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EU legislators strike early morning deal on waste

52 min 45 sec ago
After almost 18 hours of negotiations, the European Council and Parliament reached a provisional agreement on a proposed package of waste legislation in the early hours of Monday (18 December).
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Commission launches investigation into IKEA’s tax rulings

1 hour 46 min ago
The European Commission announced on Monday (18 December) that it is investigating Ikea’s tax bills as it suspects that the Swedish furniture maker may have benefited from illegal aid offered by the Netherlands, worth around €1 billion according to some reports.
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How powerful can Poland’s Morawiecki really be?

4 hours 25 min ago
Poland’s new prime minister is as much on a collision course with the Commission as with his own party. His first-time appearance and early departure from the last EU Council held on 14-15 December indicate that his future is still uncertain, writes Wojciech Przybylski. Wojciech Przybylski is the editor-in-chief of Visegrad Insight, an analytical website […]
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French court rules out discriminatory language rule

4 hours 58 min ago
The French supreme court hasrejected a clause that imposed the use of French on public building sites, a predictable outcome under European public procurement law that forbids discriminating rules unless they are in the interest of workers’ safety. EURACTIV France reports.
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EU Ombudsman asks Council to join transparency register

5 hours 15 min ago
The European Ombudsman has asked European Council President Donald Tusk to consider publishing information about meetings he and his cabinet hold with interest representatives, in line with the EU's push for more transparency.
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Transforming Romania’s child protection system in partnership with civil society

8 hours 45 min ago
Romania should use its presidency of the EU Council to champion the move from old-style care institutions to community-based child care and show other EU member states it can be done, writes Jana Hainsworth.
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EU countries agree reporting rules for trucks’ CO2 emissions

9 hours 41 min ago
EU member state ambassadors struck a deal Friday (15 December) on monitoring and reporting rules for CO2 emissions applying to trucks, opening the way for negotiations with the European Parliament to finalise the law next year.
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Poll: Majority in UK backs Remain with ten-point lead

9 hours 48 min ago
A poll has found that 51% of Britons would now keep European Union membership while 41% want to leave the bloc, a near reversal of last year’s referendum result.
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In Prague, Europe’s far-right celebrates the Austrian coalition

9 hours 58 min ago
Europe's far-right leaders including Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders on Saturday (16 December) hailed as "historic" the government coalition deal struck by their Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) peer with the conservatives.
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EU silently accepts far-right in Austrian cabinet

10 hours 12 min ago
Unlike in 2000, when the EU imposed sanctions on Austria in response to the entrance of the FPÖ into government, this time EU leaders and institutions silently accepted the coalition deal between the far-right force with the conservative ÖVP agreed on Friday (15 December).
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Decarbonising Europe: Matching aspiration with action

10 hours 33 min ago
With renewable electricity costs going through the floor, the EU should increase its 2030 targets and aim for close to zero carbon electricity by 2040. But while power decarbonisation is crucially important, it will not be sufficient to deliver a truly zero carbon economy, writes Adair Turner.
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Statoil VP: ‘Natural gas has a home in the zero-carbon world’

10 hours 41 min ago
Europe can decarbonise its industry thanks to a combination of natural gas, hydrogen and carbon capture and storage technology, Statoil executive Sonja Chirico Indrebø told EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview.
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Learning from Catalonia: What criteria for independence bids?

10 hours 45 min ago
The EU needs to establish a rational basis for determining the legitimacy of independence bids. Secession of regions should be difficult to enact, but not impossible, argue Steven Hill and Andrew Watt.
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Chinese waste ban ‘wake-up call’ for European recycling

10 hours 48 min ago
The EU has a trash problem. It used to ship 60% of plastics and 13% of paper collected for recycling to China, but Beijing has decided to curb its appetite for foreign waste. 
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The case for a price floor in the EU ETS

10 hours 49 min ago
The recently adopted reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) is insufficient to trigger cost-efficient decarbonisation of the economy, argue Christian Flachsland and Anna Leipprand. A carbon floor price that starts at a significant level and rises over time would address the problem, they write.
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Sacked Catalan councillor: We want to pursue a negotiated independence

10 hours 51 min ago
EXCLUSIVE / Antoni Comín is one of the four councillors of the sacked Catalan government that fled to Brussels with Carles Puigdemont following the unilateral declaration of independence on 27 October.
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EU agrees clampdown on bitcoin platforms to tackle money laundering

Fri, 2017-12-15 17:05
European Union states and legislators agreed on Friday (15 December) on stricter rules to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing on exchange platforms for bitcoin and other virtual currencies, the EU said in a statement.
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EU leaders hope for migration breakthrough by June

Fri, 2017-12-15 16:55
EU leaders are preparing for a difficult start to 2018 when heads of state weigh new measures to deal with illegal migration. But the European Commission and European Council leaders agree that they want to avoid putting migration proposals to a vote that could divide member states.
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Macron convinces Merkel to hold key debate on future of euro in March

Fri, 2017-12-15 16:48
Amid the political paralysis in Germany, EU leaders decided on Friday (15 December) to postpone for March a “strategic political discussion” on the future of the eurozone and adopt a 'reform roadmap' in June.
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