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UK investigating whether leaked trade papers were hacked

Euractiv.com - Mon, 09/12/2019 - 08:12
British cyber security officials are investigating whether classified UK-U.S. trade documents that were shared online ahead of Thursday’s election (December 12) were acquired by hacking or were leaked, two sources told Reuters.
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Finland gets youngest ever prime minister

Euractiv.com - Mon, 09/12/2019 - 08:09
Finland’s Social Democratic party appointed transport minister Sanna Marin as prime minister on Sunday (8 December), meaning all five leaders of the ruling parties are now women.
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Counting wolves in Bulgaria – with EU money

Euractiv.com - Mon, 09/12/2019 - 07:56
A €9-million report on the state of species and natural habitats in Bulgaria, paid for with EU taxpayers’ money, may in fact be a sham, Valia Ahchieva reports.
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Debate about 3% deficit belongs to another century, says EU’s Gentiloni

Euractiv.com - Mon, 09/12/2019 - 07:55
The EU's new economy commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said the bloc should consider loosening its strict budget deficit rules to respond to climate risks and weak growth, echoing a similar call by French President Emmanuel Macron.
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Don’t cede too much to Putin, Ukrainians tell Zelenskiy ahead of Paris summit

Euractiv.com - Mon, 09/12/2019 - 07:39
Thousands of people gathered in the center of Kyiv on Sunday (8 December) to send a message to Ukraine’s president, who meets his Russian counterpart on Monday,  that Ukrainians will not accept a peace deal at the cost of the country’s independence and sovereignty.
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Time is ripe to align EU policies with Paris Climate Agreement

Euractiv.com - Mon, 09/12/2019 - 07:06
It’s the new Commission’s first weeks in office and climate is in the spotlight, with a European Green Deal expected to be tabled on 11 December. To succeed, the deal needs to enshrine increased climate ambition for the next decade, align the EU budget accordingly and boost EU support to developing countries, writes Wendel Trio.
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Diverse forms of work call for out-of-the-box solutions for social protection [Promoted content]

Euractiv.com - Mon, 09/12/2019 - 07:00
With workplace transitions on the rise we need to ensure that they are accompanied by some form of stability and security. The arrival of a new European Commission provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on how to reform Europe’s social protection systems, writes Michael Freytag.
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Von der Leyen pledges to back Africa on Ethiopia trip

Euractiv.com - Sun, 08/12/2019 - 09:00
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen assured Africa of the EU's strong support during a visit to Ethiopia on Saturday (7 December), her first trip outside Europe since assuming her post.
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New SPD leadership on its way to challenge Germany’s Grand Coalition

Euractiv.com - Fri, 06/12/2019 - 19:38
Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) officially elected Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans as the new chairmen at a national conference on Friday (6 December). There was no vote about remaining in the Grand Coalition with the CDU/CSU conservatives, but the new leadership appears to have 'declared war' on them. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Labour uses leaked document to accuse Johnson of lying about post-Brexit customs checks

Euractiv.com - Fri, 06/12/2019 - 17:23
The opposition Labour party has used a leaked government document to accuse Boris Johnson of lying about new customs checks between Northern Ireland and Britain..
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The Brief – Gender-washing at the Commission?

Euractiv.com - Fri, 06/12/2019 - 17:19
After having failed to have a gender-balanced Commission, the first female Commission President Ursula von der Leyen recently announced that she had achieved gender parity in all the cabinets at administrative level. But the real power-sharing in incoming Commissioners’ offices...
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Premier of Bermuda: ‘Global minimum tax is anti-competitive’

Euractiv.com - Fri, 06/12/2019 - 16:24
Bermuda wants to leave behind its reputation as a tax haven to become a Fintech hub. In an interview with EURACTIV.com, the premier of the UK’s overseas territory, David Burt, said the island could come out of the EU’s 'grey list' of tax havens early next year. But he criticised a global minimum tax as he praised tax competition among countries.
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Commissioner Várhelyi: Youth to become new ‘focal point’ in Eastern Partnership

Euractiv.com - Fri, 06/12/2019 - 15:41
In one of his first public appearances, Olivér Várhelyi, Commissioner for neighbourhood and enlargement, said on Thursday (4 December) reviving civil society and economy by reaching out to youth would be his priority in the context of Eastern Partnership.
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[Ticker] Greece denies access to fair asylum process, report says

Euobserver.com - Fri, 06/12/2019 - 15:36
A report from NGO Oxfam and the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) found that people who seek protection in Greece are regularly denied access to a "fair and efficient asylum process" due to a lack of lawyers and access to information in the overcrowded camps on the Greek islands. "The Greek government is weakening fundamental safeguards of the reception and asylum systems," said Maria Papamina from GCR.
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[Feature] Russia makes big promises to Arctic peoples on expansion

Euobserver.com - Fri, 06/12/2019 - 15:33
The Arctic future conference kicked off with optimistic presentations by ministers and officials of the Russian government — but also a burst of scepticism from representatives of those actually living in Russia's Arctic and Far East regions.
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What if the world’s center of gravity had moved to Africa?

Euractiv.com - Fri, 06/12/2019 - 15:33
As Ursula von der Leyen prepares to make Ethiopia her first overseas visit, MEPs Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, Norbert Neuser and Carlos Zorrinho explain why the new Commission president must reach out to Europe's African allies.
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[Agenda] UK election plus EU summit in focus This WEEK

Euobserver.com - Fri, 06/12/2019 - 15:32
EU leaders will try to agree on the 2050 emission-free target - but they will deeply disagree on EU spending over the next seven years. Meanwhile the UK will elect its new political leadership.
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[Ticker] Report: Self-regulation of social media 'not working'

Euobserver.com - Fri, 06/12/2019 - 15:11
A new report of a Nato-accredited group concludes that social media companies like Facebook and YouTube are "the new frontier for antagonists seeking to influence elections, polarise public opinion, and side-track legitimate political discussions." These companies fail to stop fake accounts, content, likes, and followers that might influence public opinion. "The manipulation industry is growing year-by-year [and] self-regulation is not working," the report states.
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Late Erasmus founder Lenarduzzi said Europe ‘as we conceived it’ is blocked

Euractiv.com - Fri, 06/12/2019 - 14:31
To honour the legacy of late Erasmus "father" Domenico Lenarduzzi, who passed away on Tuesday (3 December), EURACTIV is reposting an interview with him that was originally published on 22 September 2011.
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[Ticker] Turkey: Greek expulsion of Libyan envoy 'outrageous'

Euobserver.com - Fri, 06/12/2019 - 14:30
Turkey condemned on Friday Greece expelling its Libyan ambassador, following a dispute over an agreement signed between Libya and Turkey on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean. The Greek PM, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, believes that "the deal will collapse" because it has no legal merits. "Expelling an ambassador just because of the [agreement] that we signed is not a mature behaviour in diplomacy. This is outrageous," said Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
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