Civil society could force governments to stick to their climate commitments

EU Active - 24 november, 2015 - 15:21

The Paris climate agreement, which global leaders hope to sign at the end of the COP21, has already caused heated exchanges between Washington and Paris. On 11 November, the American Secretary of State said he did not think it would be "legally binding".

UK poll shows slight majority for Brexit

EU Active - 24 november, 2015 - 14:56

A small majority of Britons want to leave the European Union, according to a new opinion poll released on Tuesday (24 November).

Fifty-two percent of 2,000 people polled by ORB International last week said they thought Britain should leave and 48 percent said it should remain.

Nestlé admits to forced labour in its seafood supply chain in Thailand

EU Active - 24 november, 2015 - 14:26

Impoverished migrant workers in Thailand are sold or lured by false promises and forced to catch and process fish that ends up in global food giant Nestlé’s supply chains.

Nuclear energy is part of the solution to climate change

EU Active - 24 november, 2015 - 14:08

Nuclear energy can be considered a low carbon energy source which provides a solution to the challenge of meeting the increasing global demand for electricity, writes Jean-Pol Poncelet.

Jean-Pol Poncelet is Director General of FORATOM

What’s the Visegrad Four for?

EU Active - 24 november, 2015 - 14:02

With the new right-wing government in Poland, the V4 may be perceived as a new ‘nay’ club in the EU. However, research shows that that the Visegrad Group, composed of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary, should prioritise its relations with Germany, writes Vít Dostál.

Report: EU countries divert overseas aid to cover refugee bills

EU Active - 24 november, 2015 - 12:10

A report published on Tuesday (24 November) by CONCORD, the European NGO confederation for relief and development, documents an emerging trend amongst member states to divert aid budgets from sustainable development to domestic costs associated with hosting refugees and asylum seekers.

Commission mulls new measures against aviation subsidies from third countries

EU Active - 24 november, 2015 - 10:58

The issue of subsidies and “unfair pricing” in the aviation sector will be an “important” part of the upcoming talks with Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey, according to the latest draft of the aviation package seen by EurActiv.

Portugal president asks left-wingers for EU and Nato pledge

EU Observer - 24 november, 2015 - 10:14
Portugal's president has asked left-wing parties to promise to uphold EU and Nato commitments if they form a government, prompting a Communist rebuke.

[Ticker] Russia says will cut gas to Ukraine

EU Observer - 24 november, 2015 - 10:11
Russia will stop gas deliveries to Ukraine "today or tomorrow because of lack of advance payment," energy minister Alexander Novak said Tuesday. The threat comes as Russia accuses Ukraine of not doing enough to allow repair of electricity lines to Crimea, which were blown up last week.

[Ticker] VW admits cheating in another 85,000 Audi cars

EU Observer - 24 november, 2015 - 09:37
Volkswagen subsidiary Audi said Monday that in addition to the cars it already admitted had illegal defeat devices, another 85,000 cars in the US were affected. The company said that the illegal software had been placed in all 3-litre diesel engines which Audi sold since 2009.

French MEP charged in 'Air Cocaine' case

EU Observer - 24 november, 2015 - 09:30
French far-right MEP Chauprade is being hunted by the Dominican Republic over his role in the prison-break of two French pilots sentenced for drug smuggling.

EU calls Turkey summit despite security scare

EU Observer - 24 november, 2015 - 09:29
The Turkish PM and up to 28 EU leaders are to meet in Brussels on Sunday to finalise a deal on slowing the flow of refugees.

[Ticker] Turkey shoots down Russian plane near Syria

EU Observer - 24 november, 2015 - 09:26
Turkish F16 fighters shot down a Russian SU-24 Tuesday morning near the border with Syria. Turkey said the aircraft violeted its airspace. Russia confimed the incident and said the jet was flying over Syria airspace.

[Ticker] Bomb blast in central Athens

EU Observer - 24 november, 2015 - 09:14
A bomb explosion outside an Athens-based business federation in the small hours of Tuesday caused no injuries, but indicated that political violence will also continue in Greece despite its left-wing government. While such attacks by local guerilla groups are not uncommon, this marked the first since Alexis Tsipras became PM.

[Ticker] Poll: Danes split on EU referendum

EU Observer - 24 november, 2015 - 09:10
Nine days ahead of Denmark's referendum on whether to change its EU "opt-out" policy on police and justice affairs to an "opt-in", 34% of Danes have not yet made up their mind, according to a poll commissioned by DR. The Yes vote had 32% support, the No 29%.

[Ticker] Austria: refugee costs will be excluded from EU budget target

EU Observer - 24 november, 2015 - 09:09
Austria's finance minister Hans-Jörg Schelling told Austrian public radio that the European Commission will allow his country to have the costs it made to mitigate the refugee crisis excluded from the calculation on its deficit target. "The Commission has recognised that spending for the refugees is both exceptional and unforeseen."

[Ticker] Repair of downed power lines in Crimea prevented

EU Observer - 24 november, 2015 - 09:08
Activists opposed to Russia's annexation of Crimea have prevented workers from fixing power lines from Ukraine, reported Reuters. The electricity supply was sabotaged over the weekend when four pylons were blown up. Crimea still depends on Ukraine for much of its electricity.

Terror overshadows Greece at Eurogroup meeting

EU Observer - 24 november, 2015 - 09:00
Following long weeks of negotiations Greece has received €2 billion, but minds were more focused on the security alert in Brussels and the attacks in Paris.

How the migrant crisis could accelerate a Grexit

EU Active - 24 november, 2015 - 07:59

Since Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia aren’t allowing economic refugees to enter their territory, there is now the potential for large numbers to end up stuck in Greece, empowering the far right, according to ">

Circular Economy package to regulate construction sector

EU Active - 24 november, 2015 - 07:58

Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella wants to make construction one of the pillars of the Circular Economy—a goal backed by the European Cement Association, Cembureau. “We are central to the Circular Economy,” said Cembureau President Daniel Gauthier.

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