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[Exclusive] Big Oil sponsors Croatia’s EU presidency

Croatia's national oil company has become the EU council presidency's "official gasoline supplier" - in a move that appears to clash with aspirations of the European Green Deal. Critics say such sponsorships pose a reputational risk with the wider public.

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[Ticker] France: Le Pen to run for president again in 2022

French leader of the far-right National Rally party, Marine Le Pen, announced on Thursday that she plans to run for the French presidential elections in 2022. Le Pen made it to the second round of French elections in 2017 with 34 percent of the votes, ...

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[Ticker] MEPs adopt call for action on Hungary and Poland

In a resolution adopted by 446 votes to 178, with 41 abstentions, MEPs called for EU states to act on Poland and Hungary for breaking EU rules and values under the Article 7 procedure. MEPs said the situation in both countries has deteriorated since tr...

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News from EUobserver 2020-01-16 16:51:54

The EU Parliament's leadership designated Thursday an MEP from each three largest party groups, centre-right EPP, Socialists & Democrats and liberal Renew Europe, to run the operational body of the Future of Europe conference. The Executive Coordination Board would be responsible for the daily management, according to the parliament's proposal. One representative for the commission and the council would join. Renew will have Guy Verhofstadt, the EPP Manfred Weber.

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[Ticker] Report: Ex-EU ambassador suspected of spying for China

A former German diplomat who later worked for the European Commission and EU foreign service, where he served as EU ambassador in several foreign countries, is under investigation for sharing or being willing to share commercially-sensitive information...

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[Interview] Cloud of mistrust over Malta’s new government

Malta's new government does not look likely to turn itself into a normal, law-abiding EU state any time soon, the son of slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has said.

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[Ticker] Danish shipping chief attacks EU competition law

The CEO of Danish shipping firm Maersk, Soren Skou, has said EU competition law could see China and the US outdo European firms by holding back "the creation of a European global champion". "Competition policy should not be just about protecting consum...

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[Ticker] Nordic states to stay out of EU minimum wage

The European Commission will exempt high-wage Nordic countries, where trade unions do collective deals with employers, from its bid for an EU-wide minimum wage, according to an internal consultation document seen by British paper The Guardian. "EU acti...

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[Ticker] UK to hold Brexit festivities in front of parliament

Britain is to celebrate Brexit day on 31 January with speeches, music, and fireworks in front of parliament in London after anti-EU campaign group Leave Means Leave got a permit, on Wednesday, to stage the event. "It is a big moment in the history of t...

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[Ticker] EU defends Poland over Russian WW2 claims

The European Commission has voiced solidarity with Poland over Russian claims Poland was to blame for World War 2. "The European Commission fully rejects all false claims seeking to distort history," Czech EU values commissioner Vera Jourova said in th...

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[Ticker] Iran threatens European troops in Middle East

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani warned that European troops might be in danger if the UK, Germany and France trigger the dispute mechanism in the nuclear deal (JCPOA) that could lead to new sanctions on Iran. "Today, the American soldier is in danger,...

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[Opinion] Can the Green Deal – and Europe – succeed?

We have invested €200bn in research and innovation since 1984, but have we achieved any leadership in quantum, semiconductors, storage, artificial intelligence? The simple answer is no.

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