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Europe needs more money for research, here’s where to get it

Gio, 18/01/2018 - 16:57
The lack of funding needed to achieve Europe's widely advertised ambitions for global excellence in research and innovation should be addressed in discussing Horizon 2020’s successor. Understanding the challenge and where the money could realistically come from is key, writes Thomas Estermann.
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The Brief – Hunting season on member states is open

Gio, 18/01/2018 - 16:52
The European Commission, for a variety of reasons, doesn’t like going after member states. But MEPs live for it. So don’t be surprised if in 2018 we see the Berlaymont taking the Parliament’s side more and more.
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Germany and Poland to explore revived ‘Weimar Triangle’

Gio, 18/01/2018 - 16:35
On Wednesday (17 January), Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz met with his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel in Berlin. The ministers spoke about the dispute over the rule of law in Poland, the future of the EU and a possible revival of the Weimar Triangle. EURACTIV Poland reports.
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Tensions grow before biggest secret is revealed: FYROM’s new name

Gio, 18/01/2018 - 16:07
The opposition VMRO-DPMNE of former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski in Skopje, possibly encouraged by Russia, is trying to hinder the resolution of a name dispute with Greece that has blocked the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's (FYROM) progress in joining NATO and the European Union.
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Merkel in Paris on Friday to discuss Europe’s future with Macron

Gio, 18/01/2018 - 14:55
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Paris on Friday (19 January) for a working meeting with President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the future of Europe, the French leader's office said.
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Europe will hike climate finance spending, insists Cañete

Gio, 18/01/2018 - 14:12
The EU’s climate chief Miguel Arias Cañete has vowed to increase the bloc’s funding for climate change adaption, pledging that 20% of the EU’s foreign spending would be allocated to climate-related projects.
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Dual vocational education and training in Germany – a blue print for Europe?

Gio, 18/01/2018 - 14:00
To tackle the continuously high youth unemployment in Europe, the EU has introduced a range of initiatives and so-called “guarantees”. A long term strategy could contain the adaptation of a dual education system in other EU member states, which has hold up well in Germany so far. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Bulgaria’s EU presidency offers Western Balkans unique opportunity 

Gio, 18/01/2018 - 13:30
This year is supposed to finally see progress on the Western Balkan countries'  long and tortuous journey towards European Union membership, with at least three successive EU presidencies - Bulgaria, Austria and Romania - keen to make enlargement one of the priorities. 
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EU’s air pollution pariahs summoned to Brussels

Gio, 18/01/2018 - 12:25
Environment ministers from some of the EU’s worst air pollution offenders have been summoned to Brussels for an end-of-month meeting with the European Commission, where they will have to answer some tough questions.
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Worrying detachment of market and system operations [Promoted content]

Gio, 18/01/2018 - 08:01
Minimal cross-zonal capacities for trade proposed by the latest draft of Electricity Regulation will lead to a fictitious wholesale market outcome, argues PSE.
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With solar water, trees grow into a sturdy business in Western Kenya

Gio, 18/01/2018 - 07:58
Armed with a solar-powered water pump for irrigation and a quarter-acre piece of borrowed land, widow Hakima Mohammed has become a Western Kenya tree tycoon.
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UK agriculture must ‘invest to compete’ after Brexit, say industry leaders

Gio, 18/01/2018 - 07:43
Britain’s agriculture industry must work to “incentivise the implementation of research and development” if it is to compete globally after Brexit, farming leaders told a EURACTIV roundtable in Westminster on Tuesday (16 January).
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EU Parliament wins plaudits for backing 35% renewables target

Gio, 18/01/2018 - 07:41
European lawmakers approved draft measures on Wednesday (17 January) to raise the share of renewable energy to 35% of the EU’s energy mix by 2030, setting the stage for tough talks with reluctant EU member states in the coming weeks.
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Watch out for the next crisis, gloomy Davos report tells leaders

Gio, 18/01/2018 - 07:36
Human development is "at risk” and the current economic recovery may be hiding the roots of the next big crisis, including persistent inequality, in particular between men and women’s salaries, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has warned in its annual Global Risks Report.
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Facebook widens probe into alleged Russian meddling in Brexit

Gio, 18/01/2018 - 07:24
Facebook Inc said on Wednesday (17 January) it would conduct a new, comprehensive search of its records for possible propaganda that Russian operatives may have spread during the run-up to Britain's 2016 referendum on EU membership.
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Germany faces trillion euro bill to meet climate targets, businesses warn

Gio, 18/01/2018 - 07:22
Germany will have to spend more than €1 trillion to meet even the lower end of the European Union's 2050 target to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, according to a draft of a study commissioned by the BDI German industry group.
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Ethiopia frees prominent opposition leader

Gio, 18/01/2018 - 07:19
Prominent Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina was freed from jail yesterday (17 January) after the government dropped charges against him as part of a wider prisoner amnesty, state media reported.
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MEP: Violation of labour laws under Youth Employment Initiative is unacceptable

Gio, 18/01/2018 - 07:15
In some member states, young people were employed for a month or even less under the EU-financed Youth Employment Initiative and this is the wrong message that should not be tolerated, MEP Romana Tomc told in an interview.  
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Parliament backs ‘net-zero’ carbon emissions by 2050

Gio, 18/01/2018 - 07:12
Green lawmakers have hailed a “great victory for the climate” as a proposal to bring down to zero the amount of greenhouse gases that can be emitted in the atmosphere by 2050 received unexpected backing from the European Parliament yesterday (17 January).
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Berlin demands clarity on risk reduction for banking union

Gio, 18/01/2018 - 07:00
Germany said on Wednesday (17 January) that eurozone members should first agree on clear parameters for reducing risks in the banking sector before progress can be made toward completing a banking union through a deposit insurance scheme in the currency bloc.
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