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EU Elections 2019 20-05-2019

The Brief, powered by ifaw – True Colours

Right-wing populists are campaigning for "cleaning up" and "restoring order" once they are in power. Yet the now infamous ‘Ibiza-Video’ is shaking the Austrian political sphere to the core because it shows the exact opposite - their true colours.
Central Asia 20-05-2019

At Nur-Sultan forum, leaders advise focus on education

Kazakhstan is investing in human capital and plans to become one of the world’s 30 most advanced nations by 2050. At a recent conference in the capital Nur-Sultan, leaders and economists offered advice, valid also for other countries as well: to focus on education.
Aviation 20-05-2019

Boeing hit with more lawsuits over fatal crash

Boeing was hit with two wrongful death lawsuits on Thursday (16 May), which claim that the US aerospace giant did not do enough to prevent the fatal crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight in March. Boeing is currently trying to get its grounded aircraft back into service.
Politics 20-05-2019

#EU2019 – EU elections will put Merkel to the test

There is growing speculation in Germany that Chancellor Angela Merkel will not complete her mandate, which runs until 2021, if the current left-right “grand coalition” does not fare well in the EU election this Sunday. 
5G 20-05-2019

Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump blacklist

Alphabet Inc’s Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday (19 May).
Politics 20-05-2019

#EU2019 – Though not a member, Serbia eyes EU polls carefully

EU candidate Serbia is carefully watching this week's European Parliament election as its result may impact Belgrade's progress towards EU membership. Though Brussels is not expected to abandon enlargement, the process is almost certain to slow down, at least this year.
Energy 20-05-2019

Gas storage vies for central role in EU quest for carbon neutrality

European gas storage sites have much to offer in the energy transition, providing a readily available platform to carry new low-carbon gases like hydrogen. What’s not clear yet is whether those gases can be produced in sufficient quantity to significantly cut carbon emissions.
Global Europe 20-05-2019

Trump warns he could order the ‘official end of Iran’

US President Donald Trump issued a new threat to Tehran on Sunday (19 May), tweeting that a conflict would be the “official end” of Iran, as Saudi Arabia warned it stood ready to respond with “all strength” and said it was up to Iran to avoid war.
EU-China 20-05-2019

EU to use China as guinea pig to monitor bilateral summit deals

EU member states have decided to set up a new mechanism to monitor China's progress in implementing agreed commitments, with the aim of extending such controls to other bilateral relations, according to documents seen by EURACTIV.

Climate change efforts set for disappointing EU summit in June

A small group of EU countries is pushing for the European Council to come down hard on climate change at an EU summit in June, EURACTIV.com has learned. But chances are slim that it will be a defining moment for the bloc’s environmental credentials.
Economy & Jobs 20-05-2019

Romania torpedoes EU deal on alcohol excise duties over moonshine

Member states clashed on the reform of the directive on alcohol excise duties during a meeting of EU financial ministers last Friday (17 May), as the Romanian Presidency of the EU tried to raise the maximum limit on home distillation, in pursuit of its own national interest.
Politics 20-05-2019

Socialists lash out against EU conservatives over Austria’s far-right scandal

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Swiss vote to tighten gun laws and stay in Schengen

The Swiss voted Sunday (19 May) to toughen their gun laws and bring them in line with EU legislation, heeding warnings that rejecting the change could have threatened relations with the bloc.
EU Elections 2019 20-05-2019

Spanish, French or Polish: expats fight Brexit at UK polls

Chatting with voters in a small town in northwest England ahead of this week's European elections, lawyer Sophie Larroque's French accent is hard to miss.
EU Elections 2019 20-05-2019

Thousands rally in Germany against nationalism before European vote

Thousands of people marched in cities across Germany on Sunday (19 May) to protest against nationalist and far-right parties looking to secure more seats in this week's European elections.
EU Elections 2019 20-05-2019

European mainstream politicians see hope in downfall of Austrian far right leader

Politicians from Europe's mainstream parties called on voters to stand against the far right, after a video sting brought down the leader of Austria's Freedom Party (FPÖ), hurting the momentum of nationalists days before a European parliamentary election.
EU Elections 2019 20-05-2019

Bannon presence raises hackles in France ahead of Europe polls

Political tensions soared in France Sunday (19 May) a week ahead of tightly-contested European elections, with the ruling party of President Emmanuel Macron expressing unease over the presence of Donald Trump's controversial ex-strategist Steve Bannon.
EU Elections 2019 20-05-2019

Austria scandal overshadows Salvini’s European nationalist rally

Italian populist leader Matteo Salvini on Saturday (18 May) gathered Europe's disparate nationalists for a unifying rally overshadowed by a major corruption scandal shaking Austria's far-right coalition.
Cybersecurity 17-05-2019

Christchurch Call: EU struggling to get anti-terror measures right

New Zealand and France gathered states and social media organisations around the same table on Wednesday (15 May) to take joint action against terror online. The EU has been negotiating a regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online for months, but critics find it too restrictive and fear censorship. EURACTIV Germany reports
Economy & Jobs 17-05-2019

No member state raised concerns about Greece’s relief measures

EU member states have not raised concerns about relief measures recently announced by the Greek government. Diplomatic sources close to the issue told EURACTIV.com that only the EU institutions have.
Brexit 17-05-2019

The Brief, powered by ifaw – Boris v Farage to be the British Trump

“Of course I'm going to go for it," said Boris Johnson of the upcoming Conservative leadership race on Thursday. That shouldn’t have surprised anyone. Johnson has been positioning himself for the leadership for years.
EU Elections 2019 17-05-2019

Supporters flock to see Farage as Brexit party marches on

Nigel Farage's Brexit party is on the march, promising to "sweep away the UK's two party system". Brexit Editor Benjamin Fox joins them at a campaign rally outside Wolverhampton.
Cybersecurity 17-05-2019

EU backs cyber sanctions regime, following Dutch and UK pressure

Under new EU rules, individuals and groups conducting cyber-attacks from outside the bloc may be hit with potential sanctions, including travel bans and asset freezes. But the measures announced on Friday will be applied only to "persons and entities" and not to national governments.
Politics 17-05-2019

#EU2019 – Battle for deeply divided Poland crucial for EU elections

Extreme polarisation and sensitive domestic issues - from the rule of law to the role of the Church and a recent paedophile scandal - will play a key role in the upcoming EU elections in Poland, likely to see a much higher turnout than in 2014. EURACTIV Poland reports.

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