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German coal trounced by renewables for first time

Mer, 11/07/2018 - 07:01
Renewable energy sources satisfied more of Germany’s power demands than coal during the first half of 2018, marking a shift towards clean power as the Bundesrepublik continues to debate how best to phase out coal.
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Greek minister: Neoliberalism and xenophobic far-right are ‘two sides of the same coin’

Mer, 11/07/2018 - 06:53
A broad progressive front should be established in order to face rising extreme-right ahead of the EU election in 2019 Greece's Alternate Economy Minister Alexis Charitsis told EURACTIV.com, adding that neoliberalism and far-right are “two sides of the same coin”.
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EU should aim for net-zero emissions by 2040 to fight global warming

Mer, 11/07/2018 - 06:44
Keeping global temperature rise to 1.5°C is critical - and still possible. But it means the EU should aim to reach net-zero emissions by 2040, writes Andrea Kohl.
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Architect of Romania’s EU bid says decade of membership was mishandled

Mer, 11/07/2018 - 06:27
Since Romania joined the EU in 2007, successive governments have failed to make the best of bloc membership but there is strong pressure for change in the country, the man who supervised Bucharest’s accession negotiations told EURACTIV.com.
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G20 countries risk falling short of achieving Sustainable Development Goals

Mer, 11/07/2018 - 06:24
High income countries are falling short of the goals set three years ago by the United Natons, with Scandinavian countries a notable exception. EURACTIV.fr reports.
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Time to treat the root causes of migration, not only the symptoms

Mer, 11/07/2018 - 06:07
After a sleepless night, EU leaders clinched a deal on migration at their June summit. Yet, they seem overly focused on tackling the symptoms of migration, not its root cause – starting with poverty and unemployment, writes Tom Arnold.
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Germany poses ‘real problem’ when protecting bank savers with European guarantee, says official

Mar, 10/07/2018 - 17:09
A senior EU official said on Tuesday (10 July) that an agreement on a European Deposit Insurance Scheme (EDIS) to protect savers across the bloc would be “very hard” given Berlin’s opposition.
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Could EU-Indonesia free trade deal end palm oil conundrum?

Mar, 10/07/2018 - 16:56
As a new round of free trade negotiations between the European Union and Indonesia begins in Brussels, Perrine Fournier argues that improving forest governance should be central to any agreement.
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Plan for EU cybersecurity certification receives Parliament approval

Mar, 10/07/2018 - 16:53
A legal proposal to overhaul the EU’s cybersecurity rules passed a major hurdle on Tuesday (10 July) as the European Parliament’s Industry Committee (ITRE) approved a plan to create a voluntary system for certifying the security level of technology products.
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Putting the ‘European’ into the European elections

Mar, 10/07/2018 - 16:52
When the so-called “Spitzenkandidaten” or lead candidate method for designating the Commission president was introduced in 2014, it was celebrated as a democratic revolution. Five years later, it is difficult to find anyone seriously questioning the method - but the enthusiasm has somewhat washed away, writes Christopher Glück.
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Amended Commission food proposal ‘completely inadequate’, says foodwatch  

Mar, 10/07/2018 - 16:49
The European Commission continues to serve the interests of big companies rather than consumers, and this will lead to new food scandals soon, the European consumer organisation foodwatch said on Tuesday (10 July).
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The Brief – Calm after the storm?

Mar, 10/07/2018 - 16:47
After the storm came relative calm. Boris Johnson joined former Brexit Secretary David Davis in resigning yesterday after spending most of the last two years trying to be sacked.
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The EU must take the lead on international fisheries governance

Mar, 10/07/2018 - 15:19
As the largest seafood market in the world, importing more than 60% of its seafood from other countries, the EU has a responsibility to tackle illegal fishing, writes Dr Samantha Burgess.
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Cooling, Europe’s unheralded energy challenge

Mar, 10/07/2018 - 15:15
Heating and cooling takes up half the European Union’s energy consumption but it is often radiators and heaters that hog the spotlight, while air conditioning and fans are sidelined. But the changing climate and economic situation means cooling is set to become far more important.
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Romania adopts offshore energy law, angers majors

Mar, 10/07/2018 - 13:44
Romania’s Chamber of Deputies voted in favour of a new offshore law on Monday evening (10 July) that will impose taxes on oil and gas companies operating in the Black Sea. The ruling party's controversial leader insisted it will help cut reliance on Russian energy imports but oil companies said it might deter new investments.
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Tusk tells Trump: Appreciate your allies, you don’t have that many

Mar, 10/07/2018 - 13:09
"Europe is your best ally, please remember that," Council President Donald Tusk said on Wednesday (10 July) in an indirect message to US president Donald Trump, who will attend a crucial NATO summit in Brussels this week and then meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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The untapped potential of EU-NATO cooperation

Mar, 10/07/2018 - 11:47
EU-NATO cooperation is a good framework for bringing Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and others, closer to the Alliance, and improving their security, writes Andreas Marazis.
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Transparency International reveals MEPs’ additional income

Mar, 10/07/2018 - 11:40
MEPs’ outside income raises questions : some MEPs (particularly on the far-right) take part in activities which are likely to lead to conflicts of interest, without the European Parliament taking the slightest action. EURACTIV.fr reports
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Investment in digital health and access to drugs at the core of Austrian Presidency

Mar, 10/07/2018 - 11:34
Austria’s EU Presidency will focus on “strong” investment in digital health as well as on regulatory issues when it comes to access to medicines, Dr Clemens Martin Auer told EURACTIV.com in an interview. Dr Clemens Martin Auer is the president of the...
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In ‘cordial’ meeting with Catalan leader, Sánchez signals thaw

Mar, 10/07/2018 - 11:04
Spain’s Prime Minister signaled a thaw in relations with Catalonia yesterday (9 July), signing up to joint initiatives in a first meeting with the region’s leader but again ruling out any moves toward Catalan independence.
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