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PARIS – Digital tax war between France and US escalates.

Tue, 2020-01-07 07:39
France has again called on the US  to “come to its senses” and not sanction French products in response to the French digital tax. “This trade war is in no one’s interest and I call on our American friends to...
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MADRID – Sánchez faces tight parliament vote.

Tue, 2020-01-07 07:38
Caretaker Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will have a very tight vote in parliament on his investiture as head of the executive. He needs to win a simple majority but currently has a mere two vote advantage. Opposition parties are...
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VIENNA – State actors behind cyberattack on foreign ministry?

Tue, 2020-01-07 07:37
The cyberattack was launched on Saturday and has still not been repelled, even though countermeasures were applied almost immediately. The foreign ministry suspects that state actors conducted the attack “because of its gravity and nature”. The idea that Russia could...
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BERLIN – Liberals eye ‘homeless’ voters?

Tue, 2020-01-07 07:36
After a year of moderate to disappointing electoral results, the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) held their yearly ‘Three Kings Meeting’ yesterday in Stuttgart to chart out their course for 2020. The party leadership has its sights set on a...
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STOCKHOLM – Economist heats up ‘Euro debate’

Tue, 2020-01-07 07:34
The debate over whether Sweden should keep the Kroner or join the Eurozone seems to be gathering some momentum again. The most recent one sticking his spoon into the porridge is Björn Olsson, an economist of the Swedish Bankers’ Association....
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EU plans ‘big increase’ in green gas to meet climate goals

Tue, 2020-01-07 07:18
Production of biogas, biomethane and “green” hydrogen will have to skyrocket by at least 1,000% over the next three decades in order to reach the EU’s climate neutrality objective for 2050, an EU official has said.
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Between fieldwork and advocacy for the protection of wildlife and biodiversity [Promoted content]

Tue, 2020-01-07 06:00
Biodiversity is under threat, elephants and wildlife in general are declining rapidly. IFAW has been working for 50 years on the ground and with decision-makers. The EU and Member States must take their responsibilities now before it’s too late.
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UK set for big spending rise in first post-Brexit budget

Tue, 2020-01-07 01:00
Britain is to unveil its first post-Brexit budget on March 11, the government said on Tuesday (7 January), promising increased public service spending and an end to a decade of austerity.
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Spain’s lawmakers likely to back Sanchez coalition in tight vote

Tue, 2020-01-07 00:00
Spanish lawmakers are expected to vote by the narrowest of margins on Tuesday (7 January) to confirm Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez as head of a left-wing coalition government.
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Iran’s supreme leader weeps as vast crowd mourns slain general in Tehran

Mon, 2020-01-06 17:00
Iran's supreme leader wept in grief with hundreds of thousands of mourners thronging Tehran's streets on Monday (6 January) for the funeral of military commander Qassem Soleimani, killed by a US drone on the orders of US President Donald Trump.
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EU foreign ministers to hold emergency Iran talks on Friday

Mon, 2020-01-06 16:29
EU foreign ministers will hold emergency talks on the Iran crisis later this week on Friday as tensions rise after US forces killed an Iranian general in a drone strike, diplomats said on Monday (6 January).
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The Brief, powered by MPE – Geopolitical wishes for 2020

Mon, 2020-01-06 15:27
At the turn of 2020, a big bunch of geopolitical issues are staring Europe right in the face. What will matter in the end is the capacity of the new European Commission, which by the way calls itself geopolitical, to respond to the challenges.
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First potential Suleimani revenge attack hits US cyberspace

Mon, 2020-01-06 15:24
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is monitoring the hacking of a government website, which may have been conducted in response to the US drone strike that killed Iranian military commander Qassim Suleimani at Baghdad airport on Friday (3 January).
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German futurologist: Transition to sustainable mobility needs state intervention

Mon, 2020-01-06 14:41
In an interview with EURACTIV's partner Wirtschaftswoche, Futurology and Transport Design Professor, Stephan Rammler, predicts the year 2019 may have been a historical turning point for the transport industry.
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Hoffenheim on tree-planting mission in Uganda

Mon, 2020-01-06 13:47
Football club 1899 Hoffenheim is planting trees in Uganda to help protect the environment. In the past, sustainability in football meant switching off the stadium lights in the evening, but many clubs are now breaking new ground.
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Government’s handling of pension strikes threatens France’s EU credibility

Mon, 2020-01-06 11:23
The French government continues to defend its pension reform proposal initially recommended by the European executive. Although it has since been watered down, its divisiveness has led to the paralysis of the transport system for almost a month. EURACTIV France reports.
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Leftist victory shakes Croatian politics at start of EU presidency

Mon, 2020-01-06 07:51
The Capitals brings you the latest news from across Europe, through on-the-ground reporting by EURACTIV’s media network. You can subscribe to the newsletter here. Before you start reading today’s edition of the Capitals, we invite you to read Alexandra Brzozowski’s story...
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BUDAPEST – New Year’s surprise – fertility treatment not yet free

Mon, 2020-01-06 07:50
Fertility drugs and injection treatments were to become free with prescription starting on 1 January, minister for family Katalin Novák said on 19 December. This contradicted the prime minister’s instructions published in the state’s official journal on the same day,...
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HELSINKI – Finnish EU Presidency: The Judgement Day

Mon, 2020-01-06 07:48
Finland wrapped up its EU presidency at the end of the year and the verdict is in. Unsurprisingly, some observers put more emphasis on the mild success, others on the failures in making progress. There was no lack of ambition,...
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ATHENS – Crucial Mitsotakis meeting with Trump in Washington

Mon, 2020-01-06 07:47
Days after the signing of the EastMed pipeline deal between Israel, Cyprus and Greece, and amid a new Middle East crisis, Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis is visiting Washington for official meetings with the US administration. According to government sources, the...
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