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French, British banks press EU to revise bank reform plans

4 hours 21 min ago

French and British banks are urging the European Commission to reconsider plans to isolate high-risk trading activities at big banks, warning the move could discourage lending to struggling economies.

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EU lawmakers to vote on Google break-up motion on Thursday

4 hours 42 min ago

EU lawmakers will likely vote on Thursday (27 November) on a motion proposing the breaking up of Google and other Internet technology companies, increasing political pressure on the bloc's antitrust regulators to take a stronger line on the search giant.

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Eurofound: The economic crisis has prevented new groups from getting healthcare

5 hours 12 min ago

The crisis has resulted in the emergence of new vulnerable groups, who no longer have access to healthcare, according to a new report.

In the wake of the economic and financial crisis, many governments in the EU cut spending on healthcare services.

The crisis has been a major factor influencing changes to the complex healthcare systems, creating significant differences between member states. But even in countries that chose to make few cuts to the health services, it has still been possible to identify impacts of the crisis on access to healthcare.

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Scribbling in the margins – biodiesel’s efforts to make itself look good

5 hours 30 min ago

The European biodiesel industry has claimed that the carbon savings of biofuels have been underestimated by the European Commission. But the reasoning behind the assertion is flawed, writes Nusa Urbancic. 

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France champions bioethanol industry in Europe

5 hours 33 min ago

The French bioethanol industry is leading the campaign to raise the proportion of biofuel in Europe’s transport fuel mix to 15%, while the European Commission continues to hold the sector on a short leash. EurActiv France reports

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Land grabbing, still a huge problem in Eastern Europe

5 hours 54 min ago

The EU is currently witnessing a massive land grab, which has a direct impact on 25 million of its citizens, changing the way lands are being managed and how food is being produced, writes Attila Szocs.

Attila Szocs is Romania correspondent for Arc2020, a platform for civil society and non-governmental organisations interested in good food, farming and rural policies for Europe. He is also campaign coordinator on land grabbing with EcoRuralis in Romania.

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Lithuania has become the EU’s good pupil in energy policy, but…

6 hours 9 min ago

With the launch of the 'Independence’ energy project, Lithuania’s long-and-hard-fought striving for energy diversity and security has definitely seen a big boost, writes Linas Jegelevičius.

Linas Jegelevičius writes for EN.DELFI.LT, the main English language news portal in Lithuania.

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Ukraine should prioritise energy efficiency

6 hours 18 min ago

Improving energy efficiency and reducing energy consumption should be the key priority of Ukraine's energy policy. The country’s energy-saving potential could be as much as 50% of its current energy consumption, writes Danila Bochkarev.

Danila Bochkarev is an energy expert based in Brussels. This opinion article has first been published with the Moscow Times under the title This Winter Needn't Be a Cold One in Ukraine.

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Socialists slam extreme right’s censure motion censure against Juncker

10 hours 27 min ago

The centre-left appears strongly supportive of Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker ahead of today’s (24 November) debate on a motion of censure against him, lodged by the National Front of Marine Le Pen, UKIP of Nigel Farage and other anti-EU MEPs.

The motion was tabled by the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group in the European Parliament, which is led by UKIP leader Nigel Farage.

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Photonics: fostering a new wave of industrial innovation

10 hours 36 min ago

In order to move forward its plans for an ‘industrial renaissance’, the European Commission has to focus on creating a framework that will encourage the new industries of tomorrow, like photonics, writes Michael Mertin.

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If nuclear talks collapse, Iran's plan B not ideal

12 hours 38 min ago

With a deadline for a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers fast approaching, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed on Sunday (23 November) a possible extension of the negotiations, a U.S. official said. Meanwhile, Iranian officials say they can turn to Beijing and Moscow if talks in Vienna fail to end Western sanctions, but with oil prices falling, China's economy slowing and Russia in its own sanctions-induced slump, Tehran's "plan B" hardly looks ideal.


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Gil Arias-Fernández: 'the immigration problem in Calais is not so bad’

12 hours 46 min ago

Gil Arias-Fernández, Executive Director of the European border control agency Frontex, spoke to EurActiv France about Operation Triton and the immigration situation in Calais.

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Israel to formally propose gas pipeline to EU

12 hours 58 min ago

Israel has proposed that EU countries invest in a multi-billion euro pipeline to carry its natural gas to the continent, noting that the supply from Israel would reduce Europe’s current dependence on natural gas from Russia, the Israeli press reported.

A proposal for the “massive” project was introduced by Israel’s Energy Minister Silvan Shalom to energy ministers from Euro-Mediterranean countries who met in Rome last week, Israel’s Channel 2 and The Times of Israel reported.

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Germany may shut down eight more coal power plants

12 hours 59 min ago

Germany is working on a new law to force energy companies to shut down several more coal-fired power plants as it tries to reach ambitious climate goals, a document seen by Reuters showed on Sunday (23 November).

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Jean-Michel de Waele: Orbán is more pro-Russian than the 1980 Hungarian communists

13 hours 2 min ago

What Victor Orbán likes about Vladimir Putin is his model of state authoritarianism, his police state, and his grip on the media, Jean-Michel de Waele told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.

Jean-Michel de Waele is professor of political science and current Dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the Free University of Brussels.

He spoke to EurActiv’s Senior Editor Georgi Gotev.

Isn’t there a revolutionary atmosphere in Central Europe, 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall?

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Tories say likely to fail to cut immigration

13 hours 13 min ago

British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives said on Sunday night they were unlikely to keep a promise to reduce net migration to "tens of thousands", possibly damaging their reelection chances next year.

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Polish opposition says local poll result 'dishonest'

13 hours 21 min ago

 Poland's largest opposition party said on Sunday the result of last week's local elections, which gave the ruling Civic Platform (PO) party the highest number of provincial assembly seats, was "dishonest."

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French Socialist chief says "non" to 35-hour week review

13 hours 29 min ago

The head of France's Socialist Party rejected any change to the country's 35-hour work week and criticised plans to let shops open more often on Sunday, a sign the government could face an uphill battle to get more labour reforms through parliament.

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Record-breaking survey: World should prioritise education and health

Fri, 2014-11-21 17:18

So far, more than 5 million people from all over the world have replied to a survey, called MyWorld2015, conducted both online and on paper, the preliminary results of which show that good education and better healthcare are considered to be the two main priorities to boost development.

According to data released by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) office in Madrid, “Good education” has received so far 3.3 million votes, “Better healthcare” almost 2.8 million votes, and in third place “Better job opportunities” received 2.6 million votes.

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French Socialists call for Oettinger to resign

Fri, 2014-11-21 16:44

The German Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society has angered France, and the Socialist Party, by publically calling for the Commission to take a firm stance against the country's "recurrent" budget deficit problems. EurActiv France reports.

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