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[Ticker] Tennis champ and 'EU diplomat' claims immunity

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:27
German former tennis champion Boris Becker has said his diplomatic status - he is, since April, the Central African Republic's cultural attache to the EU - ought to give him immunity from creditors' claims in bankruptcy proceedings. "I'm immensely proud of my [diplomatic] appointment ... sport is incredibly important in Africa," he said. Arbuthnot Latham, a British private bank, said he failed to repay loans and wants to seize assets.
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EU to phase out most harmful biofuels

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:29
EU negotiators have reached a deal on a new renewable energy directive. 'One of the most sensitive issues during the negotiations was biofuels from food and feed crops,' said MEP Bas Eickhout.
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Bavaria rebels could unseat Merkel on migration

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:29
Local authorities in Bavaria, southern Germany, could start turning back migrants on Monday in a rebellion that threatens Merkel's authority.
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[Ticker] EU free wifi portal hit by 'technical issue'

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:22
The European Commission has cancelled the first call for applications for funding of public wifi hotspots, after the EU portal where municipalities had to apply experienced "a technical issue", the commission said on Thursday. "During the investigation, the commission identified a flaw in the software supplied by contractors," it said. Municipalities can apply again in autumn, and the commission said there will be no "significant delay to the programme."
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[Opinion] European People's Party faces moment of truth over Hungary

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:16
This is a real moment of truth for Europe's centre-right and its adherence to EU's values of democratic pluralism and the rule of law.
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Catalonia diplomats back in action abroad

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:10
The new regional government is to reopen its representations aboard. In Brussels, its new foreign minister Ernest Maragall insisted that it wanted to show "responsibility".
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[Ticker] Italy threatens to ditch EU-Canada free trade deal

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:07
Italy's new agriculture minister Gian Marco Centinaio threatened on Thursday to not ratify the European free trade deal with Canada (CETA) - the EU's first major free trade deal since 2011. Speaking to La Stampa, the far-right League minister said the trade deal did not ensure sufficient protection of Italy's special foods. All 28 EU member states must approve the agreement for it to take full effect.
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[Ticker] EU institutions agree EU-wide rights for asylum seekers

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 08:50
EU parliament and council negotiators reached Thursday a provisional deal on new EU-wide rules granting asylum-seekers the right to work six months after registration of their application, instead of currently nine months. Access to language courses should be given from day one and access to health care secured. Children should enter school no later than two months after arrival. The deal forms part of a new European asylum system.
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[Ticker] EU ambassadors approve plan to fight antimicrobial resistance

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 08:48
Certain antibiotics will be set aside for the treatment of infections in humans in order to preserve their effectiveness, according to new EU regulations to stop the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) "through imports of products of animal origin". The proposal was approved by EU ambassadors on Wednesday and will now be passed to the European Parliament for a vote.
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[Analysis] Aquarius...Dublin....is EU losing grip on asylum reforms?

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 18:57
The standoff over the rescue boat, which is now heading to Spain, is part of a wider politically toxic narrative against refugees and migrants and a symptom of EU failures to reform asylum laws.
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[Ticker] Leak: World will fail on Paris climate goal by 2040

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 17:15
Unless the world economy undergoes "rapid and far-reaching" transition, the average global temperature increase will reach 1.5°C by 2040, according to a leaked draft version of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change quoted by Reuters on Thursday. The EU and most of the world's countries agreed in 2015 in Paris to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C. The draft said national pledges made in Paris were not enough.
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[Opinion] Institutional reform in the eurozone is necessary

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 17:15
Both the examples of Greece and Italy test the limits of a system with inherent weaknesses that feeds internal gaps, strengthens deficits and debts in the European South, and surpluses in the European North respectively.
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[Focus] Study: EU test undervalues toxicity of cigarettes

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 17:13
The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment says that levels of carbon monoxide can be twenty times as high when using a different measurement system.
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[Ticker] Greek PM to face confidence vote over Macedonia deal

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 17:02
Greek prime minister will face on Saturday a motion of no-confidence tabled by opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Mitsotakis said that the agreement reached by Tsipras this week with Macedonian prime minister Zoran Zaev, over the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's name and its claims over northern Greece, was "a bad agreement with an unacceptable national concession: for the first time, Greece recognises a Macedonian ethnicity and language."
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[Ticker] Hungary jails human traffickers for 2015 Austria truck deaths

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 16:45
A court in Hungary on Thursday sentenced four human traffickers (one Afghan, three Bulgarians) to 25 years in prison for their roles in the 2015 case in which 71 migrants suffocated to death in a truck found on a motorway in Austria. They were found guilty of being part of a criminal organisation, human smuggling, and murder. Ten other defendants also received prison terms. The verdicts can be appealed.
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Greek bailout exit takes shape

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 16:44
At a meeting next week, eurozone finance ministers and the IMF are expected to agree on new cash, debt relief measures, and a monitoring mechanism to ensure that Greece can live without international aid for the first time since 2010.
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[Ticker] Malta joins EU prosecutor office

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 15:18
Malta is to join the European Public Prosecutor Office (EPPO), an office established in 2017 to investigate EU fund and VAT fraud. In a letter to the European Commission, Maltese justice minister Owen Bonnici said Thursday that EPPO was "a major development for safeguarding the economic interests" of the EU. The commission will now launch the procedure to have Malta join the other 20 states taking part in EPPO.
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[Ticker] ECB to end bond-buying programme this year

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 15:13
The European Central Bank (ECB) will end its bond-buying programme, also known as quantitative easing (QE), at the end of the year, president Mario Draghi announced on Thursday. The ECB will continue to buy €30bn of bonds each month until September, then will reduce the amount to €15bn until the end of December. The programme started in March 2015 to inject cash into the eurozone economy.
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[Ticker] EU agrees higher 2030 renewable energy target

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:00
In 2030, 32% of the EU's energy should be from renewable sources, the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the Council agreed on Thursday. Negotiators reached a compromise in behind-closed-doors discussions. The 32% goal is higher than the "at least 27%" target agreed by EU leaders in 2014. The parliament had wanted 35%. EU climate commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said it will help the EU meet its Paris agreement promises.
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Euro is 'indispensable', Italian populists say

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:28
Italy's EU minister has said the euro was "indispensable", reassuring markets amid uncertainty over populist rule in Rome.
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