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Leak: Capitals seek to reform EU summits to cope with Trump era

Wed, 2019-07-31 16:04
EU countries are working on a review of their summits to improve their efficiency amid the challenges posed by Donald Trump, China and other foreign actors, according to official notes seen by
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Europe splits over IMF leadership

Wed, 2019-07-31 15:48
Divisions between the EU's geographical blocs are complicating the process of picking a European candidate to lead the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as the EU wants to agree on a nominee as soon as possible to retain the Fund’s chair.
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Mediterannean is Europe’s most waste-polluted sea, study says

Wed, 2019-07-31 12:27
The Mediterranean Sea is the most waste-polluted sea in Europe, according to a 20-year study conducted by the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer). EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'Environnement reports.
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Germany ‘very sceptical’ about US mission for Strait of Hormuz

Wed, 2019-07-31 11:57
Germany's Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Wednesday (31 July) he was very sceptical about a request by the United States to join a military mission for the Strait of Hormuz.
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Bad eating generates huge costs to society, experts warn

Wed, 2019-07-31 11:44
The EU should not lower the guard on non-communicable dietary-related diseases such as obesity and diabetes, as they have a relevant economic impact on citizens' daily life, according to food and nutrition experts.
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EU will not ban artificial turf pitches but could impose restrictions

Wed, 2019-07-31 11:33
The European Union will not ban artificial turf pitches, at least yet, but the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) is looking at alternatives, as this material is an important source of microplastics.
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France sees red over Trump wine tax threat, cheaper vintages seen worst hit

Wed, 2019-07-31 08:33
American lovers of fine French wine are likely to keep stocking their cellars and uncorking bottles despite US President Donald Trump's threat to impose a tax in a potential new trade war. But makers of cheaper French vintages are concerned.
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Portugal’s solar energy auction breaks world record

Wed, 2019-07-31 08:23
Portugal's huge auction of solar energy broke a world record, with one of the 24 licences on offer selling for 14.76 euros per megawatt hour (Mwh), the secretary of state for energy Joao Galamba said on Tuesday (30 July).
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Boris Johnson visits Northern Ireland, heart of Brexit battle

Wed, 2019-07-31 08:04
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Wednesday (31 July) meet leaders in Northern Ireland, the key battleground in Britain's fight to leave the European Union and the focus of increasingly tense rhetoric on both sides of the Irish Sea.
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Have Russia and China gone too far with harvesting personal data for visa applications?

Tue, 2019-07-30 16:33
If you plan to travel to Russia or China for the holidays, you may be surprised by the countries' visa application processes, both of which request a substantial quantity of personal data.
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Despite soaring sales, Huawei is ‘preparing for the worst’

Tue, 2019-07-30 16:17
The Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei is ‘preparing for the worst but hoping for the best’ in the run up to 19 August, the expiration date for the temporary reprieve on the US trade ban of Huawei equipment, according to the company’s Vice-President for Europe, Abraham Liu.
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German environmental groups: PtX-tech not ‘necessarily’ climate-friendly

Tue, 2019-07-30 12:59
So-called Power-to-X (PtX) technologies are seen as a good way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions because their potential for storing energy could stabilise the electricity grid. However, German environmental groups BUND and the Öko-Institut have criticised the technology. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Huawei official: 5G is a ‘historic’ opportunity for Greece and Cyprus

Tue, 2019-07-30 12:28
There is a “historic” opportunity for Greece and Cyprus to take the lead in the rollout of 5G technology in southeastern Europe, a Huawei official has told
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UK plays Brexit hardball from a submarine base in Scotland

Tue, 2019-07-30 08:17
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday (29 July) the Brexit divorce was dead and warned that unless the European Union renegotiated, Britain would leave on 31 October without a deal. Johnson’s bet is that the threat of a...
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Organic farmers oppose separate framework for new plant breeding techniques

Tue, 2019-07-30 08:15
Any attempt to exclude the so-called new plant breeding techniques from the GMO legislation would deal a severe blow to consumers, farmers and processors, according to the EU organic farmers’ movement (IFOAM).
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Kremlin critic Navalny says he may have been poisoned

Tue, 2019-07-30 08:06
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was discharged on Monday (29 July) from a hospital where he was treated for symptoms of an acute allergy, said he may have been poisoned, a suspicion shared by his lawyer and personal doctor.
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Sites using Facebook ‘Like’ button liable for data, EU court rules

Tue, 2019-07-30 07:45
Europe’s top court ruled Monday (30 July) that companies that embed Facebook’s “Like” button on their websites must seek users’ consent to transfer their personal data to the US social network, in line with the bloc’s data privacy laws. Companies...
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EU court warns Belgium over nuclear reactors

Mon, 2019-07-29 15:00
Belgium should have carried out environmental impact studies before prolonging the operational life of two nuclear reactors, Europe’s top court ruled Monday (29 July). The European Court of Justice, responding to a case brought by two environmental pressure groups, found...
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Trade unionist: Von der Leyen has to deliver on Social Europe ‘if she wants to gain trust’

Mon, 2019-07-29 14:16
The Workers Group of the Economic and Social Committee welcomes European Commission president-elect Ursula Von der Leyen’s announcements on social policy but if she wants to be trusted, she needs to deliver, president Olivier Röpke told EURACTIV.
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Dozens of migrants still stuck on coastguard vessel in Italy port

Mon, 2019-07-29 08:57
An Italian coastguard vessel stranded in the Mediterranean with more than 130 migrants aboard has been allowed to dock in the Sicilian port of Augusta but Rome on Sunday (28 July) refused to let them disembark until a deal is struck with the EU.
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