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SOFIA – Severe pollution

Mon, 2020-01-27 07:44
The Bulgarian prosecutor’s office has launched an investigation on Saturday (25 January) into a case of severe pollution that killed tons of fish in Maritsa River. Reports of dead fish floating along a stretch of the river between the southern...
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WARSAW – New PO leadership

Mon, 2020-01-27 07:43
The country’s largest opposition party, Civic Platform (PO), has nominated their new leader, Borys Budka.  Borys Budka was minister of justice and most recently the leader of the parliamentary group of PO MPs. He was supported by Donald Tusk and...
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ROME – Centre-left relief

Mon, 2020-01-27 07:42
The Democratic Party (PD) breathed a sigh of relief as the attempt of right-wing leader Matteo Salvini to take over the “red” Emilia-Romagna failed. Pushed by the ‘sardines’ movement, PD candidate Stefano Bonaccini defeated Lega’s Borgonzoni in crucial regional elections,...
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MADRID – Government backs Venezuela’s democratic transition

Mon, 2020-01-27 07:41
Spain’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Arancha González Laya, offered Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó “full support” on Saturday (25 January) for a democratic transition in the Latin American country, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. González Laya also expressed the “desire” of Spain’s...
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DUBLIN – Greens launch manifesto

Mon, 2020-01-27 07:39
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan launched his party’s manifesto over the weekend, ahead of the upcoming Irish general election on 8 February.  The Greens have pledged to offer a universal basic income, provide free public transport for students, as well...
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HELSINKI – From positive to stable

Mon, 2020-01-27 07:38
Credit rating agency Fitch Ratings has downgraded Finland’s Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to AA+, from positive to stable. This is a reminder of Finland’s growing debt and worsening demographic trends. According to the agency, fiscal policy has remained too loose...
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BRUSSELS – Arms exports ban

Mon, 2020-01-27 07:36
Three Belgian NGO’s Human Rights League, the anti-war action group Vredesactie and the peace and democracy defence union CNAPD have taken the federal government, and its federal finance minister Alexander De Croo (Open VLD), to court in Brussels in a...
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PARIS – No more Gare du Nord?

Mon, 2020-01-27 07:36
LREM candidates for the Paris town hall, Benjamin Griveaux and Cédric Villani suggested over the weekend to move train stations from Paris to the suburbs. While Villani would like to see Gare du Nord in Saint-Denis, Benjamin Griveaux wants to move...
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VIENNA – Landslide victory for social democrats in state elections

Mon, 2020-01-27 07:35
In yesterday’s elections in the state of Burgenland, the Social Democrats obtained 50% (up 8 percentage points), earning an absolute majority. The win bucks the party’s recent downward trend: it obtained a record low of 21.2% of the votes in...
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BERLIN – Former vice-chancellor joins Deutsche Bank’s board

Mon, 2020-01-27 07:33
Former chair of the Social Democrats (SPD) and ex-Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, was appointed by Deutsche Bank on Friday (24 January) to join its board of directors. His nomination will be put to a vote during the Annual...
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With anti-Semitism on the rise, Auschwitz liberation commemorated

Mon, 2020-01-27 07:29
World leaders join ageing Holocaust survivors in Poland on Monday (27 January) to mark 75 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp by Soviet troops, amid concerns over a global resurgence of anti-Semitism.
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A net-zero emissions future to guide Europe through turbulent economic times

Mon, 2020-01-27 07:20
Climate action can be the polestar guiding EU leaders through turbulent economic waters, writes Pascal Lamy, calling on politicians to put climate policy at the heart of a coherent industrial strategy.
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Centeno: Europe should ‘make room for green investments to happen’

Mon, 2020-01-27 07:18
Speaking to EURACTIV in Davos, Eurogroup President Mario Centeno remained hopeful about the eurozone's stalled reform process, saying there are “good reasons” to support ‘green’ investment as part of a broader review of EU fiscal rules due later this year.
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Brussels picks post-Brexit UK ambassador

Mon, 2020-01-27 07:17
The European Union appointed its first post-Brexit ambassador to the United Kingdom on Friday (24 January), choosing one of the most experienced officials on the foreign affairs services' roster to oversee relations and the implementation of the withdrawal agreement after 31 January.
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Davos wrap-up: Forum runs out of steam as climate becomes ‘king’

Mon, 2020-01-27 07:17
Climate change dominated discussions at the World Economic Forum in Davos, but this year’s sunny edition was dry on the consensus required to drive the global economy towards a greener future. 
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Divided EU leaders to hammer out budget at February summit

Mon, 2020-01-27 07:14
European Union leaders meet next month in Brussels to try to agree a first post-Brexit longterm budget, with divisions over proposed cuts that could undermine defence and climate change ambitions.
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Electric shock: Could Brexit scar Britain’s energy landscape?

Mon, 2020-01-27 06:46
Britain's exit from the EU, which will finally happen on Friday (31 January), has sparked fears of disruption to its electricity market, from higher bills to supply issues and stalled de-carbonisation efforts.
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Will Brexit see European division at the UN Security Council?

Mon, 2020-01-27 06:45
In a recent UN Security Council vote on extending cross-border aid to Syria, Britain aligned with the United States and abstained in a rare split with its European partners that could herald others to come after Brexit.
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Piecing together Europe’s climate finance puzzle

Mon, 2020-01-27 06:30
The climate neutrality puzzle is massive. As EU affairs ministers meet in Brussels today (27 January), they should ensure €260 billion are invested annually to lead a fair and just transition away from fossil fuels, campaigners write.
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Emilia Romagna voters upset Salvini’s plan to trigger early elections

Mon, 2020-01-27 06:20
Italy's populist leader Matteo Salvini appeared to have failed in his bid to win a key regional election and topple the country's fragile coalition government, according to exit polls late Sunday (26 January).
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