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German prosecutors launch investigation of spying charges

3 hours 4 min ago

Germany's top public prosecutor will look into accusations that the country's BND foreign intelligence agency violated laws by helping the United States spy on officials and firms in Europe, including Airbus group, the federal prosecutors office said.

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West and Azerbaijan denounce Nagorno-Karabakh ‘elections’

3 hours 30 min ago

Azerbaijan's separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh went to the polls yesterday (3 May) to elect a new parliament in a vote denounced as illegitimate by Baku and the West.

For over two decades, the Armenia-Azerbaijan dispute over the territory -- which no country recognises as independent -- has been a major source of tension in the strategic South Caucasus region wedged between Iran, Russia and Turkey (see background).

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Russia accused of disrupting new energy link between Sweden and Lithuania

6 hours 6 min ago

Russian naval ships have repeatedly disrupted cable-laying work between Sweden and Lithuania in the past few months, prompting diplomatic protests from both countries affected.

The laying of the Nordbalt cable, which is being built between Sweden and Lithuania, has been disrupted four times by Russian ships in the past two months, the Swedish press reported.

"Sweden has discussed the matter with Russian authorities," Pezhman Fivrin, spokesperson for Foreign Minister Margot Wallström was quoted on Saturday (2 May).

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Violent clashes overshadow start of Milan Expo

6 hours 7 min ago

The opening of Expo 2015 on Friday (1 May) was marred by violent clashes between police and dozens of militants opposed to Milan's hosting of the world fair.

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Big rescue mission saves 4,500 boat migrants

6 hours 10 min ago

Nearly 4,500 migrants were plucked from boats off the coast of Libya over the weekend and 10 bodies were recovered, Italy's coast guard and navy said, in what looked to be the biggest rescue mission of its kind so far this year.

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EU hails 'progress' in Greek debt talks after Varoufakis sidelined

6 hours 12 min ago

Greece and its European creditors are finally making progress only days after combative Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis was effectively sidelined from talks on its enormous debt, EU sources said Sunday (3 May).

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Will the Digital Single Market be multilingual?

6 hours 18 min ago

The Latvian EU Presidency hosted the Riga Summit on a Multilingual Digital Single Market (DSM) last week, just before the European Commission launches its much-awaited DSM plan.

The Digital Single Market, due to be presented this Thursday (7 May), is the European Commission’s new flagship strategy, set to replace the former ‘Digital Agenda’.

At the Riga summit, politicians reaffirmed their support for Europe’s rich language heritage and multilingualism policies.

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Anti-EU Farage faces uncertain future in UK vote

6 hours 35 min ago

Nigel Farage has turned the UK Independence Party (UKIP) into a national force, but is battling for his future in Thursday's general election, with commentators saying he has run out of steam.

Rarely photographed without a pint of beer, the charismatic 51-year-old has said he will quit the party leadership "within 10 minutes" if he does not win the seat he is contesting.

Farage reminds UKIP's base of older, white, blue collar voters of a bygone era when the economy felt stronger, immigration was lower and Britain was a greater global power.

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EU innovation institute hosts crucial meeting amidst funding questions

6 hours 50 min ago

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT)’s annual innovation forum will seek this week to address concerns over the body’s management of its flagship Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICS).

Together with the private sector, the KICS seeks to foster manufacturing industry and entrepreneurship.

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Pier Luigi Parcu: More work to be done on press freedom in Europe

6 hours 54 min ago

SPECIAL REPORT / Much of Europe may be in a privileged position when it comes to media freedom, but we must not become complacent, says Professor Luigi Parcu on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day.

Professor Pier Luigi Parcu is the Director of the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom at the European University Institute in Florence.

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Industry 4.0 is Europe’s for the taking

7 hours 25 min ago

Europe’s manufacturing sector has always been the envy of the world in delivering high quality products. With the digital transformation of Industry – or Industry 4.0 - it now has the potential to lead the world in a new kind of tech transformation, writes Erich Clementi.

By Erich Clementi, IBM Chairman and Senior Vice President, Europe.

In the technology world, the search is constantly on for the next big thing. People are looking to the future – trying to predict needs and trends. Start-ups strive to become the next global disruptor.

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Fire source and peace force: The role of religion in development

7 hours 32 min ago

Since 9/11, religion has been considered a source of conflict. But Germany's Development Ministry wants to reevaluate the the positive role it can play in developing countries.

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Germany defies reputation on immigration, report says

7 hours 46 min ago

Though the country is a leader on immigration policy in certain areas, in the competition for skilled foreign workers, there is still room for improvement, an assessment shows. EurActiv Germany reports.

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Workers' Day message for the European Commission

Thu, 2015-04-30 18:03

EU policies to tackle the crisis have made things worse, writes Bernadette Ségol. Many in the new European Commission know it, but cannot say it.

Bernadette Ségol is Secretary General of the European Trade Union Confederation.

For a European Commission that acknowledges the European Union is approaching its last chance to save its reputation with citizens, I am alarmed at the lack of urgency to bring about improvements to citizens’ lives.

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Another dirty energy dominated COP?

Thu, 2015-04-30 17:39

Privileged accesse to politicians enjoyed by big business should not be tolerated, writes Pascoe Sabido. François Hollande and his government should lead by example, refusing any interaction with dirty industries.

Pascoe Sabido is a campaigner for Corporate Europe Observatory.

The French governerment wants 20% of the cost for organising this year's historic UN climate conferce in Paris to be financed by the private sector. Paris has estimated the total budget for the organisation of the COP21 (venues, security, communication etc) at €187 million.

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Worries mount as European Parliament sits idle

Thu, 2015-04-30 17:19

EXCLUSIVE / The European Parliament's legislative vacuum is frustrating both national and European politicians. While MEPs are forced to vote on hollow resolutions, France has lodged a complaint with the President Martin Schulz. EurActiv France reports

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Securing European electricity markets

Thu, 2015-04-30 17:08

The time for member states to pull together and address Europe's need for greater energy security has therefore never been better, writes Stephen Woodhouse.

Stephen Woodhouse is Director at Pöyry Management Consulting.

The two driving objectives underlying European integration have historically been economic benefits and security. There is much to be gained on the energy front for precisely these two reasons as well.

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Eurozone exits deflation, but dangers still loom

Thu, 2015-04-30 15:30

The eurozone exited four months of deflation in April, official data showed on Thursday (30 April), reversing a dangerous bout of declining prices. But problems remain, and the recovery is weak.

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The EU must focus on the root causes of migration

Thu, 2015-04-30 15:29

The EU is planning to act against human traffickers in the Mediterranean. But the plight of refugees can only be relieved when its foreign policy engagement is strengthened, write Ronja Kempin and Ronja Scheler.

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Commission hardens tone with Orbán

Thu, 2015-04-30 14:33

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Thursday (30 April) that if Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán doesn’t make clear he has no intention to reintroduce the death penalty in his country, “there will be a fight”. Meanwhile, a Commission spokesperson hinted that Hungary was risking losing its voting rights in the Union.

On 28 April, Orbán raised the possibility of the death penalty being reintroduced in his country. Yesterday, the Commission did its best to avoid answering questions as to what would be the consequences if such a measure was adopted.

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