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Greek plans floating sea barriers to block migrants

Thu, 2020-01-30 07:31
Greece's defence ministry published a call for tenders Wednesday (29 January) for the installation of a "floating protection system" in the Aegean Sea to stop migrants arriving from the Turkish coast.
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Energy TSOs: ‘We see 300-800 TWh of renewables feeding into electrolysers by 2050’

Thu, 2020-01-30 07:29
With Europe’s climate neutrality target soon becoming law, energy TSOs have launched joint scenarios to test gas and electricity networks against growing shares of renewables. Under current plans, they foresee 300-800 TWh of renewables feeding into electrolysers by 2050.
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Catalan president to call snap elections

Thu, 2020-01-30 07:23
Quim Torra, the Separatist president of the Catalan regional government (the "Generalitat"), announced plans on Tuesday (28 January) to call snap parliamentary elections soon in the prosperous Spanish northeast region.
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Supreme Ruler Putin? Kremlin non-committal on proposed new job description

Thu, 2020-01-30 06:39
The Kremlin said on Wednesday (29 January) that President Vladimir Putin had no view on a proposal that would see his job description change to Supreme Ruler from head of state after a government commission said it was considering the idea.
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A Brexit trade deal can be done but new cliff-edges await, warns trade expert

Thu, 2020-01-30 06:35
The UK may be just hours away from walking through the EU's exit door but, when it comes to trade, the journey is only just about to start.
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Republicans hopeful Senate will acquit Trump in impeachment trial as early as Friday

Thu, 2020-01-30 06:30
A Democratic push to force Republicans to accept witnesses at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the US Senate appeared to be flagging on Wednesday, raising the possibility he could be acquitted as early as Friday (31 January). As senators...
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Glass industry boss: Replacing old windows can bring huge energy savings

Thu, 2020-01-30 06:26
If Europe goes climate neutral, it will consume more flat glass, predicts Christian Quenett. And the benefits could be huge: simply doubling the replacement rate of windows, in line with the European Green Deal, would achieve 20% of the EU’s energy efficiency targets for 2030, he says.
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Europe’s flat glass sector: An industry profile

Thu, 2020-01-30 06:25
After losing the solar PV market to China, Europe's flat glass industry is concentrating on its strongholds: chiefly buildings, and automotive. But it also has its eyes set on the next generation solar panels as well as high-tech digital applications.
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EU eyes phasing out smallest euro cent coins

Thu, 2020-01-30 06:21
The European Commission is considering a proposal to phase out 1-euro cent and 2-euro cent coins, an EU document showed, in what would be a cost-saving move as the coins' production and handling costs often exceed their face value.
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It’s ‘au revoir, not adieu’ say tearful MEPs as they sign off Brexit pact

Wed, 2020-01-29 19:11
EU lawmakers rubber-stamped the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the bloc on Wednesday (29 January) after an emotionally charged but largely good-natured debate that marked the United Kingdom's final act in the EU assembly.
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The Brief – Who will be the next Eurogroup president?

Wed, 2020-01-29 15:56
The race for the Eurogroup presidency is (unofficially) on and it is still unclear if the current holder, Portuguese Finance Minister Mario Centeno, will stay in the job. But the names of possible candidates to chair eurozone meetings during a critical period for the common currency are already doing the rounds.
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Smart village is a remedy for outflow of people from rural areas

Wed, 2020-01-29 15:00
Modernisation and structural problems are some of the biggest challenges for rural areas across Europe, along with shrinking demographics, urban migration or digital transformation. Smart villages, an increasingly popular concept among EU members, are set to counter all those negative trends.
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Communications and identity: A make-or-break year for the EU

Wed, 2020-01-29 14:52
With one of its important members seceding, the EU is navigating dangerous and uncharted waters and will need to take a more proactive approach in terms of communication to ensure that the ship stays on course, writes Anthony Spota.
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Greece – Watch out with pesticides’ ambitions

Wed, 2020-01-29 14:48
Greek agriculture minister Makis Voridis has called on the European Commission to look again at its ambitions to further reduce pesticides and fertilisers in the new Farm to Fork strategy. He said no additional pressure should be put on growers...
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The ‘Lake monster’ that drank the water of a dam in Bulgaria

Wed, 2020-01-29 14:42
Where did the water from Bulgaria's Studena Dam disappear, creating a humanitarian crisis for more than 100,000 people in the city of Pernik? Following the first part of Valya Ahchieva's investigation, the Minister of environment and water Neno Dimov was arrested.
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5G rollout will lead to an ‘increased exposure to attacks,’ EU says

Wed, 2020-01-29 14:21
5G security standards are set to be bolstered across the EU, amid fears that non-EU states may be trying to infiltrate the bloc's next-generation mobile technology networks. The EU has, however, pledged not to exclude any specific suppliers, despite heavy US pressure against the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.
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USA is increasingly problematic, EU should restore ties with Russia

Wed, 2020-01-29 13:42
Washington, the European Union’s main ally, has in recent years earned the reputation of a country that creates rather than solves problems. But the EU can now normalise and restore recently broken relations with Russia, which has been and will...
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Macron launches charm offensive to win over Poland

Wed, 2020-01-29 10:50
French President Emmanuel Macron will pay his first visit to Poland on 3 and 4 February. With the two countries not seeing eye to eye on several issues, including the rule of law and climate protection, this is expected to be an interesting meeting. EURACTIV France reports.
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Austrian and German far-right to intensify cooperation

Wed, 2020-01-29 07:53
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out about how the coronavirus has started to manifest itself in Europe, the continued lack of a government for Belgium, whether the recourse to violence had its spot in a democracy, and so much more.
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EU responds to Trump’s Middle East peace plan

Wed, 2020-01-29 07:50
The European Union's top diplomat said Tuesday (28 January) that the bloc remains "firm and united" behind the quest for a negotiated two-state peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
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