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MEPs and Commission headed for showdown over international phone call rates in the EU

Fri, 2018-04-20 19:24
The European Parliament is holding its ground on its controversial proposal to lower the costs of international phone calls within the EU, one week before a make-or-break round of negotiations on a sweeping telecoms bill.
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The Brief – Climate dominoes

Fri, 2018-04-20 16:53
The EU wants to prove that its climate action credentials are genuine, which means being top of the class in taking the Paris Agreement seriously. That could all hinge on a series of meetings scheduled for next month. So no pressure then…
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Official: EU will not fund Turkish plan to settle refugees in Afrin

Fri, 2018-04-20 16:26
Following indications that Turkey would like to bring Syrian refugees to the area of Afrin, which it has controlled since the ‘Olive Branch’ incursion into northern Syria earlier this year, the EU made clear on Friday (20 April) that it would not be part of the game.
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Greenpeace: Risk management tools cannot solve ‘unsustainable’ CAP system

Fri, 2018-04-20 16:12
Public policies should not embrace risk management tools that cement the current ecological and economically unsustainable agri-food system, Greenpeace's food and agriculture director Marco Contiero told
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Hahn: Carrot for Albania and Macedonia, customs union for Turkey

Fri, 2018-04-20 15:03
With the Western Balkans accession talks underway, the EU’s enlargement policy is advancing. In the case of Turkey, however, there is a deadlock. In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn comments on the recent developments.
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Circular bio-economy supports growth and mitigates climate change impact

Fri, 2018-04-20 13:31
A European strategy for bio-economy should take the structural differences of different member states into account while also promoting and reinforcing a common vision for the sector, write Carina Håkansson and Mårten Larsson.
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All quiet in the West while the East is advancing, study shows

Fri, 2018-04-20 13:00
Statistically, the economic gap between European regions is narrowing. Nevertheless, the abandoned regions remain left behind - and in Western Europe there is stagnation. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Lavrov: After the Western attack, nothing stops us from sending S-300 to Syria

Fri, 2018-04-20 11:58
US military strikes on Syria last week removed any moral obligation Russia had to withhold S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems from its ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today (20 April) , according to RIA state news agency.
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Trans-Europe Express – Macron: A hero yet to prove his mettle

Fri, 2018-04-20 11:58
A strange and boring lunch, hosted by Antonio Tajani, took place on the 7th floor of the European Parliament on Tuesday (17 April), when Emmanuel Macron came to Strasbourg to charm MEPs with his visions of Europe.
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Council and Parliament agree on simplification of EU funds

Fri, 2018-04-20 11:48
Rules on the so-called Omnibus regulation on EU financial rules, including Cohesion policy, will be simplified, whether they are managed by the Commission, by various organisations and bodies, or jointly with national authorities. The European Parliament is now expected to...
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Greens call on EU governments to stay away from Russia World Cup

Fri, 2018-04-20 11:40
Rebecca Harms, an expert on Eastern Europe of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, has initiated an open letter calling on EU governments to stay away from the FIFA World Cup taking place in Russia in June 2018.
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Basque separatist group ETA acknowledges harm caused, apologises to victims

Fri, 2018-04-20 10:43
Basque separatist group ETA acknowledge on Friday (20 April) the harm it had caused, saying it was directly responsible for the suffering of the Basque people and apologised to the victims. EURACTIV’s partner efe-epa reports from San Sebastian, Spain.
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Greece accepts Snam-led consortium’s offer for gas grid DESFA

Fri, 2018-04-20 10:10
Greece has accepted a €535 million offer from a consortium led by Italy's Snam for a majority stake in gas grid operator DESFA, naming it the "preferred investor", its privatisation agency said on Thursday (19 April).
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Energy transition: EU unity’s missing jigsaw piece?

Fri, 2018-04-20 10:07
Decarbonising Europe’s economy and meeting the targets of the Paris Agreement are among the EU’s main priorities. Depending on the level of ambition and the course the EU energy policy ship takes, the result could be either a more united or divided continent.
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EU parliament demands independent probe into Slovak reporter’s murder

Fri, 2018-04-20 09:57
The European Parliament called Thursday (19 April) on Slovakia to ensure a full and independent investigation into the murder of an investigative reporter while demanding better protections for all journalists in the EU.
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How Europe can regain industrial championship in clean mobility

Fri, 2018-04-20 09:01
Chinese manufacturers have built an impressive production network in Europe and are winning pure electric car and bus tenders in cities like Turin, Amsterdam and London. In Europe, the Clean Vehicles Directive can help make up for the time lost, argues Claude Turmes.
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Turkish ambassador: EU should cooperate in bringing Syrian refugees to Afrin

Fri, 2018-04-20 07:57
At the Varna summit, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told his interlocutors that the EU should cooperate in Syria in terms of helping Syrian refugees to go back to their homes, Turkish ambassador to the EU Faruk Kaymakcı told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
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Merkel urges ‘compromise’ on eurozone reform

Fri, 2018-04-20 07:50
Germany's Angela Merkel called for a spirit of "compromise" on reforming the euro zone at a meeting on Thursday (19 April) with French President Emmanuel Macron, who pressed for "solidarity" among members of the currency union.
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Tweets of the Week: Selmayr, Macron, Syria, and Facebook

Fri, 2018-04-20 07:00
In the end Selmayr’s not told to take a hike, Macron’s speech causes excitement spike, MEPs debate Syria strike, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg can’t even get a like.
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Ansip surprises with proposal to step up work with US on cybersecurity

Fri, 2018-04-20 06:57
The European Commission surprised tech policy observers this week when it suggested to amp up transatlantic cooperation on cybersecurity, just as Europe’s relations with the US are under strain following the Facebook data leakage scandal.
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