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Von der Leyen commission on track for December start
le 18/11/2019 à 4:47
After socialist and liberal MEPs gave the green light to Hungary's Oliver Varhelyi to become commissioner, the new EU executive is on track to take office in December.
[Ticker] Hungary's new commissioner approved by MEPs
le 18/11/2019 à 2:38
MEPs approved Hungary's commissioner-designate Oliver Varhelyi in the European parliament's foreign affairs committee on Monday. It means the new EU commission led by Ursula von der Leyen can take office on 1 December if the parliament approves the EU executive without a UK commissioner next week. […]
[Ticker] Balkan coal power plants fail to meet emissions targets
le 18/11/2019 à 2:31
A new report from the pan-European organisation Energy Community revealed on Monday that coal-fuelled power plants in the Balkans are struggling to comply with the emission targets established under their national plans. "The situation is especially critical in the Western Balkans as the deadline […]
[Ticker] Belarus vote: zero opposition candidates elected
le 18/11/2019 à 1:59
Official results of the parliamentary elections in Belarus showed not one single opposition candidate was elected, leaving president Aleksander Lukashenko firmly in power. Two opposition candidates who won a parliamentary seat in 2016 were not allowed to stand for elections again. Lukashenko plans […]
[Ticker] Germany: Tehran should hold dialogue with protesters
le 18/11/2019 à 1:48
German chancellor Angela Merkel's spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer called the current protests in Iran "legitimate and deserving of our respect when people courageously air their economic and political grievances," Deutsche Welle reports. She added that "the Iranian government should respond to the […]
Ukraine boats added to EU-Russia summit preparations
le 18/11/2019 à 8:26
EU powers and Russia are making preparations for a peace deal on Ukraine, with Moscow to give back three boats to Kiev in the latest step.
[Ticker] US ex-diplomat: Trump's 'historical mistake' on EU
le 18/11/2019 à 8:02
Anthony Gardner, US ambassador to the EU under Obama, told CNBC Trump is making a "historical mistake" with the EU. "For 60 years, the US administration, both Republic and Democratic, thought that European integration should be promoted because it was good for Europe and it was good for the US," he […]
[Ticker] France's MoDem finance director indicted on EP funds
le 18/11/2019 à 8:01
Judges indicted Alexandre Nardella, finance director of François Bayrou's centrist party MoDem, on charges of embezzlement of European Parliament funds, AFP reports. MoDem, part of France's president Emmanuel Macron's En Marche, is alleged to have used funds intended for the salaries of […]
[Ticker] Cyprus hopes for reunification talks in December
le 18/11/2019 à 8:00
Nikos Christodoulides, foreign minister of Greek Cyprus, told the Greek newspaper Kathimerini he hopes to restart reunification talks that fell apart in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana. He said a five-party conference, along the lines of Crans-Montana, outlining the methodology and […]
[Ticker] Russian link to €406m crypto disappearance
le 18/11/2019 à 7:58
A BBC investigation revealed links between the exchange platform for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, Wex, and Russia's security services. According to the Moscow Times, the Russian founder of the exchange platform, Alexey Bilyuchenko, told the BBC that he was taken to the Federal Security […]
[Ticker] President of Catalonia faces trial for disobedience
le 18/11/2019 à 7:57
The president of Catalonia, Quim Torra, will be prosecuted by the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia on Monday for failing to comply with an order from the Spanish authorities to remove symbols from governmental buildings in Barcelona in April - during the run-up to elections. "A condemnatory […]
[Feature] Migrants in Malmo - separating fact from fiction
le 18/11/2019 à 7:55
Despite the neighbourhood's beautiful name, the reputation of Rosengård (Rose Garden) does not so much evoke images of roses as headlines of crime and social challenges. This area of Malmö has been struggling with its notorious, mythical, image for years.
[Ticker] Microsoft revises data privacy terms following EU probe
le 18/11/2019 à 7:54
Microsoft announced on Monday that it was updating the privacy terms of its commercial clouds - after the EU's data watchdog (EDPS) suggested in October that Microsoft's contracts with the European institutions fail to meet EU's data protection rules (GDPR). "We will increase our data protection […]
[Ticker] Wildfire 'doubled Scotland's emissions' in six days
le 18/11/2019 à 7:53
A World Wildlife Fund study revealed that a massive wildfire in the UK in May doubled Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions during the six days it burnt. About 700,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent were released into the atmosphere during these days, reported the BBC. The research calls on the government […]
Which parties and countries chair the EP committees?
le 18/11/2019 à 7:49
Although the European Parliament tries to keep a geopolitical balance within the committees, the breakdown of the actual chairs of the committees by political party and nationality is uneven - with a clear under-representation of central and eastern EU countries.
[Opinion] European beekeeping in crisis
le 18/11/2019 à 7:49
Europe's bee population is dying. The number of pollinator species threatened by extinction is increasing each year, and human activity is the main cause.
[Exclusive] France unveils new model EU enlargement
le 16/11/2019 à 5:05
Western Balkan countries should become EU members via a new, step-by-step process, France has said in a detailed proposal seen by EUobserver.
