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Greek parliament debates Grexit tonight

A compromise for a third bailout, which would allow Greece, to stay in the eurozone, is within reach. It is now up to the Greek parliament to have the final word: if Greece stays in the euro, and in the Union, or if it leaves. The vote takes place tonight, 10 to 11 July.

Commission will provide food and medical aid to Greece

The European Commission may not be one of Greece's creditors, but the Vice-President for Budgets has said it will not stand idly by and watch the crisis unfold. EurActiv France reports .

Belgrade welcomes Srebrenica resolution dismissal

Serba was relieved by the UN Security Council's dismissal of a resolution on genocide in Srebrenica on Wednesday (8) July. EurActiv Serbia reports.

LIVE: The aftermath of Greece's 'No' vote

Should they stay or should they go? On Sunday (5 July), Greece held a referendum on the terms of a bailout package put forward by the Troika. EurActiv reports, in real time.

EU freezes funding for Moldova

Pirrka Tapiola, the head of the European Union delegation to Moldova, announced on Tuesday (7 July) that the EU would freeze financial aid until the country forms a new government. EurActiv Poland reports.

Greece submits reform plan two hours before midnight deadline

Greece laid out details of a new bailout plan to save it from the brink of financial collapse on Thursday night (9 July), offering a pensions overhaul and tax hikes in return for debt relief and a rescue loan from the eurozone.

Tax evasion to dominate Addis Ababa development conference

Stopping tax evasion in the Global South is a crucial step in raising development finance, but the issue has divided the international community. EurActiv France reports.

Copyright: MEPs ditch plans for Google Tax, tourist photo ban

Members of the European Parliament have struck down two controversial amendments from a report on copyright reform - rules over the right to take photos of buildings and an EU "Google Tax".

Podemos seeks political boost from Syriza victory

Spanish anti-austerity party Podemos, seen by many as the ideologically closest political force to Greece’s Syriza, is scrutinising how Prime Minsiter Alexis Tsipras' intransigent position with international creditors can bring political gains. EurActiv Spain reports.

MEPs weaken efficiency target in circular economy resolution

Members of the European Parliament stopped short of making resource efficiency targets binding in a resolution on the new package of EU waste, recycling and incineration laws, but called for more stringent environmental reporting rules to be imposed on national governments.

EU energy regulator to get enforcement powers

EU energy regulator ACER, until now largely toothless, will be given legal powers to enforce plans for a single energy market that breaks down national barriers under a proposal from the bloc's executive arm.

Role of private sector in development under fire

Governments increasingly are turning to private investors to build infrastructure and deliver public services, but European anti-poverty groups question the benefits of relying on this financing tool to achieve development goals.

‘Cynical’ EU blamed for 100,000 workplace-related cancers

The European Commission’s drive to simplify legislation for businesses – the Better Regulation Agenda – has come under fire from trade unions for blocking EU laws that could save thousands of lives per year.

European Parliament backs TTIP, rejects ISDS

Parliament adopted a resolution supporting the transatlantic trade deal on Wednesday (8 July), but rejected a key US demand for an extra-judicial arbitration mechanism. EurActiv France reports .

Opposition to Greek bailout growing in Merkel camp

A third bailout Greek package will be decided on before an emergency summit on Sunday (12 July). Opposition to such a measure is growing within Germany’s centre-right. EurActiv Germany reports .

Tsipras faces the heat of the EU machine

Alexis Tsipras found himself under enormous pressure today (8 July), as he was attacked by representatives of the institutions, centre, and centre-right MEPs.

Bitcoin rises as risk of Grexit unsettles markets

The risk of Grexit has caused the markets to plummet, but virtual currencies are cashing in. EurActiv France reports .

German government denies it has a racism problem

The German government sees no reason to take seriously allegations of institutional racism in public agencies and the police force. Civil rights advocates are growing increasingly alarmed. Tagesspiegel reports.

EU-wide energy governance plans 'lack teeth'

EXCLUSIVE / European Commission plans for an EU-wide energy governance system make no mention of punishment for any member state not reaching their climate and energy targets for 2030.

