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Brexit is ‘the ultimate test case of Europeanisation’

Fri, 2019-01-18 17:37
Brexit may have paralysed and, in equal measures, humiliated Britain’s government, parliament and political parties, but Anand Menon, director of an influential UK think tank, is fascinated by the impact of this "unique experiment" on the country’s politics.
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The Brief – The future is theirs… unless we destroy it first

Fri, 2019-01-18 16:59
Belgian school students feel abandoned by their politicians so they have started a weekly strike for the climate. Their protests pose a major question about how young people are represented in politics ahead of the EU elections in May.
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Electric bikes still face uphill ride in EU as China tariffs take effect

Fri, 2019-01-18 16:52
EU rules are doing a lot to promote the use of electric vehicles but tax reform proposals and motor insurance requirements risk undercutting a growing market for electric bicycles.
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Commission to revoke British .eu domains after Brexit

Fri, 2019-01-18 16:47
The European Commission plans to revoke all .eu domain name registrations belonging to British registrars after the UK's withdrawal from the European Union, EURACTIV has learnt.
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EU gets ready to retaliate if US adopts fresh car tariffs

Fri, 2019-01-18 16:33
The European Commission adopted on Friday (18 January) negotiating mandates to eliminate tariffs in all industrial goods, including cars, with the US, but also warned that the preparations to retaliate are “very well advanced” if Washington decides to slap fresh duties on European automobiles.
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Italy’s black MEP victim of repeated racist jibes fears ‘institutional’ racism

Fri, 2019-01-18 16:03
Politics consistently keeps overlooking racial issues and this may lead to 'institutional' racism, a former Italian minister and current socialist MEP, who has been the victim of racial abuse, told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
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Will UK hold EU elections if Article 50 is extended? EU institutions differ

Fri, 2019-01-18 15:42
The European Commission indicated on Friday (18 January) that Britons would need to choose their representatives to the next European Parliament if the country were to stay in the European Union beyond the first sitting of the new assembly on 2 July.
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Sefcovic confirms run at Slovak presidency

Fri, 2019-01-18 15:34
European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič will take an unpaid leave of absence to run in Slovakia’s presidential elections in May, he confirmed in Bratislava on Friday (18 January).
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Palm oil no longer considered ‘biofuel’ in France

Fri, 2019-01-18 13:33
In a rare revolt against the government, the French National Assembly has passed a bill explicitly saying palm oil "is not a biofuel" and won't be eligible for tax breaks as of 1 January 2020. In Europe, a deforestation roadmap is expected in the coming weeks. EURACTIV France reports.  
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EU elections watch: News and views

Fri, 2019-01-18 12:00
With fewer than six months left until the EU elections in May, stay tuned to our ticker for all the latest developments and rumours surrounding the candidates and parties.
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Trans-Europe Express – Feminism at the heart of the European Parliament

Fri, 2019-01-18 11:53
This week the European Parliament called for a more gender-balanced chamber, as Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez defended feminism as one of the core values of the EU.
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Tweets of the Week: Meaningful vote, Adamowicz, and the eurozone turns 20

Fri, 2019-01-18 11:45
This week, Theresa May thrashed by her peers, mayor’s murder brings Gdansk to tears and the Euro celebrates 20 years. This episode is supported by ACCA.
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Time is running out for biofuels sustainability criteria

Fri, 2019-01-18 10:56
The European Commission’s Directorate-General (DG) of Energy will only give two days to other DGs to express their opinion about its much-awaited proposal on the sustainability criteria of biofuels, which will determine the future of palm oil in Europe.
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Copyright directive faces tough test as EU ambassadors meet

Fri, 2019-01-18 10:06
EU ambassadors convene on Friday morning (18 January) to try and reach a provisional deal on the controversial copyright directive ahead of final "trialogue" talks next Monday (21 January). Meanwhile, lobbyists in Brussels ramp up their opposition against the bill.
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Russian MPs prolong payments freeze to Council of Europe

Fri, 2019-01-18 09:02
Russia's parliament voted Thursday (17 January) against sending delegates or paying contributions to the Council of Europe, increasing the risk of ultimate exclusion from the rights body and the European Court of Human Rights.
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EU slams ‘disproportionate’ use of force in Zimbabwe

Fri, 2019-01-18 08:53
The EU on Thursday (17 January) decried the disproportionate use of force by Zimbabwe authorities during protests in which doctors say 68 people suffered gunshot wounds.
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Putin calls for ‘stable Balkans’ during Serbia visit

Fri, 2019-01-18 08:36
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday (17 January) called for stability in the Balkans during a pageantry-filled visit to Serbia, a key Moscow ally.
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French wind energy ‘in limbo’ for more than a year

Fri, 2019-01-18 08:36
Not a single wind energy project has been approved in France since December 2017, an embarrassing fact for Paris as it tries to position itself as a champion of climate action in Europe.
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Europe urged to bolster defences against climate, cyber risks

Fri, 2019-01-18 08:31
Nations across the globe should step up preparations against global risks such as climate change and cyber attacks, EU officials say, as these areas remain the most pressing for global experts surveyed ahead of this year's World Economic Forum (WEF) taking place in Davos next week.
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Parliament seeks financial punishment for countries breaching rule of law

Fri, 2019-01-18 08:13
European Union countries that undermine the bloc's democratic principles could lose EU funds, under a draft law backed by the European Parliament on Thursday (17 January).
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