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Global Europe Brief: Seeking a truce in Libya

Thu, 2020-01-16 14:00
EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief provides a weekly update on the EU in the global perspective from our foreign affairs news team: Georgi Gotev and Alexandra Brzozowski.
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Russia’s ruling party approves Putin’s pick Mishustin for new PM

Thu, 2020-01-16 13:25
Russia’s ruling party on Thursday (16 January) unanimously backed President Vladimir Putin’s surprise choice for prime minister, Mikhail Mishustin, a man with almost no political profile.
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Albanian PM sues Kosovo counterpart for defamation over land-swap claims

Thu, 2020-01-16 13:15
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has filed a lawsuit for defamation against Kosovo’s outgoing prime minister, who has repeatedly said Rama was involved in talks about dividing up Kosovo along ethnic lines, a court in Pristina said on Thursday (16 January).
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Shipping to splash out on ammonia in green bid

Thu, 2020-01-16 13:14
A shipbuilder and engine maker are among leading companies looking to develop a vessel that can run on ammonia as part of efforts to speed up carbon reductions in shipping through cleaner fuel options, officials said on Wednesday (15 January).
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Digital Brief: Wiretapping in the age of 5G

Thu, 2020-01-16 13:09
Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here. 
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Green Deal, food labelling controversy and cultured meat

Thu, 2020-01-16 11:34
Welcome to the first edition of EURACTIV's AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU.
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Is Bulgaria’s Belene nuclear plant in line with EU competition law?

Thu, 2020-01-16 11:32
A Bulgarian lawyer has sent an eight-page letter to the European Commission pointing to various alleged violations of EU competition rules relating to the oft-delayed Belene nuclear power plant, EURACTIV Bulgaria reports.
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Nicolas Schmit: ‘The first dignity of work is to pay people a fair wage’

Thu, 2020-01-16 08:51
Nicolas Schmit will have a busy 2020. The EU Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights outlined on Tuesday (14 January) a comprehensive agenda to beef up the EU’s social policies. He discussed the details in an interview with EURACTIV.
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Swiss to vote again on EU migrant curbs

Thu, 2020-01-16 08:00
The Swiss will in May vote on a proposal that could dramatically limit immigration from the EU, six years after a similar referendum nearly destroyed relations with the bloc.
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European Parliament kicks off debate on pesticide, food waste cuts

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:57
MEPs agreed their first stance on the new Commission’s environmental flagship policy, the European Green Deal, aiming at halving food waste by 2030 and setting binding reduction targets for hazardous pesticides.
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Portugal eyes more immigrants to mitigate low-birth rate

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:54
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the nomination of Greece's first female president, how day one of the Irish election campaign started, Croatian MP calling for PM Plenkovic to resign, MEPs wanting to hold PM Babis accountable at EU level, and so much more.
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The battle between pro Nutri-score MEPs and Italy keeps raging on

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:49
A group of MEPs on Wednesday (15 January) spoke out against a fake news campaign by Italian politicians and stakeholders about the nutrition label known as Nutri-score, calling for it to be compulsory for all food manufacturers in the EU.
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Merkel, state leaders agree terms of brown coal exit

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:44
Germany has reached an agreement with the regions most affected by a plan to phase out the use of brown coal, or lignite, for its power plants by providing about 40 billion euros ($45 billion) in aid, a document reviewed by Reuters showed.
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Greek PM Mitsotakis nominates first-ever female president

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:44
Greece's conservative Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis nominated on Wednesday (15 January) judge Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou to become the first-ever female president of the Hellenic Republic, saying it was a “progressive proposal” that should be approved by all Greek lawmakers.
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TIRANA – Agreement on electoral reform

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:39
Socialist Energy and Industry Minister Damian Gjinkuri, deputy chairman of the opposition Socialist Movement for Integration Petrit Vasili, and a representative of the opposition Democratic Party, Oerd Bylykbashi, all signed a statement promising to reach an agreement on electoral reform...
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ZAGREB – Grilling PM Plenković

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:38
The first session in the Croatian parliament after a one month break was another showroom of accusation between the Social-democratic party (SDP) and Croatian democratic party (HDZ). While PM Andrej Plenković was praised during the plenary session in Strasbourg, at home,...
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Athens smarting after exclusion from German-hosted Libya conference

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:38
Germany’s decision not to invite Greece to a conference on the Libya crisis next Sunday (19 January) while Turkey will attend the meeting, has left the Greek government smarting from a  perceived diplomatic snub.
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SOFIA – Government ‘slept’ on the European Green Deal

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:37
Bulgarian MEP Radan Kanev (EPP, Democratic Bulgaria) has criticised the Bulgarian government for not being more involved in discussions regarding the European Green Deal. Kanev recalled that the country does not participate in the European Platform for coal regions in...
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European Parliament calls on member states to act on Poland and Hungary

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:35
The EU must set out concrete demands and deadlines for Poland and Hungary over their rule of law and judicial independence situation, lawmakers in the European Parliament demanded in a Strasbourg debate on Article 7 on Wednesday (15 January). In...
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WARSAW – On Thursday the report on judicial reforms

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:35
According to Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki, the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission report that concerns the country’s judicial reforms by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party should be unveiled on Thursday (16 January). Read also: Poland’s 2017 judicial reform...
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