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CIA manual tells agents how to fool EU border guards

EU Observer - 5 hours 28 min ago
Classified CIA manuals instruct US agents with fake identities on how to maintain cover during EU border checks, according to two manual released by Wikileaks on Sunday.

[Ticker] Czech Jews complain about Putin visit

EU Observer - 5 hours 38 min ago
The Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic has said it is "inappropriate" for Russian leader Vladimir Putin to attend a Holocaust memorial in January in Prague due to his actions in Ukraine. It said "the regime Putin established and embodies" is "aggressive" and "doesn't respect" international treaties.

Greek PM offers compromise on elections

EU Observer - 5 hours 40 min ago
Samaras has offered to bring forward parliamentary elections and include independent MPs in government in a bid to secure a majority for his presidential candidate.

Report: Juncker threatened Merkel with legal action over road toll

EU Observer - 5 hours 46 min ago
Germany’s plan to impose a de facto road tax on foreigners is continuing to cause friction between Brussels and Berlin.

[Ticker] EU must not try to make Russian economy collapse, says Austria

EU Observer - 5 hours 47 min ago
Austrian chancellor Werner Faymann on Saturday criticised those states seeking tougher sanctions against Moscow. "I cannot approve of the euphoria over the success of sanctions against Russia... I do not know why we should be pleased if the Russian economy collapses," he told the Oesterreich newspaper in an interview.

[Ticker] Belarus takes drastic measures on rouble crisis

EU Observer - 5 hours 48 min ago
Belarus has imposed a 30% tax on purchases of US dollars, banned shops from raising prices, and blocked leading news websites from reporting bad news in knock-on effects from the Russian rouble crisis. Belarusians were buying $5mn a day in exchange kiosks in November, but $80mn a day in December.

[Ticker] Irish economy to grow 5.7 percent this year

EU Observer - 6 hours 46 sec ago
Ireland's economy will grow by a “spectacular” 5.7 percent this year, the fastest rate in the eurozone, employers’ group Ibec has forecast. In its latest economic outlook report, Ibec also predicted 4.8 percent growth in 2015, with unemployment falling from 10.5 percent to below 9 percent next year.

[Ticker] Romania's new president wants to end country's corruption

EU Observer - 6 hours 2 min ago
"There is no other path for Romania" than becoming a nation "rid of all corruption," Klaus Iohannis said when sworn in as the new Romanian president Sunday. The former mayor of the Transylvanian city of Sibiu said he wanted a graft-free country when his term ends in five years.

[Ticker] Barroso: I am sure there are emergency plans for Russian economic crisis

EU Observer - 6 hours 4 min ago
Former EU commission president Barroso told Die Welt he's sure that, like during the euro-crisis, the EU has prepared emergency plans to deal with a deteriorating Russian economy. "I am sure that there are also now emergency plans to prepare for the possible effects of an economic crisis in Russia."

[Ticker] Labour in the lead ahead of UK elections

EU Observer - 6 hours 5 min ago
Labour has a seven-point lead over the ruling Conservative party, with support for Nigel Farage's Ukip party dropping, a poll by Observer/Opinium shows. Ed Miliband's Labour is polling at 36%, David Cameron's Tories at 29% and Ukip down three points to 16%. Elections will be held on 7 May 2015.

[Ticker] Surging support for Italy's Northern League in new poll

EU Observer - 6 hours 6 min ago
Nearly 20 percent of Italians in the country's north and central provinces would back the anti-immigrant Northern League, according to a new poll. Meanwhile, the approval ratings of party leader Matteo Salvini have soared to 35 percent in a Demos & Pi poll published by La Repubblica newspaper Sunday.

[Ticker] Drone spotted flying over Belgian nuclear power plant

EU Observer - 6 hours 7 min ago
A drone has been seen flying over a nuclear power plant in Belgium, the plant's operator Electrabel said on Saturday. Belgian authorities are investigating the matter. The Belgian nuclear agency FANC had asked Electrabel to be vigilant since a recent increase in number of incidents with drones near French plants.

[Focus] 'Nations talk, but cities act' on green policies

EU Observer - 6 hours 26 min ago
Cities are emerging as the frontrunners in promoting sustainable living and transport.

UK report: short shrift for sceptics

EU Active - 19 December, 2014 - 17:38

A UK report designed to form the bedrock of efforts by Prime Minister David Cameron to renegotiate the position of the UK within the EU has made few recommendations for repatriation of laws.

The UK 'Review of the balance of competences' examined the country’s relationship with the EU following consultation with businesses, think tanks, academics and other bodies.

Cameron wants to renegotiate the position of the UK within the EU in the event that his Conservative party remains in power following the next general election, which will take place not later than 7 May 2015.

France cuts AIDS budget

EU Active - 19 December, 2014 - 17:35

Budgetary austerity and commitments to fight the Ebola epidemic have forced France to cut its contributions to UNITAID, the international organisation that provides access to AIDS treatments in poor countries. EurActiv France reports

Iran at its worst under the ‘moderate’ Rouhani

EU Active - 19 December, 2014 - 17:10

Today the Iranian people are facing one of the worst violations of human rights in contemporary times. Over 1200 executions in the past 15 months of Rouhani’s presidency, Government organized acid attacks against women for “mal-veiling” and the brutal hanging of 26-year-old girl Reyhaneh Jabbari, are terrible events that have shocked the world. 

Tusk praised for 'short, concise' EU summit

EU Observer - 19 December, 2014 - 16:49
New EU council chief Tusk has broken with the two-day summit tradition, making leaders and journalists happy by wrapping up before midnight.

Thousands protest in Brussels against EU-US trade ageement

EU Observer - 19 December, 2014 - 16:45
Protestors gathered in front of an empty EU summit building on Friday to demonstrate against the EU-US free trade pact talks.

China boosts investment in Central and Eastern Europe

EU Active - 19 December, 2014 - 16:36

At the third summit of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), held in Belgrade on 16 and 17 December, China announced new funds and ventures with the region, stressing that the cooperation will be in line with European standards. EurActiv Serbia reports.

Some see the strengthening of cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European countries as the making of a new “Silk Road,” while others believe it is a way for the Chinese to further their presence in the greater EU market.

Confidence in the EU on the rise

EU Active - 19 December, 2014 - 15:00

Citizens' confidence in the European Union has grown since the European elections in May 2014. The uncertain economic situation and immigration are among the main issues still causing concern for the electorate. EurActiv France reports

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