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Electricity 21-05-2019

EU renewable electricity hopes get welcome jolt

Fifty percent of the EU’s electricity will have to come from renewable energy sources by 2030 but the issue is more than just a matter of building more solar panels and wind turbines. The structure of Europe’s power grid will have to change.
5G 21-05-2019

Huawei: US founding fathers would be ‘alarmed’ with Trump administration

The US founding fathers would be ‘alarmed’ by the recent actions of the Trump administration to restrict access to the American market for Chinese businesses, Huawei’s EU chief, Abraham Liu, said on Tuesday (21 April).
EU Elections 2019 21-05-2019

Fact-check: Do the polls indicate a win for Le Pen’s Rassemblement National?

Marine Le Pen's Rassemblement National and Emmanuel Macron's La République En Marche appear to be neck and neck in the European election polls but Macron's party still retains a statistical advantage. But media coverage appears to be hailing a possible victory for Rassemblement National, rather than for Macron's party. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 20-05-2019

Spanish, French or Polish: expats fight Brexit at UK polls

Chatting with voters in a small town in northwest England ahead of this week's European elections, lawyer Sophie Larroque's French accent is hard to miss.
EU Elections 2019 20-05-2019

Bannon presence raises hackles in France ahead of Europe polls

Political tensions soared in France Sunday (19 May) a week ahead of tightly-contested European elections, with the ruling party of President Emmanuel Macron expressing unease over the presence of Donald Trump's controversial ex-strategist Steve Bannon.
Digital 16-05-2019

Digital Brief: Estonia Special

This week, EURACTIV Digital has been in Estonia, talking to political officials, startup entrepreneurs, and purveyors of Estonia's digital revolution, as a means to map out the country's future as the EU's tech powerhouse.
EU Elections 2019 16-05-2019

Merkel’s musings fuel speculation about Brussels move

Chancellor Merkel is showing great concern for the EU and emphasising an increased sense of responsibility for Europe. Could she have plans to move to Brussels? EURACTIV's media partner Der Tagesspiegel and agencies report.
EU Elections 2019 16-05-2019

Estonian President hits out at ‘white supremacist’ display with Le Pen

The "white supremacist" views held by some Parliamentarians do not represent the views of the Estonian people, President Kersti Kaljulaid insisted on Wednesday (15 May) after populist MPs were pictured alongside France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen.
EU Elections 2019 15-05-2019

Five future French MEPs on ‘reserve list’ in case of Brexit

While waiting for Brexit to happen, France has set up a mechanism to redistribute seats currently reserved for UK MEPs. EURACTIV France reports.

Merkel sends first strong message for climate neutrality by 2050

Chancellor Angela Merkel has indicated for the first time that Germany may join a European alliance to achieve greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050. At a recent EU summit, Germany was unwilling to join a similar initiative by nine EU member states. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 14-05-2019

Macron’s party presents election programme in Berlin

Two weeks before the European elections, Emmanuel Macron’s  La Republique en Marche (LREM) party published its election programme and is now attempting to mobilise pro-European voters, including those in Berlin. EURACTIV German reports.
EU Elections 2019 13-05-2019

Facebook takes down fake Italian accounts ahead of EU election

Facebook said on Sunday (12 May) it had taken down numerous Italian accounts on its platform that were false or were spreading fake news ahead of a European parliamentary election later this month.
Energy 10-05-2019

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with German Economic Minister Peter Altmaier

Germany's Economy and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier met with Claire Stam from EURACTIV Germany. Among other things, they discussed the 'New Silk Road', the battery alliance with France, climate change and power lines between northern and southern Germany.
Global Europe 08-05-2019

Iran threatens to abandon nuclear deal commitments, putting agreement at risk

Iran will abandon two of its commitments under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The announcement on Wednesday (8 May) comes exactly one year after the Trump administration pulled out of the landmark accord and leaves most of the international community worried.
EU Elections 2019 08-05-2019

French socialists cast off Timmermans as EU election candidate

The joint list of the French Socialist Party and the leftist Place publique party is differentiating itself from the Party of European Socialists (PES) by insisting on ecological issues. EURACTIV France reports.

Germany, Poland snub EU appeal for greater climate ambition

The governments of France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Portugal and Luxembourg have launched an appeal to boost EU climate action ahead of a major summit on the future of Europe taking place in Romania next Thursday (9 May).
EU Elections 2019 03-05-2019

French ‘yellow’ list for the EU elections strikes alliance with far-right MEP Philippot

Jean-François Barnaba, who leads the ‘Jaunes et citoyens’ list is striking an alliance with ‘Les Patriotes’, the far-right party of former Le Pen ally Florian Phillipot. Both want France to leave the European Union and drop the euro. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
Batteries 03-05-2019

EU looks into ‘Airbus-style’ Franco-German battery plans

France and Germany launched an Airbus-style €6 billion foray into the battery-building business on Thursday (2 May), as the EU's attempts to corner a slice of a growing global market started to pay off.
Future EU 02-05-2019

France is no longer taking Germany seriously

Official German politics has shown a professionally arrogant disregard for Emmanuel Macron's reform ideas. Now the French president is retaliating. EURACTIV’s media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Energy 30-04-2019

Energy saving certificates in search for better optimisation

Across Europe, there is a high degree of consensus on the importance of realising energy savings in buildings. But debate still rages on how best to organise energy certificate schemes, which have been plagued by fraud and abuse. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 30-04-2019

Northern French region banks on bioeconomy

In September 2018, the Hauts-de-France region (northern France) adopted a bioeconomy roadmap. The former sugar region wants to become a leader in the sector. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 26-04-2019

French low-carbon label plants seeds of agricultural and forestry transition

A new label aims to encourage the emergence of projects that reduce and sequester greenhouse gas emissions. EURACTIV’s partner le Journal de l’Environnement reports.
Health 26-04-2019

French professional League and WWF join forces to boost sustainability in football

The French professional football governing body and the environmental NGO WWF signed a partnership in April to reduce the ecological footprint of football clubs.
EU Elections 2019 25-04-2019

En Marche vs Merkel: Macron’s party criticises German Chancellor for not being bold enough

Merkel and Macron do not go hand in hand when it comes to the European elections. The French ruling party is using this for verbal attacks on the German Chancellor. EURACTIV’s media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

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