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European Parliament tries to tackle human rights abuses abroad

Global Europe 28-10-2016

Russia denies role in bloody strike on Syrian school

Russia on Thursday (27 October) denied any involvement in deadly air strikes on a Syrian school and rejected a UN-led investigation showing its ally Damascus had carried out chemical attacks, as Moscow's relations with the West took another hit.

Deal struck for world's biggest marine reserve in Antarctica

The world's largest marine reserve aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica will be created after a "momentous" agreement was finally reached Friday, with Russia dropping its long-held opposition.
Global Europe 28-10-2016

Pro-EU, pro-Russia candidates go head-to-head in Moldova vote

Moldova will go to the ballots on Sunday (30 October) for a presidential election viewed as a tug-of-war between supporters of European integration and advocates of closer relations with the ex-Soviet country's former master Moscow.

Knowledge is capital for Europe’s future

Europe’s strength is its skilled workforce and professional expertise. To ensure its future as a major economy, Europe needs to combine entrepreneurship with an increased focus on knowledge capital, write Nima Sanandaji and Per Strömbäck.

Gender pay gap will close, study finds, but not for 170 years

According to the World Economic Forum's annual report on gender equality, Iceland is the most equal country for the eighth time in a row. But the situation is deteriorating. EurActiv's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Development Policy 28-10-2016

Parliament votes to boost EU spending on development

MEPs on Wednesday (26 October) approved a €500 million increase to EU spending to cover the costs of the refugee and migration crisis without cutting development aid.
UK & Europe 28-10-2016

Could UK choose a 'Ukrainian model' after Brexit?

British confusion has given rise to hopes and fears that Brexit may not actually mean Brexit. Andrew Duff makes the case for an association agreement when the UK leaves.
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Agriculture & Food 28-10-2016

Diplomat: Changing eating habits in new markets favour EU exports

SPECIAL REPORT / A rising middle class in emerging markets, focused on food quality, bodes well for EU agri-exports, said Marc Vanheukelen, the European Union's ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO). reports from Athens.

Trade & Society 28-10-2016

The EU must learn from CETA shambles

After Wallonia finally agreed to not block CETA, Greenpeace’s Jorgo Riss argues that to start rebuilding its credibility, the EU must stop CETA because the deal cements the supremacy of trade above social, health and environmental concerns.

Survey: EU citizens want equal rights for foreign residents

Despite the rise of populism in Europe, most EU citizens broadly reject the idea of national preference for employment, according to a survey carried out in five European countries. EurActiv France reports.
UK & Europe 27-10-2016

Racism in the UK

Fascism is once again on the increase throughout Europe. Anti-racism must be at the core of a fully inclusive socialism for the twenty-first century, argues Mike Cole.

The Brief: Women are better drivers than men, confirms Commission

Who are the best drivers? Men or women? Fortunately, thanks to the European Commission, we can set this controversy to rest, once and for all.
Transport 27-10-2016

Commission: Women drivers are better than men

Women drivers are safer on roads and could help to fix Europe's bad record on vehicle-related deaths, EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc told reporters today (26 October).
Global Europe 27-10-2016

Yazidi women win Parliament's Sakharov prize

Yazidi activists Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar, victims of sexual slavery carried out by Islamic State, have won the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize. EurActiv Spain reports.
UK & Europe 27-10-2016

UK economy escapes short-term Brexit hit, gets Nissan boost

Britain's economy slowed only slightly in the three months after the Brexit vote and carmaker Nissan said it would build more cars in the country, tempering fears about the immediate economic impact of the decision to leave the European Union.
Global Europe 27-10-2016

European Parliament tries to tackle human rights abuses abroad

The European Parliament has called for companies that violate human rights to be prosecuted in the future and for products to carry an "abuse free" label. But the vagueness of its proposal has already left plenty of loopholes open. EurActiv Germany reports.