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22/01/2017

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

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Global Europe 20-01-2017

World Economic Forum: full coverage from Davos

Between 17 and 20 January, the Swiss mountains will be abuzz as the World Economic Forum once again descends on Davos. After a hugely tumultuous year, follow EurActiv.com’s coverage of the meeting.
Trade & Society 20-01-2017

Davos: Industry and political leaders split over Trump earthquake

On the day of the inauguration of Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States, bearish business leaders gathered in Davos were ready to jump on the bandwagon of the new era, but the political elites remain unimpressed and fear growing populism and protectionism.
20-01-2017

The Brief: A tale of two Donalds

European Council President Donald Tusk addressed MEPs in Strasbourg earlier this week, but what if the speech had been delivered by the other President Donald?
Euro & Finance 20-01-2017

Schäuble says IMF plans to stay in bailout talks, warns Trump to respect deals

International Monetary Fund (IMF) head Christine Lagarde reassured German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble this week that the IMF plans to remain constructively engaged in talks about aid for Greece, a spokesman for Schäuble said earlier today (20 January).
Global Europe 20-01-2017

Ombudsman demands transparency on human rights abuses in EU-Turkey deal

The European Commission needs to report more on possible human rights abuses resulting from its controversial deal with Turkey to send migrants back there from Greece, the EU institution's watchdog has warned.
Elections 20-01-2017

Parliament vice-presidents election goes off without hitch

The halfway point of the European Parliament’s mandate means vice-presidency, qaestor and committee roles all need to be reallocated. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 20-01-2017

ECB unconvinced by inflation increase, monetary policy unchanged

European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi yesterday (19 January) announced the institution’s monetary policy would remain unchanged and asked for more patience as the economic recovery continues. EurActiv Spain reports.
Global Europe 20-01-2017

Putin to visit Hungary on 2 February

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Budapest on February 2 for talks with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, the Hungarian government said yesterday (19 January).
Global Europe 20-01-2017

Soros: 'Would-be-dictator' Trump will fail

Billionaire George Soros yesterday (19 January) delivered a scathing assessment of Donald Trump, calling the US President-elect a "would-be-dictator" who is "going to fail".

Jourová seeks data protection talks with Trump’s people ‘as soon as possible’ 

Data protection agreements are an important part of EU-US relations, and the Privacy Shield pact and Umbrella Agreement will continue under Donald Trump’s administration, EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová told EurActiv Czech Republic.
Energy 20-01-2017

European power grid operators gear up for digital transformation

The next wave of digital innovation – and disruption – in the electricity sector will rely on artificial intelligence and Blockchain technology, according to the new boss of the European power grid operators association, ENTSO-E, who is drafting an IT roadmap for publication later this year.
Elections 20-01-2017

Hollande has no plans to replace Tusk, aides say

François Hollande does not want to chair the European Council when he steps down as French president in May, aides said yesterday (19 January), denying a report that he hoped to succeed Donald Tusk in overseeing negotiations on Britain's exit from the EU.
Public Affairs 20-01-2017

Students trial ‘positive populism’ in pro-EU messages

A group of students is running a project revolved around positively communicating the EU. Taking on the populists at their own game, the students are creating and spreading simple, cheeky posts and messages on social media, with a pro-European twist. EurActiv.com spoke to one of these 'positive populists'.
Health & Consumers 20-01-2017

Polish pollution akin to smoking 4,000 cigarettes a year

Air pollution made headlines in Poland this week but the issue was not the only thing to worry Poles, as lack of transparency and corruption in government once again reared their heads. EurActiv Poland reports.

Croatia inches closer to Schengen membership

The European Commission on Wednesday (18 January) proposed the gradual integration of Croatia into the Schengen Information System (SIS), bringing the newest EU member state slightly closer to full membership of the EU borderless area.
Health & Consumers 20-01-2017

OECD criticises ‘ineffective spending’ in healthcare

Health spending in countries that belong to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is "at best ineffective and at worst wasteful", a new report has found.
Agriculture & Food 20-01-2017

Organic farmers call for sustainability-driven CAP payments

The EU Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM EU) yesterday (19 January) sent a letter to EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan, calling for a “fundamentally new approach” to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
UK & Europe 19-01-2017

Gibraltar is 'one EU entity' with UK, ECJ says in Brexit gambling blow

Britain and Gibraltar count as one EU state in terms of a key aspect of the single market, a senior EU lawyer said Thursday, in an opinion that could effect the territory's life after Brexit.

MEPs call for EU law requiring minimum wage in every country

MEPs are asking the European Commission to require member states to introduce national minimum wages in a move that will unnerve politicians across Europe, business lobby groups and even some trade unions.
19-01-2017

The Brief: EPP should relish revenge on rivals

Let us all take a moment, come together, and fervently pray that reports of the death of the Grand Coalition have not been exaggerated.
Health & Consumers 19-01-2017

Germany votes to ease access to medical marijuana

The German Bundestag today (19 January) unanimously passed legislation granting seriously ill patients easier access to medical marijuana. EurActiv Germany reports.
Energy 19-01-2017

Croatia seeks to buy back its oil group from Hungarian investor

Croatia has stepped up plans to take full control of oil group INA by setting up a special group today (19 January) to prepare a proposal for a buyout of Hungarian energy company MOL's 49% stake.
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.