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Belarus ends ‘teddy bear spat’ with Sweden, names envoy

Wed, 2018-05-23 07:50
Belarus on Tuesday (22 May) appointed its first ambassador to Sweden for almost six years, resolving a bitter diplomatic spat over a pro-democracy stunt involving teddy bears.
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Luxury home purchase haunts Spain’s far-left Podemos party

Wed, 2018-05-23 07:43
Accusations of hypocrisy have rained down on the couple that heads Spain's far-left Podemos party for buying a 600,000-euro luxury home with a swimming pool after previously condemning such extravagance.
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EU weighs sanctions over Venezuela vote ‘irregularities’

Wed, 2018-05-23 07:35
The EU said Tuesday (22 May) it will consider imposing new sanctions on Venezuela after Nicolas Maduro's re-election was marred by "irregularities" and failed to meet international standards.
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Commission to pour cold water on Bulgaria’s Eurozone ambition

Wed, 2018-05-23 07:27
Euro-hopeful Bulgaria does not yet meet the criteria to adopt the single currency, the European Commission will say today (23 May) in an assessment of European Union countries that must one day switch to the euro.
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MEPs outraged over Zuckerberg’s EU Parliament show

Wed, 2018-05-23 07:01
Tensions soared between a handful of leading MEPs and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as the 34-year-old billionaire avoided answering detailed questions on the company’s data policies during a meeting in the European Parliament on Tuesday evening (22 May).
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Cyprus to cap its ‘golden visa’ program

Wed, 2018-05-23 06:59
Stung by criticism it has been selling European Union passports for cash, Cyprus has tightened vetting procedures in a scheme that grants Cypriot citizenship to investors, the finance minister said yesterday (22 May).
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An Italian job to shield the euro

Wed, 2018-05-23 06:52
Market pressure, the strong hand of EU institutions and the limits of power will determine how far the new Italian government will go in shaking up the eurozone’s status quo.
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Blossoming batteries boosted by EU plan

Wed, 2018-05-23 06:43
Batteries and storage are set to become even more important as electro-mobility and renewable energy go from strength to strength. That is why EU efforts are meant to help the burgeoning industry compete against the likes of China and electric carmaker Tesla.
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Bullmann: Macron must decide if he is a ‘real progressive’ or not

Wed, 2018-05-23 06:35
French President Emmanuel Macron has to make his political identity clear and clarify whether he is a “real progressive” who wants to contribute to a social Europe, S&D President Udo Bullmann told EURACTIV in an interview.
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EU increases collaboration with authoritarian regimes to tackle migration

Wed, 2018-05-23 06:34
Europe’s struggle with migrants has led to an increase in funding for border control to authoritarian regimes such as Chad, Niger, Belarus, Libya and Sudan. reports.
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China says 16+1 summits are good for EU

Wed, 2018-05-23 06:33
Annual summits between China and central and eastern European countries are beneficial to the European Union as a whole, the Chinese government's told Bulgaria's foreign minister, brushing off concern that Beijing is seeking to divide the continent.
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Clean energy innovation: How Europe can make a real difference

Wed, 2018-05-23 06:05
Public-private partnerships are vital to achieving the leap forward, deploying new clean technologies at scale and fast, writes Maroš Šefčovič.
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Commission hints Trump’s exemptions for EU would not be prolonged

Tue, 2018-05-22 18:01
Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström prepared European steelmakers for the worst as she said on Tuesday (22 May) that there were “signals” from the US Administration indicating that either the tariffs on EU's steel and aluminium exports or other types of restrictions would be imposed.
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The Brief, powered by YARA – Why Macron doesn’t care about protests

Tue, 2018-05-22 16:55
For Stephane, a Parisian shopkeeper, today’s demonstration is one too many. "It’s not good for business", he says while closing his store just before the civil servants demo arrives. Emmanuel Macron doesn’t really care though.
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EU energy chief courts Iran after Trump’s withdrawal from nuclear deal

Tue, 2018-05-22 16:29
Europe's energy and climate chief sought to reassure Iran's top ministers on Saturday (19 May) that the European Union wants to keep trade open despite the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal.
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Culture Zone in Katowice: Welcome world, farewell locals?

Tue, 2018-05-22 16:21
Over the past decade, Katowice – capital of Poland’s Silesia region – has transformed from a coal and steel city into a booming centre of business and culture. Its Culture Zone hosts major European and international music, cultural and business events and boasts unique architectural pearls.
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Theresa May unveils plan to halve building energy use by 2030

Tue, 2018-05-22 15:17
UK Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to halve energy use from new buildings by 2030, as part of a speech that championed the role science and technology will play in delivering her government's industrial strategy. EURACTIV's media partner reports.
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Saving Europe’s biggest salt water lagoon

Tue, 2018-05-22 14:28
Clean-up squads, co-financed with European funds, stepped up their efforts in recent weeks in the Mar Menor region in southeast Spain, to remove dead algae and other waste from the shoreline of Europe's largest salt water lagoon.
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EU in my region

Tue, 2018-05-22 14:25
Cohesion Policy is the EU's main investment policy, with a budget of 351.8 billion. It is also the bloc's second largest policy in terms of funding, after agriculture. This Special Report presents some of the flagship projects around the EU funded by Cohesion.
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Sefcovic: ‘Amazed’ by leaps forward in electric vehicles

Tue, 2018-05-22 13:49
Electric vehicles have come on in leaps and bounds since Commission Vive-President Maroš Šefčovič launched the Energy Union back in 2015. Now, he's expecting the integration of renewables and the redesign of the electricity market to boost the EV revolution even further.
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