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Turkey’s opposition takes office in Istanbul, re-run appeal still pending

Thu, 2019-04-18 10:32
Turkey's main opposition candidate took office as Istanbul mayor on Wednesday (17 April) after a stunning victory over President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party, but the new head of the country's largest city still faces an appeal for the vote to be re-run.
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EU states force clearing of Estonian, Danish regulators over Danske Bank

Thu, 2019-04-18 10:22
National banking supervisors who control the EU banking watchdog effectively forced it to clear financial regulators in Estonia and Denmark, who were investigated in relation to suspected money laundering activities by Danske Bank, a member of the European parliament said on Wednesday (17 April).
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Weapons research is undermining European democracy

Thu, 2019-04-18 10:00
The European Parliament is voting on Thursday (18 April) on the European Defence Fund, a multi-billion military research programme. Not only is this Fund a step in the militarisation of the EU, but it is also undermining European democracy, writes Bram Vranken.
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Romanian justice minister sacked for shunning reforms

Thu, 2019-04-18 10:00
Romania's ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD) sacked justice minister Tudorel Toader on Wednesday (17 April)  for spurning controversial changes to the national penal code that critics say benefit PSD chief Liviu Dragnea.
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UK should ‘cool down’, ditch Brexit – Timmermans

Thu, 2019-04-18 09:32
Britain should use the next few months to "cool down and rethink" its decision to leave the European Union, the socialist candidate to head the next European Commission, Frans Timmermans, said on Wednesday (17 April).
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MEPs back plans to quell online terrorist content, but one-hour timeframe is criticised

Thu, 2019-04-18 09:29
The European Parliament has backed plans to force online hosting services to remove terrorist content within one hour of reporting, in a move aimed at quelling the spread of extremist propaganda online. However, there was no shortage of those in the industry criticising the timeframe.
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Ahead of EU polls, Poland’s Kaczynski urges crossparty anti-euro stance

Thu, 2019-04-18 09:16
The leader of Poland’s ruling conservatives on Wednesday (17 April) urged opposition leaders to back its view that the country should not join the euro until its economy is on a par with that of western neighbours. When Poland joined...
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Flagship study exposes decline of press freedom in Europe

Thu, 2019-04-18 09:11
Reporters Without Borders published their flagship annual ‘World Press Freedom Index’ on Thursday (18 April), revealing that worldwide, authoritarian regimes continue to tighten their grip on the media, while in Europe, decline of press freedom goes hand in hand with...
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Commission ‘assessing complaints’ against Nokia connected car patents, as MEPs back WiFi plans

Thu, 2019-04-18 08:59
The European Commission has revealed that is it looking into antitrust complaints levelled against the Finnish telecommunications giant Nokia, for the company's alleged refusal to license mobile components that could be used in next-generation connected cars.
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Serbia says it cannot protect its interests without Russia

Thu, 2019-04-18 08:49
The Capitals brings you the latest news from across Europe, through on-the-ground reporting by EURACTIV’s media network. You can subscribe to the newsletter here. /// BELGRADE Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić told his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow...
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Brunei accused of ‘abusive lobbying’ before critical EU vote

Thu, 2019-04-18 08:46
EU officials on Wednesday (17 April) accused Brunei of "rude" and "abusive" lobbying against a resolution condemning the Muslim-majority sultanate for imposing the death penalty for gay sex and adultery.
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Police recommend indicting Czech PM for fraud

Thu, 2019-04-18 08:39
Czech police believe billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babiš should be indicted for alleged involvement in EU subsidy fraud worth two million euros, a spokesman said Wednesday. “The investigation is over and the complete file has been submitted to the state...
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‘We are talking about breaking monopolies like Facebook,’ says Barley, who tops SPD’s EU election list

Thu, 2019-04-18 07:29
In an interview with our partner DerTagesspiegel, German Justice Minister Katarina Barley explains why she wants digital firms to share their collected data with the public, and to limit the power of companies such as Facebook and Amazon.
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EU threatens WTO action after US paves way for Cuban property lawsuits

Thu, 2019-04-18 01:38
The EU has reacted angrily to a Trump administration announcement that Americans to sue foreign firms over seized Cuban property, threatening to take a case to the World Trade Organisation. 
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The Brief – The fault in our Europe debates

Wed, 2019-04-17 17:20
EU leaders laying out their plans for the future of Europe. Sounds like a good idea, but do such concepts really work in practice? In late 2017, European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, announced his plan to host a series of debates...
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Connected cars: Licensing traffic jam drives automakers to turn to EU antitrust law

Wed, 2019-04-17 16:51
Antitrust complaints are like London buses. You don’t get one for ages then four come at once in the same industry. That’s what has happened this past month in the auto sector, writes Mike Sax, Chairman of ACT, The App Association.
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Letters reveal Parliament split ahead of European Defence Fund vote

Wed, 2019-04-17 14:04
Ahead of a crucial European Parliament vote on the European Defence Fund (EDF) on Thursday (17 April), MEPs are at odds over the issue of parliamentary scrutiny, internal communication seen by EURACTIV suggests.
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Eastern Europe backs locally produced biofuels to save climate and farmers

Wed, 2019-04-17 08:41
Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic have signed a joint declaration saying that Europe will be able to de-carbonise transport through the use of locally produced clean biofuels, which will also boost rural areas and farmers.
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Greece officially launches German war reparations bid

Wed, 2019-04-17 08:40
In “a historic moment”, according to Greek House Speaker Nikos Voutsis, the parliament will approve renewed bids for German war reparations today.
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Huawei CEO: EU doing a ‘great job’ in cybersecurity

Wed, 2019-04-17 08:29
Amid growing pressure from the US on European governments to reject Chinese tech firms, Huawei’s rotating CEO Ken Hu said on Tuesday (16 April) that the EU was doing “a great job” on cybersecurity.
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