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[Opinion] Separation of powers instead of ‘Spitzenkandidat’ process

The relatively-new Spitzenkandidat process means the commission will be led by a political candidate, and thus it instantly becomes more political. But is that the desired effect?

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[Exclusive] Revealed: ExxonMobil’s private dinner with Cyprus’ top EU brass

The US oil and gas giant hosted Cypriot MEPs, Cyprus' highest EU diplomat and EU commissioner Christos Stylianides at a dinner in a private club in Brussels.

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[Ticker] Support for Swedish Greens up over climate concerns

Extreme heat and forest fires seem to have helped Sweden's Green Party, growing its support from four percent in June to 5.6 percent, according to the latest poll from SIFO institute, published by Svenska Dagbladet. The threshold in Sweden is four perc...

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[Ticker] US jury rules Monsanto liable in cancer case

Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller was a substantial factor in causing cancer, a San Francisco jury has found, and ruled the company liable for a terminally ill man's cancer and awarding him €254m in damages. In Europe, more than 1.3 million people signed a 'Stop Glyphosate' petition, but authorisation for the world's best-selling herbicide was nevertheless extended for five years last November.

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[Ticker] Euro hit by Turkish lira crisis

The Turkish lira dropped almost nine percent in early trading on Monday and the euro hit a one-year low as investors feared Turkey's financial crisis could spread into European markets. The lira has lost more than 40 percent of its value this year on w...

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[Ticker] France to introduce plastic tax from 2019

From 2019 products with unrecycled plastic packaging will cost up to 10 percent more in France, secretary of state for ecological transition, Brune Poirson, has told Journal du Dimanche newspaper. Plastic products such as straws, cups and plates will b...

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[Ticker] France to veto post-Brexit sea route skipping French ports

French transport minister, Elisabeth Borne, has officially protested against an EU plan connecting Ireland to Europe via Zeebrugge, Antwerp and Rotterdam after Brexit. In a letter to the EU commission dated 10 August the French minister said the propos...

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[Ticker] Thousands rally in Bucharest against government for second night

Around 40,000 Romanians flooded the capital Bucharest on Saturday for a second night of anti-government protests, following violent clashes injuring more than 400 people on Friday. Romania's president Klaus Iohannis condemned Friday's "brutal intervent...

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[Ticker] Over 100 seats that backed Brexit now want to remain in EU

More than 100 Westminster parliamentary seats that voted for Brexit in the 2016 referendum have now switched their support to Remain, according to a study commissioned by Hope Not Hate and pro-EU group Best for Britain. Constituencies in Wales and the ...

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[Opinion] What Salvini teaches us about Operation Sophia

It seems as if the EU and some member states are trying to 'sell' European external action in Italy, Austria, Poland and Hungary as a key to solving internal issues – and thus pulling these missions into today's populist debates.

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[Exclusive] 14 lobbyist meetings with Oettinger and Canete went unminuted

EUobserver has asked for any minutes relating to 14 meetings with lobbyists held by commissioners Guenther Oettinger and Miguel Arias Canete. None exist.

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[Ticker] German development minister calls for EU ‘commissioner for Africa’

Germany's development minister has called for the EU to create a 'Africa commissioner', to coordinate EU policy towards the continent. Gerd Mueller, from chancellor Angela Merkel's CSU sister party, called on the EU to open its markets to African goods...

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