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EU broadband law final compromise: Useful legislation, with ‘minimal direct impact’

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-12 11:07
EU telecom associations have criticised the course pursued by negotiators on the Gigabit Infrastructure Act, saying the text will allow the speeding up of telecom infrastructure roll-out but will have a minimal impact due to shrinking returns on investments.
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Germany: Scholz’s SPD emerges battered from final electoral test before EU elections

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-12 10:53
A court-mandated rerun of the 2021 national election in Berlin on Sunday (12 February) changed little about the composition of the federal parliament, but voters punished the Social Democrats of Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD/S&D) while overall, his three-party ruling coalition lost one seat.
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Polish Farmers defend Wojciechowski against Warsaw’s calls for resignation

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-12 06:33
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Polish farmers backing EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski, Spain's Partido Popular saying it would pardon Puigdemont if he accepted to be tried and renounced his calls for independence, and so much more.
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Bulgarian government at risk amid quibble over foreign minister post

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-12 06:18
Infighting within the ruling coalition over who will be the new foreign minister is threatening the stability of the Bulgarian government ahead of the scheduled change of prime minister in March.
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Romanian PM confident Russia won’t attack his country

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-12 06:17
Russia has not launched any deliberate attacks on Romania and will not do so in the future, Romanian Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu said on Saturday, after residents of Tulcea, which borders Ukraine, received warnings of possible objects descending from the skies.
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Croatian opposition fears new ‘Orban-like’ attorney-general

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-12 06:17
Croatia’s opposition fears that Ivan Turudić, the country’s new attorney-general, will use his new position to obstruct the work of the EU Prosecutors Office specialised in fighting EU funds fraud.
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Senate advances Ukraine aid bill despite Trump opposition

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-12 06:11
A narrowly divided US Senate moved closer to passing a $95.34 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan on Sunday (11 February), showing undiminished bipartisanship despite opposition from Republican hardliners and Donald Trump.
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Slovakia excludes NGOs from disinformation fight

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-12 06:07
Robert Fico’s government is mulling the exclusion of NGOs in the government’s plans to fight disinformation, which plans to scrap the former “non-conceptual” action plan “with elements of politicisation”.
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Czech MEP says Europe needs its own army, can’t rely on Trump’s protection

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-12 06:07
Republican frontrunner and former US president Donald Trump’s recent comments about how he would not protect NATO countries that do not abide by their spending obligations if he were to be re-elected led to Czech MEP Mikuláš Peksa (Pirates, Greens/EFA) calling for a European army.
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PP leader won’t oppose pardoning Puigdemont if he is brought to justice

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-12 06:06
Spain’s main right-wing opposition party, Partido Popular, said it would consider a pardon for former Catalan president and separatist leader Carles Puigdemont if he agrees to be tried, serves his sentence, renounces calling a referendum on self-determination and abandons plans to declare the region’s “independence”.
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Germany’s CDU wants to call the shots on the economy early

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-12 06:00
The German conservatives have urged Chancellor Olaf Scholz to adopt measures they hope will address the country’s economic problems, including getting rid of the EU supply chain law known as the corporate sustainability due diligence directive.
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EU lead candidates denounce French government announcements in Mayotte

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-12 06:00
French candidates leading the EU election lists have hit back at French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin’s announcement of a tailor-made constitutional amendment on citizenship for the overseas region of Mayotte.
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Centre-right’s Stubb wins close-fought Finnish presidential election

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-12 05:57
Alexander Stubb of the centre-right National Coalition Party narrowly won Finland's presidential election on Sunday, defeating liberal Green Party member Pekka Haavisto, who conceded defeat.
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Polish Farmers defend Wojciechowski against Warsaw’s calls for resignation

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-12 05:48
Polish farmers have come to the defence of EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski after Polish Defence Minister Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz and the opposition made calls for his resignation.
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‘Weimar Triangle’ gets second wind in light of potential Trump return, Russian threat to NATO

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-12 05:37
Foreign ministers from the French-German-Polish ‘Weimar Triangle’ will meet outside Paris on Monday for a ‘working meeting’, with the threat of a potential Trump re-election in November and military leaders warning of Russia’s threat to NATO looming in the background.
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Israel frees two hostages in Rafah under cover of air strike causing civilian deaths

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-12 05:37
Israel launched a special forces operation that freed two Israeli hostages in Rafah amid air strikes early on Monday (12 February), which local health officials said killed 37 people and wounded dozens in the southern Gaza city.
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Romania’s far-right threatens to pull out of ECR group in new blow to Orbán

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-12 05:35
Echoing other delegations’ concerns, Romania’s rising far-right party AUR has expressed they will backtrack on their decision to join the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group in the European Parliament if Hungarian ruling party Fidesz joins.
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German liberals want to renegotiate EU due diligence law, blame Spain

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-12 05:35
Germany’s liberal FDP party wants to reopen negotiations on the EU’s Due Diligence Directive after the issue was removed from the agenda of a meeting of EU ambassadors last Friday, which the party says shows the poor quality of the preliminary agreement reached in December.
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Europeans spooked by spectre of Trump return after NATO comments

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2024-02-12 05:00
Top European officials rejected former US President Donald Trump's comments on Sunday (11 February) after he suggested the United States might not protect NATO allies who aren't spending enough on defence from a potential Russian attack.
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White House rejects Trump comments encouraging Russia to attack NATO states ‘not paying bills’

EURACTIV News - Sun, 2024-02-11 10:00
The White House on Saturday (10 February) rejected comments made by former US President Donald Trump about not protecting NATO allies from a potential Russian invasion as "appalling and unhinged."
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