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Albania: How not to lose an election? Refuse to take part…

Fri, 2017-05-12 14:53
All eyes are on elections in Britain, France and soon Germany but quite the most bizarre election seen in Europe since the end of communism is due to take ten days after the British poll next month, writes Denis MacShane.
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Orbán ‘killed’ Parliament motion seeking to block EU funding for NGOs

Fri, 2017-05-12 14:50
A European Parliament motion seeking to stop EU funding for NGOs that oppose the bloc's strategic, commercial and security objectives was postponed until the Court of Auditors submits “reliable data” on the issue, EURACTIV.com has learned.
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An outside-the-box solution to Brexit and the Strasbourg seat

Fri, 2017-05-12 14:38
Relocating the EU's UK-based agencies to Strasbourg and ending the European Parliament's monthly travelling circus is a logical solution that would benefit everyone, argues Bart Staes.
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Youth Forum takes battle against unpaid internships to court

Fri, 2017-05-12 14:12
The European Youth Forum has lodged a legal complaint over the issue of unpaid internships in Belgium. According to the organisation, just one in five interns in the country are paid.
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China and Europe: Together we can make a difference

Fri, 2017-05-12 14:09
Ahead of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF), to be held in Beijing this weekend, H.E. Ambassador Yang Yanyi, head of the Chinese Mission to the EU, explains what can be expected.
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Political innovation prize aims to restore public trust in politics

Fri, 2017-05-12 13:32
After an election marked by the collapse of France’s traditional political parties, the organisers of the award for political innovation hope their initiative will restore the public’s faith in politics. EURACTIV France reports.
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Juncker talks corruption, Schengen and fall of USSR in Romania visit

Fri, 2017-05-12 13:31
Romania should be able to convince the EU to lift special monitoring of its justice system before it takes over the presidency of the Council in 2019, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said yesterday (11 May).
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Malta branded ‘Panama of Europe’ after anonymous tip-off

Fri, 2017-05-12 11:27
An anonymous tip has alerted German authorities to the existence of 70,000 offshore companies registered in Malta. Tax investigators now want to share that data with other countries. EURACTIV’s partner Italia Oggi reports.
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Brexit will harm EU cohesion policy, regions warn

Fri, 2017-05-12 10:28
The EU cohesion policy will “suffer heavily” during the Brexit period because at some point there will be a cease of payment for certain projects until 2020, the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) warned. EURACTIV Greece reports.
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Poroshenko: EU visa waiver completes Ukraine ‘divorce’ from Russia

Fri, 2017-05-12 10:13
In a statement on the occasion of the long-awaited EU visa waiver for Ukrainian citizens, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said today his country had now registered its “complete break up with the Russian Empire”.
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Trans-Europe Express: Bye bye, political parties

Fri, 2017-05-12 09:44
France has just done something that was once considered impossible: electing someone under 40 as its president, without the support of an established political party or campaign experience.
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Tillerson gives nod to Paris Agreement at Arctic Council meeting

Fri, 2017-05-12 08:53
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed an agreement recognising the landmark Paris climate accord at a meeting of Arctic nations in Alaska on Wednesday (10 May) but said President Trump was not rushing to decide whether to leave or weaken US commitments to the pact.
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Macron, a promise for a new Europe

Fri, 2017-05-12 08:13
This 7 May could well mark the birth of a new Europe: becoming empowered, seeking out its true nature while remaining true to itself, taking clear-headed decisions.
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EU demands urgent talks with Washington over laptop ban

Fri, 2017-05-12 05:56
The European Union has demanded urgent talks with the United States over a possible extension to some European countries of a US ban on airline passengers taking laptops into cabins, saying any security threats faced are common.
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Ethanol industry expert: Biofuels tug-of-war is an EU invention

Fri, 2017-05-12 05:53
The conflict between second and first generation biofuels – depicted as good and bad for the environment – only exists in Brussels. In fact, it’s the brainchild of the European Commission, Eric Sievers told EURACTIV.com.
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G7 finance ministers in Italy try to gauge Trump’s policy plans

Fri, 2017-05-12 05:50
Finance chiefs from the G7 begin a two-day meeting in Italy today (12 May), with Europe, Japan and Canada hoping to come away with a clearer picture of US President Donald Trump's direction on important policies that he has yet to spell out.
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As Macron forms party, Brussels ponders its affiliation

Fri, 2017-05-12 05:40
Emmanuel Macron's start-up political party on Thursday (11 May) announced a list of 428 candidates for French parliamentary elections in June, a move likely to shake up French politics. In Brussels, the liberal ALDE group hopes En Marche! will join its ranks.
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Proximus CEO: High quality Belgian network ‘is reflected in the price’

Fri, 2017-05-12 04:53
Belgium has higher mobile phone prices than many other countries in Europe because of the high quality of its network, Dominique Leroy told EURACTIV.com.  Looking forward, she said more spectrum was badly needed to cope with soaring demand for mobile data.
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Tweets of the week: Macron, Europe Day, and Mariya Gabriel

Fri, 2017-05-12 04:39
Hello and welcome to this week’s Friday fun with EU Tweets. Of course, dominating the news this week is Emmanuel Macron’s presidential victory in France.
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EU to grow faster despite Brexit turmoil

Fri, 2017-05-12 04:31
The European Commission on Thursday (11 May) revised upwards its growth forecast for this year and the next, despite the difficult break-up negotiations expected between the EU and the UK, and the long list of challenges affecting the bloc.
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