 million. According to the United Nations refugee agency, more […]

European Commission Reauthorizes sale of Diane-35

The European Commission (EC) has reauthorized popular prescription acne pill Diane-35 for the French market, ending the drug’s three-month suspension. The European Medicines Agency official website has released the following statement: “The Coordination Group for Mutual Recognition and Decentralised Procedures — Human (CMDh) has endorsed by majority (26:1) the recommendation of the…(EMA’s) Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment […]