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Agrifood 23-08-2017

US objects to EU-China quality food labelling pact

Trade agreement between Beijing and Brussels on geographical indications is likely to stumble on registered trademarks and US meddling. EURACTIV Italy reports.

Economy & Jobs 23-08-2017

Macron on course for clashes with unions over labour reform

The French government this week entered the home straight in its preparation for labour market reform. This flagship project of Emmanuel Macron’s young presidency will provide an explosive end to the summer holidays. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.

Poland seeks EU aid as deadly storm clean-up starts

Poland is seeking EU aid to help clean up the aftermath of powerful summer storms that killed six people in mid-August, damaged thousands of homes and destroyed large swathes of forests in the Eastern European country.

Agrifood 23-08-2017

Spanish MEP wants ‘migration-style’ controls on food imports at the EU border

Spanish Partido Popular MEP Esther Herranz wants to harmonise the EU's border controls to protect food and plant products and prevent pests. EURACTIV’s partner EFEAgro reports.

Railways 23-08-2017

France and Italy seek operator to manage trans-Alpine line

Italy and France are dusting off plans for a rolling highway that only carries 2% of trucks through the Alps. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

Energy 23-08-2017

Carbon capture and storage: Norway still top of the class

Norway’s energy giant Statoil is developing a project to store imported industrial CO2 emissions under the sea. Companies in the UK would like to benefit from the technology. EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Environnement Reports.

Electricity 23-08-2017

Europe’s reliance on gas imports in spotlight as coal’s decline continues

Electricity produced from natural gas has matched power generated from coal in OECD countries. But Europe’s gas self-sufficiency dropped below 50% for the very first time as well.

Politics 23-08-2017

Italy pushes for deeper European cooperation on terrorism

Italy's justice minister says Europe must deepen judicial cooperation in the face of growing terrorist threats. EURACTIV’s partner Milano Finanza reports.

EU Priorities 2020 23-08-2017

12 European heads of state in 10 days: Macron’s diplomatic tour de force

The French president will meet 12 European heads of state in the coming 10 days during seven meetings. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 23-08-2017

Deadly quake on Ischia exposes inaction on Italy’s illegal homes

A small but deadly earthquake on the Italian holiday island of Ischia exposed a deep political fault line yesterday (22 August) over the country's proliferation of unsafe, illegal housing.

Development Policy 23-08-2017

Researchers: Saudi-led coalition is responsible for Yemen’s health crisis

Severe food and medical shortages caused by two years of devastating war are having a major impact on everyday life in Yemen, where thousands of children starve to death, researchers have warned, pointing out the responsibility of Saudi Arabia.

Global Europe 23-08-2017

Ukraine sees itself victim of Russian ‘provocation’ in North Korea missile row

Ukraine called allegations about the use of Ukrainian technology in the North Korean missile program a “Russian provocation” on Tuesday (22 August).

Brexit 23-08-2017

UK outlines plans to break free of European Court after Brexit

The British government will outline its plans on Wednesday (23 August) to escape the "direct jurisdiction" of the European Court of Justice after Brexit, one of Prime Minister Theresa May's main aims in talks to unravel 40 years of European Union membership.

Climate change 23-08-2017

Dangerous global warming unstoppable without geo-engineering, says study

The international community has already missed its chance to limit global warming to between 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius, according to a new study by Switzerland-based researchers. But a solution to the problem could lie in geo-engineering technologies.

Future EU 22-08-2017

Schäuble preparing EU bailout fund reform proposal

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble is working on a proposal that would allow southern eurozone countries to tap into the single currency bloc's bailout fund to boost investments during recessions, a newspaper reported on Wednesday (23 August).

Competition 22-08-2017

Commission launches in-depth probe of Bayer-Monsanto merger

The European Commission has launched an "in-depth" investigation into the proposed merger of global agriculture giants Monsanto and Bayer, amid concerns that it may create too high a concentration and disrupt competition in the areas of pesticides and seeds.

Agrifood 22-08-2017

EU farmers demand action on unfair trading practices

Europe’s agri-cooperatives called on the Commission on Tuesday (22 August) to increase transparency in the food supply chain and enact EU legislation to protect food producers from the unfair trading practices of their economically stronger partners.

Elections 22-08-2017

EU’s leftists accuse Estonian Presidency of playing political games

The Estonian Presidency is holding an informal ministerial conference in Tallinn on Wednesday (23 August) under the title “The Heritage in 21st Century Europe of the Crimes Committed by Communist Regimes".

Politics 22-08-2017

Spain maintains terrorist alert level, heightens security

Spain has kept its current terrorist alert level unchanged but has moved to heighten security in tourist areas, following the terrorist attacks in Catalunya that killed 15 people and injured about 100 more. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Forest fires hit five-year record in Spain

Fires in Spain burnt 75,026 hectares of forest land in the current year, topping European charts for loss of land to fires. EURACTIV's partner EFEAgro reports.

Agrifood 22-08-2017

British hepatitis outbreak linked to imported sausages

Thousands of shoppers may have caught the hepatitis E virus from pork products sold by a British supermarket, an investigation by Public Health England (PHE) has revealed.

Elections 22-08-2017

Merkel hits out at predecessor in Russia row before election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticised her predecessor, Gerhard Schröder, on Monday (21 August) for taking a new job at Russian oil producer Rosneft and said she did not intend to take any posts in industry once she leaves politics.

Economy & Jobs 22-08-2017

EFTA makes available its own court to solve disputes after Brexit

The court of the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) could present a way-out for Britain as it seeks a new authority to arbitrate in disputes after it leaves the European Union, the president of the court said on Monday (21 August).

Central Europe 22-08-2017

Czechs may seek observer seat at beefed-up Eurogroup

The Czech Republic may try to get an observer seat at the Eurogroup of eurozone finance ministers if its decision-making powers are boosted under plans to reshape the European Union, the foreign minister said on Monday (21 August).