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Power generation and transmission: quite far from a well-orchestrated symphony [Promoted content]

Fri, 2018-12-14 06:30
The rise of renewables will require using the grid more efficiently. However, you cannot expect this from the market that neglects the grid as its fundamental assumption, write Konrad Purchała and Piotr Koryś.
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France wants to support women’s role in addressing climate change

Fri, 2018-12-14 06:26
The inclusion of women in the climate debate remains in its early stages. The French women involved in the climate negotiations are trying to alert people to this issue. EURACTIV France reports.
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Parliament calls for Selmayr’s resignation in landslide vote

Fri, 2018-12-14 06:20
The European Parliament yesterday (13 December) adopted a resolution, with a majority of 71%, that calls for the resignation of Martin Selmayr, the former right-hand man of Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker whose rushed promotion earlier this year was criticised as "a coup-like action".
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Kosovo asserts independence with vote to build an army

Fri, 2018-12-14 05:49
Kosovo lawmakers vote Friday (14 December) on whether to give the small Balkan country its own army, a US-backed symbolic show of independence that has inflamed tensions with former wartime foe Serbia.
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Branson: You can’t prepare for a hard Brexit

Fri, 2018-12-14 05:17
British entrepreneur Richard Branson warned on Thursday (13 December)  companies would be left reeling like boxers if Britain left the European Union without a deal to smooth its exit, and cast doubt on the effectiveness of drawing up contingency plans.
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Main suspect in Strasbourg attack killed in gun battle with police

Fri, 2018-12-14 04:58
The suspected gunman who killed three people at a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg was shot dead on Thursday (13 December) in a brief gun battle with police after being on the run for 48 hours, police sources said.
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Warm words but no Brexit concessions, as May leaves Brussels empty-handed

Fri, 2018-12-14 00:22
EU leaders took turns to praise Theresa May on Thursday night (13 December) but the UK Prime Minister left Brussels empty-handed after promising her divided Conservative party that she would secure new concessions from EU leaders.
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Borissov takes pride in crushing Bulgaria’s passport-for-bribes scam

Thu, 2018-12-13 16:43
The passports-for-bribes scam may look like an embarrassment for Bulgaria, but Prime Minister Boyko Borissov turned it around on Thursday (13 December), saying he had  received compliments for the way Bulgarian law enforcement had put an end to the practice.
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ECB chief Draghi downgrades economic forecast as risks persist

Thu, 2018-12-13 16:34
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi presented on Thursday (13 December) the bank's downgraded economic forecast for the eurozone for this year and next, as uncertainties and risks remain prominent in the region.
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Huawei $2 billion security pledge followed walkout by British official: sources

Thu, 2018-12-13 16:28
Huawei’s relations with British authorities hit a low last month when a top official walked out of a meeting with the Chinese company over its perceived failure to fix security holes in its products, sources familiar with the talks told Reuters.
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The Brief – Games without frontiers

Thu, 2018-12-13 15:45
Contrary to what we may believe, European political parties are no different than the ones we have at home. They are just as prone to tactical games, diversions, manipulation and pointing the finger at someone else.
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US ethanol producers: We are oil’s biggest competitor, cleaner too

Thu, 2018-12-13 14:50
Increasing ethanol use will help countries around the world meet their Paris Agreement climate goals in a cheaper way, US producers told EURACTIV.com, staking their claim to a higher role for the fuel, alongside electricity, in decarbonising transport.
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COP24: Return of king coal

Thu, 2018-12-13 13:52
Poland is hosting lobbying for coal and fossil fuels of a scale that has rarely been seen during an annual UN conference on climate (COP). The EU is turning a blind eye to this new facet of its ‘enfant terrible.’ EURACTIV France reports.
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LIVE: EU summit grapples with Brexit, budget, migration

Thu, 2018-12-13 11:15
EU leaders meet on 13-14 December for one more crack at the Brexit puzzle at a Summit whose outcome may largely determine the fate of UK Prime Minister Theresa May and the future of her country.
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No new sanctions on Russia at EU summit over Azov Sea

Thu, 2018-12-13 07:10
European Union leaders will offer Ukraine help for its regions affected by Russia's actions in the Azov Sea when they meet on Thursday (13 December), but no new sanctions on Russia will be imposed.
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COP24 diary – day #11

Thu, 2018-12-13 06:54
Over this special series on COP24, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into the goings on of the UN climate conference in Katowice and what is driving the conversation there. In this edition: climate ambition at last, UN Secretary-General pounding on the table, Portugal getting carbon neutral, 630 brackets, and more.
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Pentagon warns Turkey against unilateral military action in Syria

Thu, 2018-12-13 06:51
The Pentagon said on Wednesday (12 December) that unilateral military action into northeast Syria by any party would be "unacceptable," after Turkey said it would launch a new military operation in the region within days to target Kurdish militia fighters.
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Digital Tax: Parties in last-ditch attempt to raise rates and narrow scope

Thu, 2018-12-13 06:47
The centre-right EPP have made a last-ditch attempt to narrow the scope of the EU’s proposed Digital Services Tax, in a move that would see streaming services such as Netflix excluded from the proposals.
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Mussels, health, and Baltic tourism. What do they have in common?

Thu, 2018-12-13 06:40
Initiatives like the Baltic Sea Region combine the unusual and predictable in developing people’s sense of shared responsibility for the development of their home regions, writes Jerzy Kwieciński.
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Spanish PM hardens Catalonia stance with eye on election

Thu, 2018-12-13 06:36
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said on Wednesday (12 December) he would stand firm against what he called "inflammatory" Catalan separatist rhetoric, hardening his stance towards the region and upping the stakes in a broader political game.
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