The Brief, powered by Orgalim – Proxies to a civil war

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-01-17 16:33
Until the last few weeks, most of Europe had happily ignored the civil war on its doorstep. The war in Libya between Faiez el Serraj’s Government of National Accord (GNA) and General Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) has been...
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Iran’s Khamenei slams ‘cowardly’ European governments

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-01-17 16:00
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday (17 January) accused the governments of Britain, France and Germany of being "American lackeys" in the face of US pressure over the nuclear accord.
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Kid gloves on financial sector conflict of interest

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-01-17 15:20
The latest case of an EU banking official taking a lobbying job in the financial sector underscores the need to uphold rules to prevent revolving doors, write Luis Garicano and Paul Tang.
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Plastic waste and recycling: France among EU’s ‘poor performers’

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-01-17 15:08
While the EU's plastic recycling rate has seen a slight increase of 1.4% between 2016 and 2018 amounting to 32.5% total according to Plastics Europe, France has been dragging the average down with a 24.2% recycling rate in 2018. EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'Environnement reports.
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Industrial decarbonisation and the EU Green Deal: The case for bold action

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-01-17 14:39
The green deal is a credible first step to decarbonise energy-intensive industries such as steelmaking and chemicals. However, the transition to climate neutrality will also depend on the development of a comprehensive, integrated industrial strategy, writes Gauri Khandekar.
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A Ukrainian story: leaks, PM resignation, vermicelli and Zelenskiy

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-01-17 14:00
The new political season in Ukraine kicked off with audio tapes leaked on Wednesday (15 January), suggesting that the prime minister, finance minister and deputy central bank governor had criticised President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's incompetence in the fields of economy and finance.
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New UK Agriculture Bill to move away from ‘inefficient and overly bureaucratic’ CAP system 

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-01-17 13:49
The UK Government revealed a new version of their post-Brexit agriculture legislation Thursday (16 January) as part of a radical shift to move subsidies away from the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) system of direct payments, which correlates payments with the total amount of land farmed. 
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Report: UK must replace €2bn EU cash with new regional funding

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-01-17 12:57
The UK government needs to provide £1.8 billion (€2.1 billion) per year to the poorest regions of the country to mitigate the loss of EU Cohesion funds, as part of a new Shared Prosperity Fund, according to a new report published on Friday (17 January).
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French forest industry not taking advantage of ever-growing forests

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-01-17 12:47
The forest continues to expand in France, according to industry figures, but the industry is not making the most of it. EURACTIV France reports.
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STOCKHOLM – The debate sets the agenda

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-01-17 12:19
Gang violence and urban segregation, healthcare, nuclear energy and immigration. The issues for the coming political agenda in Sweden were laid on the table in the spring’s first party leader debate. Unsurprisingly, Stefan Löfven’s minority government of the Social Democrats...
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Kazakhstan-EU relations entering a new stage

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-01-17 11:38
This New Year marks the start of a fresh chapter in the relationship between the European Union and Kazakhstan and on 20 January, the EU-Kazakhstan Cooperation Council will discuss the state of play, writes Mukhtar Tileuberdi.
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Oil and gas sector ‘losing its social licence to operate’, UK boss warns

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-01-17 11:31
Tim Eggar, chairman of the UK's Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), sent shockwaves through the industry on Wednesday (15 January) when he said growing public awareness about climate change was putting the sector's very survival at stake.
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Auto tariff threat not mentioned in US talks: EU commissioner

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-01-17 09:14
US threats to put tariffs on European autos did not come up during talks this week with American trade officials in Washington, EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said Thursday (16 January).
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Greece vows to veto a Libya deal as Haftar visits Athens

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-01-17 08:50
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out about the issues the V4 and Austria agreed to cooperate on, Greek PM Mitsotakis' reaction to not being invited to the Berlin summit on Libya, the Serbian president being sued, and so much more.
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Austria and V4 agree on everything but nuclear

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-01-17 08:50
The leaders of the V4 group met on Thursday (16 January) in Prague’s renovated national museum to discuss migration, border security, competitiveness, enlargement and climate. The newly appointed Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz, also in attendance, said he wanted to “fight”...
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Belgium debates phase-out of US nuclear weapons on its soil

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-01-17 08:48
It's one of Belgium's worst kept secrets. Lawmakers on Thursday (16 January) narrowly rejected a resolution asking for the removal of US nuclear weapons stationed in the country and joining the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).
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Trump impeachment trial opens as watchdog faults White House on Ukraine

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-01-17 08:43
The Senate impeachment trial on whether to remove US President Donald Trump from office formally began on Thursday (16 January) even as a congressional watchdog found that the White House broke the law by withholding security aid for Ukraine approved by Congress.
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LJUBLJANA – Radioactive waste

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-01-17 08:43
The government reviewed its programmes for the disposal of radioactive waste. The Croatian government took note of a summary of the third review of the programmes for the disposal of radioactive waste on Thursday (16 January) and spent nuclear fuel from...
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WARSAW – Venice Commission critical on judicial reforms

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-01-17 08:42
Following its visit to Poland, the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission issued a critical opinion regarding the government’s latest amendments to its controversial court reforms. Although the opinion is not legally binding, it advised the Polish parliament to reject the...
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MADRID – EU Parliament launches process to waive immunity of Catalan MEPs

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-01-17 08:40
Following a request from the Spanish Supreme Court, the European Parliament has officially launched the process of lifting the immunities of separatist MEPs Carles Puigdemont and Toni Comin, who have both been charged in Spain due to their involvement in...
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