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Macron’s party looks for EU lead candidate – can’t find one

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-02-22 05:28
The date for the announcement of Macron’s Renaissance party’s EU candidate has been postponed several times, and key political figures have turned down the job, raising concerns that the party is not prepared or ready to launch its European Parliament electoral campaign.
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VDL’s second term bid: What challenges lie ahead?

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-02-22 05:05
Ending months of speculation,Ursula von der Leyen told members of her conservative CDU party in Germany on Monday (19 February) that she was seeking a second term.
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EU Council pushes ahead on Ukraine trade benefits while MEPs push for more farming safeguards

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 17:00
The EU Council endorsed the Commission’s proposal on the renewal of trade liberalisation with Ukraine with no changes, as MEPs from the Parliament's agriculture committee instead side with farmers by pushing for more safeguards. 
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Pressure mounts on finance chiefs to tweak EIB, taxonomy rules in boost to defence

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 16:53
Pressure is piling up on the EU to loosen its investment rules and boost flows into defence assets, a non-paper seen by Euractiv revealed as finance ministers prepare to discuss the future of the bloc’s public lender on Friday (23 February).
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France urges EU to review standards for permanent grassland

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 16:40
France will ask the European Commission to ease up on constraints on permanent grassland, the country's Prime Minister Gabriel Attal announced, adding that he plans to bring a proposal on the subject to the next ministerial meeting on Monday (26 February).
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Climate change’s invisible threats for mental health

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 16:32
There is a growing need for an EU agenda that would address mental health challenges linked to climate change, stakeholders told an expert conference in Brussels, urging a shift towards mitigation alongside adaptation efforts. 
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Kremlin pushes to smother grieving for Navalny as election nears

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 16:00
The Kremlin is working to suppress memorials for the late opposition leader Alexei Navalny in a bid to prevent his death from spoiling President Vladimir Putin’s expected re-election next month.
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Germany’s rebel Wagenknecht plots new left-wing group in EU Parliament

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 15:33
With the new German party BSW projected to become the biggest left-wing delegation in the European Parliament after June’s EU elections, its leader, Sahra Wagenknecht, insinuated on Tuesday (20 January) that she will try to create a new left-wing parliamentary group. 
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The Brief – The industrialists are back

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 15:23
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Orange-MásMóvil merger ‘approved with very good remedy’, says EU’s Vestager

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 15:21
The European Commission accepted on Tuesday (20 February the €18.6 billion deal between Orange and MásMóvil in Spain, provided that spectrum bandwidths are divested to the Romanian mobile operator Digi.
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Belgian party system designed to keep newcomers out, Dutch MEP warns

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 15:16
New parties joining the Belgian political system face an uphill battle to establish themselves alongside well-funded and already-established groups, MEP Sophie in ’t Veld, running with Volt Belgium, told Euractiv in an interview.
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Spain’s main parties clash over EU trade policy as farmers take to the streets

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 15:16
Spanish farmers on Wednesday (21 February) staged their biggest rally yet since protests began two weeks ago, as the ruling Socialist party and the centre-right opposition clashed in parliament over border controls and ‘mirror clauses’ in EU trade deals.
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EU deal on improved air quality fails to align with WHO standards

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 15:13
The provisional agreement on new rules for air quality across the EU is hailed as a step forward despite not aligning with World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations.
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Food corporations call for EU corporate due diligence law to be finalised

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 15:08
While the EU's Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) is currently being blocked by Germany and Italy, high-profile food corporations are calling for its swift adoption to allow for "coherent and harmonised legislation" at EU level.
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The EU expects US to remove “fully and promptly” the duties on Spanish olives

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 14:20
The World Trade Organisation confirmed that the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties imposed by the US on ripe olives from Spain are not consistent with international trade rules and the EU expects Washington to take action to comply, with limited “scope for compromise”, an EU Commission note seen by Euractiv stated.
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Connectivity package: Commission opens consultation, commits to post-quantum cryptography recommendation

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 13:01
The Commission announced a consultation on EU's telecom market, open until June and committed to a post-quantum cryptography recommendation, when presenting its connectivity package.
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EU disease control centre picks Austrian centre-left lawmaker for top job

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 12:58
Retired Austrian centre-left lawmaker Pamela Rendi-Wagner has been chosen for the top job at the Stockholm-based EU disease prevention centre, an appointment bringing the accomplished tropical disease expert back to her roots.
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EU targets Chinese firms, North Korea in new Ukraine war anniversary sanctions package

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 10:15
EU member states on Wednesday (21 February) agreed to ban exports to three mainland Chinese firms and blacklist North Korea's defence minister in new sanctions for the second anniversary of Russia's war on Ukraine.
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Commission, MEPs call on members states to act jointly on fishing bans

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 09:55
In the wake of a dispute between France and Spain over a fishing ban in the Bay of Biscay, the European Commission and MEPs reiterated the need for such bans but called for coordination between member states when enforcing them. 
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From Luxembourg to Poland: an unequal landscape in contraception

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 09:00
When talking about health, we often mention inequalities in Europe. The word usually appears when we're addressing the workforce crisis, medicine shortages, and mental health strategies.
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