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03/05/2016

Chief TTIP negotiator: Greenpeace statements ‘wrong’


Global Europe 03-05-2016

Press freedom: Never take it for granted

Today (3 May), we celebrate World Press Freedom Day.  Just one week ago here in Portugal we celebrated the “25th of April”, marking the end of dictatorship and the 1974 revolution, before which we had more than 40 years of censorship, writes Francisco Pinto Balsemão.
Trade & Society 03-05-2016

France claims TTIP talks likely to stop

Negotiations on the planned TTIP agreement between the US and the EU are likely to grind to a halt because of Washington's reluctance to make concessions, a top French trade official warned today (3 May).
UK & Europe 03-05-2016

Poll: UK voters fear Scottish independence more than leaving EU

Britons are more worried about the prospect of Scotland gaining independence than of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, a poll published today (3 May) found.
UK & Europe 03-05-2016

Live: Countdown to Brexit referendum

Britain will vote on its membership of the European Union on 23 June. Follow EurActiv's live feed for the latest developments.
Global Europe 03-05-2016

Nearly 90,000 unaccompanied minors sought asylum in EU in 2015

Some 88,300 unaccompanied minors sought asylum in the European Union in 2015, 13% of them children younger than 14, crossing continents without their parents to seek a place of safety, EU data showed on Monday (2 May).
Europe's East 03-05-2016

EU urges Ukraine to investigate 2014 Odessa deaths

Ukraine's tense Odessa marked yesterday (2 May) two years since clashes killed 48 anti-Maidan protesters during a confrontation with pro-Ukrainian unity protesters at the Trade Unions House in central Odessa. The EU urged Kyiv to investigate the tragedy.
UK & Europe 03-05-2016

Brexit would put £250 billion in trade at risk, 'In' campaign says

A British vote to leave the European Union could put £250 billion (€318 billion) of trade at risk, both with EU member states, and with the more than 50 countries that have free-trade agreements with the bloc, campaigners to remain said yesterday (2 May).
Elections 03-05-2016

Catalonia leader plans 'charm offensive' after Brexit referendum

Catalonia President Carles Puigdemont found the EU institutions’ doors closed in his first official visit to Belgium in early May, but he said that he would embark on a charm offensive after the in-or-out referendum in the United Kingdom next June.


Global Europe 03-05-2016

NATO weighs stationing four battalions in member states bordering Russia

NATO is weighing rotating four battalions of troops through Eastern European member states, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said yesterday (2 May), in the latest proposal by allies to guard against aggressive behavior by Russia.
Digital 03-05-2016

Oettinger faces major test on German telecoms rules

Günther Oettinger is embroiled in a heated political fight that could result in a showdown with politicians in his home country next week over a major telecoms regulation.

Trade body: Don't lump 'new plant breeding techniques' in with GMOs

If new plant breeding techniques fall under GMO legislation, SMEs in Europe will be severely hit, Dr Teresa Babuscio said in an interview with EurActiv.com
Trade & Society 03-05-2016

US ‘not particularly concerned’ by TTIP leaks

The United States denounced yesterday (2 May) interpretations of leaked documents on its free-trade negotiations with the European Union, insisting the proposed trade pact would not weaken health and environmental standards.

The ultimate disruptor is Mother Nature

The Paris Agreement to tackle global warming is bigger than most realise and may be the signal that the marketplace was waiting for to unleash investment in clean technologies, writes Alice Garton.
Trade & Society 03-05-2016

Canada to compensate dairy farmers for Europe trade deal

The Canadian government said on Monday (2 May) it would compensate the country's dairy farmers for increased European imports allowed under a pending free trade deal.
Trade & Society 02-05-2016

Health and consumer groups say TTIP leak confirms fears

The leaked documents of current US positions in the ongoing transatlantic trade talks have made health and consumer rights organisations wary that EU legislation could still be watered down under the agreement.
Trade & Society 02-05-2016

Chief TTIP negotiator: Greenpeace statements 'wrong'

The EU's chief TTIP negotiator Ignacio Garcia Bercero said on Monday that Greenpeace’s leaked text about EU-US negotiations on a transatlantic trade deal “is not a reflection of the outcome of the negotiation.”