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Commissioner hearings LIVE: Frans Timmermans

Tue, 2019-10-08 16:10
The European Parliament is grilling the proposed members of Ursula von der Leyen’s Commission in a series of regular hearings between 30 September and 8 October. Dutchman Frans Timmermans will be last under the spotlight.
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Not getting lost in translation, Wojciechowski wins nod from MEPs

Tue, 2019-10-08 15:30
Speaking in his native tongue during the reparatory hearing, Polish Agriculture Commissioner-designate Janusz Wojciechowski delivered a compelling enough performance to persuade MEPs in the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee (AGRI) to confirm him as the next EU farming boss on Tuesday (8 October).
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The Brief, powered by the Martens Centre – A Commission Carol Part II

Tue, 2019-10-08 14:45
Ursula von der Leyen is set to spend her days and nights in Commission HQ, in a specially converted flat high on the 13th floor. Here, we conclude a fictional telling of what might come to pass in those haunted hallways a few months from now...
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End FGM: give girls a chance to decide their own destiny

Tue, 2019-10-08 14:39
As MEPs decide on the short-list for the Sakharov prize, Assita Kanko explains her nomination of 'The Restorers', a group of Kenyan students working to help victims and potential victims of Female Genital Mutilation.
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Tusk tells British PM Johnson to stop playing ‘stupid’ Brexit blame game

Tue, 2019-10-08 13:34
The European Union accused Britain of playing a "stupid blame game" over Brexit on Tuesday after a Downing Street source said a deal was essentially impossible because German Chancellor Angela Merkel had made unacceptable demands.
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Over a Coffee with Emily O’Reilly, European Ombudsman

Tue, 2019-10-08 13:20
Another five years? European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, has thrown her hat into the ring for another term.
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Commissioner hearings LIVE: Margrethe Vestager

Tue, 2019-10-08 12:26
The European Parliament is grilling the proposed members of Ursula von der Leyen’s Commission in a series of hearings between 30 September and 8 October. On Tuesday, Danish official Margrethe Vestager, nominated as Executive Vice President for Europe fit for the Digital Age, will be questioned by MEPs
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French government revisits migrant quota question

Tue, 2019-10-08 10:54
The first debates held in the French National Assembly led the government to suggest that the criteria for family reunification, which allow refugees to bring their families, should be "tightened". EURACTIV France reports.
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Leftist MEP: EU left should in ‘no way’ turn its back on agriculture’s digitisation

Tue, 2019-10-08 10:07
The European left should under no circumstances turn its back on the digital transition of agriculture and give the floor to neoliberal political forces to further “marginalise” smallholders, Petros Kokkalis, a leftist MEP, told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
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20 Visions for Europe: ‘Twenty years, time to learn’

Tue, 2019-10-08 10:00
This poem is published as part of the project “20 Visions for Europe”, gathering unique visions from public officials, intellectuals, artists, diplomats, athletes, civic actors and business representatives.
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US blacklists Chinese AI firms in reprisal against repression of Muslim minorities

Tue, 2019-10-08 09:46
The US government expanded its trade blacklist to include some of China’s top artificial intelligence startups, punishing Beijing for its treatment of Muslim minorities and ratcheting up tensions ahead of high-level trade talks in Washington this week.
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The EU needs to drive for democracy in Cuba openly

Tue, 2019-10-08 09:45
Agreements with governments that do not intend to respect the principles laid down in the texts are just cynical tools that undermine an international order built on trust, and the current Cuban government is a case in point, write Manuel Cuesta Morúa and Erik Jennische.
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Digital Farming: Driving productivity and a more sustainable way of farming

Tue, 2019-10-08 09:41
Agriculture faces many evolving challenges, some from the past and some yet to come. These include the effects of a changing climate, less available arable land for cultivation, large fluctuations in commodity markets, and an ever-growing world population. Additionally, there are growing regulatory and societal demands for agriculture to become more environmentally sustainable.
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Tariff troubles, ICAO irritant & Commission Cribs

Tue, 2019-10-08 09:05
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Commissioner hearings LIVE: Janusz Wojciechowski

Tue, 2019-10-08 08:53
The Polish Commission-nominee Janus Wojciechowski (Agriculture) is being questioned by the European Parliament for a second time on Tuesday (8 October), following his poor performance a week ago.
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Climate activists to block European cities for the week

Tue, 2019-10-08 08:34
Protests by climate activists took place in 60 cities around the world on Monday (7 October). The Extinction Rebellion movement has announced its intention to block Berlin for a week as it wants to urge politicians to do more to protect the climate. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Kosovo dissident Albin Kurti reaches halls of power

Tue, 2019-10-08 08:03
Political prisoner turned parliamentary troublemaker Albin Kurti is within reach of becoming Kosovo's next prime minister after an electoral triumph that could reshape the political scene in Europe's youngest democracy.
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Increasing Europe’s R&I budget is critical to grow the economy and fight climate change

Tue, 2019-10-08 07:33
Without an increased investment in research and innovation, the European Union will be unable to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and will lose out to economic rivals on the competitive advantage this could present, writes Connie Hedegaard.
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CAP direct payments for farmers ‘free from errors’, EU Auditors say

Tue, 2019-10-08 07:32
The lion's share of the current Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) spending is substantially unaffected by material errors, while a quarter of rural development EU aids are partially wrongly attributed, according to the European Court of Auditors (ECA) last report.
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Commissioner hearings LIVE: Valdis Dombrovskis

Tue, 2019-10-08 07:24
On Tuesday (8 October), three executive vice-presidents are lined up for grilling in the European Parliament. This liveblog covers the hearing of Valdis Dombrovskis (Latvia, Economy that Works for People).
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