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BELGRADE – Enlargement Commissioner in Serbia and Montenegro

Thu, 2020-02-06 07:46
The EU commissioner for enlargement and neighbourhood policy, Oliver Varhelyi, will visit Serbia and Montenegro from 6-7 February and meet with the two countries’ top officials and opposition representatives. In Belgrade, Varhelyi will meet with the president and prime minister...
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ZAGREB – Inter-party elections for ruling HDZ on 7 February

Thu, 2020-02-06 07:45
The National Council of ruling Croatian democratic party’ (HDZ) announced that inter-party elections will be called on 7 February, after which the procedure for electing the president, deputy and four vice-president of the party will begin. Elections for the new HDZ...
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BUCHAREST – Romanian government collapses after three months in office

Thu, 2020-02-06 07:43
Romania’s parliament ousted the centre-right government formed by PNL (EPP) on Wednesday (5 February) with 261 votes, comfortably more than the 233 needed, after socialist party PSD and Hungarian minority party UDMR launched a no-confidence vote following the government’s plan...
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SOFIA – Judge banned from the US for ‘serious corruption’

Thu, 2020-02-06 07:42
After Specialised Criminal Court Judge Andon Mitalov was said to be involved in letting Nikolai Malinov, who had been accused of spying for Russia, travel to Moscow, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo outed the judge for participating in “serious...
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ATHENS – Syriza tables draft law to raise minimum wage

Thu, 2020-02-06 07:40
The leftist main opposition SYRIZA party tabled a draft law proposal to raise the country’s minimum wage before parliament on Wednesday. Alexis Tsipras said that the proposal continues on his party economic policy and noted that “we are proposing a...
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MADRID – Spanish farmers protest in Madrid for ‘fair’ prices

Thu, 2020-02-06 07:38
Spain’s main farmers’ associations demonstrated on Wednesday in Madrid, demanding “fair” prices for their produces. They urged the country’s leftist government to take urgent measures to defend the sector, EURACTIV’s partner EFE AGRO reported. Spain’s three main farmers’ associations (UPA,...
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HELSINKI – A graveyard for used cars

Thu, 2020-02-06 07:36
While many cities in Europe are finding new ways to improve air quality by implementing air quality control methods and measures, Finland is becoming a graveyard for used and heavy-polluting cars banned elsewhere. Last year, it was estimated that almost...
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Europe dodges US fentanyl crisis but for how long?

Thu, 2020-02-06 07:33
When 18-year-old Joseph bought a pill at a fun fair in the French Riviera resort of Cannes, he was convinced it was morphine.
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Offshore wind boom ‘not enough’ to reach EU climate goals

Thu, 2020-02-06 07:30
A record 3.6 gigawatts of new offshore wind capacity was added across Europe in 2019, but the pace of deployment is still too slow to reach Europe’s ambitious climate targets, according to new industry figures published on Thursday (6 February).
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Poland sets presidential election for 10 May

Thu, 2020-02-06 07:27
Poland will hold the first round of its presidential election on 10 May, the speaker of parliament announced on Wednesday (5 February), with incumbent President Andrzej Duda tipped as the favourite.
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Senior MEP: New Commission structured to hinder parliamentary scrutiny

Thu, 2020-02-06 07:25
The complex organisation European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen set up for her cabinet "is not innocent" and hinders accountability, Juan Fernando López Aguilar, chairman of the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), told EURACTIV.
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Just Transition Fund to deepen Belgian debate over regional disparities

Thu, 2020-02-06 07:20
While 0.9% (€68 million) of the EU's Just Transition Fund is designated for Belgium, European Commission criteria for the fund could turn into a "financial hangover" for Flanders, Flemish Environment Minister Zuhal Demir (N-VA) has warned, in a claim that threatens to deepen the debate about regional disparities in Belgium.
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Romanian lawmakers topple centrist cabinet, weeks of political jostling ahead

Thu, 2020-02-06 07:08
Romanian lawmakers toppled the three-month-old centrist minority government of Prime Minister Ludovic Orban on Wednesday (5 February), raising the prospect of an early parliamentary election which Orban's party says it is confident of winning.
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Political earthquake in Thuringia as new President gets elected with far-right votes

Thu, 2020-02-06 07:01
Thomas Kemmerich, a liberal democrat from the FDP party, became Thuringia's new Minister-President on Wednesday (5 February), thanks to support from the Christian Democrats (CDU) and the far-right – a first in post-war Germany. EURACTIV Germany reports. 
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OSCE warns Ukraine over disinformation bill

Thu, 2020-02-06 06:54
A new bill aimed at curbing the spread of disinformation in Ukraine could pose a risk to freedom of expression, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe warned on Wednesday (5 February).
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In political triumph, Trump acquitted in impeachment trial

Thu, 2020-02-06 06:26
President Donald Trump was acquitted by the US Senate on Wednesday (5 February) following a historic impeachment trial that shone a harsh light on America's divisions, without ever shaking the loyalty of his voter base.
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The role of sustainable bioenergy in delivering the European Green Deal [Promoted content]

Thu, 2020-02-06 06:00
Sustainable bioenergy is a key player in the current and future energy mix. Along with other renewable energy sources, it is part of the puzzle in the transition to a low-carbon, more resource-efficient and sustainable economy in Europe.
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The Brief – Stop talking about (Br)exits

Wed, 2020-02-05 15:58
Even before the European Parliament sealed the Brexit bill for good and the United Kingdom left the EU after a long tug-of-war, a lot of pundits wondered who could be the next in line to walk down the escape way...
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Bulgaria warns Serbia over refusal to extradite banker

Wed, 2020-02-05 15:49
Bulgaria’s chief prosecutor Ivan Geshev has written letters to the European institutions to complain about Serbia’s refusal to extradite a banker held responsible for what is considered Bulgaria's theft of the century, hinting it might affect Serbia's EU membership bid.
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Alarm over BBC future as UK proposes fee changes

Wed, 2020-02-05 15:38
The British government on Wednesday (5 February) announced plans to stop prosecuting people who do not pay the BBC's compulsory subscription fee, sparking concerns about the broadcaster's future funding.
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