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New US-EU Coalition calls to sanction Hollywood star

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 05:32
A group of politicians across the globe are urging the EU to enforce sanctions on ten individuals for supporting the Russian invasion of Ukraine – including US actor Steven Seagal. The US-Europe Sanctions Coalition was formed in the autumn of...
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Kurti: A mono-ethnic association not possible in multi-ethnic country

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 05:26
The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, spoke on Wednesday to the media about international pressure to accept the Association of Serb Municipalities, a provision signed in 2013 that the Constitutional Court has since ruled against, stating a mono-ethnic structure...
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NATO: No compromise on freedom of speech, says Swedish FM

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 05:23
Sweden will not compromise on freedom of expression or rule of law, Foreign Minister Tobias Billström said on Wednesday in response to Turkey’s Erdogan’s continuing demands and condemnations. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier this week that as long...
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Hungary’s OTP becomes biggest player in Slovenian banking market

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 05:22
The Hungarian banking group OTP received clearance from the Slovenian market regulator to take over NKBM, Slovenia’s second-largest bank, making OTP the largest player in the local banking market. The all-clear from the Slovenian Competition Protection Agency comes after OTP...
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Socialist Bullmann to take over Parliament’s human rights committee

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 05:05
Veteran socialist MEP Udo Bullmann will become the European Parliament’s chief spokesperson on human rights as part of the fallout from the Qatargate scandal.
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Belgian Stalinist revealed as Russian fake news tsar in Africa

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 05:01
Luc Michel, a 65 year old self-described ‘Stalinist’ whose resume includes founding a Belgian version of the National Front, has been revealed as the unlikely source of an elaborate network of fake news websites designed to spread pro-Russian propaganda across Africa. 
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Before EU summit, Ukraine carries out war-time anti-corruption crackdown

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 05:00
Ukraine on Wednesday (1 February) expanded a corruption clampdown with coordinated searches of residences linked to a high-profile oligarch and former interior minister and tax offices in the capital, in what the authorities called a wartime anti-graft purge. The move...
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Germany breathes sigh of relief at EU green industry plan

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 18:23
The presentation of the EU's green industry plan on Wednesday (1 February) brought cautious relief in Germany - although some of its points may lead to disputes within the country's traffic light coalition.
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Health brief: Planting trees = saving lives

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 15:57
A third of heat-related deaths in Europe could have been prevented by increasing tree coverage by 30%, a study found, putting an exact number of the impact that green urban planning can have on citizens. 
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Industry associations ask EU policymakers to pull the breaks on Data Act

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 15:36
In a joint statement published on Wednesday (1 February), 30 trade associations urged the Data Act's co-legislators to avoid ‘a leap into the unknown’ with the new law.
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The Brief – Managing Ukraine’s expectations

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 15:20
While it is unlikely that Ukraine will join the EU any time soon, the bloc's evident strategy is that of de-facto integration.
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EU announces own green industry plan in global subsidy race

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 15:19
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen presented the Green Deal Industrial Plan on Wednesday (1 February) in an effort by the EU to keep up with a worldwide race in subsidy schemes for green industries.
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German agri minister slammed for leaving livestock measures up to EU

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 15:15
Germany's agriculture ministry is not doing enough to restructure animal husbandry and relies too much on possible EU-level steps, Socialist agriculture lawmakers wrote in a joint paper released Tuesday (31 January).
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Fact-checkers call out Commission on anti-child abuse material proposal

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 14:48
The Commission made some false or contradictory statements in promoting the initiative to combat Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM), according to researchers at TU Delft, a leading Dutch technical university.
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EU ministers relaunch call to improve honey labelling

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 14:40
EU agriculture ministers have reiterated their call on the European Commission to revise legislation on the labelling of honey blends and protect producers and consumers when choosing the honey of their liking.
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Exiled Russian journalist gets 8 years’ jail for slamming Mariupol shelling

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 13:39
Prominent Russian journalist Alexander Nevzorov was sentenced in absentia to eight years in jail by a Moscow court on Wednesday (1 February) on charges of spreading "fake news" about the Russian army.
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Cancer mortality varies wildly across the EU, new registry finds

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 13:36
The first Country Cancer Profiles under the European Cancer Inequalities Registry indicated worrying inequalities in cancer mortality rates across the EU both across and within countries.
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‘Social’ CAP pillar kicks off amid concerns over sanctions

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 13:01
In some forerunners member states, EU farming subsidies will start for the first time ever to be linked to social and labour standards already from 2023, but the lack of a harmonised sanctioning system is raising eyebrows.
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Pack of EU ministers urge Commission to uphold wolves’ protection status

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 12:45
Environment ministers of 12 EU member states have written to the European Commission stressing the need to uphold wolves’ protection status on the back of increasing tension between the farming community and the predator.
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New diesel lorries to be allowed until at least 2040

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 12:37
Lorries running on fossil fuels will continue to be allowed beyond 2035, with a potential phase-out coming in 2040 at the earliest, a draft proposal by the European Commission on revised CO2 emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles shows.
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