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Brexit and Orban in spotlight This WEEK

The saga on the UK trying to leave the EU in an orderly way is not likely to end this week either.

EU leaders will meet in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt to talk to Arab leaders represented by the Arab League, and British prime minister Theresa May will be there to lobby for changes to the ...

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EP budget chair seeks clarity on Saudi lobbying and College of Europe

The EU-funded College of Europe must clarify its financial ties to Saudi Arabia, the chair of a powerful European Parliament (EP) budgetary committee has said.

The demand follows revelations last week by this website that the Saudis had paid the College of Europe to meet MEPs in a ...

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Swedish activist urges EU to double climate goals

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg has urged the EU to double its climate targets, amid a European Commission pledge to spend billions on the problem in the future.

The EU aims to cut CO2 emissions by 40 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.

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Microsoft warns EU on election hack threat

Russian hackers posed a threat to EU elections, US tech giant Microsoft has warned, amid fresh revelations of cyber-attacks against European targets.

"The attacks we've seen recently ... suggest an ongoing effort to target democratic organisations," Tom Burt, the firm's vice-president, ...

2019-02-21 10:20 open_in_new
Brexit talks to continue after May-Juncker meeting

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and British prime minister Theresa May agreed to continue Brexit talks and meet again in February after what they described as "constructive" talks in Brussels on Wednesday (20 February) evening.

May told a British broadcaster after the ...

2019-02-21 10:20 open_in_new
Trump and Kurz: not best friends, after all

The current rift in transtlantic relations seems to be deepening by the day.

The visit of the Austrian chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, to the White House on Wednesday (20 February) - the first such summit in 13 years - only underlined this even further.

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2019-02-21 09:17 open_in_new
EU commission appeals Dieselgate ruling

The European Commission will appeal a decision by the Court of Justice of the EU which said that a relaxing of car emissions standards was illegal, EU commissioner for industry Elzbieta Bienkowska told MEPs on Wednesday (20 February).

At the same time, the commission will prepare new EU ...

2019-02-20 20:41 open_in_new
'No burning crisis' on migrant arrivals, EU agency says

The security of the external borders of the European Union is likely to be tested this year, says the Warsaw-based European Border and Coast Guard agency.

"Our external borders will be tested, very likely in 2019 again and also the borders of neighbouring countries," Fabrice Leggeri, the ...

2019-02-20 16:29 open_in_new
'No evidence' ECB bond-buying helped euro economy

There is no evidence that the European Central Bank's (ECB) so-called quantitative easing (QE) programme has had an effect on the eurozone economy, according to a new research paper published on Tuesday (19 February).

The paper, written by economists Adam Elbourne and Kan Ji, was published ...

2019-02-20 10:11 open_in_new
Juncker: Orban should leave Europe's centre-right

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has said Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz party should leave the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) group in the European Parliament (EP).

"Against lies there's not much you can do," Juncker was quoted as saying ...

2019-02-20 10:11 open_in_new
College of Europe alumni ask rector to cut Saudi ties

Signatures at the European Parliament are being collected among former College of Europe graduates demanding that the academic institute, College of Europe, stop organising private meetings between MEPs and the autocratic Saudi government.

More than 70 names have so far been collected in a ...

2019-02-19 21:35 open_in_new
EU says Hungary's anti-Juncker campaign is fake news

The European Commission on Tuesday (19 February) lashed out against a campaign launched by the Hungarian government the day before accusing the president of the EU executive Jean-Claude Juncker of threatening Hungary's security with migration plans.

"The Juncker commission made a ...

2019-02-19 18:26 open_in_new
Trump right for once: Europe should take back foreign fighters

Six years ago, I walked into a dark room in one of the poor areas in Cairo. Two Syrian friends of mine had asked me to drop by to meet a special friend of theirs.

Through the twilight, I saw a rather corpulent, but friendly looking man in his 50s. My friends introduced me to Qassem, a ...

2019-02-19 10:02 open_in_new
EU should clarify rules for plant burgers and lab meat

Laura Wellesley likes a burger "as much as the next person".

But as a researcher specialised in the link between climate change and eating habits, Wellesley is very appreciative of the carbon footprint of eating meat.

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2019-02-19 07:56 open_in_new
Italian populists could be second biggest force in EU parliament

Italy's anti-migrant and eurosceptic League party, led by interior minister Matteo Salvini, is projected to be the second biggest party in the European Parliament (EP) after this May's election, while the centre-right is to remain the biggest political family, according to polls released by the ...

2019-02-18 19:20 open_in_new
British MPs condemn Zuckerberg's misrule of Facebook

The Cambridge Analytica scandal showed a "profound failure of governance within Facebook", members of the British House of Commons have concluded in a report published on Monday (18 February).

MPs on the digital, culture, media and sport committee said the data breach was so big and ...

2019-02-18 10:56 open_in_new
Merkel defends Russia ties, ridicules Trump on cars

Russia could be a Cold War-type "partner" for Europe, German leader Angela Merkel has said.

But US policy on Iran was "depressing" and its claim that German cars were a "security threat" was "scary", she added in a speech at the Munich Security Conference, an international congress in ...

2019-02-18 10:56 open_in_new
EU's chance to step up on Hungary and Poland

The European Union often defends democratic institutions and the rule of law when they are under attack abroad.

But if the EU is serious about defending the bloc's values, they need to show even more resolve when these values are under attack at home.

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2019-02-18 10:56 open_in_new
ESA pushback against new EU space agency plan

The European Space Agency (ESA) has opposed the proposed new name for an EU satellite agency - because it is too similar to ESA's own.

Last year, the European Commission proposed to rebrand the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency to the European Union Agency for the Space ...

2019-02-18 08:50 open_in_new
Sluggish procedure against Hungary back on table

Troubles with Hungary and Poland will be back on the agenda of EU affairs ministers next Tuesday (19 February) - but procedures looking into their dismantling of the rule of law and the erosion of democracy in the two countries will not move forward.

Member states and the Romanian ...

2019-02-15 18:53 open_in_new
Could Finnish presidency fix labour-chain abuse?

The tragic dam collapse in Brumadinho, Brazil, on 25 January, which saw at least 150 lives lost and thousands of livelihoods destroyed, highlights the human cost of weak regulations on business operating in the global south.

Yet despite these dangers, most European companies' approach to ...

2019-02-15 17:51 open_in_new