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UK patient health data traded to US firms  

Mon, 2019-12-09 07:31
Health data belonging to millions of UK National Health Service (NHS) patients has been sold under license to US companies and global pharmaceutical firms, in a move that is likely to inflame tensions between the UK government and privacy campaigners in the run up to the December 12 election.
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Arms sales worldwide up nearly 5%, says new report

Mon, 2019-12-09 07:21
Arms sales rose by nearly five percent worldwide in 2018 in a market dominated by the United States, according to a new report published Monday (9 December) by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
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COP25: Countries pressed to deliver

Mon, 2019-12-09 07:20
The COP is meant to pave the way for countries to raise their climate ambition before the end of crucial year 2020. Climate negotiators know that they are under tight scrutiny from stakeholders, first and foremost cities, businesses, and Fridays for Future.
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COP25: cities are no longer waiting around for nations, Milan’s mayor says

Mon, 2019-12-09 07:19
Because there is still a small number of nations blocking progress in implementing the Paris Agreement, and cities already feel their impact of climate change, they are ready to take the lead in fighting global warming, Milan's mayor and C40 network Vice-Chairman Giuseppe Sala told EURACTIV in an interview. 
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UK investigating whether leaked trade papers were hacked

Mon, 2019-12-09 07:12
British cyber security officials are investigating whether classified UK-U.S. trade documents that were shared online ahead of Thursday’s election (December 12) were acquired by hacking or were leaked, two sources told Reuters.
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Finland gets youngest ever prime minister

Mon, 2019-12-09 07:09
Finland’s Social Democratic party appointed transport minister Sanna Marin as prime minister on Sunday (8 December), meaning all five leaders of the ruling parties are now women.
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Counting wolves in Bulgaria – with EU money

Mon, 2019-12-09 06:56
A €9-million report on the state of species and natural habitats in Bulgaria, paid for with EU taxpayers’ money, may in fact be a sham, Valia Ahchieva reports.
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Debate about 3% deficit belongs to another century, says EU’s Gentiloni

Mon, 2019-12-09 06:55
The EU's new economy commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said the bloc should consider loosening its strict budget deficit rules to respond to climate risks and weak growth, echoing a similar call by French President Emmanuel Macron.
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Don’t cede too much to Putin, Ukrainians tell Zelenskiy ahead of Paris summit

Mon, 2019-12-09 06:39
Thousands of people gathered in the center of Kyiv on Sunday (8 December) to send a message to Ukraine’s president, who meets his Russian counterpart on Monday,  that Ukrainians will not accept a peace deal at the cost of the country’s independence and sovereignty.
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Time is ripe to align EU policies with Paris Climate Agreement

Mon, 2019-12-09 06:06
It’s the new Commission’s first weeks in office and climate is in the spotlight, with a European Green Deal expected to be tabled on 11 December. To succeed, the deal needs to enshrine increased climate ambition for the next decade,...
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Diverse forms of work call for out-of-the-box solutions for social protection [Promoted content]

Mon, 2019-12-09 06:00
With workplace transitions on the rise we need to ensure that they are accompanied by some form of stability and security. The arrival of a new European Commission provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on how to reform Europe’s social protection systems, writes Michael Freytag.
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Von der Leyen pledges to back Africa on Ethiopia trip

Sun, 2019-12-08 08:00
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen assured Africa of the EU's strong support during a visit to Ethiopia on Saturday (7 December), her first trip outside Europe since assuming her post.
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New SPD leadership on its way to challenge Germany’s Grand Coalition

Fri, 2019-12-06 18:38
Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) officially elected Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans as the new chairmen at a national conference on Friday (6 December). There was no vote about remaining in the Grand Coalition with the CDU/CSU conservatives, but the new leadership appears to have 'declared war' on them. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Labour uses leaked document to accuse Johnson of lying about post-Brexit customs checks

Fri, 2019-12-06 16:23
The opposition Labour party has used a leaked government document to accuse Boris Johnson of lying about new customs checks between Northern Ireland and Britain..
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The Brief – Gender-washing at the Commission?

Fri, 2019-12-06 16:19
After having failed to have a gender-balanced Commission, the first female Commission President Ursula von der Leyen recently announced that she had achieved gender parity in all the cabinets at administrative level. But the real power-sharing in incoming Commissioners’ offices...
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Premier of Bermuda: ‘Global minimum tax is anti-competitive’

Fri, 2019-12-06 15:24
Bermuda wants to leave behind its reputation as a tax haven to become a Fintech hub. In an interview with, the premier of the UK’s overseas territory, David Burt, said the island could come out of the EU’s 'grey list' of tax havens early next year. But he criticised a global minimum tax as he praised tax competition among countries.
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Commissioner Várhelyi: Youth to become new ‘focal point’ in Eastern Partnership

Fri, 2019-12-06 14:41
In one of his first public appearances, Olivér Várhelyi, Commissioner for neighbourhood and enlargement, said on Thursday (4 December) reviving civil society and economy by reaching out to youth would be his priority in the context of Eastern Partnership.
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What if the world’s center of gravity had moved to Africa?

Fri, 2019-12-06 14:33
As Ursula von der Leyen prepares to make Ethiopia her first overseas visit, MEPs Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, Norbert Neuser and Carlos Zorrinho explain why the new Commission president must reach out to Europe's African allies.
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Late Erasmus founder Lenarduzzi said Europe ‘as we conceived it’ is blocked

Fri, 2019-12-06 13:31
To honour the legacy of late Erasmus "father" Domenico Lenarduzzi, who passed away on Tuesday (3 December), EURACTIV is reposting an interview with him that was originally published on 22 September 2011.
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EU ‘data sovereignty’: opportunities and challenges

Fri, 2019-12-06 13:23
In November 2018, the European Commission presented its Digital Strategy, where it set the vision to become a ‘digitally transformed, user-focused and data-driven administration by 2022’.
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