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Russian espionage in Slovakia: Three diplomats expelled, at least three people arrested

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-03-15 05:29
Slovak security forces arrested at least three people on Monday for suspected espionage for Russian including a colonel from the defence ministry, a representative of Slovak intelligence service and a person involved with a conspiracy website that was already shut down, Denník...
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Danish companies threatened with Russian takeover

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-03-15 05:28
Danish companies in Russia could be taken over within days, causing deep concern in the Danish business community. In an article published on Politiken Mandag, the Russian Ambassador to Denmark, Vladimir Barbin, warned of measures that will be “sensitive for...
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Austria pushing for suspension of EU minimum tax rates on oil

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-03-15 05:27
Austria is looking to reduce the burden caused by record-high energy prices by dropping taxes below the EU threshold after recently launching a €1.7 billion package to alleviate the strain on households and firms. The flexibility of the EU’s minimum...
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Anti-war protester in studio disrupts live Russian state TV news

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-03-15 04:53
An anti-war protester interrupted a live news bulletin on Russia's state TV Channel One on Monday (14 March), holding up a sign behind the studio presenter and shouting slogans denouncing the war in Ukraine.
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The EU must regulate embodied carbon to deliver climate-proof buildings

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-03-15 04:50
The EU is neglecting emissions from building materials and construction, but the negotiations on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive can fill this gap, writes a group of leading Danish professional associations and NGOs.
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EU targets luxury goods, oligarchs and metals in new sanctions against Russia

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-03-15 04:30
The EU's fourth package of sanctions coming into effect on Tuesday (15 March) is set to target more oligarchs, ban the sale of luxury goods exports to Moscow and hit several defence companies.
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EU urged to ban all imports linked to deforestation

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-14 23:54
Brazilian environmental groups urged the European Union on Monday to pass aggressive legislation banning all imports linked to deforestation, criticizing "gaps" in a draft bill.
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Higher grain prices will mean more food insecurity

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-14 18:37
Grain prices on the major exchanges have been breaking record after record for the past two weeks, raising fears of a new global food crisis like in 2007, writes Eric Andrieu.
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CoFoE: Participants ask for increased EU intervention in Ukrainian war

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-14 18:25
Participants from the Conference on the Future of Europe met in Strasbourg to speak in front of the conference's plenary, where Ukrainian activists and MPs urged for more drastic EU intervention in Ukraine, including the implementation of a no-fly zone.
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Scouts and volunteers send help in Ukraine from Belgium

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-14 16:41
A group of members of the Ukrainian Scouts and volunteers in Belgium has been collecting and sending humanitarian material and military equipment in Ukraine since the start of the war. EURACTIV meet them in their warehouse-base in Puurs.
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Firms to get €2 billion from EU’s Brexit fund

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-14 16:24
Businesses across the EU who have been affected by Brexit will receive a new round of funding worth €2 billion over the next year, the European Commission has announced.
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The Brief – Crime and Punishment

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-14 15:46
Vladimir Putin’s dirty war in Ukraine drags on, much to his annoyance. In the meantime, ideas in the West are multiplying about how to punish him for his despicable aggression, the crimes already committed, and those yet to come.
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Member states end 10-year deadlock on EU’s plan for women’s quota on corporate boards

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-14 15:14
EU employment and social affairs ministers have adopted a general approach on the directive to boost gender equality on corporate boards, ending a decade-long stalemate and paving the way for final negotiations between the European Parliament and the 27 member states in the Council.
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Telecom industry to brace open networks despite established interests

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-14 14:59
Open Radio Access Network [RAN] is set to favour innovation in the telecommunication market, but legacy operators resist the change as they fear a drop in profitability and market shares.
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Australia, Netherlands start UN action against Russia over MH17

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-14 14:55
Australia and the Netherlands said on Monday (14 March) they had begun joint legal action against Russia at the United Nations' aviation agency over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 eight years ago.
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Italy, Slovakia call to rethink CAP in light of Ukraine war

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-14 14:53
Slovakia and Italy have called for adjusting the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), including a policy postponement and a reconsideration of the EU's green ambitions amid fears of food insecurity caused by the war in Ukraine.
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‘Nobody can tell me if Kazakhstan can sell yogurt to Russia’

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-14 14:21
The EU and the US should draw a clear red line between what is sanctioned and goods that can be continued to be traded with Russia, Kairat Torebayev, vice-minister of trade and integration of Kazakhstan, told EURACTIV.
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Unseen unity in the EU’s migration policies, but how long will it last?

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-14 14:19
The war in Ukraine has sparked an unprecedented level of unity within the European Union – not least in the context of its migration and asylum policies, an area notorious for the continuous bickering among member states, writes Marie De Somer.
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EU member states agree to extend COVID certificate by one year

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-14 13:57
The Council of 27 EU member states has agreed to extend the regulation establishing the EU Digital COVID Certificate by one year, until 30 June 2023, but the extension now needs to be negotiated with the European Parliament.
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Journalists, NGOs warn on reporting from Ukraine as death toll rises

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-14 13:40
As Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, reporters already on the ground and international media organisations sound the alarm over journalists actively seeking routes into a war that they may not be prepared to cover. 
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