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Air pollution legal action decision due in mid-March

Tue, 2018-02-13 16:15
The European Commission will decide next month whether to launch legal cases against nine member states that are accused of breaking air pollution action, after additional information was submitted at the eleventh hour.
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Germany’s energy and climate policy is taking shape

Tue, 2018-02-13 14:29
The coalition agreement between the German Conservatives and the Social Democrats outlines a relatively ambitious energy policy. EURACTIV’s partner Le Journal de l’environnement reports. On 7 February, German Conservative (CDU / CSU) and Social Democrat (SPD) leaders presented their thorough coalition contract. With some 179 pages, the document presents the priorities of the next coalition government and […]
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Scholz likely to succeed Schäuble as German finance minister

Tue, 2018-02-13 13:14
Unemotional, pragmatic and very, very self-confident: Hamburg's still-mayor could become a formative figure of the German grand coalition. EURACTIV Germany’s media partner WirtschaftsWoche reports.
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Does Europe want to ban palm oil? [Promoted content]

Tue, 2018-02-13 12:30
The European Parliament has voted to ban Palm Oil biofuels under the Renewable Energy Directive. There is one key question the Council of the European Union must now decide.
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Minister: Malaysia will retaliate against EU goods in case of palm oil ban

Tue, 2018-02-13 12:29
The European Parliament's decision to ban palm oil, Malaysia's biggest export item, is "drastic and discriminatory" and Kuala Lumpur is ready to retaliate with its own trade measures against Europe's products if the ban takes effect, Malaysia’s Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong told EURACTIV.com on Tuesday (12 February).
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Benefits of EU carbon market reform clouded by Brexit ‘uncertainty’

Tue, 2018-02-13 10:55
A recent vote in favour of reforming the EU's carbon market is a "strong signal" that energy-intensive businesses should accelerate decarbonisation processes, although the European Parliament's rapporteur on the reform has warned that Brexit will act as high-profile distraction. EURACTIV’s partner edie.net reports.
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Failed EU Commission advanced biofuel policy wastes billions of euros [Promoted content]

Tue, 2018-02-13 09:31
EU fuels policy relies on substantial advanced biofuel growth by 2030. The possibility of achieving this is remote. The tragedy of this policy is that it displaces the only fuel that has successfully reduced oil consumptions, conventional biofuels.
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German court rules Facebook use of personal data illegal

Tue, 2018-02-13 07:50
A German consumer rights group said on Monday (12 February) that a court had found Facebook's use of personal data to be illegal because the US social media platform did not adequately secure the informed consent of its users.
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EU bank approves financing for ‘Europe’s largest battery factory’

Tue, 2018-02-13 07:30
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved €52.5 million in financing for Swedish battery cell manufacturer Northvolt, a bank executive said on Monday (12 February), part of a European Union push to compete with Asian and US manufacturers.
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Reinvigorating Europe by investing in its people – vital role of EU budget

Tue, 2018-02-13 07:05
The EU has set itself an ambitious social agenda in the shape of the European Pillar of Social Rights, but the biggest test will be whether decision-makers will put their money where their mouths are by providing the necessary funds, writes Jana Hainsworth.
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Germany solidifies top ranking in EU wind power league

Tue, 2018-02-13 07:02
Germany installed 42% of the EU’s new wind power capacity in 2017, a year that saw the industry installing more supplies than any other form of energy across the European Union, according to fresh industry statistics published on Tuesday (13 February).
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EU warns Turkey over Cyprus ship incident

Tue, 2018-02-13 06:55
The European Union on Monday (13 February) called on Turkey to avoid threats and "refrain from any actions that might damage good neighbourly" ties after Cyprus accused the Turkish military of obstructing a ship exploring for gas.
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EU should ‘never humiliate’ UK in Brexit talks: France

Tue, 2018-02-13 06:50
The EU should not "humiliate" Britain in Brexit negotiations, a French government spokesman said Monday (12 February), warning such an approach would strengthen anti-EU sentiment in the run-up to European elections next year.
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EU warns charities after Oxfam sex scandal

Tue, 2018-02-13 06:30
The EU on Monday ordered Oxfam to explain itself over a 2011 prostitution scandal in Haiti, warning charities that the bloc would cut their funding if they breached ethical standards.
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Merkel, SPD face new criticism over German coalition deal

Mon, 2018-02-12 20:55
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leader of the Social Democrats (SPD) faced further criticism on Monday (12 February) from within their own parties over a new coalition deal that must still be approved by disgruntled SPD rank-and-file members.
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Cryptocurrencies facing “pricing bubble”, EU watchdogs warn

Mon, 2018-02-12 17:55
Virtual currencies such as bitcoin have shown clear signs of a pricing bubble and consumers could lose all their money, the European Union's banking, securities and insurance watchdogs said on Monday.
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The brief – Stand well back for the Brexit relaunch

Mon, 2018-02-12 16:56
Whitehall is not a cheerful place right now. Brexit overshadows every department. The collective sense is that Michel Barnier’s team have consistently outmanoeuvred David Davis and Theresa May, who drift without a plan.
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France unveils plans for 2022 goal

Mon, 2018-02-12 16:28
The French government recently unveiled a plan to reach its goal of allocating 0.55% of gross national income to development aid by 2022, but French development aid will only start increasing from 2020. EURACTIV.fr reports.
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Azerbaijan opposition vows to boycott snap presidential vote

Mon, 2018-02-12 15:13
Leaders of Azerbaijan's main opposition parties pledged on Monday (12 February) to boycott a snap presidential election which is expected to extend the autocratic rule of President Ilham Aliyev.
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Airbus-style EU battery alliance splits before take-off

Mon, 2018-02-12 15:02
Initially branded as an Airbus-style consortium, the European battery alliance is more likely to look like a network of smaller industrial and innovation clusters, according to the European Commission Vice-President in charge of the Energy Union, one of the main advocates of the project.
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