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Georgian Presidency will contribute to making the Council of Europe stronger

Thu, 2019-11-28 07:06
Georgia takes over on Thursday (28 November) the Presidency of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. On this occasion the country's Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani submitted an exclusive op-ed.
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Turkey not backing down in NATO defence plans dispute – source

Thu, 2019-11-28 07:00
Ankara will resist efforts by its NATO allies to persuade it to back an alliance defence plan for the Baltics and Poland until its demands are met over a plan for Turkey's defence, a Turkish diplomatic source said on Wednesday (27 November).
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Power and gas ‘coupling’ seen as key to EU’s zero-carbon quest

Thu, 2019-11-28 07:00
As Europe moves towards net-zero emissions, policymakers are looking at all available sources of energy, including new low-carbon gases like hydrogen, to decarbonise at least cost. But direct electrification – of transport, industry and buildings – remains the top priority for the European Commission.
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Qatar imparts World Cup lessons…even before kickoff

Thu, 2019-11-28 06:57
Qatar has pledged to host not only the most sustainable World Cup in the middle of the desert, but is already sharing lessons from the event three years before the teams even begin to play.
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Strong state power – the case of Kazakhstan

Thu, 2019-11-28 06:54
From the early stage of its post-Soviet transition, Kazakhstan has consolidated strong state power to avoid chaos. Today, as the country is considered successful at home and internationally, this centralisation is being reduced and tribute is being paid to the one person who steered the country during the last 30 years.
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Germany pledges to raise military spending, play more active role in NATO

Thu, 2019-11-28 06:30
Germany has pledged to play a more active role in NATO with Chancellor Angela Merkel promising to raise military spending to 2% of the country’s GDP by the beginning of the 2030s. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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UK faced with EU-US biotechnology dilemma post-Brexit

Thu, 2019-11-28 06:29
The question of whether the UK will open its doors to GMOs after Brexit has become more pertinent after EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told MEPs on Tuesday (26 November) that in order to secure a trade agreement, the UK would have to agree to maintain a ‘level playing field’ and not undercut EU regulation.
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Governments are legalizing medical cannabis. Why is it so hard for patients to access? [Promoted content]

Thu, 2019-11-28 06:00
Patients deserve faster access to safe medical cannabis. Legalization is not enough – governments and businesses need to work together to reduce barriers and lessen patients’ reliance on the illicit market.
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New EU chief flags climate policy as Europe’s ‘new growth strategy’

Wed, 2019-11-27 16:03
The new President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, cited climate policy as the most pressing issue facing her new executive team, which was officially confirmed by a vote in the European Parliament on Wednesday (27 November).
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The Brief, powered by BP – Strasbourg’s vanity fair

Wed, 2019-11-27 15:48
European parties rushed to stake their claim to political fame in the European Parliament on Wednesday, firing off salvos of righteous demands and bold promises that may, or may not, eventually be addressed in the next five years.
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Why EU must guarantee funding for local, regional governments in post-2020 development policy

Wed, 2019-11-27 14:31
Member states must strongly support the proposal of the European Parliament to add a budget line for local authorities to tackle global challenges, including through their decentralised cooperation, writes Marlène Siméon.  
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Paris, Berlin divided over nuclear’s recognition as green energy

Wed, 2019-11-27 13:22
Although the EU Parliament voted to exclude nuclear power from obtaining the 'green label' in March and the Council voted to include regarding the EU's green taxonomy are still underway, France and Germany continue to clash over the labelling of nuclear energy. EURACTIV France reports.
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Parliament backs von der Leyen’s ‘fresh start for Europe’ Commission

Wed, 2019-11-27 12:05
The European Parliament gave the green light to Ursula von der Leyen’s college of Commissioners “for a fresh start for Europe” on Wednesday (27 November) with a comfortable 461 votes in favour, 151 against and 89 abstentions.  The first woman...
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How air quality rules stack up across Europe

Wed, 2019-11-27 11:06
Air quality is rapidly becoming more and more of an emotionally-charged subject as the health implications become more explicit. Here is how things stand at both EU and national level.
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40,000 farmers on tractors block Berlin in protest at new agricultural policy

Wed, 2019-11-27 10:50
Tens of thousands of farmers protested in Berlin on Tuesday (26 November) against the government's new agricultural policy. They complained about increasing environmental protection requirements and falling product prices, which are increasingly damaging their business. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Harnessing the potential of French proposals for the benefit of Western Balkans

Wed, 2019-11-27 10:37
In recent days, the discourse on the Western Balkans’ EU accession has been dominated by discussion of the (in)famous French non-paper, finally explaining the thinking behind the changes in the enlargement methodology announced earlier by President Macron. Milena Lazarevic explains how the French proposal might work.
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Polluted air: the invisible killer

Wed, 2019-11-27 10:33
The European Environment Agency estimates that 374,000 Europeans die prematurely every year due to air pollution.
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Global warming emissions hit new record in 2018, UN says

Wed, 2019-11-27 08:55
Temperatures can be expected to rise by 3.2C this century under current national pledges, threatening to bringing "wide-ranging and destructive climate impacts,” international climate experts warned on Tuesday (26 November).
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Czech Republic at the mercy of Chinese and Russian secret services

Wed, 2019-11-27 07:49
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out how Chinese and Russian Intelligence activities are influencing Czech politics, and so much more. The Capitals brings you the latest news from across Europe, through on-the-ground reporting by EURACTIV’s media network.
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Incoming Commission set to face final approval vote

Wed, 2019-11-27 07:10
Brussels' next top official Ursula von der Leyen presents her top team to the European Parliament on Wednesday (27 November), hoping to finally put a difficult transition behind her.
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