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France halts EU enlargement

Wed, 2019-10-16 06:34
France on Tuesday (15 October) blocked the opening of accession talks with North Macedonia, despite the promise made by the Union to Skopje that its historic Prespa agreement with Greece would earn it a ticket to the EU membership negotiations.
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Barnier sees three Brexit scenarios: deal, extension, ‘breakdown’

Wed, 2019-10-16 06:31
The European Union’s Brexit negotiator told the 27 EU states staying on together that he saw three possible scenarios ahead: a deal with Britain later on Tuesday (15 October), another delay to Britain’s departure or a “breakdown” of talks, according to diplomats with the bloc.
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Gas industry storms into EU green finance taxonomy debate

Wed, 2019-10-16 06:30
Industry executives argue fossil gas should be considered green when it displaces coal in power generation, sparking fresh controversy around an upcoming EU sustainable finance taxonomy aimed at rewarding investments in clean technologies.
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Brexit deal within reach in last-ditch talks, but doubts remain

Wed, 2019-10-16 06:28
Britain and the EU made headway on Tuesday (15 October) in last-ditch talks on a Brexit deal ahead of a leaders' summit, but with just hours left to clinch an agreement it was still unclear if London could avoid postponing its scheduled departure on 31 October.
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Biotechnology: Europe’s next ‘hot potato’

Wed, 2019-10-16 06:16
The discussion over the future of biotechnology in Europe heated up after the EU Court ruled in July last year that gene editing should, in principle, fall under the GMO Directive. In this special report, EURACTIV will focus on the future of biotechnology in Europe, the regulatory framework of the so-called new plant breeding techniques as well as GMOs.
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Andriukaitis: 100-year old production models cannot achieve food sustainability

Wed, 2019-10-16 06:15
According to the UN, the amount of food produced globally needs to double to feed a rising world population. Policymakers are poring over ways to ensure the sustainability of food systems while emerging new technologies, promising to tackle climate change, still face resistance.
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Italy lets French migrant ship dock to anger of far right

Wed, 2019-10-16 06:10
Charity rescue ship Ocean Viking headed towards the southern Italian port of Taranto on Tuesday (15 October) after the government gave it authorisation to bring 176 migrants ashore in a decision that angered the far-right League.
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Turkey pushes offensive in Syria, while Russia moves in where US moved out

Wed, 2019-10-16 05:58
Turkey vowed to press ahead with its offensive in northern Syria on Tuesday (15 October) despite US sanctions and growing calls for it to stop, while Syria's Russia-backed army moved on the key city of Manbij that was abandoned by US forces.
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No escape from the hostile environment

Wed, 2019-10-16 05:06
The UK's offer of settled status to EU citizens may have seemed like a change of tack in its migration policy but there are many causes for anxiety, writes Roger Casale.
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Europe and Huawei share common values. Together we can lead the 4th Industrial Revolution. [Promoted content]

Wed, 2019-10-16 05:00
It is Europe’s values of openness, innovation, and the rule of law that have made it the powerhouse of mobile communications that it is today. We at Huawei share these values.
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EU bank kicks climate can down road to November 

Tue, 2019-10-15 16:12
The European Investment Bank decided on Tuesday (15 October) to delay a decision on updating its energy lending policy until November. Germany and the European Commission are still pushing for controversial changes to the bank’s original fossil-fuel-free proposal.
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Tap water in the EU: Environmental and health considerations

Tue, 2019-10-15 15:37
Finland’s EU presidency and MEPs in the new European Parliament will have to address all relevant health concerns when it comes to drinking water rules if they want to pass the historic first citizen-led EU legislation in the next term.
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The Brief, powered by TIF – A new dialogue with Catalonia

Tue, 2019-10-15 15:07
After years of dealing with the Catalan issue by judiciary means, the verdict in the trial of the regional separatist leaders should bring a new opportunity for political dialogue. But staunch positions and the social fracture require time and courage,...
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EU Council follows Commission’s line, trims Baltic fishing quota

Tue, 2019-10-15 15:01
EU ministers have clinched a midnight deal on fishing quota limit in the Baltic Sea for 2020, following the Commission's proposal to decrease the total allowable catches for eight of the most commercially important fish stocks in the basin.
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Erdogan thanks Orban for ‘support at the international stage’

Tue, 2019-10-15 14:21
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met in Baku on Tuesday (15 October), on the fringes of the Turkic Council, a group of countries speaking the same family of languages, which Hungary wants to join.
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Life in Bulgaria, after Brexit – a ‘no-brainer’ for expats

Tue, 2019-10-15 13:27
The village of Radyuvene is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of UK urban life. But it is home to Beynon and Sue Darley, who swapped Guildford, a town 40 km south of London,  for a rambling cottage in rural central Bulgaria.
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VW puts on hold plan for 1 bln car factory in Turkey over Syria incursion

Tue, 2019-10-15 12:20
Volkswagen has postponed the decision on opening a new car factory in Turkey against the background of the Turkish military offensive in Syria. "The final decision for the new plant was postponed by the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG," a company spokesman said on Tuesday (15 October), confirming media reports.
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Ex-IMF chief Strauss-Kahn believes Brexit will benefit everyone

Tue, 2019-10-15 12:04
The EU will be better off without the UK, and the UK will be better off without the EU. This is according to IMF's former chief and Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who has been involved in several financial and sexual scandals. EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.
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Visions for Europe: ‘The Euro’s journey is far from finished’

Tue, 2019-10-15 12:00
The euro is the most tangible symbol of European unification, and it is here to stay and prosper, writes Luis de Guindos, Vice-President of the European Central Bank.
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Leaders must take action, giving signals is not enough

Tue, 2019-10-15 11:33
The EU should allow North Macedonia and Albania to sit at the EU accession negotiations table this week - anything else would be a grave political mistake, argues Sergei Stanishev.
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