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Health 17-11-2017

Electric motorsport to ditch no-deal Brexit UK

The London-based Formula-E electric car racing series will leave Britain if Brexit goes ahead without a deal on tax and employment, the outfit’s chief executive said on Wednesday (15 November).

Climate change 14-11-2017

Cities take up climate baton at COP23, make ambitious emission pledges

Mayors from 25 cities around the world, representing 150 million citizens, pledged on Sunday (12 November) to cut their carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, while boosting efforts to become more resilient to extreme weather and other pressures linked to climate change.

Climate change 13-11-2017

Agriculture can rein in emissions ‘immediately’, says UN

The global agricultural sector can curb emissions immediately and provide a window for fossil fuel-guzzling energy and transport sectors to decarbonise before global warming spirals out of control, the United Nations said on Friday (10 November).

Elections 13-11-2017

Merkel urges compromise as coalition talks enter final stretch

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday (12 November) urged party leaders negotiating a tricky three-way coalition government to show more willingness to compromise, as support for her conservative bloc plunged to the lowest level in more than six years.

German war reparations ‘matter of honour’ for Poland

Demanding reparations from Germany for its actions in Poland during World War Two is a matter of honour for Warsaw, Jarosław Kaczyński, the leader of Polish ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, said on Saturday (11 November).

Defence policy 09-11-2017

EU to sign joint defence pact in show of post-Brexit unity

At least 20 members of the European Union will next week sign up to a new defence pact, heavily promoted by France and Germany, to fund and develop joint military hardware in a show of unity following Britain's decision to quit the bloc.

Emissions trading deal fails to impress

EU negotiators from member states and the institutions reached a compromise on an Emissions Trading System (ETS) reform early on Thursday (9 November). But green groups have criticised the deal for ditching flagship climate policy status for a fossil fuel subsidy.

Brexit 08-11-2017

Irish PM sees Brexit talks moving to next stage in December

It is likely that European Union leaders will allow Brexit talks to move onto trade relations in December, as long as Britain provides guarantees in writing on issues currently being debated, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday (8 November).

Energy 08-11-2017

France backtracks on nuclear phase-out pledge

The French government has postponed a long-held target to reduce the share of nuclear energy in the country’s power production after grid operator RTE warned it risked supply shortages after 2020 and could miss a goal to curb carbon emissions.

Economy & Jobs 08-11-2017

EU tax havens blacklist seen in December, but enforcement unclear

European Union finance ministers called on Tuesday (7 November) for a blacklist of tax havens to be drawn up for approval next month as part of kick back against what it sees as tax dodging by the rich and famous.

EU at impasse before final push to clinch carbon market reform

EU negotiators are split over the uses of a new clean technology fund ahead of talks on carbon market reforms on Wednesday (8 November), with the bloc keen for a deal this week to show leadership at UN climate talks in Bonn.

Electric cars 08-11-2017

German minister warns EU against toughening car emissions targets

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has told European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that he is against any toughening of European car emissions targets by 2025, warning that stricter rules would cost jobs and growth.

Brexit 06-11-2017

Most EU firms plan retreat from UK suppliers

Most European businesses plan to cut back orders from British suppliers because of the slow progress of Brexit talks, a survey of company managers showed today (6 November).

Economy & Jobs 06-11-2017

‘Paradise Papers’ embarrass US trade chief, Queen Elizabeth, and counting

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on Sunday (5 November) released The Paradise Papers, a global investigation that reveals the offshore activities of some of the world’s most powerful people and companies.

Energy 06-11-2017

EU plans big rule change to snag Nord Stream 2

The European Commission is proposing to extend EU internal energy market rules to cover offshore gas pipelines, an EU document shows, in its latest attempt to regulate Russia's planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany.

Puigdemont fate hangs on Belgium’s European arrest warrant response

A Belgian judge has granted conditional release to sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his ministers, and the group is scheduled to appear in court within 15 days, Belgian prosecutors said on Monday (6 November).

Global Europe 03-11-2017

MEPs disappointed in scant progress in Sri Lanka rights reforms

European lawmakers said on Thursday (2 November) they were disappointed about Sri Lanka's slow roll-out of human rights reforms that the island nation had promised in exchange for trade concessions.

Global Europe 02-11-2017

Refugees in Greece demand transfer to Germany, start hunger strike

A group of mainly Syrian women and children who have been stranded in Greece pitched tents opposite parliament in Athens on Wednesday (1 November) in a protest against delays in reuniting with relatives in Germany.

Elections 02-11-2017

Verhofstadt says Czech election winner Babiš an ally for reform

The leader of the liberals in the European Parliament said on Wednesday that the Czech government being formed by Andrej Babiš would be an ally in pushing forward EU reforms needed after Brexit.

Brexit 01-11-2017

UK investigates Brexit campaign funding amid speculation of Russian meddling

Britain's Electoral Commission is investigating whether a leading anti-EU campaigner breached referendum finance rules, after speculation mounted that Russia may have meddled in the Brexit vote.

Azerbaijan 31-10-2017

Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey launch ‘Silk Road’ rail link

The leaders of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia launched an 826-km rail link connecting the three countries on 30 October, establishing a freight and passenger link between Europe and China that bypasses Russia.

Brexit 31-10-2017

Goldman CEO has high hopes for London HQ post-Brexit, despite uncertainty

Goldman Sachs chief executive Lloyd Blankfein expects to fill the firm's new European headquarters which is currently under construction in London, but said Britain's exit from the European Union left much outside the bank's control.

Elections 30-10-2017

Gruevski’s opposition does not recognise local election results in Macedonia

Macedonia's main opposition leader cried foul over local election results after gains for the ruling party in a second round of polls on Sunday (29 October) and demanded a snap parliamentary vote.

Economy & Jobs 30-10-2017

Eurozone needs to push on with banking, bailout reforms – Slovak finance minister

Slovak Finance Minister Peter Kazimir said on Saturday (28 October) the eurozone should speed up completion of a banking union and revamping a bailout fund as the window for reform is closing.