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Romania turns down emergency energy request from Bulgaria

Tue, 2017-01-10 08:57
Bulgaria has made a request for the urgent supply of electricity from neighbouring Romania. But Bucharest refused, as consumption has peaked in both countries under unusually fierce winter conditions.
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Belarus to allow visa-free entry for 80 countries

Tue, 2017-01-10 07:08
Belarus will allow visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries, including the United States and members of the European Union, for visits of up to five days, according to a presidential decree signed yesterday (9 January).
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Austrian police investigate Afghans over New Year’s Eve sexual assaults

Tue, 2017-01-10 06:48
Austrian police are investigating six Afghan refugees over sexual attacks on 18 women during New Year's Eve celebrations in the western province of Tyrol, a police officer involved with the case said yesterday (9 January).
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Tajani and Pittella neck and neck in race for Parliament presidency

Tue, 2017-01-10 06:36
The rejected bid of Italy’s 5 Star Movement to join the liberal ALDE group in the European Parliament has hugely reduced the chances of Liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt to become the next president of the EU Assembly, research shows.
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Northern Ireland faces elections, raising fresh uncertainty over Brexit talks

Tue, 2017-01-10 06:05
Northern Ireland's deputy leader, Martin McGuinness, resigned on Monday (9 January), a move likely to further complicate Britain's process to leave the European Union.
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Poland’s ruling party to lift media curbs in parliament

Tue, 2017-01-10 06:00
Poland's ruling conservatives announced plans on Monday (9 January) to reinstate full media access to parliament in a bid to defuse a political standoff, but the main opposition party said it was not yet ready to end its blockade of the legislature.
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ALDE rebuffs Italy’s 5 Star bid to join parliamentary group

Tue, 2017-01-10 05:48
The Liberals in the European Parliament have turned down a request from the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement to join their group, putting Italy's second-largest party in an awkward position as it had already left its former partners.
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Oettinger grilled by MEPs on budget, dodges questions on lobbyist meeting

Tue, 2017-01-10 05:40
Günther Oettinger dodged an evening of tough questions yesterday (9 January) about a string of his recent slip-ups when three European Parliament committees sounded out the gaffe-prone Commissioner for his new job as EU budget and human resources chief.
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ECB to enable mobile payments using phone numbers by 2018

Tue, 2017-01-10 05:22
ECB plans to link mobile phone numbers to their owners' bank accounts will facilitate bank transfers and consolidate the eurozone payments market. EurActiv's partner La Tribune reports.
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Europe’s top brass to skip Davos as China takes up globalisation torch

Tue, 2017-01-10 05:20
Few leaders from Europe's largest countries and EU institutions will attend the elite gathering in Davos next week (17-20 January), despite the fact that the threat of populism is expected to be high on the agenda.
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Oxford English Dictionary: The man who coined ‘Brexit’

Tue, 2017-01-10 05:19
The word ‘Brexit’ was coined by EurActiv, according to the latest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, way back in 2012, in a blog post by Peter Wilding.
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One head, two votes: The case for a pan-European list for EU elections

Tue, 2017-01-10 05:01
In the 2019 European elections, voters should be able to cast two votes: one for their national representative and another for a second representative elected by a single European electoral college, argues Giorgio Clarotti.
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Merkel speaks out: No ‘cherry picking’ for Britain in Brexit talks

Tue, 2017-01-10 04:45
The European Union must consider limiting Britain's access to its market if London fails to accept the bloc's 'four freedoms' in Brexit negotiations, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday (9 January).
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May denies UK heading for ‘hard Brexit’, as sterling falls

Mon, 2017-01-09 16:19
Theresa May denied Monday (9 January) that the UK was heading for a ‘hard Brexit’, in the wake of the resignation of the UK ambassador to the EU, and her own core focus on controlling immigration.
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The Brief: Never, ever trust Guy Verhofstadt

Mon, 2017-01-09 16:07
Today we learnt an important lesson; never, ever trust Guy Verhofstadt.
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Commission calls the plight of refugees on Greek islands ‘untenable’

Mon, 2017-01-09 15:26
Shocking footage has emerged showing how migrants are living in snow-covered tents with no heating on the Greek island of Lesbos. The Commission called their situation “untenable”.
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European Parliament presidential race descends into farce

Mon, 2017-01-09 14:44
Between improbable alliances and unpopular candidates, the election of the European Parliament’s next president is becoming something of a farce, with Italy in the leading role. EurActiv France reports.
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Green MEP: Hungarian argument for Paks II nuclear project is invalid

Mon, 2017-01-09 14:26
There are players in the game who are ready to take the Pak II case to the European Court of Justice – and I am one of them, Benedek Jávor told EurActiv Czech Republic.
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Turkey says EU ‘incomplete’ without it, eyes better US ties

Mon, 2017-01-09 13:23
Turkey today (9 January) urged the European Union to revive stalled negotiations on Ankara joining the bloc, saying without it Europe was "incomplete".
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Cartoon: A look at the year ahead

Mon, 2017-01-09 13:09
The new year is a great leap into the unknown for many politicians, governments and people all around Europe... But some have more to look forward to than others.
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