Economy & Jobs 23-10-2018

The Brief – Europe’s fiscal groundhog day

Centrist parties, particularly those on the centre-left, were hammered at the European elections in 2014, in part because of their handling of the eurozone debt crisis. Social Democrat governments found themselves imposing Europe's deepest spending cuts.
Digital 23-10-2018

China’s Huawei opens up to German scrutiny ahead of 5G auctions

Chinese’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd will open a new information security lab in Germany next month that will enable source code reviews, in a step aimed at winning regulators’ confidence before the country’s 5G mobile spectrum auction.

Romania urged to heed rule of law before assuming EU presidency

The European Union on Tuesday warned Romania to respect EU democratic values before it assumes the bloc's rotating presidency in January, or risk undermining its bid to join Europe's passport-free zone.
Global Europe 23-10-2018

Novaya Gazeta is sent funeral wreath and ram’s head in latest threats

A funeral wreath, a severed ram's head and threatening notes were sent to the Novaya Gazeta's Moscow office this week in what the newspaper said in an editorial statement were the latest threats against its journalists.
Agrifood 23-10-2018

New EU bioeconomy strategy widens scope to solve more cycle problems

The European Commission's new strategy is seeking to create a sustainable bioeconomy and build a carbon-neutral future. Rather than just find a replacement for petroleum-based products, the strategy addresses broader cyclic challenges, including food and nutrition security.
Digital 23-10-2018

Global futures: Re-imagining tomorrow’s technologies

100 years after the end of the first World War, the foundations for a multilateral global order were conceived of. Such foundations are today being disrupted by the extension of digital technologies into a plethora of sectors, from defence and...

Former Croat PM Sanader sentenced for war profiteering

Former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader was found guilty of war profiteering on Monday (22 October) and the Zagreb County Court sentenced him to two and a half years in prison. He was, however, acquitted in a second case after the death of the only prosecution witness. EURACTIV Croatia reports.
EU Elections 2019 23-10-2018

Economic growth, migration and EU elections – a strange mix for Romanian voters

Romania’s government boasts about its economic growth rate, but Romanians are leaving the country in large numbers. Can the EU elections in 2019 change the trend or will the migration pace intensify?
Global Europe 23-10-2018

The EU doesn’t have to settle for a bad deal with Vietnam

Some argue that we should tread carefully and refrain from asking too much in terms of human rights from the Vietnamese, because if we do so we could end up pushing Vietnam into China’s orbit. But this doesn’t hold, writes Jude Kirton-Darling.
Digital 23-10-2018

Learning to trust the killer robots

It's been more than 75 years since the American science fiction writer Isaac Asimov published his seminal 'Three laws on Robotics', a concise ethical framework that came to govern the principles by which Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been developed worldwide.

The migrants are coming to Poland. Let’s welcome them

Polish deputy minister for development, Paweł Chorąży, left government because he said a banal and obvious thing: Without immigrants in Poland, there will be not enough hands to work and no economic growth. Rather than demonise them, the government should welcome the newcomers, writes Bartosz T. Wieliński.
Economy & Jobs 23-10-2018

Dijsselbloem: Greek government will gradually access markets more and more

The Greek government will be able to gradually have more and more access to markets as the end of the bailout, the current economic outlook and a sound budget allow Greece to regain its financial independence, former Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem said in an interview with EURACTIV's media partner Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA).
Climate change 23-10-2018

US-China trade war spills into Green Climate Fund

A global fund originally set up in 2010 under the aegis of the UNFCCC to assist developing countries fight global warming got back on track with a $1 billion splurge, but the US vetoed a project that would have loaned $100 million to China. EURACTIV's media partner Climate Home News reports.
Climate change 23-10-2018

EU candidate Alex Stubb calls for net-zero carbon by 2045

Should he be picked as the European People's Party (EPP) lead candidate for the European Commission’s top job, Alexander Stubb vows to “work towards a carbon neutral Europe by 2045”. EURACTIV's media partner Climate Home News reports.
Energy 23-10-2018

Belgian reactors shutdown a test run for nuclear-free future

Belgium’s energy production is plunging as its nuclear reactors are taken offline for repairs, with the power shortfall this winter seen as a test of the country’s ability to cope when the reactors are phased out from 2022.
Air Quality 23-10-2018

Merkel promises new legislation to ward off diesel driving bans

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, campaigning for her Christian Democrats (CDU) to retain control of the crucial state of Hesse in next Sunday’s election, promised legislation to ward off the threat of air pollution leading to driving bans.
Global Europe 23-10-2018

Merkel: No arms exports to Saudi Arabia until ‘monstrous’ killing cleared up

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday (22 October) called the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul a "monstrosity" and vowed to halt all German arms exports to Saudi Arabia until the case is cleared up.

World’s pension funds vulnerable to climate risks, study reveals

87% of assets managed by the world’s 100 largest public pension funds are yet to undergo formal climate risk assessment, according to research published on Tuesday (23 October), with only 15% of them adopting a coal exclusion policy.
Brexit 23-10-2018

35 top prize winners warn Brexit will damage science

Thirty-five Nobel and top mathematics prize winners have warned British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker that scientific research will suffer a serious setback without a good Brexit deal.
23-10-2018

Jourová: ‘Hopeful’ that more countries will join new EU family law regime

New rules on property regimes for international couples will enter into force next year. Věra Jourová, the EU's Justice Commissioner, says the new legal system is "clear, robust and flexible" and hopes more countries will join the once they see the benefits for their citizens.
Development Policy 23-10-2018

A wind of change in the Horn of Africa will reach Europe’s shores

The "summer of love" breaking out on the Horn of Africa represents a new reality for the region – and one that will be felt in Europe, writes Faisal Al Yafai.
Global Europe 23-10-2018

Spain returns migrants to Morocco after storming of Melilla enclave

Spain sent 55 migrants back to Morocco on Monday (22 October), a day after they forced their way into the Spanish territory of Melilla during an assault on the border in which two migrants died and 19 were injured.
Future EU 23-10-2018

Poland Supreme Court judges return to work after EU court ruling

Poland's Supreme Court chief justice asked 23 of the court's judges to return to work on Monday (22 October), days after the European Union's top court ordered Poland to "immediately suspend" their retirement under a disputed law.
Central Asia 23-10-2018

Kazakhstan and the Venice Commission

The Council of Europe’s Venice Commission has provided precious support to the process of constitutional and legislative change in Kazakhstan, writes Igor Rogov.

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