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EU ministers extend talks with Poland over rule of law fears

Tue, 2017-05-16 16:26
EU ministers agreed yesterday (16 May) to continue long drawn-out talks with Poland in a bid to stop its alleged breaches of the rule of law, backing away for now from threatening sanctions.
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Tech industry relieved there will be new digital Commissioner after 4-month gap

Tue, 2017-05-16 16:09
The tech industry is relieved that Bulgaria's Commissioner nominee will oversee digital policies, filling a gap left open for four months after Günther Oettinger transferred over to the budget post.
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The Brief: Singapore slings EU more trading influence

Tue, 2017-05-16 14:59
EU trade policy was given a hefty dose of clarity today, after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said the Commission cannot finalise its Singapore deal without member state involvement. But Brussels will be happy nonetheless...
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Bioenergy for rural development: An engine of growth for a rural renaissance

Tue, 2017-05-16 14:43
Emigration, unemployment, lack of services: these are among the many challenges faced by European rural areas.
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Sri Lanka regains valuable EU trade concession

Tue, 2017-05-16 13:26
Sri Lanka has regained a lucrative EU trade concession it lost six years ago over concerns about human rights, mainly benefiting its garments export industry, but it will be subject to vigorous monitoring, the European Union said today (16 May).
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EU warns Turkey after it violates Greek airspace 141 times in one day

Tue, 2017-05-16 12:59
Turkish aeroplanes and helicopters illegally entered Greece's airspace 141 times yesterday (15 May), the Hellenic National Defence General Staff reported.
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Cédric Villani: ‘Germany is aware of how much it owes Macron’

Tue, 2017-05-16 11:35
Emmanuel Macron’s election victory has allayed German fears of Frexit. This should help to oil the wheels of cooperation between the EU’s power couple, Cédric Villani said in an interview with EURACTIV France.
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Southerners back stricter EU waste rules, unlike Nordic countries

Tue, 2017-05-16 11:31
A new report published today (16 May) showed that the EU's southern members support stricter EU-wide waste management rules more than Nordic countries.
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Cooling and refrigeration sector: the Cinderella of the EU’s energy system

Tue, 2017-05-16 08:31
One of the main reasons the cooling and refrigeration sector is underrepresented in the EU energy debate is the poor self-organisation of interested stakeholders, given they’re spread out among multiple industrial branches, writes Kostadin Fikiin. Kostadin Fikiin is R&D Project Manager, Technical University of Sofia. For non-specialists, artificial cooling (called also refrigeration) is commonly associated […]
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Singapore trade deal cannot be concluded by EU alone, ECJ rules

Tue, 2017-05-16 08:31
The European Union will have to secure approval from national parliaments in order to finalise a free trade deal with Singapore. The bloc’s top court ruled that the agreement in "its current form" cannot be handled by the Commission acting alone.
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ACP states push back at New Consensus on Development over ‘democracy’ deficit

Tue, 2017-05-16 08:17
Voices from the African, Caribbean and Pacific nation states pushed back on Monday (15 May) at the focus on ‘democracy’ in the European New Consensus on Development, in a debate which opens old wounds between donor countries, and developing nations.
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Russian rights activists call on EU to stand up for its values

Tue, 2017-05-16 07:15
Russian human rights activists called in Brussels yesterday (15 May) on the EU to stand for its values and for not hesitating to take action against Hungary, Poland or Slovakia whenever they deviate from them.
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Katainen leaves door half-open for conventional bioethanol

Tue, 2017-05-16 06:56
European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen said he was “ready” to continue the discussion on the EU executive's proposals on biofuels and see if there is something that “can be refined at a later stage”.
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EU ministers to debate threats to rule of law in member state Poland

Tue, 2017-05-16 05:57
For the first time ever, EU governments will debate today (16 May) on what is considered to be internal affairs of one of the Union’s members – Poland.
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Trump revealed intelligence secrets to Russians in Oval Office: officials

Tue, 2017-05-16 05:28
President Donald Trump disclosed highly classified information to Russia’s foreign minister about a planned Islamic State operation, two US officials said yesterday (15 May), plunging the White House into another controversy just months into Trump’s short tenure in office. The intelligence, shared at a meeting last week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian […]
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Mogherini sees way past UK spat over military HQ

Tue, 2017-05-16 05:08
EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said yesterday (15 May) she was confident of making progress on the bloc's defence ambitions and did not expect a Brexit-bound Britain to stand in the way.
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Macron, Merkel vow new momentum for Europe

Tue, 2017-05-16 04:47
France's new President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday (15 May) vowed to give a new impetus to Europe, even if it requires treaty change, after Macron appointed a prime minister from the conservative camp.
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Commission opens first investigation into excessive drug pricing

Tue, 2017-05-16 04:26
The European Commission announced yesterday (15 May) that it opened a formal investigation into Aspen Pharma's pricing practices for cancer drugs.
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Macron hopes new centre-right PM will broaden political appeal

Mon, 2017-05-15 15:55
France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron, appointed a conservative prime minister earlier today (15 May) in a shrewd move designed to broaden his political appeal ahead of legislative elections next month. But just who is Macron’s new right-hand man?
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The Brief: Juncker and the two big destroyers

Mon, 2017-05-15 14:58
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker boasts that he has met “the two big destroyers” of his time, Russia’s Mikhail Gorbachev and the UK’s David Cameron. But he clearly sees one in a more positive light than the other.
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