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Work begins on French-Italy power interconnector

26 Août, 2015 - 07:27

French power grid operator RTE has started work on a new 190 km power interconnection across the Alps to Italy, in an effort to ease congestion on the existing lines to the largest importer of French electricity.

The autumn of our discontent?

26 Août, 2015 - 07:24

EU policy makers will have to hold their nerve in this autumn’s intense and challenging legislative period, writes Jan Techau. 

After 7 years of independence, Kosovo will get telephone code

26 Août, 2015 - 07:13

Serbia and its former province of Kosovo took steps toward overcoming decades of enmity on Tuesday (25 August), signing energy and telecoms agreements, bringing Belgrade closer to joining the European Union.

After European Union-mediated talks in Brussels, Serbs in northern Kosovo will enjoy greater rights and be able to manage some issues such as the local economy and education, as well as having access to funding from Belgrade.

EU stockpiling does little to resolve agricultural crisis

26 Août, 2015 - 07:00

French farming unions want a higher price for pork and milk, but the European Commission is instead exploring new markets to compensate for declining consumption in the EU. EurActiv France reports.

Germany suspends Dublin agreement for Syrian refugees

26 Août, 2015 - 06:49

Germany has ceased applying the rules of the Dublin system to Syrian refugees. All deportations to other EU countries have been halted, Tagesspiegel reports.


Think tank: NATO and Russia need new rules to avoid war

26 Août, 2015 - 06:31

Russia and NATO must agree on common rules to handle unexpected military encounters to reduce the risk of inadvertently triggering a war between Moscow and the West, a group of former foreign and defence ministers said today (26 August).

With both Russia and NATO intensifying military exercises because of the crisis in Ukraine, incidents such as mid-air face-offs between rival military jets are on the increase.

Mass protest against TTIP and CETA to take place in Berlin

26 Août, 2015 - 06:18

More than 30 organisations are teaming up for a major demonstration against TTIP and CETA, with concerns ranging from the end of cultural diversity in Europe to devastating effects the deals could have in developing countries. EurActiv Germany reports.

Foodwatch: Companies advertise almost exclusively unhealthy foods

26 Août, 2015 - 06:05

Doctors and consumer organisations are calling for a ban on advertising junk food to children, after a recent study called industry self-regulation a failure. EurActiv Germany reports.

EU experts to discuss rail security on 9/11

25 Août, 2015 - 15:39

An EU working group will meet on the symbolic date of 11 September to discuss road and rail security in the aftermath of the foiled terrorist attack of 21 August, in which mass bloodshed on a high-speed train from Brussels to Paris was narrowly avoided.

EU experts told journalists that the group will prepare for a ministerial meeting by the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 8 October.

Britain, chaos and Calais

25 Août, 2015 - 14:09

Sending a few sniffer dogs across the Channel to deal with what David Cameron called “swarms” of refugees cannot cope with the scale of the problem, writes Melanie Sully.

As migrants head north, Hungary decries 'humiliating' EU policy

25 Août, 2015 - 13:15

Hungary called on Tuesday (25 August) for more money from the European Union to handle a rising tide of migrants, as a new wave hit its southern border and further exposed the cracks in EU policy towards the worst refugee crisis since World War Two.

Osborne seeks non-eurozone allies in Scandinavia

25 Août, 2015 - 11:05

George Osborne, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, on Monday (24 August) asked Sweden and Denmark to help bolster the influence of non-eurozone countries in the EU.

Osborne's initiative was well-received by Swedish Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson.

"It's important for eurozone countries to respect the interests of non-eurozone countries," Andersson told a news conference in Stockholm.

Kyoto protocol's carbon credit scheme ‘increased emissions by 600m tonnes’

25 Août, 2015 - 11:04

A key carbon offsetting scheme was so open to abuse that three quarters of its allowances lacked environmental integrity, a new report says.

UN officials confirm the findings by the Stockholm Environment Institute that around 600 million tonnes of carbon were wrongly emitted as a result, under the UNFCCC’s Joint Implementation (JI) scheme.

An estimated 80% of JI projects were of low environmental quality, according to the paper which was published today in Nature Climate Change.

Russia tells retailers to withdraw some foreign detergent brands

25 Août, 2015 - 10:29

Russian consumer safety watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said on Tuesday (25 August) that it had ordered retailers to withdraw detergents produced by several foreign consumer groups.

Official: 'Thousands' of bigwigs hold Swiss accounts

25 Août, 2015 - 07:57

Thousands of so-called "politically exposed persons", or PEPs - a category that includes heads of state and other top officials - hold Swiss bank accounts, a Swiss foreign ministry official said yesterday (24 August).

Swiss authorities estimate that "there are thousands of PEPs (with accounts) in Switzerland, not hundreds," Valentin Zellweger, who heads the ministry's Directorate of International Law, told reporters.

EU to review rail security after foiled Thalys attack

25 Août, 2015 - 07:49

The European Union will review railway security on high-speed international lines after last week's foiled attack in France. But officials warned on Monday (24 August) against overreaction.

Migrant crisis to eclipse EU enlargement gathering

25 Août, 2015 - 07:42

Europe's raging migrant crisis is set to hijack a summit in Vienna of leaders from the Western Balkans region on Thursday (27 August) that will also be attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

When it was announced a year ago, the gathering of a slew of heads of government and ministers as well as EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was meant to be about regional cooperation and prospects for joining the EU.

Germany initiates move to ban GMO crops

25 Août, 2015 - 07:28

Germany has instigated a move to stop the growing of genetically modified crops under new European Union rules, according to official documents.

Merkel, Hollande urge unified EU response to refugee crisis

25 Août, 2015 - 07:17

A new wave of migrants began entering the European Union from Serbia Monday (24 August), as the leaders of France and Germany called for a unified response to the continent's biggest migrant crisis since World War II.

Poroshenko: Ukraine's war for independence continues

25 Août, 2015 - 07:05

President Petro Poroshenko said on Monday (24 August) that Ukraine is facing a precarious year struggling to fend off Russian efforts to undermine Kyiv's drive for closer relations with Europe.

He spoke at a ceremony in central Kyiv to mark 24 years of Ukrainian independence from Moscow, its Soviet-era ruler, and then travelled to Berlin for talks with the leaders of France and Germany on the implementation of a frequently violated ceasefire deal with pro-Russian rebels holding parts of eastern Ukraine.