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Von der Leyen reaches out to left and liberal MEPs

Euobserver.com - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 17:27
European Commission candidate Ursula von der Leyen has pledged a "fresh start" on migration and new powers for the EP in letters seeking socialist and liberal support.
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[Investigation] Farmers among new MEPs deciding on EU farming money

Euobserver.com - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 17:24
Renew Europe MEP Asger Christensen, from Denmark, earns €20,000 per month as a farmer. He became a member of the agriculture committee, which could create a conflict of interest situation.
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The Brief, powered by BP – Ursula’s wheel of fortune

Euractiv.com - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 16:43
When the crunch time comes in Strasbourg tomorrow (16 July), what exactly will be the key factor in deciding Ursula von der Leyen's fate? Other than the fact that voting is secret and each MEP is free to do whatever they want.
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Polish FM: Council was right to kill federalist Spitzenkandidaten

Euractiv.com - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 16:31
In the game of thrones for the EU’s top job, it was right to distance from the federalist goal of choosing Spitzenkandidaten and instead return to the intergovernmental concept of deciding in the European Council, Polish foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz told...
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The case of babies without arms remains a mystery for France

Euractiv.com - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 16:24
On Friday (12 July), French authorities published their first report on children born without arms in rural areas of three specific French departments. Although this congenital disability, termed transverse agenesis of the upper limb, is well described, its causes remain unknown. EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'environnement reports.
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Von der Leyen spells out concessions to groups ahead of crunch vote

Euractiv.com - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 16:05
Putting carbon neutrality into law during first 100 days, a new “Just Transition Fund” or the nomination of two executive vice-presidents are some of the concessions listed by European Commission President nominee Ursula von der Leyen, according to the letters seen by Euractiv.
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Von der Leyen’s nomination is a betrayal of democracy

Euractiv.com - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 15:03
Ursula von der Leyen may be a relatively unknown name in Europe but we Germans are familiar with her work, most recently as the country’s Defence Minister, writes Martin Schirdewan.
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[Ticker] EU states threaten Turkey with 'targeted' blacklists

Euobserver.com - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 14:48
EU institutions will "work on options for targeted measures in light of Turkey's continued drilling activities in the eastern Mediterranean," EU foreign ministers agreed in Brussels on Monday, after Turkey recently began drilling for gas in Cypriot waters, diplomatic sources told EUobserver. The potential blacklists might come on top of other measures, also agreed Monday - to stop high-level EU-Turkey talks, confirm cuts in EU subsidies, and review EU loans.
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EU agriculture chief slams ‘misinformation’ on Mercosur trade deal

Euractiv.com - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 14:20
There's a lot of misinformation and misplaced facts which have distorted the debate about the recently concluded Mercosur trade deal, EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has said.
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German development minister: To protect the Amazon rainforest, greater commitment is needed

Euractiv.com - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 14:19
In an interview with EURACTIV's media partner Deutsche Welle, Germany's Economic Cooperation and Development Minister Gerd Müller spoke about his trip to Brazil and Germany's role in stopping the Amazon rainforest' continued deforestation.
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Will the government of Andrej Babiš survive again?

Euractiv.com - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 14:18
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš survived a no-confidence vote on 27 June, but his coalition government is torn by internal strife and appears to be nearer the end than at any point in its past 12 months in office.
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[Ticker] Iran one year away from nuclear weapon, UK warns EU

Euobserver.com - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 13:56
Iran was "still a good year away from developing a nuclear bomb" and there was "still some closing, but small window to keep the deal alive," British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt said at an EU foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels Monday. France and other EU nations also urged Iran to stop enriching uranium in retaliation against US sanctions. But the Iran non-proliferation deal was "very close" to unravelling, Lithuania said.
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Georgian government dismisses pro-Russia bias claims

Euractiv.com - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 13:38
A leading opposition politician has accused the Georgian government of pro-Russian bias, tacitly condoned by the EU, but representatives of the ruling party, as well as diplomats, insist there is a consensus on big geopolitical matters and the entire country is pro-Western.
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MEP: Green agriculture movement in Germany is growing fast

Euractiv.com - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 13:21
In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, Greens/EFA’s spokesperson in the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and member of the Environment Committee Martin Häusling spoke about the potential influence Germany could have on the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
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OECD calls on members to speed up reforms, focus on innovation

Euractiv.com - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 13:09
In its annual growth report, the OECD painted a gloomy picture: rising inequalities, slowing growth and strong headwinds for the global market economy, notably because of trade wars. EURACTIV Germany summarised the OECD's recommendations for Europe.
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EU co-finances new arch for Chernobyl

Euractiv.com - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 12:27
Reactor 4 of the Ukrainian Chernobyl nuclear power plant has been covered with a new arch and is the largest mobile structure ever built by humans. This time, it has been co-financed by the EU. EURACTIV's media partner Euroefe reports.
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[Ticker] US trade war slows China's economy

Euobserver.com - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 12:18
China's economic growth has slowed down to its lowest level in three decades. After two quarters of a US-China trade war, China's GDP growth fell to 6.2 percent, compared with 6.6 percent in 2018. US manufacturers are shifting production outside China to avoid tariffs as high as 25 percent on $250bn of Chinese import products. China's economic slowdown will affect global economic growth, with repercussions for Europe's economy as well.
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Von der Leyen's EU vote far from sure

Euobserver.com - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 09:28
Unhappy socialist and liberal MEPs could upset German's bid to be next EU commission chief, making an even worse mess in the top jobs system.
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[Ticker] UK, France, Germany call for dialogue with Iran

Euobserver.com - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 09:22
Ahead of the foreign affairs council on Monday 15 July, the foreign ministers of the UK, France, and Germany issued a joint statement calling for dialogue between all parties involved. The three wrote that "the risks are such that it is necessary for all stakeholders to pause, and consider the possible consequences of their actions." The day before, in Baghdad, Federica Mogherini also warned against "dangerous adventures" in the region.
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[Ticker] EU satellite system temporarily offline

Euobserver.com - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 09:21
Services of the EU's satellite navigation system Galileo, offline since Thursday, have been interrupted by "a technical incident related to its ground infrastructure", the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency said Sunday. Its search and rescue service remained operational, the agency added. Galileo is still in its pilot phase, and is due to be fully operational next year. The €10bn project is an alternative to US-owned GPS.
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