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Armin Laschet: Merkel’s heir apparent?

Euractiv.com - Fri, 17/09/2021 - 07:30
Angela Merkel has governed Germany for 16 years and proven a reliable ally both in Europe and for the world. Will her party colleague hoping to succeed her follow in her footsteps or diverge from her path in order to forge his own legacy?
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MEPs push to shape working conditions of the gig economy

Euractiv.com - Fri, 17/09/2021 - 07:30
The European Parliament adopted by an overwhelming majority a resolution on social protection for platform workers, anticipating key parts of an upcoming EU legislative proposal expected to come out before the end of the year.
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[Ticker] France attacks US over 'stab in back' submarine deal

Euobserver.com - Fri, 17/09/2021 - 07:29
France has called a US deal to develop nuclear-powered submarine technology with Australia and the UK, but not any EU countries, unveiled Thursday, a "stab in the back," in the words of French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. The move is to see France lose out on a multibillion-euro submarine-technology deal with Australia. "This is not over. We're going to need clarifications. We have contracts," Le Drian added.
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[Ticker] Polls open in Russia's parliamentary election

Euobserver.com - Fri, 17/09/2021 - 07:29
Russians will head to the polls on Friday. Widespread anger over the stagnation economy has been rising in recent years, and the ruling party, United Russia, polls at historic lows. But it is expected to find a way to maintain its hold over the State Duma. Due to the size of the country, the polling takes three days. Voters will be able to cast ballots through to Sunday.
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[Ticker] Putin faces test of popularity in Russian election

Euobserver.com - Fri, 17/09/2021 - 07:28
Russians head to the polls on Friday for parliamentary elections in a test of authority for president Vladimir Putin, whose United Russia party is polling at a near-historic low of just 30 percent. There are few legitimate international observers, after the ODIHR, a Warsaw-based European monitoring body, declined to go because authorities refused to give them proper access. But some pro-Russian MEPs, such as France's Thierry Mariani, are going anyway.
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[Ticker] Report: Rutte to push EU defence treaty with UK

Euobserver.com - Fri, 17/09/2021 - 07:28
Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte will invite British counterpart Boris Johnson to join a security-and-defence cooperation pact with the EU when he visits London on Friday, in a project backed by France and Germany, British newspaper The Times reports. "Afghanistan is a catalyst for further discussion on European defence co-operation, preferably including the UK," a British diplomat said. "We can be a bridge [to the EU]," a Dutch diplomat said.
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[Ticker] Dutch foreign minister steps down over Afghanistan fiasco

Euobserver.com - Fri, 17/09/2021 - 07:28
The Dutch foreign minister, Sigrid Kaag, has resigned after the lower house of parliament passed a motion of censure against the government over its handling of evacuations from Afghanistan amid the Taliban takeover. Hundreds of Dutch citizens, many of Afghan origin, and an unspecified number of Afghans whose work put them in danger, were unable to reach the airport in Kabul.
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[Ticker] German Greens' leader hit by sexist abuse

Euobserver.com - Fri, 17/09/2021 - 07:27
The German Greens' candidate in upcoming elections, Annalena Baerbock, has been targeted with sexist abuse as well as with more disinformation and conspiracy theories online than her male counterparts from other parties, according to a study by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a German think-tank. RT Deutsch, a Russian-state news outlet, for instance, targeted Baerbock, who has promised to mothball a new Russian-German gas pipeline if she gets into government.
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[Ticker] EU launches health-security agency

Euobserver.com - Fri, 17/09/2021 - 07:27
The European Commission has launched a new health agency to help prepare for future pandemics. The 'health emergency preparedness and response authority' (Hera), will assess threats, fund research, and build stockpiles of drugs, with a budget of €6bn in 2022 to 2027. The agency "will be our main instrument to coordinate preparedness and, if needed, response ... This is what we are missing today," EU commission vice-president Margaritis Schinas said.
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‘A crazy dream come true’: Macron inaugurates the Wrapped Arc de Triomphe

Euractiv.com - Fri, 17/09/2021 - 07:23
French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday (16 September) inaugurated a posthumous installation conceived by the late artist Christo that envelops Paris's Arc de Triomphe monument in 2,500 square metres of silvery blue, recyclable plastic wrapping.
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With the drive for lower prices and

Euobserver.com - Fri, 17/09/2021 - 07:10
With the drive for lower prices and emergence of more and more 'fast-fashion' brands, durability is inevitably compromised. However, through new regulation, selling durable products shall no longer be a design option - it will be a legal requirement.
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We are setting the standard for many

Euobserver.com - Fri, 17/09/2021 - 07:10
We are setting the standard for many years to come. Rest assured; I have a clear mandate from my group and I am doing everything in my power to kick out fossil fuels from EU financing.
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EU Commission blocks anti-fraud funds without explanation

Euobserver.com - Fri, 17/09/2021 - 07:10
The European Commission has blocked the recently-created European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) from using their budget to hire the specialised personnel they need. It has not explained why.
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Centre-right MEPs abstain on gender-violence vote

Euobserver.com - Fri, 17/09/2021 - 07:09
Around 90 centre-right European People's Party (EPP) lawmakers abstained in a vote to list gender-based violence a crime under EU law, while almost as many voted in favour.
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World off track to meet climate targets, despite Covid-19

Euobserver.com - Fri, 17/09/2021 - 07:09
Climate change has not been slowed down by the pandemic and the world remains off-track to meet 2015 Paris Agreement climate targets, the UN has warned- just weeks ahead of the COP26 summit.
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[Ticker] MEPs back new EU ethics body

Euobserver.com - Fri, 17/09/2021 - 07:09
The European Parliament supported the creation of a new EU ethics body to help tackle and prevent conflicts of interest, revolving doors and corruption inside the EU institutions. But Transparency International EU, a Brussels-based NGO, says the body needs to be improved in order to have a real impact, noting that sanctions against MEPs remain "open to political influence and bias." No MEP since 2014 has ever been sanctioned.
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[Exclusive] EU to call out Russian aggression at Kyiv summit

Euobserver.com - Fri, 17/09/2021 - 07:09
The EU is planning to firm up criticism of Russian aggression at its next Ukraine summit, as low-intensity fighting continues to claim lives.
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EU urges member states to better protect journalists

Euobserver.com - Fri, 17/09/2021 - 07:08
EU commission vice-president Věra Jourová said the commission will pressure member states to do more, but without legal tools, the commission has little say.
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End of ‘Merkron’: EU’s power couple prepares to bow out

Euractiv.com - Thu, 16/09/2021 - 20:00
French President Emmanuel Macron hosted Angela Merkel in Paris on Thursday (16 September) for the last time before the German chancellor stands down, spelling the end of a partnership at the heart of the European Union for the last four years.
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EU law on gender violence must cover all forms of discrimination, say MEPs

Euractiv.com - Thu, 16/09/2021 - 17:31
Gender-based violence should be added to the list of crimes to be tackled across borders and the European Commission must table a proposal for an EU-wide directive on gender-based violence, EU lawmakers stated on Thursday (16 September).
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