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The Brief – Kartenhaus von Selmayr

Euractive general - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 16:59
For those who like to describe the EU bubble as the European version of ‘House of Cards’, today we saw its season’s finale. Our very own Frank Underwood secured a post to prolong his power and influence beyond the expected expiry date.
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‘Trump Forest’ hits a million trees in bid to fight climate change

Euractive general - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 16:18
Donors are paying to plant a million trees as part of a drive to counter US President Donald Trump’s decision to walk away from a global pact to curb climate change.
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Connected cars – Driving SME competition through direct data access

Euractive general - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 16:13
Digital devices have already transformed the way of life. Now, with automated transport on the horizon, will it be possible to sustain a vibrant landscape of competitive automotive SMEs in Europe in the future? Sylvia Gotzen provides an insight.
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Croatia’s Agrokor crisis worsens as crisis manager quits

Euractive general - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 15:23
A prolonged crisis in Croatia's top employer, food and retail concern Agrokor, took another dramatic twist on Wednesday (21 February) as its government-appointed caretaker manager stepped down and the Zagreb Stock Exchange suspended trade in all Agrokor companies.
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Macron’s advisor: France, Germany have only a few months to act

Euractive general - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 15:21
Jean Pisani-Ferry has developed French President Emmanuel Macron's economic programme and is one of his closest economic policy advisers. Germany and France need a common position to reform the Eurozone, he says and calls for action in an interview with EURACTIV's media partner WirtschaftsWoche.
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MEPs take big step towards energy market reform

Euractive general - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 14:25
MEPs have decided to impose strict rules on mechanisms often used as coal power subsidies and to support small-scale renewable energy producers. But the European Parliament now faces the fight of its life to convince member states of its ambitious position.
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Hungarian MEP: Orbán targets Soros because he is ‘the perfect enemy’

Euractive general - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 14:00
The Hungarian government found the perfect enemy it was looking for in George Soros and is using him to promote its “hate propaganda” ahead of the upcoming national election, Hungarian MEP Péter Niedermüller told EURACTIV.com
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No, the EU Commission has not given up on ‘mass immigration’

Euractive general - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 13:40
Contrary to claims seen on some far-right websites, the EU Commissioner for migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, does not believe that "mass immigration" is unstoppable. EURACTIV.com looks into the allegations as part of the "Fact or fake" series, in partnership with France 24.
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Greek stakeholders ask for less red tape in major rural development programme

Euractive general - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 13:36
Simplified application procedures and better communication among local, national and European stakeholders are the priorities for the improvement of Leader programmes which finance rural development projects, a new study has found. EURACTIV Greece reports.
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Visegrad’s timid steps on Macron’s EU citizens’ project

Euractive general - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 13:13
Three of the member states of the Visegrad group are going to take part in Macron’s citizens’ consultations project. Hungary has yet to make its decision known. EURACTIV.fr reports.
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COP24 in Katowice: Poland between reason and ambitions

Euractive general - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 12:45
Poland says it will focus on "common sense" at December's UN Climate Summit. But following last month's dismissal of environment minister Jan Szyszko, it currently has no chairman responsible for preparing the summit. EURACTIV Poland’s media partner WysokieNapiecie.pl reports.
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Europe’s Food & Drink Industry celebrates successes of Single Market [Promoted content]

Euractive general - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 12:30
FoodDrinkEurope marks the 25th anniversary of the Single Market — and the wide variety of food and drink it offers to consumers across Europe — with a new campaign that celebrates the diversity of products available.
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Campaigners tell Austria smoking ban is not ‘freedom of choice’ but a health right

Euractive general - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 11:07
Any visitor from Western Europe who enters a bar or a pizza place in Austria is undoubtedly surprised that smoking on the premises is still tolerated and actively practised.
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Eleven member states back EU controls on selling spyware

Euractive general - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 07:55
EXCLUSIVE / Eleven EU countries have signalled their support for draft rules that would place export restrictions on companies selling surveillance technologies, a leaked working paper shows.
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Dan Barna: Save Romania Union similar to Macron’s En Marche

Euractive general - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 07:39
Dan Barna, President of Save Romania Union (USR), told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview that his force, which largely represents educated urban voters, could join the European political family of Emmanuel Macron’s La République En Marche! party.
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Frontex: Africans made two thirds of illegal arrivals to EU in 2017

Euractive general - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 07:37
The European Union’s southern borders in the Mediterranean will remain under heavy pressure from African migrants trying to reach Europe this year, the head of the EU’s border agency Frontex said yesterday (20 February).
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‘It’s an absolute shambles’ – UK manufacturers demand clarity on Brexit

Euractive general - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 07:20
With little more than a year to go before Britain leaves the European Union, many British manufacturers are stepping up their calls for Prime Minister Theresa May and her government to explain what Brexit will mean for them.
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Latvian defence ministry says corruption claims may be disinformation campaign

Euractive general - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 07:16
Corruption allegations that led to the suspension of Latvia's central bank governor yesterday (20 February) may be part of a disinformation campaign aimed at damaging trust in the country and influencing October elections, its Defence Ministry said.
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Italy fumes against company relocations in bitter election campaign

Euractive general - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 07:02
European Union rules are helping less wealthy nations swipe jobs from their bigger partners, Italy's industry ministry said yesterday (20 February), as plans by a multinational to shift production to Slovakia took centre stage in the national election campaign.
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Climate change ‘will push European cities towards breaking point’

Euractive general - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 07:00
Major British towns and cities, including Glasgow, Wrexham, Aberdeen and Chester, could be much more severely affected by climate change than previously thought, according to new research. EURACTIV's media partner The Guardian reports.
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