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EU way off the mark on energy savings goal, latest figures show

Fri, 2020-02-07 14:57
The EU’s statistical office, Eurostat, published new figures on energy consumption for 2018 this week (4 February). As expected, they weren’t good, with the EU as a whole set to miss its 2020 energy efficiency objective by a margin of up to 5%, in what campaigners called the "biggest miss" of all 2020 targets.
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Coronavirus could hurt German economy because of its reliance on China

Fri, 2020-02-07 12:08
Since the coronavirus outbreak started, the Chinese economy has begun to suffer. As a result, Germany, and particularly its car industry, could also lose out as China is its most important trading partner. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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EU’s anti-climate-dumping tool worries Russia 

Fri, 2020-02-07 11:47
In a sign that Moscow has taken note of the EU’s plan to deploy a carbon border tax, a top Kremlin adviser has urged Russia’s business giants to start adapting now if they want to continue selling their wares in the single market.
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In post-Brexit push, Macron calls for joint European nuclear deterrence

Fri, 2020-02-07 11:03
Europeans should propose together "an international agenda of arms control" at a time when the existing treaties are questioned by other world powers and the nuclear arms race could resume, President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday as he laid out France's much-awaited post-Brexit nuclear weapons strategy.
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Google Online Safety Summit 2020 [Promoted content]

Fri, 2020-02-07 10:13
The Google.org Online Safety Summit took place in Brussels on Tuesday (4 February), showcasing Google.org Impact Challenge on Safety community organisations tackling hate, extremism and child safety online.
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Brexit may create greater support for EU policies in the Council

Fri, 2020-02-07 09:34
Without the UK, the EU can expect smoother legislative procedures in most Council configurations and policy areas, especially in justice and home affairs, institutional and budgetary matters as well as foreign policy. The voting weight of Britons will be particularly...
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Nordics bet on advanced biofuels to suit carbon neutrality ambitions

Fri, 2020-02-07 09:27
Scandinavian governments put the bar high up in their commitment to becoming carbon neutral and several companies have responded by developing new technologies to harness forest resources, the Nordic green gold, in a bid to reduce transport emissions.
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‘Flight shame’? Europeans have never flown as frequently

Fri, 2020-02-07 07:59
Many people claim they are flying less to protect the environment but the figures say otherwise. The aviation industry is doing better than ever and its emissions have more than doubled since 1990. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Lithuanian professionals targeted on LinkedIn by Chinese agents

Fri, 2020-02-07 07:47
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about how the Thuringia election debacle unfolded for the liberal FDP, Hungary closing its borders, upcoming bilaterals between the Spanish government and Catalan president to solve the 'conflict', and so much more.
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TIRANA – Albania will not ‘cry at Europe’s door’

Fri, 2020-02-07 07:46
Albania will not “stay at Europe’s door and cry” for it to open, Prime Minister Edi Rama told AFP, adding that regardless of the decisions taken in Brussels, the country cannot “continue to live in anxiety and wait for something that...
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ZAGREB – Controversial city plan riles up protesters against mayor

Fri, 2020-02-07 07:45
Loud protests against the change of Zagreb’s urban planning (GUP) took place in front of the City Assembly during the session where the controversial plan was discussed. Read more about the GUP in Thursday’s edition of the Capitals. The protesters...
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BUCHAREST – No change of course

Fri, 2020-02-07 07:43
Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis designated Ludovic Orban to form a new government, just a day after Orban’s cabinet was dismissed by the Parliament, following a no-confidence vote. Analysts say Iohannis and his allies, the centre-right National Liberal Party (PNL, part...
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BERLIN – Liberal FDP leader calls for vote of confidence

Fri, 2020-02-07 07:35
Amidst the uproar over the Minister-President elections in Thuringia, federal leader of the liberal FDP party, Christian Lindner, asked the party’s executive board to hold a vote of confidence on Friday (7 February) during its special session in Berlin.  After...
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France to Britain: No fish for finance deal

Fri, 2020-02-07 07:31
The European Union must not give the UK concessions on access to EU financial markets in exchange for rights to fish in British waters, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Thursday (6 February).
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Spanish, Catalan leaders agree to start ‘constructive dialogue’ this month

Fri, 2020-02-07 07:27
Spain’s socialist prime minister Pedro Sánchez and Catalonia's regional president Quim Torra agreed on Thursday (6 February) to start a "constructive dialogue" in order to break the country's political impasse and solve the "political conflict" in Catalonia, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
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Morocco border clampdown thwarts Europe-bound migrants

Fri, 2020-02-07 07:18
Mustapha left his home in Guinea two years ago to make the arduous journey to Morocco, hoping to cross the fence separating the kingdom from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.
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Danish MEP: ‘Sector coupling is absolutely key for Europe’s climate and energy ambitions’

Fri, 2020-02-07 07:15
When it comes to energy regulations, the EU tends to legislate in silos, writing directives on renewables, energy efficiency or electricity and gas markets. But with the upcoming sector coupling strategy, it needs to do exactly the opposite, says Morten Petersen.
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US should buy control of Nokia, Ericsson to fight Huawei, says attorney general

Fri, 2020-02-07 07:06
The United States and its allies should take controlling stakes in Nokia, Ericsson or both to battle Chinese telecoms giant Huawei's dominance of the 5G market, US Attorney general Bill Barr said Thursday (6 February).
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Xiaomi president: ‘We invest substantial amounts to be fully compliant with GDPR’

Fri, 2020-02-07 07:06
Amid security concerns surrounding Chinese tech giant Huawei, its smaller telecoms rival Xiaomi has been attempting to distinguish itself by focusing on consumer products and non-critical infrastructure.
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Northern Irish police find truck bomb timed for Brexit

Fri, 2020-02-07 06:59
Northern Irish police said Thursday (6 February) they had found a bomb attached to a truck which was intended to go off as the UK left the European Union.
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