Energy 15-11-2019

A cost-effective transition: Unlocking the benefits of sector coupling

‘Sector coupling’, the integration of energy end-use and supply sectors, could potentially reduce the costs of decarbonisation and improve energy efficiency, in line with the EU's transformation towards a low-carbon economy as detailed in the 2050 long-term strategy.
Future EU 15-11-2019

The Brief, powered by BP – Incapacity to rule

The replacement hearings for the three rejected European Commissioner-designates were meant to be the beginning of the end of the Brussels job-division saga. However, further delays to the inauguration of Ursula von der Leyen's team may be looming, in what could be taken as a symptom of wider European indecisiveness.
Health 15-11-2019

Progress is too slow in the fight against ‘superbugs’, auditors warn

Despite some progress, the EU One Health approach to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has not yet delivered demonstrable results in reducing the rising 'superbugs' health threat, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) found.
Energy 15-11-2019

French gas networks could mix in green hydrogen in future, say operators

France's gas network could be adapted to pipe a mix of natural gas with 20% hydrogen from 2030 onwards, as part of efforts to cut carbon emissions, operators said on Friday (15 November).
Future EU 15-11-2019

Manfred Weber’s fall from grace: What now for the failed Spitzenkandidat?

Manfred Weber, the former German Spitzenkandidat for the European People's Party (EPP), has been on the defensive ever since his bid for the EU Commission presidency failed after the European elections in May. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Azerbaijan 15-11-2019

Azerbaijan ‘discourages’ human traffickers

Azerbaijan is unlikely to become a transit country for illegal migration because the authorities have “discouraged” international human trafficking rings from taking this route, Vusal Huseynov, the chief of the State Migration Service of Azerbaijan, told EURACTIV.
Future EU 15-11-2019

20 Visions for Europe: ‘Demain’

EURACTIV is marking 20 years with 20 Visions for Europe. Filippo Valsecchi is a singer who performs under the name Filo Vals.
Climate change 15-11-2019

German ministers urge EU to lead the way at COP25 in Madrid

At a Berlin conference to prepare for the UN's annual climate summit (COP25), Environment Minister Svenja Schulze and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stressed the EU's responsibility in closing the Paris Climate Agreement's remaining gaps, particularly by raising the targets at EU level. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 15-11-2019

Commissioners assemble: Class of 2019-2024

European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has unveiled who will do what job in her administration, insisting hers will be a “geopolitical Commission”. Stay tuned here for all the details. UPDATE: Two candidates secured the green light on 14...
Agrifood 15-11-2019

Green MEP calls for EU action plan on alternatives to animal testing

All initiatives to promote alternatives to animal testing are welcome, but lawmakers should be bolder and impose some mandatory measures as well, Luxembourgish MEP Tilly Metz has said.
Politics 15-11-2019

Budapest mayor: Orban wants to kill humanity in humans, Hungary has other values

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out what Budapest's new mayor has to say about his PM's rhetoric, what authorities knew prior to the attack on the Berlin Christmas market in 2016, the troubles of Slovakia's far-right, Romania's slowing growth, and so much more. The Capitals brings you the latest news from across Europe, through on-the-ground reporting by EURACTIV’s media network.
Central Asia 15-11-2019

Clear path for EU-Kazakhstan agreement to enter into full force

Italy was the last EU country to ratify the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA) with Kazakhstan, signed in 2015, paving the way for the trade deal to enter into full force.
Europe's East 15-11-2019

Moldova forms pro-Russian minority government

Moldovan lawmakers on Thursday (14 November) approved a new minority government controlled by the Socialist Party of pro-Russian President Igor Dodon, two days after the dissolution of a pro-European government.

French banks still fund coal despite finance minister’s plea

A year ago, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire urged French banks, insurers and asset managers to stop funding any mines or coal plants. Two weeks before the Climate Finance Day (28 November, Paris), a group of NGOs published a report urging them to take a step further. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
Politics 15-11-2019

Tweets of the Week: Commissioner Title Changes, Tusks Speech, Boris’ Mop

VdL’s new titles are a bit of a flop, Tusk Brexit  speech is a major mic-drop, and Boris Johnson it appears can’t use a mop.
Brexit 15-11-2019

Surge in EU applications for UK settlement scheme

More than half a million applications for EU settled status were received by the UK’s Home Office in October, taking the total to 2.4 million.
Europe's East 15-11-2019

Top Putin aide named by MH17 airliner investigators

An international investigation into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on Thursday (14 November) released a series of phone intercepts, including one between a top aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin and pro-Russian rebels accused in the crash.
Global Europe 15-11-2019

Pelosi says Trump has admitted to bribery as impeachment probe intensifies

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday (14 November) President Donald Trump already has admitted to bribery in the Ukraine scandal at the heart of a Democratic-led inquiry, accusing him of an impeachable offense under the US Constitution.
Global Europe 15-11-2019

New Kazakh leadership: What impact for EU-Kazakhstan relations?

Following the presidential elections on June 9th, Kazakhstan has a new leader, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. He is the second president to be elected after almost thirty years of uninterrupted rule by Nursultan Nazarbayev, who occupied the position since the fall of the Soviet Union.
Brexit 14-11-2019

Brexit frustration increases as EU censures UK over failure to nominate commissioner

The European Commission has launched a formal infringement procedure against the UK over its failure to nominate a Commissioner, in the latest sign of increasing frustration between Brussels and London.
Future EU 14-11-2019

Thierry Breton convinces MEPs, avoids same fate as Goulard

Thierry Breton, France's new Commissioner pick for the internal market and defence portfolio, convinced more than two-thirds of the MEPs who were auditioning him today (14 November).
Africa 14-11-2019

The Brief, powered by BP – The lost continent

Europe’s political influence on the African continent is in danger of dwindling, and that is a self-inflicted strategic mistake. Whether on trade, migration, energy or security, Europe will need stronger and closer partnerships with African governments over the next 20 years....
Politics 14-11-2019

Former Italian MEP and EPP group vice-chair arrested on corruption charges

Lara Comi, once a rising political star and a former MEP for Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia,  has been put under house arrest by the Italian police on Thursday (14 November) for alleged illegal financing and corruption.
Future EU 14-11-2019

20 Visions for Europe: ‘Media across borders before future EU elections’

Christophe Leclercq founded the EURACTIV Media Network and the think-and-do tank Fondation EURACTIV. His fiction piece illustrates media sector consolidation, changing journalist jobs, values, platform regulation, and the fate of the EU itself.

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