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A momentous decision on elephant ivory falls to Europe

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 17:12
China and the UK have joined the US in closing their domestic ivory markets. It is now time for the EU to follow their footsteps if we are to give Africa’s elephants a fighting chance to survive the current onslaught from global criminal syndicates increasingly involved in the poaching and distribution of ivory, argues Catherine Novelli.
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MEPs condemn Hungary’s post-Cotonou agreement blockade

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 17:09
Hungary continues to block the European mandate to begin negotiations with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, to the great displeasure of MEPs. reports.
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The Brief – An unhealthy obsession

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 16:52
Like the Olympics, the World Cup is one of life’s great distractions. Its enduring popularity ensures that it is also an obsession for politicians. Argentina’s military junta was so desperate to win the competition it hosted in 1978, that it...
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Copyright in the EU must balance interests of content creator and recipient

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 15:59
The copyright reform proposed by the European Commission will hinder work on artificial intelligence, harm smaller entities on the internet and simply make life more difficult for Internet users, argues Michał Kanownik in an interview with EURACTIV Poland.
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MEP: In the long term, migrants will be part of solution in Europe

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 15:46
More and more voices are calling for an urgent reform of the strained Dublin asylum system as migrants continue arriving across the Mediterranean and migration takes centre stage in Europe again.
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UN climate draft report leaked ahead of intense climate week

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 15:05
If emissions continue at their present rate, human-induced warming will exceed 1.5°C by around 2040, according to a draft UN report leaked ahead of an intense climate-focused political week.
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Mario Draghi: The euro is irreversible

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 12:27
Despite concerns over a potential new euro crisis due to Italian political instability,the president of the European Central Bank,  Mario Draghi, believes the currency is “strong”. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.
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Corteva boss: ‘Mother Nature’ changes the game quickly and demands new agricultural tools

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 12:19
“Mother Nature” is changing quickly and this requires the adoption of technology-driven solutions that will help both growers and consumers, Jim Collins, the chief operating officer of Corteva Agriscience, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, told EURACTIV.
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Trans-Europe Express – Migration is here to stay

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 11:58
Never before since becoming Germany’s Chancellor in 2005 has Angela Merkel been as close to losing power than on Thursday (14 June). And the reason was migration.
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Protected grey seals at the mercy of Poland’s ruling party

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 10:10
Poland's ruling party has a peculiar stance when it comes to nature conservation, a clear example of this is the felling of the Białowieża Forest. The recent killings of protected seals along the country's shore have been completely ignored by the party, which believes that ecology is a notion created by the left. EURACTIV's partner Gazeta Wyborcza reports.
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Defiant Putin welcomes World Cup as Russia win

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 08:27
Russia welcomed the world to the soccer World Cup on Thursday as fans streamed in, the hosts savored a 5-0 victory on the pitch and President Vladimir Putin’s government derided Western efforts to isolate him.
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Trump told me “You’re a brutal killer”, Juncker says

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 07:54
Jean-Claude Juncker has been called many things during his premiership of Luxembourg and presidency of the European Commission, but probably never what he says US President Donald Trump called him at the weekend: "a brutal killer".
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Freedom of Belief is the Key to Freedom [Promoted content]

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 07:48
The creation of the EU guidelines on the promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief (2013) marked a turning point in the Union’s attitude toward this crucial fundamental right.
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Italy’s far-right interior minister says migrant rescue ship on ‘cruise’

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 07:41
Italy's far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini has suggested that hundreds of migrants aboard a rescue convoy heading for Spain were on a "cruise", as an NGO condemned their plight as a symbol of the failure of the EU.
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Family history explains New Democracy opposition to Athens-Skopje name deal, says EPP’s Brok

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 07:41
European People's Party MEP Elmar Brok has a “great understanding” of Greece’s New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who faces internal party problems and opposes the freshly agreed deal between Athens and Skopje on the name dispute. However,  Brok told EURACTIV he hopes for a positive result in the end.
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EU backs tariffs against US as trade war escalates

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 07:27
EU countries approved a raft of tariffs on Thursday (14 June) targeting US goods including whiskey and motorcycles in retaliation against painful duties imposed by President Donald Trump on European metals.
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Merkel under internal pressure to abandon EU-wide solutions to migration crisis

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 07:15
German Chancellor Angela Merkel faced a tense showdown yesterday (14 June) within her divided conservative camp over the flashpoint issue of immigration that could threaten her political future.
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Raising the bar to protect wildlife through trade policy with Australia, New Zealand

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 06:41
The opening of EU trade negotiations with both Australia and New Zealand presents an opportunity for the parties to strengthen their commitments to protect wildlife, natural habitats and the welfare of animals. The EU should look to TPP-11’s environmental provisions for inspiration, argue Joanna Swabe and Nicola Beynon.
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Tweets of the Week: G7 Summit, The Strasbourg Train and Aquarius

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 06:41
G7 Summit shows international strain, if you’re going to Strasbourg, maybe don’t take the train and Euroean Plenary talks migration again. It wasn’t quite the last supper, but the G7 Summit certainly had a finality about it. I knew the...
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Merkel blowing smoke on reform proposals, says former German MEP

Fri, 15/06/2018 - 06:41
With proposals for a European Monetary Fund and an investment budget for the eurozone, Chancellor Angela Merkel only tentatively moves closer to French President Emmanuel Macron. But the proposals do not go far enough, German MP Franziska Brantner told EURACTIV Germany in an interview.
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