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Economy & Jobs 12-11-2019

Products from the occupied territories must be labelled, says EU top court

Products from Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories must be labelled to avoid confusion with products that come from Israel itself, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Tuesday (12 November), in a move that provoked an angry response from pro-Israel lobbyists.
Enlargement 12-11-2019

The Brief, powered by BP – Macron’s crush on Serbia

Last August French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a 5-minute speech in Serbian in Belgrade. The effect of this most extraordinary effort on the audience was huge. Just like for Kennedy in 1963, the magic worked.
Economy & Jobs 12-11-2019

European banks face massive capital raising in challenging times

Europe will “faithfully” implement new international standards that will force its banks, struggling to regain investor trust, to raise around €135 billion in additional capital to face future crises, the European Commission said on Tuesday (12 November).
Brexit 12-11-2019

British MEP: Orban is not an extremist, would be ‘interesting’ to have him in ECR

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has done nothing really outrageous except to challenge the “EU orthodoxy” in some areas, and has been unfairly labelled as an extremist, the leader of British conservatives in the European Parliament, told EURACTIV.
EU-China 12-11-2019

Europe can be ‘power broker’ between US and China, Macron says

French President Emmanuel Macron has said that Europe can be a "power broker" between the United States and China, as the two countries continue to quarrel over the details of a future deal aimed to end the current trade impasse.
Enlargement 12-11-2019

Von der Leyen locks horns with Macron over EU enlargement

The new European Commission has yet to be approved, but its president-elect has already locked horns with French President Emmanuel Macron over the future of EU enlargement.

EU advocate general: jailed Catalan leader has right to immunity as MEP-elect

The jailed Catalan pro-independence leader Oriol Junqueras has the right to immunity as a result of being elected member of the European Parliament in May, the EU Advocate General Maciej Szpunar said in his conclusions on Tuesday (12 November). 
Transport 12-11-2019

Sky-high tax, safety quest & oenophiles in space

Welcome to EURACTIV’s weekly Transport Brief – your one port of call for all the news moving the world and much more! 
Europe's East 12-11-2019

Fake attack on TV studio flags erosion of media freedom in Ukraine

Many viewers in Ukraine were taken in by what looked like an anti-terrorist forces swoop on a TV studio during a live show on Thursday (7 November). It now appears that journalists had staged the fake attack to flag the authorities’ pressure on their work.

EU bank tees up fossil fuel compromise ahead of crucial vote

The European Investment Bank will decide on Thursday (14 November) whether or not to purge its loan books of fossil fuel projects. All signs point to the EU lender striking a compromise with Germany and Italy which want more leeway for new gas projects.
Global Europe 12-11-2019

Europeans ‘extremely concerned’ after nuclear watchdog confirms Iranian breach

France, Germany, the UK and the EU urged Iran to stand by its 2015 nuclear deal commitments on Monday (11 November), after the UN's nuclear watchdog said in a new report that it detected uranium particles at an undeclared site in Iran, revealing even more cracks in the accord.
Future EU 12-11-2019

UK set to backtrack and pick an EU Commissioner

The British government admitted on Monday (11 November) that it would “meet its legal obligations” and name a candidate to serve in Ursula von der Leyen’s incoming European Commission in Brussels.
Brexit 11-11-2019

Farage – Brexit party will not stand against Johnson’s Tories in ‘Leave Alliance’

Nigel Farage agreed to a ‘Leave’ alliance on Monday (11 November) announcing that his Brexit party will not stand candidates in seats won by the Conservatives.

Banks taking only ‘superficial’ climate action, study reveals

Despite an explosion in green finance, banks have made only superficial changes to their lending practices, with fossil fuel funding going virtually unabated over the past years, according to a new report by Boston Common Asset Management released today (11 November).
Economy & Jobs 08-11-2019

Commission wary of side effects of Libra regulation

The European Commission has called for a “proportionate” and differentiated approach to regulating digital currencies including Facebook’s Libra, as the EU needs to preserve is developing Fintech environment.
Global Europe 08-11-2019

Child labour eradication is a priority for new Commission

Eradication of child labour through higher standards and better enforcement of trade deals is a priority of the new European Commission, whose representative told a EURACTIV event there have been "significant developments" in sustainability and transparency in the textile industry, one of the sectors most associated with child labour.
Agrifood 08-11-2019

Greens, socialists back nutritional label despite environmental concerns

Lawmakers from the Greens and the socialist group in the European Parliament push on Nutriscore to provide citizens with the EU-wide nutritional label system that is currently lacking. But potential discrepancies between the system and environmental policy are still open.
5G 08-11-2019

Hungary’s emergency infrastructure hardware built by Huawei

Devices provided by the Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei play a core role in the operation of Hungarian state infrastructure, including in the country's emergency services, an in-depth investigative report by Direkt36 shows. The US responded to the news by reaffirming the fact that they have "strong concerns" about the company.
Politics 08-11-2019

Timmermans takes over from Juncker

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will undergo surgery on Monday (11 November), meaning that his right hand man, Frans Timmermans, will occupy the EU executive throne on an interim basis.
Economy & Jobs 08-11-2019

EU finance and education ministers hold ‘historic’ meeting to boost skills investment

Ministers for Finance and Education of the EU member states met on Friday (7 November) for the first-ever joint Council with the aim of discussing the importance of education for a strong economy. 
Politics 08-11-2019

The Brief, powered by ESA – Remembrance

France likes to celebrate its revolution with the demonstration of its military power. None of this in Germany. The country, and Berlin first and foremost, is preparing to celebrate tomorrow the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Wall and its peaceful revolution with a huge artistic work in full colour.
Global Europe 08-11-2019

Question marks over third country participation in EU military projects

The EU is inching towards an agreement on the conditions under which third countries will be allowed to participate in the bloc's military projects, which would allow US and UK companies to take part in joint defence projects, potentially removing a source of friction in transatlantic ties.
Politics 08-11-2019

The journalist question that fractured the Berlin Wall

Our distinguished colleague Ewald König, who has served as editor-in-chief of EURACTIV Germany, attended the historic press conference in East Berlin, where a blunder by East German official Günter Schabowski triggered the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. This is his account of this incredible episode, first published in 2009.
Electric vehicles 08-11-2019

‘No way around electrification,’ BMW says

Consumers are increasingly turning to electric vehicles – and they’re liking it, said BMW’s chief lobbyist in Europe, calling on policymakers to accelerate charging infrastructure deployment to support the roll-out of electric mobility on a mass scale.

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