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[Ticker] Russians hacked EU embassy in Moscow

Euobserver.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 08:55
Russia hacked and stole information from the EU's embassy in Moscow, according to documents seen by media outlet BuzzFeed News. It says the EU's foreign policy branch (EEAS) had tried to keep the attack, which took place in 2017, a secret. The hack had only been detected in April this year.
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[Ticker] 680,000 sign petition for Hungary to join EPPO

Euobserver.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 08:52
Some 680,000 signatures in Hungary have been collected to pressure Viktor Orban's nationalist government into joining the EU's new public prosecutor office (EPPO), set to launch next year. Hungary is one of six EU states that have so far refused to join the body, which will have powers to investigate and launch criminal charges in cross-border cases. Olaf, the EU's anti-fraud office, says Hungary needs to repay misspent EU funds.
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[Opinion] Orban-style 'media capture' is spreading across Europe

Euobserver.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 08:49
We hear a lot about the threats of social media and misinformation to our democracies. What we don't hear about is another anti-democratic disease that has already claimed multiple victims across the continent - 'media capture'.
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China’s panda diplomacy puts a smile on ‘best friend’ Putin’s face

Euractiv.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 08:47
Chinese President Xi Jinping presented two pandas to Moscow’s zoo at a ceremony with Vladimir Putin on Wednesday (5 June), in a gesture the Russian president described as a sign of deepening trust and respect between the two powers.
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Dutch minister ‘Bloks’ Bulgaria’s Schengen accession

Euractiv.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 08:44
The Capitals brings you the latest news from across Europe, through on-the-ground reporting by EURACTIV’s media network. /// SOFIA The Netherlands has once again blocked Bulgaria’s Schengen accession due to corruption. But this time another problem has also risen: human...
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Italy’s Di Maio, Salvini slam EU debt warning

Euractiv.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 08:36
Italy's populist Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio on Wednesday (5 June) dismissed Brussels' formal warning over the country's excessive public spending as "too easy".
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US calls ‘false’ the narrative that LNG cannot compete with pipeline gas

Euractiv.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 08:25
US prices of liquefied natural gas (LNG) being shipped to Europe will remain competitive with Russian piped gas prices over the long term, US energy secretary Rick Perry said on Wednesday (5 June).
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Five takeaways from the EU’s economic recommendations to member states

Euractiv.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 08:23
While the public finances of all EU member states are now officially out of the “red zone”, the European Commission on Wednesday (5 June) still had tough economic policy recommendations for Spain, Italy, Belgium, Greece and Germany.
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Why France’s Total will not sponsor the Olympics in Paris

Euractiv.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 08:21
Although it has not yet made its decision public, France's oil company Total will not be a partner of the 2024 Paris Olympics. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
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EU throws the ball to member states to monitor RED II implementation

Euractiv.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 08:04
The implementation of the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) remains to a large extent the responsibility of the member states, EU sources told EURACTIV.com, in light of ongoing fraud investigations into the practice of mixing palm oil with cooking oil (UCO).
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EU-Kazakhstan: Elections, trade and transition

Euractiv.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 08:04
A small cultural contextualisation may prove helpful when discussing political reform in Kazakhstan, says Samuel Doveri Vesterbye. Here it is.
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Social Democrats win Danish general election

Euractiv.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 07:53
Denmark's opposition Social Democrats looked set to win Wednesday's (5 June) general election, two exit polls suggested, after a poor showing for the far-right and a surge for the main green party.
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Trump says Ireland’s Brexit ‘wall’ will ‘work out very well ‘

Euractiv.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 07:29
US President Donald Trump voiced confidence Wednesday (5 June) that Ireland's post-Brexit "wall" situation with its UK neighbour will work out fine, earning a quick retort from the Irish premier who noted that a wall is the last thing his country wants.
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Watad: The oil company that came from nowhere and became a key player in Syria

Euractiv.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 07:03
Life in rebel-held northwest Syria has, without a doubt,  been made easier by Watad Petroleum’s presence. But with no information available publicly about who owns or runs it, there is a persistent suspicion about it, writes Haid Haid.
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Civil society organisations at the Sabir Festival put up a fight against nationalistic agendas in the EU [Promoted content]

Euractiv.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 07:00
A few days ahead of the surge of Salvini’s party, Sabir and its organisers represent the flipside of Italian social movements, who want bridges where nationalists want walls, writes Francesca Chiavacci.
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[Ticker] Vestager's Danish pro-EU party doubles in national elections

Euobserver.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 00:09
Denmark's social-liberal party, formerly led by EU commissioner Margrethe Vestager, doubled support in Wednesday's national elections (8.6 percent), and pledged to back social democrat leader, Mette Frederiksen (25,9 percent), to form a new government, replacing liberal leader Lars Lokke Rasmussen (23,4 percent) as prime minister. The anti-migrant, eurosceptic Danish Peoples Party came third (8.7 percent), losing half of its seats, while a new hard-right party entered parliament.
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Climate becomes top priority in EU’s 2020 budget

Euractiv.com - Wed, 05/06/2019 - 18:22
The European Commission proposed on Wednesday (5 June) a budget worth €168.3 billion for the bloc in 2020, aimed at promoting a more competitive European economy and solidarity and security in the EU.
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Weber re-elected EPP chief as coalition talks drag

Euobserver.com - Wed, 05/06/2019 - 17:54
The EPP has backed Weber as their leader in the new EU parliament - but talks on a coalition and parliament's top candidate for the commission presidency are moving slowly.
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Plastic production on the rise worldwide but slowing in Europe

Euractiv.com - Wed, 05/06/2019 - 17:11
While the global production of plastics is increasing, it is slowing down in Europe, according to PlasticsEurope, the leading pan-European association of plastics manufacturers. EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'Environnement reports.
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[Opinion] Nord Stream 2: Gazprom's desperate moves

Euobserver.com - Wed, 05/06/2019 - 17:07
Gazprom's argument - that the application of the directive is discriminatory and retroactive - looks more like a desperate grasping at legal straws.
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