Some 250 years after the two Nordic countries passed press freedom laws, their foreign ministers urge the EU to do more to protect free speech inside the EU and beyond.
The Non-Financial Reporting Directive will help to transform how companies measure their performance and plan for the future.
Europe is now on Syria's front line. If it wants America's help, it must take the lead on halting Assad's mass murder of civilians - the main reason behind the refugee exodus.
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- Socialist MEP jailed for tax evasion
- ECB to phase out €500 bills
- Turkish PM expected to step down
- Ex-commissioner Kroes to advise Uber
- EU parliament drivers forced to open doors, carry bags
- EU proposes visa-free travel for Turkey
- Iceland in court for not respecting EU laws
- Sweden registers more asylum application withdrawals
Why let Gazprom take on Brussels alone, when it can have EU states do its bidding?
Column / UK referendum briefing
Most of the passion in an increasingly bitter campaign ahead of the 23 June vote comes from the Conservatives. Mobilisation on the left and by nationalists remains marginal.
Stuck behind a visa wall, getting poorer and in a country more corrupt each day, the EU promise is fading in the hearts and minds of ordinary people in Kosovo.
Belgium has found a way to save on migrant costs and to get more leniency from the EU commission on fiscal targets. Its solution is to cut development aid.
Bangladeshi workers, three years after the catastrophic collapse of the Rana Plaza factory, need the EU to put pressure on Dhaka over rights promises.
The deal signed by the European Commission despite reports of violation of human rights and an EU Ombusdman warning should include a suspension clause if the situation persists.
The Macedonia crisis showed what happens when EU pupils turn autocrats. The elections in Serbia do not rule out the same scenario for the Serb PM.
Lifting barriers on cross-border financial transaction would give consumers more possibilities and choice.
Peasants’ rights to farm and manage their land are threatened in Europe too. We should all defend them all year round.
Although the ultimate panacea of the long-stalled EU-India free trade agreement continues to remain elusive, Wednesday's summit in Brussels managed to relaunch the long-static strategic partnership.
Cooperation on fighting transnational terrorism needs to be a top priority when EU-India summits resume this week in Brussels for the first time in four years.
Belgium has been blamed for the attacks in Paris and Brussels. But it is the EU as a whole that failed to act against the threat because of member states' reluctance to work together.
A new tribunal in The Hague is an insult to the victims of Serb crimes in the Kosovo war. Its mandate must be extended to cover Serb atrocities if the West really wants justice.
In the course of 2016, Brussels must make up its mind about China’s “market economy status". The decision will shape bilateral cooperation for years to come.
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Aegean sea rescues, safe passage, EU relocations, quick payment of aid - EU leaders still have a chance to manage the crisis in a humane, orderly way, David Miliband writes.
Mogherini's staff reshuffle in the EU foreign service should have been more transparent and orderly. But it has helped to create a better balance between the interests of states and EU institutions.
Just a few weeks ago after some EU countries made sacrifices on free movement to find a deal with the UK, modifying rules on posted workers will further hit their economies, a Czech minister writes.
Azerbaijan is in the midst of a human rights crisis. Federica Mogherini just made things worse by saying its mass jailings of rights activists are “normal differences.”
The Law and Justice party is chipping away at Poland's hard-won democracy. Now polls are showing that many people are unhappy with the changes, and a new alliance around the Committee for the Defence of Democracy has sprung up.
As the EU ponders whether to renew an anti-cigarette smuggling deal with tobacco giant PMI, it is worth recalling that there is no common ground between the tobacco industry and public health policymakers.
Column / Crude World
While the European Commission is still assessing how to react to the plans for a new Russia-Germany gas pipeline, the threats to EU energy supplies and Baltic Sea security are becoming clearer.
While 90 percent of jobs requires IT knowledge, almost half of the EU population is not properly digitally skilled. That's why training is key for the future, says Google Europe chief.
As a 12-year deal between PMI and the EU to combat the illegal cigarette trade nears its end, the tobacco firm says it remains committed to the task.
The expected free trade agreement between the EU and Japan will help the historic partners to forge a solid and mutually advantageous anchor in the troubled waters of current international politics.
Granting China market economy status comes with many risks. The EU should seek in exchange pragmatic solutions that protect important European interests.
Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Czech republic meet Monday to coordinate their position on EU-UK talks. Rights of EU workers are crucial for the group, writes the Czech Europe minister
The New Year began with optimism that the Ukraine crisis will be solved quickly. But the solution appears to be on Russia’s terms and at the cost of Ukraine’s national interests.
As EU foreign ministers discuss whether to prolong the suspension of sanctions on Alexander Lukashenko's regime, they should also think of a long-term strategy of conditional engagement.