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[Ticker] Labour beat Farage's Brexit party in UK byelection

Euobserver.com - Fri, 07/06/2019 - 10:12
The Labour party narrowly beat Nigel Farage's new Brexit Party at a byelection in the British city of Peterborough on Thursday. After coming top in last month's European elections, Farage had hoped to make a breakthrough with an MP in the Westminster parliament, but Labour scored 10,484 votes to his party's 9,801 votes, a margin of 683. The Conservatives were beaten into third place with 7,243 votes.
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[Ticker] Warning on 'Uber-isation' of European cocaine trade

Euobserver.com - Fri, 07/06/2019 - 09:30
Cocaine dealers in Europe are increasingly using social media in what the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drugs Addiction, an EU agency in Lisbon, has called "Uber-isation" of the trade. Dealers had created "cocaine call centres" across the EU on the model of the US taxi-type firm Uber, the agency said in its annual report out Thursday, amid record seizures of increasingly pure qualities of the drug.
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EU six hold informal dinner on top jobs

Euobserver.com - Fri, 07/06/2019 - 09:27
Six EU leaders representing the three most-successful political blocs in the EU elections last month are meeting in Brussels on Friday to start talks on Europe's top jobs.
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[Ticker] EU 'risks not meeting 2020 renewables target'

Euobserver.com - Fri, 07/06/2019 - 09:00
"Slowdown in shifting towards renewable electricity implies that we might not meet the EU 2020 target," George Pufan, in charge of a new report by the EU Court of Auditors, warned on Thursday. Although wind and solar power recorded strong growth since 2005, there has been a slowdown since 2014, with half of EU member states now facing a significant challenge in meeting their 2020 renewables target.
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[Ticker] China's Huawei sign deal to build Russia's 5G network

Euobserver.com - Fri, 07/06/2019 - 08:57
Russia's top cellphone operator MTS has signed an agreement with China's Huawei to develop 5G technology, with Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russian president Vladimir Putin at the signing ceremony in Moscow. US president Donald Trump banned US companies from selling high-tech equipment to Huawei in May over suspicions it is used for spying by Beijing, while more than ten EU countries are preparing to auction 5G licences this year.
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[Ticker] May steps down as UK Conservative leader

Euobserver.com - Fri, 07/06/2019 - 08:55
UK prime minister Theresa May will officially step down as Conservative leader on Friday, remaining prime minister only until the party has chosen a new leader to succeed her. Eleven MPs have declared their interest in the post, with a deadline of Monday for nominations. Conservative MPs select, in secret ballots from 13-20 June, two finalists for party members to pick the winner in the week of 22 July.
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[Ticker] Trump assures Irish Brexit border 'wall' would work well

Euobserver.com - Fri, 07/06/2019 - 08:53
In Dublin on Wednesday, US president Donald Trump assured Brexit would "work out very well, and also for you with your wall, your border." Irish PM Leo Varadkar quickly replied a wall is the "one thing we [the Irish] want to avoid". Meanwhile, a British official in charge of Brexit border preparations, Karen Wheeler, has left her job, prompting speculation of UK preparedness for a no-deal Brexit on 31 October.
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[Ticker] Estonia announces its next commission candidate

Euobserver.com - Fri, 07/06/2019 - 08:50
Estonia's government has moved quickly on naming the country's next commissioner, with a proposal from prime minister Juri Ratas to submit Centre Party minister, Kadri Simson, as a candidate approved on Thursday. The next commission will not take office before 1 November 2019, but the Estonian seat could become vacant before, as the current Estonian commissioner Andrus Ansip was elected a member of the European parliament in May.
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[Opinion] 'A Europe that protects': what does that actually mean?

Euobserver.com - Fri, 07/06/2019 - 08:12
Current challenges to the rule of law, an independent civil society, and the equal treatment of minorities are just as much in need of tackling as are the challenges of globalisation, migration, and digitalisation.
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Malta's ex-commissioner loses court case against EU

Euobserver.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 16:37
John Dalli was ousted as European Commissioner for health in 2012 over a tobacco-lobbying scandal. On Thursday, the general court of the European Union dismissed his case against the European Commission.
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Consumer co-operatives: A retail force for a prosper & sustainable Europe [Promoted content]

Euractiv.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 12:00
For 175 years, co-operatives have successfully used commercial efforts to generate social value. Yet, their model is not sufficiently promoted. The Single Market & local communities will benefit if this changes.
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Enlargement debate: Western Balkans, torn between hope and outrage

Euractiv.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 11:23
With enlargement being a “hot potato” for EU institutions, EURACTIV addressed the issue in a debate on Tuesday (5 June). Diplomats and journalists talked freely about the perceived reluctance of some member states, but also about existing real internal obstacles.
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[Ticker] Spanish MEP to run for Socialist group chief

Euobserver.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 11:09
Spanish socialist MEP Iratxe Garcia has officially launched a bid for the Socialists and Democrats group leadership in the European Parliament. The current group leader is German MEP Udo Bullman. The group will choose its new leader on 18 June. The Spanish Socialist party, PSOE, has the largest delegation in the group with 20 MEPs, while Germany's delegation shrank to 16 seats in the new parliament.
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FAO official: ‘Veganism is certainly not for everyone’

Euractiv.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 11:04
Veganism is certainly not for everyone, particularly when it comes to mother and children, as it is deficient in some important minerals and vitamins, Henning Steinfeld, an official from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), told EURACTIV in an interview.
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Fiat-Chrysler withdraws Renault merger offer

Euractiv.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 10:50
Fiat-Chrysler's (FCA) $35 billion-plus merger offer to Renault fell apart only 10 days after being made public, with both companies' shares falling sharply in early trading on Thursday (6 June). FCA blamed French politicians for the collapse.
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Danish left sweeps to victory, with tough migration policy

Euobserver.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 09:28
Denmark has elected a young, female, centre-left leader, completing a socialist sweep in the EU's nordic states - but only after adopting right-wing anti-migrant policies.
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[Analysis] Conte's tricky balancing act on Italian budget

Euobserver.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 09:14
The procedure against Italy for excessive debt recommended by the European Commission on Wednesday was foreseeable, if not inevitable.
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[Ticker] Greece seeks to weaken 'rape' definition

Euobserver.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 08:58
The left-wing government under prime minister Alexis Tsipras has drafted a bill seeking to weaken the definition of rape. The bill is set to be voted on Thursday and defines rape in terms of physical threat and not of the victim's consent. Amnesty International has described the measure as "unacceptable", noting that the bill will make it more difficult for victims of rape to seek justice.
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[Ticker] French weapons export up 30 percent

Euobserver.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 08:57
France exported some €9.1bn worth of weapons in 2018, a 30 percent increase when compared to 2017, reported Defence News on Wednesday. Its biggest client last year was Qatar with $2.7bn, followed by Belgium ($1.27), Saudi Arabia ($1bn) and Spain ($658).
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