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France and Germany to launch first contracts on future combat jets

Wed, 2019-02-06 06:55
France and Germany will on Wednesday (6 February) announce a 65 million euros contract financed equally by both countries over two years as the first act of the joint programme to design a next-generation combat jet, a French army source said.
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In support of Venezuela, Mexico bets for diplomacy

Wed, 2019-02-06 06:37
It is not of our competence to decide the political destiny of Venezuela, it is the right of Venezuelans to do so, Maximiliano Reyes writes.
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Mobile network operator’s body GSMA considers crisis meeting over Huawei

Tue, 2019-02-05 16:10
Mobile communications industry body GSMA has proposed its members discuss the possibility that Chinese network vendor Huawei is excluded from key markets, amid concerns such a development could set operators back by years.
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The Brief – Don’t mix EU elections and referendums!

Tue, 2019-02-05 15:45
It’s quite likely that Emmanuel Macron will use the European elections to ask voters to have their say on various domestic issues covered as part of the “great debate” he recently initiated. But this is risky business.
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Electric fishing in Netherlands in Brussels’ sights

Tue, 2019-02-05 14:43
Following a complaint by the NGO BLOOM in October 2017, the European Commission is expected to initiate an infringement procedure against the Netherlands for illegally issuing licenses to trawlers engaging in electric fishing. EURACTIV France’s media partner the Journal de l’environnement reports.
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Juncker prepares the ground for Alstom-Siemens merger rejection

Tue, 2019-02-05 13:58
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday (5 February) that the institution “will never play favourites” as the EU executive reportedly prepares to reject the Alstom-Siemens merger, despite intense political pressure from France and Germany.
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No more ships to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean

Tue, 2019-02-05 11:30
Italy’s decision to block the ship of German NGO Sea-Watch in the port of Catania, Sicily, means that there are currently no ships from humanitarian organisations to rescue migrants in the Mediterannean. EURACTIV’s media partner Euroefe reports.
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‘Blistering barnacles’ and shipping’s big gas question

Tue, 2019-02-05 09:48
Natural gas alone will not help shipping cut greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study, which means that alternative fuels and even barnacle-resistant paint will be needed to meet ambitious climate targets.
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Biofuel sustainability criteria ‘blocked’ in EU Commission

Tue, 2019-02-05 07:42
A delegated act determining the sustainability criteria of biofuels under the new renewable energy directive (RED II) has been blocked in the European Commission as some Commissioners found the criteria “too light”, EURACTIV has learnt.
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World Bank’s Georgieva: Venezuela needs tens of billions of dollars

Tue, 2019-02-05 07:37
As the Venezuelan crisis unfolds, the World Bank is ready to act as soon as its members give the green light, said the institution's new interim president, Kristalina Georgieva. In an interview with EURACTIV.com, she estimated that the financial needs to cover would be around tens of billions of dollars.
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Katainen: Innovation needed to address climate issues

Tue, 2019-02-05 07:35
During a week in which the European Commission hosts the 2019 EU Industry Days, a series of conferences that examine key industrial challenges, EURACTIV sat down with Vice-President Jyrki Katainen to find out how far the EU's industries have come since 2014.
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Deutsche Bank goes on the defensive in hearing with EU lawmakers

Tue, 2019-02-05 07:29
Deutsche Bank's chief anti-financial crime officer dodged questions from exasperated MEPs during a European Parliament hearing on Monday (4 February), amid reports of the German lender's involvement in a major money laundering case. 
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No-deal Brexit one step closer after UK MPs trip to Brussels

Tue, 2019-02-05 07:28
A top EU official warned Monday (4 February) that the prospect of Britain crashing out of the bloc next month looks more likely than ever, as Prime Minister Theresa May sought to reassure foreign investors worried about a chaotic Brexit. Martin Selmayr,...
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Who backs whom in Venezuela crisis, in EU and beyond

Tue, 2019-02-05 07:24
World powers are taking sides in the struggle between the rivals to lead Venezuela, which has ranged some Western nations against Russia, China and others.
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EU condemns Iran’s missile launches, ‘hostile’ activities

Tue, 2019-02-05 07:15
In a joint statement unanimously adopted by the bloc's ambassadors on Monday (4 February), the EU voiced its concerns over Iran's recent ballistic missile launches and called on Tehran to put an "immediate end" to its "unacceptable behaviour" or risk destabilising the region.
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Tsipras visits Turkey for talks to ease tensions

Tue, 2019-02-05 07:08
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visits Turkey on Tuesday (5 February), where he will meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for talks to ease tensions over bilateral disputes and the long-running Cyprus problem.
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UK to ease customs checks on EU goods in event of ‘no deal’ Brexit

Tue, 2019-02-05 07:05
Most goods arriving from the European Union will be allowed into Britain without full customs checks for at least three months if it leaves the bloc without an exit deal, the British government said on Monday (5 February).
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Commission to rule on Czech PM conflict of interest ahead of EU elections

Tue, 2019-02-05 06:54
Facing conflict of interest proceedings under tightened EU rules, billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš may soon become the first European politician found in violation of the bloc's new law.
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As EU-Arab summit approaches, more headaches than planned

Tue, 2019-02-05 06:45
When plans for a summit between the European Union and the Arab League were first hatched last year, it was envisioned as the start of a new friendship across the Mediterranean. What a difference a few months makes. The EU...
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Poland reports atypical case of ‘mad cow disease’

Tue, 2019-02-05 06:38
An atypical case of BSE -- commonly dubbed "mad cow disease" -- has been discovered in Poland, though the isolated case posed no risk to human health, Poland's chief veterinarian said on Monday (4 February).
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