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The Brief – Don’t ‘protect’ the EU way of life. Improve it!

Thu, 2019-09-12 16:51
When European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen announced the portfolios of the new EU executive this week, one could have expected reactions related to hot potatoes such as energy or economy. Instead, something unexpected took the spotlight.
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Poland and Germany call for swift negotiations to conclude EU budget

Thu, 2019-09-12 16:19
Germany and Poland are pressing for EU budget negotiations to be concluded as quickly as possible. For Poland, the primary beneficiary of the EU's cohesion policy, there is a great deal at stake. Germany hopes the negotiations will finish before it takes over the EU presidency next July. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Kazakh, Chinese leaders agree to develop long-term strategic partnership [Promoted content]

Thu, 2019-09-12 16:00
Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed during a Sept. 11 meeting in Beijing to “develop a long-term, strategic and comprehensive partnership,” reports the Akorda.
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Irish backstop must be part of Brexit deal, says EU parliament chief

Thu, 2019-09-12 15:08
There will be no Brexit deal without an Irish backstop, European Parliament President David Sassoli said on Thursday (12 September). However, the EU is willing to revive a proposal that would keep only Northern Ireland in the bloc’s orbit to...
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Digital Brief: Another Brexit data scandal?

Thu, 2019-09-12 13:55
Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “This centralised harvesting of citizen’s data is very suspicious…” Tom Watson, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Wednesday...
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All signs point towards recession in Germany

Thu, 2019-09-12 13:06
The ifo Institute for Economic Research has lowered its forecast for Germany's economic growth for 2019 and 2020. Instead of the previously predicted 0.6%, the institute now expects a 0.5% growth rate for 2019. A potential hard Brexit and escalation of trade wars with the US were not taken into account. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Altmaier’s cloud initiative and the pursuit of European digital sovereignty

Thu, 2019-09-12 12:52
In October, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier is set to reveal more detailed plans for the establishment of a  landmark European Cloud initiative known as 'Gaia-X.'
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Kazakhstan seeks high-tech, agricultural cooperation with China, says Tokayev during Beijing Business Council meeting [Promoted content]

Thu, 2019-09-12 12:00
Kazakhstan will develop its high-tech sector and elements of Industry 4.0 to increase the degree to which its economy is based on innovation and new technologies, Kazakh President said during the Kazakhstan-China Business Council in Beijing.
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What else does Merkel want?

Thu, 2019-09-12 11:54
Following German Chancellor Angela Merkel's appearance in the Bundestag debate on Wednesday (11 September), it seems clear that she will not change. And this is not such a bad thing. EURACTIV's partner der Tagesspiegel comments.
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First ‘millennial’ Commissioner to address challenges for Generation Z

Thu, 2019-09-12 11:48
Putting the youngest ever Commissioner-designate in charge of managing the most fearful threats for future generations of Europeans, such as environment protection and oceans' conservation, is the biggest gamble Ursula von der Leyen took in composing her team.
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Croatia takes preventive action to keep African swine fever away

Thu, 2019-09-12 11:35
The Croatian ministry of agriculture has announced new preventive measures which all farms must adopt in order to prevent the occurrence of the African swine fever (ASF) in the country. EURACTIV Croatia reports.
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The Netherlands mulls end to used cooking oil double-counting

Thu, 2019-09-12 11:27
An analysis of the “weak” points of the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), combined with the results of an ongoing criminal investigation, will determine whether it is possible to end double-counting of used cooking oil (UCO) in energy used in transport, a Dutch spokesperson told EURACTIV.com.
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Italy’s Conte proposes a ‘pact’ to start honeymoon with Commission

Thu, 2019-09-12 10:20
Freshly re-appointed as Italy's prime minister, Giuseppe Conte has meaningfully chosen Brussels and the EU institutions for his first official visit, aiming to laid down weapons and start a new give-and-take relation with the European Commission.
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A European ‘Mare Nostrum’ instead of Operation Sophia 2.0

Thu, 2019-09-12 08:54
An EU mission within the framework of the Common Security and Defence Policy is not the adequate instrument for controversial domestic issues such as migration, writes Tobias Pietz.
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EU farmers urge new Commission to lift barriers for innovative tools

Thu, 2019-09-12 08:52
The European Commission is in an important position to enable EU farmers to use modern technologies in the fight against climate change, Pekka Pesonen, Secretary-General of the EU farmers and cooperatives' association (Copa-Cogeca), told EURACTIV.com.
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Europe needs to ‘prioritise investments’ in cloud, EU digital chief says

Thu, 2019-09-12 08:49
Europe's global standing in the cloud infrastructure market has long come under scrutiny for a lack of investment and presence compared with global players. EURACTIV has caught up with DG Connect's Roberto Viola to analyse the importance of the EU's data economy and examine how Europe can achieve a greater level of independence in its cloud services.
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Von der Leyen’s Commission: More presidentialist, more parliamentarian

Thu, 2019-09-12 08:48
The College put forward by Ursula von der Leyen builds on lessons learned from the sometimes negative experience of the Juncker Commission, writes Robert Stüwe.
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The seven-point recipe to improve EU’s messy fiscal rules

Thu, 2019-09-12 08:48
The European Fiscal Board has recommended major reform of the Stability and Growth Pact in order to simplify the EU’s spending rules and favour productive investment in the era of low-interest rates.
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Forest protection likely to be new priority for EU Parliament

Thu, 2019-09-12 08:47
Large areas of forest are being cleared worldwide for the agricultural industry. Although the EU requires its contracting partners to protect the environment,  it lacks the means for enforcement. Environmentalists and the European Parliament see an urgent need for action. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Paris asks for explanation about Schinas’s ‘questionable’ portfolio

Thu, 2019-09-12 08:39
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. /// PARIS    The Commission’s new name for the migration portfolio “Protecting our European Way of Life”, which...
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