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25/05/2016

Commission to publish guidelines on sharing economy next week


Development Policy 24-05-2016

International emergency assistance requires reform

The present demand for emergency assistance is almost unprecedented, and the World Humanitarian Summit is a golden opportunity to push for much-needed systemic reforms, write Jörn Grävingholt and Benjamin Schraven.
Euro & Finance 24-05-2016

Moscovici wants to make EU deficit rules more flexible

Pierre Moscovici, has said he hopes that all the EU’s excessive deficit procedures will be over by 2017. A change in the European deficit rules may be on the horizon. EurActiv France reports.
UK & Europe 24-05-2016

Live: Countdown to Brexit referendum

The United Kingdom will vote on its membership of the European Union on 23 June. As we move within a month of the all-important date, follow EurActiv's live feed for all the latest developments.
Energy 24-05-2016

EU and Algiers look forward to more gas business

Officials from Algeria, the European Union and energy firms meet in Algiers today (24 May) in an attempt to get their energy cooperation back on track and find ways to pump more gas north again after years of dwindling exports.
Development Policy 24-05-2016

Come on, donors, be courageous!

The first World Humanitarian Summit takes place in Istanbul today (23 May) and tomorrow. It should be used as an opportunity by donors to put more trust in the people being granted aid, so the recipients can start determining the course of their own lives, writes Merle Kreibaum.
Enlargement 24-05-2016

Journalists denounce ‘political’ dismissals at Serbian regional broadcaster

A protest rally was held in Novi Sad on 23 May over dismissals at the public Radio Television of Vojvodina, less than two weeks after the ruling Serbian Progressive Party, led by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, came to power in the province. EurActiv Serbia reports.
Europe's East 24-05-2016

Ukraine fatigue is spreading in Europe

The appointment of Yurii Lutsenko as Ukraine’s general prosecutor on 13 May will even further curb enthusiasm for Ukraine in Europe’s capitals. All branches of power in the country are in desperate need of reform, writes Michael Meyer-Resende.
Agriculture & Food 24-05-2016

EU's decision on beef and ethanol 'disrespected' Mercosur countries

The EU’s decision to exclude beef and ethanol from its trade offer to Mercosur countries was “disrespectful” toward Latin America, according to the Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock (CNA).


Development Policy 24-05-2016

Kenya's closure of refugee camp sparks international outrage

Kenya has announced plans to shut down the largest refugee camp in the world and repatriate its occupants to their home countries in a move intended to counter terrorism but which has also been condemned worldwide. EurActiv Germany reports.
Elections 24-05-2016

Austrian right's strong showing suggest further successes to come elsewhere

Nearly half of Austrian voters ended up voting for far-right presidential candidate Norbert Hofer, showing that European right-wing populism's time in the sun is far from over.  EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Europe's East 24-05-2016

Normandy Four leaders discuss OSCE monitoring of eastern Ukraine

The leaders of the Normandy Four countries: Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine, held a telephone conversation early today (24 May) over the issue of improving OSCE monitoring in eastern Ukraine.
Global Europe 24-05-2016

Thailand says no EU decision taken on fishing ban

The EU has not made any decision about whether to ban fish exports from Thailand, the Thai foreign ministry said on Monday (23 May), clarifying comments made by its deputy prime minister that Bangkok had been given more time to end illegal fishing.
Enlargement 24-05-2016

Merkel warns Erdogan his authoritarian drift endangers visa deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan yesterday (23 May) of her "deep concern" over the state of democracy in Turkey and voiced doubt that a plan to offer Turks visa-free travel to the EU would be implemented on time.

Romanian groups push for same-sex marriage ban

Romanian campaigners said Monday (23 May) they had collected three million signatures on a petition to block same-sex unions in the EU member state.
Euro & Finance 24-05-2016

IMF report puts pressure on Greece’s EU creditors

A new IMF report on Greece's financial situation, published hours, before a key meeting in Brussels, said the country needs unconditional debt relief from European Union creditors over the long term to rebuild its financial strength.
Digital 24-05-2016

Commission to publish guidelines on sharing economy next week

The European Commission's highly anticipated views on the sharing economy are expected to pave the way towards a solution to outstanding complaints put forward against the likes of Uber and Airbnb in a number of EU countries.