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Putin says men accused by UK over poisoning are ‘simple people’

Thu, 2018-09-13 05:15
President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday (12 September) Russia had found the two men accused by British prosecutors of trying to murder ex- Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Britain, but that there was nothing criminal about them.
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Capacity mechanisms – key issues to watch

Thu, 2018-09-13 05:07
The European Commission wants to limit state aid for power plants that EU countries remunerate as a means to remain on stand-by in case of demand peak. As negotiations on the EU’s new electricity market enter the home straight, EURACTIV lists the main issues to watch out for in the debate.
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Product reformulation a success in Ireland, industry says

Thu, 2018-09-13 05:00
Product reformulation, rather than taxes, has brought tangible results for public health, according to Food Drink Ireland (FDI), the main trade association for the food and drink industry.
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Pro-Brexit rebels propose solution on Irish border issue

Thu, 2018-09-13 04:57
Brexit supporting rebels in Prime Minister Theresa May's party set out proposals on Wednesday (12 September) which they said would allow trade to flow over the Irish border while safeguarding the integrity of the European Union's Single Market.
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Ryanair CEO warns hard Brexit will ground flights

Thu, 2018-09-13 04:39
Ryanair's chief executive stepped up his warning about the risk of flights between Britain and Europe being grounded for days in the wake of Britain's exit from the European Union next March, saying there had been no assurances on the issue.
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Austria’s far-right to keep distance from Bannon

Thu, 2018-09-13 04:33
The Austrian far-right has said it is not eager to collaborate politically with Donald Trump's former adviser Steve Bannon over forming a pan-European right-wing movement.
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A perspective from Spain: What is unfair for one is unfair for all

Thu, 2018-09-13 03:25
As Brussels decision-makers begin their final discussions on the European directive on Unfair Trading Practices this autumn, they would do well to consider assessing some of the successful laws in place around Europe, which have had an overwhelmingly positive impact on the entire food supply chain, write Promarca and FIAB.
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EU lawmakers call for global ban on ‘killer robots’

Wed, 2018-09-12 16:00
The European Union took a stance against "killer robots" on Wednesday when the European Parliament passed a resolution calling for an international ban on the development, production and use of weapons that kill without a human deciding to fire.
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The Green Climate Fund- a focal point of climate negotiation tensions

Wed, 2018-09-12 15:49
At a time when a series of international meetings on the climate is beginning, the funding tool for climate projects between the North and the South is facing governance problems. EURACTIV France reports.
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Juncker sparks Brexit love-in but divisions remain

Wed, 2018-09-12 14:50
During his State of the Union speech in Strasbourg on Wednesday (12 September), Jean-Claude Juncker struck a largely emollient tone on the subject of Brexit talks which he said were being “masterfully handled by my friend Michel Barnier”.
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The Brief, sponsored by the European Parliament – Juncker looks abroad to forget about problems at home

Wed, 2018-09-12 14:42
As US presidents tend to do at the end of their mandates, Jean-Claude Juncker will look abroad in his final months as European Commission President. As is the case with the commanders-in-chief on the other side of the Atlantic, the reason lies in the problems he faces at home.
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NGOs go jubilant over Hungary as EPPs coherence crumbles

Wed, 2018-09-12 14:20
Human rights NGOs enthusiastically welcomed the European Parliament's approval to start punitive Article 7 proceedings against Hungary on Wednesday (12 September), after a vote that revealed deep divisions inside the biggest political family, the European People's Party.
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MEPs kick off electoral campaign after Juncker’s State of the Union speech

Wed, 2018-09-12 14:00
Jean-Claude Juncker's last State of the Union speech before the next European elections turned into a stocktaking of his mandate and a platform for political groups to set up their priorities for the electoral campaign.
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Drama strikes hemicycle as European Parliament backs copyright bill

Wed, 2018-09-12 13:15
The European Parliament backed the controversial copyright bill on Wednesday (12 September), drawing cheers of jubilation and howls of disapproval from MEPs in the Strasbourg hemicycle.
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Manfred Weber: Bulgaria and Croatia should join Schengen ‘immediately’

Wed, 2018-09-12 12:42
Bulgaria and Croatia should join the EU's passport-free Schengen area immediately, EPP group leader Manfred Weber said on Wednesday (12 September), in a friendly gesture to two Eastern European governments from his political family.
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MEPs trigger Article 7 against Hungary after evasive Juncker speech

Wed, 2018-09-12 12:12
MEPs voted en masse to trigger Article 7 proceedings against Hungary on Wednesday (12 September), although Jean-Claude Juncker's early morning Strasbourg speech failed to send much of a clear signal against Budapest's alleged rule of law violations.
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Visegrad +4 push for extension of unfair trade practices to large suppliers

Wed, 2018-09-12 12:01
The Visegrad Four, as well as Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and Slovenia, have warned about “disproportions” in the food supply chain if large suppliers are not covered by the European Commission’s proposal on unfair trade practices (UTPs).
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Juncker paints ‘big picture’ of EU’s global role

Wed, 2018-09-12 11:24
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker stayed away from major legislative proposals in his annual address to Parliament, preferring to focus on the “big picture” of how the EU can assert its power in a hostile international environment.
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Juncker offers EU-Africa trade deal in new ‘partnership of equals’

Wed, 2018-09-12 10:27
European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker held out the promise of an EU-Africa trade pact on Wednesday as part of a ‘partnership of equals’ between the two continents, signalling Europe's stronger involvement in Africa, where Chinese influence is rapidly spreading.
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Juncker goes to war against disinformation and online terrorist content

Wed, 2018-09-12 10:25
The European Commission is set to pursue a crackdown on the spread of online terrorist content and disinformation, its president Jean-Claude Junker announced in his State of the Union address on Wednesday (12 September). 
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