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Report: UK must replace €2bn EU cash with new regional funding

Fri, 2020-01-17 11:57
The UK government needs to provide £1.8 billion (€2.1 billion) per year to the poorest regions of the country to mitigate the loss of EU Cohesion funds, as part of a new Shared Prosperity Fund, according to a new report published on Friday (17 January).
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French forest industry not taking advantage of ever-growing forests

Fri, 2020-01-17 11:47
The forest continues to expand in France, according to industry figures, but the industry is not making the most of it. EURACTIV France reports.
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STOCKHOLM – The debate sets the agenda

Fri, 2020-01-17 11:19
Gang violence and urban segregation, healthcare, nuclear energy and immigration. The issues for the coming political agenda in Sweden were laid on the table in the spring’s first party leader debate. Unsurprisingly, Stefan Löfven’s minority government of the Social Democrats...
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Kazakhstan-EU relations entering a new stage

Fri, 2020-01-17 10:38
This New Year marks the start of a fresh chapter in the relationship between the European Union and Kazakhstan and on 20 January, the EU-Kazakhstan Cooperation Council will discuss the state of play, writes Mukhtar Tileuberdi.
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Oil and gas sector ‘losing its social licence to operate’, UK boss warns

Fri, 2020-01-17 10:31
Tim Eggar, chairman of the UK's Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), sent shockwaves through the industry on Wednesday (15 January) when he said growing public awareness about climate change was putting the sector's very survival at stake.
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Auto tariff threat not mentioned in US talks: EU commissioner

Fri, 2020-01-17 08:14
US threats to put tariffs on European autos did not come up during talks this week with American trade officials in Washington, EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said Thursday (16 January).
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Greece vows to veto a Libya deal as Haftar visits Athens

Fri, 2020-01-17 07:50
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out about the issues the V4 and Austria agreed to cooperate on, Greek PM Mitsotakis' reaction to not being invited to the Berlin summit on Libya, the Serbian president being sued, and so much more.
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Austria and V4 agree on everything but nuclear

Fri, 2020-01-17 07:50
The leaders of the V4 group met on Thursday (16 January) in Prague’s renovated national museum to discuss migration, border security, competitiveness, enlargement and climate. The newly appointed Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz, also in attendance, said he wanted to “fight”...
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Belgium debates phase-out of US nuclear weapons on its soil

Fri, 2020-01-17 07:48
It's one of Belgium's worst kept secrets. Lawmakers on Thursday (16 January) narrowly rejected a resolution asking for the removal of US nuclear weapons stationed in the country and joining the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).
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Trump impeachment trial opens as watchdog faults White House on Ukraine

Fri, 2020-01-17 07:43
The Senate impeachment trial on whether to remove US President Donald Trump from office formally began on Thursday (16 January) even as a congressional watchdog found that the White House broke the law by withholding security aid for Ukraine approved by Congress.
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LJUBLJANA – Radioactive waste

Fri, 2020-01-17 07:43
The government reviewed its programmes for the disposal of radioactive waste. The Croatian government took note of a summary of the third review of the programmes for the disposal of radioactive waste on Thursday (16 January) and spent nuclear fuel from...
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WARSAW – Venice Commission critical on judicial reforms

Fri, 2020-01-17 07:42
Following its visit to Poland, the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission issued a critical opinion regarding the government’s latest amendments to its controversial court reforms. Although the opinion is not legally binding, it advised the Polish parliament to reject the...
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MADRID – EU Parliament launches process to waive immunity of Catalan MEPs

Fri, 2020-01-17 07:40
Following a request from the Spanish Supreme Court, the European Parliament has officially launched the process of lifting the immunities of separatist MEPs Carles Puigdemont and Toni Comin, who have both been charged in Spain due to their involvement in...
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BERLIN – A timeline for the ‘coal phase-out’

Fri, 2020-01-17 07:38
After reaching a compromise with the states and industry yesterday (16 January), the German government announced that it intends to close all of its coal-fired power plants by 2038 at the latest. Because power plant operators will have to shut...
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VIENNA – New defence minister vows to make the army fully functional, again.

Fri, 2020-01-17 07:36
In her first public statement since her inauguration on 7 January, the country’s new conservative defence minister, Klaudia Tanner (ÖVP), laid out her plan for the Austrian army. Tanner’s plan focuses on foreign missions, for which a total of 1,000 soldiers...
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ATHENS – Libya’s Haftar in Greece to meet Mitsotakis

Fri, 2020-01-17 07:35
Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis has strongly criticised Germany’s decision not to invite Greece at a German-hosted summit on Sunday (19 January) on the Libyan crisis. He said that he had already spoken to German Chancellor Angela Merkel about it and would...
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In defence of democracy to save Europe

Fri, 2020-01-17 07:35
Europe has an opportunity and must intervene in the political conflict between Spain and Catalonia, writes Oriol Junqueras.
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Germany’s new coal phase-out plan: Lots of money, little climate ambition

Fri, 2020-01-17 07:31
An agreement reached in the early hours of Thursday (16 January) between the federal government and representatives of the four German coal states won't bring the country much closer to reaching its climate goals, analysts said.
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Dozens killed as Damascus presses Idlib offensive

Fri, 2020-01-17 07:23
Dozens of fighters and civilians were killed in Syria's Idlib province as the government pressed a deadly offensive Thursday (16 January) towards a key town in the country's last rebel bastion.
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Tweets of the Week: Strasbourg, Northern Ireland, Big Ben

Fri, 2020-01-17 07:03
Brit MEPs will be missed in Strasbourg when they’re finally all gone, Northern Ireland executive finally sorts out what went wrong, and Brexit Britain won’t be happy if Big Ben doesn’t bong.
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