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Thousands apply for EU border guard posts

The EU border agency, Frontex's recruitment drive launched last October to fill 700 new border guard positions has attracted a massive number of applicants from across southern and central EU states.

Some 7,500 applicants had applied for the 700 positions, which is part of a much larger ...

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New year, old problems for one of EU's poorest places

The year is off to a rocky start in Vaslui, one of EU's most impoverished regions and Romania's poorest county, where two 12-year olds were found in alcohol-induced coma after having spent their Christmas carol-singing money on alcohol.

High unemployment, alarming school dropout rates, ...

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Brexit - Europe's 'Versailles moment'?

Successful diplomatic treaties are often not so much about shaping the future as they are about surmounting the past.

The Peace of Westphalia, which in 1648 put an end to the European wars of religion, spelled out "that all that has pass'd on the one side, and the other, as well before as ...

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MEPs urge binding targets to protect biodiversity

MEPs have called on the European Commission to move away from voluntary commitments on biodiversity protection and to propose an "ambitious and inclusive" strategy for 2030 that sets legally binding targets for the EU and its member states.

The European Parliament on Thursday (16 January) ...

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Davos and Libya in focus This WEEK

With the Libyan ceasefire talks hitting a wall, German chancellor Angela Merkel is to host a conference in Berlin on Sunday (19 January) to try to bridge the gap between the warring sides in the North African country.

The German-led push to resolve the conflict in Libya will see Libyan ...

2020-01-17 17:08 open_in_new
China spy suspect worked for EU for 30 years

The former EU ambassador suspected by German prosecutors of spying for China was Gerhard Sabathil, according to EU officials speaking to EUobserver and to US newspaper the Washington Post on condition of anonymity.

The dual German-Hungarian national had served as the EU envoy to South ...

2020-01-17 17:08 open_in_new
Catalan MEPs Puigdemont and Comin look for a party

Two Catalan MEPs - the former head of the Catalan regional government, Carles Puigdemont, and one member of his government, Toni Comín - have asked to join the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament - but indicated they are open to other groups.

But the two Catalan politicians ...

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Why EU subsidy schemes don't work - the evidence

In a world of technological change and global competition, European economies struggle to remain competitive.

Historically, the European Union has sought to address this challenge through various industrial policies such as targeted support schemes, research & development (R&D) ...

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Catalan MEPs Puigdemont and Comin look for a party

Two Catalan MEPs - the former head of the Catalan regional government, Carles Puigdemont, and one member of his government, Toni Comín - have asked to join the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament - but indicated they are open to other groups.

But the two Catalan politicians ...

2020-01-17 08:44 open_in_new
Surge in Israeli demolition of EU-funded buildings

Israel has sped up demolitions of EU-funded and Palestinian structures in the West Bank amid hawkish talk on taking over the territory.

It demolished or seized 97 structures worth some €480,000 in the area last year which had been built using EU or member states' funds - a 90 ...

2020-01-17 08:44 open_in_new
Big Oil sponsors Croatia's EU presidency

The six-month Croatian presidency of the Council of the EU has signed a deal with the country's national oil company INA to supply its fuel.

The part state-owned firm is now designated as the EU council presidency's "official gasoline supplier" - and comes during the launch of the European ...

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Cloud of mistrust over Malta's new government

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

The new Maltese prime minister, Robert Abela, named the 17 ministers who will make up his cabinet on Wednesday (15 January). ...

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Belgium, France, UK in EU court surveillance blow

Government-led mass surveillance schemes in Belgium, France and the United Kingdom were delivered a potential blow by an opinion from the advocate-general of the EU's top court in Luxembourg on Wednesday (15 January).

While not binding, the opinion is already being celebrated as a victory ...

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Poland and Germany get most from Green transition fund

Poland and Germany will receive the largest funding slice of the €7.5bn Just Transition Fund, according to a proposal sent by the European Commission to member states on Wednesday (15 January).

The long-awaited fund aims to mobilise €100bn between 2021 and 2027 to help ...

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MEPs call on EU states to act on Hungary and Poland

MEPs called on EU countries on Wednesday (15 January) to set concrete demands and deadlines for Hungary and Poland, which have been under prolonged EU scrutiny over the rule of law and judicial independence.

The European Parliament debated the Article 7 probes underway in the council of ...

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Europeans ready to 'green' their lifestyles, study finds

Europeans rank irreversible climate change as one of the biggest threats to the continent, over terrorism and unemployment, a new study by the European Investment Bank (EIB) revealed on Tuesday (14 January).

And two-thirds of people in Europe, the US and China think their individual ...

2020-01-16 08:35 open_in_new
Can the Green Deal – and Europe – succeed?

The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has unveiled the European Green Deal, and intends to make this the cornerstone of European policy over the next five years.

This sounds spot on. Von der Leyen has very correctly framed the vision. But who doubted that the EU ...

2020-01-16 08:35 open_in_new
Boost for Right in post-Brexit EU Parliament

The composition of the European Parliament will tilt towards the right as the centre-right European People's Party and the far-right Identity and Democracy will gain seats in the post-Brexit assembly.

Meanwhile, the Socialists & Democrats (S&D), the liberal Renew Europe, and the ...

2020-01-15 15:38 open_in_new
Parliament calls for citizens' 'agoras' to shape future EU

The European Parliament in a resolution to be adopted on Wednesday (15 January) has called for the discussion on the future of the EU - aimed at reconnecting to citizens - to kick off on 9 May, which is Europe Day.

The Conference on the Future of Europe, a planned two-year soul-searching ...

2020-01-15 08:17 open_in_new
Nuclear arms race threat after EU rebukes Iran

EU powers have triggered a process that could bring the world back to 2006, when sanctions and military threats were all that stood in the way of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

"We have ... been left with no choice, given Iran's actions, but to register today our concerns that ...

2020-01-15 08:17 open_in_new
MEPs: Don't waste your chance to change Vietnam

In coming weeks, the European Parliament is expected to take a binding decision on whether to approve, postpone or reject the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Investment Protection Agreement (IPA).

The votes come after a long, troubled path, whose end might not be in ...

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