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Merkel, state leaders agree terms of brown coal exit

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:44
Germany has reached an agreement with the regions most affected by a plan to phase out the use of brown coal, or lignite, for its power plants by providing about 40 billion euros ($45 billion) in aid, a document reviewed by Reuters showed.
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Greek PM Mitsotakis nominates first-ever female president

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:44
Greece's conservative Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis nominated on Wednesday (15 January) judge Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou to become the first-ever female president of the Hellenic Republic, saying it was a “progressive proposal” that should be approved by all Greek lawmakers.
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TIRANA – Agreement on electoral reform

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:39
Socialist Energy and Industry Minister Damian Gjinkuri, deputy chairman of the opposition Socialist Movement for Integration Petrit Vasili, and a representative of the opposition Democratic Party, Oerd Bylykbashi, all signed a statement promising to reach an agreement on electoral reform...
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ZAGREB – Grilling PM Plenković

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:38
The first session in the Croatian parliament after a one month break was another showroom of accusation between the Social-democratic party (SDP) and Croatian democratic party (HDZ). While PM Andrej Plenković was praised during the plenary session in Strasbourg, at home,...
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Athens smarting after exclusion from German-hosted Libya conference

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:38
Germany’s decision not to invite Greece to a conference on the Libya crisis next Sunday (19 January) while Turkey will attend the meeting, has left the Greek government smarting from a  perceived diplomatic snub.
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SOFIA – Government ‘slept’ on the European Green Deal

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:37
Bulgarian MEP Radan Kanev (EPP, Democratic Bulgaria) has criticised the Bulgarian government for not being more involved in discussions regarding the European Green Deal. Kanev recalled that the country does not participate in the European Platform for coal regions in...
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European Parliament calls on member states to act on Poland and Hungary

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:35
The EU must set out concrete demands and deadlines for Poland and Hungary over their rule of law and judicial independence situation, lawmakers in the European Parliament demanded in a Strasbourg debate on Article 7 on Wednesday (15 January). In...
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WARSAW – On Thursday the report on judicial reforms

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:35
According to Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki, the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission report that concerns the country’s judicial reforms by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party should be unveiled on Thursday (16 January). Read also: Poland’s 2017 judicial reform...
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European firms get ‘crumbs’ from China’s Belt and Road

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:35
China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), an investment plan aiming to connect Europe with Asia, is sidelining European companies and Brussels should review its competition law to level the playing field, a business lobby said on Thursday (16 January).
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MADRID – Renegotiation of fiscal adjustment?

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:31
Prime minister Pedro Sánchez wants to ease the fiscal adjustment agreed with the EU before submitting a new budgetary plan. The coalition of Socialists and left-wing party coalition wants more breathing space to increase social spending in contrast with the adjustment...
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DUBLIN – General election campaign – day one

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:30
Housing, homelessness and Brexit dominated the main issues on day one of the Irish general election campaign yesterday (14 January), as rival parties jockeyed for votes across the country.  Speaking at his party’s campaign launch in County Monaghan, Fine Gael...
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HELSINKI – Finnish MP arrested in Israel

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:29
With the Parliament still enjoying its Christmas break MP’s have a chance to meet their voters. Or infiltrate the Gaza Strip. The latter was the choice of Anna Kontula, a Finnish MP representing the Left Alliance. On Monday, she was...
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VIENNA – Conservatives violated campaign financing laws

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:27
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s conservative ÖVP win in the 2017 election will now cost the party a €800,000 fine.And it turns out the ÖVP has other fines to pay too. Austria’s campaign financing laws forbid parties to spend more than €7 million...
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BERLIN – Still growing, but slowly

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:26
The German economy grew by 0.6% in 2019, the slowest rate in six years, the country’s Federal Statistical Office reported on Wednesday (15 January). These numbers are partly fuelled by a decline of German exports which have fallen victim to...
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EU plans ditching carbon cost refund for seven industrial sectors

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:21
The European Commission has proposed removing mining activities and fertiliser manufacturing from a list of heavy industries eligible for state aid, arguing EU climate policies no longer puts them at risk of relocating production outside Europe.
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New Malta PM reshuffles ministers, shuns controversial names

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:18
New Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela reshuffled his cabinet on Wednesday (15 January), sidelining some of the politicians who had faced fierce criticism from an anti-corruption journalist before her murder in 2017.
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In blow to Eurogroup head, EU Commission criticises Portugal’s budget

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:11
The European Commission said on Wednesday (15 January) that Portugal's draft budget for 2020 was at risk of breaking European Union fiscal rules because of insufficient progress in reducing its structural deficit.
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No progress on reform of eurozone bailout fund until March

Thu, 2020-01-16 07:05
Reform of the eurozone bailout fund will remain frozen until at least March, a senior official said on Wednesday (15 January), as governments are still divided over technical details on bond restructuring.
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What’s the hold up on ambitious climate action?

Thu, 2020-01-16 06:45
Some point to fossil fuel and heavy industry workers as a reason for delaying climate action. As the head of the world's largest trade union federation, Sharan Burrow says “not in our name”.
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Italy smashes mafia racket defrauding EU agriculture funds

Thu, 2020-01-16 06:43
Italian police arrested 94 people in pre-dawn raids on Wednesday (15 January) as part of an investigation into an alleged Mafia scam that defrauded European Union agriculture funds of millions of euros. Prosecutors said they believed the fraud was orchestrated...
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