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Rasmussen: Europe has to invest more to be secure

53 min 36 sec ago
The world has changed and there is a long list of things that Europe should do to protect itself. First, we have to increase defence spending, Anders Fogh Rasmussen told EURACTIV Czech Republic.
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EU initiative to help coal mining regions will start in autumn

1 hour 18 min ago
The Commission is working on an initiative to support coal mining regions during the transition towards a low-emission economy. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.
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Europe should tear down digital walls to help SMEs prosper [Sponsored]

2 hours 55 min ago
European SMEs operating in cyberspace need better legislation to facilitate cross-border trade and the Digital Single Market is the best platform to address the issue, writes Alf Nagel.
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Report: Local government debt a threat to Serbia’s public finances

3 hours 59 min ago
If the Serbian government does not take the necessary steps, the debts of local governments, which currently reach 4% of GDP, will sink public finances, the Fiscal Council has warned. reports.
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Does car sharing really reduce car use?

4 hours 1 min ago
Concerns that sharing schemes do not deliver a net reduction in car use are not supported by evidence, writes Greg Archer. Now, digitisation and the sharing economy provide an opportunity to reduce the number of vehicles in our cities even further, he contends.
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European agri-food: A typical example of quality

4 hours 15 min ago
The European Union has put in place strict rules that govern food quality. The prestige this has created around the world has made the bloc competitive at the highest level. EURACTIV’s partner EFEAgro reports.
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Three years left to stop dangerous climate change, experts warn

4 hours 22 min ago
Avoiding dangerous levels of climate change is still just about possible, but will require unprecedented effort and coordination from governments, businesses, citizens and scientists in the next three years, a group of prominent experts has warned.
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Bern demands progress in Swiss-EU talks

4 hours 54 min ago
Several political and economic issues remain open in neutral Switzerland's talks on future ties with the European Union, the Bern government said on Wednesday (28 June), linking progress in negotiations to whether it continues to pay into the EU budget.
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Europe should not be deceived by Iran’s bid for sympathy

5 hours 1 min ago
Former European Parliament Vice-President Alejo Vidal-Quadras warns that the West must be vigilant not to fall for Iranian state propaganda depicting the world’s top state sponsor of terrorism as an ally in the War on Terror.
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Serbia’s first female PM sticks to EU path

5 hours 4 min ago
Serbia's first female prime minister pledged on Wednesday (28 June) to reform education and push for the digitalisation of state administration to take the country closer to European Union membership.
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Business leaders back G20 task force recommendations on climate-risk disclosure

5 hours 9 min ago
Over 100 business leaders worldwide have backed the final recommendations of a global task force set up by the G20 to disclose how companies manage climate-related risk, in a move that could divert trillions of investments away from polluting fossil fuels.
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Dombrovskis: ‘There is appetite for a pan-European pensions product’

5 hours 18 min ago
The European Commission will propose a new pan-European personal pension today (29 June). In an interview with journalists, Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis argues that the new scheme would help save more money in an ageing society.
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Trudeau pushes EU to apply free trade pact provisionally

5 hours 38 min ago
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday (28 June) called on Europe to immediately apply the CETA free trade agreement while the two sides work through a final hurdle pertaining to agricultural quotas.
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Hearing those who don’t exist: The fight against statelessness

6 hours 6 min ago
Statelessness will take centre stage in the European Parliament on Thursday (29 June), with two committees turning their attention to one of Europe's most hidden and marginalised populations, write MEPs Claude Moraes and Cecilia Wikström.
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Germany urges lasting ceasefire in eastern Ukraine

6 hours 13 min ago
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Wednesday (28 June) called for Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine to extend a harvest-related ceasefire, saying it could help pave the way for a political solution.
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New lines in the sand in the Middle East

6 hours 31 min ago
The Middle East used to be known for its stale continuity. But with the Qatar crisis now in its third week, the region is finding itself convulsed in its biggest diplomatic shakeup in decades, warns Willem Oosterveld.
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Czech law to allow civilians to shoot during terrorist attacks

6 hours 32 min ago
The Czech parliament on Wednesday (28 June) passed a constitutional amendment that challenges EU gun control rules by allowing legal firearms holders to use them when national security is threatened, including during terrorist attacks.
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Sanctioning Poland over refugees would be wrong

6 hours 36 min ago
The European Commission is threatening Poland with financial penalties for refusing to take in refugees. But that approach misses the bigger picture, writes Bartosz Brzeziński.
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Member states and tech firms wary of EU ‘data flows’ plan

6 hours 36 min ago
Tech companies want the European Commission to propose new legislation in autumn that they hope will bring down data storage costs in some countries. But rumoured changes have worried firms that France could pressure the executive to weaken the rules.
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Migration: A safe investment in humanity

6 hours 45 min ago
Instead of a responding to today’s migration challenges from a position of strength, Europe has reacted in fear. This has to change, warns Eugenio Ambrosi.
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