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EU to deploy new military mission to enforce Libya arms embargo

Mon, 2020-02-17 16:15
EU foreign ministers agreed on Monday (17 February), after Austria lifted its veto, to deploy a combined aerial and naval mission, with a terrestrial component, and enforce a porous UN arms embargo in and around war-torn Libya.
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The Brief – Why is America eclipsing the EU in the Balkans?

Mon, 2020-02-17 15:41
It’s very rare to witness first-hand an acceleration of history, and this is precisely what is happening in the Balkans now. In a very short time, Serbia and Kosovo took huge steps towards normalising their relations.
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TGV-maker Alstom confirms bid attempt for Canadian rival

Mon, 2020-02-17 14:32
French train maker Alstom has confirmed it is in talks on the possible acquisition of the train business of Canada’s Bombardier, a potential €6.5 billion deal that could help it build scale in the increasingly competitive rail sector.
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European Child Guarantee can be EU’s answer to child poverty. [Promoted content]

Mon, 2020-02-17 14:00
A staggering 22.7 million children live in poverty or social exclusion across the European Union. That’s one in four children in the EU. This is unacceptable for one of the most prosperous regions in the world.
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Struggling beekeepers undercut by cheap honey imports, says new report

Mon, 2020-02-17 12:08
European honey producers are calling for an emergency action plan to be put in place to keep the sector, pointing to a drop in production across the EU and a rise in cheap imports.
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CAP spending faces further €5bn cut in bloc’s budget blueprint

Mon, 2020-02-17 10:35
In the latest compromise proposal for the next EU 7-year spending plan, fresh money allocated on the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) were trimmed by €7.5 billion, only partly offset by a €2.5 billion increase in direct payments to farmers.
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Kazakhstan will remain ‘locomotive’ of Eurasian integration – President

Mon, 2020-02-17 08:58
Kazakhstan and Russia, which are among the founders of the EAEU, will continue to remain the “locomotives” of Eurasian integration, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said at the Munich Security Conference on Friday (15 February). Tokayev, who was elected last June...
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UK post-Brexit rules to ‘turn off tap’ of low-skilled foreign labor

Mon, 2020-02-17 08:25
Britain will “turn off the tap” of foreign, low-skilled labor and require all skilled workers wishing to come to the country to have a job offer and meet salary and language requirements as it sets post-Brexit rules from next year.
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Portugal’s EU Presidency to focus on relations with India

Mon, 2020-02-17 07:47
In today's edition of The Capitals, find out more about British Commission officials getting Irish passports, the Slovakian president speaking of tieing the rule of law with EU funding, Bulgarian trade unions opposing the European Green Deal, and so much more.
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Europe can win global battle for industrial data, Breton says

Mon, 2020-02-17 07:45
Europe may have lost the battle to create digital champions capable of taking on US and Chinese companies harvesting personal data, but it can win the war of industrial data, Europe's industry policy chief said on Saturday (15 February).
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SOFIA – Two trade unions oppose European Green Deal

Mon, 2020-02-17 07:41
The Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB) and the Podkrepa Confederation of Labour are ready to start protests against the European Green Deal. Although they are not against making the economy greener, they do not agree with the...
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BUDAPEST – Tough times for the economy, says Orbán

Mon, 2020-02-17 07:40
Hungary will cut taxes on labour and for small firms, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Sunday (16 February) as he warned of difficult times ahead for the country’s economy, Reuters reports. After having experienced a 4.9% growth rate for...
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DUBLIN – Irish Commission passports

Mon, 2020-02-17 07:39
Up to 60 British officials who work in the European Commission have obtained an Irish passport in order to continue working in Brussels, it has emerged. The news comes as concerns continue with regards to the downward trend in Irish...
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HELSINKI – Finnish Presidency on a shoestring budget

Mon, 2020-02-17 07:38
Finland managed to organise its rotating six-month EU Presidency last year on a two-thirds budget, as it only used €55 million of the €81.3 million allocated. Spending on the EU may not be the bottomless pit that its populist critics...
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VIENNA – Kurz supports international digital tax

Mon, 2020-02-17 07:37
On the margins of the Security Conference in Munich, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that European big tech companies should “contribute their fair share in taxes”. He also pointed out that Austria had already introduced a digital...
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PARIS – Government reshuffle after new setback for Macronists

Mon, 2020-02-17 07:36
Olivier Véran of Macron’s La République En Marche (LREM) was announced as new health minister on Sunday (16 February) evening, following the decision of Agnes Buzyn to be a candidate for the municipal elections in Paris. Buzyn will be replacing...
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Macron picks minister to lead Paris mayor battle after sexting scandal

Mon, 2020-02-17 07:33
French President Emmanuel Macron picked his widely respected health minister on Sunday (16 February) to reinvigorate a campaign to win over Paris City Hall that fell apart when his previous candidate pulled out over a sexting scandal.
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Merkel succession contender calls her out over slow EU revamp

Mon, 2020-02-17 07:18
A leading contender to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday (16 February) criticised her for taking too long to respond to a French push to strengthen the EU after Brexit.
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Bosnian police tussle with migrants protesting over camp conditions

Mon, 2020-02-17 07:14
Bosnian police scuffled on Saturday (15 February) with hundreds of migrants who tried to break out of an overcrowded camp during a protest over conditions at the facility and their treatment by authorities in nearby Croatia. The Miral camp lies...
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Poland’s just transition bonus cut 50% under latest EU budget proposal

Mon, 2020-02-17 07:00
Poland would see its €2 billion share of the EU’s Just Transition Fund cut in half under a new EU budget proposal published on Friday (14 February), which penalises countries that have not signed up to the bloc’s 2050 ‘climate-neutrality’ goal.
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