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For the EU, the real ‘Middle Kingdom’ is still the US

Fri, 2017-09-15 08:12
In its One Belt, One Road initiative, China is making a bid to dominate the economy of the 20th century. But the real value in today's economy isn't in ports and railroads. The real value is in people – and in the networks that connect them, writes Salvatore Babones.
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Financing a ‘global new deal’: How to collect a trillion dollars

Fri, 2017-09-15 08:09
One trillion dollars. This “global stimulus” could change the world if a 5% tax hike is imposed on the “top decile” – the 10% richest segment of the population, a report of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is proposing.
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Iraq, Turkey step up pressure over Kurdish independence vote

Fri, 2017-09-15 05:59
Iraq and Turkey yesterday (14 September) stepped up the pressure on Iraqi Kurdistan over its planned independence referendum, as the governor of oil-rich Kirkuk province that decided to take part in the vote was sacked.
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Dijsselbloem to remain until January amid EU top job rethink

Fri, 2017-09-15 05:59
Acting Dutch finance minister, Jeroen Dijssselbloem will continue as Eurogroup President until the end of his mandate in January, various eurozone officials told EURACTIV.com, quashing speculation that he would step down earlier following an election rout at home.
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Austria’s ‘Wunderwuzzi’ on course for election win at just 31

Fri, 2017-09-15 05:53
Tall, tanned and only 31, Austria's rising political star Sebastian Kurz oozed confidence as he strode to blaring pop music into Graz's main square -- seemingly with good reason.
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Leak: ‘Temporary’ internal Schengen border checks could last four years

Fri, 2017-09-15 05:35
The European Union's executive offered initial backing yesterday (14 September) to a Franco-German proposal to allow more permanent border checks within the bloc's Schengen free-travel zone.
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Catalonian independence: Juncker ventures into unchartered waters

Fri, 2017-09-15 05:09
Jean-Claude Juncker likely infuriated Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday (14 September) by saying that if Catalonians voted to secede from Spain in next month's referendum, the Commission would respect the outcome.
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UN calls for global economic makeover to replace neoliberalism

Fri, 2017-09-15 05:01
The world must ditch austerity and economic neoliberalism and undertake a global "New Deal" to rebalance the global economy and achieve prosperity for all, the UN trade and development agency UNCTAD said in a report on Thursday (14 September).
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Tweets of the Week: A State of the Union special

Fri, 2017-09-15 04:20
This EU Tweets of the Week is a State of the Union special. We’ve got the hails and fails, wails and… sails?
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EU faces legal ‘turf war’ on controversial religious freedom cases

Fri, 2017-09-15 04:15
Freedom to live by the values of religious faith is protected in the EU treaties under Article 10 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights. But it remains a legal grey area across the EU.
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Bütikofer: ‘The priority to support additive manufacturing is financing research’

Fri, 2017-09-15 03:42
Reinhard Bütikofer is one of the most authoritative voices in the European Parliament on 3D printing. In his view, Europe will have to struggle over the next decade to be a leader in industry, and will get there only if it turns research efforts into innovative results.
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The Brief: The European Bond, James Bond

Thu, 2017-09-14 14:49
In his State of the Union speech, President Juncker made a timid call for a European intelligence unit. He was wise enough not to call it a ‘European FBI’ or ‘DG CIA’ as that would only have given tabloid headline writers a field day.
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Better EU-China relations limited by persistent doubts on both sides, says report

Thu, 2017-09-14 13:43
The EU and China, the world’s second and third largest economies, should be looking to turn their trade relations into a genuine partnership but both are still wary of protectionism and unfair competition, according to a comprehensive report published on Wednesday (13 September).
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MEPs approve Accessibility Act, ready for talks in Council

Thu, 2017-09-14 13:35
The European Parliament approved on Thursday 14 (September) the proposed European Accessibility Act, a major piece of legislation meant to make life easier for the elderly and people with disabilities, adding that it is ready for potentially tough member states negotiations.
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Czech interior minister: ‘Nobody has to call us for solidarity’

Thu, 2017-09-14 13:10
The Czech Republic has not relocated a refugee for more than a year and remains in breach of its legal obligations. The Czech position remains the same despite the ruling of the Court of Justice supporting the Commission's migrant relocation policy. EURACTIV.cz reports.
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GMOs: EU court says states can’t ban them unless risks are proven

Thu, 2017-09-14 12:00
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Wednesday (13 September) that member states cannot adopt emergency measures banning genetically modified organisms (GMOs) without evidence of a serious risk to health or the environment. But the ruling was surpassed by recent EU legislation and changes nothing.
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Greek minister: EMA bid shows drugs are a social good

Thu, 2017-09-14 11:54
Athens’ decision to claim the European Medicine Agency's relocation from London sends a message that medicine is “not just a commodity but a social good”, Greece’s Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georgios Katrougalos, told EURACTIV.com.
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Report: Nuclear power on the decline

Thu, 2017-09-14 11:42
Nuclear power seems on its way out, as construction of only one new nuclear reactor was undertaken in 2017, according to the World Nuclear Industry Report 2017. EURACTIV France reports.
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US protectionism is bad for everyone, especially for America itself

Thu, 2017-09-14 11:35
Since the election of Donald Trump, US trade policy is threatening to become more and more protectionist and this could be a wake-up call for Europe to strengthen its single market and stabilise the European Union,  writes Thieß Petersen.
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It is not easy being LGBT in Serbia

Thu, 2017-09-14 10:29
Belgrade's annual Pride Week began on Monday (11 September) and will end with a march on Sunday (17 September). Pride parades were held over the past few years with strong security measures and, in the meantime, Serbia elected a gay prime minister. EURACTIV.rs reports.
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