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BRUSSELS – Turkish connection

Mon, 2020-01-20 07:43
The French-speaking Socialists (PS) has expelled St-Josse mayor Emir Kir from the party, after he held a meeting with a delegation of mayors from Turkey, including some members of a far-right party, in December. The Turkish delegation, which was in...
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VIENNA – Education ombudswoman ‘let go’ after publishing critical book

Mon, 2020-01-20 07:42
Following the publication of her book claiming that partisanship and ideology were being prioritised over the good of school children, Susanne Wiesinger, who worked as ombudswoman on “questions of values and cultural conflicts” was let go on Sunday (19 January)...
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BERLIN- Protests against government’s agricultural policy

Mon, 2020-01-20 07:40
27,000 people took to the streets of Berlin to protest the government’s agriculture policy and industry on Saturday (18 January).  Under the “Wir haben es satt” (“We are sick of it”) banner, protestors demanded widespread reforms to end factory farming...
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MADRID – Spaniards bicker over ‘parental veto’ on education

Mon, 2020-01-20 07:38
Government and opposition parties have clashed over the degree of control parents should have over their children’s education, following the initiative by the far-right Vox party to allow parents to veto any complementary activities during school days that they consider...
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Capitalism seen doing ‘more harm than good’ in global survey

Mon, 2020-01-20 07:25
A majority of people around the world believe capitalism in its current form is doing more harm than good, a survey found ahead of this week's Davos meeting of business and political leaders.
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Turkey targets ‘weakest link’ Cyprus in regional dominance bid

Mon, 2020-01-20 07:16
Striving to extend its influence in the eastern Mediterranean where tensions revolve around energy resources, Turkey sees Cyprus as the weakest link in a regional alliance buffering Ankara's ambitions, analysts told AFP.
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EU warns Turkey off Mediterranean gas exploration plans

Mon, 2020-01-20 07:09
The European Union has urged Turkey to drop plans to drill for oil and gas around Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean, saying such exploration was "illegal".
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China confirms spread of coronavirus as new cases surge

Mon, 2020-01-20 06:56
An outbreak of a new coronavirus in China has spread to more cities, Chinese authorities said on Monday (20 January), as the number of patients tripled and a third person died, stoking concerns about the containment of the virus.
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Billions to be wasted on ‘unnecessary’ gas projects, study says

Mon, 2020-01-20 06:55
Europe does not need new gas infrastructure to safeguard security of supply, according to a new study by industry consultants Artelys, which warns that there is a risk of €29 billion being wasted on 32 mostly “unnecessary” gas projects.
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Italian Sardines square off against Salvini ahead of crucial vote

Mon, 2020-01-20 06:44
The "Sardines" grassroots movement protesting against the populism of far-right Italian leader Matteo Salvini staged a mass rally in the northern city of Bologna on Sunday (19 January) ahead of a regional vote that could shake up national politics.
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Gibraltar eyes joining Schengen to ease post-Brexit border fears

Mon, 2020-01-20 06:30
Gibraltar is considering becoming part of the Schengen zone as a way of ensuring fluidity of movement on its border with Spain after Britain leaves the European Union, its Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has said.
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High hopes as Austria’s new night train sets off for Brussels

Mon, 2020-01-20 06:14
The first night train to set off for Belgium in 16 years departed from Vienna Sunday (19 January), carrying Austrian and European politicians who hope the new route can set an example as the continent tries to meet its climate targets.
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Police detain 185 climate protesters at Brussels car show

Mon, 2020-01-20 06:02
Police detained 185 protesters in central Brussels on Saturday (18 January) after the environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion staged demonstrations at a car show in protest at the auto industry's role in CO2 emissions that cause climate change.
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The Brief, powered by Orgalim – Proxies to a civil war

Fri, 2020-01-17 15:33
Until the last few weeks, most of Europe had happily ignored the civil war on its doorstep. The war in Libya between Faiez el Serraj’s Government of National Accord (GNA) and General Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) has been...
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Iran’s Khamenei slams ‘cowardly’ European governments

Fri, 2020-01-17 15:00
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday (17 January) accused the governments of Britain, France and Germany of being "American lackeys" in the face of US pressure over the nuclear accord.
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Kid gloves on financial sector conflict of interest

Fri, 2020-01-17 14:20
The latest case of an EU banking official taking a lobbying job in the financial sector underscores the need to uphold rules to prevent revolving doors, write Luis Garicano and Paul Tang.
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Plastic waste and recycling: France among EU’s ‘poor performers’

Fri, 2020-01-17 14:08
While the EU's plastic recycling rate has seen a slight increase of 1.4% between 2016 and 2018 amounting to 32.5% total according to Plastics Europe, France has been dragging the average down with a 24.2% recycling rate in 2018. EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'Environnement reports.
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Industrial decarbonisation and the EU Green Deal: The case for bold action

Fri, 2020-01-17 13:39
The green deal is a credible first step to decarbonise energy-intensive industries such as steelmaking and chemicals. However, the transition to climate neutrality will also depend on the development of a comprehensive, integrated industrial strategy, writes Gauri Khandekar.
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A Ukrainian story: leaks, PM resignation, vermicelli and Zelenskiy

Fri, 2020-01-17 13:00
The new political season in Ukraine kicked off with audio tapes leaked on Wednesday (15 January), suggesting that the prime minister, finance minister and deputy central bank governor had criticised President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's incompetence in the fields of economy and finance.
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New UK Agriculture Bill to move away from ‘inefficient and overly bureaucratic’ CAP system 

Fri, 2020-01-17 12:49
The UK Government revealed a new version of their post-Brexit agriculture legislation Thursday (16 January) as part of a radical shift to move subsidies away from the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) system of direct payments, which correlates payments with the total amount of land farmed. 
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