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Bulc pleads with European Parliament: Support WiFi for connected car security

Fri, 2019-04-05 16:38
WiFi should be deployed in connected vehicles rather than 5G due to safety concerns that may result in an increase in the EU's 25,000 annual road deaths, a letter written by EU's Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc to the European Parliament states.
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Top German carmakers charged with blocking clean emissions technology

Fri, 2019-04-05 15:51
BMW and Volkswagen face possible hefty fines after EU antitrust regulators on Friday (5 April) charged the German carmakers and whistleblower Daimler with colluding to block the rollout of clean emissions technology.
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The Brief – 拯救穆斯林

Fri, 2019-04-05 14:50
His eyes have been gouged from his face and his skin has been scratched out in a mad and impassioned frenzy. These are the murals of Buddha at the Bezeklik caves, near the ancient ruins of Gaochang in the Mutou Valley, China.
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Ukraine elections elephant in the room ahead of Eastern Partnership talks

Fri, 2019-04-05 13:52
Ahead of the Eastern Partnership's (EaP) tenth anniversary in May, EU foreign ministers are next week set to review the progress of the bloc’s framework with the six countries, with the situation in Ukraine being the elephant in the room.
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EU gears up for sustainability legacy handover

Fri, 2019-04-05 13:28
The outgoing European Commission has got through a lot of work when it comes to the circular economy but now attention is turning to the future and how to make sure recycling efforts really take off.
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Greece gets €1 billion in return for reform progress

Fri, 2019-04-05 13:08
The eurozone finance ministers approved on Friday (5 April) the disbursement of €970 million to Greece, following the country's successful implementation of outstanding measures agreed as part of its post-bailout monitoring.
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11 EU countries snub Romanian Presidency’s gas declaration

Fri, 2019-04-05 13:00
The European Commission, backed by 11 EU member states, refused to sign a declaration on “sustainable and smart gas infrastructure” tabled by the Romanian Presidency earlier this week because the text wasn’t ambitious enough on climate change, EURACTIV has learned.
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A circular economy retrospective

Fri, 2019-04-05 12:22
Recycling, reuse and all things circular are taking on more and more importance in Europe. Sustainability will remain high on the agenda of the next EU legislative cycle but what tools are in place to help the industry get it across the line?
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EU voices concern as Libya strongman Haftar orders ‘advance’ on Tripoli

Fri, 2019-04-05 11:27
Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar ordered his troops Thursday (4 April) to "advance" on Tripoli, seat of the internationally-recognised unity government, as world powers warned of consequences for military action.
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May demands 30 June Brexit extension, again

Fri, 2019-04-05 11:26
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has asked the EU to delay the Brexit date further to 30 June, admitting that the UK will have to hold European elections and is ready to do so if it has not ratified a Brexit deal by 23 May.
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‘Europe will have at least ten gigafactories’, says battery boss

Fri, 2019-04-05 11:25
Northvolt CEO Peter Carlsson wants to build Europe’s largest battery cell plant – in the middle of the Swedish countryside. In an interview, he explained how this should work and gave his thoughts on his new partner Volkswagen’s electromobility offensive.
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EU lawmakers give green light to strengthening parents and carers’ rights

Fri, 2019-04-05 09:55
The European Parliament backed on Thursday (4 April) the work-life balance directive, which introduces a set of minimum standards to help reconcile work and family responsibilities for parents and carers in Europe, and thus improve gender equality. 
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Serbia in the EU in 2025 – mission (im)possible

Fri, 2019-04-05 08:56
Serbia's accession to the EU in 2025 seems unrealistic, given its slow pace of progress, though not entirely impossible, civil society representatives have said but warned that neither Belgrade nor Brussels were trying very hard. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
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UN head ‘shocked’ by suffering at migrant camp in Libya

Fri, 2019-04-05 08:24
UN Secretary General António Guterres said Thursday (4 April) he was "shocked" by the level of suffering of migrants at a detention centre in Tripoli which he visited during a visit to the Libyan capital.
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Tweets of the Week: Brexit, Moraes, and NATO

Fri, 2019-04-05 08:21
Pies are sacrificed on Brexit’s altar, MEPs turn nasty in row over Gibraltar and NATO at 70 doesn’t falter.
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Force tech giants to share data rather than break them up: academics

Fri, 2019-04-05 07:55
EU antitrust regulators should consider forcing tech giants such as Google and Amazon to share their data with rivals rather than break them up, three academics enlisted by the European Commission said on Thursday (4 April).
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Katainen: Same level of priority for food and medicine in no-deal Brexit

Fri, 2019-04-05 06:56
Medicine supplies and food safety standards are both vital and the EU cannot prioritise one over the other in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Vice President of the Commission Jyrki Katainen said on Thursday (4 April).
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German charities fight to stay ‘politically active’ despite ATTAC ruling

Fri, 2019-04-05 06:44
A German court stripped anti-globalisation association ATTAC of its charity status last January. Environmental groups now fear they could be next because they are politically active, EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Diverting fossil fuel investments to renewables is not enough

Fri, 2019-04-05 06:44
Debate over the cost merits of fossil fuels against renewable power generation has traditionally focused on the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE), which has dropped dramatically in the case of wind and solar power. But that ignores the upfront capital costs, which are still up to seven times higher for renewables, writes Mike Parr.
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Finland raises concerns in 5G vs WiFi connected vehicle debate

Fri, 2019-04-05 06:44
Finland has hit out at European Commission plans to develop cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS), saying the measures are "not technically neutral," according to a letter obtained by EURACTIV.
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