Europe ready for ‘worst case scenario’ on Greece

Eurozone leaders issue an ultimatum to Greece at a summit in Brussels yesterday (7 July), giving Athens until Thursday to present new cash-for-reform proposals.

Parliament votes on surveillance tech exports after fresh Hacking Team leaks

Leaked documents posted to Italian cybersecurity company Hacking Team's Twitter account on Sunday (5 July) revealed what appear to be the firms' government clients.

Environment is main challenge for Luxembourgish Presidency

Air quality, energy policy, the Circular Economy and the new Common Fisheries Policy are among the main challenges facing Luxembourg , which assumed the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 July. Journal de l'environnement reports .

Greece will request new financial programme

Greece did not submit any new reform proposals at Tuesday's (7 July) meeting of eurozone finance ministers in Brussels, but will request a new financial programme tomorrow, according to Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem.

Grexit? The endgame

Should they stay or should they go? On Sunday (5 July), Greece held a referendum on the terms of a bailout package put forward by the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the Internatonal Monetary Fund (IMF). EurActiv reports, in real time.

Greek 'No' vote backs Angela Merkel into a tight corner

The resounding "No" uttered by the Greeks on Sunday offers yet more proof of their rejection of the vicious cycle of austerity. Angela Merkel now finds herself trapped between the will of the Greek people and the inflexibility of her finance minister. La Tribune reports .

Hollande, Merkel press Greece to bring serious proposals to Eurogroup summit

France and Germany told Greece on Monday (6 July) to bring serious proposals to the eurozone summit today, in order to restart financial aid talks. In the meantime, the Netherlands warned that if the Greeks went to Brussels demanding changes because they felt supported by the "No" vote in the referendum, it would be ‘over’ for them.

German economists predict higher risk of Grexit following referendum

After the “No” vote in Greece, German economists are saying “it boils down to a Grexit”, predicting the country is on its way out of the eurozone. EurActiv Germany reports .

Greek ‘No’ inflicts heavy blow on EU

EU leaders will have a lot of soul searching to do today, following the victory by the "No" camp in the Greek referendum on Sunday (5 July), which rejected their proposed rescue package.

Amnesty International: Surveillance exploding in Europe

There's a worrying trend towards increased surveillance in Europe, says Amnesty International adviser Tanya O'Carroll.

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Interviews

German Development Minister: 'Every country is responsible for its own financing'

In an exclusive interview with EurActiv Germany , Gerd Müller called on developing countries to assemble stable tax systems, while advising industrialised nations to use TTIP as an opportunity to promote fair trade.

Frédéric Vallier: ‘Countries will fail to meet climate targets without regional efforts’

Frédéric Vallier spoke to EurActiv France at the World Summit Climate & Territories in Lyon. He believes communities and regions hold the key to successful climate action.

Pittella: ISDS is dead, EU-Canada trade deal must be reopened

The investor-state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS) as we know it is dead and must be replaced by a new public system, said Gianni Pittella, in an interview with EurActiv.

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TTIP’s regulatory maze

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), dubbed a second-generation trade deal in the wake of the moribund WTO Doha negotiations, seeks to go beyond conventional tariffs and quotas, by strengthening the international order through greater regulatory cooperation.

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Opinion / Analysis

The world needs more development aid

Development aid lays the foundations of a more peaceful and resilient world. It is not only a moral obligation, but an economic necessity, writes Christian Friis Bach.

Time to unleash Europe’s new energy economy

The European Commission's energy Market Design Communication must ensure the EU presses ahead with the transition to a future-oriented electricity system, writes Mike Hogan.

The EU can help protect women's rights

The world still has such a long way to go to meet women’s needs, MEPs Linda Mc Avan, Heidi Hautala and Sophie in 't Veld write, as this year’s World Population Day focuses on vulnerable communities.

ETS reform can drive emissions reduction and industrial competitiveness

The European Commission’s proposal for a reformed emissions trading scheme (ETS) should make a real contribution to the global fight against climate change. But it should also restore the competitiveness of Europe’s aluminium industry, writes Gerd Götz.

