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Elections 20-11-2017

Tusk says Poland’s policy resembles ‘Kremlin’s plan’

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Sunday (19 November) he was alarmed by the similarity of policies pursued by Poland's right-wing government to what he described as the "Kremlin's plan".

Economy & Jobs 15-11-2017

European Parliament toughens law to limit cheap Chinese imports

The European Parliament overwhelmingly passed a law on Wednesday (15 November) that gives the EU far more legal freedom to tighten trade barriers against cheap imports from China.

Global Europe 15-11-2017

On Rome visit, Borissov lashes out at ‘passive’ EU diplomacy

In a visit to Rome yesterday (14 November) Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov praised his host Paolo Gentiloni for stopping refugees from Libya, and lashed out at EU’s diplomacy, which is led by another Italian, Federica Mogherini.

Climate change 14-11-2017

Cities take up climate baton at COP23, make ambitious emission pledges

Mayors from 25 cities around the world, representing 150 million citizens, pledged on Sunday (12 November) to cut their carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, while boosting efforts to become more resilient to extreme weather and other pressures linked to climate change.

Defence policy 13-11-2017

EU takes step towards closer defence cooperation

The EU took a major step towards building closer defence ties on Monday (13 November), with 23 member states signing a landmark agreement, promoted by France and Germany, to fund and boost cooperation following Britain’s decision to leave the bloc.

Climate change 09-11-2017

Bloomberg pledges $50m to help Europe bin coal

US billionaire media mogul Michael Bloomberg has promised $50m to the international effort to scrap coal power, following a similar domestic campaign that has seen 50% of American coal plants close since 2011.

Defence policy 09-11-2017

EU to sign joint defence pact in show of post-Brexit unity

At least 20 members of the European Union will next week sign up to a new defence pact, heavily promoted by France and Germany, to fund and develop joint military hardware in a show of unity following Britain's decision to quit the bloc.

Global Europe 09-11-2017

Experts slam Mogherini for failing to counter hybrid threat from Russia

Sixty-five European security experts and parliamentarians from 21 countries have signed a declaration explicitly naming EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini for not doing what she should do to name Russia “as the main source of hostile disinformation” and for not taking adequate counter-measures.

Defence policy 09-11-2017

Borissov asks Juncker who are EU’s enemies, gets compliments instead

EURACTIV asked Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker what are the geopolitical risks for the upcoming Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU. Borissov said he had asked the same question to Juncker, but apparently obtained no answer.

Development Policy 08-11-2017

NGOs decry France’s shortcomings in education aid

Around 264 million children worldwide don’t go to school. The Education Coalition in France denounces the country's lack of education focus on development aid programs. EURACTIV France reports.

Global Europe 08-11-2017

Russia and Mozambique agree big debt-for-development swap

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced on Wednesday (8 November) the biggest debt-for-development swap in its history, involving Russia and Mozambique.

Global Europe 08-11-2017

In USA, Mogherini warns of ‘dangerous’ Middle East escalation

Europe's top diplomat Federica Mogherini warned Tuesday that the mounting tension between Saudi Arabia, Iran and their respective allies and proxies is "extremely dangerous."

Climate change 06-11-2017

Why the COP23 climate change summit in Bonn matters

As the UN's climate conference kicks off in Bonn on Monday (6 November), EURACTIV's partner The Guardian looks at what issues will be discussed in Germany and what we can expect from the high-level conference.

Central Asia 31-10-2017

Kazakhstan minister: Our international mediation capacity is growing

Kazakhstan is ready to continue its role as a facilitator of international dialogue and mediation, Yerzhan Ashikbayev, Kazakhstan’s deputy foreign minister, said as he briefed reporters in Astana on Tuesday (31 October) and answered many questions about the ongoing Syria talks, North Korea and eastern Ukraine.

Global Europe 27-10-2017

Twitter bans ads from two Russian media, cites election meddling

Twitter Inc yesterday (26 October) accused Russian media outlets Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik of interfering in the 2016 US election and banned them from buying ads on its network, after criticism the social network had not done enough to deter international meddling.

Economy & Jobs 26-10-2017

Serbia’s EU bid leader insists Belgrade is not ‘sitting on two chairs’

A comment by a senior United States official that countries aiming for EU membership should not 'play both sides' - a clear reference to Belgrade's relations with Moscow - has rekindled the debate in Serbia about whether the policy of having a foot in both camps is sustainable in the long term. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

Global Europe 25-10-2017

UK lawmaker asks Zuckerberg about Russia-linked Brexit activity

A British parliamentary committee investigating "fake news" and suspected foreign interference in politics said on Tuesday (24 October) it has asked Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg for details on Russian-linked ads used during the Brexit vote and June's general election.

Africa 24-10-2017

Pentagon looks at stepped-up Africa role to counter Islamic State

The United States is considering a stepped-up military presence in Africa to pursue Islamic State group jihadists looking for new havens after the fall of their "caliphate," American officials say.

Freedom of thought 24-10-2017

Nations pledge $345 million to Rohingya response

Nations have pledged $345 million (€294 million) to care for Myanmar's Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, an "encouraging" step in the response to the intensifying crisis, the UN said on Monday (23 October).

Brexit 20-10-2017

#EUCO wrapup: EU summit agrees on ‘Leaders agenda’ despite Brexit

EU leaders wound up two-days of high-level talks in Brussels on Friday (20 October). Digital single market, migration, defence, but also Catalonia and Turkey, were discussed on Thursday. On Brexit, the leaders welcomed 'some progress' in the talks, but said it was not enough to move to phase two, postponing that assessment for December.

Global Europe 19-10-2017

Khamenei says Iran will ‘shred’ nuclear deal if US quits it

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said yesterday (18 October) Tehran would stick to its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers as long as the other signatories respected it, but would "shred it" if the United States pulled out, state TV reported.

Defence policy 19-10-2017

Mogherini lashes out at Trump, says EU is the ‘only credible’ global power

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini launched an attack against US President Donald Trump on Wednesday (18 October), without directly naming him, claiming that isolation in foreign policy leads nowhere and that the EU is currently the “only credible and predictable” global power.

Data protection 18-10-2017

EU-US Privacy Shield pact to pass first annual review

A year-old pact underpinning billions of dollars of transatlantic data transfers will get the green light from the European Union today (18 October) after the first review to ensure Washington protects Europeans’ data stored on US servers.

Global Europe 16-10-2017

EU ministers close ranks to support Iran deal

Europe will give fresh backing to the Iran nuclear deal on Monday (16 October) after US President Donald Trump threatened to tear it up in a belligerent speech that alarmed allies across the Atlantic.