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[Opinion] Mogherini's to-do list in Israel

EU Observer - 21 May, 2015 - 08:26
EU-Israeli relations are in stalemate. But with a little courage and wisdom, they have the potential to help stabilise the Middle East.






[Ticker] Italy PM says EU countries must accept migrant quotas

EU Observer - 21 May, 2015 - 08:25
Italy's prime minister Matteo Renzi told Rai TV on Wednesday that member states must divide asylum seeker arrivals and refugees."Those countries that have agreed to send their warships must also accept the quota principle, which is a principle of solidarity," he said, reports the BBC.






Eastern Partnership: In search of meaning

EU Observer - 21 May, 2015 - 08:25
Twenty-five EU leaders and six former Soviet states are meeting in the shadow of the Ukraine crisis and amid divergent views on future relations.






[Ticker] Russia arrests Lithuanian for spying

EU Observer - 21 May, 2015 - 08:23
Russian authorities on Tuesday arrested a Lithuanian national for spying, reports the BBC. "The foreign spy was caught red-handed as he was receiving secret documents from a Russian citizen," stated the Federal Security Service. The FSB say the suspect is an officer from the Lithuanian military intelligence.






[Ticker] Banks slammed with almost $6bn in fines for rate-fixing

EU Observer - 21 May, 2015 - 08:22
Six banks, including Barclays and RBS, received almost $6 billion in fines in a settlement on Wednesday for their role in a rate-fixing scandal. "The penalty all these banks will now pay is fitting, considering the long-running and egregious nature of their anticompetitive conduct," said the US attorney general.






[Ticker] Airbus chief warns against UK exit from EU

EU Observer - 21 May, 2015 - 08:21
Paul Kahn, the president of Airbus Group UK, on Wednesday said a UK exit from the EU would have “enormous ramifications”, stop any further Airbus investments in Britain, and cut jobs, reports the Guardian. The company employs around 16,000 people in the UK.






[Ticker] 'Much greater effort' needed to preserve Europe's wildlife

EU Observer - 21 May, 2015 - 08:21
In a review of Europe's wildlife, the European Commission concluded that EU conservation actions "have brought successes, but a much greater effort is required for the situation to improve significantly." While half of the bird species are secure, the conservation status of 60 percent of other wildlife species is unfavourable.






France wants EU's Capital Markets Union to back 'European champions'

EU Active - 21 May, 2015 - 07:56

European Union plans to make its capital markets more efficient at raising funds for the economy could also help deepen eurozone monetary integration and create a new breed of European industrial champions, France has said.

Bulgaria rejects Russian claim that it wants to dismember Macedonia

EU Active - 21 May, 2015 - 07:54

Bulgaria called the claim by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Bulgaria and Albania were trying to split Macedonia “highly irresponsible”, as part of a scenario that would prevent the small landlocked country from taking part in the Gazprom-favoured Turkish Stream project.

On Wednesday (20 April), Lavrov blamed the political crisis in Macedonia on ‘outside’ forces trying to exert influence on Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski over his refusal to back Western sanctions against Moscow.

UK business chief urges Yes side to start campaigning

EU Observer - 21 May, 2015 - 07:52
The UK’s top business leader has called on firms to “turn up the volume” in making the case for EU membership.






Ukraine wants roadmap to EU accession at Riga summit

EU Active - 21 May, 2015 - 07:47

Ukraine's foreign minister said his country wants assurances at a summit with the European Union this week that it is a suitable candidate for EU membership, and that its citizens will gain visa-free travel to the bloc next year.

Officials from the EU and its member states meet six of the bloc's eastern neighbours, including Ukraine, in the Latvian capital Riga today and tomorrow (21-22 May), for what the country holding the rotating EU presidency has called “a survival summit” of the Eastern partnership.

Internet firms to face stiffer fines for breaking EU's 'right to be forgotten' rules

EU Active - 21 May, 2015 - 07:37

Firms such as Google and Microsoft will face stiffer fines if they violate Europe's "right to be forgotten" online rules, according to a draft text agreed by European Union ambassadors on Wednesday (20 May), diplomatic sources said.

Airbus says Brexit would pose 'huge' risks

EU Active - 21 May, 2015 - 07:27

European aerospace giant Airbus has weighed into a debate about Britain's future in Europe, warning of job losses and "huge" economic risks if the country votes to leave the European Union in a referendum to be held by 2017.

MEPs angry at member states over immigration

EU Active - 21 May, 2015 - 07:18

EU lawmakers on Wednesday accused some member states of passing the buck by rejecting a Brussels plan for binding quotas for refugees making the dangerous Mediterranean crossing.

Members of the main groups in the European Parliament voiced support for the plan that European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled last week to make the rest of the 28-nation EU share the burden of frontline states such as Italy, Greece and Malta.

Leading MEP makes fun of Farage

EU Active - 21 May, 2015 - 07:03

A top European lawmaker on Wednesday poked fun at Britain's chief eurosceptic Nigel Farage for losing his bid for a parliamentary seat in his home country but keeping his in Strasbourg.

"I'd like to welcome back Mr. Farage... the big loser in the UK elections," Manfred Weber, the leader of the Conservative European People's Party, told the European Parliament in the French city.

Farage grinned from his seat as he watched Weber, a German who heads the biggest political group in the EU parliament.

Syriza MP: 5 June is Greece’s ‘moment of truth’

EU Active - 21 May, 2015 - 06:52

Greece cannot make an upcoming payment to the International Monetary Fund on 5 June, unless foreign lenders disburse more aid, a senior ruling party lawmaker said on Wednesday, the latest warning from Athens it is on the verge of default.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's leftist government says it hopes to reach a cash-for-reforms deal in days, although European Union and IMF lenders are more pessimistic and say talks are moving too slowly for that.

Europe needs to innovate by design

EU Active - 21 May, 2015 - 06:41

Europe is flagging in its innovation according to EU statistics that show the US and Asia leading the way. Design is one way that the bloc can help to nudge itself ahead again, according to Annabella Coldrick.

Annabella Coldrick is director of policy and research at the Design Council and the coordinator of Design for Europe an EU-funded programme which aims to help people use design to accelerate innovation across Europe.

Parliament votes for tougher conflict minerals regulation

EU Active - 21 May, 2015 - 06:34

The European Parliament unexpectedly voted on Wednesday (20 April) in favour of a mandatory monitoring system for minerals originating from conflict zones. But negotiations with the Council and Commission will be tough. EurActiv France reports

Renewables jobs in EU drop, but rise worldwide

EU Active - 21 May, 2015 - 06:24

The number of renewable energy jobs worldwide increased last year by more than a million, an 18% rise to 7.7 million, but dropped in the European Union.

The EU has said it wants to become the world number one in renewables. Its Energy Union strategy sets out measures by which it hopes to make up the gap on other countries.

Vestager: Gazprom is partitioning markets in Central and Eastern Europe

EU Active - 21 May, 2015 - 06:14

Russia's Gazprom may have leveraged its dominant position by obtaining unrelated commitments on pipelines from its customers, as a condition of supplying gas to Bulgaria and Poland, says Margrethe Vestager.

Margrethe Vestager is the EU's Commissioner for Competition. She spoke to EurActiv's Georgi Gotev and Sarantis Michalopoulos.

Why are there still EU countries with energy monopolies, and how does this affect energy cost?

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