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New France-UK cooperation plan to tackle illegal Channel crossings

Tue, 2019-01-08 16:07
France and the United Kingdom are trying to stem the number of illegal crossings made by migrants across the Channel, with a new cooperation plan to be announced in the coming weeks. EURACTIV France reports.
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Poland gets a pass as Romanian presidency struggles with rule of law approach

Tue, 2019-01-08 15:56
EU affairs ministers met in Brussels on Tuesday (8 January) for the first meeting of 2019 under the helm of the Romanian presidency. Rule of law matters, highly prominent in previous sessions, were off the agenda for the first time.
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Freedom of expression in Croatia under assault over ‘mental anguish’

Tue, 2019-01-08 15:54
Croatian media will remember 2018 for a very high number of often bizarre court convictions for libel in favour of state officials. It appears that 2019 will not be any better. EURACTIV Croatia reports.
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EU puzzled by downgrade of its ambassador to Washington

Tue, 2019-01-08 15:29
The EU is currently discussing “possible implications” of a change in the diplomatic protocol in the US, which resulted in the Union having been downgraded in the precedence list to the level of an international organisation, together with the African Union.
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EU ready to offer UK airlines extra time in case of no-deal Brexit

Tue, 2019-01-08 14:20
The EU would not immediately ground intra-EU flights operated by British airlines after 29 March in case the UK nosedives out of the bloc with no deal, as it could offer air carriers extra time to reach a majority of EU ownership to maintain their operating licences.
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Bulgarian truck drivers to protest in Brussels against mobility package

Tue, 2019-01-08 13:56
Bulgaria's transport minister has claimed that Central and Western European countries want to push out Bulgarian transport businesses, demanding changes to a new package of EU rules that his government says will hurt the country's economy. EURACTIV’s partner Dnevnik reports.
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Italian minister Di Maio shows support for French ‘yellow vests’

Tue, 2019-01-08 10:44
Luigi Di Maio, the Italian deputy prime minister and leader of the 5-Star Movement (M5S), likened the French ‘yellow vests’ to his own political movement. Moreover, he openly criticised the French government. EURACTIV France reports.
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EU looks at help for May, but will not rework Brexit deal

Tue, 2019-01-08 08:17
The European Union is considering ways to help Prime Minister Theresa May convince the British parliament to back the Brexit treaty she agreed with EU leaders last month but ruled out on Monday (8 January) any change to the deal.
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Malmström visits Washington as potential tariffs on cars overshadow trade talks

Tue, 2019-01-08 07:56
EU Commissioner for trade Cecilia Malmström travels to Washington on Tuesday (8 January) for a new round of trade talks with US officials, as potential tariffs on cars hold on European industry’s head.
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Latvia hopes third time’s the charm with new PM pick

Tue, 2019-01-08 07:54
Latvia’s president nominated a current MEP as prime minister on Monday (7 January), after two other picks failed to form a government after elections held in October.
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Plovidiv and Matera: 2019 European Capitals of Culture

Tue, 2019-01-08 07:54
European Capitals of Culture have been chosen for the past 33 years. Typically, two cities share this title for the period of a year and in 2019 they will be in Bulgaria and Italy. EURACTIV Germany reports
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Austria in starting blocks for European elections campaign

Tue, 2019-01-08 07:52
The European elections campaign began just one day after the end of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with a special guest. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Poland to increase number of lobbyists in Brussels

Tue, 2019-01-08 07:48
Warsaw announced to create a lobbying centre for Polish entrepreneurs in Brussels to help them exert a greater influence on EU legislation. EURACTIV Poland reports.
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Pressure mounts on DR Congo over election outcome

Tue, 2019-01-08 07:36
Public and diplomatic pressure mounted Monday (8 January) on the Democratic Republic of Congo to announce the outcome of 30 December elections to replace long-term leader Joseph Kabila.
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Greece gives investors another week for coal plant bids

Tue, 2019-01-08 07:25
Greece has given investors another week to 15 January to submit binding bids for three coal-fired power plants and a licence to build another one, a senior energy ministry official told Reuters on Monday (7 January).
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A new Horizon for Europe’s Media, Cultural and Creative industries

Mon, 2019-01-07 16:46
Media and the Cultural and Creative Industries are underrepresented in policies and actions aimed at promoting research and innovation in the EU. Luciano Morganti and Heritiana Ranaivoson present their reflections and recommendations for the future of these sectors.
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The Brief, powered by Metal Packaging Europe – Just like Blade Runner, it always rains

Mon, 2019-01-07 16:41
Killer robots, sex robots, huge video ad panels and flying cars. The world may well be closer to looking like the dark melting pot Blade Runner imagined for this 2019, aside from intergalactic battles and constant rain. But this year we won’t be worried about robots going rogue, at least for now, but who will become their almighty master.
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Former Greek PM teases fresh bailout, Commission says Greece is ‘secured’

Mon, 2019-01-07 16:14
Greece’s position at the heart of the eurozone and the European Union is "secured", according to the European Commission, following remarks made by a former Greek prime minister who claimed the country will soon seek fresh EU aid.
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Biogas in Germany: Maintaining momentum

Mon, 2019-01-07 13:38
With the European Parliament backing a net zero emissions target for 2050, EU member states will need to further develop their biogas markets to continue to reduce emissions from waste, energy, and transport, write Benjamin Budde and David Newman.
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German MEP: Politicians should trust EFSA, set aside their personal views

Mon, 2019-01-07 12:34
EU politicians should show trust in the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and put their personal opinions on food safety assessments on hold, centre-right MEP Peter Jahn told EURACTIV Germany in an interview.
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