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Global Europe 27-02-2017

Russian official: Information war part of ‘battle for the consciousness of the masses’

The new propaganda and cyber-warfare division of Russia’s ministry of defence is staffed by 1,000 people and has a budget of €300 million. Special efforts are being made to target the French presidential election. Euractiv France reports.

Elections 27-02-2017

French election turns ugly as political attacks mount

Journalists accused of bias. Judges said to be taking orders from the president. The country in a state of "near civil war".

Central Europe 27-02-2017

Hungary starts construction of second border fence

Hungary has begun building a second line of fence along its southern border with Serbia, a government spokesman said on Monday (27 February), a move likely to exacerbate criticism from some of the country's European Union partners.

Global Europe 27-02-2017

Trans-Europe Express live

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Agrifood 27-02-2017

Brexit churns unease for Britain’s speciality cheese

In the rolling countryside of southwest England, farmer Charles Martell is tending to his rare breed of cattle while two of his dairy workers get to work making Single Gloucester cheese – a British delicacy that is protected under EU law. For now.

Economy & Jobs 27-02-2017

Germany insists on no debt relief, Greece shows how much gold it has

Greece must not be granted a "bail in" that would involve creditors taking a loss on their loans, Germany's deputy finance minister said yesterday (26 February), as Athens announced how much gold it has in reserve.

Competition 27-02-2017

EU set to block stock market mega merger

London Stock Exchange (LSE) said its proposed merger with Deutsche Börse AG was unlikely to be approved by the European Commission, leaving the stock market operators' third attempt at combining on the brink of failure.

Agrifood 27-02-2017

Brexit sows seeds of doubt for British farmers

Dependent on foreign workers and subsidies from Brussels, the United Kingdom's small but important agricultural sector is losing sleep over the possible fallout from Brexit, but hopes a future outside the EU will open up new export opportunities.

Broadband 27-02-2017

EU calls for greater industry involvement in 5G

The European Commission this week will urge EU member states and the private sector to get more involved in the development of the next generation of broadband networks enabling the digital revolution, as the World Mobile Congress opens in Barcelona.

Economy & Jobs 27-02-2017

EU court asked to decide if card game is actual ‘sport’

The European Court of Justice has been asked to rule if the card game bridge is actually a sport, for the purposes of the EU’s VAT Directive.

Thousands form huge EU flag during Bucharest protest

Thousands protested in the Romanian capital Bucharest yesterday (26 February) against the Social Democrat government that tried to weaken a crackdown on corruption earlier this month.

Elections 27-02-2017

Le Pen still has chance of presidential victory

With the polls narrowing and one of her main rivals embroiled in an expenses scandal, far-right leader Marine Le Pen could feasibly become French president in May, senior politicians and commentators say.

Elections 26-02-2017

Macron jumps in French polls as rivals marred by legal woes

Support for France's 39-year-old centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has jumped, a poll showed yesterday (26 February), following a new election alliance and mounting legal problems for his rivals.

Euroscepticism 24-02-2017

Victory for May as Labour suffers historic defeat

Britain's main opposition Labour Party defeated UKIP's leader in a Brexit bastion, but in a second by-election suffered a landmark defeat to Prime Minister Theresa May's governing Conservatives on Friday (24 February).

24-02-2017

The Brief: Right to stay must be first priority of Brexit talks

The status of EU citizens in Britain and British workers in the EU should be resolved as soon as possible.

Elections 24-02-2017

Schulz shuffles the deck of German politics

Former European Parliament President Martin Schulz has resurrected the left-right divide in German politics ahead of the elections in September. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.

Freedom of thought 24-02-2017

Malta minister says politicians must ‘help shape public opinion’ on LGBTI rights

Malta’s minister for civil liberties has kicked off a conference on LGBTI rights across the EU with a call for politicians to swim against the tide by “helping shape public opinion, not to be led by it".

Politics 24-02-2017

Socialists and Democrats and Labour to collaborate on Brexit talks

The Socialists and Democrats (S&D) will cooperate closely with the UK Labour Party in the crucial Brexit negotiations with the aimof protecting the social agenda and opposing Theresa May’s "ultra-hard” strategy.

Competition 24-02-2017

US companies would avoid EU state aid rules with Republican tax proposal

A planned reform of the US tax system designed to attract economic activity and jobs to the country could also put US companies beyond the reach of European state aid rules, an EU official told EURACTIV's media partner PaRR.

Politics 24-02-2017

Austria steps up legal case against Eurofighter

Austria may broaden its legal proceedings against Airbus and the Eurofighter consortium to US and British courts over a dispute involving the purchase of combat aircraft. EURACTIV Germany reports.

24-02-2017

Trans-Europe Express: National Front Multiculturalism

Marine Le Pen in Lebanon? The idea is almost preposterous.

Defence policy 24-02-2017

Trump suddenly likes the EU?

Donald Trump expressed support for the European Union on Thursday (23 February), which is surprising against the background previous remarks.

Elections 24-02-2017

Macedonia’s Social Democrats to form government with Albanian party support

The leader of Macedonia's Social Democrats said yesterday (23 February) he expected to be able to form a new government in March, having found an agreement with the biggest Albanian party over a law backing broader use of their language in the country.

Politics 24-02-2017

Sources: Scottish government considering independence vote next year

The Scottish government is increasingly convinced it can win a new independence referendum and is thinking seriously about calling one next year as Britain exits the European Union, sources close to the Scottish government said on Thursday (23 February).