Economy & Jobs 20-02-2020

The Brief – The hidden story behind the EU’s new budget

Budgets are hardly inspiring stuff for the general public, but they also tell interesting stories about shifting priorities and power struggles, which are usually not made explicit. As EU leaders hold a special summit on EU finances, EURACTIV reveals the hidden story behind the EU budget.
Agrifood 20-02-2020

French agricultural sector wants to change image to convince consumers

With this year's Salon International de l'Agriculture taking place in Paris soon, the image of the agricultural sector is at the heart of farmers' concerns, as they are struggling to recruit and complaining about so-called agribashing, a trend of disparaging farmers and their work. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 20-02-2020

Global Europe Brief: Europe’s ‘appetite for power’

Welcome to the first edition of EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU in the global perspective from our foreign affairs news team: Georgi Gotev and Alexandra Brzozowski.
Economy & Jobs 20-02-2020

EU eyes single space for European bank cards

The European Commission will present this autumn a strategy on an integrated EU payments market, to facilitate the use of national payment services across Europe and reduce the dependency from international card operators such as Visa or Mastercard.
Europe's East 20-02-2020

Concessions to Russia will cost Europe too much

Europe’s strength lies in its unity and solidarity, but strength does not mean making concessions to an aggressor in a hope that it will become your friend: strength is to make the aggressor hange his behaviour, writes Mykola Tochytskyi. Mykola...
Batteries 20-02-2020

Biggest battery in Europe set to land on British shores

Oil and gas giant Shell has plans for a 100 megawatt grid storage battery in the west of England. It is slated to be the biggest battery in Europe once it is completed later this year and will be crucial to the UK's quest to remain the continent's top wind power player.

Gunman kills nine in Germany in overnight rampage

A suspected right-wing extremist shot nine people dead in two shisha bars in an overnight rampage through a German city on Wednesday night (19 February) before, police believe, returning home and killing himself.
Agrifood 20-02-2020

Commission wants ‘realistic targets’ for pesticide, fertilisers cuts- Kyriakides

Speaking before the parliamentary committee on the Environment (ENVI), Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides confirmed that the new EU food policy, the Farm 2 Fork Strategy (F2F), will feature legislative actions too and that there will be specific targets for the reduction of both risk and use of pesticides.
Elections 20-02-2020

Rightwing anti-migrant petition in Serbia sparks opposition unease

An anti-immigration campaign launched by a Serbian rightwing nationalist party has sparked unease within the disparate opposition coalition to which it belongs.
Politics 20-02-2020

Sánchez to launch ‘direct’ dialogue with Catalans next week

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about who could step into the shoes of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as CDU chief, Hungary's pledge to ban single-use plastics, Portugal's 'euthanasia debate', and so much more.

UN agency calls for new safe harbour rules for migrants from Libya

The International Organization for Migration on Wednesday (19 February) called on the world community to devise a "safe disembarkation mechanism" for migrants fleeing Libya, the day after a port in the capital of the war-torn country was hit by a barrage of rocket fire.

Climate-friendly stocks are moving markets away from short-termism, EU watchdog says

Climate-friendly stocks have outperformed the broader market in the past two years and could also help to combat "short-termism" in financial markets, the European Union's securities regulator said on Wednesday (19 February).
Elections 20-02-2020

Ireland’s Fianna Fáil to step up efforts to form a government

Ireland's Fianna Fáil will step up efforts to form a government by starting formal engagement with other parties, except Sinn Féin, after marginally winning the most seats at an inconclusive 8 February election.
Global Europe 20-02-2020

US special envoy discusses Taliban deal with re-elected Afghan president

US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday (19 February) discussed a US deal with Taliban militants on a weeklong reduction in violence, meeting the day after Ghani was declared a winner of a disputed presidential poll.
Data protection 20-02-2020

Google confirms plans to move UK users’ accounts outside EU jurisdiction

Google is planning to move its British users' accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under US jurisdiction instead, the company confirmed late on Wednesday (19 February).
Enlargement 20-02-2020

North Macedonia wins EU praise for pioneering coal-to-solar shift

The European Union energy watchdog praised North Macedonia on Wednesday (19 February) for a pioneering project among EU aspirants to transform an ageing coal mine into two solar power plants, in line with goals to cut pollution and tackle climate change.

Basescu: European Green Deal risks pushing ‘two or three countries’ towards EU exit

The European Green Deal “will definitely create tensions” inside the EU, and risks pushing “two or three countries” to leave the Union altogether, warns former Romanian President Traian Basescu, saying the real priority in Romania is to build new infrastructure like motorways and exploit natural gas resources from the Black Sea.
Elections 20-02-2020

Hamburg elections, pose (another) crash test for Germany’s mainstream parties

Voters in the city state of Hamburg will elect their new parliament on 23 February, the first elections to take place after the Thuringian political turmoil broke out earlier this month. This is yet another test for Germany’s traditional parties that could seal the end of the country's traditional political landscape.   
Agrifood 20-02-2020

‘UK has the fish, but Europe has the market’, fisheries committee chair says

In his first interview as the new chair of the parliamentary committee on fisheries (PECH), the Renew Europe MEP Pierre Karleskind called for a fisheries agreement with the UK that recreates the current situation whereby EU fishermen can have access to British waters and UK seafood can be sold on the Single Market.
Global Europe 20-02-2020

Trump names his star ambassador Grenell acting director of national intelligence

President Donald Trump on Wednesday (19 February) named US ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, a strong supporter of his policies, to be acting director of national intelligence.
Digital 20-02-2020

Von der Leyen opens the doors for an EU data revolution

The EU is set to exploit the "untapped potential" of vast troves of industrial and sectoral data, allowing public and private actors "easy access" to huge reserves of information, the European Commission announced on Wednesday (19 February).
Agrifood 20-02-2020

EFSA chief: Assessing fast-changing agrifood innovation is key challenge [Part I]

Being equipped with the right methods to assess industry’s rapidly changing innovation will be a key challenge for the European Food Safety Agency, (EFSA), Bernhard Url, the EU food watchdog's chief, told EURACTIV.com in a wide-ranging interview.
Global Europe 20-02-2020

Trump offered to pardon Assange if he denied Russia helped leak Democrats’ emails: lawyer

US President Donald Trump offered to pardon WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange if he said that Russia had nothing to do with WikiLeaks’ publication of Democratic Party emails in 2016, a London court heard on Wednesday (19 February).
Economy & Jobs 20-02-2020

Parliament ready to flex its muscles over EU budget in wake of Brexit

Ahead of an EU27 summit on Thursday, the European Parliament is mounting pressure on the member states to agree on an ambitious budget for the bloc, demanding a bigger say in decision-making in the aftermath of Brexit and threatening to reject the bloc's key financial instrument.

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