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Open Europe - 10 April, 2014 - 01:00
UK, Poland and Sweden propose sending EU police mission to Ukraine

Financial sector spends €120mn on EU lobbying

EU Observer - 9 April, 2014 - 20:31
The EU's financial industry spends more than €120 million per year and employs over 1,700 lobbyists to work in the EU institutions.

Alarm over EU proposal to cut loose renewable energy firms

EU Observer - 9 April, 2014 - 18:59
New proposals to phase out subsidies for renewable energy producers have met with accusations of a "corporate capture" of EU policymaking.

[Ticker] Ashton: final deal on Iran still elusive

EU Observer - 9 April, 2014 - 17:26
EU foreign affairs chief Ashton said "a lot of intensive work" is needed to reach a final accord on Iran's nuclear activities after three days of talks in Vienna, Reuters reports. The next round of negotiations will start on 13 May, also in Vienna.

[Ticker] France: apathy and rancour ahead of EU vote

EU Observer - 9 April, 2014 - 17:26
A TNS Sofres-Sopra poll in France Wednesday put the centre-right UMP at 25% ahead of the far-right FN on 24% and the centre-left PS on 19% for the EU elections. Meanwhile, 51% said they are not interested in the vote and 59% said the EU made the economic crisis worse.

[Ticker] Italy: Boat migrants are landing 'non-stop'

EU Observer - 9 April, 2014 - 17:25
Interior minister Angelino Alfano says Italy rescued 4,000 boat migrants in past 48 hours and estimated 600,000 more ready to come from Libya this year. "It [the EU] cannot say that, having given €80mn to [border agency] Frontex, the problem has been resolved," he added, the Guardian reports.

[Ticker] French gendarmes under EU flag arrive in Bangui

EU Observer - 9 April, 2014 - 17:25
French lieutenant-colonel Francois Guillerme has said 55 French gendarmes have arrived in Bangui in the first deployment of the EU's peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, AFP reports. The mission, backed by 12 EU states and Georgia, is to have 600 or more personnel when fully operational.

[Opinion] EU’s 2030 climate plans based on flawed analysis

EU Observer - 9 April, 2014 - 17:24
Unless the EU adopts a much higher target than the pitifully weak proposed 40 percent, the result will be a chain reaction of even weaker commitments from other countries.

Commission pushes renewable energy into the free market

EU Active - 9 April, 2014 - 17:22
Renewable energy subsidies that helped spur Europe’s €48-billion-a-year clean energy industry are to be phased out across the continent, under new market-friendly state aid rules announced by the European Commission Wednesday (9 April).

Only renewables can create an integrated, competitive EU energy market

EU Active - 9 April, 2014 - 13:49
The European Commission’s state aid decision on 9 April has put renewable energy support schemes in the firing line, and threatened attainment of the 2030 climate and energy goals, even though renewable energy has created – and not obstructed – competition, writes Martin Schoenberg.

UK mulls sanctions against non-English speaking immigrants

EU Active - 9 April, 2014 - 13:41
Britain said it was stepping up restrictions on foreign job seekers' access to welfare payments on Tuesday (8 April), as Prime Minister David Cameron strives to cut immigration ahead of the 2015 election.

TTIP means trading away better regulation

EU Active - 9 April, 2014 - 13:37
Only a deep, structural reform of US chemicals legislation can be the basis of regulatory trans-Atlantic cooperation, writes Baskut Tuncak. Anything less is a stalling tactic.

Germany ranks high in innovation capability

EU Active - 9 April, 2014 - 12:54
Germany is one of the most innovative countries in Europe, according to the Institute for Innovation and Technology. Less certain is whether it will be able to maintain its position. EurActiv Germany reports.

Manuel Valls not concerned about Europe

EU Active - 9 April, 2014 - 11:41
The new French Prime Minister won a vote of confidence in the country’s national assembly following a speech that barely mentioned Europe. EurActiv France reports.

[Ticker] Merkel accuses Russia of stirring trouble in Ukraine

EU Observer - 9 April, 2014 - 11:33
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday told the Bundestag that Russia is "unfortunately not contributing to de-escalating the situation" in eastern Ukraine. She said Ukraine has the right to determine its own future and EU-IMF loans must be disbursed as quickly as possible after Russia raised Ukraine's gas prices.

[EU Elections] From Slovakia to Belgium: a story of failing Roma policy

EU Observer - 9 April, 2014 - 09:02
When the city of Kosice recently decided to tear down blocks of flats where Roma lived, the authorities in Ghent, a city over 1000 kilometres away, were put on alert.

UK diplomat scoops EU 'brexit' prize

EU Observer - 9 April, 2014 - 08:29
A UK diplomat whose day job involves promoting British business in Asia's emerging market economies has scooped a €100,000 prize on the country's best economic prospects if it left the EU.

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