[Agenda] Key moments for new commission This WEEK
le 15/11/2019 à 4:24
MEPs will decide on Monday if they want the Hungarian commissioner-designate to come back for a second hearing, as commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen hopes to finally take office on 1 December.
[Ticker] Catalan politicians extradition hearing postponed
le 15/11/2019 à 1:48
The hearing over the arrest warrant issued by Spain for the extradition of two Catalan ex-ministers, Toni Comín and Lluis Puig, was postponed until 16 December by a Brussels court on Friday, conjoining their case with the one of ex-president of the Catalan government, Carles Puigdemont. […]
EU threatens legal action against UK over commissioner
le 15/11/2019 à 8:17
The European Commission has started an infringement proceeding against the United Kingdom for failing to nominate a commissioner-candidate. The new commission, which wants to launch on 1 December, first requires a commissioner from each of the 28 EU states.
[Opinion] Corruption in the Balkans: the elephant in the room
le 15/11/2019 à 7:53
Over the years, both real and perceived levels of corruption in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia have remained high. The necessary reforms in those countries, to put it mildly, are not yet effectively carried out.
[Ticker] Germany: EU banking union deal possible in December
le 15/11/2019 à 7:53
German finance minister Olaf Scholz said at a press conference in Berlin that the idea of a banking union is moving forward and that an agreement might be possible in December, Bloomberg reports. "The time of the new presidency and the new commission of the European Union is the time to get all the […]
[Ticker] EIB: no more funding of fossil-fuel projects
le 15/11/2019 à 7:52
In a landmark decision, the European Investment Bank has decided it will stop funding fossil-fuel projects by the end of 2021. Some low-emission gas projects will still be possible. The implementation date was postponed from 2020 to 2021 after pressure from some member states and the European […]
[Ticker] UK defence chief: Russia could trigger World War III
le 15/11/2019 à 7:49
The UK's chief of the defence staff, Nick Carter, said increasing threats from Russia could lead to miscalculations and that it could inadvertently trigger a third world war, Bloomberg reports. Carter warned that new Russian techniques including "disinformation, subversion, manipulation, […]
Green MEPs unconvinced by Romanian commissioner
le 14/11/2019 à 4:50
The answers of Romanian's new commissioner-designate for transport, Adina-Ioana Vălean, did not manage to convince MEPs from the Greens group, who will ask her additional questions concerning environment and consumer rights.
[Ticker] Hungary's Varhelyi will face more questions
le 14/11/2019 à 2:13
Hungary's commissioner-designate for enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi, will face further written questions from MEPs, parliament sources said Thursday. Party coordinators in the EU parliament's foreign affairs committee failed to approve him after their hearing, with only the centre-right EPP, […]
[Ticker] Police put former Berlusconi MEP Comi under house arrest
le 14/11/2019 à 12:31
Lara Comi, a former MEP for Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party (2009-2019), was Thursday put under house arrest by Italian police in relation to a corruption probe, Italian news agency ANSA reported. In 2015 she demanded an investigation from the European Commission into the sale of Maltese […]
EU states fell short on sharing refugees, say auditors
le 14/11/2019 à 12:28
A two-year scheme to send asylum seekers from Greece and Italy to other EU states fell short of its potential, say EU auditors. Some 35,000 were helped - but auditors say 445,000 in Greece alone could have also potentially benefited.
Hungary's commissioner-to-be grilled over loyalty to Orban
le 14/11/2019 à 12:17
In the first of three commissioner-designates hearings on Thursday, prime minister Viktor Orban's EU ambassador said he would defend EU interests against any government - including Hungary's.
[Ticker] MEPs criticise Poland for criminalising sex education
le 14/11/2019 à 12:02
In a resolution approved on Thursday, the majority of MEPs voiced their concerns over a Polish draft law that criminalises sex education. This initiative could put teachers who provide sex education in prison for up to three years. MEPs called on the Polish parliament to avoid adopting the bill, […]
[Ticker] UK will not name new commissioner before election
le 14/11/2019 à 9:49
Britain will not name a new candidate for the EU Commission at least until a new government is formed after elections on 12 December, British officials said Thursday. The move is a snub to the EU, which hoped that the new commission can take office on 1 December. Under EU rules all member states […]
[Feature] Widow's plea as EU diplomats debate Magnitsky Act
le 14/11/2019 à 8:16
"If evil is not defeated, it tends to expand", Natalia Magnitsky, the widow of a Russian anti-corruption activist, has said, as EU diplomats discuss human rights sanctions 10 years after his death.
