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Digital 30-05-2019

Digital Brief: ‘No letting down the guard’

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here. 
Digital 14-09-2016

Commission pushes controversial ‘Google tax’ to save news publishers

EU plans to charge internet companies for linking to online news were presented today (14 September) after a heated, two-year-long fight over whether the “Google tax” will help publishers stay profitable—or simply be overzealous regulation that could "break the internet".
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Digital 16-11-2015

Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2015

David Levy, director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism­, recently presented the latest edition of the Digital News Report at the Lisbon Council.
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Development Policy 02-04-2014

EU pledges extra funds for peace and security in Africa

As African and European leaders are meeting for a 4-day Summit in Brussels, where more that 80 nations are attending, the European Union pledged on Wednesday to spend an extra 800 million euros on peacekeeping missions in Africa.
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Europe's East 24-02-2014

EU Ashton in Kiev as new government accuses ousted Yanukovich of mass murder

The Ukrainian authorities announced on Monday that ousted president Viktor Yanukovich is wanted on an arrest warrant for mass murder, after Ukrainian police snipers shot anti-government protesters earlier last week. The Commission has so far declined to comment on the arrest warrant, as EU Foreign Affairs chief Catherine Ashton is in Kiev for discussions with party leaders about financial aid to Ukraine. The warrant was issued after Russian-backed Yanukovich fled Kiev by helicopter on Friday, in a failed attempt to reach Russia.
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Health 30-01-2014

Commission unveils new plan to combat obesity

In its fight against obesity among school children, the European Commission launched a proposal on Thursday to strengthen the declining consumption of fruit and milk among young people. Aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles, the new plan will bring together the EU's currently separate programmes on milk and fruit under a new single scheme.
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Health 14-01-2014

MEPs want tougher sanctions over food fraud after horse meat scandal

One year after the horse meat scandal broke across Europe, the European Parliament on Tuesday called for more inspections of food production chains and tougher penalties for companies that commit food fraud. The controversy began last year when DNA tests revealed that some products sold across Europe were labeled as beef but in fact contained up to 100% horsemeat.
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Languages & Culture 20-11-2013

Pakistani Malala Yousafzai receives Sakharov human rights award

Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai received the 2013 Sakharov prize in a ceremony in Strasbourg on Wednesday, joining former winners such as Nelson Mandela and San Suu Kyi. Malala was awarded the prize in recognition of her fight for universal and equal access to education. The 16-year-old activist was shot in the head by the Taliban a year ago after campaigning for better rights for girls in Pakistan. After MEPs gave her a standing ovation, she gave an emotional speech about the millions of children in the world deprived of education.
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Global Europe 02-07-2013

EU-US trade talks at risk after spying allegations

EU policymakers said on Monday that talks for a free trade agreement between the US and the EU might be at risk. The threat comes after reports revealed over the weekend that American spies had allegedly been wiretapping EU buildings in Brussels and Washington. Both the European Commission and the European Parliament have demanded quick clarification.
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EU Priorities 2020 14-03-2013

European Parliament rejects EU long-term budget

MEP's on Wednesday rejected the next long-term EU budget deal agreed by European leaders earlier in February. Adopted by an outstanding majority, the resolution will give European Parliament's President Martin Schulz enough room to negotiate and obtain concessions from EU leaders. "The Parliament wants to be taken as a serious partner. We are prepared to negotiate; this is an offer now, from the EP to the Council, to come to compromises and to improve the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF)', said European Parliament's president Martin Schulz.
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Global Europe 12-03-2013

Israel’s Peres urges EU to blacklist Hezbollah, calls Iran ‘the greatest danger’

In a historic address to the European Parliament on Tuesday, Israeli president Shimon Peres urged Europe to place the Lebanese group Hezbollah on the EU's terrorist blacklist.
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Elections 26-02-2013

EU urges Italy to form ‘stable’ government after elections

After national elections have left Italy severely divided, Brussels on Tuesday expressed its concern over the potential political deadlock that might lead the country to further instability.
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EU Priorities 2020 11-02-2013

EU leaders urge European Parliament to approve slashed EU budget

EU leaders have urged the European Parliament to 'be responsible' and approve the new long-term EU budget proposal. The plead came after European leaders struck a deal on Friday on the 7-year budget following more than 24 hours of talks. Mirroring the austerity measures that national governments are currently undertaking, the budget has been capped at €960 billion. (The original November proposal was  €972 billion.) It is the first time in the Union's history that an EU budget is smaller than the previous period.
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Future EU 12-10-2012

EU wins 2012 Nobel Peace Prize

Despite a year marked by one of the worst crises in decades and repeated scenes of social unrest across the continent, the European Union has been awarded the 2012 Nobel peace prize. The Norweigien prize committe awarded the 27-nation bloc for its 60 years of contributions to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.
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Economy & Jobs 12-09-2012

Šemeta: Fiscal union involves tax cooperation

Creating a fiscal union will require greater cooperation on taxation and tax evasion, Taxation Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta tells EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
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Economy & Jobs 07-02-2012

Maastricht Treaty turns 20 as euro crisis continues

Twenty years ago, leaders of the European Union put their signatures under a plan for one of the most ambitious steps in European integration.The single currency. The Maastricht Treaty enable the creation of the euro, which, despite all the negatives, has clearly carved out its place in the international currency markets. Former European Commissioner President Jacques Delors still sees the euro as a success story: Ten years after the launch of the physical notes and coins, however, it's clear that the Maastricht Treaty was not a complete success.
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Future EU 17-01-2012

Schulz 14th EP President

German social-democrat Martin Schulz on Tuesday became the 14th president of the European Parliament, beating two British MEPs with a clear majority. The victory of Schulz was no surprise. After the 2009 European elections, the two biggest parties in the parliament agreed to split the five-year presidency among them. Polish christian-democrat Jerzy Buzek held the presidency until today.

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