OECD: Europe reaches 'potential turning point'
Europe has reached a "potential turning point" that could see an upturn in its economic fortunes, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said today
Protecting environment 'inextricably linked' to global growth
It is easy to overlook the environment in a period of financial crisis – but the challenge also represents an opportunity to pursue economic growth, writes Janez Potocnik
Time for Putin to become an 'impeccable democrat'
The recent presidential elections raised concerns about Russia's commitment to democracy that its leadership must address, writes Elmar Brok
On free trade, EU is no closed door
Even the case-hardened cynic has to recognise that not everything is en route to perdition in a handcart. So it is with the European Union's external trade policy, writes our secret columnist
Authoritarian Russia among top global threats
It is vital to identify global risks as they emerge – and the threat of Russia taking an authoritarian turn is among those that must be monitored closely, writes Sarah Michaels
Agricultural patents 'threat' to Europe's farmers
The trend towards protecting breeding methods and agricultural food products with patents is a major threat to farmers, breeders and food producers in Europe, writes Christoph Then
The European Union penumbra, now consisting of 41 'agencies'
In these straitened economic times, it could well be time to take a hard look at what added value would be lost if some of the EU's agencies were wound up - as many are unnoticed, unknown, unappreciated and unsung - says our secret columnist
Citizens' initiative marks 'fresh chapter' in EU democracy
The introduction of the citizens' initiative will enable the voices of ordinary people to be heard in Brussels and foster true cross border political debates – writes European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic
European public services must follow Iceland's open-source lead
To many in the private sector, the idea of super-size contracts that are expensive to run and almost impossible to break free from seems ludicrous - insists Jim Shaw
Seven days - a week in the life of Brian Donald
The Europol director's chief of staff meets the UK's top cop and reacts to the news of an EU cyber-crime centre – then considers cycling to work next week after witnessing a thrilling Tour of Flanders
Europe leads way in digital 'revolution'
A study shows that Europe is the global leader in making the best use of information and communication technology to boost business innovation, entrepreneurship and social well-being
Slovakia to become next Hungary under political strongman Fico?
Despite concerns, Robert Fico is evolving into a mature and predictable politician - which may prove that he has learned from his past mistakes and those of other leaders including Viktor Orban - claims Pavol Demes
A history lesson for Britain's 'amnesiac' Eurosceptics
British Eurosceptics are fond of arguing that when the UK joined the European Economic Community there was no warning that the bloc had political as well as economic implications. Pure nonsense, writes our secret columnist
Jihadists regrouping in Africa, claims think-tank
New terrorist threats could be faced as al-Qaida "regroups" and "re-energises" in Africa, a new report from the Royal United Services warns
National political parties and the EU - dysfunctional separation
Parties must introduce a European dimension into national politics and take seriously transnational party organising if citizens are to be given real choice when they vote - claims Professor Robert Ladrech