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Ukraine to request NATO membership

Fri, 2014-08-29 15:39

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said today (29 August) that his government will introduce a proposal in Parliament to change the non-aligned status of the country, and to request membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).

The proposal is also aimed at banning Ukraine’s membership in other political organisations than the European Union, putting an end to speculation about joining the Russia-led Customs Union, and the Eurasian Union, Russian President’s Vladimir Putin’s geopolitical project.

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Romanian opposition attacks ‘unconstitutional’ ordinance

Fri, 2014-08-29 13:54

Romania's government approved a temporary emergency ordinance yesterday (28 August) to let local administrations change political affiliations in a pre-election move it says will unblock policymaking, but which critics say threatens democracy.

The ordinance gives local mayors and councilmen in the EU country 45 days to choose to join a party other than the one from which they were elected in office without losing their seat, as was the case previously.

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Diplomats: Tusk to also become Euro Summit President

Fri, 2014-08-29 13:50

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who is widely expected to be chosen by EU leaders at their summit tomorrow (30 August) to succeed Herman Van Rompuy as Council President, will also become Euro Summit President, diplomats said.

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What is Africa's ODA spent on?

Fri, 2014-08-29 12:10

Around 40% of the European Commission's Overseas Development Aid (ODA) goes to Africa every year. The continent has received more than a quarter of the €2.7 billion increase in the aid budget since 2005 and, in 2009, aid for trade to the African, Caribbean and Pacific States increased to €3.6 billion. But where does the money end up?

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New study reveals financial burden of cardiovascular disease

Fri, 2014-08-29 11:57

New research looking at the costs of cardiovascular disease in six EU member states (France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom) concludes that the financial burden will rise to €122.6 billion by 2020, up from €102.1 billion in 2014.

The research launched Thursday (28 August) by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) added that mortality from cardiovascular disease will also rise to 1,22 million in 2020, from 1,12 million today, and 93,584 will be among the working age population.

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Polish official: Tusk is seriously considering top EU post

Fri, 2014-08-29 08:49

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk is seriously considering a proposal that he take the post of president of the European Council, a Warsaw government spokeswoman said yesterday (28 August), linking his decision to the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine.

Earlier several sources familiar with the selection process said Tusk, a centre-right pro-European, is clear favourite for the top job when European Union leaders meet for a special summit on Saturday.

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Russia advances in Ukraine, EU summit readies new sanctions

Fri, 2014-08-29 08:37

Prompted by the news that Russian forces have entered Ukraine, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the EU will discuss further sanctions against Russia at the extraordinary summit tomorrow (30 August). The perceived 'invasion' boosted the chances that Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, the strongest supporter of pro-EU forces in Ukraine, would succeed Herman Van Rompuy as Council President.

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Berlin opposes Moscovici for Commission economic affairs post

Fri, 2014-08-29 08:28

German media reports that Berlin will strongly oppose a French Socialist taking over the Economic and Monetary Affairs portfolio in Jean-Claude Juncker’s new European Commission. EurActiv Germany reports.

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Dairy sector to receive emergency EU funding following Russian trade ban

Fri, 2014-08-29 08:24

The European Union will use agricultural funds to help EU producers store butter, Skimmed Milk Powder (SMP) and cheese, to help diminish the impact of the Russian ban on EU food imports, the Commission announced on Thursday (28 August).

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Oettinger interested in EU Trade Commissioner post

Fri, 2014-08-29 08:13

Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger has said he is open to taking over the trade portfolio, a move that would put the German politician front and centre in negotiations over the controversial EU-US trade agreement, TTIP. EurActiv Germany reports.

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Romania defies Gazprom’s monopoly

Thu, 2014-08-28 17:34

The Republic of Moldova has broken Moscow-backed Gazprom’s gas monopoly after completing the first phase of a new pipeline connecting it to the EU energy market.

The part EU-funded Ungheni-lasi pipeline between the east of Romania and west of Moldova  provides the first alternative to Gazprom gas in the former Soviet state.  

