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[l] at 7/15/19 8:43am
When the crunch time comes in Strasbourg tomorrow (16 July), what exactly will be the key factor in deciding Ursula von der Leyen's fate? Other than the fact that voting is secret and each MEP is free to do whatever they want.

[Category: The Brief]

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[l] at 7/15/19 8:31am
In the game of thrones for the EU’s top job, it was right to distance from the federalist goal of choosing Spitzenkandidaten and instead return to the intergovernmental concept of deciding in the European Council, Polish foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz told...
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[l] at 7/15/19 8:24am
On Friday (12 July), French authorities published their first report on children born without arms in rural areas of three specific French departments. Although this congenital disability, termed transverse agenesis of the upper limb, is well described, its causes remain unknown. EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'environnement reports.

[Category: babies with no arms, birth defect, France, Health, newborns, Pesticides]

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[l] at 7/15/19 8:05am
Putting carbon neutrality into law during first 100 days, a new “Just Transition Fund” or the nomination of two executive vice-presidents are some of the concessions listed by European Commission President nominee Ursula von der Leyen, according to the letters seen by Euractiv.

[Category: Brexit, Climate Change, climate neutrality, European pillar of social rights, Frans Timmermans, gender balance, Margrethe Vestager, Migration]

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[l] at 7/15/19 7:03am
Ursula von der Leyen may be a relatively unknown name in Europe but we Germans are familiar with her work, most recently as the country’s Defence Minister, writes Martin Schirdewan.

[Category: Ursula von der Leyen]

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[l] at 7/15/19 6:20am
There's a lot of misinformation and misplaced facts which have distorted the debate about the recently concluded Mercosur trade deal, EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has said.

[Category: Copa-Cogeca, EU-Mercosur, Mercosur, Pekka Pesonen, Phil Hogan]

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[l] at 7/15/19 6:19am
In an interview with EURACTIV's media partner Deutsche Welle, Germany's Economic Cooperation and Development Minister Gerd Müller spoke about his trip to Brazil and Germany's role in stopping the Amazon rainforest' continued deforestation.

[Category: Amazon rainforest, Brazil, climate protection, deforestation, European Union, Gerd Mueller, Germany, Jair Bolsonaro]

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[l] at 7/15/19 6:18am
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš survived a no-confidence vote on 27 June, but his coalition government is torn by internal strife and appears to be nearer the end than at any point in its past 12 months in office.

[Category: Andrej Babis, Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman]

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[l] at 7/15/19 5:38am
A leading opposition politician has accused the Georgian government of pro-Russian bias, tacitly condoned by the EU, but representatives of the ruling party, as well as diplomats, insist there is a consensus on big geopolitical matters and the entire country is pro-Western.

[Category: Democracy, Georgia]

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[l] at 7/15/19 5:21am
In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, Greens/EFA’s spokesperson in the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and member of the Environment Committee Martin Häusling spoke about the potential influence Germany could have on the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

[Category: agriculture, CAP, Common Agicultural Policy, European Commission, European Parliament, Germany, Greens-EFA]

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[l] at 7/15/19 5:09am
In its annual growth report, the OECD painted a gloomy picture: rising inequalities, slowing growth and strong headwinds for the global market economy, notably because of trade wars. EURACTIV Germany summarised the OECD's recommendations for Europe.

[Category: ageing population, Education, environment, EU reform, inequalities, Innovation, insolvency, labour reform, new technologies, OECD]

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[l] at 7/15/19 4:27am
Reactor 4 of the Ukrainian Chernobyl nuclear power plant has been covered with a new arch and is the largest mobile structure ever built by humans. This time, it has been co-financed by the EU. EURACTIV's media partner Euroefe reports.

[Category: Chernobyl, nuclear]

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[l] at 7/15/19 12:54am
The Capitals brings you the latest news from across Europe, through on-the-ground reporting by EURACTIV’s media network.

[Category: The Capitals]

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[l] at 7/15/19 12:54am
Part of the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) has serious doubts about Ursula von der Leyen’s nomination for President of the European Commission and may not support her, Bulgarian MEP Radan Kanev told news website EUelectionsBulgaria.com.

[Category: Bulgaria, Dacian Cioloş, EPP, EU top jobs, Poland, rule of law, Sergey Stanishev, Ursula von der Leyen]

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[l] at 7/15/19 12:24am
If Ursula von der Leyen is approved as European Commission president this week, her own centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) may actually lose influence in the next EU executive, given the political affiliation of the candidates likely to form the bulk of her senior staff.

[Category: European Parliament, Jean-Claude Juncker, Ursula von der Leyen]

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[l] at 7/15/19 12:20am
The exit strategy from Rome’s current garbage crisis involves re-routing thousands of tonnes of junk to Sweden and other EU countries, with a huge financial and environmental cost in terms of CO2 emissions.

[Category: Daniela Rondinelli, Five Star Movement, incineration, Massimiliano Smeriglio, Municipal waste, Partito Democratico, Rome, Waste and recycling, waste collection, waste disposal, waste to energy]

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[l] at 7/15/19 12:13am
French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday (13 July) said that France’s air force will set up a space command centre and be renamed the Air and Space force, to better protect outer space interests.

[Category: Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron, France, Space, space policy]

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[l] at 7/15/19 12:12am
The European Union fully backs Iraq's efforts to de-escalate growing tensions between the United States and Iran because conflict will have dire consequences for all sides, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Saturday (13 July).

[Category: Federica Mogherini, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United States]

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[l] at 7/15/19 12:08am
Ryanair in April became the first airline to be included among Europe’s top ten polluters, with some calling the airline company ‘the new coal’ industry. Large economies like France and Germany have begun seeking impact-reducing alternatives to air travel by imposing new taxes.
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[l] at 7/14/19 11:49pm
Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı on Saturday (13 July) proposed creating a joint committee across the divided Mediterranean island, to address tensions over offshore energy reserves.

[Category: Cyprus, Mustafa Akinci, Northern Cyprus, offshore gas, Turkey]

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[l] at 7/10/19 1:06pm
German nominee for Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, continued her charm offensive with European political families on Wednesday (10 July), as MEPs tried hard to pin her down on climate protection, rule of law and reform of the bloc's institutional structures.

[Category: European Conservatives and Reformists, European Greens, European Parliament, European People's Party, Renew Europe, Ursula von der Leyen]

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