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ZAGREB – Open fight in HDZ

Wed, 2020-01-22 07:40
Miro Kovač, former minister of foreign affairs and president of the Parliamentary committee for foreign affairs, attacked the president of governing party HDZ and prime minister Andrej Plenković, again. Kovač stressed the need to change the HDZ because “even the...
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PRAGUE – Trade war due to digital tax?

Wed, 2020-01-22 07:39
According to’s partner, Hospodářské noviny, the US has threatened the Czech Republic with tariffs on Czech goods in the event that parliament adopts a 7% digital tax on Google, Facebook and other giants.  The Czech government’s proposal of a...
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ATHENS – A letter of US support

Wed, 2020-01-22 07:37
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed his country’s full support for Greece in a letter to Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis, released yesterday by the Greek government. “We consider Athens a key ally and a crucial player in the Eastern...
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MADRID – Spain declares ‘climate emergency’

Wed, 2020-01-22 07:36
Spain’s government declared a “climate and environmental” emergency yesterday (21 January) and has committed to taking “urgent actions” in its first 100 days in office, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.  As part of the measure, the government plans to present its...
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DUBLIN – Agriculture Vs Housing

Wed, 2020-01-22 07:34
Irish political parties have been jockeying for votes in the latest round of campaigning, with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil focusing on agriculture and housing, respectively.  Fine Gael leader and current PM Leo Varadkar highlighted the importance of a strong...
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Austria blocks German financial transaction tax in ECOFIN

Wed, 2020-01-22 07:33
The proposal tabled by Germany’s finance minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) is unacceptable in its current form, said Austrian counterpart Gernot Blümel (ÖVP) in his first ECOFIN council. He claimed that the current proposal would not fulfil the original purpose of...
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HELSINKI – Violence against women on the rise

Wed, 2020-01-22 07:32
Every other woman in Finland has experienced physical or sexual violence after the age of fifteen, according to new research coming out of Tampere University. EURACTIV’s Pekka Vänttinen looks into the dissertation’s findings. The numbers collected from hospital data and through...
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Spain declares climate emergency, signals move to renewables

Wed, 2020-01-22 07:30
Spain's new government on Tuesday (21 January) declared a "climate emergency" and pledged to unveil a draft bill on transitioning to renewable energy within its first 100 days in office.
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Russia gets new government in what Putin calls ‘major renewal’

Wed, 2020-01-22 07:20
Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a new government on Tuesday (22 January) which he described as a break with the past, bringing in some fresh faces but retaining many senior ministers.
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Facebook ‘on the side of free expression’ as EU steps up disinformation fight

Wed, 2020-01-22 07:19
Social media giant Facebook has warned against curtailing freedom of expression as the EU considers measures to clamp down on disinformation campaigns across online platforms.
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Budget battle hampers EU in space

Wed, 2020-01-22 07:17
Space is becoming increasingly militarised and European satellites are under-protected, experts warned Tuesday (21 January), voicing dismay at cuts proposed in the EU's draft budget.
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EU lagging far behind on flu jab coverage goal

Wed, 2020-01-22 07:10
No EU country has yet reached the 75% target for seasonal influenza vaccination coverage rates among elderly people and at-risk groups, which was set by the EU Council in 2009.
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EU fuels rocket programme with €100m

Wed, 2020-01-22 07:01
The European Commission announced a €100 million investment in a prototype rocket programme on Tuesday (21 January), as Europe aims to keep a firm hold in a space industry predicted to be worth €1 trillion in the coming years.
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Don’t shun China, urges Merkel at American prize ceremony

Wed, 2020-01-22 06:59
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday (21 January) urged Western global powers to include China in their multilateral system and treat Beijing equally rather than freeze it out and risk slipping into a Cold War-style bipolar order.
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The EU is funding dystopian Artificial Intelligence projects

Wed, 2020-01-22 06:58
Despite its commitment to ‘trustworthy’ artificial intelligence, the EU is bankrolling AI projects that are questionable, write Fieke Jansen and Daniel Leufer.
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Only ‘eight years left’ to avert 1.5°C warming, Thunberg tells Davos forum

Wed, 2020-01-22 06:52
Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg called on Tuesday (21 January) for far tougher action to limit climate change, telling the World Economic Forum in Davos the world has just eight years left to avert severe warming. EURACTIV's media partner Climate Home News reports.
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German raids over suspected Mitsubishi diesel fraud

Wed, 2020-01-22 06:48
German prosecutors have raided 10 business premises as part of a probe into suspected diesel emissions cheating involving Mitsubishi cars, the latest fallout from the so-called "dieselgate" scandal.
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Davos 2020 diary – day #2

Wed, 2020-01-22 06:37
Welcome to Davos where the 50th edition of the World Economic Forum (WEF) is taking place on 21-25 January. Throughout the week, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into one of the world’s most exclusive conferences where political and business leaders meet every year to discuss global economic trends.
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IMF calls for ‘more automatism’ in public spending

Wed, 2020-01-22 06:36
As monetary policy nears its limits to lift the world's sluggish economy, the International Monetary Fund told governments on Tuesday (21 January) to introduce "more automatism" in their fiscal rules in order to counter the economic slowdown.
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US administration declines to release report targeting imported cars as national security threat

Wed, 2020-01-22 06:33
The Trump administration is snubbing Congress by refusing to turn over a report detailing an investigation into national security risks potentially posed by imported vehicles and auto parts, citing pending international negotiations and executive branch deliberations.
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