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Eleven EU countries call to ban fossil fuels from trans-European energy infrastructure

Thu, 2021-05-06 05:54
Eleven EU countries have signed a declaration calling on the European Union to stop funding fossil fuels under its trans-European energy infrastructure regulation (TEN-E), which is currently under revision.
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China Atlantic base would spark ‘strong concern’, Portuguese minister says

Thu, 2021-05-06 05:31
Any Chinese military base in the Atlantic Ocean is unnecessary and any such hypothesis would be viewed with "strong concern", Portugal's minister of defence, João Gomes Cravinho, has said, adding that it was "not a good idea" to transform this region into a scenario of "geopolitical conflict".
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Spain’s green recovery plan among EU’s best, experts say

Thu, 2021-05-06 05:16
The contribution of Spain's recovery, transformation and resilience plan to the green transition is among the best in the EU, according to a report international climate experts highlighting the lack of European ambition to decarbonise the economy, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
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France trailing behind EU renewable energy goals

Thu, 2021-05-06 05:15
The European Union is expected to soon raise its renewable energy target for 2030, and France, which has already largely missed its 2020 goal, could have difficulties in meeting the new objective. EURACTIV France reports.
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Time to raise awareness of €1.5bn EU equality and rights programme, says leading MEP

Thu, 2021-05-06 05:12
Last month, European lawmakers proclaimed the EU’s Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programmes as the largest ever amount of EU funding dedicated to promoting the bloc's values such as democracy and fundamental rights.
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Kazakhstan invests in human capital to avoid brain drain

Thu, 2021-05-06 05:05
Kazakhstan continues to rejuvenate its public administration in a drive to keep talented youth at home and achieve two major goals: modernising the Central Asian country and avoiding brain drain.
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How China Views Multilateralism [Stakeholder Opinion]

Thu, 2021-05-06 05:00
Multilateralism, as we in China understand it, is about seeking consensus through consultation and manage common affairs through cooperation for shared benefits and win-win results. In this sense, China and Europe share a common interest in upholding multilateralism. Fu Ying...
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EU seeks rapid response military force, two decades after first try

Thu, 2021-05-06 04:00
Fourteen EU countries, including Germany and France, have proposed a rapid military response force that could intervene early in international crises, a senior EU official said on Wednesday, two decades after a previous attempt. The countries say the EU should...
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The Brief, powered by GIE – The ghost of Napoleon

Wed, 2021-05-05 14:48
This day (5 May) marks the 200th anniversary of Napoleon Bonaparte’s death. In his country, France, there is a big debate about whether this is an occasion to honour him or not at all.
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Commission bolsters toolbox against disruptive foreign subsidies  

Wed, 2021-05-05 14:45
Companies subsidised by foreign governments will have to win EU authorities' green light to acquire European firms or to bid in public procurements, according to a European Commission proposal published on Wednesday (5 May).
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Facebook fears regulators’ competing demands for privacy, transparency

Wed, 2021-05-05 14:33
Facebook is in favour of more regulation but is concerned that platforms could be forced in "diametrically opposed directions" in terms of privacy and transparency requirements, Nick Clegg, the platform's vice president for global affairs, has said. EURACTIV France reports.
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Orbán has begun taking steps to preserve his power

Wed, 2021-05-05 14:07
With barely a year until what looks to be a tight election in Hungary, the government is shifting considerable amounts of public assets away from the state and into foundations. The goal could be to sustain Viktor Orbán’s "System of National Cooperation" (NER) should he lose the 2022 election. EURACTIV's media partner Telex takes a closer look.
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Pinduoduo cements position as world’s fastest-growing consumer internet company with record 788.4 million buyers [Promoted content]

Wed, 2021-05-05 14:00
Founded in 2015, Pinduoduo has taken less than six years to become China’s largest marketplace operator with 788.4M buyers.
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EU unveils plan to cut dependency on China, others

Wed, 2021-05-05 13:30
The European Union unveiled on Wednesday (5 May) a plan to cut its dependency on Chinese and other foreign suppliers in six strategic areas like raw materials, pharmaceutical ingredients and semiconductors after the pandemic-induced economic slump.
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The Green Brief: Beware the carbon price backlash

Wed, 2021-05-05 10:25
Concerns about the "just transition" to a green economy are likely to resurface after the price of carbon on the EU’s emissions trading scheme hit €50 per tonne for the first time this month.
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Germany’s onshore wind expansion continues to struggle

Wed, 2021-05-05 10:21
Attempts by the German authorities to attract investment in wind power fell flat, marking another episode in a series of unpopular tenders for wind power, according to the results of tenders for renewables, published on Friday (30 April).
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Breton: Europe was too naive before, now we are in the driving seat

Wed, 2021-05-05 10:18
Europe will remain open to everyone but will no longer be naive in the face of the rapidly changing world and will seek to be in the driving seat, Commissioner Thierry Breton told EURACTIV and a group of media ahead of the presentation of the update of the EU's industrial strategy on Wednesday (5 May).
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What it means to reopen Europe’s bars [Promoted content]

Wed, 2021-05-05 10:00
Bars, pubs and cafés across Europe are looking forward to welcoming back customers after months of lockdown. For many, it comes not a moment too soon. It will be an emotional moment as friends and families reunite, once again raising their glasses to savour the beers that they have missed for so long.
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Nature is the missed opportunity of the EU’s recovery plans

Wed, 2021-05-05 09:48
Post-COVID recovery plans are the perfect moment to reset Europe's economy and become more sustainable, but current plans show that Europe is failing to embrace a systematic change in how it views nature, writes Sandrine Dixson-Decleve and Simon Zadek.
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Greek reporter after death threats: journalism targeted by business-politics ties

Wed, 2021-05-05 09:00
Greek journalist Kostas Vaxevanis has recently denounced a death contract against him. Less than a month ago, another well-known investigative journalist was murdered in a mafia-styled execution in Athens. EURACTIV has interviewed Vaxevanis to find out about the deteriorating conditions of independent journalism in the country.
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