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EU leaders urge clarity from London before Brexit delay

Fri, 2019-03-15 15:00
EU leaders called for clarity from the UK on Friday (15 March) before considering any delay to Brexit, after a series of chaotic votes by MPs left the deeply divided country in limbo just two weeks before it is due to leave the bloc.
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Organic farming improved but still flaws with traceability, EU auditors find

Fri, 2019-03-15 11:51
Despite improvements in the control of organic farming, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) said more work is needed to prevent food fraud and ensure that organic standards are met, as traceability is causing continued issues for foodstuffs bearing the bio label.
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Battle over unfair trade practices ends, its champion rejoices

Fri, 2019-03-15 11:05
On Tuesday (12 March), the European Parliament approved long-awaited legislation on unfair trade practices (UTPs). EURACTIV.com spoke with the lawmaker who shepherded the new rules over the line.
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UK Conservative politicians back ‘inspirational’ school climate strikers

Fri, 2019-03-15 10:44
The tide of British public opinion is overwhelmingly with children skipping school to protest climate inaction, data released on Friday shows, as politicians rode the wave of support. EURACTIV's media partner, Climate Home News, reports.
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Fair taxation: A mixed bag of results for the Juncker Commission

Fri, 2019-03-15 10:20
Since the LuxLeaks scandal, the fair taxation agenda has made some headway. But resistance from member states has also blocked many measures during the Juncker Commission mandate. EURACTIV France reports. What conclusions can be drawn from the Juncker Commission’s fair...
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Slovak entrepreneur charged with ordering journalist murder

Fri, 2019-03-15 09:16
Slovak prosecutors said Thursday (15 March) they had charged an entrepreneur with ordering the murder of an investigative journalist whose killing during a corruption probe triggered mass protests and toppled the country's prime minister.
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EU’s ‘Tobin tax’ now expected to collect only €3.5 billon 

Fri, 2019-03-15 08:57
The latest proposal for an EU financial transaction tax (FTT) received lukewarm support earlier this week, with expected revenues brought down tenfold, to €3.45 billion annually, under a watered-down version tabled by France and Germany, according to documents seen by EURACTIV.
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Study charts six scenarios for fossil-free energy by 2050

Fri, 2019-03-15 08:55
Cutting energy use in buildings, ramping up renewable electricity and developing large-scale storage with hydrogen are clear options in bringing energy emissions down to zero by 2050, according to a new study published on Thursday (14 March).
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Kazakh Minister: Growing interest for next round of Astana talks

Fri, 2019-03-15 08:54
The next round of talks under the so-called Astana Process will take place next month, and there is a growing international interest for this forum, First Deputy of the Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tileuberdi told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
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EU Parliament votes for 55% emissions cuts by 2030

Fri, 2019-03-15 08:47
Members of the European Parliament voted in favour of increasing the EU’s 2030 emission cuts target to 55% and a net-zero mid-century target on Thursday (14 March), bringing an end to weeks of infighting.
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Tweets of the Week: Brexit, Hungary, and Tajani

Fri, 2019-03-15 08:30
It’s Brexit forever, a billboard endeavour, and Tajani’s less than clever. This week we’re supported by All Policies for a Healthy Europe.
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‘Juncker started the fight with Orbán’

Fri, 2019-03-15 08:29
Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker was the one who picked a fight with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and he should stop meddling in party politics, former PM and leader of the centre-right Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) told EURACTIV Croatia.
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EU warns Brexit extension cannot be taken for granted

Fri, 2019-03-15 08:29
The European Union executive said on Thursday (14 March) Britain will have to justify any request to postpone Brexit beyond the end of this month and that EU leaders would put a priority on avoiding disrupting EU institutions in considering it.
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Orbán apologises to EPP leaders he called ‘useful idiots’

Fri, 2019-03-15 08:27
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has apologised to European conservative parties for calling them "useful idiots" over an anti-EU billboard campaign that could see his party ejected from the European Parliament's dominant centre-right EPP bloc.
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May to request Brexit delay after MPs back extension

Thu, 2019-03-14 22:02
The UK will formally request a delay to its exit from the EU after the House of Commons overwhelmingly endorsed an extension on Thursday (14 March) in a vote whose result means Theresa May’s government has formally abandoned plans for the UK to leave the bloc on 29 March.
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Return of refugees to Syria timidly comes on the agenda

Thu, 2019-03-14 17:50
Key speakers at a Brussels-held conference dedicated to Syria made first timid references on Thursday (14 March) to the need to prepare for the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland, as the eight-year-long war appeared to be coming to an end.
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The Brief – Tajani’s blunder, part II

Thu, 2019-03-14 17:04
In February we wrote ‘Tajani’s blunder’, when the president of the European Parliament got involved in a controversy with Slovenia and Croatia, seen by many as an attempt at World War II revisionism. But Tajani did it again, with unexpected praise for Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini, this time in a radio interview.
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Parliament rejects opening trade talks with Trump

Thu, 2019-03-14 16:55
The European Parliament failed to pass a resolution on Thursday (14 March) supporting the start of negotiations with the US on removing tariffs for industrial goods, worsening the prospects of de-escalating trade tensions between Brussels and Washington.
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Outraged reactions in France as Germany’s CDU disavows Strasbourg

Thu, 2019-03-14 15:38
The president of Germany's ruling CDU party considers the European Parliament's presence in Strasbourg to be an “anachronism”. France has other ideas. EURACTIV France reports.
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NATO assessing Huawei security risk, Stoltenberg says

Thu, 2019-03-14 14:00
NATO is aware of the potential "security implications" of Chinese 5G infrastructure and is currently conducting an assessment of associated risks, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday (14 March).
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