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[Investigation] Cyprus: Russia's EU weak link? - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 09:29
Five years and €10bn after its EU bailout, Cyprus is still a weak link in Europe's banking system - amid renewed fears on Russia money-laundering.
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[Ticker] EU angry at British tabloids on Brexit - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 09:28
EU justice commissioner Vera Jourova has blamed the British tabloid media for spoiling the political climate around Brexit talks. "Media can build the culture of dialogue or sow divisions, spread disinformation and encourage exclusion. The Brexit debate is the best example of that," she said at a forum in Vienna on Monday. "Just last week, the EU leaders were called 'Dirty Rats' on another front page".
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[Ticker] UK to allow EU flights in no-deal Brexit - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 09:23
The UK has said EU airlines could continue to fly there even if there was no deal on Brexit and that it would unilaterally accept EU aviation rules in order to prevent a rupture if need be. It published the technical paper as the European Central Bank urged Dutch lender ING to return important staff from London back to Europe.
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[Ticker] Greek reporters arrested after story on 'mishandled' EU funds - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 09:19
Greek police have detained the editor-in-chief and publisher of the newspaper Fileleftheros, after an article las week which alleged Panos Kammenos, the country's far-right defence minister had mishandled EU funds designed to help migrants in camps on Greek islands. Some of the EU money had been funnelled to Kammenos' business partners, the article alleged. The arrest came after Kammenos complained to police about it, AP reports.
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[Ticker] Austrian minister urges police to out foreign sex offenders - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 09:15
Austria's far-right interior minister Herbert Kickl has instructed police chiefs that their officers should name the foreign nationality and asylum status of suspects and offenders in press interviews, according to leaked emails obtained by the Kurier and Standard newspapers. He also said police ought to send "pro-active" messages to media about related sex offences and complained that government critical media "ignore facts" on the problem.
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Macedonia’s Zaev highlights economic benefits ahead of name change referendum - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 07:44
Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) Zoran Zaev focused on the economic benefits of a “yes” vote in the upcoming referendum on the Macedonia name change, saying that the trade with Greece is going to double.
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Energy Web Foundation: Blockchain essential for EV growth, community solar - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 07:35
Distributed energy solutions such as solar PV, batteries, and smart controls are getting cheaper by the day and will soon outperform traditional energy sources such as coal, gas, and nuclear power, says Hervé Touati. In any case, Blockchain-type solutions will be needed for the mass deployment of electric vehicles, he warns.
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Pesticides: greater transparency in the approval process? - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 07:33
The system for approving pesticides has to show greater transparency, a special committee of the European Parliament has concluded. An article by EURACTIV France’s media partner, the Journal de l’environnement.
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Hogan: EU member states will decide on agriculture innovation after 2020, not Brussels - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 07:31
Member states and not the European Commission will direct the precise support and funding for innovation and digitisation of farming in the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan told EURACTIV Romania in an interview.  
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Draghi warns on protectionism as a risk for the Eurozone - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 07:31
The Eurozone should prepare for US and China protectionist measures if they materialise, president of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi said on Monday (24 September) at the European Parliament.
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European left plans to take over the social democrats in EU elections - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 07:30
The Party of the European Left vows to be “the only alternative” to the conservatives and “the real alternative” to the far-right, according to a draft manifesto seen by; However, the fragmentation in the leftist family creates barriers.
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EU citizens call for an end to the use of cages for farm animals - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 07:30
Earlier in September, the European Commission registered a new European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) called END THE CAGE AGE, which aims to put an end to the most appalling symbol of industrial animal farming – the cage, writes Olga Kikou.
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A future tax on foreign lorries which ‘only cross over France’? - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 07:30
The French government is thinking about taxing foreign heavy goods vehicles but François de Rugy, the new minister of ecological transition, denies the return of a “green tax”.  EURACTIV France's media partner Ouest-France reports.
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Rising inequality calls for a new social contract - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 06:37
The gap between rich and poor in Europe has increased compared to thirty years ago, affecting young cohorts in particular. Yet the social protection systems currently in place across European countries were designed during the past century and are no longer fit for the present, argues Cyril Muller.
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Iran, major powers labor to keep nuclear deal afloat - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 04:00
The remaining parties to the Iran nuclear deal agreed on Monday (24 September) to keep working to maintain trade with Tehran despite scepticism this is possible as U.S. sanctions to choke off Iranian oil sales resume in November.
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UK to favour skilled migration, no EU preference after Brexit-reports - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 02:00
UK Prime Minister Theresa May and her ministers have agreed to focus Britain's post-Brexit migration system on high-skilled migrants and will not offer preference to European Union workers, newspapers said.
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Joint letter by Presidents Tusk and Juncker on the passing away of President of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang

