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Fertiliser regulation causing controversy in Germany

Wed, 2020-02-05 10:33
The deadline for Germany to avoid EU fines for its excessive soil nitrate levels is fast approaching, but the Grand Coalition is at odds about how best to tighten fertilisation regulations. In the face of on-going protests by farmers who...
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Europe still reluctant to repatriate its foreign fighters and families

Wed, 2020-02-05 10:25
Since the fall of the caliphate, thousands of European foreign fighters and their families are stranded in Syria and Iraq. European capitals have been reluctant to repatriate their nationals and children born in the territories formerly controlled by the Islamic State, despite experts warning that inaction may be more dangerous in the long run.
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Power shift: EU coal output falls 24% in 2019

Wed, 2020-02-05 09:30
Global warming emissions from the power sector fell by 12% last year, led by a steep decline in coal power generation, which was replaced half by natural gas and half by renewables, according to fresh data published on Wednesday (5 February).
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Operation Sophia causes turmoil within Austria’s ruling coalition

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:53
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out about Orban attending a conservative conference in Rome, Finland's plans to go carbon-neutral by 2035, Germany's reignited debate on wearing the Niqab in schools, and so much more.
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SARAJEVO – Religious leaders hold a common prayer for war victims and peace

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:52
Leaders and representatives of the four largest religious communities in BiH participated on Tuesday (4 February) in a common prayer dedicated to all the victims of the country’s 1992-1995 war, expressing a desire for lasting peace. The prayer, which was...
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Croatia’s stance regarding the new Multiannual Financial Framework

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:51
PM Andrej Plenković has confirmed Croatia’s stance regarding the new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF).  After the Friends of Cohesion meeting, which took place in Portugal on Saturday, the PM said at Tuesday’s conference on ”The challenges of adopting the new...
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ZAGREB – New abortion bill?

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:50
Parliament will debate on Wednesday the new Social Democratic party (SDP) abortion bill that will make abortion free, accessible and legal. “Women in the 21st century have the right to decide about their own body, their reproductive health, and it...
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BUDAPEST – ‘More Patriotic’ national curriculum accepted

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:48
The new amendment to Hungary’s national curriculum has finally been accepted. While the government is positive that the changes will grant “Hungarian youth to rise among the world’s best by 2030″, critics contend that parts of the curriculum are now...
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EU set to modify member accession method to placate France

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:48
The EU is set to propose ways to modify the accession procedures for countries entering the bloc in a bid to placate France, but Brussels cautioned Tuesday (4 February) that any changes won't be major ones.
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BUDAPEST- A new security strategy

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:47
The country’s security cabinet has adopted a  new security strategy, while the country’s military strategy is being drafted, Defence Minister Tibor Benkő told a meeting on Tuesday (4 February), following the evaluation of last year and looking ahead to plans...
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BUDAPEST – Viktor Orbán at the conservative conference in Rome

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:46
After meeting European Council President Charles Michel on Monday (3 February), the Hungarian PM travelled to Rome to participate in a conference of European conservatives entitled “God, Honor, Country: President Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and the Freedom of...
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MADRID – The government will ‘listen’ to farmer demands

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:44
Spain’s Agricultural Minister, Luis Planas, announced on Tuesday (4 February), that the left-wing coalition government (socialists of PSOE and far-left Unidas Podemos) plans to reform the current food chain legislation and is open to discuss the practice of selling below...
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HELSINKI – Tax cuts and a fund to fight climate change

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:42
The Finnish five-party government, criticised for not doing enough to combat climate change, has published a “roadmap” to become the world’s first carbon-neutral welfare society by 2035, saying it would “specify the timetable and objectives for the preparation of climate...
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‘This is personal’: Von der Leyen launches consultation on EU’s Cancer Plan

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:41
The President of the European Commission launched an EU-wide public consultation on Europe's Beating Cancer Plan on Tuesday (4 February), announcing an EU-wide "open health data space" in support of research, prevention and cure.
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BRUSSELS – Tobacco advertising

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:41
From January 2021, all forms of tobacco advertising will be banned in Belgium, the Belgian parliament’s Health Committee agreed unanimously, removing the few exceptions that existed under the parliament’s 1999 ban.  Before the ban comes into force, advertising tobacco products...
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In Krakow, Macron urges Poland to respect European values

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:41
French President Emmanuel Macron gave a lecture at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków on the second day of his Poland visit on Tuesday (4 February), where he covered multiple topics ranging from Europe’s common history to identity and climate change....
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BERLIN – German states weigh banning the niqab in schools

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:40
A Monday (3 February) ruling by a Higher Administrative Court in Hamburg has sparked calls for states across Germany to change school laws to ban the wearing of veils that fully cover the face.  The Hamburg education authority brought the...
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VIENNA – Operation Sophia causes turmoil within Austria’s ruling coalition

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:39
After Chancellor Sebastian Kurz rejected EU High Representative Josep Borrell’s idea of reviving Operation Sophia for monitoring the arms embargo against Libya on grounds that having EU-boats rescuing shipwrecked migrants could be interpreted as “a ticket to Europe”, Social Affairs...
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Greece passes new law to better monitor NGOs dealing with migration

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:38
A new law providing a special registry for all non-governmental organisations (NGOs), their employees and partners, was voted on yesterday (4 February).
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Huawei promises ‘Made in Europe’ 5G for EU

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:34
Chinese telecom giant Huawei said on Tuesday (4 February) it would set up manufacturing hubs in Europe, as it tries to fight off US pressure on EU nations to stop it from operating.
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