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Bulc urges 5G advocates to focus on autonomous driving, leave connected cars to WiFi

Wed, 2019-04-17 08:24
A European Commission plan to push WiFi as the technology of choice for connected cars over 5G is proving to be controversial. EU transport chief Violeta Bulc told EURACTIV in an interview that saving lives is the most important factor and WiFi is the only proven option.
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Greek business chief: North Macedonia deal diminished Turkey’s influence

Wed, 2019-04-17 07:15
The North Macedonia name change deal, also known as Prespa Agreement, helped diminish Turkey’s influence in the country and simultaneously upgrade Athens’s role in the Balkan region, Greek business chief Konstantinos Michalos told in an interview.
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The EU needs a ‘Green New Deal’

Wed, 2019-04-17 07:00
Europe needs its own ‘Green New Deal’ to stave off the perfect storm of populism, climate change and economic crisis. Instead, the EU has adopted confused energy and environment policies which could be self-defeating in the long run, writes Vincente Lopez.
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European Parliament backs rules to protect whistleblowers

Wed, 2019-04-17 06:30
The European Parliament on Tuesday (17 April) overwhelmingly voted for rules aimed at protecting whistleblowers from reprisals following corporate scandals such as Dieselgate and Cambridge Analytica.
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Amid worries over Russia, Sweden returns troops to Baltic island

Wed, 2019-04-17 06:00
Under an icy rain, camouflage-clad Swedish soldiers crouched behind a log pile, aimed their machine guns towards the Baltic Sea and, at their officers' barked orders, opened fire down the snow-covered range.
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The Brief – Against all odds

Tue, 2019-04-16 17:03
If the race for the EU's top job this summer really comes down to a choice between Manfred Weber and Michel Barnier, the outcome might still surprise us.
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Erdogan’s party submits appeal for rerun of Istanbul elections

Tue, 2019-04-16 17:01
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party on Tuesday (16 April) submitted its promised appeal for the annulment and rerun of Istanbul’s municipal elections, over what it said were irregularities that marred the March 31 vote.
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Le Pen’s Rassemblement National revises stance towards EU and the euro

Tue, 2019-04-16 16:48
Le Pen's party is no longer making calls to exit the EU or abandon the euro. Instead, the party is attempting to renew itself with a nationalist but locally anchored narrative. EURACTIV France reports.
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Greta Thunberg urges MEPs to ‘panic like the house is on fire’

Tue, 2019-04-16 16:37
Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, made an impassioned plea for the planet at the European Parliament on Tuesday (16 April), urging MEPs to “start panicking about climate change” rather than "waste time arguing about Brexit".
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Saving energy, a European challenge of varying scale

Tue, 2019-04-16 16:34
Several EU member states, including France, have chosen to implement laws that would allow the trading of energy saving certificates, an important shift towards saving energy.
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Price of energy saving certificates causes friction in France

Tue, 2019-04-16 16:01
Energy saving certificates, or white certificates, were meant to be the answer to France’s slow progress in reducing energy consumption. However, there is far more demand than supply, resulting in a surge in prices of certificates, which have more than doubled in a year. EURACTIV France reports.
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Emerging media policies for EU 2019-24

Tue, 2019-04-16 14:38
DISCLAIMER: All opinions in this dossier reflect the views of the author(s), not of EURACTIV.COM Ltd. “Healthy democracies depend on a healthy media sector,” Digital Commissioner Mariya Gabriel told a recent EURACTIV event. Yet, the media sector consistently faces multiple challenges, notably...
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Disabled in need of full-time care cleared to take part in EU vote in Germany

Tue, 2019-04-16 13:07
For the first time, people who are in need of full-time care due to severe disabilities are allowed to vote - including in EU elections. This was decided by the Federal Constitutional Court, though the coalition of CDU/CSU and the Social Democrats wanted to postpone the decision due to time constraints. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Verhofstadt warns Brexit extension could ‘poison’ EU elections

Tue, 2019-04-16 13:07
Liberal group leader Guy Verhofstadt warned on Tuesday (16 April) that the decision to grant the United Kingdom a Brexit extension last week could “poison” the European elections, in which the UK is now likely to take part.
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Europe ‘wounded’ by Notre-Dame fire, EU pledges help

Tue, 2019-04-16 13:00
The devastation of Paris's Notre Dame cathedral is a blow to all Europe and all Europe will contribute to its rebuilding, leaders of the European Union declared on Tuesday (16 April) at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
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EU elections revive Eurosceptic talks in Poland and Hungary

Tue, 2019-04-16 12:40
As we approach the EU elections, the Eurosceptic political rhetoric in Hungary and Poland is once again rising. This is hardly surprising, given the critical view the governing parties and their leaders, Viktor Orbán and Jaroslaw Kaczyński, share towards the EU...
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Over a Coffee with Frans Timmermans, lead candidate for the PES

Tue, 2019-04-16 11:48
Frans Timmermans, lead candidate in the European Elections for the PES group meets with EURACTIV’s Brian Maguire over a coffee.
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Belgian cybersecurity agency finds no threat from Huawei, as US increase pressure

Tue, 2019-04-16 11:01
Belgium’s centre for cybersecurity has found no evidence that telecoms equipment supplied by Huawei Technology could be used for spying. The news comes as US authorities renew their campaign in Europe against the Chinese telecoms giant. 
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Europe’s far-right fires new warning ahead of EU polls

Tue, 2019-04-16 08:50
The performance of the far-right in Finland’s elections has shown the strength of anti-immigrant parties across the continent, just over a month before the European parliament elections. The Finns Party strengthened their position in the country’s Parliament under the leadership...
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Winds of change in Germany after EU elections?

Tue, 2019-04-16 08:48
The Capitals brings you the latest news from across Europe, through on-the-ground reporting by EURACTIV’s media network. In this edition: Government reshuffle rumoured in Germany, Notre Dame blaze shocks Paris, Italian government under investigation and much more...
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