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Court finds culprit for Luxleaks scandal: The journalist who broke the story

Euractive general - Ven, 24/04/2015 - 08:44

Luxembourg charged yesterday (23 April) the French journalist behind the revealing of the so-called LuxLeaks scandal that implicated the small European country in lowering tax rates for multinationals.

"Today, the investigative judge charged a French journalist accused of being a co-author, if not an accomplice in crimes committed by a former PwC employee," the prosecutor's office said in a statement without naming the journalist.

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WHO promotes vaccination to eradicate measles

Euractive general - Ven, 24/04/2015 - 08:41

This week is the World Health Organisation's 10th annual European Immunisation Week. Running from 20-25 April, the annual event aims to raise awareness of the importance of vaccination in the EU. EurActiv France reports

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EU criticises French citizen's death sentence in Indonesia

Euractive general - Ven, 24/04/2015 - 08:35

On Thursday (23 April), the EU attacked the death sentence imposed on a Frenchman in Indonesia, which is expected to be carried out shortly, saying it was no answer to drug trafficking.

"The European Union is completely opposed to the death penalty. It cannot be the answer to drug trafficking," EU president Donald Tusk said, adding that he was referring to Serge Atlaoui who lost his final appeal against his death sentence earlier this week.

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NGOs: Migration summit fell short of expectations

Euractive general - Ven, 24/04/2015 - 08:31

EU leaders have missed a real opportunity to make a serious difference in the lives and deaths of the people suffering daily in the Mediterranean, say NGOs.

Meeting on short notice for an extraordinary summit on Thursday (23 April), EU leaders decided to treble annual funding to €120 million to the Operation Triton, an EU frontier operation off of the coast of Italy, putting it at the same level of funding as the defunct Italian Mare Nostrum mission.

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Insurance tsar: Deliver on pensions to instill confidence in single market

Euractive general - Ven, 24/04/2015 - 08:23

SPECIAL REPORT / A pan-European pension markets product would help spur more cross-border economic activity and instill confidence in the single market amongst consumers, says Gabriel Bernardino.

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TUC's Owen Tudor: 'We are totally opposed to TTIP'

Euractive general - Ven, 24/04/2015 - 08:17

Shrouded with secrecy and posing a threat to public services, Owen Tudor tells EurActiv why the UK Trade Union Congress doesn’t believe the hype over TTIP, and why exploitation, rather than immigration, should be the cause of people’s concerns.

Owen Tudor is the head of the TUC’s European Union and International Relations Department.

Can we start with the TUC’s position on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership?

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TTIP negotiators get an earful from American critics

Euractive general - Ven, 24/04/2015 - 08:00

In the margins of talks for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on Thursday (23 April), US opponents to the deal vocally criticised the emerging agreement, saying it was a bad deal for consumers and the environment.

Critics included Jean Halloran, a senior adviser at the nonprofit Consumers Union, who suggested that a treaty would be the worst of all possible worlds, exposing European consumers to "faulty GM cars" and US children to toys that do not meet strict American standards.

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German fair textile initiative seeks international alliance

Euractive general - Ven, 24/04/2015 - 07:51

Almost two years since the Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh, German textile associations agreed on membership requirements for the government's proposed textile alliance, while apparel manufacturing giants still reject the project. EurActiv Germany reports.

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The Juncker Commission's hotel lifestyle

Euractive general - Ven, 24/04/2015 - 07:42

Commissioners are encouraged to be present in both Brussels and at home, even if this leads to unconventional arrangements. Jean-Claude Juncker and Pierre Moscovici both accepted a settling-in grant for the move to Brussels, despite staying in hotels in the EU capital. EurActiv France reports.

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European Commission's 'Better Regulation' has killed 100,000, say unions

Euractive general - Ven, 24/04/2015 - 07:26

On 28 April, European trade unions will remember the 100,000 people who die from occupational cancers every year. The unions accuse the Commission of not protecting workers from chemicals which cause cancers, due to suspended work on the necessary legislation.

