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13/12/2016

Right-wing Fillon wins French presidential primary

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28-11-2016

The Brief: Clean energy subsidies for all?

EU member states have a long, distinguished history of ignoring the European Commission when it comes to national energy subsidies.
Commission VP Valdis Dombrovskis hopes the new plan will isolate taxpayers from financial risk.
Euro & Finance 28-11-2016

Commission proposes new CCP financial rules

The European Commission has adopted a proposal on financial market infrastructure that aims to manage the risk of one or more parties defaulting on transactions, in an attempt to learn from lessons provided by the global financial crisis. EurActiv’s partner Milano Finanza reports.
In 2015, Europe imported €6bn worth of agricultural products produced on illegally deforested land.
Agrifood 28-11-2016

Where are forests in Europe’s Sustainable Development Goals plans?

Forests are vital to achieving the SDGs and the aims of the Paris Agreement. Without action to protect forests, the problems posed by poverty and climate change will only get worse, writes Indra Van Gisbergen.
Neonicotinoids are known to be dangerous to pollinators such as bees.
Agrifood 28-11-2016

Neonicotinoids face total EU ban

After the two-year moratorium on three types of neonicotinoid pesticides, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) this month issued an unfavourable opinion on two of the chemicals, for uses that are still authorised. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Airbnb's business model allowed it to accumulate the same amount of rooms as the Hilton chain in just a few years. It took Hilton nearly a century to do the same.

How the gig economy is changing employment

The advent of the gig economy has brought fundamental changes to the way in which we access goods and services and turned traditional business models on their head.  Denis Pennel considers its impact on employment and the likely implications for the future of work.
Javier Solana
Security 28-11-2016

Solana: Brexit could boost European defence

The European Union has spent two years preparing to unify its energy market. Former EU High Representative Javier Solana told EurActiv Spain that the Energy Union has to be made a reality as quickly as possible, as well as increasing security cooperation.
Igor Dodon, Moldova's new president-elect.
Europe's East 28-11-2016

Moldova’s geopolitical crossroads

Moldova’s first directly elected president may have legitimacy in the eyes of the people, but he will have to steer his country through stormy economic and geopolitical waters, writes Serghei Sadohin.
Sylvie Goulard
Elections 28-11-2016

Sylvie Goulard takes on male-dominated establishment in EP presidency race

The French liberal MEP will have to convince her group to nominate her, rather than ALDE group leader Guy Verhofstad. Since 1979, 87% of the European Parliament's presidents have been men. EurActiv France reports.


Lord Mayor Andrew Parmley
UK & Europe 28-11-2016

Lord Mayor: London will survive Brexit

The Brexit vote has shaken the City of London but will not destroy it despite creating uncertainty, the newly-installed Lord Mayor of the financial hub told AFP.
Margrethe Vestager is only one of many women actively building a value-based Europe at all levels.

Tired of the founding fathers? Let’s celebrate the women building Europe

Gender equality is a prerequisite to achieving a sustainable Europe that has the buy in of its citizens - and this includes women at the heart of all decision-making, write Joanna Maycock and Petros Fassoulas.
Marine Le Pen
Elections 28-11-2016

Can conservative Fillon keep France's far-right at bay?

Francois Fillon, having clinched the presidential nomination for the right-wing Republicains party, will now join a far bigger battle for the future of France, the European Union and mainstream politics in the West.
Fidel Castro - here pictured in 1978 - died aged 90 on Friday 25 November, 2016.
Global Europe 28-11-2016

Commissioners at odds over Castro legacy

The death at the weekend of the revolutionary Cuban leader Fidel Castro saw sharp differences of opinion within EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s cabinet.
Uber's CEO Travis Kalanick has visited Brussels frequently over the last months, last time in November. In the picture, with Commissioner for Innovation, Carlos Moedas, on 23 May.
Digital 28-11-2016

Uber gains key support ahead of EU Court hearing

A majority of EU governments are expected tomorrow (29 November) to back – at least partly – the ride-hailing firm’s claim of being a digital platform, opening the way for a lighter regulatory oversight of the American-based company than if it was considered like a normal transport firm.
Wednesday's package will bring forward legislation aimed at ensuring the EU lives up to its UN climate commitments.
Energy 28-11-2016

Commission sets up EU's next energy efficiency battle

The European Commission will announce increased EU energy efficiency targets on Wednesday (30 November). But it will face resistance from member states opposed to binding, more ambitious rules, and from the European Parliament, which has demanded much higher goals.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (left) and with Polish counterpart Beata Szydlo.
UK & Europe 28-11-2016

Britain seeks to strengthen ties with Poland ahead of Brexit

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May will discuss deeper co-operation with her Polish counterpart in defence, security and trade on Monday (28 November), seeking common ground to underpin relations between the two countries after Brexit.
Francois Fillon won some 66.5% of the primary vote, and initial opinion polls made him favourite to win the 2017 presidential election.
Elections 28-11-2016

Right-wing Fillon wins French presidential primary

François Fillon, a conservative reformist promising to shrink the French state, on Sunday  (27 November) clinched the rightwing nomination for next year's presidential election with a resounding victory over his rival Alain Juppé.

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