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Turkey, Saudi Arabia strive for Sunni leadership

6 hours 36 min ago

The regional environment will likely push Ankara into a more confrontational stance regarding Tehran, as Turkey vies for a leading role in the Sunni world, writes global intelligence company Stratfor.

Bulgaria complains to Commission about new Greek tax

9 hours 33 min ago

Bulgaria complained to the European Commission on Monday (30 March) about a new Greek law battling corporate tax avoidance that Sofia warns could undermine trade between the Balkan neighbours.

In a letter to European Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, Bulgarian Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov took exception with Athens' introduction of a 26% withholding tax on Greek business transactions originating in Cyprus, Ireland and Bulgaria -- all of which have minimalist corporate tax structures.

Soros ‘ready to invest’ in Ukraine

9 hours 33 min ago

George Soros is ready to invest $1 billion in Ukraine if Western countries help private investment there, and sees a 1 in 3 chance of Greece leaving the euro, the billionaire told Austria's Der Standard.

Soros has previously urged the West to increase aid to Ukraine, outlining steps towards a $50 billion financing package that he said should be viewed as a bulwark against an increasingly aggressive Russia.

'Industrie 4.0': How European companies can really benefit

9 hours 34 min ago

Digitisation could be an opportunity for European countries to wrest back production and manufacturing they have lost to regions such as Asia, writes Reinhold Festge.

Dr Reinhold Festge is president of the German Engineering Association (VDMA). The organisation represents more than 3,100 mainly small and medium sized companies.

Consumers in the dark over alcoholic drinks content

9 hours 35 min ago

SPECIAL REPORT / Consumer knowledge about the nutritional value and ingredients contained in alcoholic beverages is limited, according to a new survey published last week.

Only three out of ten respondents said they were aware that spirits contain more calories than orange juice, beer or wine, according to the new survey by GfK research, published on Thursday (26 March).

Report: Companies score better with bottom-up employee engagement

9 hours 37 min ago

Despite the slow economic recovery, a high number of managers and employee representatives in the EU report a good work climate, and say that the growing involvement of employees in companies’ daily decision-making is good for performance and economic growth.

Businesses with direct employee participation score better in terms of performance and well-being according to the third European Company Survey by Eurofound, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, a tripartite EU agency.

EU broadens accession talks with Montenegro

10 hours 5 min ago

The European Union announced that it was broadening its negotiations with Montenegro on EU membership on Monday (30 March), even though the 28-nation bloc has frozen expansion over the next five years.

Both sides agreed to start talks on taxation and external affairs as part of the wide-ranging negotiations, the European Council, which represents the member states, said in a statement.

Bieńkowska launches high-level defence research group

10 hours 24 min ago

On Monday (30 March), Elżbieta Bieńkowska , Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, launched a new high-level group to advise the EU on how it can support research on a future defence union.

The group consists of 16 people, including EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini, former Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt, a former defence minister of Poland, CEOs of companies in the defence sectors, parliamentarians and presidents of think tanks.

EU aims for global standards against slave labour and exploitation

10 hours 33 min ago

T-shirts for €4.95 and bananas at €1 per kilo – such prices often disguise unsafe working conditions and labor exploitation, inspiring EU Development Commissioner Mimica, and the German government, to push for an end such abuses. EurActiv Germany reports.

Luxembourg and Lisbon prop up air pollution list

10 hours 45 min ago

Luxembourg and Lisbon have come last in a ranking of European cities, which rates efforts to fight air pollution caused by transport.

Zurich topped the Sootfree Cities ranking, which grades the efforts of 23 cities in 16 countries to improve air quality. Copenhagen was the runner-up.

Berlin was the winner in 2011, the last time the ranking was published by the European Environmental Bureau and Friends of the Earth Germany. It slipped to fifth this year. London and Paris were equal, at sixth place.

