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Immigration is Europeans' biggest concern, poll finds

EU Observer - 2 August, 2015 - 09:01
Immigration is the biggest policy challenge facing Europe, a new Eurobarometer poll has found.








New Greek energy minister seeks alternatives to cut high power costs

EU Active - 31 July, 2015 - 17:16

Panos Skourletis, the new Greek energy minister, is tasked with a heavy reform agenda that could help revive the cash-strapped Greek economy and make the country return to growth. But the stakes are high.

UN backs tobacco tax to finance sustainable development

EU Active - 31 July, 2015 - 16:34

The Addis Ababa action plan recommends raising taxes on tobacco to finance sustainable development. In the Philippines, a 340% tobacco tax hike helped fund a universal health insurance programme. EurActiv France reports

[Analysis] Google has own idea of what 'right to be forgotten' means

EU Observer - 31 July, 2015 - 16:29
Google argues it does not have to apply EU law on its international website google.com, only on its European versions.








Putin and Erdogan to discuss TurkStream this autumn

EU Active - 31 July, 2015 - 11:23

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan this autumn and the two will discuss the TurkStream natural gas pipeline project, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday (31 July). 

Europe feels the aftershocks of the Greek deal

EU Active - 31 July, 2015 - 10:47

Schaeuble's recent ideas are not likely to fly, but the controversy over the role of the Commission is only a part of a bigger debate in Europe: the dispute over what the future European Union should look like, write Stratfor's analysts.

Stratfor is a Texas-based global intelligence company.

Fears of humanitarian crisis in Serbia as refugees stream in

EU Active - 31 July, 2015 - 09:18

At the crack of dawn hundreds of refugees, most of them Syrians, stream into Serbia's southern valley of Presevo after a perilous journey they hope will lead to a new life in the European Union.

[Ticker] Scotland Yard: Russia 'involved' in Litvinenko murder

EU Observer - 31 July, 2015 - 08:25
The metropolitan police of London told a judge Thursday that Russia was involved in the polonium poisoning of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in 2006. “The evidence suggests that the only credible explanation is in one way or another the Russian state is involved in Litvinenko’s murder,” said barrister Richard Horwell.








[Ticker] Google will not adhere to EU law on its non-EU sites

EU Observer - 31 July, 2015 - 08:20
Google announced Thursday it will not grant a request by the French data protection authority to remove certain search results from its non-European search engine versions. "While the right to be forgotten may now be the law in Europe, it is not the law globally," it said








[Ticker] German government accuses website of treason

EU Observer - 31 July, 2015 - 08:19
Germany has opened its first treason investigation in 50 years on a website which reported on plans to increase state surveillance of online communications. “The federal prosecutor has started an investigation on suspicion of treason into articles ... published on the internet blog Netzpolitik.org,” a prosecutor’s office spokeswoman said Thursday.








Moldova's new PM to continue pro-European course

EU Observer - 31 July, 2015 - 08:15
A banking crisis, corruption and inflation are among the most pressing challenges facing Moldova's new PM.








Doubts emerge on IMF participation in Greek bailout

EU Observer - 31 July, 2015 - 08:09
The IMF has indicated it won't take part in a third bailout for Greece unless a deal is reached on debt relief. Meanwhile the Greek PM has a called a September party congress on the bailout.








Luxleaks committee demands overhaul of EU tax rules

EU Observer - 31 July, 2015 - 08:08
Governments offering 'sweetheart' tax deals should not get the funds if these schemes are later ruled illegal, MEPs on a tax inquiry committee argue.








Spain raises civil servants' salaries in election year

EU Active - 31 July, 2015 - 07:15

Spain's ruling People's Party (PP) agreed on Thursday to award civil servants a 1% pay rise next year, their first hike in five years after public employee salaries were reined in as part of cost cuts during a deep recession. The move comes ahead of a parliamentary election expected in November. 

Greece's Tsipras seeks control over party with emergency congress

EU Active - 31 July, 2015 - 07:08

Greece's ruling Syriza movement backed a call on Thursday (30 July) from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to hold an emergency party congress as he seeks to assert his control over rebel lawmakers balking at new bailout talks.

Google refuses French order to apply "right to be forgotten" globally

EU Active - 31 July, 2015 - 06:59

Google is refusing to bow to an order from the French privacy watchdog to scrub search results worldwide when users invoke their "right to be forgotten" online, it said on Thursday (30 July), exposing itself to possible fines.

Antibiotics on animal farms spread deadly pathogens, experts warn

EU Active - 31 July, 2015 - 06:51

The consistent use of antibiotics in animal farms in Germany are spreading antibiotic-resistant germs and causing experts to call for stricter measures against drugs. EurActiv Germany reports.

Wilders inquiry puts far right group under strain

EU Active - 31 July, 2015 - 06:42

The French National Front has punished Jean-Marie Le Pen for describing the gas chambers of the Holocaust as a "detail" of history, but enforcing discipline among their European Parliament allies could prove harmful to their fledgling political group. EurActiv France reports

EU cybersecurity agency lacks funds for research on major tech issues

EU Active - 31 July, 2015 - 06:40

EXCLUSIVE / Europe's cybersecurity agency has admitted it is unprepared for the advent of the internet of things, lacking the money and expertise to meet the challenges posed by the much hyped move towards digitally connected devices.

The internet of things can connect up to 20 billion devices by 2020, according to the European Commission's Digital Single Market strategy. The Commission said that big data, cloud services and the Internet of Things are central to the EU’s competitiveness.

German onshore wind power drops in first half of 2015

EU Active - 31 July, 2015 - 06:33

The rapid expansion of onshore wind energy in Germany has slowed significantly in the first half of 2015, with the industry representatives saying it is now up to the German government but also the EU. EurActiv Germany reports.

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