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French business: EU generates as much frustration as hope

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-08-29 05:36
In today’s edition of the Capitals, find out more about the Romanian LGBT community slamming the government’s ECHR challenge, Sweden’s plans to increase measures against radicalisation and terrorism, and so much more.
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Last-minute young candidate shakes race of Greek leftist Syriza presidency

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-08-29 05:26
A 35-year-old self-made businessman has caused a turmoil in Greece’s main opposition Syriza party as on Tuesday he is expected to officially announce his candidacy for the party’s presidency following the resignation of former PM Alexis Tsipras.
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Poland, Latvia, Lithuania will shut Belarus border if ‘critical incident’ occurs

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-08-29 05:24
Poland and two Baltic states will close their borders with Belarus entirely if a "critical incident" involving Wagner mercenaries takes place, the Polish interior minister said on Monday (28 August), amid rising tensions on NATO's eastern flank.
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EU to discuss Niger coup fallout, reassess Sahel region approach

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-08-29 05:20
After the recent Niger coup, EU foreign and defence ministers this week are expected to discuss a strategy to deal with the situation and reassess the bloc's approach to the Sahel region, according to an internal memo seen by EURACTIV.
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Albania sceptical of EU chief’s enlargement push

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-08-29 05:15
As European Council Chief Charles Michel called for a new deadline for enlargement of the European Union, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said he appreciated the gesture, but It could need a lot longer than that.
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France extends life of last coal-fired plants to avoid winter shortfalls

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-08-29 05:15
France will allow the functioning of its remaining coal-fired power stations until the end of 2024 to get through the winter safely, according to a decree recently penned by Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne and Energy Transition Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher.
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Up to 25,000 Serbian workers obtain German employment visas annually

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-08-29 05:13
Some 25,000 Serbians, particularly medical staff, apply for German work visas every year in search of better working conditions and few reasons to remain in the country. According to recent data, the German Federal Employment Agency annually issues up to...
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Greece battles Europe’s deadliest fire of the summer for 10th day

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-08-29 05:12
Hundreds of Greek firefighters were battling a huge blaze on Monday (28 August) that has killed at least 20 people over the past 10 days, Europe's deadliest wildfire so far this summer as record-setting heatwaves unleash blazes across the continent.
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Romanian LGBT community slams government’s ECHR challenge

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-08-29 05:11
The Romanian government’s appeal against a recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, which ordered Bucharest to provide legal protection and recognition for same-sex families in a case involving 21 same-sex couples, is shameful, the Accept Association said...
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Bulgaria’s ruling coalition bicker over special services reforms

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-08-29 05:11
Tensions are rising between the parties that support Bulgaria’s pro-European ruling coalition, as parties are divided on the reform of the special services, while the pro-Russian President, Rumen Radev, also opposes reform. The pro-European coalition We Continue the Change–Democratic Bulgaria...
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Far-right Republika and frontrunner Smer boycott top Slovak TV

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-08-29 05:04
Former prime minister Robert Fico will not appear in the pre-election debates hosted by TV Markíza, and joins MEP Milan Uhrík, leader of the far-right Republika, in accusing Slovakia’s most popular network of biased misinformation, adding to a history of...
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Energy from the grid is what buildings need [Promoted content]

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-08-29 05:00
The key instruments of the EU legislation aimed at achieving a fully decarbonised building stock by 2050 is the EPBD. One of the biggest issues is to properly reflect the potential of energy from power grids and district heating networks.
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UK air traffic issue fixed but flight disruption to continue

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-08-29 04:59
Britain's National Air Traffic Service (NATS) was hit by a technical problem for several hours on 28 August, causing widespread disruption to flights in UK airspace that it said would continue for some time even though the issue was fixed.
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Why a European Central Carbon Bank would help stabilise EU climate policy

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-08-29 04:57
The establishment of a European Central Carbon Bank could prove especially beneficial to regulate prices on the EU carbon market. If placed in Central-Eastern Europe, it could be a strategically important factor in achieving Europe’s climate goals, argue Robert Jeszke and Sebastian Lizak.
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Polish liberals invite former far-right deputy PM on election lists

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-08-29 04:56
Despite a promise made a year ago by liberal Civic Coalition leader Donald Tusk, Poland’s largest opposition party, that voters would not be able to find opponents of abortion on its lists, former deputy prime minister of the Law and...
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Prosecutors open inquiry against Spanish football chief, mother goes on hunger strike

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-08-29 04:54
A preliminary investigation against Royal Football Federation (RFEF) President Luis Rubiales, who was accused of sexual assault, was opened by Spain´s Public Prosecutor’s Office on Monday, which led Rubiales´s mother to begin a hunger strike in a church in Andalusia...
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Catalan separatists still crucial for stable government if elections repeated: poll

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-08-29 04:52
Even if Spain were to repeat the general elections, the country’s political landscape would not change much as Catalan separatist forces would still hold the key to a stable central government, a fresh poll published by El Mundo revealed Monday....
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Meloni meets Mitsotakis to discuss migration, ‘consolidate’ an ally

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-08-29 04:46
“Prime Minister Mitsotakis is part of that area of the EPP that willingly dialogues with the conservative area to which we belong, so we certainly consider him a friendly person working in the same direction as us”, MEP Fidanza told EURACTIV. 
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Sweden to increase measures against radicalisation, terrorism

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-08-29 04:43
Sweden will strengthen cooperation between authorities to prevent radicalisation and the spread of violent terrorism in response to the deteriorating security situation following several Quran burnings, Justice Minister Gunnar Strömmer said at a press conference on Monday. The government has...
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Dutch minister rejects provinces’ funding requests for nitrogen reduction

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-08-29 04:42
Nitrogen Minister Christianne Van der Wal (VVD/Renew) rejected the Dutch provinces’ funding requests for nitrogen reduction on Monday, stating that their plans greatly exceed the government’s available funds. While the government had made €24,3 billion available for the provincial plans...
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