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08/12/2016

Court of Auditors unable to say how EU money was spent in Ukraine


07-12-2016

The Brief: Merkel plays hardball to win over right-wingers

Angela Merkel has admitted that the election year ahead of her is going to be the toughest one she's ever faced. That says a lot; it'll be her fourth run at the chancellery.
07-12-2016

Cartoon: Luxembourg up to its old tricks

News emerged this week that Luxembourg had continued to offer special tax rulings to multinationals even after the LuxLeaks scandal, signing a further 172 deals by the end of 2015. Here is Berco's take.
07-12-2016

Commission fines banks €485 million for derivatives cartel

The European Commission fined JP Morgan (€337 million), Crédit Agricole (€114 million) and HSBC (€33 million) on Wednesday (7 December) for participating in a cartel in euro interest rate derivatives initially unveiled in December 2013.
Agriculture & Food 07-12-2016

The EU adopts a global fishing authorisation system

Almost 60% of fish resources are at the limit of sustainability. The global fishing fleet is far too large to ensure sustainable fishing and the overall picture is alarming around the world, writes Linnéa Engström.
Health & Consumers 07-12-2016

Eurostat: One quarter of EU citizens are smokers

One in four Spaniards over 15 years old (25.3%) is a tobacco smoker. This is slightly higher than the EU average of 24%, according to Eurostat. EurActiv Spain reports.
UK & Europe 07-12-2016

Verhofstadt will step down as Brexit boss if he wins European Parliament presidency

Guy Verhofstadt will decide whether to run for European Parliament president next week, he confirmed today (7 December), a choice which could lead to him stepping down as the institution’s chief Brexit negotiator.
Elections 07-12-2016

Cazeneuve steps up to ‘protect’ France

France's former Minister for the Interior Bernard Cazeneuve has taken over from Manuel Valls as head of the government, which he will lead for the last five months of François Hollande’s mandate. EurActiv’s partner Ouest-France reports.
UK & Europe 07-12-2016

British lord says Brexit 'stupidity' should not block child refugees

A member of Britain's House of Lords rescued from the Nazis when he was six years old, told AFP the anti-immigrant sentiment behind Brexit should not prevent child migrants being welcomed to Britain.


Malta looks to guide Europe on social issues in upcoming EU presidency

Slovakia’s time at the helm of the EU rotating presidency has not been completely smooth sailing and its successor, Malta, will hope to guide the bloc’s agenda controversy-free. Recent successes in social issues point towards a presidency quite different from the last.
Europe's East 07-12-2016

Rasmussen: Ukraine 'betrayed' by EU over visa deal

Ukraine feels let down by the European Union for not keeping to a promise to give its citizens visa-free travel in the bloc, senior Ukrainian officials said.
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Health & Consumers 07-12-2016

Leftist MEP: EU Accessibility Act is an 'ideal chance'

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Accessibility Act for people with disabilities opens a "huge horizon" and new innovation fields for everybody, but its scope should be widened to more products and services, MEP Konstantina Kuneva said in an interview with EurActiv.com.
Digital 07-12-2016

Microsoft wins EU approval for LinkedIn buyout

Microsoft won EU antitrust approval on Tuesday (6 December) for its $26 billion (€24.2bn) bid for professional social network LinkedIn, its largest ever acquisition, after agreeing to a series of modest concessions.
Global Europe 07-12-2016

Commission questioned on possibility of Mogherini becoming Italian PM

Commission chief spokesperson Margaritis Schinas took a question yesterday (6 December) on the consequences of the possible appointment of Mogherini as Prime Minister of Italy, following the resignation of Matteo Renzi.
Global Europe 07-12-2016

Greek court says three Turkish soldiers can be extradited

A Greek court ruled yesterday (6 December) that three Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece after a failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in July could be extradited, court officials said.
Trade & Society 07-12-2016

Commission says ‘stop free circulation of Kalashnikovs’

Talks on an EU-wide ban on some of the most lethal semi-automatic assault weapons, including the Kalashnikov prized by militants the world over, broke down yesterday (6 December) amid disputes over definitions of firearm types.
Europe's East 07-12-2016

Court of Auditors unable to say how EU money was spent in Ukraine

The EU has disbursed billions of euros to Ukraine, largely for budget support, but the European Court of Auditors (ECA) admitted yesterday (6 December) it was unable to say how the money was spent.