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Growing number of French shocked by income inequality

Thu, 2019-04-18 14:37
A new poll in France has revealed that income inequalities are among the least acceptable social factors. More than 90% of French respondents call for the minimum wage to be raised. EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.
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EU lawmakers rubber-stamp European Defence Fund, give up parliamentary veto

Thu, 2019-04-18 13:57
MEPs signed-off a deal establishing the multi-billion European Defence Fund (EDF) on Thursday (18 April), giving up parliamentary oversight of the EU's military subsidies programme.
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Germany’s ruling parties rank just above far-right on climate protection

Thu, 2019-04-18 12:11
The European People’s Party (EPP) has scored very poorly in an analysis of how MEPs voted on climate policies, ranking even lower than the European Parliament's far-right contingent. In Germany, it is a similar story. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Germany’s new workers are cause for Bosnia’s shrinking population

Thu, 2019-04-18 11:51
When a Bosnian politician announces the creation of 100,000 new jobs, we joke in Bosnia that half of these will be abroad. With Germany’s new regulation on the immigration of skilled workers, an increased number of people could reach Germany- this will have consequences for Bosnia. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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EU country briefing: Bulgaria

Thu, 2019-04-18 11:29
Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007, together with Romania. The country’s accession made Cyrillic the EU’s third official alphabet aside from the Greek and Latin alphabets.
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EU should prevent any disruption of Ukrainian elections

Thu, 2019-04-18 11:27
Incumbent Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s supporters are trying to portray opponent Volodymyr Zelenskiy as pro-Russian. But there is no evidence of his “pro-Russianness”, and he has explicitly backed plans to join NATO and the EU, writes Oleg Sukhov.
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Why Armenia’s prime minister is a threat to rule of law

Thu, 2019-04-18 11:24
Robert Kocharyan, one of Armenia's former presidents, sent this op-ed from prison, accusing the current prime minister of abuse of power, at a time when in his words Nikol Pashinyan is on “a photo-op tour of European capitals pledging his commitment to strengthening the rule of law”.
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Chorus of approval over new EU food safety transparency rules

Thu, 2019-04-18 09:41
On Wednesday (17 April) a large majority of MEPs gave a thumbs up to an overhaul of  the General Food Law (GFL). The increased transparency of the EU risk assessment, already acknowledged as one of the most stringent in the world, has now been hailed.
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MEPs confirm electric fishing ban, despite eleventh-hour Dutch effort

Thu, 2019-04-18 08:57
The European Parliament approved on Tuesday (16 April) new technical rules on fishing activities and catching methods allowed within EU waters, confirming that the use of electric currents or 'pulse fishing' will be illegal from mid-2021.
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Turkey’s opposition takes office in Istanbul, re-run appeal still pending

Thu, 2019-04-18 08:32
Turkey's main opposition candidate took office as Istanbul mayor on Wednesday (17 April) after a stunning victory over President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party, but the new head of the country's largest city still faces an appeal for the vote to be re-run.
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EU states force clearing of Estonian, Danish regulators over Danske Bank

Thu, 2019-04-18 08:22
National banking supervisors who control the EU banking watchdog effectively forced it to clear financial regulators in Estonia and Denmark, who were investigated in relation to suspected money laundering activities by Danske Bank, a member of the European parliament said on Wednesday (17 April).
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Weapons research is undermining European democracy

Thu, 2019-04-18 08:00
The European Parliament is voting on Thursday (18 April) on the European Defence Fund, a multi-billion military research programme. Not only is this Fund a step in the militarisation of the EU, but it is also undermining European democracy, writes Bram Vranken.
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Romanian justice minister sacked for shunning reforms

Thu, 2019-04-18 08:00
Romania's ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD) sacked justice minister Tudorel Toader on Wednesday (17 April)  for spurning controversial changes to the national penal code that critics say benefit PSD chief Liviu Dragnea.
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UK should ‘cool down’, ditch Brexit – Timmermans

Thu, 2019-04-18 07:32
Britain should use the next few months to "cool down and rethink" its decision to leave the European Union, the socialist candidate to head the next European Commission, Frans Timmermans, said on Wednesday (17 April).
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MEPs back plans to quell online terrorist content, but one-hour timeframe is criticised

Thu, 2019-04-18 07:29
The European Parliament has backed plans to force online hosting services to remove terrorist content within one hour of reporting, in a move aimed at quelling the spread of extremist propaganda online. However, there was no shortage of those in the industry criticising the timeframe.
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Ahead of EU polls, Poland’s Kaczynski urges crossparty anti-euro stance

Thu, 2019-04-18 07:16
The leader of Poland’s ruling conservatives on Wednesday (17 April) urged opposition leaders to back its view that the country should not join the euro until its economy is on a par with that of western neighbours. When Poland joined...
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Flagship study exposes decline of press freedom in Europe

Thu, 2019-04-18 07:11
Reporters Without Borders published their flagship annual ‘World Press Freedom Index’ on Thursday (18 April), revealing that worldwide, authoritarian regimes continue to tighten their grip on the media, while in Europe, decline of press freedom goes hand in hand with...
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Commission ‘assessing complaints’ against Nokia connected car patents, as MEPs back WiFi plans

Thu, 2019-04-18 06:59
The European Commission has revealed that is it looking into antitrust complaints levelled against the Finnish telecommunications giant Nokia, for the company's alleged refusal to license mobile components that could be used in next-generation connected cars.
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Serbia says it cannot protect its interests without Russia

Thu, 2019-04-18 06:49
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. /// BELGRADE Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić told his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow...
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Brunei accused of ‘abusive lobbying’ before critical EU vote

Thu, 2019-04-18 06:46
EU officials on Wednesday (17 April) accused Brunei of "rude" and "abusive" lobbying against a resolution condemning the Muslim-majority sultanate for imposing the death penalty for gay sex and adultery.
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