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Brussels launches public consultation on geo-blocking

27 Août, 2015 - 06:39

The European Commission has launched a public consultation into the 1993 Satellite and Cable Directive, as a first step in its review of copyright law for online audiovisual content. EurActiv Italy reports

Study: Germany accelerates research investment

27 Août, 2015 - 06:30

According to a new German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) study, Germany is in the top five industrialised countries. However, investment is concentrated in only a small part of the industrial sector. EurActiv Germany reports. 

Merkel booed at site of refugee attacks

27 Août, 2015 - 06:19

Amid an influx of refugees, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced plans providing more support for asylum seekers. But, during a visit to a refugee centre on Wednesday (26 August) she was labeled a “traitor” by protesters. EurActiv Germany reports.

EU officials exposed in Ashley Madison hack

26 Août, 2015 - 15:49

EXCLUSIVE: European Union officials used their work email addresses to register with online adultery site Ashley Madison, EurActiv can reveal.

The no-strings sex site, which has the slogan 'Life is short. Have an affair', was hacked and 36 million users’ personal data was published by a group calling themselves 'The Impact Team'.

The revelations will raise questions over potential security breaches through hacking or blackmail. Ashley Madison had guaranteed the data would be kept secret to enable clandestine meet-ups behind partners’ backs before the hack.

Greece optimistic about gas grid deal with Azerbaijan's SOCAR

26 Août, 2015 - 14:57

Azerbaijan's state-owned oil company SOCAR has confirmed its interest in acquiring a stake in Greek gas grid operator DESFA, with a deal possible by the end of the year, Greece's privatisation agency said on Wednesday (26 August).

The deal, which has been under negotiations since 2013, would involve SOCAR buying a 66% stake in DESFA for an estimated €400 million from the Greek government and Hellenic Petroleum.

UK to hit immigrants with tough sentencing

26 Août, 2015 - 13:02

The British government is planning to introduce tough prison sentences to combat illegal migrants seeking employment in the UK. EurActiv Germany reports.

French development aid reform to generate 'substantial' new funds

26 Août, 2015 - 11:19

France hopes to boost funding for development and climate action by linking the French Development Agency with the country's public financing body. EurActiv France reports

Ukraine’s anti-corruption bureau is in fact anti-constitutional

26 Août, 2015 - 07:59

Despite the high appraisal of the new anti-corruption legislation of Ukraine by international organizations, an in-depth legal analysis shows that it is in fact unconstitutional, write Victor Solovyov and Roman Rukomeda.

Victor Solovyov is an anti-corruption expert. Roman Rukomeda is a political expert.

Puerto Rico hopes storms will ease drought

26 Août, 2015 - 07:47

Puerto Rico hopes that tropical systems Danny and Erika dump enough rain on the Caribbean island to avert the need for intensifying water rationing brought on by a severe drought.

Since Tuesday morning (25 August), the US territory has been getting rain that it desperately need, particularly in the San Juan area, which depends on the Carraizo and La Plata reserves, both of which are already at critically low levels.

EU protests Russia’s sentencing of Ukrainian film director

26 Août, 2015 - 07:39

The EU has strongly protested Russia's sentencing of Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov to twenty years in prison on charges of terrorism, and his co-defendant Oleksandr Kolchenko to ten years

On Tuesday (25 August) the North Caucasus military court in Russia sentenced Sentsov, 39, on charges of carrying out arson attacks on pro-Kremlin party offices in Crimea after Russia seized the peninsula from Ukraine in March last year, and plotting further attacks, including blowing up a statue of Leinin in the Crimean city of Simferopol.

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.