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Debate: Soll Polens Linke mit Kaczynski zusammenarbeiten

Eurotopics.net - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 11:00
Zwei Kräfte dominieren Polens Politik: die Liberalen und die nationalkonservative Regierungspartei PiS. Diese hat mit ihrer Politik für den kleinen Mann linken Parteien das Wasser abgegraben. Seit der Parlamentswahl 2015 sind linke Kräfte nicht einmal mehr im Sejm vertreten. Unter Journalisten ist nun eine Debatte entbrannt, ob die Linken sich mit einer ungewöhnlichen Kooperation retten sollten.
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[Ticker] Hungary accused of denying food to asylum seekers

Euobserver.com - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 09:24
The Hungarian authorities have, since early August, stopped food distribution to some rejected asylum seekers held in transit zones on the Hungarian-Serbian border pending their appeal, international pressure group Human Rights Watch has said. The rights group says it was a cynical move by Hungary to force asylum seekers back to Serbia. It said Hungary was breaching human rights laws, including its obligations as an EU member.
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[Ticker] Germany urges new payment system to save Iran deal from US

Euobserver.com - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 09:21
Europe must create its own international bank transfer systems independent of the US to save the nuclear deal with Iran, German foreign minister Heiko Maas wrote in the Handelsblatt daily. EU powers have been scrambling to ensure Iran gets enough economic benefits to abide by the arms control deal after the US pulled out of the accord, but European firms remain wary of US financial penalties.
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[Ticker] Facebook and Twitter shut down election-meddling accounts

Euobserver.com - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 09:18
US tech giants Facebook and Twitter have removed hundreds of accounts believed to be tied to Russia and Iran. The accounts have been linked to spreading misinformation and meddling in elections. Some of them belonged to proxies of Russia's military intelligence services, others originated in Iran. Social media companies are under pressure to curb the disruption and misinformation spread by disingenuous sites ahead of the upcoming US midterm elections.
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[Ticker] US widens Russia sanctions

Euobserver.com - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 09:17
US president Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday imposed new sanctions against Russia, escalating US diplomatic pressure on Moscow. The treasury department blacklisted several firms and individuals accusing them of violating bans on energy trade with North Korea and breaking US laws against cooperation with Russia's intelligence agency, the Federal Security Service. US lawmakers want even tougher measures. The UK on Monday also called for tougher sanctions against Moscow.
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[Investigation] EU paid Italy at least €200,000 for migrant stunt

Euobserver.com - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 09:15
Italy's far-right interior minister was happy to use EU funds to escort the Aquarius rescue boat to Spain, while boasting he was "closing down the ports" to migrants.
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Google ‘taking AI to the next level’ to cut data centre energy use

Euractiv.com - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 08:55
Google is now allowing its artificial intelligence (AI) system – rather than its staff – to directly control its data centre cooling system as a way of lowering emissions and energy consumption. EURACTIV's media partner edie.net reports.
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Local and regional banking providers [What Europe does for you]

With European elections coming up in May 2019, you probably want to know how the European Union impacts your daily life, before you think about voting. In the latest in a series of posts on what Europe does for you, your family, your business and your wellbeing, we look at what Europe does for local and regional banking providers.

Whether you are a business owner, want to start one, or a financial intermediary, you have access to EU funds. The European Investment Bank provides credit lines to finance providers such as local banks and financial institutions, helping them develop their lending portfolio and offer greater access to credit to a wider range of clients. This support helps finance the medium and long-term loans offered to private sector firms, commercially run public-sector enterprises or even local authorities. The Bank invests €75 billion in over 400 projects in a typical year. While such loans must meet some conditions (e.g. increase local growth and employment or help protect the environment), they offer benefits such as long time-to-maturity and attractive pricing. The finance providers can also make use of the technical assistance offered both to the intermediaries and the final recipients.

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In addition, EU microfinance support tools help microfinance providers (e.g. private or public banks, non-bank microfinance institutions and not-for-profit microcredit providers) to offer loans up to €25 000 for setting up or developing a small business. EU support includes not only loans but also guarantees, which help share the providers’ potential risk of loss. Microloan conditions for entrepreneurs vary depending on the provider, but the EU makes sure that priority goes to groups which have difficulty getting conventional credit, e.g. social enterprises and the unemployed. In addition, technical support is available for microcredit providers to help them build capacity.

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German FM: EU needs payment systems independent of US to keep Iran deal alive

Euractiv.com - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 07:45
Europe needs to set up payment systems independent of the United States if it wants to save the nuclear deal between Iran and major powers that was abandoned by President Donald Trump, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has said.
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Czechs protest against government 50 years after Soviet-led invasion

Euractiv.com - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 07:35
Czechs and Slovaks on Tuesday (20 August) marked 50 years since Soviet tanks crushed the "Prague Spring" democratic reform drive, as protesters used the anniversary to rail against the current Czech government's ties to the Communist Party.
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Clouds gather for Europe in run up to 10th anniversary of financial crisis

Euractiv.com - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 07:05
Discrepancies between Italy and the EU over its expenditure, the trade dispute with the US and political quagmires such as the Brexit talks and the migration challenge cloud EU prospects ahead of the tenth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers.
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‘I have a new look on life’, Louis says after travelling around Europe for a month

Euractiv.com - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 06:55
Louis (21, Belgium) works as an educator for people with mental and physical disabilities during the day and writes rap music the night. For a month, he has been one of the travellers for a Road Trip Project financed by the European Commission.
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Jan Kuciak murder: How free is the European press?

Euractiv.com - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 06:49
The murder of the Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova in February provoked a wave of anger, resulting in Prime Minister Robert Fico’s resignation. However, half a year later, the state of press freedom in the country is still in limbo.
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'Final phase' Brexit talks to go on 'continuously'

Euobserver.com - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 23:29
Brexit chief negotiators on both sides pledged to talk non-stop in the final push to find a divorce deal, particularly an agreement to the Irish border conundrum.
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