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EU Elections 2019 22-03-2019

S&D chief: Conservatives and liberals didn’t allow Greta to speak in EU Parliament

The European People’s Party (EPP) and the liberals (ALDE) have blocked climate change activist Greta Thunberg from speaking in the European Parliament because “kids belong in schools”, according to the chief of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), Udo Bullmann. Speaking at...
Economy & Jobs 22-03-2019

France conditions support for opening US trade talks

France wants to secure enough guarantees in terms of environmental protection and access to public procurement markets, before moving forward into trade talks with the US, president Emmanuel Macron said during the European Council on Friday (22 March). 
Economy & Jobs 22-03-2019

‘Don’t be naive with China’, EU leaders tell Italy

EU leaders displayed a united front toward China on Friday (22 March) and warned the Italian government of the consequences of signing a bilateral deal with Beijing to become part of the new ‘Silk Road’.

Macron slams the EPP compromise on Orbán’s Fidesz party

French President Macron spoke in very critical terms on Friday (22 March) about the compromise reached by the European People’s Party to suspend, but not exclude Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party from the European centre-right family.
Brexit 22-03-2019

The ball’s in your court on Brexit, leaders tell UK

EU leaders struck a reflective tone as they wrapped up a Spring summit in Brussels that was, again, dominated by Brexit.
Brexit 22-03-2019

The Brief – Brexit Oddity

A photo says more than 1,000 words. This one shows the so-called ‘sherpas’ on the first day of the EU summit on Thursday (21 March) as they are trying to work through the details of the Article 50 draft conclusions. It’s...
5G 22-03-2019

5G not part of Italy-China agreement, Di Maio says

Chinese investments into the development of 5G communications networks are not included in the agreement between China and Italy set to be signed tomorrow, Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Thursday (22 March).
Politics 22-03-2019

Italy and France reconcile after Macron’s harsh late-night comments

French President Emmanuel Macron and Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte appeared to have found common ground on long-standing bilateral issues, overcoming the risk of another rift after Macron said Italy's attempts to discuss national problems on the sidelines of an EU summit were "a waste of time".
Economy & Jobs 22-03-2019

With Brexit imminent, EU celebrates ‘neighbourly cooperation’ with EEA

Only hours after intense Brexit negotiations on a delay to the UK's exit date, EU leaders on Friday (22 March) celebrated the 25th anniversary of the European Economic Area (EEA) agreement on joint legislation on movement of goods, services, persons and capital.

Polish bison staring down the barrel of cull

Poland’s endangered bison herds could be subject to a cull if environmental lawyers fail in their bid to overturn a decision by the country’s head of environmental protection.
Digital 22-03-2019

EU institutions at loggerheads over online terrorist content

MEPs are seeking to "delay and time-out" the adoption of the regulation against online terrorist content, the EU's security chief Julian King said on Wednesday (21 March). His comments came as the Commission criticised online platforms for dragging their feet in removing graphic video footage following the Christchurch attacks.
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Agrifood 22-03-2019

The future of farming is sustainable and connected

Agriculture is a difficult business involving a lot of different aspects such as the quality of the food, the environment and the economic situation of the farmers.
Brexit 22-03-2019

Tweets of the Week: Bercow, Orban, and Vestager

Bercow’s bombshell is rather splendid, Orban’s not banned, but he is suspended, and Google and Vestager are definitely unfriended. This week we are supported by EPRA.

MEPs push to give EU prosecutor job to Kövesi on 27 March

Bucharest appears to be deliberately delaying the nomination of the EU's first-ever prosecutor general, fearing the Romanian candidate, Laura Codruta Kövesi, is well positioned to get the job, reports Dan Alexe, a blogger at EUelectionsRomania.com.
Economy & Jobs 22-03-2019

Macron, Merkel and Juncker to meet China’s Xi on Tuesday

French President Emmanuel Macron invited German chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to join a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping next Tuesday (26 March), in a bid to forge a united front in European efforts to rebalance relations with Beijing.
Energy 22-03-2019

Big oil’s ‘double speak’ on climate exposed in new report

The world’s five largest listed oil and gas companies have spent more than $1 billion touting their climate credentials since the Paris Agreement was signed, whilst lobbying to protect and expand their fossil fuel operations, according to new analysis published on Friday (22 March).
Health 22-03-2019

Public health activists say eradicating tobacco must be a human right

Halting the spread of tobacco “epidemic” worldwide is a human right, which global leaders should recognise as such and take particular measures in this direction, public health activists told EURACTIV.com ahead of an anti-tobacco conference in Bucharest next week.
Health 22-03-2019

Tobacco control: What’s next?

Tobacco consumption is the most significant cause of premature death in the EU, according to the European Commission. It is responsible for nearly 700,000 deaths every year.
Brexit 21-03-2019

Back May’s Brexit deal and you get more time, EU leaders tell Westminster

EU leaders will grant the United Kingdom a possible eight-week delay to Brexit provided that the House of Commons passes the Withdrawal Agreement next week, according to conclusions agreed the European Council summit on late Thursday (21 March) night.
Politics 21-03-2019

The Brief – Avoiding the cliff-edge

The Brexit cliff-edge is now in sight and fast approaching. Who, if anyone, is going to apply the brakes?

Summit leak reveals EU rift on climate change

Confidential documents prepared in advance of a two-day EU summit in Brussels have exposed an East-West divide in Europe on climate change, with Germany siding with Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic in their refusal to commit to climate neutrality by 2050.
Brexit 21-03-2019

How Britain’s EU party town soured on Brussels

In 1973, the sleepy English village of Ivybridge joyfully welcomed the UK joining what would go on to become the EU, with street parties and even a specially-written anthem. But 46 years later, local people are thinking about new festivities: to celebrate Brexit.
Economy & Jobs 21-03-2019

EU urges China to progress on demands to dispel ‘frustration’

The EU will give Chinese leaders a comprehensive list of demands next month to address the growing “frustration” among Europeans, and to improve bilateral cooperation as it reaches a critical junction, various senior EU officials explained on Wednesday (20 March).
Future EU 20-03-2019

EPP votes to suspend Hungary’s Fidesz party membership

The European People's Party (EPP) suspended Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's ruling Fidesz party over alleged violations of EU rule-of-law principles on Wednesday (20 March), in a compromise solution that allowed the EPP to keep its 'bad boy' in and bolster party unity ahead of the European elections.

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