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Germany could quit fossil fuels by 2035

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-05-18 06:00
Germany could shift all of its current electricity demand onto solar, wind and batteries within the next 10 years for just €35.2 billion per year and could be completely energy self-sufficient by 2035 for less than it currently spends on fossil fuels, writes Nafeez Ahmed.
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Austria’s neutrality in the spotlight after Sweden-Finland NATO bid

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-05-18 05:43
In today’s edition of the Capitals, find out more about the Hungarian president travelling to Warsaw in a bid to reinforce relations, Slovenia being unhappy about the continuation of Austrian border controls, and so much more.
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EU leaves military training in Mali suspended, stops short of ending mission

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-05-18 05:21
The EU will leave its military training mission in Mali suspended, but will not terminate it for the time being, the bloc’s top diplomat Josep Borrell said on Tuesday (May 17). “We decided to reaffirm our decision of suspending operational...
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Serbian parliament speaker says Kosovo joining Council of Europe is against international law

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-05-18 05:17
Allowing Kosovo to join the Council of Europe (CoE) is contrary to international law, the UN Security Council Resolution 1244 and human rights, Serbian National Assembly Speaker Ivica Dačić said in a discussion with Tiny Kox, president of the parliamentary...
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Greek PM warns Washington to be careful with supply of military equipment

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-05-18 05:16
Eyeing Turkey’s pressure on the US to unlock a deal for the delivery of F-16 jet fighters, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told the US Congress in a speech that Washington should mind the consequences of such decisions. Referring to...
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Slovenia unhappy about Austria extending border controls

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-05-18 05:13
Slovenia is dismayed over Austria’s decision to extend police control at its borders despite a recent EU Court of Justice ruling saying that Austria’s justification for introducing border controls has been unsatisfactory since 2017. “We very much regret this move,”...
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Croatia moves to boost own energy production, says minister

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-05-18 05:11
Croatia currently meets only 21% of its energy needs and is moving towards increasing its own production capacities, Energy Minister Davor Filipović told state broadcaster HRT on Tuesday. Croatia has decided to start filling its only underground gas storage, Okoli in...
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Romania’s economy grows 6.5% in first quarter, but pace may not last

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-05-18 05:09
Romania’s economy posted a surprising 6.5% growth rate in the first quarter, but economists predict a significant slowdown for the rest of the year. Romania’s GDP grew 6.5% in the first quarter of 2022 compared with the same period of...
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ACER’s misguided conclusions on wholesale EU electricity markets

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-05-18 05:07
The ACER report on wholesale electricity markets makes the case for the status quo despite evidence that these same markets have delivered massive and unnecessary electricity price rises for EU citizens, writes Mike Parr.
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Most Bulgarians see security only in NATO

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-05-18 05:07
Over half of Bulgarians believe Bulgaria cannot guarantee its national security and territorial integrity outside NATO, while one in four think it can, a national survey by the agency Market Links has found. Against this background, 36% of respondents said that...
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Hungarian president travels to Warsaw in bid to reinforce relations

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-05-18 05:04
Katalin Novák, Hungary’s newly appointed president, on her first trip abroad to Poland on Tuesday, attempted to reinforce relations as the traditional alliance between Budapest and Warsaw weathers Russia-policy divisions. After the parliamentary elections on 3 April, re-elected Prime Minister...
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Western Balkans must not be forgotten, Czech and Austrian leaders say

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-05-18 05:01
The integration of Western Balkan countries into the EU is in the interest of the Czech Republic and Austria, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala and his Austrian counterpart Karl Nehammer said in Prague on Tuesday. Fiala and Nehammer met in...
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Germany presents energy efficiency ‘work plan’ to reduce fossil fuel demand

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-05-18 04:59
Amid growing pressure to reduce Germany’s dependence on Russian fossil fuels, the government presented plans on Tuesday (17 May) to save more energy, reports Clean Energy Wire.
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Polish opposition slam EPP chief Tusk’s joint electoral list proposal

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-05-18 04:58
Polish opposition parties have rejected the idea of the opposition submitting a joint electoral list for the parliamentary elections in autumn 2023, which was made by the chairman of the centrist Civic Platform and European People’s Party leader Donald Tusk....
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Portugal to send another 160 tonnes of military aid to Ukraine

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-05-18 04:55
Portugal is preparing to send another 160 tonnes of material to Ukraine, including military equipment, Defence Minister Helena Carreiras said after the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels Tuesday. As she left what was her first meeting at EU level...
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Tarajal border between Spain’s Ceuta and Morocco reopens

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-05-18 04:53
It has taken two years, two months and four days for the border at Tarajal – the only crossing point between the Spanish city of Ceuta in North Africa and Morocco – to officially reopen after it was closed due...
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Italy’s Eni starts procedures to pay for Russian gas in euros and roubles

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-05-18 04:52
Italian energy giant Eni has started procedures to open accounts in euros and roubles with private Russian bank Gazprombank, the company announced on Tuesday. In April, Moscow said it would only continue gas exports in exchange for roubles in response...
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Swedish FM signs NATO application

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-05-18 04:51
Foreign Minister Ann Linde signed Sweden’s NATO application after her government decided to apply for membership following a parliamentary debate during which almost all parties appeared to be on board. In a historical moment, Linde signed her country’s application to...
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Record number of Finns now favour nuclear to go green

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-05-18 04:50
A record number of Finns favour nuclear power, a fresh survey commissioned by Finnish Energy has found, citing fighting climate change as the main reason. According to the survey conducted in April and published on Monday (16 May), about 60% said...
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Irish PM urges UK not to act alone as Troubles legacy bill introduced

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-05-18 04:49
Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin has called on the UK government not to act unilaterally as it published a bill which would put in place a statute of limitations on certain crimes committed during the Troubles. Under the bill, which was...
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