Gas in Romania, an EU member state, is 40% cheaper than in Moldova, which will receive about 50 million cubic metres of gas a year at unregulated tariffs.

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Poroshenko says Russia invaded Ukraine

Thu, 2014-08-28 16:21

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said today (28 August) that Russian forces had entered his country, and the conflict was worsening, after separatists swept into a key town in the east. EU leaders are meeting for an extraordinary summit in Brussels on Saturday, but it is unclear if Ukraine will be discussed.

Poroshenko said he was cancelling a visit to Turkey and conferring with defence chiefs because of the "rapidly deteriorating situation" in the Donetsk region, "as Russian troops have actually been brought into Ukraine".

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IEA slashes renewable energy forecast

Thu, 2014-08-28 14:58

Policy uncertainty and grid integration risks are driving a slowdown in global renewable energy deployment, especially in OECD economies, according to a new International Energy Agency (IEA) report published today (28 August).

Clean energy capacity investment will still rise to $1.61 trillion by 2020. But in its first global investment outlook, the agency predicted a $20 million drop in yearly new clean energy funding by the decade’s end to $230 billion.   

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German government introduces new measures tackling 'poverty migration'

Thu, 2014-08-28 14:39

The German government tabled a final report on Wednesday (27 August) addressing "legal issues and challenges” related to social benefits claims by EU immigrants, with Bavarian conservatives welcoming the “correct approach” and Social Democrats shaking their heads at the new measure. EurActiv Germany reports.

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Sources: Polish Prime Minister Tusk now favorite for EU top job

Thu, 2014-08-28 14:36

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has emerged as clear favorite for the key post of president of the European Council when EU leaders meet for a special summit on Saturday, several sources familiar with the selection process told the news agency Reuters.

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UKIP gains Westminster MP after Tory defection

Thu, 2014-08-28 14:30

The UK Independence Party has a seat in Westminster today (28 August) after a politician defected from the Conservative party, blaming David Cameron's stance on Europe for his decision to quit the Tories.

Douglas Carswell, the member of Parliament for Clacton, announced he was joining Nigel Farage’s Eurosceptic party at a surprise press conference in London. ''The Conservatives aren’t serious about delivering an EU referendum,'' he said.

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UKIP has first Westminster MP after Tory defection

Thu, 2014-08-28 14:30

The UK Independence Party has its first seat in Westminster today (28 August) after a politician defected from the Conservative party, blaming David Cameron's stance on Europe for his decision to quit the Tories.

Douglas Carswell, the member of Parliament for Clacton, announced he was joining Nigel Farage’s Eurosceptic party at a surprise press conference in London. ''The Conservatives aren’t serious about delivering an EU referendum,'' he said.

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Kyiv asks EU summit to discuss Ukraine

Thu, 2014-08-28 14:08

EXCLUSIVE / Ukraine is asking EU leaders to hold an extraordinary session on Ukraine during their summit on 30 August, due to the fact that Russia has, according to Kyiv, started an outright military invasion of the country. Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, the Ukrainian Ambassador to the EU, has sent EurActiv the following statement:

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Ukraine, beware of the West

Thu, 2014-08-28 12:30

When the Baltic Soviet republics were fighting for their right to independence from the Soviet Union some 25 years ago, there were plenty of high-level Western “well-wishers” ready to offer advice. In most cases their recommendations could be summarized as follows: we understand your aspirations, but please don’t cause too much trouble for Gorbachev and his ongoing reforms.

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Business leaders urge Scots to vote 'no' in independence referendum

Thu, 2014-08-28 10:31

More than 130 business leaders on Wednesday (27 August) spoke out against Scottish independence, saying the economic risks of secession days after the campaign to end the union was boosted by a strong performance in a TV debate.

The heads of the commodities company BHP Billiton, temporary power provider Aggreko and HSBC bank joined forces with the bosses of smaller firms within Scotland's whisky and fishing industries to sign a letter calling for the UK to stay together.

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