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Polish coal aid sinks EU power market reform bid

Thu, 2018-12-06 06:55
Poland’s determination to continue providing financial assistance to coal power plants beyond 2030 has sunk an attempt to reform Europe’s electricity market, negotiators have said.
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EU Commission takes aim at disinformation, admits funding deficit

Thu, 2018-12-06 06:40
A four-strong contingency of European Commissioners came out with fighting talk against fake news on Wednesday (5 December), as the EU's executive presented its action plan on disinformation. But the funding shortfall in this field somewhat dampened the spirit of the announcement.
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COP24 diary – day #4

Thu, 2018-12-06 06:39
Over this special series on COP24, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into the goings on of the UN climate conference in Katowice and what is driving the conversation there. In this edition: An update on the negotiations, Bulgaria, Canada, open letters, the shipping and car industry, and more.
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Sustainable finance now tops industry’s agenda

Thu, 2018-12-06 06:35
The climate targets of the EU and UN have moved sustainable financing to the top of the agenda of the finance industry. This means banks and investors are called upon to provide green incentives and become more involved in saving the planet, writes Karl Ludwig Brockmann.
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EU claims stronger role for its currency despite flawed monetary union

Thu, 2018-12-06 06:33
The European Commission presented on Wednesday (5 December) a strategy to strengthen the international role of the euro days after member states continued to drag their feet to complete the economic and monetary union.
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BAT: Need for a ‘consistent’ science-based view on e-cigarettes

Thu, 2018-12-06 06:30
The public health community needs to adopt a consistent science-based view on new generation tobacco products in order to properly inform regulators around the world and thereby shape a stable framework, James Murphy, the head of Reduced Risk Substantiation at British American Tobacco (BAT) told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
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COP24: We have solutions, now we need to stand united on climate action [Promoted content]

Thu, 2018-12-06 06:30
This month, all eyes are on the Polish city of Katowice, where the global climate community is meeting for COP24. Katowice is an important step to make the Paris Agreement a success by defining a robust transparency and accountability system to track progress towards the long-term goal.
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May under pressure to delay ‘meaningful’ Brexit vote

Thu, 2018-12-06 06:28
Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal came under fire from allies and opponents alike on Wednesday (5 December) after the government was forced to publish legal advice showing the United Kingdom could be locked indefinitely in the EU's orbit.
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Save US-Russia nuclear treaty, EU urges

Thu, 2018-12-06 06:09
EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday (5 December) urged Russia and the US to save a Cold War arms control treaty after Washington issued a 60-day ultimatum to Moscow.
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A double failure for France in creating European taxes

Thu, 2018-12-06 06:09
In the middle of the “yellow vest” crisis, France has failed to unblock tax proposals on financial and digital transactions. These two measures for fiscal justice had been advocated by Paris for a long time. EURACTIV France reports.
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Beyond fake news: Strategic options ahead of EU elections

Thu, 2018-12-06 06:09
The European Commission has just released a short-term action plan regarding disinformation, and an assessment of prior commitments. Remarkably, sustainability of the media sector is hardly addressed. Scenarios for this key element of the public sphere are needed, for decisions to be made early in the next mandate.
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Dozens of mafia suspects held in international sting

Thu, 2018-12-06 05:54
Police arrested dozens of suspected mobsters in Europe and South America on Wednesday (5 December) in a huge international swoop targeting Italy's notorious 'Ndrangheta mafia clan, officials said.
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Germany, France to add Spain to European jet fighter programme

Thu, 2018-12-06 05:41
Germany and France will welcome Spain as a full partner in their programme to develop a next-generation air combat system, and expect to sign an agreement finalising the move at the Paris Air Show in June, German government sources said on Wednesday (5 December).
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China hails ‘mutual respect’ as loops Portugal into Belt and Road

Thu, 2018-12-06 05:30
China will always stick to "mutual respect" in its efforts to deal with global challenges, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday (5 December) in Lisbon, where he signed agreements to link Portugal to Beijing's One Belt - One Road initiative.
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Mitsotakis calls on Greek parties to reject Macedonia name change deal

Wed, 2018-12-05 16:10
The leader of the main Greek opposition party, New Democracy (EPP), called on Wednesday (5 December) on Greek political parties to block the name change deal recently reached between Athens and Skopje after almost thirty years of dispute.
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The Brief – Let’s get rid of EU presidencies!

Wed, 2018-12-05 15:55
The upcoming Romanian EU presidency is an important one. On Romania’s watch, the UK is supposed to leave the Union on 29 March and European elections will be held in the remaining 27 countries on 23-26 May. To top things...
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Slovak foreign minister’s resignation over Migration Pact puzzles political scene

Wed, 2018-12-05 15:33
Slovak President Andrej Kiska is taking “time to think” about Foreign Affairs Minister Lajčák's resignation. The long-serving pro-European career diplomat, Lajčák said he was stepping down after the Parliament’s refusal of the UN migration compact last week. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.
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E-Evidence: A threat to people’s fundamental rights?

Wed, 2018-12-05 15:03
EU justice ministers are set to approve a regulation this Friday (5 December) that will require EU-based tech companies to turn over electronic evidence within hours of a court order. The regulation, however, could pose a threat to people’s fundamental rights.
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Romania in political mayhem three weeks before assuming EU presidency

Wed, 2018-12-05 14:55
In an almost surreal sequence of events, the Romanian government paid a visit to the European Commission on Wednesday (5 December) to discuss the country’s upcoming EU presidency, while the opposition in Bucharest mobilised to oust the ruling coalition.
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EU electricity rules on cusp of unlocking power of renewables

Wed, 2018-12-05 12:23
Work on revamping the EU’s electricity market could wrap up on Wednesday (5 December), when negotiators are set to finalise new rules that will help activate energy laws that have already been brokered. As part of the EU’s 2016 Clean...
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