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Ireland, May and disloyalty the main causes of Brexit impasse, says senior Tory

Fri, 2020-01-31 14:41
The United Kingdom simply underestimated Ireland's clout and the importance of the border backstop. Add to that Theresa May's unpopularity and cabinet disloyalty and you have all the main causes of the mess Brexit turned into, according to one of the ex-prime minister's key allies in government.
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Why does everybody want to divide the EU, asks Sassoli. And he provides the answer

Fri, 2020-01-31 14:08
Speaking in the European Parliament on 31 January, hours before the UK leaves the European Union, Parliament President David Sassoli asked a question which he said was fundamental during the last three years: “Why does everybody want to divide the EU”.
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Oil giant Total’s ‘corporate vigilance’ in Uganda to be vetted by commercial peers

Fri, 2020-01-31 13:30
French oil giant Total's failure to respect France's 'corporate vigilance' law has led to human rights violations in Uganda, according to a group of French and Ugandan NGOs who are suing the company. But the court procedure has taken an unexpected turn that did not please the plaintiffs. EURACTIV France reports.
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Top EU court says ‘no juridiction’ over Croatia-Slovenia border row

Fri, 2020-01-31 12:36
The European Union's top court has no jurisdiction to settle a long-running border dispute between EU members Slovenia and Croatia, the European Court of Justice ruled on Friday (31 January), possibly complicating Zagreb's plan to join the passport-free Schengen area.
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LEAK: EU’s new circular economy plan aims to halve waste by 2030

Fri, 2020-01-31 12:08
The European Commission will aim to “absolutely decouple” economic growth from natural resource use in a draft circular economy action plan due to be unveiled in March. The draft roadmap, obtained by EURACTIV, is described as “instrumental” to deliver on Europe’s objective to become the world's first climate-neutral continent by 2050.
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Poroshenko: More tanks in Donbas than in the German Bundeswehr

Fri, 2020-01-31 09:35
The former president of Ukraine sat down with EURACTIV warned that without the elusive ceasefire the loss of Ukrainian lives continues.
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Barnier and Sánchez discuss top priorities in ‘post-Brexit era’

Fri, 2020-01-31 08:13
Spain’s socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, met in Madrid on Thursday (30 January) to discuss the Iberian country’s main priorities after Brexit, among them taxation and Gibraltar-related issues. Barnier also held meetings...
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A nation divided: What UK celebrities said about Brexit

Fri, 2020-01-31 07:58
The United Kingdom's departure from the European Union has been a highly divisive and emotional issue from the very start, and the rhetoric around it rarely failed to impress. EURACTIV has prepared a list of remarkable Brexit quotes from celebrities in showbiz and sports.
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Nordic electronic ID card in the making

Fri, 2020-01-31 07:56
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out about the lifting of immunities of far-right AfD leader, government workers striking in Portugal, the Polish Sejm stripping the Senate of €23 million, and so much more.
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PRIŠTINA – We do not compete with the US

Fri, 2020-01-31 07:51
After arriving in Priština, EU High Representative Josep Borrell said he wants to help the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue without competing with the United States. He also promised to work together with the US envoys to normalise relations between Pristina and Belgrade....
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ZAGREB – Defence Minister now under fire for asset declaration misstatement

Fri, 2020-01-31 07:50
Only a few days after the former health minister Milan Kujunžić (HDZ, EPP) resigned after being called out for grossly misstating the value of a house, Defence Minister Damir Krstičević is facing reports that he falsely declared the value and size...
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Clashes in Budapest

Fri, 2020-01-31 07:49
People gathered in the streets of Budapest last night (30 January) to demand the resignation of the liberal mayor of the capital’s 7th district, Péter Niedermüller. Reports emerged of clashes between protestors calling him racist and counter-protestors, who took to...
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BRUSSELS – King: Patience is not indifference

Fri, 2020-01-31 07:47
In his annual State of the Union address, King Philippe called on Belgian politicians not to mistake the “patience” of Belgian citizens for indifference and to “finally” form a federal government. “The time has come to drop the exclusives,” King...
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PARIS – Crisis management day

Fri, 2020-01-31 07:46
While the coronavirus crisis is putting a brake on trade between China and Europe, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, received Janez Lenarčič, European Commissioner for Crisis Management, on Thursday (30 January). The two politicians discussed the...
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VIENNA – Government omits details on eco-tax

Fri, 2020-01-31 07:45
In what is a flagship project of the Green-ÖVP-coalition, the government’s tax reform plans include lowering income and corporate taxes and slap a price tag on CO2 emissions. And with close to nothing having been presented regarding an eco-tax so...
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BERLIN – Head of AfD group loses immunity

Fri, 2020-01-31 07:45
The Bundestag has revoked the immunity of Alexander Gauland, head of the far-right Alternative for Germany’s (AfD) parliamentary group, for alleged tax evasion. In a vote in the plenary session yesterday (30 January), the Bundestag approved the request from the...
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HELSINKI – Nordic electronic ID card in the making

Fri, 2020-01-31 07:44
Two Finnish ministers from the Swedish People’s Party of Finland, Anna-Maija Henriksson and Thomas Blomqvist, are pressing for the faster introduction of an electronic ID card which would work in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland as part of the...
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‘This is the point of no return’: British MEPs bid farewell to the EU

Fri, 2020-01-31 07:30
After 43 years of membership, the UK will leave the EU on 31 January. EURACTIV interviewed British MEPs Nathan Gill (Brexit Party) and Caroline Voaden (Liberal Democrats) before they leave their seats at the European Parliament to know about their...
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China virus death toll rises to at least 212 as WHO declares global emergency

Fri, 2020-01-31 07:22
The United States warned Americans not to travel to China as the death toll from a new virus reached 213 on Friday (31 January) and the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global health emergency.
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Investors warned against sudden ‘handbrake’ on high-polluting oil projects

Fri, 2020-01-31 07:17
A sudden break on oil drilling caused by last-minute climate action by regulators could halve the value of new projects being developed today, according to fresh analysis published on Friday (31 January).
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