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Decision on migrant-returns hits parliament logjam

Euobserver.com - Wed, 05/06/2019 - 17:05
Home affairs ministers are set to endorse reforms for tougher EU return laws to send unwanted migrants home. But an absent lead MEP on the file and a wary EU parliament means their agreement may not amount to much.
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The Brief – Finland’s time paradox

Euractiv.com - Wed, 05/06/2019 - 16:51
The Finns take over the EU rotating presidency in July but face a race against time to deliver on their most ambitious goal.
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EU commission puts Italy on spot over growing debt

Euobserver.com - Wed, 05/06/2019 - 16:41
The EU's debt-criteria rules are in breach by Italy, the commission reiterated on Wednesday - in a decision that could pave the way for sanctions for Rome if member states agree.
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German farmers rely on subsidies, says young female farmer

Euractiv.com - Wed, 05/06/2019 - 15:58
The number of young people who want to work in agriculture is shrinking. Those who choose farming in Germany have to put up with high acquisition costs, complicated bureaucratic requirements and a modest income. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Pharma incentives reform is for the next Commission, EU official says

Euractiv.com - Wed, 05/06/2019 - 15:57
Stakeholders gathered in the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) reiterated their demands to reform the incentives for pharmaceutical innovation, making a set of recommendations to the European Commission during an event in Brussels on Monday (3 June).
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EU vote creates turmoil in Croatia’s ruling conservative party

Euractiv.com - Wed, 05/06/2019 - 13:30
The somewhat unexpected outcome of the recent EU elections has opened the Pandora’s Box in Croatia’s ruling conservative HDZ party, whose right-wing faction is now loudly highlighting the need for a leadership change.
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Global growth continues to weaken, World Bank report confirms

Euractiv.com - Wed, 05/06/2019 - 12:42
After the IMF and the OECD, the World Bank has also cut its 2019 growth forecasts. Uncertainties over trade and investment are at the root of this slowdown, which is also affecting the eurozone. EURACTIV France reports.
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[Ticker] EU's Frontex border agency set for 34% budget increase

Euobserver.com - Wed, 05/06/2019 - 12:41
The European Commission on Wednesday, in its draft EU budget proposal for 2020, said Frontex, the EU's border and coast agency, should get €420.6m. That sum is a 34.6 percent increase compared to 2019. The money is slated to help set up a standing corps of 10,000 border guards by 2027.
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North Macedonia en course to join NATO, awaits decision on EU bid

Euractiv.com - Wed, 05/06/2019 - 12:25
While NATO accession is just within reach for North Macedonia, its bid to join the EU still hangs in the balance and will be discussed by member states later this month. A thumbs-down from the EU could easily topple the...
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Google faces privacy complaints in European countries

Euractiv.com - Wed, 05/06/2019 - 12:24
Google’s privacy woes are set to increase after campaigners on Tuesday (4 June) filed complaints to data protection regulators in France, Germany and seven other EU countries over the way it deals with data in online advertising.
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MEPs should not approve a Commission President lacking a sustainability agenda [Promoted content]

Euractiv.com - Wed, 05/06/2019 - 12:00
The European Parliament must only accept a Commission President with a strong agenda on climate, environment and sustainability, writes Ester Asin.
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Over a Coffee with Daniel Costello, Canadian Ambassador to the EU

Euractiv.com - Wed, 05/06/2019 - 10:53
Daniel Costello, Canadian Ambassador to the EU joins EURACTIV's Brian Maguire to talk over a coffee about the relationship between the the EU and Canada, where it is today and what it could look like in the future.
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[Ticker] Merkel attacks EU competition laws

Euobserver.com - Wed, 05/06/2019 - 09:48
German chancellor Angela Merkel has repeated criticism of EU anti-trust law, saying that to block the emergence of European champions would pave the way for Chinese domination. The EU ought to change the rules "to be truly competitive" she said in Berlin on Tuesday, after the European Commission blocked a German-French railway merger. Claims China would not use the opportunity to sell more trains in Europe were "rash", Merkel added.
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[Ticker] Facebook ought to roll out EU rulings, court adviser says

Euobserver.com - Wed, 05/06/2019 - 09:47
An EU court jurist, Maciej Szpunar, has advised the court to force Facebook to remove offensive content from its pages worldwide, if they are banned by national authorities in a European member state. "This opinion undermines the long-standing principle that one country should not have the right to limit free expression in other countries," Facebook said Tuesday, in an ongoing case brought by an Austrian Green politician.
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[Ticker] Farage could face EU fine over undeclared money

Euobserver.com - Wed, 05/06/2019 - 09:44
British Brexit Party MEP Nigel Farage could face European Parliament (EP) sanctions, including fines, after refusing to attend a special hearing on alleged financial irregularities on Wednesday. The EP called him in after media reports he had received hundreds of thousands of pounds from British pro-Brexit businessman Arron Banks but had failed to declare it in his EP disclosure. "What is this but an EU kangaroo court?" Farage said.
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[Ticker] Juncker tells Trump 'son-in-law' to respect Palestine

Euobserver.com - Wed, 05/06/2019 - 09:34
European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker told White House official Jared Kushner in Brussels on Tuesday that any new US peace plan for the Middle East ought to respect the "legitimate aspirations" of both Israelis and Palestinians. Juncker also referred to Kushner as US president Donald Trump's "son-in-law" in a dig at his lack of political experience and Trump's nepotism. Trump last year unilaterally recognised Israel's capital as Jerusalem.
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[Ticker] Italy's League party fuels concern on euro exit

Euobserver.com - Wed, 05/06/2019 - 09:29
Senior financial advisors to Italy's ruling far-right League party, Claudio Borghi and Alberto Bagnai, have championed the idea of creating a de facto parallel currency to the euro in order to pay down government debt. The new financial instruments would be called "mini-bills of treasury" or "BOTs", the Financial Times newspaper reported. The idea has fuelled concern the League might return to previous policies of exiting the single currency.
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Denmark set to complete social democrat sweep of Nordics

Euobserver.com - Wed, 05/06/2019 - 09:29
The leader of the Danish Social Democrats, Mette Frederiksen, is poised to win national elections on Wednesday and complete a shift of power in all the three Nordic EU countries to having social democrat leaders.
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[Ticker] Ukraine's new president pledges EU and Nato allegiance

Euobserver.com - Wed, 05/06/2019 - 09:28
Ukraine's new president and former TV comic Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on his first visit to Brussels on Tuesday that he would keep Ukraine "on its strategic course ... to achieve fully-fledged membership in the EU and Nato." He also said he was "ready to negotiate with Russia" to end Russian aggression in east Ukraine. He spoke amid concern that his political inexperience could see him manipulated by Moscow.
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[Ticker] French banker says euro should battle dollar on world stage

Euobserver.com - Wed, 05/06/2019 - 09:26
French central bank chief, Francois Villeroy de Galhau, said in Paris Tuesday the EU ought to promote the euro as an alternative to US and Chinese currencies in international transactions to help "protect our businesses against foreign exchange risks or legal disputes abroad". The French banker, who is running to be the next European Central Bank chief, said dollar-dominance was "a clear advantage in the exercise of American power".
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