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There’s more to European citizenship than free movement

Fri, 2017-05-19 04:35
When freedom of movement was written into the Treaties, the hope was that citizens would become more mobile and, in turn, more European. But instead of uniting Europeans, free movement has become politically divisive, writes Rainer Bauböck.
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Public transport bosses: EU Accessibility Act focuses too much on ticket machines

Fri, 2017-05-19 04:25
With the passage of the EU Accessibility Act this month, EURACTIV.com spoke to the public transport bodies of London, Vienna and Paris to see what progressive solutions for disabled passengers are already underway – and what dangers may lurk in the proposed act.
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The evidence behind a 40% energy efficiency target

Fri, 2017-05-19 04:22
The myth about the negative impact of high-efficiency ambition on the competitiveness of EU member states is dismantled by the European Commission’s modelling results, writes Yamina Saheb.
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Tweets of the week: Eurovision, Macron’s cabinet, and LGBTI rights

Fri, 2017-05-19 04:19
It’s EUTweets! Your weekly round up from the Brussels Bubble Twitterati.
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Industry and farmers see biofuels as a crucial market ‘outside CAP’

Fri, 2017-05-19 04:15
Farmers see biofuels as a crucial source of income but investors clashed with NGOs at an event organised by EURACTIV last week (12 May), over the European Commission’s post-2020 biofuels proposal and the realities of its impact on rural areas.
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French MEPs left cold as Strasbourg goes giddy over Macron

Fri, 2017-05-19 04:14
The new French president was the main topic of conversation among visibly excited MEPs in Strasbourg this week. But the French themselves were among the least enthusiastic. EURACTIV France reports.
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Greek parliament approves more austerity to unlock bailout funds, debt relief

Fri, 2017-05-19 03:27
Greek lawmakers on Thursday (18 May) approved pension cuts and tax hikes sought by the country's lenders to unlock vital financial aid, as angry demonstrators protested outside parliament over new austerity, the latest since the country plunged into crisis seven years ago.
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MEPs slam labour rights in EU-Korea trade deal review

Thu, 2017-05-18 17:41
MEPs voted today (18 May) to support a motion for a resolution on the outcomes of a five-year-old free trade agreement with South Korea, which praises the agreement for its positive effect on trade and integration between the two countries. But it also calls on the Commission to act on labour right violations in the Asian country.
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Mogherini sees EU military HQ ‘within days’

Thu, 2017-05-18 16:46
EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said Thursday (18 May) remaining differences over a planned military headquarters had been resolved and it could be formally launched in a few days.
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The Brief: Trump to set foot in Brussels hellhole

Thu, 2017-05-18 15:00
When he was campaigning, Donald Trump called Brussels a “hellhole”. As president, he will make his first official visit to the Belgian capital on 25 May, before leaving for Sicily and the 43rd G7 summit.
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The story of an 18-year-old refugee from Iraq

Thu, 2017-05-18 14:30
Hassan was in Kirkuk when a bomb exploded in a nearby building. He was with some friends. They entered to see if they can help. A machine gun opened fire on them. His companions died. He is now 18 and calls Romania his home. Hassan spoke to EURACTIV.ro
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Poland’s PGNiG urges tough stance in EU antitrust case against Gazprom

Thu, 2017-05-18 14:15
State-run Polish oil and gas company PGNiG urged the European Commission today (18 May) to take a tough stance in its antitrust investigation into Gazprom, saying the Russian company should have to pay a fine and sell assets.
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UN officials concerned over Belgrade-Pristina talks

Thu, 2017-05-18 13:27
UNMIK chief Zahir Tanin warned of rising tensions in Kosovo and weakening trust between Belgrade and Pristina during Tuesday’s UN Security Council session. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
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France, Germany resist US plan for bigger NATO role against Islamic State

Thu, 2017-05-18 13:22
France and Germany are resisting a plan by US officials for NATO to take a bigger role in the fight against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, in line with calls from President Donald Trump for the alliance to do more to combat terrorism.
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Amazon AI chief: We don’t need a ‘kill switch’ for ‘smart’ machines

Thu, 2017-05-18 12:59
Ralf Herbrich is one of the three masterminds behind Amazon’s artificial intelligence, the secret formula responsible for the exponential growth of the company that has revolutionised the world of commerce.
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Europe leapfrogs foreign affairs in new French government

Thu, 2017-05-18 12:55
France’s new Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has set the tone of his leadership by reshuffling the country’s foreign ministry, much to the ire of the Eurosceptics. EURACTIV France reports.
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India’s drug factories provide breeding ground for deadly viruses

Thu, 2017-05-18 11:12
Many antibiotics sold in Germany are produced in India under alarming conditions. These are contributing to the development of dangerous pathogens that are resistant to many medicines. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Member states want to change investment rules in telecoms overhaul

Thu, 2017-05-18 11:07
EU countries have changed measures on network investment in a major telecoms bill and are kicking negotiations into the second half of this year.
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MEPs urge Romania against referendum on changing definition of marriage

Thu, 2017-05-18 10:03
MEPs from across the political spectrum have urged Romania’s parliament not to organise a referendum that could make gay marriage impossible under a revised constitution. EURACTIV Romania reports.
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EU fines Facebook €110 million over WhatsApp deal

Thu, 2017-05-18 07:45
European Union antitrust regulators fined Facebook €110 million on Thursday (18 May) for giving misleading information during a vetting of its deal to acquire messaging service WhatsApp in 2014.
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