House of Lords report finds allegations of EU interference unfounded

10 hours 53 min ago

The European Union Committee of the House of Lords has accused the government of attempting to “bury” the results of a report on the UK's relationship with the EU after it found no evidence of excessive interference from Brussels.

The government commissioned an extensive civil service investigation into how the EU affects British life in 32 areas, from health and education to the economy. The review was completed at the end of last year.

No deal on Greece as Easter looms

11 hours 1 min ago

The EU executive warned on Monday (30 March) that Greece and its creditors had yet to hammer out a new list of reforms despite talks lasting all weekend aimed at staving off bankruptcy and a euro exit.

"We're not there yet," European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas told reporters when asked about the progress of the talks.

"This is why the talks should benefit from further fact-finding in Athens that should continue."

German states challenge climate fees on outdated power plants

11 hours 14 min ago

Sigmar Gabriel’s plans to demand climate fees from Germany's old power plants faces considerable opposition, especially from regions dependent on lignite, which claim the measure could eliminate thousands of jobs and raise energy prices. EurActiv Germany reports.

Fossil fuels must stay in ground – but be realistic, Chris Smith says

30 March, 2015 - 13:46

Significant quantities of known coal and tar sands reserves will need to be kept in the ground to avoid the worst climate change impacts, the former chief of the UK Environment Agency has said.

EU leaders march in Tunis in solidarity against Islamist militants

30 March, 2015 - 13:06

World leaders joined tens of thousands of Tunisians Sunday (29 March) to march in solidarity against Islamist militants, a day after security forces killed members of a group blamed for a deadly museum attack.

The 18 March attack on the Bardo national museum in Tunis killed 21 foreign tourists and a policeman, shaking a country that has been praised as a peaceful democratic model since leading the first of the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011.

From world leader to decline: The Belgian railway policy is derailing

30 March, 2015 - 12:52

This is a story for all those that need public transport to reach their workplace (and home, afterwards) in Brussels, and regularly get frustrated because of delays and strikes, write Michael Cramer, Bart Staes, and Philippe Lamberts.

Michael Cramer (Greens/EFA) is Chairman of the Transport Committee in the European Parliament. Bart Staes is a Greens MEP . Philippe Lamberts serves as an MEP for Ecolo.

Rich nations' fossil fuel export funding dwarfs green spend

30 March, 2015 - 11:24

Rich nations provided around five times as much in export subsidies for fossil-fuel technology as for renewable energy over a decade, according to OECD data seen by Reuters.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) figures on export credits are central to a debate on targeting funding ahead of UN climate talks in Paris at the end of the year.

For Britain's poorest, food aid becomes a way of life

30 March, 2015 - 08:59

Clutching a bag of pasta, canned pears and beef, David Kirk leaves a food bank in one of Britain's poorest corners -- his sixth visit in a few weeks.

"It's certainly a big help," the tattooed 54-year-old said as he loaded the free supplies into his car in the town of Camborne.

"My wife has been diagnosed with cancer and I'm not able to work at the moment," Kirk said.

The growing numbers of Britons turning to food banks run by charities to get by has become a key political issue weeks from the 7 May election.

Italy resists massive destruction of olive trees

30 March, 2015 - 08:02

EU member states are divided on how to stop the spread of a disease affecting olive trees in Italy that could result in around a million being cut down, officials said Friday (27 March).

Experts from the 28 European Union nations gathered in Brussels this week to discuss steps to stop the outbreak of the xylella fastidiosa bacteria, but "no decision was taken" due to a lack of consensus, one official said.

Italy is the second biggest producer of olive oil in the EU after Spain.

Juncker cancels Kyiv visit, EU-Ukraine summit to be held instead

30 March, 2015 - 07:54

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker cancelled his visit to Ukraine today (30 March) due to health reasons. Instead, an EU-Ukraine summit will take place on 27 April in Kyiv, with the participation of EU heads of state and government.

Juncker, accompanied by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, was expected in Kyiv on what was going to be his first bilateral visit abroad since he took office last November.