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EURACTIV News - Tue, 2019-09-17 16:50
Not content with breaking the two parties that have dominated UK politics for almost a century, the Brexit behemoth has set its sights on the country’s famously unwritten constitution.
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EPP boss backs ‘European way of life’ job title

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2019-09-17 16:46
European People’s Party leader Manfred Weber lent his full support to the ‘Protecting the European Way of Life’ job title on Tuesday (17 September), insisting it is the best way to combat far-right narratives. The Bavarian politician told reporters: “is...
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Saudi attack will jolt oil markets out of ‘complacency’ over Gulf tensions – analysts

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2019-09-17 16:42
The price of oil has seemed relatively immune to heightened tensions in the Gulf, but this weekend’s attack on Saudi oil facilities means markets will now be more skittish.
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Apple says $14 bln EU tax order ‘defies reality and common sense’

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2019-09-17 15:56
Apple launched a legal challenge against Brussels in an EU top court on Tuesday (17 September), saying the European Union's 2016 order for the company to pay 13 billion euros in back taxes to Ireland "defies reality and common sense".
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CEU provost: Academic freedom is in crisis everywhere in Europe, not only in Hungary

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2019-09-17 14:55
It is the start of a new semester at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. But this year, many of its students are preparing to move to Vienna, where lectures will start in October. It's because CEU, a private US university founded by the Hungarian billionaire George Soros, has been kicked out of Hungary.
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Wealthy countries still failing on $100 billion climate finance pledge

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2019-09-17 14:12
In 2017, the most industrialised countries contributed a little above $70 billion to nations vulnerable to the effects of climate change. This number is far below the annual $100 billion pledged in 2009 for the following decade. EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'environnement reports.
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Ukraine under EU pressure to criminalise tobacco smuggling

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2019-09-17 13:54
The European Union is stepping up the pressure on Kyiv to take a firmer stance on tobacco smuggling and criminalise it in line with the country’s commitments under the terms of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, EURACTIV has learnt.
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Workers’ participation: What Europe needs to do for its workers [Promoted content]

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2019-09-17 12:00
The EU needs to do more to strengthen workers’ rights. Otherwise workers’ voice in Europe will be in jeopardy.
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Plumb potential, ECOFIN explores & Sinkevicius scoots

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2019-09-17 10:58
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Sánchez makes last call to avoid new Spanish elections

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2019-09-17 08:57
The Capitals brings you the latest news from across Europe, through on-the-ground reporting by EURACTIV’s media network. You can subscribe to the newsletter here. ***Correction: In yesterday’s edition of The Capitals, we wrote that Commission vice-presidents were questioned in 2014 by...
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Britain’s Supreme Court enters Brexit drama

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2019-09-17 08:54
The Brexit drama switches venues from Brussels to the UK Supreme Court on Tuesday (17 September) for hearings on Boris Johnson’s explosive decision to suspend parliament for over a month. The British prime minister’s first talks Monday with European Commission...
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Apple embarks on EU court battle over €13 billion tax bill

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2019-09-17 08:48
Apple embarks on an epic court battle with the EU on Tuesday (17 September), fighting the commission's landmark order that the iPhone-maker reimburse Ireland €13 billion ($14 billion) in back taxes.
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Europe launches last-ditch effort to avoid US tariffs

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2019-09-17 08:35
The European Commission has dangled the prospect of limiting its public subsidies to the US administration in an attempt to avoid further tariffs from Washington that could come as early as next month in the context of the Airbus-Boeing dispute.
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EU industry chief hands over full docket to successor

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2019-09-17 08:32
Polish Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska will relinquish the reins of EU industrial policy to France's Sylvie Goulard on 31 October. Ahead of the changeover, she looked back on her time in office and discussed the challenges facing her successor, including her beefed-up portfolio.
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The attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq refinery and the realpolitik of oil

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2019-09-17 08:31
After a Saudi oil processing facility came under attack, attention turned on the immediate effect this could have on oil prices. But the worry should be more over the medium term than the short term, writes Robin Mills. Robin Mills...
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In Georgia, EU opens first European School outside the bloc’s borders

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2019-09-17 08:05
In line with EU aims to deepen relations with the Eastern Partnership countries, EU and Georgian officials on Monday (16 September) launched a European School in Tbilisi, the first educational institution of this kind launched beyond the bloc’s boundaries.
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Slovak PM Pellegrini seen surviving no-confidence vote

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2019-09-17 08:03
Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini should easily defeat a no-confidence vote on Tuesday (17 September), but his government is being increasingly damaged by revelations about the reach of the main suspect in the 2018 murder of a journalist into state offices.
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EU grills Hungary over rule of law concerns

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2019-09-17 07:45
EU affairs ministers grilled Hungary on Monday (16 September) over Prime Minister Viktor Orban's tightening of restrictions around free media, judges, academics, minorities and rights groups, which the bloc worries weakens democracy in the ex-communist country.
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Trump says he does not want war after attack on Saudi oil facilities

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2019-09-17 07:30
US President Donald Trump said on Monday (16 September) it looked like Iran was behind attacks on oil plants in Saudi Arabia but stressed he did not want to go to war, as the attacks sent oil prices soaring and raised fears of a new Middle East conflict.
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Paris promises: where the world’s biggest polluters stand

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2019-09-17 07:24
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has convened a major new climate summit on September 23 because the world's main polluters remain well behind their goals as laid out in the 2015 Paris Agreement.
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