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Protected grey seals at the mercy of Poland’s ruling party

Fri, 2018-06-15 08:10
Poland's ruling party has a peculiar stance when it comes to nature conservation, a clear example of this is the felling of the Białowieża Forest. The recent killings of protected seals along the country's shore have been completely ignored by the party, which believes that ecology is a notion created by the left. EURACTIV's partner Gazeta Wyborcza reports.
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Defiant Putin welcomes World Cup as Russia win

Fri, 2018-06-15 06:27
Russia welcomed the world to the soccer World Cup on Thursday as fans streamed in, the hosts savored a 5-0 victory on the pitch and President Vladimir Putin’s government derided Western efforts to isolate him. The Kremlin leader, greeted by...
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Trump told me “You’re a brutal killer”, Juncker says

Fri, 2018-06-15 05:54
Jean-Claude Juncker has been called many things during his premiership of Luxembourg and presidency of the European Commission, but probably never what he says US President Donald Trump called him at the weekend: "a brutal killer".
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Freedom of Belief is the Key to Freedom [Promoted content]

Fri, 2018-06-15 05:48
The creation of the EU guidelines on the promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief (2013) marked a turning point in the Union’s attitude toward this crucial fundamental right.
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Italy’s far-right interior minister says migrant rescue ship on ‘cruise’

Fri, 2018-06-15 05:41
Italy's far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini has suggested that hundreds of migrants aboard a rescue convoy heading for Spain were on a "cruise", as an NGO condemned their plight as a symbol of the failure of the EU.
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Family history explains New Democracy opposition to Athens-Skopje name deal, says EPP’s Brok

Fri, 2018-06-15 05:41
European People's Party MEP Elmar Brok has a “great understanding” of Greece’s New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who faces internal party problems and opposes the freshly agreed deal between Athens and Skopje on the name dispute. However,  Brok told EURACTIV he hopes for a positive result in the end.
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EU backs tariffs against US as trade war escalates

Fri, 2018-06-15 05:27
EU countries yesterday (14 June) approved a raft of tariffs targeting US goods including whiskey and motorcycles in retaliation against painful duties imposed by President Donald Trump on European metals. Europe’s move fuels a growing transatlantic trade war just days...
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Merkel under internal pressure to abandon EU-wide solutions to migration crisis

Fri, 2018-06-15 05:15
German Chancellor Angela Merkel faced a tense showdown yesterday (14 June) within her divided conservative camp over the flashpoint issue of immigration that could threaten her political future.
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Merkel blowing smoke on reform proposals, says former German MEP

Fri, 2018-06-15 04:41
With her reform proposals for a European Monetary Fund and an investment budget for the eurozone, Chancellor Angela Merkel only tentatively moves closer to French President Emmanuel Macron. But the proposals do not go far enough, German MP Franziska Brantner told EURACTIV Germany in an interview.
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Raising the bar to protect wildlife through trade policy with Australia, New Zealand

Fri, 2018-06-15 04:41
The opening of EU trade negotiations with both Australia and New Zealand presents an opportunity for the parties to strengthen their commitments to protect wildlife, natural habitats and the welfare of animals. The EU should look to TPP-11’s environmental provisions for inspiration, argue Joanna Swabe and Nicola Beynon.
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Tweets of the Week: G7 Summit, The Strasbourg Train and Aquarius

Fri, 2018-06-15 04:41
G7 Summit shows international strain, if you’re going to Strasbourg, maybe don’t take the train and Euroean Plenary talks migration again. It wasn’t quite the last supper, but the G7 Summit certainly had a finality about it. I knew the...
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France takes the lead on conflict prevention

Fri, 2018-06-15 04:41
While armed conflicts are on the rise around the world, Paris launched a new strategy for prevention, resilience and sustainable peace in developing countries, on 13 June. EURACTIV.fr reports.
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Italy threatens to block CETA ratification

Thu, 2018-06-14 16:10
Italy will not ratify the free trade agreement with Canada as it does not sufficiently protect the country's food specialties, Italian Agriculture Minister Gian Marco Centinaio said in an interview on Thursday (14 June).
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MEPs and governments at standoff over energy efficiency

Thu, 2018-06-14 15:15
Mandate of Bulgarian presidency unclear after government changes in Italy and Spain.
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EU unveils increased foreign aid budget for 2021-27

Thu, 2018-06-14 15:03
The European Commission has defended its plans to overhaul its foreign spending budget, promising that it would deliver a large increase in aid spending and ‘eliminate bureaucratic barriers’.
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The Brief -Votes: boats or wallets?

Thu, 2018-06-14 15:00
As the tenth anniversary of the fall of Lehman Brothers approaches, politicians can finally sigh with relief - Europe is out of the woods. For the first time in more than a decade, a majority of Europeans have a positive opinion on the situation of their national economy (49% versus 47%), according to a Eurobarometer published on Thursday (14 June).
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Palm oil to be phased out in EU by 2030

Thu, 2018-06-14 11:55
The use of palm oil as fuel should disappear in Europe by 2030 under a reform of the bloc’s renewable energy laws agreed this morning after all-night negotiations.
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Regional and local representatives call on Europe to deliver on migration

Thu, 2018-06-14 10:55
Following a string of far-right political successes barely a year before the next European elections, regional and local representatives have called on the EU to urgently act on migration, an issue that has quickly come back to the top of the political agenda.
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Open letters to Commission call for action in Polish rule of law dispute

Thu, 2018-06-14 10:37
Two separate letters, signed by MEPs across the political spectrum and former Polish leaders, demand that the Commission take swift action to halt a controversial judiciary reform in Poland, already closely watched by Brussels for fears that it threatens the basic democratic rules.
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Military industry fund could encourage development and export of controversial weaponry

Thu, 2018-06-14 08:55
The EU is about to agree a shared military industry fund which will give billions to arms companies and exacerbate the global arms race. Presented as a key step to strengthen the EU, instead, it enshrines renewed prevalence of national interests in a hard-security context, writes Laëtitia Sédou.
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