In October 2013, the European Commission halted its work on defining exposure limits for cancer-causing chemicals. This resulted in Europe only having legal exposure limits to three chemicals, labor organisations claim.

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Germany sceptical of national import ban on GM foods

Euractive general - Ven, 24/04/2015 - 07:11

Despite overwhelming public disapproval of genetically modified crops, the Merkel government is reluctant to prohibit imports of GM soy and corn. EurActiv Germany reports.

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Merkel sheds light on confidential talks with Tsipras

Euractive general - Ven, 24/04/2015 - 00:24

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday (23 April) everything must be done to prevent Greece running out of money before it reaches a cash-for-reform deal with its international creditors, amid heightened concern that Athens is nearing the brink.

Merkel, Europe's pre-eminent leader, was speaking after a meeting she called "constructive" with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on the sidelines of a European Union summit in Brussels. She said they had agreed to keep the contents of their discussion confidential.

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Juncker suffers double blow on immigration at summit

Euractive general - Ven, 24/04/2015 - 00:20

EU leaders tonight (23 April) dealt Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker a double-blow on immigration at their meeting to discuss the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean.

Juncker tried to use the meeting of heads of state and government to push EU policy on legal immigration.

"My proposal for legal immigration was not supported," he told reporters at a press conference after the summit.

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Turchia: attaccato ufficio del partito di Erdogan, un morto

Corriere della Sera - Gio, 23/04/2015 - 21:24
Il raid a Batman, nell’Anatolia sudorientale: la vittima è il figlio di un ex parlamentare.C’è anche l’ipotesi di un regolamento di conti per questioni legate a soldi
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Il gesuita e il medico: ancora due gli ostaggi italiani nelle mani dei rapitori

Corriere della Sera - Gio, 23/04/2015 - 18:18
Padre Dall’Oglio in Siria e il medico Ignazio Scaravilli in Libia. Dall’Oglio forseera impegnato in una «mediazione» tra fazioni ribelli nella zona di Raqqa
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Migration: What the European Council should decide after the tragedy in the Mediterranean

Euractive general - Gio, 23/04/2015 - 17:16

The European Council will have to make crucial decisions regarding the future of the EU in the fields of migration, asylum and border protection, said Elmar Brok MEP. Otherwise, the Mediterranean will remain the deadliest route on the globe.

Elmar Brok is the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the European Parliament and the President of the Union of European Federalists (UEF).

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Coal overshadows EU membership prospects of the Western Balkans

Euractive general - Gio, 23/04/2015 - 15:59

EU accession for Western Balkans countries must go hand in hand with environmental and climate action, writes Dragana Mileusnic.

Dragana Mileusnic is energy policy coordinator for South East Europe at Climate Action Network Europe

Countries of the Western Balkans seeking to join the EU have made almost no progress on aligning their environmental and climate policies with the EU principles. In fact, they are diminishing prospects of their EU membership by supporting environmentally and socially damaging coal investments.

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The Google case shows why competition policy in the digital economy needs to change

Euractive general - Gio, 23/04/2015 - 15:55

The European Commission’s antitrust case against Google is the latest in a series of attempts to prevent tech giants from monopolising EU markets. But past cases against Intel and Microsoft illustrate the need to review the EU’s outdated competition policy, argues Diego Zuluaga.

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Wiretap scandal threatens democracy in Macedonia

Euractive general - Gio, 23/04/2015 - 14:52

Fourteen years since NATO pulled Macedonia from the brink of civil war, the ex-Yugoslav republic once hailed as a success-story of Western intervention is embroiled in a scandal that critics say has exposed its democracy as hollow, and could potentially reopen a dangerous ethnic divide.

Macedonian magazine editor Mladen Cadikovski received his "file" in a binder -- page after page of transcribed telephone calls with colleagues and friends, leaked to him by the country's opposition leader who is publishing scores of such wiretaps.

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