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Economy & Jobs 03-05-2018

Campaigners hail ‘significant’ UK move on tax havens

Britain's historic decision to compel its overseas territories to identify the owners of registered companies marks a "significant" moment in the global crackdown on dirty money, campaigners said Wednesday (2 May).

UK interior minister Amber Rudd resigns after immigration scandal

Britain's interior minister Amber Rudd resigned on Sunday (29 April) over an illegal immigration policy controversy, in a bitter blow to Prime Minister Theresa May days before local elections.
Economy & Jobs 30-04-2018

France, Germany, Britain say EU ‘must be ready to react’ to US trade tariffs

The European Union's three largest economies agree on the need to be "ready to react" to trade tariffs imposed by the United States, France's presidency said Sunday (29 April).
Electricity 25-04-2018

Ørsted lines up first major UK battery storage project

Energy firm Ørsted has announced its first venture into large-scale energy storage systems, after announcing plans to build and operate a 20MW battery storage project near Liverpool. EURACTIV's media partners edie.net reports.
Air Quality 17-04-2018

Over 95% of world’s population breathe dangerous air, study finds

More than 95% of the world’s population breathe unsafe air and the burden is falling hardest on the poorest communities, with the gap between the most polluted and least polluted countries rising rapidly, a comprehensive study of global air pollution has found. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
Brexit 10-04-2018

Brits abroad: EU citizenship doubled in Brexit vote year

The number of British people becoming citizens of another European Union country more than doubled in 2016, the year the UK voted to leave the bloc, official figures showed Monday.
Global Europe 05-04-2018

Russia loses bid for joint spy poisoning probe, calls for UN talks

Russia lost a bid yesterday (4 April) at the global chemical weapons watchdog to launch a joint probe with Britain into the spy poisoning scandal, and sought to press its case at the highest level, calling for urgent UN Security Council talks.
Energy 03-04-2018

Belgium pledges to ditch nuclear power by 2025

On Friday (30 March), the Belgian government approved a new energy pact that will see the country phase out atomic power between 2022 and 2025.
Brexit 03-04-2018

EU Parliament trolls UK’s blue passports for April Fool’s day

The European Parliament’s UK office made light of Britain’s decision to ditch burgundy passports after Brexit in a tweet posted on April Fool’s day (1 April), joking that the EU would also switch to blue next March.

Bottle and can deposit return scheme gets green light in England

All drinks containers in England, whether plastic, glass or metal, will be covered by a deposit return scheme, the UK government has announced. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
Global Europe 20-03-2018

No new Russia sanctions, or Tusk letter to Putin

Theresa May will update fellow EU leaders on the Salisbury spy attack on Thursday evening but has not requested any further sanctions on Russia following the attack, an EU official has said.
Brexit 19-03-2018

How do citizens in UK view Brexit, a year before the departure?

One year before the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union, EURACTIV's partner efe-epa spoke to a diverse group of people, including British citizens and EU nationals who have made lives for themselves in the UK, to find out how they felt about Brexit.
Brexit 08-03-2018

EU’s Brexit trade guidelines: key points

The EU's draft negotiating guidelines unveiled on Wednesday (7 March) set out plans for a free trade deal but stop well short of Prime Minister Theresa May's wish list.
Brexit 01-03-2018

Brexit to decide future of Japanese car industry in the UK

Japanese car manufacturers with most of their production sites in the UK will lose access to the single market following Brexit, and are consequently threatening to leave. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Brexit 21-02-2018

‘It’s an absolute shambles’ – UK manufacturers demand clarity on Brexit

With little more than a year to go before Britain leaves the European Union, many British manufacturers are stepping up their calls for Prime Minister Theresa May and her government to explain what Brexit will mean for them.

Britain ahead of EU pack in low-carbon transition

The UK's growth in renewable generation this decade has outstripped nearly all other European countries, according to new research. EURACTIV's media partner edie.net reports.
Circular economy 25-01-2018

UK opposes strong EU recycling targets despite plastics pledge

The UK government is opposing strong new recycling targets across the EU despite its recent pledge to develop "ambitious new future targets and milestones", confidential documents have revealed. EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian reports.
Brexit 25-01-2018

Ex-UK PM Cameron: Brexit not going as badly as we thought

Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron, whose failure to persuade British voters to stay in the EU led to his exit from office, was caught on camera saying Brexit was not going as badly as he had believed it would. The EU also confirmed the UK would lose an important space agency after leaving.
Energy 08-01-2018

UK government spells out plan to shut down coal plants

One of the UK’s eight remaining coal power stations is expected to cease generating electricity this year, the government has said as it laid out new rules that will force all the plants to close by 2025. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
Brexit 21-12-2017

Right-hand of May felled by scandal, as Brexit talks ratchet up

British Prime Minister Theresa May was left weakened by the resignation on Wednesday (20 December) of her deputy, Damian Green, who made misleading statements after pornography was found on his computer, in a further blow to the British leader as she faces tough Brexit talks.
Brexit 21-12-2017

UK agrees delaying Brexit date – if need be

British Prime Minister Theresa May gave her backing to a legislative compromise Wednesday (20 December) allowing Brexit to be delayed, avoiding another parliamentary defeat while promising that pushing back the departure date would only happen in "exceptional circumstances".
Brexit 20-12-2017

Trump and May discuss post-Brexit trade deal, Jerusalem

British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump "agreed on the importance of a swift post-Brexit bilateral trade deal" during talks on Tuesday (19 December).
Agrifood 15-12-2017

English rivers polluted by powerful insecticides, tests reveal

Rivers in England are contaminated with powerful insecticides, new testing has revealed, increasing concerns over the impact of the toxic chemicals on fish and birds. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
Energy 15-12-2017

UK gets Russian gas for Christmas, despite US sanctions

The United Kingdom will take direct delivery of Russian gas for the first time this month, after fears of a winter supply crisis pushed prices up. The deal is controversial because the provider is a Russian gas project that is the subject of US sanctions against Moscow.