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[l] at 3/3/24 2:30am
In this week's edition: European ammo plans take shape, EU defence strategy preview and more.

[Category: Global Europe Brief]

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[l] at 3/3/24 12:26am
A senior member of Slovakia's government met his Russian counterpart on Saturday (2 March) in a rare high-level encounter between a European Union member state and a country the EU has sought to isolate.

[Category: Robert Fico, Russian invasion, Sergei Lavrov, Slovakia]

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[l] at 3/3/24 12:13am
Mediators expected to reconvene in Cairo as soon as Sunday (3 March) and search for a formula acceptable to Israel and Hamas for a lasting ceasefire in Gaza, sources with knowledge of the talks said, after foreign governments resorted to airdrops to aid desperate civilians in the Palestinian enclave.

[Category: Gaza war, Israel, United States]

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[l] at 3/2/24 11:58pm
A bitterly fought election in Belgrade -- a focus of widespread allegations of fraud during Serbia's local and parliamentary polls in December -- will be re-run, the acting city mayor said on Saturday (2 March).

[Category: Aleksander Vucic, election fraud, Serbia, Serbian elections, Serbian opposition]

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[l] at 3/2/24 4:36am
The European socialists are set to ask for the confirmation of European Commission portfolios on the green transition, economy and social affairs for the next European Commission, the socialist EU leading candidate Nicola Schmit told Euractiv in an exclusive interview.

[Category: EU top jobs, European Commission, Hamas, Hungary, Israel, Israel and Palestine, Nicola Schmit, Palestine, Ursula von der Leyen]

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[l] at 3/1/24 11:28pm
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte signed a security deal with Ukraine in the northeastern city of Kharkiv on Friday (1 March) and said the Netherlands would help fund the supply of 800,000 artillery shells to hold back Russian forces.

[Category: Ammunition, Mark Rutte, Netherlands, Russian invasion, Ukraine]

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[l] at 3/1/24 11:16pm
Thousands of mourners attended the funeral of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Moscow on Friday (1 March), two weeks after President Vladimir Putin's top critic died in an Arctic prison.

[Category: Alexei Navalny, Russia, totalitarian regime]

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[l] at 3/1/24 10:21am
The centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) is close to overtaking the socialists in their two strongholds, Romania and Portugal, according to the latest EU elections projection by Europe Elects for Euractiv. And there are other interesting changes in party rankings in Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.
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[l] at 3/1/24 8:38am
Any Brussels observer can see that in the last month, pre-election fever has been swooping through the bubble like a wind of change that reshuffles all cards and makes weird things happen.
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[l] at 3/1/24 8:17am
A looming hard-right shift casts a shadow on June’s EU elections and Europe’s left is using the topic to mobilise their voters, but the consequences are rather damaging.

[Category: The Brief]

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[l] at 3/1/24 7:29am
This week began with EU countries calling on the European Commission to "reorientate" the CAP. At the Council meeting last Monday, member states discussed some of the EU executive's proposals to make the CAP simpler, and pushed for more. One of the areas to explore is the protection of farmers in the food chain.

[Category: Agrifood Brief]

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[l] at 3/1/24 7:08am
A broad coalition of members of the European Parliament has written to the leaders of EU institutions urging them to ban all Russian energy from Europe, including pipeline gas and LNG.

[Category: Alexeiy Navalny, European Parliament, gas embargo, Russia, Russian gas embargo, Russian oil ban, Ukraine]

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[l] at 3/1/24 6:49am
The truth behind all of Vladimir Putin’s current rhetoric is that if Ukraine falls, he will not stop there, writes Alexander Temerko. Alexander Temerko is a Ukrainian businessman who held senior posts in the Russian Defence Ministry. The first time Putin...

[Category: Russia, Ukraine, Ukraine war, Vladimir Putin]

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[l] at 3/1/24 5:58am
France's right-leaning Senate approving a bill enshrining the right to abortion in the country's Constitution - after the National Assembly did the same at the end of January - is a defeat for the far-right and the pro-life movement, Camille Butin of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) told Euractiv in an interview.

[Category: Abortion, anti-gender, constitution, European elections, far right, France, IPPF, IVG, Mélanie Vogel, Paris, pro-life]

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[l] at 3/1/24 5:00am
The eurozone’s core inflation rate dropped to its lowest level in nearly two years in February, bolstering hopes that Europe’s inflation crisis may have permanently abated and that the European Central Bank (ECB) will cut interest rates later this year.

[Category: Economy, European Central Bank, Finance, Inflation]

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[l] at 3/1/24 4:30am
The EU’s largest economy takes longer than many of its peers to follow orders from Brussels, the Commission’s Single Market report showed, pointing to the wider threat that the bloc’s lethargic policy implementation poses to its competitiveness.

[Category: Annual Single Market Report, Competitiveness, EU, EU law, Germany, single market]

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[l] at 3/1/24 4:23am
The Austrian government has agreed to provide an undisclosed part of €200 million for building a pipeline to boost the country’s ability to import natural gas via Germany, amid growing political pressure to reduce dependence on Russia.

[Category: Austria, gas infrastructure, gas pipeline, Germany, Karl Nehammer, WAG Loop 1]

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[l] at 3/1/24 4:04am
Prominent Italian parliamentarians committed on Thursday (29 February) to “strengthening the immunity system” of their society by making sure that global brands stop advertising with media outlets that spread disinformation

[Category: 2024 elections, Balkans, disinformation, Italy]

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[l] at 3/1/24 2:39am
Welcome to Euractiv’s Tech Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU.

[Category: 2024 EU elections, Amazon, Artificial Intellignece, Meta, Microsoft, Mistral AI, SLAPPs, social media, Tech Brief, telecom, TikTok]

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[l] at 3/1/24 2:33am
The EU is based on four fundamental freedoms but it is time for a fifth: the free movement of energy. Integrated clean energy markets positively influence climate protection and future economic success, argues Monika Köppl-Turyna.

[Category: EU energy integration, freedom of energy, fundamental freedoms, hydrogen backbone]

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[l] at 3/1/24 1:30am
At the next meeting of EU energy ministers on Monday (4 March), both the French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire and Minister Delegate for Industry Roland Lescure will represent France, raising questions about the division of duties between the two men.

[Category: Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Bruno Le Maire, Energy Council, International Energy Agency, nuclear alliance, Roland Lescure]

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