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The European Parliament has approved a plan for a cap on older types of biofuels to counter the negative side-effects they have on the environment. The compromise is meant to increase investments in 'advanced' biofuels while not undermining Europe's nascent 'conventional' biofuels industry.
While EU authorities are investigating whether Google has abused its 90% market share in online searches, the US company has announced a new digital partnership with eight European publishers. It is also set to give €150m to European news publishers and journalism-focused start-ups over the next three years.
Spanish journalists have turned to the European Parliament with a 7-page long complaint over Spanish national broadcaster TVE, claiming it is a “propaganda instrument in the service of the government” and sidelining opposition voices. “It has never been this bad,” president of TVE’s information council, Alejandro Caballero told the FT.
The EP started its plenary session Monday with a moment of silence to commemorate the migrants who died in the Mediterranean, and the victims of the earthquake in Nepal. Speaking of of the drowned migrants, president Schulz said moments of silence seem needed "every session" but "nothing is happening politically".
Greek PM Alexis Tsipras has expressed support for his finance minister Yanis Varoufakis but decided to surround him with a team of negotiators coordinated by deputy Foreign Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, it was announced Monday. Varoufakis clashed with other Eurozone ministers on Friday over lack of progress in bailout talks.
International monitors, the OSCE, say south-east Ukraine is seeing the "most intense shelling ... since fighting began in the area in mid-February 2015" as EU and Ukraine leaders meeting in Kiev Monday. Monitor drones have also spotted "amassing of forces" by the pro-Russia side, including tanks, artillery, and armoured vehicles.