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Removing barriers to e-invoicing

EU Active - 9 hours 1 min ago
With the EU Parliament's approval of a European standard for e-invoicing in public procurement, we got one step closer to the creation of a true digital single market in Europe. Now, it is time to accelerate the journey towards full digitisation, writes Martin Hurley.

[Opinion] EU and Ukraine: too busy to protect gay rights?

EU Observer - 9 hours 3 min ago
The new Ukrainian government has just made a u-turn on protecting gay rights and the European Commission is playing along.


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Open Europe - 11 hours 18 min ago
The ECB gives Portugal a helping hand with its return to the markets

[Ticker] UKIP's poll ratings unaffected by bad press

EU Observer - 12 hours 39 min ago
UKIP's recent bad headlines, featuring adultery allegations and dubious expense claims, have not affected its poll ratings. A weekend poll put Labour top on 30 percent, UKIP - a eurosceptic party - second on 27 percent, and the Conservatives third on 22 percent. The Liberal Democrats polled just eight percent.


[EU Elections] EU elections may strengthen Putin in Europe

EU Observer - 13 hours 49 min ago
Far-right parties are set to do well in next month’s elections to the European Parliament, a fact that has thrown a spotlight on their links with the Kremlin.


Italian right calls for end to migrant rescue programme

EU Observer - 13 hours 49 min ago
Italian right-wing politicians have called for the country's programme to rescue North African refugees from the Mediterranean sea to be scrapped after figures suggested that 1,100 immigrants had been rescued in the past two days.


US to send 600 troops to Baltics, Poland amid Ukraine tensions

EU Observer - 14 hours 1 min ago
The US Tuesday announced it is sending hundreds of troops for military exercises to four countries in Eastern Europe to assure them of its commitment to the region's defence amid ongoing tension in Ukraine.


[Ticker] Wilders' right-hand man resigns

EU Observer - 14 hours 3 min ago
Populist politician Geert Wilders has lost his right-hand man Stephan Jansen who quit the PVV party because he was upset over its political strategy, reports De Volkskrant. In a letter, Jansen specifically mentions the chant "fewer Moroccans" that Wilders elicited from a crowd recently as a reason for his departure.


[EU Elections] Students should vote for pro-Erasmus MEPs

EU Observer - 14 hours 14 min ago
Students in the EU who love Erasmus should vote twice: once for their party, and once for the MEPs in their party who support the exchange scheme.


[Ticker] French leader to table €50 billion savings package

EU Observer - 14 hours 18 min ago
French PM Manuel Valls on Wednesday will present in detail how to cut public spending by €50bn between 2015 and the end of President Francois Hollande's term in 2017. Brussels last year gave France a two-year extension to bring its budget deficit down from 4.3% to below 3% in 2015.


[Ticker] Syriza drops Roma candidate from European Parliament race

EU Observer - 14 hours 19 min ago
Greek leftist Syriza party on Monday announced it has removed Roma activist Saticha Suleiman from its list of candidates for the European Parliament following intense internal criticism. An NGO set up by Suleiman encourages local Roma children to attend Greek-speaking schools instead of the minority schools for Turkish speaking Muslims.


[Ticker] Greece plans lower corporate tax to spur growth

EU Observer - 14 hours 19 min ago
When the Eurogroup meets on 5 May, Greece is set to ask its eurozone partners for permission to gradually reduce corporation tax rates, Kathimerini reports. The proposal is part of a bigger long-term growth plan agreed on Tuesday by the two coalition parties New Democracy and PASOK.


[Ticker] Finland signs Nato assistance deal

EU Observer - 14 hours 20 min ago
Finland has agreed to receive assistance from Nato forces and to maintain military assets such as ships and aircraft by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) deal similar to that signed by Sweden. Finnish Defense Minister Carl Haglund insisted that the deal is not a step towards Nato membership.


[Ticker] Irish EU candidates face €150 fine for each poster put up early

EU Observer - 14 hours 20 min ago
Wednesday is the first day candidates and political parties are allowed to put up posters for the Irish EU elections on 23 May. But numerous candidates began postering before the permitted date and they now risk a €150 fine for each individual poster put up illegally, reports the Irish Times.


Schulz, Juncker tell Van Rompuy ‘the old days are over’

EU Active - 14 hours 36 min ago
The two lead candidates in the race for the European elections have reacted vigorously to statements by Council President Herman Van Rompuy, who scorned the parties’ attempt to put forward candidates for the European Commission's presidency.

US to surrender control of ICANN

EU Active - 15 hours 8 min ago
A global conference in Brazil on the future of the Internet in the wake of US spying revelations might be much less anti-American than first thought, after Washington said it was willing to loosen its control.

Ukraine escalation puts Geneva agreement in jeopardy

EU Active - 15 hours 22 min ago
Ukraine's acting president, Oleksander Turchinov, called Tuesday (22 April) for government forces to relaunch an offensive against pro-Russian rebels, after a local politician from his own party was found dead, displaying signs of torture.
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