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Croatia plans military education in high schools

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-01-18 06:28
Croatia plans to introduce mandatory one-month military education courses in secondary schools amid what seems to be a growing appetite in the newest EU member for reinstating conscription, which was abolished in 2008 after the country joined NATO.
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EU Commission uses money to choose PMs for member states, says Babiš

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-01-18 06:28
The European Commission wants to decide who will be prime minister in EU member states by using its financial power, said former Czech prime minister and ANO (Renew) party leader Andrej Babiš at a meeting in parliament on Wednesday.
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Slovakia’s budget deficit higher than Fico’s government reported, warns EU Commission

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-01-18 06:27
While Prime Minister Robert Fico’s government says the nation’s budget deficit will fall from 6.5% last year to 6% this year, the EU Commission forecast has reported that the deficit will increase to 6.3% from last year’s 6.1%.
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Future amnesty law for separatists could violate EU law: report

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-01-18 06:25
The future amnesty law that would pardon many separatist activists for actions carried out in Catalonia between 2012 and 2023, which is currently being processed in parliament, could be unconstitutional and even violate EU law, according to a report by a group of legal experts that was published on Wednesday.
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Swedish climate minister wins no confidence vote over conservative climate policy

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-01-18 06:24
The vote of no confidence against Climate and Environment Minister Romina Pourmokhtari on her climate policy failed as the opposition Social Democrats abstained, splitting the opposition.
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Bulgaria asked EU to speed up use of frozen Russian assets

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-01-18 06:19
The situation in Ukraine is becoming critical, and the EU must respond quickly, said Bulgarian Finance Minister Asen Vassilev as he urged his colleagues in the EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) to speed up the use of frozen Russian assets.
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Duda is disappointed at the EU Commission’s inaction over certain rule of law violations

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-01-18 06:18
Polish President Andrzej Duda was surprised at the EU Commission's 'double standards' when it comes to the rule of law violations in Poland, such as changes to public media but no reaction to the arrest of two ex-ministers, according to a conversation he had with the EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová Davos.
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LEAK: EU centre-right targets Brussels ‘red tape’, says AI should not be hindered

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-01-18 06:17
A draft electoral manifesto of the EU centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) seen by Euractiv suggests cutting down on “EU bureaucracy” in key policy areas - such as tech, stating “we want to enable, develop, and utilise AI, not contain it or hinder it” - echoing mounting complaints across the bloc about overregulation, especially on green policies.
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Macron in favour of new EU joint debt, defence bonds

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-01-18 06:10
There needs to be another phase of reinvestment, like during the pandemic, and perhaps Eurobonds based on industrial priorities, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday in a special Davos conference address.
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MPs military cybersecurity report boosts French perspective on sovereignty in EU topics

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-01-18 06:10
Two French MPs presented their military cybersecurity recommendations to their colleagues, building on the French position on procurement, cloud, and resource sovereignty, on Wednesday at the National Assembly.
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‘A tribal clique’: Lagarde denounces economists at Davos

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-01-18 06:10
European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde launched a stinging attack on the economics profession on Wednesday (17 January), accusing analysts of having “blind faith” in their models, which often bear little connection to reality.
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German liberals push to give €50 billion to citizens over industry, chipmaker producers

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-01-18 06:08
The parliamentary arm of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) wants to abolish state subsidies to channel the income from Germany’s carbon price to citizens, throwing a wrench into industrial policy ambitions.
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Germany’s promise to legalise cannabis by April threatened by SDP’s in-house fighting

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-01-18 06:07
The coalition government’s promise to legalise recreational use of cannabis in Germany by 1 April is under threat due to internal opposition within the ruling SPD, with high-ranking members speaking out publicly against it while others say they are sticking to the plan.
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Maximising Europe’s recarbonation potential to permanently store CO2 [Promoted content]

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-01-18 06:00
At a time the EU is on the hunt for carbon sinks, concrete carbonation offers strong opportunities to lock up carbon dioxide permanently, writes Emmanuel Brutin, Public Affairs Director of CEMBUREAU.
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Climate advisors identify main gaps in EU’s post-2030 climate policy

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-01-18 06:00
The European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change (ESABCC) published a new report on Thursday (18 January) analysing the main gaps in the EU’s post-2030 climate policy, with renewable energies and carbon capture identified as the most pressing issues requiring immediate action.
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Poland to probe previous government’s spyware use

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-01-18 05:44
Poland's parliament on Wednesday (17 January) said it would create a committee of inquiry into alleged use of the Israeli spyware Pegasus by the previous populist government as well as police and secret services.
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The Netherlands ready to supply frigate for new EU Red Sea mission

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-01-18 05:30
The Netherlands are planning to make a frigate available for the EU's new mission in the Red Sea to protect ships against attacks from the Houthis in Yemen, according to an announcement on Wednesday.
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A geopolitical EU should offer green innovation partnerships

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-01-18 05:25
To reduce tensions and speed up the climate transition, the European Union needs to improve its offer on cooperation with other parts of the world, in particular the so-called ‘global South’, writes Mats Engström.
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EU to grant €87m to Egypt for migration, raising implementation questions

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-01-18 05:10
In this episode, the Beyond the Byline podcast looks into the EU’s plan to grant €87 million, alongside new equipment, to Egypt to manage migration in 2024, under a project initiated in 2022.
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Macron’s Hayer and Azmani face off in tight EU liberals’ presidential race

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-01-17 18:22
The liberal group in the European Parliament, Renew Europe, will elect its new president next Thursday (25 January) at 8 am, with the two candidates, the French Valérie Hayer and Dutch Malik Azmani, interim group President, as the top contenders. 
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