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The EU needs to walk the talk on the Paris Climate Agreement

Tue, 2018-06-19 12:45
With its objective of reaching greenhouse gas (GHG) neutrality in the second half of this century, the Paris Agreement has been hailed as the most ambitious climate accord to date. But it is only as ambitious and effective as the policies that countries implement to achieve its objectives, writes Lola Vallejo.
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EU dilemma on Morocco-Western Sahara conflict remains unsolved

Tue, 2018-06-19 10:56
Morocco is the EU’s most stable trading partner in North Africa and a reliable ally in Brussels’ efforts to control African migration across the Mediterranean. But two rulings by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) have revived political tensions in the region and complicated things for the Commission.
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EU court decision on plant breeding techniques ‘normally’ before summer break

Tue, 2018-06-19 10:10
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) should "normally" decide on the future of the so-called new plant breeding techniques (NPBTs) before the summer break in July. However, no date has yet been set, a source close to the issue told EURACTIV.com.
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Georgia is a country of old Europe

Tue, 2018-06-19 06:24
Many forces wish to undermine Georgia’s democratic development, and this is why the EU engagement and cooperation must be much more active, writes Gunnar Hökmar.
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Empower a German ‘Iran Bank’ to save Iran’s nuclear deal

Tue, 2018-06-19 06:07
The prospect of securing major private-sector investments could offer Iran an incentive to uphold its side of the nuclear agreement despite Washington’s withdrawal. Laura von Daniels argues that a private German Iran Bank could do the trick. Dr. Laura von...
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Romania parliament changes criminal procedure; opposition says aims to hide graft

Tue, 2018-06-19 05:56
Romania's lower house of parliament on Monday night (18 June) approved amendments to the country's criminal procedure, which critics and the centrist opposition say would weaken prosecutors' powers to probe high level corruption.
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Salvini wants census of Roma communities to expel non-Italians

Tue, 2018-06-19 05:41
Italy's new government plans to carry out a census of the Roma community with an eye to kicking out anyone staying in the country illegally, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said yesterday (18 June).
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Czech PM flatly rejects EU post-Brexit budget proposal

Tue, 2018-06-19 05:33
Czech billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babiš yesterday (18 June) rejected the European Commission's multi-year draft budget as "completely unacceptable", lashing out at spending priorities imposed by Brussels.
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Why new coal in Turkey and the Balkans will test China’s and EU’s climate leadership

Tue, 2018-06-19 05:22
The EU and China have to live up to their responsibilities on climate change and use every opportunity to support the Western Balkans and Turkey to move beyond coal. This means renewable energy sources and energy efficiency, not new coal, argue Elif Gündüzyeli and Igor Kalaba.
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Conte: Germany is aware EU needs to change its migration policy

Tue, 2018-06-19 05:19
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (18 June) she wanted to support Italy in its efforts to reduce the number of migrants arriving on its shores, possibly handling asylum requests for Europe in non-European countries including Libya.
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Mercosur plays the field as EU trade talks drag on

Tue, 2018-06-19 05:02
Leaders of South American trade bloc Mercosur pushed for trade deals with Asian and other Western Hemisphere countries during a summit on Monday (18 June), as roadblocks remained in talks with the EU despite optimism earlier this year.
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Claude Turmes MEP: A net-zero emissions target by 2050 will be our red line

Tue, 2018-06-19 05:00
Any country resisting an EU-wide objective to reduce emissions to net-zero by mid-century is essentially “in the same camp as Mr. Trump” when it comes to climate change, says Claude Turmes, the lead European Parliament negotiator on the Energy Union governance proposal.
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EU’s proposed tax on burning plastic waste is counter-productive

Tue, 2018-06-19 04:55
The CO2 emissions reductions achieved by plastic recycling is very costly when compared to alternatives like wind energy and solar PV, while much energy can be extracted from burning plastic waste, argue Raymond Gradus and Henriëtte Prast.
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Half of Aquarius migrants seek asylum in France

Tue, 2018-06-19 04:52
Almost half of the 630 migrants that were rescued from the Mediterranean and arrived in Spain's port of Valencia at the weekend want to seek asylum in France, the Spanish government said yesterday (18 June).
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Heavy workload delays EU report on environmental impact of drugs

Tue, 2018-06-19 04:39
The European Commission’s much-awaited communication on the environmental impact of pharmaceuticals is at an “advanced stage” but might not be adopted in the near future because of other legislative initiatives on the agenda, an EU official has told EURACTIV.com.
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Merkel avoids collapse of government, but faces deadline

Tue, 2018-06-19 04:35
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Bavarian allies agreed to give her two weeks' breathing space yesterday (18 June) to find a European solution to a row over immigration that threatens to scupper her three-month-old coalition government.
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The EU has to broaden its alliances to shape the new world order

Tue, 2018-06-19 04:29
Enough tears have been shed, egos and emotions shaken and obituaries written about the transatlantic relationship. It is time to move on. So wipe the tears, stop the whining and turn over a new page. The US has embarked on a new journey, and the EU should do the same, writes Shada Islam.
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MEPs and NGOs urge ministers to reach deal on Work-Life Balance directive

Mon, 2018-06-18 15:39
More than 3000 organisations and a group of senior MEPs have urged EU employment ministers to broker a common deal to open talks with MEPs on the Work-life Balance Directive next Thursday (21 June).
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The issue of Europe and refugees causes rift among the French right

Mon, 2018-06-18 15:14
The theme of Europe and refugees is the main cause for division in the French conservative party Les Républicains. The leader of the party has dismissed its vice-president Virginie Calmels, who accused him of “defending his own ideas”. EURACTIV.fr reports.
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The Brief – Breakthrough with Poland: Wanted or not?

Mon, 2018-06-18 14:55
Yet another visit by Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans to the Polish capital resulted in no breakthrough in the spat between Brussels and Warsaw over the rule of law.
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