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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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UK press freedom worries European journalist organisations, NGOs, politicians

Fri, 2020-02-07 06:50
Media freedom watchdogs, journalists associations and politicians have cried foul at the worsening media policies in the UK, following the banning of certain journalists from a press briefing by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and plans to decriminalise failure to pay BBC licence fees.
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Why Belarus cannot replace Russian crude?

Fri, 2020-02-07 06:50
A month has passed since Russia withheld its regular oil supplies to Belarus, and the country is not out of the woods yet. Mateusz Kubiak argues that any diversification is likely to remain limited.
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Commission vows to strengthen ties with the Western Balkans

Fri, 2020-02-07 06:38
The EU's new enlargement methodology aims to strengthen ties with countries from the Western Balkans, especially with those that have already started EU membership negotiations  European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Várhelyi said in Belgrade on Thursday (6 February). EURACTIV Serbia reports. 
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A new tax deal for the EU

Fri, 2020-02-07 06:36
Cross-border tax evasion is a problem for the EU and there is no reason to exclude EU member states from the tax haven assessment. Therefore, the EU needs a New Tax Deal. Jan Sarnowski and Piotr Arak set out the principles that could guide it
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Tweets of the Week: Orban, The Hulk, and the EU Cancer Plan

Fri, 2020-02-07 06:30
Welcome to Euractiv’s EU Tweets of the Week. Not expelling Fidez leaves some members cryin’, tackling climate change, well the Hulk is sure tryin’, and EUCancerPlan is launched by President von der Leyen. This episode is sponsored by ePURE, the...
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Thuringia election debacle causes turmoil in the European Parliament

Thu, 2020-02-06 17:35
After 25 hours in office, the now-former Minister-President of Thuringia, liberal candidate Thomas Kemmerich (FDP) was forced to resign as his party wanted to shake-off the "stigma" linked to being supported by far-right party AfD. The political crisis has reached Brussels, causing quite the uproar among Renew MEPs. EURACTIV France reports.
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The Brief – The Friends of Corruption

Thu, 2020-02-06 15:38
The ‘Friends of Cohesion’ have a very good argument for the upcoming Battle of the Budget. Cohesion money should not be slashed down – it’s in the utter interest of the EU to become more homogeneous, the sooner, the better....
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Digital Brief: EU competition clampdown

Thu, 2020-02-06 14:57
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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Bulgaria changes legislation to join euro ‘waiting room’

Thu, 2020-02-06 14:54
Bulgaria's parliament adopted on Thursday (6 February) changes to the country's central bank law so as to allow its accession to the "waiting room" of the eurozone.
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Global Europe Brief: Lost in Transition

Thu, 2020-02-06 14:29
Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU in the global perspective from our foreign affairs news team: Georgi Gotev and Alexandra Brzozowski. You can subscribe here. /// IMAGE OF THE WEEK | Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, tears up a...
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Why the ECB needs to look at helicopter money now

Thu, 2020-02-06 14:28
If Christine Lagarde is sincere in her conviction that the ECB’s strategic review should be open minded and “turn each and every stone”, she must persuade the Governing Council to open a discussion on helicopter money, argue Stanislas Jourdan and Eric Lonergan.
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Health minister: This time Belgium could mine healthcare data instead of coal

Thu, 2020-02-06 14:17
Belgium has an enormous wealth of digital data, which could help it become a new “mining” country. “We could mine data instead of coal”, Belgian Health Minister told in an interview.
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BREAKING: Thuringia’s newly elected Minister President Kemmerich steps down

Thu, 2020-02-06 14:05
Only 25 hours after his election, the new Thuringian Minister-President Thomas Kemmerich (FDP) has announced his resignation. He is stepping down to "remove the stigma of the AfD's support from the Minster-President's office".
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EU trade chief Hogan returns to Washington as auto tariffs loom

Thu, 2020-02-06 14:02
European Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan returned to Washington on Thursday (6 Febrero) for talks with US counterpart Robert Lighthizer designed to improve transatlantic ties as the threat of auto tariffs looms.
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French MEPs mobilise for upcoming French municipal elections

Thu, 2020-02-06 13:33
French MEPs are mobilising for the French municipal elections and have shown open support for some candidates. Conservative MEP Agnès Evren is even the top candidate of Les Républicains (LR) for the elections in the 15th Paris arrondissement. EURACTIV France reports.
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