[Ticker] Trump expected to delay EU car tariff decision
le 14/11/2019 à 7:51
US president Donald Trump is expected to announce this week that he is delaying for six months a decision on putting tariffs on cars and auto parts imported from the EU, Reuters reported. Washigton has a Thursday deadline on deciding to impose 'national security' tariffs of 25 percent. EU officials […]
[Ticker] Tusk: Post-Brexit UK will be a 'second-rate player'
le 14/11/2019 à 7:50
The UK will lose influence in international affairs and become a "second-rate player" after it exits the EU, European Council president Donald Tusk warned on Wednesday. "Only as part of a united Europe can the UK play a global role, only together can we confront, without any complexes, the greatest […]
[Ticker] Police end Catalan separatist blockade of France-Spain road
le 13/11/2019 à 4:43
Police on Wednesday managed to reopen the road linking Spain and France after more than 48 hours of intermittent blockages organised by Catalan separatist group Democratic Tsunami. Although French and Spanish police unblocked the motorway on Tuesday, protesters moved some 65km south, where the […]
[Ticker] Poland arrests extremists for 'planning attacks on Muslims'
le 13/11/2019 à 4:39
Polish authorities arrested two people accused of planning violent attacks against Muslims inspired by Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik and suspected white supremacist Brenton Tarrant in New Zealand, the security forces said on Wednesday. "The arrests are the result of information […]
Leftist MEPs call on EU to address crisis in Chile
le 13/11/2019 à 4:37
A total of 48 MEPs from GUE/NGL, the Greens and the Socialists have demanded the EU to comply with the democracy clause of the EU-Chile agreement to ensure that Chile respects fundamental rights.
[Ticker] Controversial commission portfolio name changed
le 13/11/2019 à 11:23
The controversial name of the commission portfolio "protecting our European way of life" (previously "migration") will be changed to "promoting our European way of life", the Socialist and Democrats group in the European parliament said. Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen also agreed […]
[Feature] Mustard gas and cod: Last chance to stop Nord Stream 2?
le 13/11/2019 à 10:50
Deadline shortly to expire for appeals against Russian plan to lay steel pipes in Danish waters likely to contain chemical weapons.
[Podcast] Cultural Battlefield
le 13/11/2019 à 8:03
Marta Keil knows firsthand the pressure on culture from Poland's ruling Law and Justice party. Her overview begins at the Polski theatre in the city of Wrocław, and describes an epic clash as the Polish museum sector is steadily hollowed-out.
[Feature] Nationalists as much a threat to EU arts as resources
le 13/11/2019 à 8:02
European Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen had broken with recent practice by not creating a commissionership with culture in its job title.
[Ticker] Catalan party to support new Spanish coalition
le 13/11/2019 à 8:02
Spanish pro-independence party the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) announced on Tuesday that it will help socialist caretaker prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, to unblock the deadlock if negotiations about the Catalan issue start. The Socialist PSOE and the leftist party Unidas Podemos […]
[Ticker] Russia jails six Crimean Tatar activists for terrorism
le 13/11/2019 à 7:59
A Russian court has sentenced six Crimean Tatar activists to jail terms between seven and 19 years on charges of organising terrorist activities and plotting a violent overthrow of the Russian government, the Moscow Times reports. "This decision brings to a close what can only be described as a […]
[Ticker] Venice flooded by highest tide in 53 years
le 13/11/2019 à 7:57
The Italian city of Venice is being hit by flooding as high waters peaked up to 1.87 meters. Since records began in 1923 the water crept higher only once, in 1966. Venice's mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, said he would declare a state of emergency, blaming climate change for the flood. One 78-year old […]
[Ticker] Border controls 'the norm' in some EU states since 2015
le 13/11/2019 à 7:54
Despite the guarantee of free movement of people within the 26 countries of the Schengen area, some countries have introduced permanent border controls since 2015, Yves Pascouau, a senior adviser at the European Policy Centre (EPC) notes in a new study. Although border controls within Schengen […]
[Ticker] Netherlands plan to reduce speed limit to 100km/h
le 13/11/2019 à 7:52
The Dutch government has agreed to reduce the speed limit on highways from 130km/h to 100km/h in order to cut emissions, NRC Handelsblad writes. The reduced limit would only be in place during the day, while cars can still drive at up to 130km/h from 1900 to 0600. In a compromise between the four […]
[Letter] Dear President Macron, being a migrant is not a crime
le 13/11/2019 à 7:48
A letter to the president of the French Republic, from British Green MEP Magid Magid, following a visit to the refugee camps of Menton and Ventimiglia on the French/Italian border.
[Ticker] Sánchez and Podemos agree coalition deal in Madrid
le 12/11/2019 à 4:53
Spain's socialist caretaker prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, and the leader of the leftist party Unidas Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, reached an agreement to form a coalition government on Tuesday, after they lost together a total of 10 deputies in Sunday's election. This coalition government will […]
Catalan MEP is 'elected', court advisor says
le 12/11/2019 à 4:44
In a boost for the cause of three Catalan MEPs, the advocate general of the EU Court of Justice has recognised their mandate as elected MEPs - but it is up to the parliament if they should enjoy immunity.
Pro-Israeli group scores own goal on EU retail labels
le 12/11/2019 à 3:39
Wine or food made by Israeli settlers on occupied land must be so labelled in European shops so people can avoid buying it if they want to, an EU court has ruled.