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Politics 26-03-2019

EU socialist chief: EPP is unreliable, Europe needs Macron’s pro-EU commitment

The Capitals brings you the latest news from across Europe, through on-the-ground reporting by EURACTIV’s media network. You can subscribe to the newsletter here. BRUSSELS / BERLIN / PARIS The relation between the center-right European People’s Party (EPP) and far-right groups...
China 26-03-2019

China’s Xi meets top EU leaders to strengthen ties

The leaders of China, France, Germany and the EU were set to meet in Paris on Tuesday (26 March) for "unprecedented" talks on how to improve ties, despite growing jitters over Beijing's massive investments in Europe.
Global Europe 26-03-2019

US calls Russia deployment of planes to Venezuela ‘reckless escalation’

The United States on Monday accused Russia of “reckless escalation” of the situation in Venezuela by deploying military planes and personnel to the crisis-stricken South American nation that Washington has hit with crippling sanctions.
Global Europe 26-03-2019

Estonians pay homage to victims of Soviet deportations

Thousands of Estonians lit candles across the Baltic state on Monday (25 March) in memory of the victims of Soviet mass deportations launched 70 years ago that saw tens of thousands sent to labour camps in Siberia, where many of them died.
Global Europe 26-03-2019

Jordan’s king cancels Romanian trip over Jerusalem row

Jordan's King Abdullah II cancelled a visit Monday (26 March) to Romania after its prime minister vowed to move her country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, his office said.
Brexit 26-03-2019

No deal Brexit ‘increasingly likely’, EU warns

The European Commission has continued efforts to prepare for a disorderly divorce between the EU and the UK, as the risk of a no-deal departure is becoming “increasingly likely”, EU officials said on Monday (25 March).
copyright 26-03-2019

EU copyright reforms pit creative industry against internet activists, consumers

Europe’s creative industries are urging EU lawmakers to back a proposed overhaul of the bloc’s copyright rules, putting them at odds with internet activists who oppose a requirement to install filters to block copyright material. The European Parliament is due to vote on the controversial plans today (26 March).
Brexit 26-03-2019

UK Parliament takes back control of Brexit from May

UK Members of Parliament began the process of taking control of the Brexit process from Theresa May’s government on Monday (25 March), paving the way for a series of votes on alternatives to May’s twice rejected Brexit deal.
Economy & Jobs 25-03-2019

EU waits for Tanzania to back up change of heart on stalled trade deal

An Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and six East African countries has been stuck for several years. When President John Magufuli’s Tanzanian government suddenly announced it was reviewing its position on the EPA with a view to endorsing it, EU officials were taken aback.
Future EU 25-03-2019

The Brief – A Roman comedy of errors

Today marks the anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, signed in 1957 by the six founding member countries, which laid the groundwork for what was to become the EU. Five years ago, EURACTIV disclosed a veritable comedy of errors related to the signing of the foundational Treaty.
Economy & Jobs 25-03-2019

Fact-checking: Annulling the Posting of Workers Directive, an impossible proposition

The annulment of the Posting of Workers Directive is one of the seminal proposals of Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, candidate for the European elections. Problem: such a proposal is impossible without a withdrawal from the EU. EURACTIV France reports.
Competition 25-03-2019

Nike fined €12.5 million for antitrust, football merchandise restrictions

The European Commission announced on Monday (25 March) that the popular US sportswear group Nike has been fined €12.5 million for unlawfully preventing cross-border sales of football merchandise, which lead to higher prices and a reduced choice for consumers.
Cybersecurity 25-03-2019

Nokia in damage-control mode following Chinese data-leak probe

Nokia "mistakenly" sent customer data to China, the European telecoms giant has admitted, following the announcement of an investigation into the allegations by the Finnish data protection watchdog.
Agrifood 25-03-2019

Groundwater: Nitrate pollution will continue to be an issue across generations

For years, the EU Commission has warned Germany about illegally high levels of nitrate in groundwater. The European Court of Justice even ruled on the issue in June. Now, the German government is working on a new Fertiliser Regulation. However, the groundwater is expected to remain contaminated for many more years. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 25-03-2019

Industry calls on EU member states to show ‘clear commitment’ in smart farming

The EU manufacturers of agricultural machinery (CEMA) have called on member states to indicate a “clear commitment” to the digitisation of European agriculture as the only way to face the environmental and economic challenges. This message has also been acknowledged by the European Commission.
Global Europe 25-03-2019

Mueller finds no Trump-Russia conspiracy but some questions left unresolved

Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion between US President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia in the 2016 election, but left unresolved the issue of whether Trump obstructed justice by undermining the investigations that have dogged his presidency.
Competition 25-03-2019

Commerzbank to quell fears of job losses, trade union to call strike 28 March

The management of Germany's Commerzbank has a clear strategy about the planned merger with Deutsche Bank and is "working hard" in order to reach a decision as quickly as possible, CEO Martin Zielke said in an internal e-mail sent to the bank’s employees and seen by EURACTIV.

Malaysia threatens to ditch EU fighter jet deal over palm oil curbs

Malaysia may retaliate against an EU plan to curb palm oil use by purchasing new fighter jets from China instead of European arms companies, its leader said Sunday (24 March).
EU Elections 2019 25-03-2019

Former minister seeks to shape a progressive front in Italy

Carlo Calenda, a prominent liberal democrat affiliated to centre-left Partito Democratico (PD), wants his new platform 'Siamo Europei' to help create a single pro-EU list for the upcoming elections. EURACTIV.com spoke with him on the sidelines of his platform's manifesto launch in Brussels last week (19 March).
Global Europe 25-03-2019

Romania to move embassy to Jerusalem, premier Dancila pledges

The Romanian prime minister promised Sunday (25 March) in Washington that her country would move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, breaking with both the European position and apparently with her own country's president.
Politics 25-03-2019

Polish and Spaniards mull a new Eurosceptic front

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Economic governance 25-03-2019

Brussels ‘really worried’ about Italy’s slowing economy

The EU warned Sunday (24 March) of a new row brewing with Italy over its budget, barely a few months after both sides agreed on a hard-fought deal with Rome's disputed 2019 finances.
Enlargement 25-03-2019

Serbia marks 20 years since NATO bombing campaign

Serbia on Sunday (24 March) marked 20 years since the NATO air strikes that forced Belgrade to withdraw its troops from Kosovo, ending a conflict that claimed more than 13,000 lives.
EU Elections 2019 25-03-2019

Citizens’ march in Brussels against ‘Orbanisation’ of EU societies

Around 1,000 people marched in Brussels on Sunday (24 March) urging pro-EU forces to remain united in order to tackle the rising extreme-right and halt the “Orbanisation” of European societies ahead of the May EU elections.

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