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Karadzic handed life sentence for Bosnia war crimes

Wed, 2019-03-20 16:26
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic will spend the rest of his life in jail for the "sheer scale and systematic cruelty" of his crimes in the war that tore his country apart a quarter of a century ago, judges of the UN war crimes tribunal said on Wednesday.
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Pharma industry urges EU leaders to ‘re-focus’ on patients post-Brexit

Wed, 2019-03-20 15:36
The EU pharma industry has prepared for a hard Brexit scenario but this is not enough as EU leaders need to take specific measures to ensure medical supplies after the UK departure, EU pharma chief Stefan Oschmann has said.   
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Commission fines Google €1.49 billion for illegal practices

Wed, 2019-03-20 15:27
The European Commission fined Google €1.49 billion on Wednesday (20 March), after concluding that Google had breached EU laws by restricting rival online advertising services to access third-party websites. 
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May and Juncker in tug of war over Brexit extension deadline

Wed, 2019-03-20 15:17
British Prime Minister Theresa May formally asked the EU on Wednesday (20 March) for an extension of the Brexit date until 30 June. In response, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that Brexit needs to be completed before 23 May.
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Commission urges platforms to take action on fake accounts before EU elections

Wed, 2019-03-20 14:26
Online platforms need to step up their attempts to quell the spread of fake accounts but also provide greater independent access to their content for fact checkers, as part of their wider efforts in compliance with the code of practice against disinformation, the European Commission said on Wednesday (20 March).
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Europe has saved the banks, now we must save its citizens

Wed, 2019-03-20 14:00
Introducing an EU-guaranteed minimum income would send a clear message to Europeans that the Union really is there for them, writes Georges Dassis.
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Europe ringfences 35% of research budget for clean tech

Wed, 2019-03-20 12:19
European Union negotiators struck an agreement late on Tuesday (19 March) to set aside 35% of the bloc’s research funding for climate-friendly technologies, despite ongoing doubts about the overall size of the EU's future budget after Brexit.
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Transatlantic economy faces adverse conditions and slower growth in EU

Wed, 2019-03-20 12:00
The transatlantic economy of the US and the EU has been increasingly stressed by potential tariffs on imports and changes in global stability, according to a new report by the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU, released on Wednesday...
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EXCLUSIVE-Slovenian centre-right: Cancel Orbán vote or EPP is ‘inevitably’ split

Wed, 2019-03-20 11:19
The leader of the centre-right Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) has asked the European People’s Party chief and EPP members to cancel a vote today to expel Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz from the centre-right family, saying the EPP could otherwise risk a split just before the European elections.
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Salvini’s lawmaker threatens to purge an EU official, MEPs ask him to apologise

Wed, 2019-03-20 11:17
Several Italian MEPs have voiced concern and criticism after a lawmaker from Matteo Salvini’s ruling Lega party hinted at the possibility of removing an EU civil servant from his duties, after having had an argument with him on Twitter.
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Europe’s democratic challenge: in search of government

Wed, 2019-03-20 11:07
Europe is about democracy. We cherish democracy in our national institutions by ensuring a healthy separation of powers, by fighting for free and fair elections, and by combining the rule of the majority with the protection of the minority, write Louis Drounau and Andrew Duff.
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EU country briefing: France

Wed, 2019-03-20 10:44
France spearheaded the European Project with its proposal for a European Coal and Steel Community in 1950, and its centrality to the project remains undiminished, with the French playing a key role in the creation of the eurozone in 1999.
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New entrant makes early running in German 5G auction

Wed, 2019-03-20 09:08
Germany’s auction of spectrum for 5G mobile networks drew brisk initial bidding on Tuesday  (19 March) with prospective new entrant 1&1 Drillisch submitting bold offers for the frequencies it covets. 
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Brexit extension: EU members’ positions before the summit

Wed, 2019-03-20 08:47
UK Prime Minister Theresa May will write to Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday (20 March) asking for a Brexit extension beyond 29 March. The letter will arrive before the Brussels summit on Thursday and Friday. The extension, which EURACTIV highlighted...
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Google braces for multi-million fine in final EU antitrust case

Wed, 2019-03-20 08:43
The European Commission is expected to fine Google over its online advertisement services today (20 March), bringing an end to the last outstanding case in a decade-long antitrust battle with the American digital giant. 
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Brexit eclipses climate talks in leaked EU summit draft

Wed, 2019-03-20 08:43
EU heads of states are expected to reiterate earlier commitments on climate action when they meet in Brussels later this week, despite growing calls from youths across Europe to step up the fight against global warming, according to a draft EU summit statement seen by EURACTIV.
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Vestager joins EU Commission presidency race

Wed, 2019-03-20 08:43
EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager will compete to be the next president of the European Commission, as Europe’s liberals are set to name the Dane among a team of lead candidates that also includes Guy Verhofstadt, Belgium's former Prime Minister.
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Dutch go to provincial polls after Utrecht shooting horror

Wed, 2019-03-20 08:41
Dutch voters on Wednesday (20 March) head to provincial polls billed as a referendum on Prime Minister Mark Rutte's policies, after a campaign overshadowed by a possible terror attack on a tram.
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NGO ship defies Salvini, takes migrants to Lampedusa

Wed, 2019-03-20 08:24
An Italian charity ship was escorted into the port of Lampedusa by police on Tuesday (19 March) after rescuing 49 Africans in the Mediterranean, with Interior Minister Matteo Salvini calling for the crew to be arrested.
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Gabriel on cybersecurity: ‘The world is watching us’

Wed, 2019-03-20 08:21
The EU's cybersecurity strategy is under the scrutiny of global actors, the EU's Digital Commissioner Mariya Gabriel said on Tuesday (19 March). Her comments came at the European Court of Auditors criticised the 'fragmented' nature of cybersecurity policy across the continent.
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