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Commission turns blind eye to violence against demonstrators in France

Tue, 2019-02-12 15:55
On Monday (11 February), many MEPs at the European Parliament criticised the amount and severity of injuries suffered during the demonstrations by the French ‘yellow vest’ movement. The fisheries commissioner, who was dispatched on to represent the Commission, did not answer any questions. EURACTIV France reports.
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The Brief – Tajani’s blunder

Tue, 2019-02-12 15:49
A Twitter clash has broken out between Slovenian Commissioner Violeta Bulc and European Parliament President Antonio Tajani over the latter's involvement, together with Lega leader Matteo Salvini, in a commemoration perceived as a fascist gathering.
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Member states shield national vetoes on tax matters

Tue, 2019-02-12 15:11
A large majority of EU governments opposed on Tuesday (12 February) the European Commission’s proposal to end the unanimity required to pass legislation on taxation, saying they want to protect national sovereignty and avoid having decisions forced on reluctant countries.
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CDU discussion workshop on migration and asylum: ‘What have we learnt?’

Tue, 2019-02-12 13:48
For new CDU party chair Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, reforming migration policy represents an opportunity to distance herself from Chancellor Angela Merkel. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Logistics expert: Deep transport emissions reductions possible, urgently needed

Tue, 2019-02-12 12:42
Transport is widely accepted as a very difficult sector to decarbonise but one of the leading experts on all things freight and transport explained to EURACTIV.com how and why it needs to be done.
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Web under censorship threat [Promoted content]

Tue, 2019-02-12 11:44
If the European project of the Directive on Copyright Law in the Digital Single Market becomes reality in its current shape, the Internet will no longer remain a place of free access to information and democratic debate, writes Michal Kanownik.
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UK admits it will fail to roll over EU trade deals

Tue, 2019-02-12 10:57
The UK government has admitted that it will fail to roll over all trade treaties involving the European Union and third countries by 29 March, with international trade secretary Liam Fox confirming that negotiations with some countries have now been prioritised over others.
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Food safety: Midnight deal for revised General Food Law

Tue, 2019-02-12 07:59
All it took was three inter-institutional meetings and less than one month of negotiations to reach a deal on new European Food Safety Agency transparency rules, as EU co-legislators kicked into high gear in order to wrap up the file before the end of the mandate.
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‘Something has to give,’ Barnier tells Brexit Britain

Tue, 2019-02-12 07:37
European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Monday (11 February) British Prime Minister Theresa May should endorse a permanent customs union with the bloc - as proposed by the opposition Labour party - to break the impasse over their looming divorce.
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Europe agrees sales targets for ‘clean’ buses in cities

Tue, 2019-02-12 07:32
European Union lawmakers struck an agreement on Monday (11 February) on green public procurement rules for new buses requiring that local authorities purchase a minimum share of clean vehicles running on gas or electricity by 2025 and 2030.
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Finnish finance minister: ‘Case closed’ for universal basic income

Tue, 2019-02-12 07:26
Finland is the first country to complete a nation-wide experiment on universal basic income. With the first results in, Finnish finance minister Petteri Orpo told EURACTIV.com that the largest parties in his country don’t support the idea anymore.
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Women try to find their feet in French agriculture

Tue, 2019-02-12 07:25
Women, the great forgotten group of agricultural policies, represent a quarter of French farmers. In Brittany, the “agriculture au féminin” network is attempting to push forward the issue of gender equality in the farming sector. EURACTIV France reports.
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German car toll and deportation law stokes EU criticism in Austria

Tue, 2019-02-12 07:21
A European Court of Justice decision on Germany's controversial motorway toll and a proposed tightening of deportation laws for asylum seekers has stoked the ire of Austrians over the past week. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Biofuels: Commission blacklists palm oil, throws soybeans lifeline

Tue, 2019-02-12 07:20
In an eagerly-awaited decision, the European Commission last week categorised palm oil as a high-emitting biofuel crop but provided some controversial exemptions for smallholders and spared soybeans from the delegated act's provisions.
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The EU must grant visa free travel to Kosovo

Tue, 2019-02-12 07:20
The EU finally needs to make good on its oft-repeated promise to grant visa free travel to Kosovo, says Behgjet Pachouli.
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Berlin woos US in Europe gas battle

Tue, 2019-02-12 07:19
Germany will put on a show of unity with the United States Tuesday (12 February) in talks on importing natural gas, as Berlin battles accusations an under-construction pipeline deepens European energy dependence on Russia.
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A new era for securitisation?

Tue, 2019-02-12 07:05
The coming into force of the simple, transparent and standardised (STS) securitisation rules in January was intended to mark a fresh start for securitisation within Europe. Richard Hopkin examines the likely effects of the EU's new rules on securitisation across the bloc.
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Hungary warns Pompeo against Western ‘enormous hypocrisy’ toward Russia

Tue, 2019-02-12 07:02
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced hope Monday (11 February) that renewed American engagement with Hungary's Viktor Orbán would help steer the increasingly authoritarian leader away from Russian and Chinese influence.
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Fighting harmful content: Keeping the internet and users safer online [Promoted content]

Tue, 2019-02-12 07:00
Hot take, or hate speech? Religious speech or incitement to violence? Tackling harmful content online has never been more vital, or more complex.
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The economic and social imperative of developing digital skills [Promoted content]

Tue, 2019-02-12 06:30
We are experiencing the most rapid period of technological change since the industrial revolution. It’s being driven by a collection of interrelated technologies - fast communication networks, the internet of things, robotics, cloud computing and artificial intelligence - which are unique in scale, reach and the speed at which they are changing our societies and economies.
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