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Polish PM Morawiecki to meet Juncker over dinner for the first time

Tue, 2018-01-09 16:36
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will meet Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for the first time in Brussels on Tuesday (9 January). The rule of law in Poland will be one of the main topics to be discussed during the working dinner, in which Vice-President Frans Timmermans will also take part. EURACTIV Poland reports.
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Financial instruments: A paradigm shift in the next EU budget

Tue, 2018-01-09 16:26
The (much) higher use of loans and guarantees foreseen in the MFF post-2020 will produce significant changes in the management model of EU funding, and could even herald a structural evolution in the European project as a whole, write Francesco Molica and Nikos Lampropoulos.
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Wave of murders darkens the start of Bulgaria’s EU presidency

Tue, 2018-01-09 15:31
Three grave crimes have cast a shadow over the start of the Bulgarian EU presidency and have highlighted the enormous deficiencies in the country's law enforcement, dating back to before it became a member of the EU.
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Food and drink industry calls for ‘functioning’ single market, Brexit certainty

Tue, 2018-01-09 14:51
Europe’s food and drink industry relies heavily on the EU single market to underpin its steady growth rate, but it has warned that Brexit poses a real threat to the future of many businesses.
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German coalition talks: ‘Speed-dating’ for old partners

Tue, 2018-01-09 13:57
Five days have been scheduled for exploratory talks between the CDU, CSU and SPD to negotiate the formation of a new German government. In case there is a common declaration at the end of the negotiation marathon, it nevertheless is still unclear, if the parties will agree to form a government coalition. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Bosnian Serb leader says independence ‘legitimate goal’

Tue, 2018-01-09 13:40
The leader of Bosnia's Serbs said Tuesday that they were moving towards the "highest possible" level of independence, which he said was a legitimate political goal in a country deeply divided since its 1990s war.
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US Ambassador: UK’s role in NATO unaffected by Brexit vote

Tue, 2018-01-09 12:48
The United Kingdom will remain one of the most important US allies in NATO and Brexit will have no impact on the alliance, US Ambassador to Athens Geoffrey R. Pyatt told EURACTIV Greece’s media partner European Business Review in an interview.
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Norway only liable for emissions produced within borders, court rules

Tue, 2018-01-09 11:18
Environmental groups have failed in their bid to prevent Norway from issuing exploration licences in the Barents Sea. A court did not agree that the decision breaches the Norwegian constitution, insisting it only applies to emissions produced within the country's borders. EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’environnement reports.
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German coalition negotiators agree to scrap 2020 climate target

Tue, 2018-01-09 07:46
Germany's would-be coalition partners have agreed to drop plans to lower carbon dioxide emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2020, sources familiar with negotiations said on Monday (8 January) – a potential embarrassment for Chancellor Angela Merkel.
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For the UK’s post-Brexit economy, no deal is the worst deal

Tue, 2018-01-09 07:35

As UK Prime Minister Theresa May teases the prospect of appointing a minister for a ‘no deal’ scenario during her cabinet reshuffle, Charles Rie and Marco Hafner outline the potential risks of Britain leaving the EU without an exit agreement.

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Hungary and Poland defend larger European budget

Tue, 2018-01-09 07:18
The Hungarian and Polish governments expressed on Monday (8 January) their readiness to contribute with more money to the EU’s multi-annual financial framework after the UK exits the EU in 2019.
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EU raises concerns with Myanmar’s Suu Kyi over detention of reporters

Tue, 2018-01-09 06:41
The European Union's envoy to Myanmar has raised concerns about the arrest of two Reuters journalists in a letter to the country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, describing the situation as "serious intimidation" and calling for their immediate release.
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European values will not defend themselves

Tue, 2018-01-09 06:37
It is usual for companies to hire hackers who identify weak spots which can bring down an organisation. By the same token, the European Union should give the Polish government a generous award for showing what makes the Union vulnerable, write Jan Jakub Chromiec and Adam Traczyk.
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Top businessman shot dead in Bulgaria

Tue, 2018-01-09 06:35
A top Bulgarian businessman was killed in broad daylight in the capital Sofia yesterday (8 January), police said, highlighting the country's persistent problem with organised crime only days after the country took over the EU presidency.
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Cheese is the beef as EU-Mexico trade talks resume

Tue, 2018-01-09 06:33
The EU and Mexico resumed talks Monday (8 January) aimed at sealing a new version of their 18-year-old trade deal, a project that has hit several snags – including the touchy issue of cheese.
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Why ‘sustainable forest management’ does not make wood a good climate alternative to fossil fuels

Tue, 2018-01-09 06:29
Net forest growth is now holding down the rate of climate change, making forests an invaluable “carbon sink”. Reducing this sink by cutting down more trees adds carbon to the air and makes climate change worse just like burning any other carbon-based fuel, write Tim Searchinger and Wolfgang Lucht.
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Energy and environment in 2018: A preview

Tue, 2018-01-09 06:27
2018 looks set to be a defining year for energy and environment policy in Europe, as important legislative files move towards becoming EU law.
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Trump could be interviewed within weeks in Russia probe

Tue, 2018-01-09 06:22
President Donald Trump could be interviewed within weeks as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, the Washington Post reported yesterday (8 January).
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Macron’s Beijing visit comes at complex time in EU-China relations

Tue, 2018-01-09 06:19
On 8 January, French President Macron visited China for the first time, seeking closer relations between China and Europe. Some believe it is meant to reposition France as Beijing’s pivot in Europe after Brexit. But the visit comes at a complex time of growing concerns vis-à-vis China’s influence on the continent, warns Harry Nedelcu.
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In 2018, expect the euro area economy to put on the brakes – but not for the reason you may think

Tue, 2018-01-09 06:18
The euro area economy has at last started to begin recovering convincingly from the past decade’s two recessions. But two big factors will moderate growth in 2018, writes Ilaria Maselli, citing the ageing workforce in Germany as being of particular concern.
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