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New Greek energy minister seeks alternatives to cut high power costs

Fri, 2015-07-31 18:16

Panos Skourletis, the new Greek energy minister, is tasked with a heavy reform agenda that could help revive the cash-strapped Greek economy and make the country return to growth. But the stakes are high.

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UN backs tobacco tax to finance sustainable development

Fri, 2015-07-31 17:34

The Addis Ababa action plan recommends raising taxes on tobacco to finance sustainable development. In the Philippines, a 340% tobacco tax hike helped fund a universal health insurance programme. EurActiv France reports

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Putin and Erdogan to discuss TurkStream this autumn

Fri, 2015-07-31 12:23

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan this autumn and the two will discuss the TurkStream natural gas pipeline project, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday (31 July). 

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Europe feels the aftershocks of the Greek deal

Fri, 2015-07-31 11:47

Schaeuble's recent ideas are not likely to fly, but the controversy over the role of the Commission is only a part of a bigger debate in Europe: the dispute over what the future European Union should look like, write Stratfor's analysts.

Stratfor is a Texas-based global intelligence company.

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Fears of humanitarian crisis in Serbia as refugees stream in

Fri, 2015-07-31 10:18

At the crack of dawn hundreds of refugees, most of them Syrians, stream into Serbia's southern valley of Presevo after a perilous journey they hope will lead to a new life in the European Union.

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Spain raises civil servants' salaries in election year

Fri, 2015-07-31 08:15

Spain's ruling People's Party (PP) agreed on Thursday to award civil servants a 1 percent pay rise next year, their first hike in five years after public employee salaries were reined in as part of cost cuts during a deep recession. The move comes ahead of a parliamentary election expected in November. 

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Greece's Tsipras seeks control over party with emergency congress

Fri, 2015-07-31 08:08

Greece's ruling Syriza movement backed a call on Thursday (30 July) from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to hold an emergency party congress as he seeks to assert his control over rebel lawmakers balking at new bailout talks.

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Google refuses French order to apply "right to be forgotten" globally

Fri, 2015-07-31 07:59

Google is refusing to bow to an order from the French privacy watchdog to scrub search results worldwide when users invoke their "right to be forgotten" online, it said on Thursday (30 July), exposing itself to possible fines.

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Antibiotics on animal farms spread deadly pathogens, experts warn

Fri, 2015-07-31 07:51

The consistent use of antibiotics in animal farms in Germany are spreading antibiotic-resistant germs and causing experts to call for stricter measures against drugs. EurActiv Germany reports.

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Wilders inquiry puts far right group under strain

Fri, 2015-07-31 07:42

The French National Front has punished Jean-Marie Le Pen for decribing the gas chambers of the Holocaust as a "detail" of history, but enforcing discipline among their European Parliament allies could prove harmful to their fledgling political group. EurActiv France reports

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EU cybersecurity agency lacks funds for research on major tech issues

Fri, 2015-07-31 07:40

EXCLUSIVE / Europe's cybersecurity agency has admitted it is unprepared for the advent of the internet of things, lacking the money and expertise to meet the challenges posed by the much hyped move towards digitally connected devices.

The internet of things can connect up to 20 billion devices by 2020, according to the European Commission's Digital Single Market strategy. The Commission said that big data, cloud services and the Internet of Things are central to the EU’s competitiveness.

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German onshore wind power drops in first half of 2015

Fri, 2015-07-31 07:33

The rapid expansion of onshore wind energy in Germany has slowed significantly in the first half of 2015, with the industry representatives saying it is now up to the German government but also the EU. EurActiv Germany reports.

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Germany's Schäuble wants to rebalance EU Commission's role

Fri, 2015-07-31 07:00

Germany's finance minister wants to correct the balance between the European Commission's political role and its regulatory powers, reflecting concern in Berlin over the EU executive's neutrality as its political clout grows. 

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Adjusting the EU’s counter-terrorism policy

Fri, 2015-07-31 06:58

The European Union must use its resources intelligently to control terrorism without destroying its core principles, writes Marc Pierini. 

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Farage says pro-EU campaign is stealing a march on 'No'

Thu, 2015-07-30 17:13

Eurosceptics who want Britain to quit the European Union are letting pro-EU campaigners get a head start in mobilising opinion ahead of an In/Out referendum that could take place within a year, Britain's most prominent Eurosceptic said on Thursday (30 July).

Prime Minister David Cameron, buoyed by an unexpectedly decisive election win in May, has already begun trying to renegotiate Britain's relationship with the EU, saying he will campaign for a "Yes" to continued membership if the talks are successful.

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EU extends aid to farmers hit by Russian food ban

Thu, 2015-07-30 16:51

The European Commission has announced it will extend support measures for the dairy and fruit and vegetable sectors hit by Russia’s ban on food imports from Europe, which has been in place for a year.

Aid for the dairy sector will be prolonged until 29 February 2016 while support for fruit and vegetable producers will be continued until 30 June 2016, the Commission said on Thursday (30 July).

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Fleckenstein MEP: ‘Parliamentarians should be removed from EU-Russia sanctions lists’

Thu, 2015-07-30 10:14

It is the duty of parliamentarians to contribute to re-opening the dialogue between the EU and Russia, argues Knut Fleckenstein, saying it was “a serious mistake” to block the Russian State Duma speaker from entering Finland.

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RBS, Credit Suisse recommend buying Greek debt

Thu, 2015-07-30 08:45

It is barely two weeks since Greece was on the brink of crashing out of the euro, yet some investment banks are now encouraging investors to return to its bond market.

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Ignacio Molina: Catalan separatists will never gain EU support

Thu, 2015-07-30 08:35

Many of the most radical Catalan separatists believe the autonomous elections on 27 September 27 this year will open the door to the question of secession from Spain. Researcher Ignacio Molina believes this is a dangerous idea. 

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First malaria vaccine given green light by European regulators

Thu, 2015-07-30 08:28

The world’s first malaria vaccine has been given the green light by European regulators and could protect millions of children in sub-Saharan Africa from the life-threatening disease.

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