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BERLIN – Still growing, but slowly

Thu, 2020-01-16 08:26
The German economy grew by 0.6% in 2019, the slowest rate in six years, the country’s Federal Statistical Office reported on Wednesday (15 January). These numbers are partly fuelled by a decline of German exports which have fallen victim to...
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EU plans ditching carbon cost refund for seven industrial sectors

Thu, 2020-01-16 08:21
The European Commission has proposed removing mining activities and fertiliser manufacturing from a list of heavy industries eligible for state aid, arguing EU climate policies no longer puts them at risk of relocating production outside Europe.
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New Malta PM reshuffles ministers, shuns controversial names

Thu, 2020-01-16 08:18
New Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela reshuffled his cabinet on Wednesday (15 January), sidelining some of the politicians who had faced fierce criticism from an anti-corruption journalist before her murder in 2017.
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In blow to Eurogroup head, EU Commission criticises Portugal’s budget

Thu, 2020-01-16 08:11
The European Commission said on Wednesday (15 January) that Portugal's draft budget for 2020 was at risk of breaking European Union fiscal rules because of insufficient progress in reducing its structural deficit.
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No progress on reform of eurozone bailout fund until March

Thu, 2020-01-16 08:05
Reform of the eurozone bailout fund will remain frozen until at least March, a senior official said on Wednesday (15 January), as governments are still divided over technical details on bond restructuring.
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What’s the hold up on ambitious climate action?

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:45
Some point to fossil fuel and heavy industry workers as a reason for delaying climate action. As the head of the world's largest trade union federation, Sharan Burrow says “not in our name”.
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Italy smashes mafia racket defrauding EU agriculture funds

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:43
Italian police arrested 94 people in pre-dawn raids on Wednesday (15 January) as part of an investigation into an alleged Mafia scam that defrauded European Union agriculture funds of millions of euros. Prosecutors said they believed the fraud was orchestrated...
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European Standards build trust in the Single Market [Promoted content]

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:00
The more than 24.000 European standards existing play a fundamental role in making the Single Market work efficiently: they make it easier to sell products and services across Europe and beyond, improve safety, protect consumer, reduce red tape and foster innovation.
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Could FPÖ’s new ‘modern’ strategy save Austria’s populist party?

Wed, 2020-01-15 17:11
Austria's right-wing populist party FPÖ has launched a rebranding exercise with the aim of becoming a "modern right-wing conservative party", EURACTIV Germany reports.
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The Brief, powered by Orgalim – Historical revisionism on steroids

Wed, 2020-01-15 16:30
In 2020, Europe will mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and of the liberation of German Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. But as the commemorations draw closer, we may see the manipulation of history for political ends return with a vengeance.
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EU to ban the insecticide thiacloprid

Wed, 2020-01-15 15:55
The European Commission decided on Monday (13 January) not to renew the approval of the neonicotinoid pesticide thiacloprid, following scientific advice by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that the substance presents health and environmental concerns.
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Russian prime minister and government resign after Putin speech

Wed, 2020-01-15 15:52
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday (15 January) that his government was resigning to give President Vladimir Putin room to carry out the changes he wants to make to the constitution.
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MEPs express ‘grave concern’ about Brexit citizens’ rights regime

Wed, 2020-01-15 15:47
Lawmakers in the European Parliament have urged the UK government to overhaul its regime for EU citizens’ rights after Brexit, expressing ‘grave concern’ about its EU Settlement Scheme.
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Poland, Germany get largest slices of Just Transition Fund

Wed, 2020-01-15 15:41
The European Commission’s €7.5-billion-strong Just Transition Fund (JTF) is set to allocate €2 billion to Poland and €877 million to Germany under a proposal sent to national governments on Wednesday (15 January).
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Storytelling and Multilingualism at Netflix

Wed, 2020-01-15 15:28
Netflix's Diego Avalos discusses the importance of original storytelling as part of Netflix's creative output, how the company identifies the stories at the heart of its production, and multilingualism in the age of mass online media
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Former EU official suspected of spying for China

Wed, 2020-01-15 15:26
German prosecutors said they were investigating on Wednesday (15 January) three people who allegedly spied for China, including a former EU diplomat, according to media reports.
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Not all member states will benefit from the European Green Deal

Wed, 2020-01-15 15:13
The wide-ranging European Green Deal provides for a European fund for a just transition, which is meant to support regions that are economically highly dependent on fossil fuels. But not all member states will benefit from it. EURACTIV France reports.
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Parliament kicks off debate on the Future of Europe conference

Wed, 2020-01-15 15:11
The European Parliament launched on Wednesday (15 January) the debate on the Future of Europe conference, expected to begin in May, and outlined its position ahead of talks with the Commission and Council. 
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Indiscriminate data retention ‘incompatible’ with EU charter, ECJ says

Wed, 2020-01-15 14:35
Cases of 'general and indiscriminate' data retention by EU national security authorities seriously interfere with the privacy protections enshrined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, according to a non-binding opinion from the European Court of Justice delivered on Wednesday.
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The investigative story that brought down a minister in Bulgaria

Wed, 2020-01-15 14:09 publishes the full video, with subtitles, by Valia Ahchieva for, which led to the arrest and resignation of Neno Dimov, the minister of environment and water, following a water crisis in the city of Pernik that exposed the government's inaction.
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