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Global Europe 18-02-2019

France, Spain condemn Venezuela’s expulsion of EU fact-finding team

The foreign ministers of France and Spain condemned on Monday (18 February) the Venezuelan government's decision to expel a group of EU lawmakers who had travelled there on a fact-finding mission and wanted to meet with the self-appointed but widely recognised interim president. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
EU Elections 2019 18-02-2019

Macron’s LREM targets the far-right at European elections

The French Minister for European Affairs already crosses swords on a regular basis with the far-right Rassemblement National and its fake news. This could prove useful practice for the upcoming election campaign. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 18-02-2019

Balearic Islands target 100% renewables, inspiring 26 EU islands

A plan by Spain's Balearic Islands to switch to 100% renewable energy and ditch coal power became law last week, while 26 islands across the EU are launching a new clean energy strategy on Monday (18 February).
EU Elections 2019 18-02-2019

Poll: EPP still the biggest group after EU elections, far-right to make gains

The center-right is set to remain the biggest group in the EU legislature after elections in May that should also show a surge in seats for the far-right, a survey by the European Parliament showed on Monday (18 February).

Munich Security Conference 2019 – Day #3

EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into the hot topics of this year’s Munich Security Conference and what is driving the conversation on foreign, defence and security policy. Day 3 in a nutshell with Iran, transatlantic relations and accession hopes.
Global Europe 18-02-2019

MEPs invited by Venezuela’s Guaidó barred from entering

Venezuela's government on Sunday (17 February) blocked five European lawmakers from entering the country, triggering an angry response by opposition leader Juan Guaidó who had invited the delegation.
Politics 18-02-2019

The Capitals – Daily news from EURACTIV media network

The Capitals brings you the latest news from across Europe, through on-the-ground reporting by EURACTIV’s newsroom network.  
Brexit 18-02-2019

May to speak to every EU head in bid for Brexit deal changes

Theresa May plans to speak to every European Union leader and the European Commission chief to seek changes to her EU withdrawal agreement, days after another defeat from her own lawmakers and as businesses brace for a no-deal Brexit on 29 March.
Global Europe 18-02-2019

IS ‘caliphate’ on brink of defeat as Trump urges Europe to take foreign fighters home

US-backed fighters in Syria are poised to capture Islamic State’s last, tiny enclave on the Euphrates, the battle commander said on Saturday (16 February), bringing its self-declared caliphate to the brink of total defeat as US President Donald Trump spoke of “100 percent victory”.
Agrifood 18-02-2019

MEPs want less EU money going to intensive farming

Lawmakers in the European Parliament's environment committee have voted for a reduction in subsidies going to intensive farming under the common agricultural policy as of 2021. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 18-02-2019

Low returns and rural areas’ restrictions keep young Greek farmers away

Low profitability and poor infrastructure quality make farming in Greece unattractive to young people, who are needed more than ever before to take the agricultural sector a step forward, stakeholders have told EURACTIV Greece.
Global Europe 18-02-2019

Polish PM cancels trip to Israel in wake of comments on Poles in Holocaust

Poland’s prime minister has cancelled a trip to Israel in the wake of reported remarks made by his Israeli counterpart suggesting Polish complicity during the Holocaust, an aide in his office told Polish media on Sunday (17 February). A government...

Munich Security Conference 2019 – Day #2

EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into the hot topics of this year’s Munich Security Conference and what is driving the conversation on foreign, defence and security policy from Day 2. On the menu: Merkel, Pence, Lavrov, climate change, Balkans.
Aviation 17-02-2019

UK airline folds amid Brexit uncertainty and fuel cost woes

British airline Flybmi went bust on Saturday (16 February), cancelling all flights with immediate effect. The regional carrier cited Brexit uncertainty as one of the reasons for entering administration, as well as increased fuel costs.
Global Europe 16-02-2019

Abandon Iran nuclear deal, Pence tells EU allies, Merkel disagrees

US Vice President Mike Pence urged European allies once again on Saturday (16 February) to follow Washington's lead and withdraw from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, saying the regime there "openly advocates another Holocaust".

Demands for ‘more Europe in NATO’ as leaders gather for Munich Security Conference

Demands for a stronger EU and foreign policy, more commitments to NATO and concerns over Russia’s assertiveness were the leitmotifs as the 55th Munich Security Conference kicked off on Friday (15 February).
Politics 16-02-2019

Health Commissioner Andriukaitis announces run at Lithuania presidency

European Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis announced on Friday (15 February) he would run for president of Lithuania, after some dithering due to his current institutional position.
Elections 15-02-2019

The Brief – Spain’s call for elections: A wish for common sense

Spain wrapped up a dizzying week as Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called early elections for 28 April. It will be the third time Spaniards go to the ballot box in four years, with the political scene thrown wide open by recent developments. 
Elections 15-02-2019

Spain to hold early elections on 28 April

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called on Friday (15 February) for snap elections on 28 April, only nine months after he took office, after failing to secure the Parliament’s support for his 2019 budget.
Climate change 15-02-2019

French students starting to mobilise against climate inaction

In Paris, it is French students rather than secondary school pupils who are mobilising for the youth climate march, a movement which is slowly gaining momentum in France. EURACTIV France reports.

EU in fresh diplomatic push to ‘raise global ambition’ on climate change

A special UN summit scheduled in New York next September will provide “an essential opportunity to mobilise political will to raise global ambition” on climate change, according to a draft EU statement due to be adopted on Monday (18 February).
15-02-2019

Trans-Europe Express – Mother of all European elections

At a press conference about '100 days before the next European elections', European Parliament spokesperson Jaime Duch Guillot made plenty of use of superlatives. Because this year’s European elections are dead serious.

Pompeo meets EU’s top diplomat after Pence’s Iran accusations

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the EU's top diplomat in Brussels on Friday (15 February), a day after Vice President Mike Pence accused America's traditional European allies of trying to undermine U.S. sanctions against Iran.
Agrifood 15-02-2019

Glyphosate ban was out of pesticide committee’s scope, co-rapporteur says

Greens did not back the call to ban glyphosate because out of the mandate of pesticide special committee, pledging to battle for it at the right time and moment, Greens co-rapporteur on the final report Bart Staes explained in an interview with EURACTIV.com.

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