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With freedom of thought under fire, Poland drifts away from democracy

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 11:20
When I think about the past two years in Poland, the infamous poem by Władysław Broniewski - "Word about Stalin", written on the occasion of the Soviet dictator's 70th birthday - comes to my mind, writes Bartosz T. Wieliński.
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Mongolia vows action to get off EU tax haven blacklist

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 11:16
Mongolia needs to take action at "all levels of government" to get itself removed from a European Union blacklist of tax havens, its foreign minister said, following talks with European counterparts.
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Balkan coal power costing lives, urgent action is needed

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 10:11
More than 60,000 premature deaths in Europe could be prevented over the next decade if urgent action is taken on air pollution from Europe’s dirtiest coal-fired power plants, write Dragana Mileusnić and Ioana Ciuta.
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Access to clinical trials and innovative treatments at risk after Brexit

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 10:03
LONDON: Patients in Britain risk delays to access life-saving medicines if the UK deviates from EU regulatory standards post-Brexit, a leading medical representative has warned.
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Romania’s lower house passes judicial overhaul bills

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 08:35
Romania’s lower house of parliament approved yesterday (13 December) legislation to overhaul its justice system, legislation that the European Commission, the US State Department and the country’s president have criticised as threatening judicial independence.
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UN’s Guterres warns against ‘sleepwalking’ into war over North Korea

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 07:57
UN Secretary-General António Guterres, warning against the danger of “sleepwalking” into war, said today (14 December) that Security Council resolutions on North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs must be fully implemented by Pyongyang and other countries.
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Czechia’s Babiš takes office just in time for EU summit

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 07:26
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, a billionaire businessman who ran on an anti-establishment ticket, took office with his cabinet on Wednesday (13 December) but it was unclear whether his tenure will survive a confidence vote next month.
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Panama Papers | Our Story [Sponsored]

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 07:21
After 18 months of investigation, hearings and fact-finding missions on the Panama Papers, the European Parliament has now presented 211 strong concrete recommendations to fight international tax avoidance, tax fraud and money laundering.
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Weber says future of EU will dominate German coalition talks, calls for realism

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 07:17
The future of the EU will be one of the key issues for the coalition talks in Berlin, admitted Manfred Weber, the leader the centre-right European Peoples' Party group and member of the Christian Social Union (CSU) – the Bavarian sister party to the Christian-Democrats (CDU).
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Brexit: The long and winding road

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 07:13
‘Live horse and you’ll get grass’ is an old Irish proverb used in the context of vague promises of future benefits. This is precisely where Ireland stands with the vague promises on the Irish border issue, writes Dick Roche.
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Theresa May suffers major parliamentary defeat ahead of EU summit

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 07:10
Prime Minister Theresa May’s government was defeated yesterday (13 December), when lawmakers forced through changes to its Brexit blueprint that ministers said could endanger Britain’s departure from the European Union.
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Italy to hold national elections in March

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 07:07
Italy's parliament will be dissolved between Christmas and the New Year, a parliamentary source said yesterday (13 December), opening the way for national elections in early March that look unlikely to throw up a clearcut winner.
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Eurozone bouyant forecasts to bring early Christmas cheer for ECB

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 06:05
Positive new economic forecasts for the eurozone will bring early Christmas joy for the European Central Bank, but will not be enough to coax Frankfurt from its mantra of confidence tempered with patience, analysts expect, with president Mario Draghi set to avoid talk of further reducing its massive support to the economy.
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Chinese ban on plastic waste imports could see UK pollution rise

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 06:00
A ban on imports of millions of tonnes of plastic waste by the Chinese government from January could see an end to collection of some plastic in the UK and increase the risk of environmental pollution, according to key figures in the industry. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
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European parliament backs outline Brexit deal

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 05:45
The European Parliament urged EU leaders on Wednesday (13 December) to allow the next phase of EU negotiations to start, backing a motion that recognised the talks had made sufficient progress as a well a line criticising Britain's Brexit negotiator David Davis.
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Putin must nudge Syria into UN peace deal, mediator says

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 05:44
UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura urged Russia yesterday (13 December) to convince its ally the Syrian government of the need to clinch a peace deal to end the nearly seven-year-old war.
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WTO ministerial meeting fizzles out as no deal on trade reached

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 03:55
The World Trade Organisation concluded a ministerial meeting Wednesday (13 December) with nothing significant to boast -- a meager outcome for its first gathering in the Donald Trump era.
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Macron’s new leadership role in Europe

Euractive general - Mer, 13/12/2017 - 17:03
Seven months after his election, Emmanuel Macron has established himself as a force on the world stage. While some see in him the new "leader of Europe", the Franco-German tandem remains remains crucial to implement his ideas. EURACTIV Germany's media partner "Der Tagesspiegel" reports.
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The Brief: The divisive solidarity of Europe

Euractive general - Mer, 13/12/2017 - 16:54
More than 7.000 refugees in the Greek island of Lesbos know that something is not working with the EU’s response to migration. While they weather winter temperatures in summer tents, with capacity for only 2,300 people, European leaders will hold tomorrow the eleventh discussion over a fancy dinner to try to fix one of their biggest dares, and yet unresolved.
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Commission running late on climate reporting project

Euractive general - Mer, 13/12/2017 - 16:29
The Commission is working on its climate reporting project to be announced next spring, but Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis already announced support for a relaxation of prudential regulations for green projects. EURACTIV France reports.
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