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Kazakhstan is the buckle of the Belt and Road initiative

Ven, 06/07/2018 - 11:18
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a development strategy proposed by the Chinese government which focuses on connectivity and cooperation between Eurasian countries. BRI largely replicates the Silk Road, a common historical heritage of China, Kazakhstan and all countries along its path.
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EU freezes aid to Moldova as row over mayoral election rages

Ven, 06/07/2018 - 11:10
The European Union said on Wednesday (5 July) it had frozen a €100 million aid package to Moldova after a disputed mayoral election race in the capital Chisinau which critics say undermined the country’s democratic credentials.
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Convergence in EU may stop without high-skilled workers – World Bank official

Ven, 06/07/2018 - 11:08
All new member states have seen their per capita income rise since they joined the EU. But this convergence cannot be taken for granted and the countries with a large share of low-skilled workers are at a risk "of not converging effectively", a World Bank official warned.
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Migrants at German-Austrian border will be returned, says Seehofer

Ven, 06/07/2018 - 07:58
After a meeting in Vienna on Thursday (5 July), Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz welcomed Germany’s decision to send back rejected asylum seekers to the EU countries where they first came in – namely Italy, Greece and Spain.
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Fabien Roques: EU needs adaptable electricity ‘capacity’ schemes

Ven, 06/07/2018 - 07:25
So-called “capacity mechanisms” are being set up across EU member states to remunerate power stations that remain on standby in case of demand peak. While a European framework is needed to regulate those schemes, Fabien Roques believes they should be adapted to local circumstances. EURACTIV.fr reports.
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Right of asylum: Austria’s unsettling proposals to member states

Ven, 06/07/2018 - 06:46
According to an article by French daily Le Monde, Austria, which currently holds the  six-month rotating presidency of the EU, sent troubling proposals to EU member states to reform the right of asylum. EURACTIV.fr reports.
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Success of EU-China summit in the air as trade differences remain

Ven, 06/07/2018 - 06:25
The EU and China are speeding up preparatory work for their bilateral summit in Beijing in mid-July. The two sides are trying to agree on a joint position despite differences on trade issues including subsidies and market access.
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Tweets of the Week: Merkel vs. Seehofer, EU Parliament Plenary and the Copyright vote

Ven, 06/07/2018 - 06:20
This week, proper migration solution still a pipe-dream, angry interpreters let off some steam, and the Parliament copyright vote saves the meme… for now.
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The Western Balkan challenge

Ven, 06/07/2018 - 06:08
The promise of future integration in the European Union helped many states on their journey to full democracy, writes Ditmir Bushati.
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EP’s AGRI committee no longer alone on CAP reform negotiations

Ven, 06/07/2018 - 06:06
The leaders of the European Parliament’s political groups decided on 5 July to grant the Environment Committee “shared competence” with the Agriculture Committee in the environmental aspects of the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
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The Brief – EU membership McGuffin?

Gio, 05/07/2018 - 16:44
Croatia joined the EU five years ago to the month but what has bloc membership done for the Balkan nation over the last half-decade?
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EU could agree to extend Brexit talks to avoid ‘no deal’, says Austria’s Kurz

Gio, 05/07/2018 - 16:09
Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has mooted the prospect of EU leaders agreeing to extend Article 50 talks with the UK in a bid to avoid a ‘no deal’ Brexit that analysts say would have a serious negative impact on the economy on both sides of the Channel.
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Progress for Western Balkan nations – a step forward for federalised Europe

Gio, 05/07/2018 - 15:50
Though the EU has lately been busy dealing with issues such as Brexit and the migration crisis, it has found time to talk of the integration of the Western Balkans. A steady integration of the region is good news indeed as this could lead to a federalised Europe and a complete Union, writes Bernard Kouchner.
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Dramatic Parliament vote triggers upheaval of divisive copyright bill

Gio, 05/07/2018 - 15:34
A thin majority of MEPs blocked a controversial copyright bill from moving on to the next phase of negotiations in a dramatic vote on Thursday (5 July) that followed weeks of intense lobbying from tech companies, publishers, musicians and internet rights campaigners.
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Commission: Third countries should meet EU antibiotics requirements on animal exports

Gio, 05/07/2018 - 14:09
Non-EU countries that export animals and animal products to the bloc will have to abide by new rules on veterinary medicines when it comes to the use of antibiotics, according to the European Commission.
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France’s contradictory climate ambitions

Gio, 05/07/2018 - 14:06
While French President Emmanuel Macron fights the corner of climate diplomacy, actions carried out by the French government led by Edouard Philippe mainly defend industrial interests. EURACTIV.fr reports.
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Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict: Between lasting peace and eternal war

Gio, 05/07/2018 - 13:51
A solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is possible but hostile rhetoric is counter-productive argues Hikmat Hajiyev.
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Plastic pollution is solvable without global treaty, says UN environment boss

Gio, 05/07/2018 - 13:41
Plastic pollution and waste has moved more and more into the political and public spotlight over the past year, thanks to large-scale efforts by both the EU and UN. But doubts still remain about whether that is enough to make our economy truly circular.
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Urban growth needs further planning and support, regions say

Gio, 05/07/2018 - 13:34
Urban development needs to be further extended and must not be transformed into a networking exercise, Kieran McCarthy, an Irish councillor from Cork, told a Committee of the Regions plenary in Brussels on Wednesday (4 July).
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People leading the renewable revolution

Gio, 05/07/2018 - 13:22
With its updated Renewable Energy Directive, the EU has sent a clear signal that citizens and communities are key to the energy transition’s success. The next step is to empower these groups to access the market and use their untapped potential, writes Emily Rochon.
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