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21/01/2017

Eurozone manufacturing: Fresh data shows steady recovery

Location: Italy


Digital 20-01-2017

Il Sole 24 Ore: EU must do something about 'crisis of information'

Il Sole 24 Ore Deputy Editor-in-Chief Fabio Carducci believes that commercial and editorial teams should collaborate more and shared his views on journalistic standards and on re-launching the EU.
Energy 19-01-2017

Commission insists Greece must privatise 66% of DESFA gas grid

Europe's top energy official said today (19 January) that Greek authorities should privatise a majority stake in Greek gas grid operator DESFA, after a deal collapsed last year.
Euro & Finance 19-01-2017

Rutte and Schulz take the gloves off in front of Davos elite

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and former European Parliament President Martin Schulz clashed over the strategy to relaunch the Union, illustrating the deep division at Europe’s helm in front of the global audience of the World Economic Forum.

Luxembourg foreign minister tells EU to take refugee obligations seriously

The European Union cannot ignore the images of freezing refugees and must implement its redistribution programme, according to Luxembourg's foreign minister. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Euro & Finance 17-01-2017

Mixed bag of results for member state budgets from Commission

The European Commission said today (17 January) that Spain's budget for this year is "broadly" in line with EU targets and Portugal claimed that it met its 2016 goals. However, there were less positive signs from Italy and Lithuania.
Euro & Finance 13-01-2017

ECB takes flak from Berlusconi and Schäuble

The European Central Bank faced a multi-pronged assault today (13 January) as former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berluscon was revealed to have filed a case against the bank and Germany’s finance minister told it how to do its job.
Transport 13-01-2017

EU expects answers from Italy over alleged Fiat emissions cheating

The European Commission yesterday (12 January) called on Italy to provide proof against Germany's allegation that Fiat Chrysler used illegal exhaust emissions defeat devices, stepping up pressure on the group amid accusations against it in the US.
Future EU 12-01-2017

Grillo blocks further 5 Star defections

After the failure of Beppe Grillo's rapprochement with the Liberals in Brussels, one 5 Star MEP has joined the Greens and another the extreme-right ENL group. But others defectors been discouraged by Grillo’s harsh retaliation measures. EurActiv France reports.
Future EU 11-01-2017

Greens take in first 5 Star defector

The European Parliament’s Green group today (11 January) formally accepted its first defector from the 5 Star Movement, EFE learned. MEP Marco Affronte left the Eurosceptic EFDD group following his party’s rejection by liberal ALDE MEPs this week. EurActiv Spain reports.
Security 11-01-2017

German ministers agree on tougher rules for migrants posing security risk

Germany's interior and justice ministers, representing the two blocs in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition, agreed on Tuesday (10 January) on tougher measures for asylum seekers whose documents are not in order or who are deemed to pose a security threat.
Energy 11-01-2017

As Russia's gas market gets weaker, Europe gets stronger

The Southern Gas Corridor, pipeline interconnectors and LNG terminals, particularly in the northeast, have slowly but steadily been weakening Russia's pipeline hegemony, writes Agnia Grigas.
Global Europe 10-01-2017

Italy fears terrorist attack by Albanian ISIS fighters

Rome is bracing itself for terrorist attacks by Albanian ISIS recruits based in Italy, La Repubblica reported last week (7 January).
09-01-2017

European Parliament presidential race descends into farce

Between improbable alliances and unpopular candidates, the election of the European Parliament’s next president is becoming something of a farce, with Italy in the leading role. EurActiv France reports.
Future EU 09-01-2017

5 Star Movement's vote to join ALDE could cost UKIP millions in EU cash

Beppe Grillo’s Eurosceptic 5 Star Movement today (9 January) voted overwhelmingly to join Guy Verhofstadt’s ALDE Liberal group in the European Parliament in a move that could cost UKIP millions or euros.
Elections 09-01-2017

Italy's 5 Star divorces UKIP, begins relationship with ALDE

Italy's maverick 5 Star Movement should cut ties with the anti-European Union UK Independence Party (UKIP) and consider hooking up with the Liberals in the European Parliament, 5 Star founder Beppe Grillo said yesterday (8 January).
Global Europe 06-01-2017

Frontex: Arrivals of refugees to EU by sea two-thirds lower in 2016

The number of asylum seekers reaching the European Union by sea fell by two-thirds in 2016 due to a migration deal with Turkey but arrivals in Italy from North Africa hit an all-time high, the EU said on Friday (6 January).

Italy aims to combat radicalisation in jails, deport more illegal migrants

Italy's government said yesterday (5 January) it would try harder to combat Islamist radicalisation in its prisons and on the internet as it defended plans to build more detention centres for migrants who have no right to stay in the country.
Health & Consumers 05-01-2017

Study denounces 'false belief' in antibiotics

An unprecedented study carried out by a multinational team shows that antibiotic use among Spanish children is verging on excessive, as they are given twice what their German and American equivalents are. EurActiv Spain reports.
Transport 05-01-2017

Belgium prepares to present passenger data plans to rest of EU

In response to a number of terror attacks, Belgium wants greater control over who travels on its trains, buses and boats and will present its plans at the next meeting of EU interior ministers at the end of January. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Italy says same gun used in hijack of Berlin market truck, Milan shootout

A gun fired at Milan police by the man suspected of attacking a Christmas market in Berlin last month was the same one used to kill the driver of the truck that ploughed into revellers in the German capital, Italian police said on Wednesday (4 January).
Public Affairs 04-01-2017

Does corruption threaten Europe?

Current debate rarely attributes the rise of populism in European politics to the perceived prevalence of corruption. Yet public opinion often shows that citizens believe their representatives to be corrupt, write Laurence Cockcroft and Anne-Christine Wegener.

Protesting migrants took staff as hostages in Italian reception centre

Migrants, visibly of African sub-Saharan origin, barricaded staff inside a reception centre in northern Italy in a protest over living conditions there after the death of a young woman.
Euro & Finance 04-01-2017

Spain's banks recover but toxic assets remain

Hit by a severe crisis several years ago, Spain's banking sector has recovered, but at a cost, as thousands are laid off and it struggles to get rid of toxic assets.
Euro & Finance 03-01-2017

Eurozone manufacturing: Fresh data shows steady recovery

The year's first economic numbers show encouraging signs that the eurozone’s economic recovery is steady and moving in the right direction, despite gloomy predictions.