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EU Commission to withdraw draft measure for quotas in the Adriatic Sea

Wed, 2020-02-12 12:02
The European Commission has decided to withdraw its draft measure which was designed to introduce quotas for small pelagic fish in the Adriatic Sea, something that MEP Ruza Tomasic campaigned strongly against.  In 2018, Tomasic succeeded in preserving the measures...
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MEPs to greenlight UK trade talks, von der Leyen baffled by ‘Australia’ comparison

Wed, 2020-02-12 11:51
EU lawmakers are expected to greenlight on Wednesday (12 February) EU plans to open talks on a post-Brexit partnership with the UK but warned that it will come with strings attached.
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EU lawmakers slam Trump’s Middle East peace plan

Wed, 2020-02-12 11:43
A majority of EU lawmakers harshly criticised Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan during a plenary session on Tuesday (11 February), denouncing it as going against international law and being biased in favour of Israel.
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After Clearview AI scandal, Commission ‘in close contact’ with EU data authorities

Wed, 2020-02-12 11:41
The European Commission is in consultation with EU data protection authorities following the news that US technology firm Clearview AI has scraped more than three billion facial images from social media sites including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, without obtaining the permission of users.
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UK approves new high-speed line despite rising costs

Wed, 2020-02-12 11:33
Britain said Tuesday (11 February) it will begin full construction work on its new high-speed railway line in April following years of delays, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson backed the project despite soaring costs.
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New EU regions president: ‘Citizens feel left out from the European process’

Wed, 2020-02-12 11:26
Apostolos Tzitzikostas (EPP), the governor of Central Macedonia (Greece), has been elected as the new president of the European Committee of the Regions. He talked to EURACTIV about his main priorities, which include a bottom-up approach to shaping European policies as the only way to overcome the "democratic deficit".
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Controversy over new limits on spraying pesticides

Wed, 2020-02-12 10:43
Agricultural unions have met French president before the annual salon de l’agriculture, starting on February the 22nd in Paris, to discuss a new law banning the spraying of pesticides within 5 or 10 metres of homes. The organisations oppose the...
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Spanish farmers to block roads in demand of urgent measures for the sector

Wed, 2020-02-12 10:27
Cooperatives and farmer’s associations in Spain will continue their nationwide protests this week to demand fair prices for agrifood products and for urgent Government measures to boost the sector’s profitability. Farmer’s associations in Extremadura (southwest) and Valencia (east) have planned...
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Tax on animal products proposed to improve animal welfare in Germany

Wed, 2020-02-12 10:09
The livestock welfare has been a recent topic of conversation, as environmental activists have decried the low meat prices that can only be maintained through dismal living conditions for the animals. On Monday (11 February), a commission led by former...
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New study provides ‘robust evidence’ that sugar tax effective health measure

Wed, 2020-02-12 09:01
Soft drinks manufacturers in the UK have lowered the sugar levels in their drinks after the government introduced the Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL) in April 2018 to help combat childhood obesity and related conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, researchers have found.
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Gazprom hopes bulk of US LNG flows to be diverted to China, not Europe

Wed, 2020-02-12 08:21
Russian gas giant Gazprom hopes China rather than Europe will take the bulk of US LNG volumes after a trade deal between Washington and Beijing, a company official said.
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Google vs EU: a decade-long saga goes to court

Wed, 2020-02-12 08:06
Google and the EU have a big day in court Wednesday (12 February) as the search engine giant enters a new phase of a legal saga that began a decade ago.
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Palestinian leader warns UN on Trump’s ‘Swiss cheese’ peace

Wed, 2020-02-12 07:55
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Tuesday (11 February) urged the UN Security Council to reject President Donald Trump's Middle East plan, saying it would splinter Palestinian lands and never bring lasting peace.
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Speculation over AKK’s CDU successor in Germany

Wed, 2020-02-12 07:53
In today's edition of The Capitals, find out more about former CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer's potential successors, Ireland's political parties jockeying for influence following the elections, many Bulgarians saying they wouldn't want to help NATO allies facing a Russian attack, and so much more.
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TIRANA – Different views on ‘mini Schengen’

Wed, 2020-02-12 07:50
The prime ministers of Kosovo and Albania had strikingly different views on the Western Balkans “Mini-Schengen” initiative at a news conference in Tirana.  Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti said that he was talking with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama more...
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ZAGREB – The beginning of the end for Zagreb’s mayor

Wed, 2020-02-12 07:49
Deputies of Zagreb’s City Assembly have overwhelmingly rejected draft amendments to the controversial urban development plan (GUP) which would pave a path towards the so-called “Zagreb Manhattan”, which has been opposed by numerous experts, citizens and opposition lawmakers. Zagreb has...
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Hungarian ambassador to Peru has been fired over child pornography charges

Wed, 2020-02-12 07:48
Back in April last year, the Hungarian ambassador to Peru, Gábor Kaleta, was removed from service, brought home, and would soon face trial, as more than 19,000 child pornography photos had been found on his devices. The ambassador’s capture was...
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BUDAPEST – Teachers and professors protest the new national curriculum

Wed, 2020-02-12 07:47
Humanities and literature departments of public universities across the country have written a protest letter demanding that new changes to the national curriculum which critics claim is too ideological be withdrawn, Index reports.  Entire departments from several gymnasiums and universities,...
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Sinkevicius: Dealing with PFAS chemicals in revised tap water rules was a ‘great move’

Wed, 2020-02-12 07:46
The inclusion of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) into the EU's Drinking Water Directive was a step forward that showed the EU's commitment to address these chemicals, Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius told EURACTIV.
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DUBLIN – Government composition

Wed, 2020-02-12 07:45
Irish political parties have been jockeying for influence in the first round of talks following Saturday’s general election in which Sinn Fein came out as the biggest winners, obtaining almost a quarter of first preference votes. Sinn Féin leader Mary...
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