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World’s first zero-emission cement plant takes shape in Norway

Thu, 2018-12-13 06:11
Norway is getting closer to building the world’s first carbon-free cement plant, a move that could reverberate across the globe as 197 countries meet for the UN climate conference in Katowice, Poland.
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Chaos as Hungarian MPs pass ‘slave law’ and government-controlled court

Thu, 2018-12-13 06:11
Rare scenes of chaos gripped the Hungarian parliament Wednesday (12 December) as it passed a controversial judicial reform, as well as labour legislation that critics call a "slave law".
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Of funds and values: Conditionality in EU cohesion policy

Thu, 2018-12-13 06:01
As the EU's multi-annual budget is being negotiated, the amounts and efficiency of spending matter but also priorities and European values when disbursing programmes. Smarter conditionality is needed, triggering less political backlash, and, where needed, direct payment to beneficiaries, argue Benedek Jávor and Laszlo Andor.
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MEPs clear EU-Japan trade deal for early 2019 start

Thu, 2018-12-13 05:51
The European Union and Japan will launch the world’s largest free trade zone early next year after their economic partnership cleared a final hurdle on Wednesday (12 December).
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End of an era as ECB shelves quantitative easing program

Thu, 2018-12-13 05:38
A chapter of eurozone history will come to a close Thursday (13 December), with the European Central Bank widely expected to withdraw a key element of support for the economy while reassuring observers fearful of the growing risks.
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Doomed May wins confidence vote but at heavy cost

Wed, 2018-12-12 21:52
Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote on Tuesday night (12 December) but it came at a heavy price, as she lost the support of nearly 40% of her Conservative MPs and the opposition hinted it may soon mount its own challenge against her.
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Europe speeds up plans for no-deal scenario as Brexit chaos grows

Wed, 2018-12-12 18:08
EU leaders will discuss late on Thursday (13 December) how to address the UK's concerns about its withdrawal agreement from the EU, but discussions on contingency plans are gathering pace as the chances of an orderly divorce continue to wane.
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European Parliament brings ‘social Europe’ a step forward

Wed, 2018-12-12 16:28
EU social security coordination will make it easier for EU citizens looking for work to seek employment in another member state. EURACTIV France reports.
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The Brief – The show must go on

Wed, 2018-12-12 16:02
The first reports of the Strasbourg shooting attack arrived on smartphones just as EU staff were heading to dinners and pre-Christmas parties. The European Parliament immediately triggered its emergency containment procedure and turned into a bunker, grids lowered, doors locked....
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Commission to fine Bulgaria over gas market distortions

Wed, 2018-12-12 14:07
The European Commission will fine Bulgarian Energy Holding as early as this month for hindering rivals’ access to key gas infrastructure, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday (12 December), based on information from three sources familiar with the dossier.
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Study: EU regional policy influences how people vote

Wed, 2018-12-12 13:53
Voters who are aware of EU support in their region vote in larger number for pro-Europe politicians. However, EU structural funds remain largely unknown - and often inefficient. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Commission to judge in May France’s deficit deviation

Wed, 2018-12-12 12:42
The European Commission will conclude in May whether France’s deficit slippage caused by new spending measures represents a limited and temporary deviation allowed by the rules.
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Shadow rapporteurs take stand against Parliament’s handling of copyright directive

Wed, 2018-12-12 12:11
Shadow rapporteurs on the controversial copyright directive are frustrated that the European Parliament does not have a unified position on disputed Articles 11 and 13, with one MEP telling EURACTIV that Parliament has been conducting institutional negotiations without a text fully agreed on by shadows.
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EU public says enough is enough on tobacco control [Promoted content]

Wed, 2018-12-12 11:12
Recent polling evidence shows that public appetite for yet more measures to clamp down on smoking has been exhausted, says Guillaume Périgois.
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Post-Brexit Gibraltar border could become pawn between UK and Spain, says MEP Girling

Wed, 2018-12-12 10:46
Despite Theresa May's efforts to salvage her "more than imperfect Brexit deal", any serious business or government should now consider a no-deal exit as a real possibility and prepare for it, British MEP Julie Girling told EURACTIV.com.
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Reclaiming EU research and innovation as a public good

Wed, 2018-12-12 10:27
EU-funded research and innovation has enormous potential to deliver a sustainable and equitable future, yet we have fundamentally distorted its purpose, prioritising innovation for commercialisation over innovation for society’s needs.
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Tories call no confidence vote but May vows to fight on

Wed, 2018-12-12 09:28
The UK was poised for more political chaos on Wednesday (12 December) as Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to ride through a no-confidence vote with “everything I’ve got” after her own Conservative MPs formally launched a move to oust her.
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MEPs ready to negotiate EFSA’s transparency rule, but need to find a new negotiator

Wed, 2018-12-12 09:10
The long and troubled parliamentary procedure to overhaul the current food transparency rules for European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) ended in an unexpected twist as the EPP’s rapporteur Renate Sommer asked to withdraw her name from the report just passed by the Parliament's plenary.
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The US, still in the Paris Agreement, is trying to decide its future

Wed, 2018-12-12 06:55
Despite Donald Trump’s rejection of the Paris Agreement, the US is still very much in the accord and zealously setting the tone of international climate change negotiations. EURACTIV's media partner, Climate Home News, reports.
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As finances improve, Greece scraps pension cuts

Wed, 2018-12-12 06:50
Greece's parliament on Tuesday (11 December) voted to scrap plans to cut state pensions, in a motion led by the left-led governing coalition hoping to shore up its flagging support ahead of a general election next year.
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