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The European parliament’s travelling circus  in depth

Tuesday 30 April 2019 | Peter Teffer
| EUobserver

Symbolism matters in politics and there is perhaps no greater negative image shaping perceptions of the European Union than what has been dubbed the 'travelling circus': twelve times a year members of the European Parliament relocate from Brussels to Strasbourg for a plenary session.

International trade: ever larger, but contested, agreements 

Tuesday 30 April 2019 | Mathilde Dupré
| Alternatives Economiques

European trade policy is the object of numerous critiques, particularly concerning its lack of transparency and democratic control. 

Industrial policy: back to reality 

Tuesday 30 April 2019 | Guillaume Duval
| Alternatives Economiques

With no common industrial policy and given the great openness of its internal market, Europe has missed the latest waves of technological innovation: microelectronics, computers, mobile telephones, internet. 

Institutions: Heads of state still setting the agenda 

Tuesday 30 April 2019 | Yann Mens
| Alternatives Economiques

The Spitzenkandidat system has been criticised by a number of heads of state. Will it be applied this year? 

Energy and climate change: receding perspectives 

Tuesday 30 April 2019 | Antoine de Ravignan
| Alternatives Economiques

Will the European Union muster the ambition necessary to tackle climate change, and can it provide itself with the means to do so?

Social Europe: finally some progress 

Tuesday 30 April 2019 | Sandrine Foulon
| Alternatives Economiques

While social Europe may have finally woken from its slumber, progress hasn’t come easy. 

Immigration: Every man for himself, and borders for all 

Tuesday 30 April 2019 | Yann Mens
| Alternatives Economiques

Europe facing the refugee crisis. 

Defence: Marching forward, but on what orders? 

Tuesday 30 April 2019 | Yann Mens
| Alternatives Economiques

A European army? It won’t be happening overnight.

Taxation: a total failure 

Monday 29 April 2019 | Christian Chavagneux
| Alternatives Economiques

The European Union remains an area in which there is fierce tax competition between its member countries.

Europe and the anti-establishment parties  in depth

Friday 26 April 2019 | Marcel Pauly
| Spiegel Online

In the run-up to the European elections, populists are gaining ground in many countries. But their slogans are not winning through everywhere. Where are they successful, and what makes them dangerous?