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ATHENS – 5G is not just a technology issue

Fri, 2020-01-10 07:40
Greece will wait for the relevant European Commission report before making its decisions on technology issues in the development of 5G networks, Digital Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis told EURACTIV Greece. And that’s because the issue of 5G is not purely a...
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DUBLIN – Party discussions

Fri, 2020-01-10 07:39
Further “constructive” talks took place between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin last night, amid speculation as to when the forthcoming Irish general election will be. Statements issued from Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil noted that the...
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HELSINKI – Modernising air defence

Fri, 2020-01-10 07:38
By 26 February the skies over Finland will be occupied by the crème de la crème of fighter planes. The country has decided to modernise its air defence capability and replace its long-serving sixty-four Hornets with a new generation fighter....
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Multi-million EU research grants stir debate in Italy

Fri, 2020-01-10 07:38
A scathing article critising the generous grants allocated by the European Research Council (ERC) appeared in the Italian daily Corriere della Sera on Sunday (5 January), reviving a long-running debate in Italy over the poor state of the country's research.
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VIENNA – New Europe minister flatters France

Fri, 2020-01-10 07:36
After the Austrian Greens joined Chancellor Kurz’s ÖVP to form his second coalition, the new Europe Minister, Karoline Edtstadler of the Greens, visited her French counterpart Amélie de Montchalin in Paris on Thursday (9 January). While Edstadler made it clear...
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BERLIN – AfD fined for accepting illegal campaign donations

Fri, 2020-01-10 07:34
The far-right Alternative for Germany party (AfD) could pay a fine totalling almost €270,000 for accepting illegal campaign donations, a Berlin administrative court ruled on Thursday evening (9 January). It found that party chair Jörg Meuthen paid Swiss PR agency...
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PARIS – French corruption criticised by the Council of Europe

Fri, 2020-01-10 07:33
“Grey areas” in the fight against corruption persist in France, the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (Greco) warned on Thursday (8 January), calling on the government to increase transparency around the presidency and give more power and...
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US to join probe of Ukrainian jet disaster that killed 176

Fri, 2020-01-10 07:21
The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has accepted an invitation from Iran to take part in its investigation into the crash of a Ukrainian airplane in Tehran, the agency confirmed late on Thursday (9 January).
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British lawmakers finally approve historic Brexit deal

Fri, 2020-01-10 07:09
Britain's parliament finally approved Brexit on Thursday (9 January), allowing it to become the first country to leave the European Union by the end of this month, ending years of arguments that toppled two governments and divided a nation.
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Just Transition Fund won’t come ‘at the expense’ of Cohesion, EU’s Ferreira claims

Fri, 2020-01-10 07:07
The creation of a Just Transition Fund to help poorer EU regions move towards a climate-neutral economy cannot come at the expense of the bloc's Cohesion Policy, the EU's regional policy Commissioner has said.
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Lisbon bus project uses 100% used cooking oil as fuel

Fri, 2020-01-10 07:00
Lisbon’s public transportation company CARRIS has joined forces with the private sector in a project aiming to boost sustainable mobility in the country’s capital through the use of 100% used cooking oils.
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Fairer EU funding needed to halt brain drain: Croatia minister

Fri, 2020-01-10 06:54
Cash from the EU's research funds must be spread beyond the "old men's club" of prestigious institutions in richer member states to curb the brain drain exacerbating inequalities across the bloc, a Croatian minister said on Thursday (9 January).
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Tweets of the Week: Iran Responses, VDL in London, Megxit

Fri, 2020-01-10 06:50
Soleimani airstrike causes international strain, VDL heads to London by taking a plane, and Harry and Meghan decide being Royal’s a pain.  
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Fri, 2020-01-10 06:00
Does your town or region contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals? Do you want to win a video to promote your development cooperation project? Do you want to get a free entrance to CEMR 2020 Congress in Innsbruck? Apply before...
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Europe must go beyond empty words on Iran, experts say

Thu, 2020-01-09 19:34
As EU foreign ministers gather tomorrow (9 January) to discuss Iran, they should be mindful of a changed domestic situation in the country, experts warn.
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Protests in breakaway Georgian region, Abkhazia

Thu, 2020-01-09 17:00
Around 200 demonstrators contesting a local election broke into the authorities' headquarters in the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia Thursday evening (9 January) and demanded the resignation of its president. Protests continue today (10 January) with demonstrators setting up camp in front of administration building, local media reports.
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The Brief, powered by MPE – A conference for what?

Thu, 2020-01-09 15:44
By the end of this year, member states must reach an agreement against the clock on a long-term budget to finance their bold priorities for this decade, and seal a deal with the UK on their future relationship. On top...
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Unilateral sanctions targeting Russia come at cost to transatlantic relationship

Thu, 2020-01-09 14:19
US sanctions designed to undermine Russian natural gas exports to Europe specifically target European-based companies at the risk of further weakening an already fragile US-European relationship, write Martin Jirušek and Robert Dillon.  
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Global Europe Brief: EU’s diplomatic dilemma

Thu, 2020-01-09 13:58
Welcome to the first edition of EURACTIV's Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU in the global perspective from our foreign affairs news team: Georgi Gotev and Alexandra Brzozowski.
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‘We wanted to stop the right-wing authoritarian trend,’ says Green Austrian MP

Thu, 2020-01-09 13:56
In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, Green Austrian MP Lukas Hammer spoke about his party's negotiations with the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) while drafting the coalition agreement and why his party took the risk of accepting tough migration policies in exchange for increased climate protection.
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