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Global Europe 17-10-2017

Tropical storm hits Europe, fuels wildfires in Portugal and Spain, batters Ireland

Tropical storm Ophelia killed at least 36 people in wildfires raging through Portugal and another three in Spain on Sunday and Monday (15 and 16 October). Three people died in Ireland as the storm battered the island’s southern coast, knocking down trees and power lines and whipping up 10-metre waves.

Elections 09-10-2017

EU failure to respond to plight of the Catalans is shameful

In Catalonia, there appears to be a majority in favour of independence at least as great as the majority in the UK which voted for Brexit. The EU cannot continue to close its eyes to what is happening, writes Sir Graham Watson.

Brexit 26-09-2017

‘We are Catalans’: Scots voice referendum solidarity

Sympathy with Catalonia's bid to hold an independence referendum next week is running high in Scotland, where lawmakers are increasingly vocal in condemning Spain's actions and a group of volunteers is heading out to help.

Air Pollution 19-09-2017

Britain to end love affair with coal and cash in on health savings

Britain has announced the phase-out of coal-fired power plants by 2025, ending its 250-year-long love affair with coal, in a move welcomed by health practitioners

Elections 17-08-2017

UK and Germany criticise Trump for failing to oppose neo-Nazis

Of all the EU capitals, London and Berlin have reacted most strongly to Donald Trump’s reluctance to forcefully condemn white supremacists after a woman was killed during a white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville last Saturday (12 August).

Brexit 13-07-2017

Queen Elizabeth welcomes Spanish royals but Gibraltar differences evident

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II sought to sweep differences with Spain aside on Wednesday (12 July) as she hosted a banquet for the country's King Felipe VI, just hours after he called for a deal on the status of Gibraltar.

UK parliament says ‘Sophia’ saves lives, but has not stopped migrant smuggling

The European Union's Mediterranean naval force has failed to stop migrants from making the perilous sea journey to Europe and should not continue operating in its current form, British lawmakers said on Wednesday (12 July).

Brexit 30-06-2017

May narrowly wins confidence vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May narrowly won a confidence vote in parliament on Thursday (29 June), highlighting the weakness of her Conservative Party which lost its majority in a shock general election result earlier this month.

Agrifood 30-06-2017

US journal Science publishes study linking neonicotinoids to bee deaths

Two of the most extensive field studies conducted to date in Europe and Canada have confirmed the hypothesis that neonicotinoid insecticides are harmful to bees and other pollinating species.

Brexit 26-06-2017

Brexit: Can a bitter divorce end up in a good trade partnership?

The European Union and the United Kingdom have less than two years to negotiate a satisfactory deal for their divorce.

Brexit 24-05-2017

UK biotech boasts Europe’s best pipeline as Brexit looms

Britain's biotech sector boasts the strongest new drug pipeline in Europe but industry leaders say it needs continued access to global talent, funding and regulatory clarity to thrive in the future - all of which could be jeopardised by Brexit.

Brexit 17-05-2017

Ireland anticipates 10-fold rise in customs declarations post-Brexit

Ireland anticipates a 10-fold increase in the number of customs declarations made by local companies after Brexit, a senior official at the government agency responsible for customs checks said on Tuesday (16 May).

‘Small’ terrorist threats averted in London, Edinburgh, Berlin

Armed British officers arrested a man carrying knives near Prime Minister Theresa May's office in London yesterday (27 April) on suspicion of preparing an act of terrorism.

Brexit 28-04-2017

EU summit to mull post-Brexit membership for a ‘united Ireland’

EU leaders will discuss whether to back automatic membership for Northern Ireland after Brexit if it ever reunifies with Ireland, sources said yesterday (27 April).

Global Europe 21-04-2017

Argentina puts hope in Brexit for new EU position on the Falklands

The EU could re-evaluate its position on the disputed Falkland Islands after Britain leaves the bloc, Argentina's foreign minister said yesterday (20 April).

Air Pollution 12-04-2017

NGOs urge UK to approve EU anti-pollution rules

Environmental NGOs rallied together, urging the British government to vote in support of new EU industrial pollution rules that could save thousands of lives every year today (12 April).

Europeans in UK fear Brexit

Millions of Europeans living in the United Kingdom are experiencing uncertainty due to its decision to leave the EU. EURACTIV Czech Republic’s partner Aktuálně reports.

Railways 11-04-2017

Freight train begins first journey from UK to China

The first freight train to run from the United Kingdom to China departed yesterday (10 April), carrying goods like vitamins, baby products and pharmaceuticals as Britain seeks to burnish its global trading credentials for when it leaves the European Union.

Energy 10-04-2017

Iceland magma drilling project may revive giant UK power cable link

Scientists will study the possibility of producing geothermal energy from magma for the first time, in a $100 million project in Iceland, which if successful could produce up to 10 times more energy than from a conventional well.

Gibraltar traffic jams as Brexit row heats up

Gibraltar yesterday (5 April) accused Spain of causing long traffic jams with tightened border controls, saying it was "clearly a response" to rising political tensions over the British territory.

Economy & Jobs 21-03-2017

Homelessness and housing exclusion have reached crisis levels in EU

With rising homelessness and housing deprivation across the European Union, now, more than ever, is the time for the Juncker Commission to bridge the disconnect with its most vulnerable citizens, writes Chloé Serme-Morin.

Energy 28-02-2017

Brexit will spur Irish efforts to connect to EU energy market

Brexit will spur Irish efforts to diversify its energy supplies, which are dominated by UK imports, and connect its energy market to continental Europe, Ireland’s energy minister said yesterday (27 February).

Brexit 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.

Brexit 22-02-2017

Brexit minister: London won’t bribe Eastern Europe to get a better deal

Britain's "Brexit" minister responsible for managing its departure from the European Union on Tuesday denied reports his government was planning to pay eastern EU states to support it during negotiations with Brussels.