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The Brief, powered by BP – Ursula’s wheel of fortune

Mon, 2019-07-15 16:43
When the crunch time comes in Strasbourg tomorrow (16 July), what exactly will be the key factor in deciding Ursula von der Leyen's fate? Other than the fact that voting is secret and each MEP is free to do whatever they want.
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Polish FM: Council was right to kill federalist Spitzenkandidaten

Mon, 2019-07-15 16:31
In the game of thrones for the EU’s top job, it was right to distance from the federalist goal of choosing Spitzenkandidaten and instead return to the intergovernmental concept of deciding in the European Council, Polish foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz told...
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The case of babies without arms remains a mystery for France

Mon, 2019-07-15 16:24
On Friday (12 July), French authorities published their first report on children born without arms in rural areas of three specific French departments. Although this congenital disability, termed transverse agenesis of the upper limb, is well described, its causes remain unknown. EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'environnement reports.
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Von der Leyen spells out concessions to groups ahead of crunch vote

Mon, 2019-07-15 16:05
Putting carbon neutrality into law during first 100 days, a new “Just Transition Fund” or the nomination of two executive vice-presidents are some of the concessions listed by European Commission President nominee Ursula von der Leyen, according to the letters seen by Euractiv.
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Von der Leyen’s nomination is a betrayal of democracy

Mon, 2019-07-15 15:03
Ursula von der Leyen may be a relatively unknown name in Europe but we Germans are familiar with her work, most recently as the country’s Defence Minister, writes Martin Schirdewan.
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EU agriculture chief slams ‘misinformation’ on Mercosur trade deal

Mon, 2019-07-15 14:20
There's a lot of misinformation and misplaced facts which have distorted the debate about the recently concluded Mercosur trade deal, EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has said.
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German development minister: To protect the Amazon rainforest, greater commitment is needed

Mon, 2019-07-15 14:19
In an interview with EURACTIV's media partner Deutsche Welle, Germany's Economic Cooperation and Development Minister Gerd Müller spoke about his trip to Brazil and Germany's role in stopping the Amazon rainforest' continued deforestation.
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Will the government of Andrej Babiš survive again?

Mon, 2019-07-15 14:18
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš survived a no-confidence vote on 27 June, but his coalition government is torn by internal strife and appears to be nearer the end than at any point in its past 12 months in office.
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Georgian government dismisses pro-Russia bias claims

Mon, 2019-07-15 13:38
A leading opposition politician has accused the Georgian government of pro-Russian bias, tacitly condoned by the EU, but representatives of the ruling party, as well as diplomats, insist there is a consensus on big geopolitical matters and the entire country is pro-Western.
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MEP: Green agriculture movement in Germany is growing fast

Mon, 2019-07-15 13:21
In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, Greens/EFA’s spokesperson in the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and member of the Environment Committee Martin Häusling spoke about the potential influence Germany could have on the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
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OECD calls on members to speed up reforms, focus on innovation

Mon, 2019-07-15 13:09
In its annual growth report, the OECD painted a gloomy picture: rising inequalities, slowing growth and strong headwinds for the global market economy, notably because of trade wars. EURACTIV Germany summarised the OECD's recommendations for Europe.
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EU co-finances new arch for Chernobyl

Mon, 2019-07-15 12:27
Reactor 4 of the Ukrainian Chernobyl nuclear power plant has been covered with a new arch and is the largest mobile structure ever built by humans. This time, it has been co-financed by the EU. EURACTIV's media partner Euroefe reports.
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Ursula von der Leyen: Parliament vote puts EU politics to the test

Mon, 2019-07-15 08:54
The Capitals brings you the latest news from across Europe, through on-the-ground reporting by EURACTIV’s media network.
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Bulgarian EPP deputy: Don’t take vote for Ursula von der Leyen for granted

Mon, 2019-07-15 08:54
Part of the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) has serious doubts about Ursula von der Leyen’s nomination for President of the European Commission and may not support her, Bulgarian MEP Radan Kanev told news website EUelectionsBulgaria.com.
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EPP set to lose influence in von der Leyen Commission

Mon, 2019-07-15 08:24
If Ursula von der Leyen is approved as European Commission president this week, her own centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) may actually lose influence in the next EU executive, given the political affiliation of the candidates likely to form the bulk of her senior staff.
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Rome prepares to ship its rubbish across Europe, raising environmental concerns

Mon, 2019-07-15 08:20
The exit strategy from Rome’s current garbage crisis involves re-routing thousands of tonnes of junk to Sweden and other EU countries, with a huge financial and environmental cost in terms of CO2 emissions.
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Macron announces launch of French space force

Mon, 2019-07-15 08:13
French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday (13 July) said that France’s air force will set up a space command centre and be renamed the Air and Space force, to better protect outer space interests.
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Mogherini cautions against ‘dangerous adventures’ in the Middle East

Mon, 2019-07-15 08:12
The European Union fully backs Iraq's efforts to de-escalate growing tensions between the United States and Iran because conflict will have dire consequences for all sides, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Saturday (13 July).
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Emission-busting aviation taxes gain ground, despite airline pushback

Mon, 2019-07-15 08:08
Ryanair in April became the first airline to be included among Europe’s top ten polluters, with some calling the airline company ‘the new coal’ industry. Large economies like France and Germany have begun seeking impact-reducing alternatives to air travel by imposing new taxes.
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Turkish Cypriot leader proposes joint energy committee

Mon, 2019-07-15 07:49
Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı on Saturday (13 July) proposed creating a joint committee across the divided Mediterranean island, to address tensions over offshore energy reserves.
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