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Global Europe Brief: Westlessness?

Thu, 2020-02-13 13:59
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. /// MUNICH MINUTES As the world faces an increasingly wayward US, as well...
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EU leaves economic forecast unchanged despite risks

Thu, 2020-02-13 13:06
The European Commission kept unchanged its economic forecast for moderate eurozone growth for this year and 2021 despite the impact of looming risks, especially the coronavirus.
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Committee of the Regions welcomes Green group for the first time

Thu, 2020-02-13 12:59
For the first time, the EU's Committee of the Regions has enough Green members to form their own group. The group, who already met on Tuesday (11 February), is keen to have good relations with the other groups but also wants to "exert pressure". EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Facebook says it dismantles Russian intelligence operation targeting Ukraine

Thu, 2020-02-13 12:57
Facebook on Wednesday (12 February) said it had suspended a network of accounts used by Russian military intelligence to seed false narratives online targeting Ukraine and other countries in Eastern Europe.
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Berlin to limit sensitive military tenders to German firms

Thu, 2020-02-13 12:41
Angela Merkel’s government said on Wednesday (12 February) it would restrict tenders for the procurement of sensitive weapon systems to German companies, a protectionist measure by a chancellor who has come out strongly against such barriers.
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German arrested for illegal military exports to Russia

Thu, 2020-02-13 12:27
German prosecutors said Thursday (13 February) they had arrested a businessman on suspicion of exporting millions of euros in machinery to Russia that could be used for military purposes, in violation of EU sanctions.
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Digital Brief: Clearview AI raises EU eyebrows

Thu, 2020-02-13 12:05
Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “The Commission is aware of the press reports, we are following the dossier and remain in close contact with...
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Oil giant BP seeks to ‘reinvent’ itself with 2050 zero carbon goal

Thu, 2020-02-13 11:37
BP set one of the oil sector’s most ambitious targets for curbing carbon emissions on Wednesday (12 February) as new chief executive Bernard Looney began the biggest revamp in the company’s 111-year history.
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Intensive farming, French court ruling and sugar tax

Thu, 2020-02-13 09:41
Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. You can subscribe here if you haven’t done so yet. Intensive farming and the Green Deal In a recent tweet, Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski said that...
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Draft measure to introduce fish quotas in Croatia scrapped

Thu, 2020-02-13 09:10
The European Commission has decided to withdraw its draft measure that was designed to introduce quotas for small pelagic fish in the Adriatic Sea, thanks in part to the work of MEP Ruza Tomasic.  In 2018, Tomasic succeeded in preserving...
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EU agriculture chief under pressure over bid to trim intensive pig farming

Thu, 2020-02-13 09:01
Janusz Wojciechowski, the EU's agriculture commissioner, wants to crack down on the environmental impact of intensive animal farming, but apart from animal welfare groups, his calls have so far met with mixed reactions.
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Flemish PM’s meeting with Orban causes turmoil in Belgian politics

Thu, 2020-02-13 07:51
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about France's possible links to the 2017 murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta, Lega's Salvini possibly facing trial, the Croatian government attacking press freedom, and so much more.
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EU starts to chart shipping’s new green course

Thu, 2020-02-13 07:49
The shipping industry will soon have to pay for its environmental impact in the EU, as both the European Commission and Parliament are moving forward with plans to include vessels in the bloc’s flagship carbon market. But there are choppy waters ahead.
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Dried out: trade war cuts US whiskey sales to EU

Thu, 2020-02-13 07:48
Europeans have developed a taste for American whiskey over the past decade but trade disputes have slashed US exports of the booze, an American trade group said Wednesday (12 February).
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Huawei shouldn’t be getting its hopes up for German 5G expansion just yet

Thu, 2020-02-13 07:47
Although the CDU and CSU did not explicitly decide on the exclusion of Huawei, their position paper provided exclusion criteria that could nonetheless apply to the Chinese telecom giant. The ball is now in the court of the coalition partners, the Social Democratic Party (SPD). EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Europe’s Southern Gas Corridor ‘almost ready’, says Azebaijan’s SOCAR

Thu, 2020-02-13 07:41
A 25-year supply contract has been signed with Italy, and the first Azeri gas is expected to start flowing before the end of 2020, said Vitaly Baylarbayov, deputy vice president of SOCAR, the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan.
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SARAJEVO – Serbs want to expel foreign judges

Thu, 2020-02-13 07:37
Representatives of BiH’s Serb-majority entity, Republika Srpska, will suspend their work in the country’s state institutions until foreign judges are expelled from the country’s Constitutional Court following a decision by the Constitutional Court determining that public land law in that...
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Mobile World Congress in Barcelona cancelled over coronavirus fears

Thu, 2020-02-13 07:36
The Mobile World Congress (MWC), the annual telecoms industry gathering that draws more than 100,000 visitors to Barcelona, was cancelled on Wednesday (12 February) after a mass exodus by exhibitors due to fears over the coronavirus outbreak.
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SOFIA – Marine Le Pen’s Bulgarian Partner wants a referendum on the Euro

Thu, 2020-02-13 07:36
In an attempt to impede the government’s efforts towards a common European currency, the leader of the Eurosceptic pro-Russian party Volya (Will) Vesselin Mareshki, has started a campaign for a referendum on the adoption of the euro in Bulgaria. Mareshki,...
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ZAGREB – Freedom of press under attack?

Thu, 2020-02-13 07:35
The Croatian government has submitted a controversial draft for new media legislation media, as it foresees severe penalties for publishing so-called “biased news”.  Croatian Journalists’ Association has left the working group which was in charge of drafting the bill after...
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