The Energy Union can succeed with local authorities' engagement

The Energy Union is an opportunity that with the right political backing and investment, could transform Europe’s energy sector. Yet what is needed is more careful thought on how to engage local government before sound bites – at least for communities - are to be believed, writes Markku Markkula.

Greater competition between pavement industries could save the public millions

When it comes to building roads, increased competition between pavement industries can lower prices and save public money, writes Karl Downey.

How to leave the Euro, more or less legally

If a Grexit proves unavoidable, it will require expert management, writes Andrew Duff. The ex-MEP explains how it should be negotiated, if Athens is forced to leave the eurozone.

Public libraries: A hidden key to the success of the Digital Single Market

Public libraries are a neglected resource when it comes to devising policies on skills, growth and jobs, writes Ilona Kish.

Washington calls for flexibility on Greece

EU leaders should abandon dogma and act as statesmen, because much would be lost for the Greek people, the EU, and the United States if Greece becomes a failed state, writes Sir Michael Leigh.

MEPs' vote could expose multinationals' tax dodging

A vote in the European Parliament tomorrow could led to European multinational corporations reporting their taxes paid, and profits made, on a country by country basis. Without such a rule, multinationals can shift their profits from country to country with the sole intention of paying less tax, a practice exposed by the LuxLeaks investigation, write Alvin Mosioma and Markus Meinzer.

Voters in eurozone countries remain open to a compromise with Greece

Greece's creditors claim that they are acting on a mandate from the EU's citizens by refusing to be flexible. But public opinion in the union is not so hostile argue Michael Bechtel, Kirk Bansak, Jens Hainmueller and Yotam Margalit.

In search of a vision for Europe

No matter what happens today, Europe's leaders will be judged by history, not on how much they spent or saved, but for their vision, writes Petros Fassoulas.

Let’s tackle air pollution at all levels, starting now with the NEC Directive

The European Parliament’s environment committee should be ambitious when it votes on the National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive next week, write Lot van Hooijdonk and Karen Vancluysen.

The ECB must fulfil its role as a 'lender of last resort' in Greece

Cutting the ECB's lifeline to Greek banks would push the country out of the eurozone and recklessly endanger the reputation of the ECB and the euro itself, argues Matthias Kroll.

The EU and Greece: Changing frames and pursuing the Odyssey

If the Greeks and the Europeans find it in them to look towards a future which is of necessity a shared future, then they will find a way to forge a compromise, argue Jacques Delors, Pascal Lamy and António Vitorino.

Parliament's inexperience with ISDS

ISDS is not dead. Should members of the European Parliament vote this week to replace the Investor-State Dispute Settlement system, they will face an uphill battle convincing the rest of the world that they are right, argues Myron Brilliant.

A Greek tragedy in the making

The 'No' vote in the Greek referendum on Sunday might be a hollow victory for Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, write Fabian Zuleeg and Janis A. Emmanouilidis.

Circular economy: What's in it for former foodstuffs

The European Commission received a lot of criticism after its announcement in November 2014 that it would draft a more ambitious circular economy strategy, writes Paul Featherstone.

Stretching the truth on TTIP

Martin Schulz's new ISDS proposal will likely be approved by the European Parliament. But behind the new language, not much has changed, writes Cecile Toubeau.

Greece’s unenviable choice

There is no good choice in Sunday’s referendum. For Greeks, it is either the devil or the deep blue sea, argues Uri Dadush.

What world leaders can do in September to improve the lives of the poorest

When world leaders meet in September to adopt a set of Sustainable Development Goals, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will make a strong case that health goals should be a top priority, writes Bill Gates.

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Current Market Outlook: The European aviation market is expected to grow

Boeing projects a demand for 38,050 new airplanes over the next 20 years, an increase of 3.5 percent from last year's forecast. Boeing released its annual Current Market Outlook (CMO) on June 11th, estimating the total value of those new airplanes at $5.6 trillion.

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