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EU lawmakers call for global ban on ‘killer robots’

Wed, 2018-09-12 16:00
The European Union took a stance against "killer robots" on Wednesday when the European Parliament passed a resolution calling for an international ban on the development, production and use of weapons that kill without a human deciding to fire.
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The Green Climate Fund- a focal point of climate negotiation tensions

Wed, 2018-09-12 15:49
At a time when a series of international meetings on the climate is beginning, the funding tool for climate projects between the North and the South is facing governance problems. EURACTIV France reports.
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Juncker sparks Brexit love-in but divisions remain

Wed, 2018-09-12 14:50
During his State of the Union speech in Strasbourg on Wednesday (12 September), Jean-Claude Juncker struck a largely emollient tone on the subject of Brexit talks which he said were being “masterfully handled by my friend Michel Barnier”.
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The Brief, sponsored by the European Parliament – Juncker looks abroad to forget about problems at home

Wed, 2018-09-12 14:42
As US presidents tend to do at the end of their mandates, Jean-Claude Juncker will look abroad in his final months as European Commission President. As is the case with the commanders-in-chief on the other side of the Atlantic, the reason lies in the problems he faces at home.
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NGOs go jubilant over Hungary as EPPs coherence crumbles

Wed, 2018-09-12 14:20
Human rights NGOs enthusiastically welcomed the European Parliament's approval to start punitive Article 7 proceedings against Hungary on Wednesday (12 September), after a vote that revealed deep divisions inside the biggest political family, the European People's Party.
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MEPs kick off electoral campaign after Juncker’s State of the Union speech

Wed, 2018-09-12 14:00
Jean-Claude Juncker's last State of the Union speech before the next European elections turned into a stocktaking of his mandate and a platform for political groups to set up their priorities for the electoral campaign.
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Drama strikes hemicycle as European Parliament backs copyright bill

Wed, 2018-09-12 13:15
The European Parliament backed the controversial copyright bill on Wednesday (12 September), drawing cheers of jubilation and howls of disapproval from MEPs in the Strasbourg hemicycle.
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Manfred Weber: Bulgaria and Croatia should join Schengen ‘immediately’

Wed, 2018-09-12 12:42
Bulgaria and Croatia should join the EU's passport-free Schengen area immediately, EPP group leader Manfred Weber said on Wednesday (12 September), in a friendly gesture to two Eastern European governments from his political family.
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MEPs trigger Article 7 against Hungary after evasive Juncker speech

Wed, 2018-09-12 12:12
MEPs voted en masse to trigger Article 7 proceedings against Hungary on Wednesday (12 September), although Jean-Claude Juncker's early morning Strasbourg speech failed to send much of a clear signal against Budapest's alleged rule of law violations.
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Visegrad +4 push for extension of unfair trade practices to large suppliers

Wed, 2018-09-12 12:01
The Visegrad Four, as well as Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and Slovenia, have warned about “disproportions” in the food supply chain if large suppliers are not covered by the European Commission’s proposal on unfair trade practices (UTPs).
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Juncker paints ‘big picture’ of EU’s global role

Wed, 2018-09-12 11:24
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker stayed away from major legislative proposals in his annual address to Parliament, preferring to focus on the “big picture” of how the EU can assert its power in a hostile international environment.
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Juncker offers EU-Africa trade deal in new ‘partnership of equals’

Wed, 2018-09-12 10:27
European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker held out the promise of an EU-Africa trade pact on Wednesday as part of a ‘partnership of equals’ between the two continents, signalling Europe's stronger involvement in Africa, where Chinese influence is rapidly spreading.
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Juncker goes to war against disinformation and online terrorist content

Wed, 2018-09-12 10:25
The European Commission is set to pursue a crackdown on the spread of online terrorist content and disinformation, its president Jean-Claude Junker announced in his State of the Union address on Wednesday (12 September). 
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‘Scientifically right’: Juncker backs deeper carbon cuts in SOTEU speech

Wed, 2018-09-12 09:30
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker urged the European Union on Wednesday (12 September) to raise its goals for limiting climate change, but did not mention the forthcoming 2050 strategy. EURACTIV’s partner Climate Home News reports.
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Greece’s New Democracy leader says Article 7 on Hungary should be activated

Wed, 2018-09-12 06:34
Greece’s centre-right New Democracy party said yesterday (12 September) that it would vote in favour of the Sargentini report on activating Article 7 against Hungary.
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Russia says Turkey has key job of separating out militants in Syria’s Idlib

Wed, 2018-09-12 05:59
Russia hopes for a peaceful resolution of the situation in Syria's rebel-held province of Idlib but believes it is up to Turkey to separate Islamist militants from the moderate opposition, Russia's Syria envoy said on Tuesday (11 September).
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Greek soft drink industry reduces sugar by 10% amid rising obesity rates

Wed, 2018-09-12 05:54
Following an EU call to reformulate food products to tackle rising obesity across Europe, the Association of Greek Soft Drinks Industries (SEVA) recently launched an initiative to reduce sugar in its products by 10%.
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Catalan separatists pack Barcelona to demand split from Spain

Wed, 2018-09-12 05:45
Around one million people filled central Barcelona on Tuesday to celebrate Catalonia's commemorative day and boost a bid for independence which has left deep divisions almost a year after it brought Spain to a constitutional crisis.
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Defying EU, Poland names new acting Supreme Court chief

Wed, 2018-09-12 05:31
Poland's presidency on Tuesday (11 September) named a new acting head of the Supreme Court as Warsaw presses ahead with an overhaul of its judiciary that critics, including the EU, say undermines the rule of law in the ex-communist state.
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US defense chief to visit Macedonia, concerned about Russian ‘mischief’

Wed, 2018-09-12 05:20
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday (11 September) he would visit Macedonia before the 30 September referendum on changing the country's name, also expressing concern about suspected Russian interference in the vote, which Moscow denies.
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