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25/08/2016

Granting China MES will be ‘catastrophic’, aluminium industry warns

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Euro & Finance 24-08-2016

Commission defends Greek debt data after statistics scandal

The European Commission has defended the reliability of Greek statistics on the country’s debt, and called on Athens to counter “misleading media reports” that the data was falsified.
Med & South 24-08-2016

EU provides Italy with satellite maps of earthquake damage

The EU has pledged to provide whatever help Rome requests in the wake of an overnight earthquake in central Italy which has so far claimed at least 38 lives.
Development Policy 23-08-2016

Brexit casts doubt over Uganda development project on lung disease

The UK's vote to leave the European Union has come at a crucial moment in the development of an international medical project that throws into sharp relief the state of flux Brexit has cast over collaborative research, says Jack Barton.
Global Europe 22-08-2016

New geopolitical crises demand a more dynamic EU neighbourhood policy

As divisions in Europe are hardening under the pressure of the biggest flow of refugees since WWII, experts are making the case to adjust the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), so that it’s ready to adapt and make the bloc resilient to rapid geopolitical changes.
UK & Europe 22-08-2016

Live: Towards the post-Brexit relationship

Theresa May took over at 10 Downing Street in July. She has set up a new government department, to be headed by veteran Conservative MP and Leave campaigner David Davis, to take responsibility for Brexit. Former defence secretary, Liam Fox, who also campaigned to leave the EU, has been given the job of international trade minister and Boris Johnson, who led the Leave campaign, is foreign secretary. Follow EurActiv's live coverage as the new UK government begins to deal with the country's exit from the EU.
Global Europe 22-08-2016

Lamy: Declustering policies will alleviate tensions with the EU’s neighbours

Changing geopolitics in Europe’s neighbourhood, to the east and in the south, call for a further declustering of a number of policies, going beyond bilateral trade agreements and security measures, Pascal Lamy, former Commissioner and WTO chief told EurActiv.com.
UK & Europe 22-08-2016

‘Forget Commonwealth, target US & China’, economist warns Brexit trade team

Theresa May’s new Brexit team of trade ministers should ignore the former Commonwealth and concentrate on the US and China, according to a new report from a former Bank of England economist.
Future EU 19-08-2016

Tusk on tour to prepare Future of EU summit

European Council President Donald Tusk met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel over dinner in Berlin yesterday (18 August). This is a first step in a series of trips to EU countries in preparation for the 16 September Bratislava informal summit on the future of the EU, following Brexit.
Development Policy 19-08-2016

UK aid minister promises to keep 0.7% target post-Brexit

The UK’s new aid minister has promised to keep the country’s aid target of 0.7% of GDP, despite herself once campaigning for the Department for International Development (DfID) to be shut down.
Elections 18-08-2016

Bulgarian Socialists nominate air force chief to run for president

Bulgaria's opposition Socialists nominated the former air force chief as their candidate in the presidential election (17 August), at a time of rising tensions between the country's Western allies, and neighbours Turkey and Russia.
Global Europe 18-08-2016

US moves nuclear weapons from Turkey to Romania

EXCLUSIVE/ Two independent sources told EurActiv.com that the US has started transferring nuclear weapons stationed in Turkey to Romania, against the background of worsening relations between Washington and Ankara .
EU Priorities 2020 18-08-2016

European divisions ‘hardening’, warns German think tank

The refugee crisis and social hardship resulting from the eurozone crisis are putting the European project under unprecedented strain, with populism gaining ground in many EU countries – from Hungary, Poland, and France to the UK and Germany, warns the Bertelsmann Foundation, an eminent German think tank.

European NGO chief: To fight fear and populism, start with social programmes

Ambitious social programmes, which benefit everybody, undermine populism and combat fears, said Conny Reuter, the Secretary General of SOLIDAR in an interview with EurActiv.com.
Global Europe 17-08-2016

Bulgarians outraged by deportation of Gülen supporter to Turkey

Bulgarian NGOs, columnists and a junior coalition partner in Boyko Borissov’s government have all expressed outrage at the news of the extradition to Turkey of an alleged supporter of Fetullah Gülen, the US-exiled cleric accused by Ankara of masterminding the 15 July coup.
Enlargement 16-08-2016

Biden hails gold medal for a country Serbia says doesn’t exist

US Vice-President Joe Biden has chosen this week to come to what is still Europe’s great unfinished business – the West Balkans. Can Biden knock any sense into his Serb hosts? Unlikely, says Denis MacShane.
Elections 12-08-2016

Survey: Juncker likely to stay in office until 2019

The presidents of all three European institutions are predicted to keep their positions until their terms end in 2019, according to a new survey.
Health & Consumers 12-08-2016

Report: ‘Drunkorexia’ among young people raises concerns in the UK

A new report has found that 43% of British men and 35% of British women between the ages of 18-24 ditch meals in favour of binge drinking, a phenomenon known as “drunkorexia”.

Telecoms operators will face new rules on competition with rivals

Telecoms companies will face new rules on how they can access internet networks under a change to EU law that could stoke tensions between large, former monopolies and smaller operators.
Competition 12-08-2016

EU regulators to investigate Dow, DuPont on $130bn merger

EU antitrust regulators have opened a full investigation into Dow Chemical and DuPont's proposed $130 billion merger, saying the deal may reduce competition in crop protection, seeds and some petrochemicals. The European Commission said the deal, which would create the world's largest integrated crop protection and seeds company, may also hurt innovation. "The livelihood of farmers depends on access …

German interior minister rejects burqa ban in beefed up security strategy

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière will not support a ban of full body veils for women as part of a multi-pronged security strategy that he presented today (11 August) in Berlin.

Greece considers migration 'emergency plan'

Athens is making “immediate and short-term” plans to cope with a possible increase of refugee flows, Greek media reported.

Study: Inadequate and poor housing costs EU €194 billion per year

Poor housing is costing EU economies €194bn every year in healthcare, social services and lost productivity, research has found.
Euro & Finance 10-08-2016

Criminal case against Greek statistics chief raises eyebrows in Brussels

A European Commission spokesperson told EurActiv.com that the executive is closely monitoring a criminal case against Greece’s former head of statistical services.
Trade & Society 10-08-2016

Granting China MES will be ‘catastrophic’, aluminium industry warns

If the European Commission grants China Market Economy Status (MES) the consequences for the EU aluminium sector will be enormous, an industry group has said.