Politics 29-01-2020

Macron launches charm offensive to win over Poland

French President Emmanuel Macron will pay his first visit to Poland on 3 and 4 February. With the two countries not seeing eye to eye on several issues, including the rule of law and climate protection, this is expected to be an interesting meeting. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 29-01-2020

EU responds to Trump’s Middle East peace plan

The European Union's top diplomat said Tuesday (28 January) that the bloc remains "firm and united" behind the quest for a negotiated two-state peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
Health 29-01-2020

Foreigners airlifted from China virus epicentre, death toll hits 132

Hundreds of Americans and Japanese escaped the quarantined Chinese city at the centre of a coronavirus epidemic aboard charter flights on Wednesday (29 January), as the death toll soared to 132 and confirmed infections neared 6,000.
Agrifood 29-01-2020

France wants to ensure more young people benefit from CAP payments

Paris believes an age limit for receiving aid from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) would make room for young people in the farming sector. But Brussels does not see it that way, saying this would amount to age discrimination. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 29-01-2020

MEP: Green Deal should ensure EU food sector’s competitiveness

With the new European Green Deal, all actors across the food chain will need to adjust to new EU standards. But policymakers also have to make sure EU industry is protected against unfair competition, MEP Maria Spyraki told EURACTIV.com.
Circular economy 29-01-2020

Busoi MEP: EU’s industrial strategy must be ‘in total accordance’ with Green Deal

Cristian Bușoi, the chair of the European Parliament’s industry and energy committee, says MEPs are eager for a far-reaching strategy from the European Commission.
Future EU 29-01-2020

Brexit to be sealed with final Brussels vote

Brexit Day is to be set in stone Wednesday (29 January) when the European Parliament in Brussels casts a vote ratifying the terms of Britain's divorce deal from the EU.
Health 28-01-2020

Wuhan team escapes coronavirus to train in Málaga

Wuhan Zall, the football team of the Chinese city at the epicentre of the coronavirus, will arrive in Malága this Wednesday (29 January) for its preseason training.
Central Asia 28-01-2020

Germany launches ‘Green Central Asia’ initiative

A high-level ministerial conference in Berlin launched on Tuesday (28 January) the ‘Green Central Asia’ initiative, intended to support regional integration between the five Central Asian countries and Afghanistan. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who hosted the conference, stressed that...
Climate change 28-01-2020

Oil giant Total sued for ‘climate inaction’ in France’s first climate case

French oil group Total is responsible for 1% of the world's CO2 emissions and failing to respect its so-called 'corporate duty of vigilance', according to a group of plaintiffs representing 14 local authorities and four NGOs who are bringing a case against the giant. EURACTIV France reports.
Brexit 28-01-2020

The Brief – Don’t pull up the drawbridge

The end of freedom of movement is one of the most iconic changes heralded by the UK’s exit from the European Union this week. The days of EU nationals being able to able to move to the UK and find...
Arctic Agenda 28-01-2020

New ‘Arctic paradox’ emerges, as economy and ecology seek balance

As the world pushes for stronger climate measures to stop the destruction of the Arctic, many countries are also keen to take advantage of the region's new opportunities in shipping, mining, drilling and security.

What will Germany’s coal phase-out mean for the EU carbon market?

When Germany eventually closes its coal-fired power plants, millions of CO2 pollution credits will be flushed into the EU emissions trading system, threatening to send the EU carbon market crashing. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Timmermans kicks off debate over landmark EU ‘Climate Law’

The European Commission launched a public debate about the EU’s upcoming Climate Law on Tuesday (28 January), with a view to enshrining the bloc’s 2050 “climate neutrality” target into binding legislation before the UN climate conference in Glasgow later this year.
Data protection 28-01-2020

European Data Protection Day: are EU citizens really protected?

European Data Protection Day aims to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices. However, according to Julia Kloiber, activist and founder of Superrr Lab, European data protection is deficient and it remains questionable if citizens have the necessary know-how to assert their rights. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 28-01-2020

Greek PM expels MEP Zagorakis amid escalating football spat

Greece's conservative Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has expelled MEP and former footballer Thodoris Zagorakis from the ruling New Democracy party amid growing tensions between the country's two football giants, Olympiakos and PAOK. But the spat over football could also spell some trouble for the government.
Digital 28-01-2020

UK grants Huawei a limited 5G role

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday granted China’s Huawei a limited role in Britain’s future 5G mobile network, a choice that risks damaging relations with the United States which fears China could use the company to steal Western secrets.
Agrifood 28-01-2020

Portuguese tech institute to produce advanced biofuels from tree-pruning-waste

A project to use the waste from pruning vines and fruit trees to produce advanced biofuel is being developed at the BLC3 Campus of Technology and Innovation in Oliveira do Hospital, the campus president said today. EURACTIV's partner Lusa.pt reports.
Agrifood 28-01-2020

French MEP calls for ‘realism’ in Farm to Fork strategy

The plant protection part of the upcoming Farm to Fork strategy should take a realistic and science-based approach that allows farmers to “explore all possible solutions”, French conservative MEP Anne Sander told EURACTIV.
Transport 28-01-2020

Industry inklings, ‘Irish stew’ & Brexit-scooters

Welcome to EURACTIV’s weekly Transport Brief – your one port of call for all the news moving the world and much more!
Agrifood 28-01-2020

EU farmers tread carefully on Green Deal, as balance with CAP is not easy stuff

Policymakers are being called to take up the challenge of finding a place for bloc’s farm aid provided under the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in the ambitious new environmental flagship policy of the European Commission.
Politics 28-01-2020

Italian progressives eye a leftist turn after 5 Star defeat

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about recent resignation from politicians in Ljubljana and Zagreb, Football Leaks founder Rui Pinto having leaked the Luanda Leaks, and Austria's plans to develop its 5G network with private companies, and so much more.
Climate change 28-01-2020

EU could use carbon border tax against Brexit Britain, warns MEP

The EU could deploy a carbon border tax against the UK after Brexit, according to the head of the European Parliament’s environment committee, if Westminster diverges from bloc rules on issues like carbon markets.
Alcohol 28-01-2020

Beer, wine, spirit makers pledge age-restriction labels on drinks

Twelve leading beer, wine and spirits companies have pledged to put clear age-restriction labels on their drinks and set tighter controls on access to their online content in a bid to reduce underage drinking.

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