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German farmers ‘cautiously optimistic’ about 2019

Fri, 2019-01-11 07:11
For the first time, the annual economic forecasts by the German Economic Institute (IW) have also included the agricultural sector. The German Farmers’ Association (DBV) was one of the associations consulted and said it was "cautiously optimistic" for 2019. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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The Brief, powered by Metal Packaging Europe – Brussels’ other election

Thu, 2019-01-10 17:03
The year 2019 is all about elections in Brussels, but not necessarily the European polls in May. The spiritual home of the Congolese diaspora in Europe, the Matongé district, a short walk from the EU institutions and home to many a...
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Commission investigates if Netherlands benefited Nike with tax bill

Thu, 2019-01-10 15:36
The European Commission decided on Thursday (10 January) to open an in-depth investigation to determine whether the Netherlands had breached EU rules by allowing Nike to cut its tax bill through complex financial schemes.
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No EU ambassadors attend Maduro’s second term inauguration

Thu, 2019-01-10 14:14
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Thursday (10 January) begins a new term that critics dismiss as illegitimate, with the economy in free fall and the country more isolated than ever. The 56-year-old leader will be sworn in at 1400 GMT by the...
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Romania glosses over presidency preparedness concerns

Thu, 2019-01-10 13:20
As Romania formally launched its six-month-long presidency of the EU, its foreign affairs chief insisted that the country was prepared to helm the Council ship for the very first time.
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Right to be forgotten should be limited to EU, top court says in Google case

Thu, 2019-01-10 12:12
The EU's "right to be forgotten" ruling should only be limited to the EU, the European Court of Justice said on Thursday (10 December), delivering an opinion on a case brought by France's privacy authority, the Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés (CNIL).
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Movers and shakers of Romania’s EU presidency

Thu, 2019-01-10 11:10
Romania's first presidency of the EU Council kicks off in earnest on Thursday (10 January), with the entire Commission swooping on Bucharest for the traditional opening ceremony. But who are the people behind the presidency and who are the main figures in Bucharest setting the Council's agenda for the next six months?
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Survey suggests centre-left could be pushed in opposition in next European Parliament

Thu, 2019-01-10 09:00
VoteWatch, the Brussels-based think-tank famous for monitoring how the MEPs vote, has published on Wednesday (9 January) a projection how the next European Parliament may look like.
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EPP’s Weber comes out on Macedonia name change deal

Thu, 2019-01-10 08:35
Everybody agrees on a solution to a nearly three-decade name row between Greece and Macedonia, Manfred Weber, the Spitzenkandidat of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) said on Tuesday (9 January), ending months of silence on the issue.
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Merkel to press Greece on reforms, Macedonia name deal, during rare Athens visit

Thu, 2019-01-10 08:30
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will urge Greece to press on with tough economic reforms and maintain strict fiscal discipline when she visits Athens on Thursday (10 January) for the first time in nearly five years.
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France kick-starts ‘grand national debate’ to calm yellow vest protesters

Thu, 2019-01-10 08:23
From 15 January to 15 March France will hold what President Emmanuel Macron has termed the "great national debate", a public consultation to discuss the "essential questions" facing the nation after nearly two months of violent so-called yellow vest protests.
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Salvini calls for ‘Italian-Polish axis’ to replace Paris-Berlin

Thu, 2019-01-10 08:03
Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Wednesday (9 January) said populists from Italy and Poland should spark a "European spring" to replace the centre-right influence of Germany and France, ahead of key EU elections.
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Trump is ‘not America,’ Weber says after US downgrades EU diplomatic status

Thu, 2019-01-10 07:57
One of the frontrunners to take up the next EU Commission Presidency, Manfred Weber, responded to concerns over the US Trump administration on Wednesday (9 January), saying that the President "is not America".
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EU needs clean vehicle procurement rules to boost e-mobility in cities

Thu, 2019-01-10 07:48
Many European countries and cities have implemented measures to promote e-mobility. But to create scale in Europe, a constellation of disconnected initiatives is not enough to drive the needed change and action must be taken at a European level, writes Folker Franz.
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Weber leaves door open to any pro-EU ally, including Salvini

Thu, 2019-01-10 07:46
Socialists and liberals are natural allies for the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) in the next European Parliament, according to Manfred Weber, the EPP's lead candidate for the European elections in May.
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Clogs gift for EU medicines agency’s Brexit move

Thu, 2019-01-10 07:36
Dutch officials handed over a pair of clogs and the keys to the European Medicines Agency's temporary base in Amsterdam on Wednesday (9 January) as the watchdog prepares to leave London after Brexit.
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EU to open trade talks on industrial goods with the US

Wed, 2019-01-09 18:23
Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström will request a mandate from member states to start trade negotiations on industrial goods with the US, she confirmed on Wednesday (9 January) during her visit to Washington.
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May faces three day deadline for new plan if she loses Brexit vote

Wed, 2019-01-09 18:20
If the UK Parliament rejects Prime Minister Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement next Tuesday (15 January), as is widely expected, she will be forced to present a new Brexit plan within three days.
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Malta disembarks migrants sparking Italy government clash

Wed, 2019-01-09 18:00
Forty-nine migrants disembarked in Malta on Wednesday (9 January) after spending more than two weeks stranded on board rescue ships, ending a standoff in which EU countries had refused to offer them a safe port.
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Katainen ‘open’ to consider tweaks to competition policy

Wed, 2019-01-09 17:05
European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen told journalists on Tuesday that he would be “open” to consider changes to update competition law in order to cope with the strong competition of US and China firms, but discarded reforming “entirely” antitrust rules as they worked “well”.
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