Survey: Major retailers and producers in Germany back binding meat label

Euractive general - Mer, 28/03/2018 - 06:12
A number of major retailers and meat producers see the idea of a legally binding label on meat in positive light, according to a Greenpeace survey published on 27 March. 
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There’s no escape from the ‘economics of enough’

Euractive general - Mer, 28/03/2018 - 06:09
If we want to reduce the use of natural resources and energy in absolute terms, a sufficiency strategy is needed to complement the eco-efficiency and circular economy approaches, write Riccardo Mastini and Leida Rijnhout.
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5-Star lawmakers call for government deal with far-right League

Euractive general - Mer, 28/03/2018 - 06:02
Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, the largest party in parliament after this month's election, should try to form a government with its far-right rivals the League, two of its senior politicians said on Tuesday (27 March).
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Selmayr’s EU promotion was partly ‘political’, Oettinger admits

Euractive general - Mar, 27/03/2018 - 21:55
European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker's top aide and enforcer Martin Selmayr landed a powerful job partly for "political" reasons, a top EU official said Tuesday (27 March) at a hearing into the controversial promotion.
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Whistleblower alleges illegal use of Facebook data swung Brexit vote

Euractive general - Mar, 27/03/2018 - 19:11
Cambridge Analytica illegally rigged the 2016 Brexit referendum by harvesting Facebook profiles, a whistleblower has told MPs.
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Salisbury attack: new economic sanctions would be counterproductive

Euractive general - Mar, 27/03/2018 - 16:56
Sanctions introduced in 2014 following Russia’s annexation of Crimea have had a mixed impact on the country and have come at a cost for the EU. reports.
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The Brief, powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) – Losing my religion

Euractive general - Mar, 27/03/2018 - 16:46
The Commission has said and repeated that the bureaucratic procedures for appointing Martin Selmayr as Secretary General of the EU executive had been followed “religiously”. If this is true, I’m losing my religion.
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Eurozone: Macron’s proposals for reform threaten to fall flat

Euractive general - Mar, 27/03/2018 - 16:41
Last week in Brussels, French President Emmanuel Macron was making little headway with the reform of the eurozone. Decisions are expected during the next EU summit in late June. EURACTIV Germany’s media partner “Der Tagesspiegel” reports.
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Banks should charge customers higher fees, says ECB

Euractive general - Mar, 27/03/2018 - 16:16
Banks should increase fees and commissions to customers to survive in the low interest rate environment, the ECB has argued in a new report.
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Europe and the Egyptian election: Do not congratulate

Euractive general - Mar, 27/03/2018 - 15:37
European leaders should treat the Egyptian election as the meaningless exercise it is. Instead of congratulating the President's coronation, they should instead make a renewed effort to voice their disagreement with his style of government, writes Anthony Dworkin.
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Flawed Commission advanced biofuel costings fail taxpayers and consumers [Promoted content]

Euractive general - Mar, 27/03/2018 - 14:30
Key European Commission documents refer to substantial cost savings when transitioning from conventional to advanced biofuels. This cost saving claim is actively implied but never explained, nor are solid references provided. It is just presented as a fact in important decision-supporting documents.
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The Berlin Process in the new enlargement strategy

Euractive general - Mar, 27/03/2018 - 13:50
Since its first summit in Berlin in 2014, the Berlin Process - a regional cooperation initiative bringing together seven key member states and the six Western Balkan countries - has provided a unique contribution to regional cooperation, writes Ardian Hackaj.
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Poles reject ‘totally unacceptable’ EU power market reform

Euractive general - Mar, 27/03/2018 - 13:45
A phase out of government subsidies for coal power, supported by the European Parliament under a proposed revision of EU electricity market rules, was rejected by the Polish power sector as a reflection of “double standards” in Europe because it leaves German coal plants largely off the hook.
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Migration control must be at heart of next EU-Africa pact, says EU

Euractive general - Mar, 27/03/2018 - 12:23
The EU will put migration and security at the heart of its agenda in talks on a successor to the Cotonou Agreement with African, Caribbean and Pacific nations (ACP), a leading EU official said on Monday (26 March).
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Land degradation threatens wellbeing of two-fifths of humanity, major report warns

Euractive general - Mar, 27/03/2018 - 10:39
Land degradation caused by human activities undermines the well-being of at least 3.2 billion people, costs more than 10% of annual global GDP in lost ecosystem services and endangers food security, warn a hundred experts from 45 countries in a three-year assessment report published yesterday (26 March).
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Mogherini discusses future of Afghanistan at Central Asia forum

Euractive general - Mar, 27/03/2018 - 07:59
EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini arrived in the Uzbek capital Tashkent yesterday (26 March) and met with the foreign ministers of the five Central Asian countries, ahead of a conference on Afghanistan under the heading "Peace process, security cooperation and regional connectivity" which takes place today.
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Croatia’s Bosnia-bypass bridge progresses as Chinese bid gets green light

Euractive general - Mar, 27/03/2018 - 07:49
An EU-funded bridge project that will connect Croatia's southernmost tip with the rest of the Adriatic nation moved up a gear on Monday (26 March), when a public procurement body signed off on a Chinese company's construction bid.
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Varna to become permanent venue for EU-Turkey talks

Euractive general - Mar, 27/03/2018 - 07:35
The Varna summit held on Monday (26 March) between EU institution leaders and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan failed to yield any notable outcomes. But Bulgaria's PM said the port city could become a permanent venue for future talks.
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IEA analyst: A heating and cooling target ‘could make a big difference’

Euractive general - Mar, 27/03/2018 - 07:33
As talks on the EU’s renewable energy rules resume, one of the main talking points is how to decarbonise the heating sector, and deploy technologies like heat pumps and district heating. The International Energy Agency’s Ute Collier told EURACTIV in an interview that the task is complex and difficult.
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Tensions as Kosovo police arrest senior Serbian official

Euractive general - Mar, 27/03/2018 - 07:28
Kosovo police arrested a senior Serbian official in the flashpoint town of Mitrovica on Monday (26 March), raising fresh tensions between the former foes who are trying to relaunch a dialogue. 
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