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Kosovo moves to create an army, Serbia warns of ‘threat to peace’

Fri, 2018-10-19 07:23
Kosovo on Thursday (18 October) took the first steps towards creating its own army, ten years after it declared independence, despite fierce opposition from the ethnic Serb minority and Serbia itself which called the move "a threat to peace".
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US taking privacy shield deal seriously, EU officials say

Fri, 2018-10-19 07:12
The US is making a number of steps in the right direction in order to fall in line with the EU-US privacy shield agreement, EU officials said on Thursday (18 October). The comments came as the Commission entered the first round of talks for the second annual review of the pact. 
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‘Enough excuses!’ France’s Le Maire grows impatient over digital tax

Fri, 2018-10-19 07:06
Europe has talked long enough about whether to make internet giants like Google, Apple and Facebook pay more taxes and it is time for a decision, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Thursday (18 October).
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EU spearheads multilateralism at ASEM summit

Fri, 2018-10-19 07:01
European leaders sought to build support from Asia on Thursday (18 October) in defence of free trade and the fight against climate change, to counter the growing protectionism of President Donald Trump's America.
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Tweets of the Week: Green Wave, Brexit, and Daphne Caruana Galizia

Fri, 2018-10-19 06:16
Green Party election results are thrilling, Theresa May flunks Brexit grilling and justice demanded over journalist killing.
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Putting the EU-South Korea partnership to work

Fri, 2018-10-19 06:12
The EU-South Korea summit taking place today (18 October) symbolises the EU's close and multifaceted partnership with South Korea. Yet, Brussels and Seoul should take some practical steps to strengthen their relationship, argue Ramon Pacheco Pardo, Linde Desmaele and Maximilian Ernst.
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Digital skills gap and disinformation: How public libraries can help

Fri, 2018-10-19 06:09

It’s a statistic we’ve heard time and time again in recent years: while 90% of future jobs will require digital skills, almost half (44%) of Europeans lack even the most basic digital skills, warns Ilona Kish.

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MEPs hope to reduce EU budget cuts for Portugal

Fri, 2018-10-19 06:08
The financial package outlined for Portugal in the next EU budget could still be improved, Portuguese MEPs José Manuel Fernandes and Pedro Silva Pereira have said, noting the urgency of concluding negotiations before next May's European Elections.
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Story-telling is key for Europe

Fri, 2018-10-19 06:07
While Cohesion Policy remains a cornerstone of EU's action to boost growth and reduce inequalities in the continent, the policy lacks visibility, writes MEP Lambert van Nistelrooij.
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European Left leader: All leftwing and progressive parties must oppose rise of far-right

Fri, 2018-10-19 06:06
Progressive forces need to stand up to the rise of far-right movements by building a social, Gregor Gysi said in an interview with EURACTIV, and the run-up to the EU elections provides a "historic window of opportunity".
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Italy’s prime minister insists no room to change ‘beautiful’ budget

Fri, 2018-10-19 06:03
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has attempted to open a dialogue with the European Commission in an attempt to calm things down over Italy’s “unprecedented” breach of fiscal rules, but has also warned that there will be no step back on the draft budgetary plans.
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Migration control still trumps African ‘partnership of equals’

Fri, 2018-10-19 05:49
Less than a month after Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union talked of the need for a ‘partnership of equals’ between Africa and the European Union, migration control was once again the main prism through which the EU views Africa...
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Italy’s ‘unprecedented’ breach of fiscal rules clouds euro summit

Thu, 2018-10-18 19:25
Euro-area leaders agreed on Thursday (18 October) to accelerate the work to bolster the monetary union as the European Commission questioned half a dozen member states’ efforts to balance their public accounts, particularly Italy.
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CAP and the food supply chain: A fair deal for farmers and consumers

Thu, 2018-10-18 17:47
The Common Agricultural Policy is key in ensuring that farmers receive a steady, fair income, but imbalances in the food supply chain risk undermining farmers as well as consumers.
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The Brief, powered by The International Bromine Council (BSEF) – Carte de séjour

Thu, 2018-10-18 16:56
In what can be seen as a replay of the Salzburg summit, European leaders had dinner last night without British PM Theresa May, while negotiations stumbled yet again over the Irish border issue. Meanwhile, other EU countries are quietly gearing up to meet the March 2019 deadline. France chief among them.
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Bulgaria could be marginalised if pro-EU parties dominate EU elections, says MEP

Thu, 2018-10-18 14:52
Bulgaria could end up being marginalised if pro-EU parties achieve very good results in next May’s European Parliament elections, said Bulgarian MEP Svetoslav Malinov during a discussion about the upcoming poll.
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EU retailers pressure MEPs to kill unfair trade practices proposals

Thu, 2018-10-18 13:41
Retailers are putting pressure on EU lawmakers to postpone a much-awaited vote next week on the European Commission’s proposed directive on unfair trade practices, has learnt. EuroCommerce, which represents the retail and wholesale sectors in Europe, has sent a...
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Salvini gets ready for Spitzenkandidaten battle

Thu, 2018-10-18 13:13
Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is considering running for the presidency of the European Commission if a coalition of nationalist groups wins the next EU elections, he said in an interview Thursday (18 October).
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French people convinced by EU but poorly motivated to vote

Thu, 2018-10-18 12:33
Support for the EU is at its highest level for 26 years. However, this enthusiasm is not reflected in the projections for turnout at the next European elections. EURACTIV France reports.
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EU palm oil strategy risks investment in Africa

Thu, 2018-10-18 10:39
The European Union is quietly but determinedly preparing a new rule that is designed to block palm oil exports from Africa and Asia out of the EU market. The EU's actions on palm oil risk trade and investment in Africa, writes Thompson Ayodele.
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