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Agrifood 15-11-2019

Green MEP calls for EU action plan on alternatives to animal testing

All initiatives to promote alternatives to animal testing are welcome, but lawmakers should be bolder and impose some mandatory measures as well, Luxembourgish MEP Tilly Metz has said.
Politics 15-11-2019

Budapest mayor: Orban wants to kill humanity in humans, Hungary has other values

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out what Budapest's new mayor has to say about his PM's rhetoric, what authorities knew prior to the attack on the Berlin Christmas market in 2016, the troubles of Slovakia's far-right, Romania's slowing growth, and so much more. The Capitals brings you the latest news from across Europe, through on-the-ground reporting by EURACTIV’s media network.
Central Asia 15-11-2019

Clear path for EU-Kazakhstan agreement to enter into full force

Italy was the last EU country to ratify the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA) with Kazakhstan, signed in 2015, paving the way for the trade deal to enter into full force.
Europe's East 15-11-2019

Moldova forms pro-Russian minority government

Moldovan lawmakers on Thursday (14 November) approved a new minority government controlled by the Socialist Party of pro-Russian President Igor Dodon, two days after the dissolution of a pro-European government.

French banks still fund coal despite finance minister’s plea

A year ago, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire urged French banks, insurers and asset managers to stop funding any mines or coal plants. Two weeks before the Climate Finance Day (28 November, Paris), a group of NGOs published a report urging them to take a step further. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
Brexit 15-11-2019

Surge in EU applications for UK settlement scheme

More than half a million applications for EU settled status were received by the UK’s Home Office in October, taking the total to 2.4 million.
Europe's East 15-11-2019

Top Putin aide named by MH17 airliner investigators

An international investigation into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on Thursday (14 November) released a series of phone intercepts, including one between a top aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin and pro-Russian rebels accused in the crash.
Global Europe 15-11-2019

Pelosi says Trump has admitted to bribery as impeachment probe intensifies

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday (14 November) President Donald Trump already has admitted to bribery in the Ukraine scandal at the heart of a Democratic-led inquiry, accusing him of an impeachable offense under the US Constitution.

EU bank brokers late-night deal to phase out fossil fuels

The European Investment Bank (EIB) decided on Thursday (14 November) to end financial support for fossil fuels from 2021, after marathon talks ended in a compromise that has been hailed as “a significant victory” for green policies.
Brexit 14-11-2019

Brexit frustration increases as EU censures UK over failure to nominate commissioner

The European Commission has launched a formal infringement procedure against the UK over its failure to nominate a Commissioner, in the latest sign of increasing frustration between Brussels and London.
Future EU 14-11-2019

Thierry Breton convinces MEPs, avoids same fate as Goulard

Thierry Breton, France's new Commissioner pick for the internal market and defence portfolio, convinced more than two-thirds of the MEPs who were auditioning him today (14 November).
Africa 14-11-2019

The Brief, powered by BP – The lost continent

Europe’s political influence on the African continent is in danger of dwindling, and that is a self-inflicted strategic mistake. Whether on trade, migration, energy or security, Europe will need stronger and closer partnerships with African governments over the next 20 years....
Politics 14-11-2019

Former Italian MEP and EPP group vice-chair arrested on corruption charges

Lara Comi, once a rising political star and a former MEP for Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia,  has been put under house arrest by the Italian police on Thursday (14 November) for alleged illegal financing and corruption.
Digital 14-11-2019

Digital Brief: Macron’s audition

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “We have never seen the CEO of a company directly become an EU Commissioner working in the same area...
Transport 14-11-2019

Commissioner hearings LIVE: Adina-Ioana Valean

The European Parliament launched a second set of hearings on Thursday (14 November), in order to vet three more candidates for Ursula von der Leyen's incoming Commission. Romania's Adina-Ioana Vălean aims to be the EU's next transport Commissioner.
14-11-2019

Commissioner hearings LIVE: Thierry Breton

The European Parliament is grilling the proposed members of Ursula von der Leyen’s Commission in a second series of hearings on Thursday (14 November), after the regular hearings between 30 September and 8 October. France’s European Commissioner-designate Thierry Breton will...
Enlargement 14-11-2019

Hungary’s Commission pick survives enlargement test, deflects on Orban

The Western Balkans must have a credible perspective of joining the European Union as it is in Europe's geopolitical interest, Hungary's Commissioner-designate for enlargement and neighbourhood told his European Parliament hearing on Wednesday (14 November).

EU cooperation needed to address cross-border legal issues

As citizens have to deal more and more with cross-border legal issues, the EU needs to work towards ensuring better cooperation and harmonization of laws between member states. 
Politics 14-11-2019

EU Auditors ask Commission to ‘re-think’ voluntary relocation schemes

In today's edition of The Capitals, find out how the European Court auditors asked the EU Commission to 're-think' its relocation schemes, the German Bundestag dismissed an AfD MP as committee chair, how some members of the Polish Senate feel intimidated, and so much more. The Capitals brings you the latest news from across Europe, through on-the-ground reporting by EURACTIV’s media network.
Digital 14-11-2019

Breton’s bid to shake the Atos shadow

France's European Commissioner-designate Thierry Breton will appear before members of the European Parliament this afternoon, in an attempt to assuage concerns over alleged conflicts of interest in his previous leadership of the global IT firm, Atos.
Global Europe 14-11-2019

Despite ‘wonderful’ meeting, Trump and Erdogan fail to resolve conflicts

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday (13 November)  pushed Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan to walk away from the purchase of a Russian missile defence system, calling it a “very serious challenge” to bilateral ties, even though he described a meeting between the two leaders as “wonderful.”
Global Europe 14-11-2019

In-work-poverty increasing in spite of economic growth, study reveals

Social inequalities, including in-work-poverty, have increased in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crisis, according to the findings of a study released by SOLIDAR, published on Wednesday (13 November).
Global Europe 14-11-2019

Trump impeachment hearings focus on Ukraine pressure campaign

The top US diplomat in Ukraine, testifying on Wednesday (13 November)  in the first televised hearing of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, linked him more directly to a pressure campaign on Ukraine to conduct investigations that would benefit...
Circular economy 14-11-2019

China in focus as West debates critical minerals challenge

Western powers will attend talks in Brussels next week on curbing China's dominance of rare earths and other critical resources and EU officials will present their vision to create entire green supply chains.

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