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Strong mobilisation against pension reform puts French government to the test

Fri, 2019-12-06 07:37
In protest at the government's pension reform proposal, French workers staged a massive strike on Thursday (5 December), which paralysed the country. With teachers and transport sector workers expected to strike again today, this will be Macron's ultimate test. EURACTIV France reports.
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Bosnia must overhaul judiciary, end political obstruction –report

Fri, 2019-12-06 07:31
Bosnia and Herzegovina must overhaul its complex and opaque justice system and do more to protect the rule of law if it wants to press its case to join the European Union, legal experts said in an EU-commissioned report on Thursday (5 December).
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Libra maintains 2020 approval target despite concerns

Fri, 2019-12-06 07:15
Facebook-sponsored digital currency Libra is determined to getting the green light by European regulators next year, despite the numerous concerns raised by EU finance ministers, a senior representative of the project told
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Von der Leyen in Addis Ababa: Seven ingredients for a successful first date

Fri, 2019-12-06 07:15
As the new European Commission President prepares to make her first trip to Ethiopia, Chloe Teevan and Amanda Bisong suggest how Ursula von der Leyen can flesh out her commitment to seeking a new partnership with Africa.
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Polish reform erodes judicial autonomy: top court

Fri, 2019-12-06 07:14
Poland's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday (5 December) that a new judicial council charged with nominating and disciplining judges lacks independence, calling into question the government's court reforms.
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Tweets of the Week: Commission Handover, NATO jokes, Malta Rule of Law

Fri, 2019-12-06 07:10
VDL Commission takes up its seat, Trump under fire as NATO leaders meet, and Rule of Law in Malta feeling the heat.
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Slovak President asks court to quash Europe’s longest pre-election poll blackout

Fri, 2019-12-06 07:00
Slovakia's president asked the Constitutional Court on Thursday (5 December) to strike down a lengthy ban on publishing opinion polls ahead of elections in February, a restriction seen by most opposition parties as an attempt to sideline political newcomers.
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Europe must uphold key EU law protecting freshwater fishes

Fri, 2019-12-06 06:53
Europe is no exception to the decline in freshwater biodiversity, due to many threats such as agricultural pollution, or the overwhelming development of hydropower, writes Dr Steven Weiss. Dr Steven Weiss is an associate professor at the Institute of Biology,...
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EU reaches ‘milestone’ by agreeing on ‘green’ criteria for finance

Thu, 2019-12-05 20:08
MEPs and the Finnish presidency of the EU Council agreed on Thursday (5 December) on the taxonomy to determine what economic activities could be considered ‘green’, paving the way for channeling billions of euros into investments to fight against climate change.
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The Brief – No choice at all

Thu, 2019-12-05 15:45
Let’s face it: the choice facing British voters next Thursday is not an appealing one. Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are locked in an unpopularity contest – both are deeply divisive, on Brexit and a swathe of domestic policies – and the winner will be the person deemed least unpalatable.
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EU needs to focus on legislation in the digital sphere, MEP Angelika Niebler says

Thu, 2019-12-05 15:44
The EU has proven to be successful in legislating in the digital age but it needs to keep up the work to avoid being left behind, because "the digital revolution has been moving faster than legislation", MEP Angelika Niebler (EPP, Germany) told EURACTIV in a written interview.
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EU study to clarify gene editing court ruling further muddies waters

Thu, 2019-12-05 14:52
After the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling that organisms obtained by new plant breeding techniques (NBTs) should, in principle, fall under the GMO Directive, the Council of the EU has requested a study from the Commission to clarify the situation. But what this means in practice remains unclear.
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Eurogroup fails to move forward on eurozone reform

Thu, 2019-12-05 14:15
EU finance ministers failed to reach an agreement on Wednesday (4 December) on the reform of the EU's bailout fund and move to political discussions on the European Deposit Insurance Scheme ahead of the Euro summit next week.
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Brexit party imploding after four MEPs defect to back Boris Johnson

Thu, 2019-12-05 14:08
The Brexit party, formed by veteran Eurosceptic Nigel Farage, is in danger of imploding after suffering a series of high-profile defections and expulsions a week before the UK's general election on 12 December.
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Digital Brief: Mastering Innovation

Thu, 2019-12-05 13:23
Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “We don’t want to be dependent on imports of crucial technologies.”  – Lucilla Sioli, Director of Artificial Intelligence and...
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Revolt brewing against EU’s ‘unrealistic’ climate goals

Thu, 2019-12-05 11:41
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has threatened to veto Europe’s goal of becoming the first climate neutral continent in the world by 2050, adding his voice to a growing chorus of discontent as EU leaders prepare for heated climate discussions at a summit in Brussels next week.
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Babies exposed to endocrine-disruptors in medical products, new study shows

Thu, 2019-12-05 11:34
Recent research published found that new-borns in intensive care units are in contact with a variety of medical products that contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) such as bisphenol A (BPA) and parabens.
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Democracy and Digital: trusted media and platform regulation 

Thu, 2019-12-05 11:05
Democratic debates require trusted information, less economic pressure on media, and more policy pressure on platforms. Supporting citizens’ choices, three concepts will help the von der Leyen Commission: ‘co-regulation’, ‘trust indicators’, ‘systemic publishing platforms’. This open letter to the new...
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A ruin to serve as Children’s Hospital? Angry Bulgarians call on Brussels to intervene

Thu, 2019-12-05 11:04
A conflict is growing in Bulgaria between civil society and the authorities over the planned construction of a children hospital, by completing what is now a 12-floor ruin, built during the last years of communism, and abandoned since.
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On Enel’s sustainability strategy and sustainable finance [Promoted content]

Thu, 2019-12-05 11:00
The urgent need to act fast and now It is becoming increasingly evident that actions to limit global warming to 1.5°C are no longer a choice. As stated by the IPCC Special Report, we are running out of time and,...
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