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EU-US to start new defence and security dialogue in early 2022

A previously touted US-EU dialogue on security and defence is set to be launched in early 2022, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell announced in a statement on Friday (3 December).
Digital & Media 03-12-2021

Ethical considerations at all stages of AI’s use in journalism

AI technologies are increasingly being incorporated into newsrooms, but with trust in media already in a precarious position, concerns remain that introducing machine learning could worsen the situation. 
Global Europe 03-12-2021

Ahead of Biden-Putin talks, Ukraine warns against Yalta-type agreement

Ukraine rejects any efforts to get it to scrap its plans to join NATO as well as any "guarantee" sought by Russia to ease tensions on the border, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Friday (3 December).
Agrifood 03-12-2021

Agrifood Brief, powered by European Snacks Association: Gene-ie in a bottle 

GMOs have been known to rub the German Greens the wrong way. But as the party is entering into a three-way coalition government and pragmatists are gaining ground, its opposition to all things gene-editing is becoming a little less clear-cut.
Agrifood 03-12-2021

EU lawmakers call for tougher rules on live animal transport

Rules on the duration and conditions for animal transports need to become stricter, said MEPs on a Parliament special committee after having found numerous breaches of existing animal welfare rules.
Politics 03-12-2021

Immigration hardliner Nehammer to take over as new Austrian leader

Austria's ruling conservatives picked on Friday (3 December) the current interior minister, an immigration hardliner, to lead them and the nation after a wave of resignations by senior officials set off by their fallen star Sebastian Kurz.

EU asylum demands up as more Afghans flee

Requests for asylum in Europe hit a five-year high in September, with Afghans in particular seeking safety after the Taliban stormed to power in Kabul.
Global Europe 03-12-2021

Council of Europe to discipline Turkey over jailed activist

The Council of Europe said Friday (3 December) it will launch disciplinary action against Turkey for refusing to free prominent activist and philanthropist Osman Kavala, triggering a procedure used only once before in the organisation's history.
Energy 03-12-2021

Macron in favour of integrating nuclear into EU green taxonomy

President Emmanuel Macron said he was in favour of "nuclear power being integrated into the taxonomy" on green finance in an address before the European Committee of the Regions on Wednesday (1 December). EURACTIV France reports.
Health 03-12-2021

The curious case of the English plasma supply

It’s not all about Brexit on the other side of the Channel as England is bracing to face up to another harsh challenge in the coming months: building an entire plasma supply chain from the scratch.
Digital & Media 03-12-2021

Digital Brief powered by Google: DGA adopted, AI Act moves ahead

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU.
Europe's East 03-12-2021

Large scale Russian offensive possible in January, Ukraine says

Russia has massed more than 94,000 troops near Ukraine’s borders and may be gearing up for a large-scale military offensive at the end of January, Ukraine’s Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov told parliament on Friday (3 December), citing intelligence reports. Reznikov...
China 03-12-2021

China stops Lithuanian goods at customs, Commission ‘collects information’

China has banned Lithuanian products from entering the Chinese market amid growing tensions, according to Lithuanian media on Thursday (2 December). The European Commission said it is still gathering information and will return to the matter later.

Croatia slammed by Council of Europe anti-torture committee over migrants

Council of Europe's Committee for the prevention of torture (CPT) published a report on Friday (3 December) detailing Croatian police border violence against migrants crossing from Bosnia, following Zagreb's attempts to block the body's work.
Economy & Jobs 03-12-2021

Germany’s liberal FDP rules out additional debt for investments

The three parties of Germany's next government have made it clear they want to make the coming years a decade of investments for the future. Where the resources for such investments will come from, however, remains unclear.
Digital & Media 03-12-2021

SMEs keep a close eye on upcoming digital regulations

Small and medium enterprises (SME) have been closely following progress on the upcoming European digital regulations, as EU policymakers are trying to find the right balance between protecting consumers, supporting innovation, and ensuring a level playing field. “Sometimes good intentions...
Economy & Jobs 03-12-2021

Germany rejects relaxation of EU fiscal rules

Under a Liberal-led finance ministry, Germany will take a hard line on EU fiscal policy and reject calls from southern EU countries to relax fiscal rules. However, the business-friendly FDP is open to compromise. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Electric vehicles 03-12-2021

For many Europeans, the electric vehicle revolution is a mirage

The view from Brussels policymakers is clear: the electric vehicle revolution is firmly underway. But a EURACTIV investigation reveals serious barriers to electric vehicle acceptance across eastern and southern Europe.
Elections 03-12-2021

Greek socialists decide leader, eye future coalitions

The Greek socialist party is holding on 5 December its primaries to elect its next leader. The outcome of the vote will likely determine the next coalition government in Greece whether it will lean to the left or the right.
Politics 03-12-2021

Lithuania: EU should step up security role in its East

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the Polish, Lithuanian and Ukrainian presidents calling for sanctions to be imposed against Russia, Angela Merkel's 16-year-reign as German chancellor coming to an end on Thursday, and so much more.
Global Europe 03-12-2021

‘Lot of concern’ over Russian military activity near Ukraine, top US general says

The United States is tracking enough indicators and warnings surrounding Russian military activity near Ukraine to trigger "a lot of concern" and Russian rhetoric appears increasingly strident, the top US military officer said late on Thursday (2 December).

EU-Western Balkans ministerial calls for closer cooperation to better manage migration

Home affairs officials from the EU and the Western Balkans meeting at Brdo estate on Thursday agreed on the need to improve the exchange of information and cooperation on the ground in the combat against organised crime, and terrorism and...
Global Europe 03-12-2021

US, EU concerned by China’s ‘problematic and unilateral actions’ at sea

The United States and European Union on Thursday (2 December) voiced strong concern at China's "problematic and unilateral actions" in the South China Sea and stressed the need for close contact to manage "competition and systemic rivalry" with Beijing.
Global Europe 03-12-2021

US, allies ratchet up the economic pressure against Belarus

The United States and its allies, including the European Union, on Thursday (2 December) imposed sanctions against dozens of individuals and entities in Belarus in a coordinated move to escalate punitive action against President Alexander Lukashenko and his government.