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EU to end five-year freeze in Belarus relations

EU Observer - 12 February, 2016 - 19:07
EU states have decided to dissolve most Belarus sanctions for strategic reasons, despite the still “dismal” human rights situation in the country.

[Opinion] Minsk 2: The big farce of Western policy on Russia

EU Observer - 12 February, 2016 - 18:56
The New Year has begun with optimism that the Ukraine crisis will be solved quickly. But the solution appears to be on Russia’s terms and at the cost of Ukraine’s national interests. 

[Agenda] Crunch time on UK This WEEK

EU Observer - 12 February, 2016 - 18:17
Relations with Britain and migration are set to dominate next week as EU leaders gather in Brussels for a two-day summit.

[Opinion] Lukashenko: no longer a troublemaker?

EU Observer - 12 February, 2016 - 17:59
As EU foreign ministers discuss whether to prolong the suspension of sanctions on Alexander Lukashenko's regime, they should also think of a long-term strategy of conditional engagement.

Commission still undecided on 'Google tax'

EU Active - 12 February, 2016 - 17:54

European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip sent a letter to MEPs today (12 February) insisting that the European Commission still hasn't decided whether it will include a so-called 'Google tax' in its upcoming copyright proposal.

Guindos: Growth is more important than few decimal points of deficit

EU Active - 12 February, 2016 - 17:52

“Given the global situation, the most important thing is economic growth”, Spain’s Economic Affairs minister, Luis de Guindos, said after the Ecofin council on Friday (12 February).

[Opinion] Japan is back: Is Europe ready?

EU Observer - 12 February, 2016 - 17:50
The expected free trade agreement between the EU and Japan will help the historic partners to forge a solid and mutually advantageous anchor in the troubled waters of current international politics.

EU imposes border demands on Greece

EU Observer - 12 February, 2016 - 17:44
Ministers have ordered Greece to beef up its external borders with Turkey and better manage migration flows. Failure could lead to further restrictions on passport-free travel in the Schengen states.

France and EU trade policy – no longer the ‘non’ sayer

EU Active - 12 February, 2016 - 16:00

The persistent economic slump and a notable weakening of traditional French corporatism in the country under the onslaught of the digital revolution and the long-term effect of (limited but real) reforms in its various services sectors mean the discourse on trade in France is - finally - becoming

ECJ issues opinion against German gambling law

EU Active - 12 February, 2016 - 15:54

Prosecutors had accused a Bavarian sports bar of "illicit gambling" after the bar's owners were found to have a betting machine on the premises. They were operating using a licence granted in Austria, not Germany. Under the German criminal code, the owners' faced up to two years in jail.

France attempts to overthrow Germany as top exporter of aid expertise

EU Active - 12 February, 2016 - 15:51

The French technical expertise agency, Expertise France, has is now one year old.

Varoufakis’ new movement must answer tough questions, or fail

EU Active - 12 February, 2016 - 15:47

Jasper Finkeldey is a doctoral researcher at the University of Essex. He was formerlythe German language editor of the European Magazine

Be ready to completely stop the migrant flow, Austria tells Macedonia

EU Active - 12 February, 2016 - 15:44

Austria told Macedonia today (12 February) to be ready to "completely stop" the flow of migrants across its southern border from Greece and said it would do the same on its own frontiers within months.

EU hits China with new steel anti-dumping probes

EU Active - 12 February, 2016 - 15:32

The EU launched new probes today (12 February) into imports of Chinese steel, warning it would not allow "unfair competition" to threaten Europe's industry already crumbling under a flood of cheap imports.

[Interview] Moon village is still best idea, says EU space boss

EU Observer - 12 February, 2016 - 15:29
Johann-Dietrich Woerner thinks a permanent station on the Moon has scientific benefits and can serve as a test ground for further exploration of space by humans.

Council sets '50 steps' Athens should take to stay in Schengen

EU Active - 12 February, 2016 - 14:51

Athens has been granted three months to avoid a Grexit from the Schengen zone, and improve the protection of its external borders, by implementing 50 measures specified in a document leaked by Statewatch. EurActiv Greece reports

[Ticker] EU launches dumping case and duties on Chinese steel

EU Observer - 12 February, 2016 - 11:46
The European Commission has opened three investigations on steel products from China over suspicions of price dumping, it announced Friday. It has also decided to impose provisional duties on cold-rolled steel of between 13.8% and 16% for Chinese companies and between 19.8% and 26.2% for Russian companies.

The EU’s response to Zika: Old wine in new bottles?

EU Active - 12 February, 2016 - 11:43

Fundamental research into the effects of the disease, and into vector control for this and other diseases is welcome, but it will not address the immediate lack of a vaccine, writes Cecile Vernant. 

A fresh look at public-private partnerships

EU Active - 12 February, 2016 - 11:21

Erin Huntington is Vice President of International Corporate Affairs at Eli Lilly and Co.

German MEP: EU should not deal with Thai military junta

EU Active - 12 February, 2016 - 11:18

Barbara Lochbihler is the foreign affairs and human rights spokesperson for the Greens/European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA) and Vice-Chair of the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Human Rights.

Lochbihler spoke to EurActiv Germany’s Nicole Sagener.

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