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Belgium outranks Germany on innovation, study finds

EU Active - 30 October, 2014 - 08:05

The innovative strength of the German economy has slipped in 2014, according to a recent study by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), meanwhile confirming that Switzerland remains the most innovative economy in the world. EurActiv Germany reports.

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Open Europe - 30 October, 2014 - 01:00
Gas talks stall as Russia pushes for EU guarantees on Ukrainian gas payments

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Open Europe - 30 October, 2014 - 01:00
Commission insists sanctions are hurting Russia more than the EU despite steep fall in German exports

Spain and Netherlands among countries to buy way to green targets

EU Observer - 29 October, 2014 - 19:02
Up to nine EU countries may buy their way to achieving targets set under an international climate change treaty.

[Ticker] Barroso says EU enlargement contained Russia

EU Observer - 29 October, 2014 - 19:00
Outgoing EU commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso Wednesday defended EU enlargement to the east in the mid-2000s saying that without it, "we would not probably be discussing only about Ukraine. We would probably be discussing now about Bulgaria, or about the Baltic states,” he said in reference to Russia.

[Ticker] German toll law to be presented at the 'end of the week'

EU Observer - 29 October, 2014 - 18:52
A draft proposal for a toll system in Germany "is ready" and will be presented at the "end of the week", transport minister Alexander Dobrindt told Munchner Merkur. The plan has come under fire on grounds that it might discriminate against non-German drivers.

From Borgen to Brussels: Who is the new EU competition commissioner?

EU Observer - 29 October, 2014 - 18:24
Denmark's EU commissioner Margrethe Vestager is a true-blood politician who inspired the popular TV series Borgen. But in her new role as anti-trust chief, she will have the least political portfolio in the Juncker commission.

EU must give assurances on the morality of trade in natural resources

EU Active - 29 October, 2014 - 16:29

We ask European Parliamentarians and European governments to meet the expectations of EU consumers who want assurances that the resources in their mobile phones, computers or cars are not linked to human right violations and conflicts, writes Mgr François-Xavier Maroy Rusengo.

Barroso: Without EU enlargement, Russia would have gobbled up Bulgaria, the Baltics

EU Active - 29 October, 2014 - 16:09

Without the EU enlargement, Russia’s appetite, today, would not focus on Ukraine, but on Bulgaria and the Baltic states, outgoing Commission President José Manuel Barroso told reporters at his last press conference, held Wednesday (29 October).

Barroso, who was in office for two consecutive terms totalling ten years at the helm of the EU executive, made his last appearance in front of the news media, following the last College meeting he chaired, the 424th in a row.

Denmark wants to be coal-free by 2025

EU Active - 29 October, 2014 - 15:57

Denmark is looking into how the country can stop using coal as an energy supply by 2025, the Climate and Energy Minister Rasmus Helveg Petersen said on Wednesday (29 October). The Scandinavian country's centre-left government had previously aimed at being coal-independent by 2030.

Petersen said he has asked government officials to look into what Denmark can do in order to phase out the use of coal already in ten years time.

French Parliament launches aid budget rescue package

EU Active - 29 October, 2014 - 15:41

The French Parliament voted to reduce France's 2015 development budget on Tuesday (28 October:. MPs reallocated 35 million euros to help the poorest countries, in an attempt to limit the impact of the reduction. Reports.

Cameron’s ‘EU budget’ mess

EU Active - 29 October, 2014 - 15:32

Ever since it emerged that the the UK’s contribution to the EU has to increase, the issue has assumed a life of its own. Britain's political tectonic plates are on the move, writes Graham Bishop.

Cameron's bid to guarantee EU referendum fails

EU Active - 29 October, 2014 - 14:52

British Prime Minister David Cameron's hopes of enshrining into law a promise of a referendum on EU membership have collapsed after lawmakers on Tuesday (28 October) said that his Liberal Democrat coalition partners had blocked the legislation.

Cameron wants to renegotiate Britain's ties with Europe and hold a referendum by 2017, while the Liberal Democrats and the opposition Labour Party say a vote would be destabilising.

Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats say they would only hold a referendum if the balance of power in the bloc was significantly altered.

The 2030 targets: A game changer for Poland?

EU Active - 29 October, 2014 - 14:29

In early October, new Polish Prime Minister, Ewa Kopacz stressed, that she wouldn’t agree to anything that would lead to an increase in energy prices. In the end, writes Andrzej Ancygier, that was all the discussion over the 2030 targets was limited to in Poland: energy prices.

Dr. Andrzej Ancygier is a research fellow at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, where he analyzes German-Polish cooperation on renewable energy. Ancygier is also a lecturer at New York University, and Freie Universität, in Berlin.

Mogherini as EU High Representative: How can she redefine the role?

EU Active - 29 October, 2014 - 12:28

When Federica Mogherini moves into her new office in the European Commission, she will find a full diary on her desk. During her hearing at the European Parliament in the beginning of October, she could already get a first glimpse of her agenda as EU foreign policy chief, write Niklas Helwig and Carolin Rüger.

Dr Niklas Helwig, Senior Research Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Helsinki. Dr Carolin Rüger, Institute for Political Science and Sociology, University of Würzburg.

[Ticker] Tusk chooses Danish spokesman

EU Observer - 29 October, 2014 - 12:03
The 41-year-old Danish diplomat Preben Aamann, who has worked in the past two years as deputy spokesman for outgoing EU president Herman Van Rompuy, will be advancing to the job as chief spokesman when Poland's Donald Tusk takes over 1 December, reports Danmark's Radio (DR).

[Ticker] Fifa defends plan to hold 2018 football cup in Russia

EU Observer - 29 October, 2014 - 09:25
Fifa chief Blatter, in Moscow Tuesday unveiling the logo for Russia's 2018 World Cup, criticised calls to boycott the event. He told RT: "We are not in politics. We are in sports". A World Cup 2018 map projected onto the Bolshoi theatre in Moscow showed Crimea as part of Russia.

Denmark and UK rank top in EU for doing business

EU Observer - 29 October, 2014 - 09:22
The report also looks at sub-indicators. Registering a property is one of the hardest tasks for a new business in Belgium.

Britain opposes operations to save migrants in Mediterranean

EU Active - 29 October, 2014 - 09:22

The UK will not support future search and rescue operations to save migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe, according to the country's foreign ministry, prompting concerns this policy will put lives at risk.

Joyce Anelay, Minister of State for the Foreign Office, said in a written statement to parliament that such operations would encourage more migrants to make the potentially fatal voyage.

EU commission lashes out at Hungary's internet tax plan

EU Observer - 29 October, 2014 - 09:21
The EU commission Tuesday lashed out at Hungary’s proposal to introduce the world’s first Internet tax, while 100,000 people took to the Budapest streets in protest.

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