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Digital Brief: von der Leyen has Chinese cyber ‘worries’

Thu, 2020-01-09 12:59
Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “China is very far-reaching by now…We have to be clear in the cyber domain, where we have a lot...
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Ombudsman slams EU Council for tolerating presidencies’ private sponsorship

Thu, 2020-01-09 12:39
With Coca Cola and BMW sponsoring Romania and Finland during their respective EU Council presidencies last year, it would appear that member states have no qualms with private sector funding. But the European Ombudsman finds that this tarnishes the EU's reputation. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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French vineyards fear losing land to new pesticide-free zones

Thu, 2020-01-09 12:13
Pesticide-free zones, implemented in France since 1 January 2020, have angered winegrowers, who are losing a great deal of surface area, while civil society still considers them insufficient. EURACTIV France reports.
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Supporting a Competitive and Sustainable Battery Value Chain in the EU

Thu, 2020-01-09 11:00
On 5 December, 80 battery experts, policymakers and stakeholders met in Brussels at an event jointly organised by the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Nickel Institute, EUROBAT and RECHARGE.
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Welfare of rabbits farmed in Europe not up to scratch, says EFSA

Thu, 2020-01-09 10:01
The welfare of adult rabbits kept in conventional cage systems is worse than that of those housed in other systems used in the EU, EFSA has concluded in an extensive study which investigated rabbit welfare in the EU.
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EU carbon border tax cheaper and fairer than French energy levy, says report

Thu, 2020-01-09 07:59
The European Commission's carbon border tax proposal would have a small impact on French households, unlike the country's own proposal to tax energy which prompted the birth of the 'gilets jaunes' movement. EURACTIV France reports.
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EPP think-tank says US should mediate in Mediterranean maritime spats

Thu, 2020-01-09 07:55
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out the latest regarding Turkstream, NATO troops in Iraq, Italy's crumbling pledge to solve the Libyan crisis by gathering the relevant actors around a table, and so much more.
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SOFIA- Talks with US omits role of media and civil society in Bulgaria

Thu, 2020-01-09 07:54
The United States and Bulgaria launched the High-Level Strategic Dialogue yesterday (8 January) as a follow-up to the November meeting between US President Donald Trump and PM Boyko Borissov. Although the Dialogue is meant to set a timeline for specific...
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ATHENS – Sofia enters the Greek FSRU

Thu, 2020-01-09 07:52
BULGARTRANSGAZ, under the approval of Council of Ministers of the Bulgarian Government, signed a document confirming its 20% share in the capital of GASTRADE S.A, the developer of the LNG Terminal in Northern Greece off the shore of Alexandroupolis. The...
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BELGRADE – TurkStream to pay off in 10 to 12 Years

Thu, 2020-01-09 07:51
Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said Serbia could expect a return on its investment into the TurkStream in 10 to 12 years. After the opening of the natural gas pipeline in Istanbul, Vučić said the project would provide a considerable boost...
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WARSAW – Speaker of the Senate in Brussels

Thu, 2020-01-09 07:50
Speaker of the Senate, Tomasz Grodzki, met with EU Commission VP for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová, as well as with EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders. The trio talked about the Polish government’s judicial reforms and focused on Poland’s bill,...
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DUBLIN – Varadkar-Martin talks

Thu, 2020-01-09 07:48
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin will sit down for talks this evening (9 January), in a bid to thrash out an agreement on a date for the Irish general election. The Irish PM has said that...
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BRUSSELS – Decision on IS returnees

Thu, 2020-01-09 07:48
Belgium will not appeal against a national court ruling on making it possible for several Belgian IS fighters’ children to return from Syria, foreign affairs minister Philippe Goffin (MR) told the parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee. The children are currently staying...
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MADRID – A Spanish ‘bromance’

Thu, 2020-01-09 07:46
Last September, Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez said he couldn’t “sleep peacefully” if he had to form a government with Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias. The Socialist prime minister and the left-wing leader not only forged this week the first coalition...
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PARIS – France’s addiction to pesticides

Thu, 2020-01-09 07:46
The French government released official figures on Wednesday (8 January) confirming that pesticide use saw a dramatic 24% increase from 2017 to 2018. This comes as a shock given the government’s efforts to reduce the spraying of weedkillers through its...
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Germany warns of ‘second Syria’ as EU hosts Libya PM

Thu, 2020-01-09 07:45
EU leaders met the head of Libya's UN-recognised government Wednesday (8 January) as they scramble to contain the escalating crisis there, with Germany warning the country could deteriorate into a "second Syria".
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STOCKHOLM – Farewell to fossil fuels?

Thu, 2020-01-09 07:45
In a move that is described “unique”, Sweden is positioning itself at the forefront in the fight against climate change. A fossil-free future is set as a target not only in Sweden, but also in the rest of the European...
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MEP McAllister: The EU stands united behind Greece in crisis with Turkey

Thu, 2020-01-09 07:44
The European Union stands united behind Greece in its escalating dispute with Turkey, the Chairman of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, David McAllister, told EURACTIV.com.
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VIENNA – Could the FPÖ make a comeback by re-branding?

Thu, 2020-01-09 07:44
After a series of corruption scandals since May 2018, which culminated into the collapse of the ÖVP-FPÖ coalition led by still-Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, the right-wing populist party held a meeting to kick-start the party’s rebranding process on Wednesday (8 January)....
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BERLIN – Merkel says ‘Nein’ to cabinet reshuffle

Thu, 2020-01-09 07:43
In response to a suggestion to “rejuvenate and renew” the government made on Monday (6 January) by the head of the Christian Social Union (CSU) and Minister-President of Bavaria, Markus Söder, Chancellor Angela Merkel has declined to reshuffle her cabinet. ...
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