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The Brief – Juncker’s plan for the elections? Results

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 17:04
Europe is leaving behind some of the craziest days in months and is now gearing for what looms after the summer break. The coming months will be the moment of truth before the European elections show how far the Eurosceptics and populists have managed to seize control of Europe’s agenda and shape the debate.
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US-Russia tensions escalate over Greece, Macedonia name deal

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 16:57
The Kremlin accused Washington on Friday (13 July) of being behind the Greek government’s decision to expel two Russian diplomats who had allegedly tried to derail a deal resolving Greece's name dispute with neighbouring Macedonia.
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The Bulgarian Presidency: more about style than substance

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 16:53
With no major faux pas or any ground-breaking policy change to speak of, Bulgaria’s first term as EU President is unlikely to go down in the annals of history. Yet Sofia can nevertheless look back on its six months in office with a sense of satisfaction, writes Vladislava Gubalova.
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Use vouchers to combat grey economy, EU report urges government

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 16:46
EU countries should pilot voucher schemes to assess whether they can be used to combat the grey economy, according to a new report.
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May’s Brexit blueprint faces backlash after sacrificing services

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 16:04
Even though Theresa May’s Brexit White Paper prompted a furious reaction from a large section of her Conservative party, not to mention a broadside from US President Donald Trump, not everyone was unhappy with it.
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Has the world reached ‘peak fish’?, fish experts ask

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 16:03
This week’s meetings of the European Parliament’s committee on fisheries (11-12 July) saw fish experts tackling the growing issues of overfishing, small-scale fisheries and fish dependence.
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France rolls out the red carpet for finance sector post-Brexit

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 16:02
France's prime minister presented new measures to appeal to financial circles, which are currently considering their post-Brexit options. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.
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How the Spitzenkandidaten process will work ahead of 2019 elections

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 15:51
The European elections are looming ever closer but how will the Parliament's main political groups choose their candidates for the EU's top jobs in the lead-up to May 2019?
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Europol: Massive seizure of fake pesticides which could spray the size of the UK

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 14:06
Europol’s annual Operation SILVER AXE III seized the largest-ever amount of illegal or counterfeit pesticides in Europe this week. But the fact that such massive amounts of illegal pesticides are available has raised concerns about both the economic and health costs.
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Greening European agriculture: Can the new CAP be really green?

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 13:00
Environmental pressure and climate change are some of the main challenges facing agriculture today. The 2013 Common Agricultural Policy reform addressed these problems with “greening” measures, in an attempt to make the direct payments system more environment-friendly.
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Death-knell for microplastics?

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 11:44
MEPs voted on Tuesday (10 July) to amend European Commission plans to cut plastic pollution and suggested a ban on microplastics in cosmetics and other products by 2020.
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Trans-Europe Express – NATO is dead

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 11:37
NATO held its first summit in its grandiose new buildings this week. This should have suggested a new beginning for the transatlantic alliance. But the impression from the discussions was quite the reverse.
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Ireland commits to divesting public funds from fossil fuel companies

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 11:14
Ireland committed to divesting public funds from fossil fuel companies on Thursday after parliament passed a bill forcing the €8.9 billion Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) to withdraw money invested in oil, gas and coal.
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Bulgaria edges closer to joining euro

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 10:47
Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country, moved a step closer to joining the euro yesterday (12 July).
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Agricultural industry eyes space data

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 10:04
Data access has become a key issue for the agricultural sector, which could benefit from European space programmes. EURACTIV.fr reports.
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Decarbonisation not just an option but an opportunity, insist energy experts

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 10:03
Decarbonising the economy and energy production is now a necessity for states and companies, although it can also be a source of business opportunities and innovation, according to experts. EURACTIV's Spanish partner reports.
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Israel reprimands EU envoy in row over discriminatory bill

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 08:16
Israel summoned the EU ambassador yesterday (12 July) over allegations of interference in the passage of a controversial law which could pave the way for Jewish-only communities.
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Kremlin accuses Trump of trying to bully Europe into buying US LNG

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 07:49
The Kremlin yesterday (12 July) rejected US President Donald Trump's description of Germany as a "captive" of Russia due to its energy reliance, saying his statement was part of a US campaign to bully Europe into buying American energy supplies.
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NATO summit exposes Juncker health problems

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 07:18
European leaders stepped in to help European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker walk on Wednesday (11 July), as he was seen stumbling and losing his balance ahead of the NATO summit gala dinner.
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EU should enforce market surveillance to protect single market

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 07:15
The EU needs to take market surveillance more seriously. This is not only about spending more money, but also about creating more coherent and less complex single market legislation, writes Naemi Denz.
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