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Finland’s PM says NATO membership is ‘very unlikely’ on her watch

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 21:00
Finland does not plan to join NATO in the near future but is ready to stand with its European allies and the United States by imposing tough sanctions on Russia if it attacks Ukraine, Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Wednesday.
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Poland’s top court slams media ban at Belarus border

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 20:00
Poland's Supreme Court has said that a ban on media access to the border with Belarus is "incompatible" with the law, a ruling that could allow journalists to challenge the restriction.
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Belarus withheld information from Ryanair diversion probe, UN says

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 18:00
A United Nations report into the forced diversion of a Ryanair jetliner last year has found that a bomb threat that drew the plane to Minsk was "deliberately false" and that Belarus withheld crucial information from its fact-finding team.
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The Brief – Grand Tattoo for German pacifism

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 15:46
The Germany of today is inherently a pacifist country. This truth is often lost amid the big news, but political observers of the party landscape in Berlin and beyond will agree.
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Macron’s French EU presidency presentation turns into a settling of scores

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 15:34
President Emmanuel Macron presented the programme of France's six-month EU Council presidency before very agitated MEPs in Strasbourg on Wednesday (19 January), but it quickly turned into a sparring match with the French opposition.
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Greece receives first Rafale fighter jets from France

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 15:00
Six new Rafale fighter jets flew low over the Acropolis in central Athens on Wednesday (19 January), the first planes purchased under a defence deal with France that has further stirred tensions with Greece's historic rival and NATO partner Turkey.
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Internal rifts loom as Germany ponders arms exports to Ukraine

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 14:45
After the German government initially refused to supply Ukraine with defensive weaponry, German politicians are pushing to reconsider the position. The biggest EU country has already hinted it might now support exports of certain weaponry to Ukraine via NATO, which it has previously blocked.
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Macron urges ‘frank’ EU dialogue with Russia, political solution for Ukraine

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 14:32
The European Union must hold a "frank dialogue" with Russia and seek a political solution to the tensions over Ukraine, French President Emmanuel Macron told the European Parliament on Wednesday (19 January).
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The French and the FPEU: a match made in heaven?

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 12:15
The French Presidency of the Council of the European Union began on 1 January 2022. For six months, France will be setting the pace for the legislative agenda and negotiations at the heart of the European institutions.
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Presidential candidate Mélenchon ready to push for EU Treaty reform

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 11:29
Jean-Luc Mélenchon, presidential candidate of radical left party La France Insoumise, hopes to push member countries to break away from EU treaties "that block us" if he wins the election in April.
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Will France quit Mali? Crunch time nears as junta defies Paris

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 11:00
As relations between France and Mali sour rapidly, Paris is wondering whether it is time to stop providing military backup to a country run by a junta that has defied the international community.
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EU border agency must boost transparency of its operations -EU ombudsman

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 09:54
The European Union's border and coast guard agency need to make its operational plans more transparent and carry out more rigorous migrant screening procedures, especially for minors, according to a report published by the EU ombudsman's office on Wednesday (19 January).
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UK PM Johnson faces ‘pork pie’ plot to trigger leadership challenge

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 09:46
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was fighting to shore up his premiership on Wednesday (19 January) amid a revolt by his own lawmakers who are angry over a series of lockdown parties in Downing Street.
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Member states put pedal to the metal on Commission’s carbon farming plans

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 09:04
Member states are keen to step up talks on carbon sequestration in farming under the French EU presidency, given the Commission's legislative proposal expected by the end of the year.
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The Green Brief, powered by Goldman Sachs – A ‘cloak and dagger’ taxonomy

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 07:55
As Europe waited to welcome 2022, those in the energy policy bubble suddenly found themselves drawn away from the myriad of fireworks by buzzing phones. 
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Kazakhstan security forces on high alert in Almaty amid calls for fresh protests

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 07:35
Security forces blocked several downtown streets and cordoned off one of the squares in Kazakhstan's biggest city Almaty on Wednesday (19 January) as an opposition group planned to stage protests, a Reuters correspondent reported from the scene.
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Germany signals it could halt gas pipeline if Russia invades Ukraine

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 07:29
Germany signalled on Tuesday (18 January) that it could halt the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia if Moscow invades Ukraine, and Western nations rallied behind Kyiv over a Russian troop buildup that has stoked fears of war.
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EMA encourages COVID-19 vaccine developers to target several variants

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 07:00
Marco Cavaleri, the head of vaccines strategy for the European Medicines Agency (EMA), has encouraged vaccine developers to “explore the feasibility” of making multivalent vaccines: those that cross-neutralise COVID-19 virus variants. 
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Austria gears up to fight EU ‘green’ nuclear energy plan

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 06:36
As the EU moves to label energy from nuclear power and natural gas as "green" investments, Austria is gearing up to fight this, including with a legal complaint.
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Slovenia considers closer ties with Taiwan

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 06:27
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the Romanian PM being accused of plagiarism, Finland not joining the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympic Games, and so much more.
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