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Ukraine’s new and unpredictable parliament set for marathon first session

Thu, 2019-08-29 06:17
Ukraine's new parliament will meet for the first time on Thursday (29 August), dominated by the party of ex-comedian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy who has an unprecedented chance to fulfil his political ambition of "breaking the system".
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UK government steps up no-deal Brexit blame game

Thu, 2019-08-29 06:14
Britain's Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay warned Wednesday (28 August) that the European Union would be blamed for its "lack of flexibility" on the Irish border question in the event of no-deal Brexit – a statement quickly rebutted by Ireland's foreign minister.
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German coal regions to be allocated €40 billion as part of coal phase-out plan

Thu, 2019-08-29 05:15
Germany's federal cabinet has presented a bill to allocate €40 billion to some federal states so they can prepare for structural changes related to transitioning away from coal. However, it remains unclear when the power plants will be shut down. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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The Brief: Macron, the EU’s new leader

Wed, 2019-08-28 14:46
The West may no longer be the leader of the world. But the EU has a new leader and it’s no longer Merkel: it’s French President Emmanuel Macron. He was the unofficial winner of the European elections, or at least...
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G7 summit did little to solve global environmental crisis

Wed, 2019-08-28 13:52
Environment, biodiversity and the climate were all on the agenda during the three days of the G7 summit held on 24-26 August in Biarritz, France. However, few concrete decisions were taken. EURACTIV's partner Le Journal de l'environnement reports.
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Tesla mulls building mega-factory in Germany

Wed, 2019-08-28 12:51
American electric carmaker Tesla is reportedly on the hunt for locations in Germany to build one of its gigafactories, according to local media. Adding a European base of operations could help Elon Musk's firm avoid the worst effects of an ongoing trade war between the US and China.
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France proposes europhile Sylvie Goulard as Commissioner

Wed, 2019-08-28 11:54
France has proposed Sylvie Goulard as its European Commissioner candidate. An expert on European issues, the former centrist MEP was central to helping Emmanuel Macron develop his European contacts during his successful 2017 presidential campaign. EURACTIV France reports.
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An EU agenda for climate security

Wed, 2019-08-28 11:18
Responding to the unprecedented challenge posed by climate change will require all actors – including the defence and security community – to step outside their comfort zone, writes Luca Bergamaschi.
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Juncker Commission still hopes to finalise agreement with Azerbaijan

Wed, 2019-08-28 09:51
The Juncker Commission still hopes that it could conclude a new trade and political agreement with Azerbaijan in the next two months, provided that Baku moves forward on the trade part of the text, sources have told EURACTIV.
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Johnson asks Queen to suspend parliament as Brexit drama takes new twist

Wed, 2019-08-28 09:30
The UK government has formally requested the intervention of the Queen in a bid to suspend parliament, a day after a coalition of opposition MPs banded together in an attempt to foil the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
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Make or break day in Italy in ‘craziest crisis ever’

Wed, 2019-08-28 06:58
Wednesday (28 August) is D-Day for fraught negotiations to form a new Italian government, failing which the eurozone's third largest economy will be forced to hold fresh elections.
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Spanish socialists seek Podemos deal to break deadlock

Wed, 2019-08-28 06:47
In an effort to break the political stalemate, acting socialist Vice President of the government, Carmen Calvo, on Tuesday offered leftist Unidas Podemos to “share a broader and more realistic” joint political program and allow a stable government in Spain.
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Trade wars: Germany’s slide into recession

Wed, 2019-08-28 06:40
Germany is facing a recession, with business confidence plunging to levels not seen since the global economic crisis of 2009. As a result, calls for increased investment are growing louder – but possibly for the wrong reasons, EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Trump goes to Warsaw for sombre commemoration

Wed, 2019-08-28 06:39
US President Donald Trump, fresh from hob-nobbing with his G7 partners at a glitzy French resort town, will on Sunday (1 September) attend sombre commemorations in Warsaw of the outbreak of World War II 80 years ago.
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EU paper recyclers ‘in crisis’ as China waste import ban bites

Wed, 2019-08-28 06:30
China’s ban on waste imports has thrown Europe’s paper recycling sector “in a crisis situation,” leading to a chronic oversupply of recovered paper that sent prices plummeting by 300% over the past two years, according to trade group EuRIC.
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Ahead of heating season, EU gas tanks are full

Wed, 2019-08-28 06:20
With gas prices at a ten-year low, storage tanks are far fuller than average for this time of year. This may have political implications as lawmakers think about security of supply.
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Romania’s PM vows to fight on despite end of coalition

Wed, 2019-08-28 06:04
Romania's Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă vowed Tuesday (27 August) her Social Democratic party would not lose power despite being abandoned by their coalition partner and facing an opposition no-confidence vote.
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U-turn: Bolsonaro open to foreign aid to fight Amazon fires

Wed, 2019-08-28 05:56
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro is willing to accept foreign aid for fighting fires devastating the Amazon rainforest, but only if the country controls the funds, his spokesman said Tuesday (27 August).
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Putin, Erdogan agree steps to tackle militants in Syria’s Idlib

Wed, 2019-08-28 05:55
President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday (27 August) that Russia and Turkey had agreed steps to tackle militants in northwest Syria and “normalize” the situation there after a Syrian army offensive encircled rebel fighters and a Turkish military post.
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France’s Macron makes Russia a top diplomatic priority

Wed, 2019-08-28 05:39
President Emmanuel Macron placed great emphasis on Russia during his annual speech in front of French diplomats on Tuesday (27 August), telling ambassadors that "Europe would disappear" if it fails to rethink its strategy towards Russia. EURACTIV France reports.
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