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EU-Kazakhstan parliamentary relations

Fri, 2018-06-22 03:57
The contractual basis for relations between the EU and Kazakhstan is the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA), the first of its kind and acclaimed both by Brussels and Astana. The European Parliament’s relations with Kazakhstan, however, fall in the remit of...
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Tweets of the Week: EU Withdrawal Bill, Article 13 and Hague’s Cannabis Dream

Fri, 2018-06-22 03:56
Theresa May floats post-Brexit schemes, copyright law could banish our memes, and William Hague has legal cannabis dreams. On Wednesday the UK Parliament passed the EU Withdrawal Bill, a crucial step in delivering what Theresa May still insists on calling...
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A ”facelift” to the EIB: the EU financial arm needs forward-looking reforms

Fri, 2018-06-22 03:56
The European Investment Bank (EIB) celebrates this year its 60th anniversary. But the 1958-founded EU body and bank should now look forward and commit to becoming a more sustainable, accountable and transparent institution, writes Xavier Sol.
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Lebanon’s never-ending refugee story

Fri, 2018-06-22 03:56
Wedged between Israel (its mortal enemy), the Mediterranean Sea and war-torn Syria, Lebanon has been heaving under the burden of refugees away from the international spotlight.
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Spain pledges to ‘square the circle’ on public finances in Eurogroup debut

Thu, 2018-06-21 16:00
Spain's new Socialist government said on Thursday (21 June) it had “no reasons” to believe that it would miss its deficit target, despite a planned increase to pensioners’ benefits  being questioned by the EU institutions.
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Paris meeting offers opportunity for leadership on high-seas agreement

Thu, 2018-06-21 15:14
The high seas make up nearly two-thirds of the world’s ocean, but less than 1 percent is currently protected. All this could change this September, when governments come together at the United Nations for an intergovernmental conference to negotiate a new treaty that would create a mechanism for protecting these ocean areas, writes Liz Karan.
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The Brief – Tear down this wall

Thu, 2018-06-21 14:59
The EU needs a quick fix, because it’s going down. The 28-29 June summit could end up indirectly sinking Angela Merkel, which means European policies might do what internal German ones failed to achieve.
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Lobby register reform must deliver strong data checks and enforcement

Thu, 2018-06-21 14:56
If an organisation breaks EU lobby rules, it should not be able to continue accessing policy-makers in Brussels. That requires a comprehensive “no registration, no meeting” rule, which the Parliament and Council seem unwilling to adopt, and until they do so, the Commission will not extend it internally, writes Margarida Silva.
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EU court condemns Germany for exceeding nitrate limits

Thu, 2018-06-21 14:27
The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) ruled on Thursday (21 June) that Germany had breached EU law by allowing an excessive use of manure as a fertiliser, thus violating the limits set out in the EU’s nitrates directive which aims to reduce water pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources.
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Strong reactions in Germany against eurozone reform

Thu, 2018-06-21 14:15
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s opponents from left and right have contested the recently signed agreement between France and Germany for the creation of a budget for the euro area in 2021. EURACTIV.fr reports.
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Albania justice minister: Next six months will be crucial for our EU bid

Thu, 2018-06-21 13:56
The member states are expected to vote next week on whether to open accession talks with Albania, as the Commission has recommended. The Balkan country has made progress in improving the rule of law but its EU prospects remain vague as several EU capitals have called for caution in planning the bloc's next enlargement.
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Endangered eels at risk from Europe’s cocaine rivers

Thu, 2018-06-21 12:42
Europe’s river-dwelling creatures are threatened by traces of cocaine in some of the continent’s most well-known rivers, according to a new study. Migratory animals like the eel are particularly at risk.
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Pay £65 to stay, UK tells its EU residents

Thu, 2018-06-21 12:40
EU nationals living in the UK will have until June 2021 to apply for permanent residency at a cost of £65 per person, under a proposed scheme unveiled on Thursday (21 June).
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PEST committee boss insists on toxic pesticide to protect organic winemakers

Thu, 2018-06-21 10:42
We should stop focusing on economy over health when it comes to pesticides, said MEP Eric Andrieu, the president of the PEST committee in the European Parliament. But in the case of toxic copper, he urged member states to keep in mind that the viability of organic winery is at stake and that alternatives to copper are very limited.
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Germany earned €2.9 billion from Greece’s debt crisis

Thu, 2018-06-21 10:17
Germany turns out to be a major beneficiary of Greece’s debt crisis as it earned a total of €2.9 billion between 2010 and 2017. This emerges from a response of the Federal ministry of finance in Berlin to a parliamentary request from the Greens (Bündnis90/Die Grünen) in the German Bundestag obtained by EURACTIV.
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Artificial intelligence in manufacturing: Game changer or just another hype?

Thu, 2018-06-21 09:07
Most people agree that artificial intelligence will have a huge impact on the way Europeans will produce and consume in the future. However, there are differing views on what the European Union can do to tap the full potential of AI in manufacturing and while coping with possible challenges.
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EPP gets another top job: Finland’s Itala to head OLAF

Thu, 2018-06-21 08:17
Finland’s Ville Itälä will be the new director-general of OLAF, the EU’s anti-fraud office. He comes from the Finnish Kokoomus party, affiliated with the centre-right European Peoples’ Party (EPP) and will move to Olaf from his current post with the European Court of Auditors.
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German finance minister defends euro reforms against conservative attack

Thu, 2018-06-21 06:20
Germany's finance minister on Wednesday (20 June) defended a euro zone reform blueprint agreed with France against criticism by Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives that it could undermine monetary stability.
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Hungary approves ‘STOP Soros’ law, prohibits ‘resettlement of alien population’

Thu, 2018-06-21 05:59
Hungary’s parliament yesterday (20 June) approved a package of bills that criminalises some help given to illegal immigrants, defying the European Union and human rights groups. Parliament, where Fidesz has a two-thirds majority, also passed a constitutional amendment stating that...
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Eurozone ministers seek end to Greece bailout odyssey

Thu, 2018-06-21 05:30
Eurozone ministers will on Thursday (21 June) try to resolve their differences over the terms of Greece's departure from its massive bailout programme with splits over the degree of debt relief needed by cash-strapped Athens.
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