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US vows 100% tariffs on French Champagne, cheese, handbags over digital tax

Tue, 2019-12-03 08:32
The US government on Monday (2 November) said it may slap punitive duties of up to 100% on $2.4 billion in imports from France of Champagne, handbags, cheese and other products, after concluding that France's new digital services tax would harm US tech companies.
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Sustainable finance: Going green’s crucial ingredient

Tue, 2019-12-03 08:00
The scale of the energy transition required in Europe and the wider world is huge, as is the financial bill attached to the shift. Companies are already starting to align their business models around green policies but is there appetite...
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Italy’s Conte rebukes opposition as debate over ESM reform heats up

Tue, 2019-12-03 07:58
Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte called upon the right-wing opposition to act responsibly in talks over the reform of the eurozone bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM).
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ECB to review its mandate with ‘open mind’, Lagarde says

Tue, 2019-12-03 07:57
The European Central Bank (ECB) will embark on a strategic review of its mandate and instruments to achieve its inflation target of 2% with an “open mind”, its president Christine Lagarde said on Monday (2 December).
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Greek PM says Turkey undermines EU climate change efforts

Tue, 2019-12-03 07:54
MADRID. With its illegal activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, Ankara is undermining EU efforts to tackle climate change, Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis said at a meeting with other EU leaders on the sidelines of the COP25 climate summit in Madrid.
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Facebook renews calls for EU regulation in ‘fight for the soul of the internet’

Tue, 2019-12-03 07:49
An ideological 'fight' is tacking place worldwide between those who want to restrict open access to the internet and those who want to maintain a free and open web within necessary regulatory frameworks, Facebook's VP for Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, has said.
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EU turns to methane emissions in fight against global warming

Tue, 2019-12-03 07:42
The European Commission is working on a first-ever methane strategy that could play a “very significant role” in enabling the EU increase its climate ambitions for 2030, EU officials have said.
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Zelenskiy offers curtain-raiser ahead of ‘Normandy summit’

Tue, 2019-12-03 07:35
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy met with representatives of foreign media ahead of the 9 December summit in Paris, which will return to the effort of finding a solution to the crisis in Eastern Ukraine after a long break.
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What should the EU do about South Caucasus? Here are some proposals

Tue, 2019-12-03 07:00
It appears the South Caucasus is not a foreign policy priority of the new European Commission. But it should be, write Dennis Sammut and Amanda Paul.
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Unsurprisingly, Russia refuses Dutch request to hand over MH17 suspect

Tue, 2019-12-03 06:53
Russia has refused a Dutch request to hand over a suspect in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, in violation of European law, prosecutors said on Monday (2 December). Until recently the suspect was in Ukrainian custody, but was sent to Russia in a prisoner swap.
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Goulard’s indictment confirms EU Parliament doubts

Tue, 2019-12-03 06:52
France's first pick for the EU Commissioner post, Sylvie Goulard, has been indicted by the Court of Paris for embezzlement of funds in the employment of EU parliamentary assistants, raising questions about French President Emmanuel Macron defending her candidacy after MEPs rejected her on ethical grounds. EURACTIV France reports.
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Caruana Galizia’s family wants Malta police to probe PM

Tue, 2019-12-03 06:37
The family of murdered investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia called Monday (2 December) for police to investigate Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, as a European Parliament delegation was set to arrive in Malta on a fact-finding mission.
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How has APPLiA made it to the shortlist of the Oscars?

Tue, 2019-12-03 06:00
During an APPLiA conference on the circular economy, two interpreters in the Hungarian booth realise that only one person is listening to them. Watch the short movie "Chuchotage" where experts from the Association representing the home appliance industry in Brussels literally played a role.
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The Brief – Ursula: Year One

Mon, 2019-12-02 15:39
New week, new Commission, new faces. One question is on many a journalist's mind: will Ursula von der Leyen’s new executive break with the continuity of Jean-Claude Juncker’s or give us the same-old, same-old? The very first working day may have given us some clues.
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Why are European countries against fiscal transparency?

Mon, 2019-12-02 15:30
After three years of blocking negotiations, the European Council finally voted on whether to secure fiscal transparency in the EU. True to form, they voted against it, writes Luis Garicano.
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EDA chief: We need both, strategic autonomy and defence cooperation

Mon, 2019-12-02 15:04
With all the new types of challenges emerging in Europe, NATO can no longer do the job on its own, which is why Europe has to step up its defence cooperation, Jorge Domecq, who heads the European Defence Agency (EDA), told EURACTIV in his end-of-term interview.
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LEAK: Finland’s EU budget proposal limits expenditure to 1.06% of GNI

Mon, 2019-12-02 14:45
Finland's EU presidency proposed a budget equal to 1.06% of the region's gross national income (GNI) for 2021- 2027, slightly increasing its past draft proposal but below the ambition of the European Commission and Parliament, according to the negotiating box  seen by EURACTIV.com.
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Cash for clean air: Between unbankable projects and unpopular measures

Mon, 2019-12-02 13:07
EU cohesion funding for environmental measures has not been spent as planned and EU member states are reluctant to apply the “no environmental harm” principle. EURACTIV Slovakia reports. “If you think the economy is more important than environment, try holding...
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Green finance sector expected to discuss issue of climate justice at COP25

Mon, 2019-12-02 12:13
Just before the COP25, which will take place in Madrid from 2-13 December, France's leading financial institutions discussed the issue of climate justice and corporate social responsibility at the Climate Finance Day, which took place in Paris on 29 November. EURACTIV France reports.
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Behind-the-curtain of the EU’s 2050 climate plan, part II

Mon, 2019-12-02 12:05
In October 2018, EURACTIV revealed how the European Commission was planning to propose an ambitious new climate plan for 2050. Now the EU is on the cusp of agreeing to implement it. Here is how the pieces line up ahead of crunch talks later in December.
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