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US officials to visit Britain, pushing for Huawei 5G ban

Mon, 2020-01-13 07:53
A delegation of US officials will arrive in Britain on Monday (13 January) to try to persuade Britain not to use Huawei equipment in the upgrade of its telecoms network, two people with knowledge of the matter said on Sunday.
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Macron, Sahel leaders meet to boost anti-jihadist campaign

Mon, 2020-01-13 07:43
French President Emmanuel Macron will on Monday (13 January) host counterparts from five Sahel countries seeking more backing in the fight against a murderous jihadist uprising even as France's military role is being questioned.
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Malta’s new leader promises to keep strengthening rule of law

Mon, 2020-01-13 07:31
Malta's incoming leader Robert Abela promised to strengthen the rule of law and said the country would emerge stronger after recent events, in an address on Sunday (12 January) a day before he is due to succeed Joseph Muscat as prime minister.
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Iranian protesters demand that leaders quit over airline disaster ‘lies’

Mon, 2020-01-13 07:27
Protests erupted across Iran for a second day on Sunday (12 January), increasing pressure on the Islamic Republic’s leadership after it admitted its military shot down a Ukrainian airliner by accident, despite days of denials that Iranian forces were to blame.
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New diesel cars exceed particle limits, tests show

Mon, 2020-01-13 07:16
New diesel vehicles are exceeding the limit for particle emissions, European campaign group Transport and Environment (T&E) said on Monday (13 January), calling on EU lawmakers to make emissions testing and regulations stricter.
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Croatia president blames poll defeat on sexism, ‘fake news’

Mon, 2020-01-13 06:55
Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović on Saturday (11 January) blamed sexism and "fake news" for her defeat in elections last week, as well as a rival who split the right-wing electorate she was counting on.
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EU willing to maintain Iran nuclear deal, risking rift with the US

Sat, 2020-01-11 09:30
With the prospects of a potential US-Iran war fading, EU foreign minister during an emergency session on Friday (10 January), said they are willing to maintain the Iran nuclear deal as long as Tehran fulfils its commitments in order to achieve it.
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Agri-food exports to US spike ahead of tariffs storm

Sat, 2020-01-11 08:53
The last monthly update on agri-food trade with data until October 2019 confirmed a favourable trend of EU food exports to the US ahead of punitive tariffs promised by the Trump administration.
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European Parliament strip jailed Catalan MEP of seat

Sat, 2020-01-11 08:18
The European Parliament declared Friday (10 January) that jailed Catalan separatist Oriol Junqueras is no longer an MEP, stripping him of the immunity his supporters hoped would see him freed.
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Former Commission officials top new Spanish government

Fri, 2020-01-10 16:58
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez appointed former European Commission spokesperson Arancha González as his new foreign affairs minister, while Nadia Calviño, who used to be a director-general in the EU executive, will become vice-president for economy, and former EU official Luis Planas will stay on as agriculture minister.
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The Brief, powered by MPE – Americans are bad… but not when it comes to crises

Fri, 2020-01-10 16:32
Europe has always praised its soft power skills in doing international politics and criticised Washington’s harsh, interest-driven, 'cowboy' approach. But when a problem appears at home, Europeans invariably ask Americans to intervene.
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Von der Leyen fails to convince that her Commission is ‘geopolitical’

Fri, 2020-01-10 13:48
New European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was put on the spot during her visit to Zagreb on Friday (10 January). Asked how she would prove that her Commission is ‘geopolitical’, given the EU's weak response to growing challenges in the region, von der Leyen failed to provide convincing answers.
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Could Germany impose a tax on meat?

Fri, 2020-01-10 13:27
Shortly before Germany launches its "green week", Lower Saxony's conservative agriculture minister, Barbara Otte-Kinast (CDU), raised the issue of introducing a meat tax, again, which is something animal welfare activists have been demanding for years. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Minister arrested following investigative report by EURACTIV Bulgaria

Fri, 2020-01-10 10:57
Bulgaria's minister for environment and water resources, Neno Dimov, was placed in 24-hour custody, the office of the Prosecutor General said on Thursday (9 January). The development took place after an investigative report by EURACTIV Bulgaria exposed mismanagement that left the city of Pernik without drinking water.
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Germany’s plans for automatic facial recognition meet fierce criticism

Fri, 2020-01-10 10:52
Germany's Interior Minister Horst Seehofer plans to use automatic facial recognition at 134 railway stations and 14 airports, according to a news report published on 3 January. Although official confirmation of the plan is still missing, an alliance between civil society and politicians has called for the banning of this surveillance technology. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Road transport in the EU ETS: A high-risk, low-reward strategy

Fri, 2020-01-10 09:59
The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is not a good instrument to cut road transport emissions because it will raise petrol prices and fuel popular discontent, as seen in the past with the ‘Gilets Jaunes’ protests, writes William Todts. Road emissions...
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Portugal to approve first surplus budget since return to democracy

Fri, 2020-01-10 08:47
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out about Portugal's historic approval of a budget with a surplus, Orban's corruption in France, Greece's stance on 5G, Viktor Orban's worship of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, and so much more.
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SARAJEVO – Dodik again on RS-Serbia integration

Fri, 2020-01-10 08:45
Milorad Dodik, a Serbian member of BiH’s presidency, said the future of BiH’s Serb entity of Republika Srpska (RS) was in “integration with Serbia” and that nothing would stop this process. Dodik said those words at an event marking the...
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WARSAW – Out of Iraq?

Fri, 2020-01-10 08:43
With events in Iraq following the US strike that killed Iranian top general Soleimani prompting calls for ‘restraint and de-escalation’, Poland appears undecided on whether to withdraw its troops from the country. With President Andrzej Duda ignoring the opposition’s plea...
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BUDAPEST – Orbán will leave the EPP if it doesn’t change

Fri, 2020-01-10 08:42
“We are interested in the future EPP” but will leave the political family if it “is unable to change,” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told an international press conference.  “I want to be as young as Donald Trump”. UK Prime Minister...
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