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EU country briefing: Germany

Fri, 2019-04-19 08:47
Containing Germany has been the European project’s main raison d'être since its creation. This was symbolised by the fact that cooperation started with the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) in 1950, primarily aimed at avoiding another European war.
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Huawei redoubles efforts to rebuild trust as it enters critical period 

Fri, 2019-04-19 06:57
Chinese telecom giant Huawei praised Europe’s handling of data and cybersecurity as it seeks to partner with the EU to set global standards to dispel concerns about espionage.
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Journalist killed after shots fired in Londonderry riot

Fri, 2019-04-19 06:47
Journalist Lyra McKee was killed after shots were fired during rioting in the Northern Irish city of Londonderry on Thursday (18 April) that saw police attacked by petrol bombs and other missiles.
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Social security reform postponed until next European Parliament

Fri, 2019-04-19 06:32
Deep divisions among MEPs made it clear on Thursday (19 April) that the social security coordination directive, aimed at enforcing the rights of mobile workers, would be postponed for the next European Parliament, after May's EU elections.
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Bosnian Serbs vote to form reserve police seen as threat by Muslims

Fri, 2019-04-19 06:31
Bosnian Serb lawmakers voted on Thursday (18 April) to introduce reserve police forces, a move seen as a security threat by Muslim Bosniaks living in Bosnia's autonomous Serb Republic.
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Russia’s ally message to Ukraine’s probable new President: Do deal and get territory back

Fri, 2019-04-19 06:19
Ukraine's new president could regain control over the separatist-controlled east of his country within months and get cheap gas and major investment from Russia if he does a deal with Moscow, the Kremlin's closest ally in Ukraine said.
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Endocrine disruptors drop the curtain on this European Parliament

Fri, 2019-04-19 06:16
On Thursday (18 April), the European Parliament adopted a non-binding resolution asking the European Commission to ensure a higher level of protection against endocrine disruptors (EDCs) by making a legislative proposal on the matter no later than June 2020.
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North Macedonia presidential vote imperils Prespa agreement gains

Fri, 2019-04-19 06:05
North Macedonia holds the first round of its presidential election on Sunday (21 April), the country's first vote under a new name as it struggles with enduring economic problems, cronyism and corruption.
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MEPs approve the creation of the European Labour Authority

Fri, 2019-04-19 02:11
On Tuesday (16 April), MEPs approved the creation of a European Labour Authority, as well as several positions that favour the rights of European workers and combat social dumping. But major changes still need to be made. EURACTIV France reports.
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UKIP leader fights back against Farage’s ‘one man’ Brexit party at EU poll launch

Thu, 2019-04-18 14:55
UKIP launched its campaign for the European elections on Thursday (18 April), describing itself as “the authentic party of Brexit” as it seeks to fend off Nigel Farage’s new Brexit party.
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The Brief – Tales from the ‘Bourg

Thu, 2019-04-18 14:47
MEPs closed the Strasbourg shop this week before the EU elections and EURACTIV was there to see all the comings and goings. What happens in Alsace, definitely does not stay in Alsace...
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Growing number of French shocked by income inequality

Thu, 2019-04-18 14:37
A new poll in France has revealed that income inequalities are among the least acceptable social factors. More than 90% of French respondents call for the minimum wage to be raised. EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.
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EU lawmakers rubber-stamp European Defence Fund, give up parliamentary veto

Thu, 2019-04-18 13:57
MEPs signed-off a deal establishing the multi-billion European Defence Fund (EDF) on Thursday (18 April), giving up parliamentary oversight of the EU's military subsidies programme.
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Germany’s ruling parties rank just above far-right on climate protection

Thu, 2019-04-18 12:11
The European People’s Party (EPP) has scored very poorly in an analysis of how MEPs voted on climate policies, ranking even lower than the European Parliament's far-right contingent. In Germany, it is a similar story. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Germany’s new workers are cause for Bosnia’s shrinking population

Thu, 2019-04-18 11:51
When a Bosnian politician announces the creation of 100,000 new jobs, we joke in Bosnia that half of these will be abroad. With Germany’s new regulation on the immigration of skilled workers, an increased number of people could reach Germany- this will have consequences for Bosnia. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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EU country briefing: Bulgaria

Thu, 2019-04-18 11:29
Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007, together with Romania. The country’s accession made Cyrillic the EU’s third official alphabet aside from the Greek and Latin alphabets.
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EU should prevent any disruption of Ukrainian elections

Thu, 2019-04-18 11:27
Incumbent Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s supporters are trying to portray opponent Volodymyr Zelenskiy as pro-Russian. But there is no evidence of his “pro-Russianness”, and he has explicitly backed plans to join NATO and the EU, writes Oleg Sukhov.
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Why Armenia’s prime minister is a threat to rule of law

Thu, 2019-04-18 11:24
Robert Kocharyan, one of Armenia's former presidents, sent this op-ed from prison, accusing the current prime minister of abuse of power, at a time when in his words Nikol Pashinyan is on “a photo-op tour of European capitals pledging his commitment to strengthening the rule of law”.
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Chorus of approval over new EU food safety transparency rules

Thu, 2019-04-18 09:41
On Wednesday (17 April) a large majority of MEPs gave a thumbs up to an overhaul of  the General Food Law (GFL). The increased transparency of the EU risk assessment, already acknowledged as one of the most stringent in the world, has now been hailed.
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MEPs confirm electric fishing ban, despite eleventh-hour Dutch effort

Thu, 2019-04-18 08:57
The European Parliament approved on Tuesday (16 April) new technical rules on fishing activities and catching methods allowed within EU waters, confirming that the use of electric currents or 'pulse fishing' will be illegal from mid-2021.
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