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An EU fund for industrial relations could strengthen Social Europe

Wed, 2017-12-13 13:28
On 17 November, EU leaders met with social partners in Gothenburg, Sweden, to discuss how to foster more and better jobs and growth in Europe. Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson, Eva Nordmark and Göran Arrius describe how the EU should now proceed.
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Ireland emerges as big winner of fisheries Council

Wed, 2017-12-13 13:03
Fisheries ministers pulled an all-nighter to reach an agreement on fishing limits for 2018, giving Ireland more a €20m windfall. The Council says progress has been made to achieve sustainable management of fish stocks but NGOs say the new limits are above scientific advice. And the industry was caught gate-crashing, again.
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EU announces €9bn in funding for climate action

Wed, 2017-12-13 12:01
The European commission has announced funding of €9bn (£8bn) for action on climate change, one of a flurry of measures from governments, businesses and investors aimed at achieving the goals of the 2015 Paris agreement.
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Poland’s new PM eyes atomic future

Wed, 2017-12-13 11:33
Poland is in no hurry to ditch coal power any time soon but the Eastern European country’s new prime minister insists nuclear energy and renewable sources are a part of Poland’s future energy mix.
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Sakharov Prize: Opposition activist lashes out against dictatorship in Venezuela

Wed, 2017-12-13 11:18
The wife of a jailed Venezuelan opposition leader lashed out in the European Parliament against the "dictatorship" of the country's leftist president, which she said has imprisoned the whole nation.
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EU research looks into large-scale integration of renewables

Wed, 2017-12-13 08:49
EDF and EirGrid, the leading French and Irish energy companies, have won €20 million under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme to develop ways of integrating large amounts of intermittent renewable energy sources into the electricity grid.
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US, EU want cuts to UN budget

Wed, 2017-12-13 08:27
The United States is seeking a $250 million cut to the core budget of the United Nations for 2018-2019, on top of $200 million in savings already proposed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, diplomats said on Tuesday (12 December). The EU also asked for cuts to the tune of $170 million.
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Corporate giants urge EU to back 35% renewables target

Wed, 2017-12-13 06:59
A coalition comprising some of the world’s biggest companies has urged EU energy ministers to back a 35% target for renewable energy when they meet in Brussels next Monday (18 December).
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Africa, Europe hope to rally support for Sahel anti-terror force

Wed, 2017-12-13 06:58
French President Emmanuel Macron hosts Germany's Angela Merkel and five African presidents today (13 December), hoping to bolster the fledging G5 Sahel force fighting jihadists in an area the size of Europe.
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EU stalls on new Mercosur trade offers, delaying deal

Wed, 2017-12-13 06:49
Trade talks between the European Union and South America’s Mercosur bloc will likely extend into next year after European negotiators said they needed more time to respond to improved offers, a source close to Mercosur negotiators said yesterday (12 December).
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Tillerson: Russian vote meddling was ‘hybrid warfare’

Wed, 2017-12-13 06:37
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson yesterday (12 December) branded Russia's alleged meddling in last year's American presidential election an act of "hybrid warfare".
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EU bank delays decision on mega pipeline loan

Wed, 2017-12-13 06:33
The European Investment Bank on Tuesday (12 December) delayed a decision on whether to grant a multi-billion-euro loan to a controversial pipeline, after the bank’s board insisted it needs more time to assess the project.
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EU readies ‘David Davis-proof’ Brexit summit

Wed, 2017-12-13 06:19
The European Union has played down talk by Britain’s Brexit minister that last week’s interim accord is not binding and will launch new talks on Friday (15 December) that are “David Davis-proof”, a senior EU official said.
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EU and Gates foundation pledge €500 million for innovations in agriculture

Wed, 2017-12-13 06:17
The European Union together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged on Tuesday (12 December) more than €500 million over the next three years for research and innovation in agriculture.
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One Belt, One Road initiative: Beyond trade and investment

Wed, 2017-12-13 06:12
The One Belt, One Road initiative (OBOR) has been described as ”the most significant and far-reaching plan that China has ever put forward”.
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Bulgaria makes telecoms overhaul a focus during Council presidency

Wed, 2017-12-13 06:10
Bulgaria will focus its attention on speeding up negotiations on a major telecoms bill when it takes over the six-month, rotating presidency of the Council of ministers in January.
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Tensions arise between Tusk and Commission over migration

Tue, 2017-12-12 17:13
The Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos described on Tuesday (12 December) European Council President Donald Tusk’s proposals on migration intended for the EU leaders’ summit later this week as "unacceptable" and  "anti-European".
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The Brief : Paris agreement – two years on, EU gone?

Tue, 2017-12-12 16:02
Two years ago today, 196 countries signed up to what was hailed as the landmark Paris Agreement. But on its second anniversary, it is probably pertinent to wonder: is the EU still able to claim leadership when it comes to climate action?
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Four (and a half) reasons why Schengen would be better off with Bulgaria and Romania

Tue, 2017-12-12 15:50
The refusal to extend the Schengen area to Bulgaria and Romania is a blatant example of lack of solidarity, disrespect for commitments and disregard for the EU’s own decision-making process, writes Sergei Stanishev.
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Broadcasting rules bring new dramatic twist to digital single market talks

Tue, 2017-12-12 15:16
A rumble in the European Parliament has added a dramatic twist to frantic negotiations over the EU’s flagship digital single market proposals.
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