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Some EU leaders are the “origin of fake news”, says Juncker

Fri, 2018-12-14 18:56
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker condemned Hungary's leader Viktor Orbán on Friday (14 December), accusing him of spreading fake news in relation to the UK's decision to withdraw from the EU. The comments came as EU leaders banded together to combat the spread of disinformation in the run up to the 2019 European elections.
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Belgian PM suggests Visegrad countries should be ousted from Schengen

Fri, 2018-12-14 18:12
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said on Friday (14 December) EU countries that show no solidarity in the management of migration open the debate about whether they have a place in the Schengen area.
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Leaders wrap up year-long euro reform with face-saving package

Fri, 2018-12-14 17:43
EU leaders concluded on Friday (14 December) a year-long discussion to bolster the eurozone by approving extra money to resolve failing banks and additional powers for the European Stability Mechanism, the EU’s rescue fund.
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The Brief – Taxi for Selmayr!

Fri, 2018-12-14 16:24
In poise, stature and countenance, he appears an unremarkable man. But Martin Selmayr carries with himself the sign and semblance of an altogether unsavoury part of the European Union.
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UN University director: ‘Biggest polluters should issue climate passports’

Fri, 2018-12-14 15:58
Climate change-related migration is a big issue at COP24. The idea, which involves issuing passports to the citizens of small Pacific island countries at risk of disappearing, is making its beginnings. EURACTIV France reports.  
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Demand grows to beef up EU’s religious freedom envoy

Fri, 2018-12-14 15:26
The fragile status of the EU’s special envoy on religious freedom is an unlikely topic of conjecture in the months leading up to next May’s European elections.
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Two of 196 signatory countries to Paris Agreement have raised their climate ambitions

Fri, 2018-12-14 12:58
The signatories to the Paris Agreement are supposed to revise their climate ambitions upwards within the next 18 months. While states are struggling to get involved, businesses are trying to move forward. EURACTIV France reports.
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European Defence Fund could be breaching European treaties, legal opinion says

Fri, 2018-12-14 12:53
The European Defence Fund (EDF) moved closer to becoming reality this week in Strasbourg when MEPs gave it the green light. However, some uncertainties persist as a legal expert opinion obtained by EURACTIV suggests that establishing the fund could be violating EU law.
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Climate change is a problem of politics, not science

Fri, 2018-12-14 12:44
The scientific, economic and social arguments for aggressive action on climate change are powerful. Our political leaders are now at a fork in the road and our children and grandchildren are watching, write Valérie Masson-Delmotte and Jiang Kejun.
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Bulgarian PM: Pilots tell me F-16 is best

Fri, 2018-12-14 12:24
Bulgaria needs a plane capable not only of patrolling, but conducting combat operations and winning, and that means buying F-16s, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov told journalists on Friday (14 December), adding that he didn’t want to influence an ongoing tender in the country.
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Trans-Europe Express – Cognac catalyst

Fri, 2018-12-14 10:52
How much influence does the EU actually have over the rest of the world? In one of the most volatile regions in the northern hemisphere, the answer is: quite a lot (potentially). 
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Tsipras says CAP and regional policy cuts a ‘gift’ to anti-Europeans

Fri, 2018-12-14 08:55
Athens will oppose proposed cuts in the post-2020 agricultural and regional policy as this will be a “gift” to anti-EU populist forces, Greek premier Alexis Tsipras said on 13 December at the EU Council.    
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MEPs back digital tax plans by overwhelming majority

Fri, 2018-12-14 06:50
MEPs in the European Parliament have signalled their support in clear and uncertain terms for the taxation of digital services, during a vote in Thursday's plenary session (13 December) in Strasbourg.
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China open to ‘uniform’ climate rules, sidestepping old allies

Fri, 2018-12-14 06:45
China has signalled it is open to following “uniform” global climate change rules, shifting from its usual push for a clear division of responsibilities for rich and poor countries. EURACTIV's media partner, Climate Home News, reports.
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Activist: Poland’s ‘just transition’ declaration is just posturing

Fri, 2018-12-14 06:40
The just transition declaration adopted at the COP24 in Poland sounds good but it is not connected to any kind of climate ambition or specific energy projects involving local communities, Alexandru Mustata told EURACTIV Slovakia.
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Tony Blair: Britain and EU should prepare for second Brexit referendum

Fri, 2018-12-14 06:30
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair will say on Friday (14 December) that Britain and the European Union should prepare for a second Brexit referendum because parliament will probably fail to agree on a divorce deal and the public will need to break the deadlock.
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Tweets of the Week: Strasbourg attack, democracy challenged in Hungary, and Theresa May

Fri, 2018-12-14 06:30
Outrage over Strasbourg attack, democracy in Hungary continues to crack, and Theresa May avoids the sack.
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Power generation and transmission: quite far from a well-orchestrated symphony [Promoted content]

Fri, 2018-12-14 06:30
The rise of renewables will require using the grid more efficiently. However, you cannot expect this from the market that neglects the grid as its fundamental assumption, write Konrad Purchała and Piotr Koryś.
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France wants to support women’s role in addressing climate change

Fri, 2018-12-14 06:26
The inclusion of women in the climate debate remains in its early stages. The French women involved in the climate negotiations are trying to alert people to this issue. EURACTIV France reports.
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Parliament calls for Selmayr’s resignation in landslide vote

Fri, 2018-12-14 06:20
The European Parliament yesterday (13 December) adopted a resolution, with a majority of 71%, that calls for the resignation of Martin Selmayr, the former right-hand man of Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker whose rushed promotion earlier this year was criticised as "a coup-like action".
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