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Diplomatic intrigue at FAO casts doubt on Italy’s loyalty to EU, US

Tue, 2019-06-25 06:55
The Capitals brings you the latest news from across Europe, through on-the-ground reporting by EURACTIV’s media network.
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Bosnian Serbs pull reserve police plan under Western pressure

Tue, 2019-06-25 06:48
Bosnia's Serb entity on Monday (24 June) withdrew a bill to set up a reserve police force under pressure from Western peace envoys who said it would be divisive, with memories still fresh of reservists' role in ethnic cleansing during the 1992-95 war.
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Europe calls for ‘urgent restraint’ as US hits Iran with extra sanctions

Tue, 2019-06-25 06:30
The European Union called for an "immediate de-escalation" of tensions in the Middle East on Monday (24 June), as the US government announced new "hard-hitting" sanctions on Iran after launching a series of cyber attacks on the country last week.
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German industry talks up ‘carbon-free’ hydrogen from fossil gas

Tue, 2019-06-25 06:27
Hydrogen production from natural gas can be made almost entirely carbon-free using a technique called pyrolysis, say German industry executives who have called on the European Union to support the technology’s development on a commercial scale.
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Swiss ready to retaliate against EU over stock market access

Tue, 2019-06-25 06:18
The Swiss government said on Monday (24 June) it was ready to ban stock exchanges in the European Union from trading Swiss shares -- intensifying a row over a stalled partnership treaty.
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France hosts Russia’s Medvedev in rare high-level visit

Tue, 2019-06-25 06:05
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Monday (24 June) held talks with Russia's premier Dmitry Medvedev, in a rare high-level visit at a time of frosty ties between Moscow and the West.
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Austria’s interim chancellor won’t block the majority on EU top jobs

Tue, 2019-06-25 06:03
Federal Chancellor Brigitte Bierlein won't ask for special favours at an EU summit next Sunday (30 June) aimed at appointing the new President of the European Commission, except when it comes to one thing: Austria's next EU Commissioner. An analysis by Herbert Vytiska for EURACTIV Germany.
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UK’s Johnson admits needing EU support in event of no-deal Brexit

Tue, 2019-06-25 05:52
Boris Johnson, the favourite to replace British Prime Minister Theresa May, has acknowledged that London would need cooperation from the European Union to cushion potential shocks in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
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Thousands in Tbilisi demand Georgia’s de-oligarchisation

Tue, 2019-06-25 05:34
Thousands of anti-government protesters rallied on Monday (24 June) in the Georgian capital for the fifth consecutive day as the increasingly unpopular ruling party's promise of sweeping reforms failed to appease mass demonstrations.
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EU must block Greece’s desperate attempt to subsidise coal power

Tue, 2019-06-25 05:15
Greek consumers could end up footing the bill for new coal plants well beyond 2050 under a proposed government scheme, despite recently agreed EU electricity market rules specifically designed to call time on coal subsidies, write Joanna Flisowska and Nikos Mantzaris.
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Council of Europe assembly authorises Russia’s return

Tue, 2019-06-25 05:08
The Council of Europe's parliamentary assembly agreed Tuesday (25 June) to allow Russian representatives to return to the body, five years after it was stripped of its voting rights over the annexation of Crimea.
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Health expert: Need for a new partnership with pharma industry under WHO

Mon, 2019-06-24 20:46
The World Health Organisation (WHO) could provide a platform for a new partnership between the public health sector and the industry, from pharma to alcohol, Clemens Martin Auer, a candidate for the post of WHO Regional Director Europe, told EURACTIV in an interview.
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MEPs: Demand VP Democracy, after Spitzenkandidaten setback

Mon, 2019-06-24 16:30
Last week’s Summit did not retain the principle favoured by the Parliament. Before endorsing the final ‘ticket’ proposed, parliamentary groups can make coalition demands: a new top job could help, for healthy media and sound platforms.
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The Brief – Poland’s failure to think big

Mon, 2019-06-24 14:53
"We don't know what they're playing at". "It's impossible to have a debate on this". "We were ready to tear our hair out". Those are just some of the diplomatic reactions to Poland's blocking of a climate deal at last week's Council summit.
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Poland’s judicial reforms violate EU law, bloc’s top court rules

Mon, 2019-06-24 14:47
Poland's judiciary reform that lowered the retirement age for Supreme Court judges has breached EU law, the EU's top court said in a binding ruling on Monday (24 June), which effectively means Poland will have to scrap the reform or face penalties from Brussels.
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China scraps list of recommended car battery suppliers: ministry

Mon, 2019-06-24 12:43
China has scrapped its list of recommended battery suppliers, the industry ministry said on Monday (24 June), a decision foreign companies said could open up the world’s biggest market for electric vehicle batteries.
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Turkey, Russia and China covet Western Balkans as EU puts enlargement on hold

Mon, 2019-06-24 12:31
Unless the EU accession process of the Western Balkans picks up the pace, the six countries of the region may examine alternatives for their countries’ external orientation, including boosting relations with China, Russia, Turkey and the Gulf States, a report...
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Clegg: Facebook to set up its own ‘court’ for content moderation

Mon, 2019-06-24 10:41
Facebook has plans to establish an independent oversight board "analogous to a court," that will have the power to make decisions on what content should be removed from the platform, the company's Head of Global Policy, Nick Clegg, announced on Monday (24 April).
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ECI’s contribution on the Revision of the Drinking Water Directive in view of the Trilogues [Promoted content]

Mon, 2019-06-24 08:41
The European Copper Institute (ECI) strongly supports measures that help to improve the quality of water intended for human consumption, and is therefore is in favour of EU-wide standards that help understanding and reduce sources of chemical and /or biological contamination in drinking water systems.
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China’s Qu Dongyu beats EU candidate for FAO leadership

Mon, 2019-06-24 06:58
Despite months of diplomatic efforts, Europe failed to get French candidate Catherine  Geslain-Lanéelle elected as the new chairperson of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
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