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PARIS – Could a random citizen group save the environment?

Mon, 2020-01-13 07:40
150 randomly chosen citizens have been working on climate issues in France, supposedly to find a solution about how to reduce greenhouse gases. Although President Emmanuel Macron has promised that the results of their work should be taken into account,...
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VIENNA – Von der Leyen seeks Austrian help with Eastern member states

Mon, 2020-01-13 07:39
By scheduling his obligatory meeting with EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Sunday (12 January) as the new head of government so swiftly after his inauguration, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) sought to signal that his government is engaged...
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EU judges join Polish colleagues to protest ‘muzzle law’

Mon, 2020-01-13 07:38
Hundreds of Polish judges dressed in formal black robes marched in Warsaw on Saturday  (11 January) to protest a draft law aimed at punishing justices who question the government's controversial court reforms.
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BERLIN – A friendly meeting in Moscow

Mon, 2020-01-13 07:37
Over the weekend, Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Moscow to discuss the US’s recent escalation with Iran, as well as the conflicts in Ukraine, Syria, and Libya. In a surprise to many, the meeting was warm and friendly with the two...
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Finland and Estonia – a timeless friendship?

Mon, 2020-01-13 07:36
Last week, the roadshow of the Finnish Prime minister Sanna Marin was taken first to Stockholm and then Tallinn. In Sweden, the meeting was a mere coffee break with fellow social democrats. But in Estonia, it was all about repairing...
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Von der Leyen hails ‘Austrian model’ on climate change

Mon, 2020-01-13 07:29
EU chief Ursula von der Leyen on Sunday (12 January) hailed Austria's target of being carbon neutral by 2040 as an example for other European countries as she met the country's newly re-elected leader.
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Austrian Green MEP: Gas is a better transition alternative to coal than nuclear

Mon, 2020-01-13 07:01
The new government in Vienna will aim for “an end to nuclear energy” in the EU, Thomas Waitz told EURACTIV Slovakia. The MEP-elect and Green Party negotiator also calls on the EU to acknowledge that Poland will need financial support in the transition away from coal.
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US officials to visit Britain, pushing for Huawei 5G ban

Mon, 2020-01-13 06:53
A delegation of US officials will arrive in Britain on Monday (13 January) to try to persuade Britain not to use Huawei equipment in the upgrade of its telecoms network, two people with knowledge of the matter said on Sunday.
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Macron, Sahel leaders meet to boost anti-jihadist campaign

Mon, 2020-01-13 06:43
French President Emmanuel Macron will on Monday (13 January) host counterparts from five Sahel countries seeking more backing in the fight against a murderous jihadist uprising even as France's military role is being questioned.
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Malta’s new leader promises to keep strengthening rule of law

Mon, 2020-01-13 06:31
Malta's incoming leader Robert Abela promised to strengthen the rule of law and said the country would emerge stronger after recent events, in an address on Sunday (12 January) a day before he is due to succeed Joseph Muscat as prime minister.
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Iranian protesters demand that leaders quit over airline disaster ‘lies’

Mon, 2020-01-13 06:27
Protests erupted across Iran for a second day on Sunday (12 January), increasing pressure on the Islamic Republic’s leadership after it admitted its military shot down a Ukrainian airliner by accident, despite days of denials that Iranian forces were to blame.
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New diesel cars exceed particle limits, tests show

Mon, 2020-01-13 06:16
New diesel vehicles are exceeding the limit for particle emissions, European campaign group Transport and Environment (T&E) said on Monday (13 January), calling on EU lawmakers to make emissions testing and regulations stricter.
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Croatia president blames poll defeat on sexism, ‘fake news’

Mon, 2020-01-13 05:55
Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović on Saturday (11 January) blamed sexism and "fake news" for her defeat in elections last week, as well as a rival who split the right-wing electorate she was counting on.
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EU willing to maintain Iran nuclear deal, risking rift with the US

Sat, 2020-01-11 08:30
With the prospects of a potential US-Iran war fading, EU foreign minister during an emergency session on Friday (10 January), said they are willing to maintain the Iran nuclear deal as long as Tehran fulfils its commitments in order to achieve it.
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Agri-food exports to US spike ahead of tariffs storm

Sat, 2020-01-11 07:53
The last monthly update on agri-food trade with data until October 2019 confirmed a favourable trend of EU food exports to the US ahead of punitive tariffs promised by the Trump administration.
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European Parliament strip jailed Catalan MEP of seat

Sat, 2020-01-11 07:18
The European Parliament declared Friday (10 January) that jailed Catalan separatist Oriol Junqueras is no longer an MEP, stripping him of the immunity his supporters hoped would see him freed.
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Former Commission officials top new Spanish government

Fri, 2020-01-10 15:58
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez appointed former European Commission spokesperson Arancha González as his new foreign affairs minister, while Nadia Calviño, who used to be a director-general in the EU executive, will become vice-president for economy, and former EU official Luis Planas will stay on as agriculture minister.
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The Brief, powered by MPE – Americans are bad… but not when it comes to crises

Fri, 2020-01-10 15:32
Europe has always praised its soft power skills in doing international politics and criticised Washington’s harsh, interest-driven, 'cowboy' approach. But when a problem appears at home, Europeans invariably ask Americans to intervene.
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Von der Leyen fails to convince that her Commission is ‘geopolitical’

Fri, 2020-01-10 12:48
New European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was put on the spot during her visit to Zagreb on Friday (10 January). Asked how she would prove that her Commission is ‘geopolitical’, given the EU's weak response to growing challenges in the region, von der Leyen failed to provide convincing answers.
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Could Germany impose a tax on meat?

Fri, 2020-01-10 12:27
Shortly before Germany launches its "green week", Lower Saxony's conservative agriculture minister, Barbara Otte-Kinast (CDU), raised the issue of introducing a meat tax, again, which is something animal welfare activists have been demanding for years. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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