European Council - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 00:54
Letter of condolences from Presidents Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on the passing of President Tran Dai Quang of Vietnam
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US, EU still in ‘exploratory’ talks on trade -EU’s Malmstrom - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 23:00
The European Union and the United States are still in exploratory talks about how they can pursue a limited trade agreement, with no real negotiations yet started, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said on Monday (24 September).
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After the copyright win, what strategy for Europe’s media sector? - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 20:53
The European Parliament has just voted to back the copyright directive, as part of the ‘Digital Single Market’ priorities. Now, fighting fake news before the EU elections is not enough: we should prepare a vertical strategy for the media sector 2019-2024, writes Cristophe Leclercq.
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EU asylum, borders and external cooperation on migration: Recent developments

Written by Nikolai Atanassov and Anja Radjenovic,

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The unprecedented arrival of refugees and irregular migrants in the EU, which peaked in 2015, exposed a series of deficiencies and gaps in EU policies on asylum, external borders and migration. It put pressure on the common European asylum system (CEAS) and affected the functioning of the Schengen rules, leading to a temporary suspension of the Dublin system and the introduction of border checks by several Member States. In response to these challenges, the EU has embarked on a broader process of reform aimed at rebuilding its common asylum policies on fairer and more solid ground, strengthening its external borders by reinforcing the links between border controls and security, and renewing cooperation with third countries on migration issues.

In May and June 2016, the Commission presented two packages of proposals to strengthen and adapt the CEAS. Almost two years after their introduction, the proposals have reached different stages of progress within the legislative process. The Parliament and the Council have already reached partial provisional agreement on the proposal on the establishment of the European Union Agency for Asylum, the Qualifications Regulation, the Reception Conditions Directive and the reform of Eurodac (the EU’s migrant fingerprint database). While trilogues are also progressing on the Union Resettlement Framework, the co-legislators still have considerable work to do as regards the reform of the Dublin Regulation and the proposal for an asylum procedures regulation. A political agreement on the overall reform of the CEAS was sought by June 2018, however, at the European Council meeting that month, EU leaders failed to achieve a breakthrough in the negotiations.

As emphasised in the European agendas on migration and on security, addressing current EU migration and security challenges means improving the management of the external borders, including by making better use of the opportunities offered by IT systems and technologies. In this respect, a revision of the Schengen Borders Code as regards the reinforcement of checks against relevant databases at external borders was adopted in March 2016. The transformation of Frontex into the European Border and Coast Guard Agency was finalised in October 2016, and the legal bases for the new Entry/Exit System and the new European travel information and authorisation system (ETIAS) were established in November 2017 and September 2018 respectively. Work is ongoing on the revision and expansion of the Schengen Information System, an upgrade of the eu-LISA mandate, and frameworks for interoperability between EU information systems in the area of borders and security.

The EU’s external migration policy is part of the general EU approach on migration, and is complementary to EU foreign policy and development cooperation. It is based on common goals set by the Member States and is reflected in the CEAS. Cooperation with third countries is covered under the global approach to migration and mobility (GAMM), through which the EU has engaged in political dialogue and has established partnerships with third countries. In line with the 2015 ‘European agenda on migration’ and the 2016 ‘partnership framework’, the EU pursues external migration policies aimed at tackling challenges along the main migratory routes. One of the aims is to provide more legal pathways for the admission of people in need of international protection, through resettlement measures and migration compacts. Furthermore, various EU funding instruments support migration-related projects in third countries, particularly in key countries of origin and transit such as Syria, Iraq, Turkey and African countries.

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