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Today โ€” January 20th 2020EuObserver

[Ticker] EU to cut pre-accession aid to Turkey by 75 percent

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has written a letter to the European Parliament in which he states that the EU will cut pre-accession aid to Turkey by 75 percent, Deutsche Welle reports. The cut is a response to Turkey's invasion of Syria and its illegal gas drilling off Cyprus' coast. It will receive just €185m for strengthening democracy and rule of law and rural development.

  • January 20th 2020 at 07:29

[Ticker] EU financial firms flock to UK

About 1,000 EU financial services firms plan to open offices in the UK after Brexit to serve British clients in a sign Britain will remain the continent's banking hub, consultancy firm Bovill has said, Reuters reports. Firms from Ireland, France, Cyprus, and Germany have applied for 228, 170, 165 and 149 temporary permits respectively, to do so already. The investments will offset British firms' opening new offices on the mainland.

  • January 20th 2020 at 07:28

[Ticker] Libya peace talks: 'new spirit' to find solution

The Libya conference in Berlin on Sunday concluded with a "new spirit" to find a lasting solution for peace, German chancellor Angela Merkel said. World leaders agreed on applying a stricter arms embargo to Libya and to refrain from intervening in the conflict. But the warring parties of prime minister Hayez al-Sarraj and war lord Khalifa Haftar refused to sit together at the talks.

  • January 20th 2020 at 07:28

[Opinion] Brexit - Europe's 'Versailles moment'?

The spectre of another peace agreement looms: that of the doomed Versailles treaty, which, by sowing resentment and perpetuating misunderstanding of each other's true ambitions and principles, created more tensions than it dissolved.

  • January 20th 2020 at 07:04

[Feature] New year, old problems for one of EU's poorest places

The year is off to a rocky start in Vaslui, one of EU's most impoverished regions and Romania's poorest county, where two 12-year olds were found in alcohol-induced coma after having spent their Christmas carol-singing money on alcohol.

  • January 20th 2020 at 07:03

MEPs urge binding targets to protect biodiversity

MEPs have called on the EU commission to move away from voluntary commitments on biodiversity protection and propose a more "ambitious" strategy for 2030.

  • January 20th 2020 at 07:01

Thousands apply for EU border guard posts

Around 7,500 applications were sent to Frontex to fill 700 new border guard posts. The guards will become official EU staff and wear a yet to be unveiled 'European Union' uniform.

  • January 20th 2020 at 07:01
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[Agenda] Davos and Libya in focus This WEEK

The all-powerful will meet in Davos after Berlin tries to resolve the Libyan conflict over the weekend, while MEPs will set the stage for final ratification of the Brexit deal.

  • January 17th 2020 at 15:39

China spy suspect worked for EU for 30 years

The former EU ambassador suspected by German prosecutors of spying for China was Gerhard Sabathil, according to EU officials speaking on condition of anonymity.

  • January 17th 2020 at 15:34

Catalan MEPs Puigdemont and Comin look for a party

The former head of the Catalan regional government, Carles Puigdemont, and one member of his government, Toni Comín, have requested to join the Greens/EFA group - but they do not close the door to other political groups.

  • January 17th 2020 at 06:58

[Ticker] 'No objection in principle' on Huawei cooperation, EU says

EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan said during his visit to the US the EU has "no objection in principle" on cooperation with the Chinese telecom giant Huawei to set up its 5G network in Europe, the Guardian reports. He also said the UK can "call Donald Trump's bluff" on threats to withdraw US cooperation with the UK on intelligence and security over Huawei, referring to the American president.

  • January 17th 2020 at 07:29

[Ticker] French aircraft carrier goes to Middle East amid tensions

France is to send its aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle, and its battle group to the eastern Mediterranean for the next four months to support its operations against Islamist group Isis in the Middle East, French president Emmanuel Macron said Thursday. The move comes amid a spike in tension after the US killed a top Iranian general in Iraq and after Turkey invaded northern Syria to fight Kurdish forces.

  • January 17th 2020 at 07:27

[Ticker] EU suggests temporary ban on facial recognition

EU states should consider banning facial-recognition technology from public places for the next five years to give governments a chance to assess risks of abuse, the European Commission said in a proposal, Reuters reports. The ban would exempt security services and research projects. EU states should also create special authorities to monitor rules on new technology, including artificial intelligence, the commission suggested in its consultation paper.

  • January 17th 2020 at 07:26

[Ticker] EU industry cries foul on Chinese restrictions

European businesses have urged EU institutions and states to press China to play fair on market access. "The EU must reconsider its modus operandi towards China and put more emphasis on reciprocity and conditionality," BusinessEurope, a Europe-wide lobby group said in a report on Thursday. Barriers to investment, curbs on joint ventures, a closed procurement market, and state subsidies for Chinese firms left EU firms struggling to compete, it said.

  • January 17th 2020 at 07:24

[Exclusive] Surge in Israeli demolition of EU-funded buildings

Israel has sped up demolitions of EU-funded and Palestinian structures in the West Bank amid hawkish talk on taking over the territory.

  • January 17th 2020 at 07:02

[Opinion] Why EU subsidy schemes don't work - the evidence

Counter to popular beliefs among policymakers, the positive effects of support schemes are found to be very limited. In order to revitalise Europe, the newly appointed EU Commission needs to reconsider government's role in innovation and entrepreneurship.

  • January 17th 2020 at 07:01

Catalan MEPs Puigdemont and Comin look for a party

The former head of the Catalan regional government, Carles Puigdemont, and one member of his government, Toni Comín, have requested to join the Greens/EFA group - but they do not close the door to other political groups.

  • January 17th 2020 at 06:58

[Ticker] 'Devil in detail', EU warns on US-China trade deal

The EU's trade commissioner Phil Hogan said Thursday that the bloc would check to see if a major trade deal struck by the US and China is compliant with global rules. "The devil is in the detail," he said in Washington where he is meeting US officials. "We will have to assess whether it is WTO-compliant," he said after the US and China scaled back their 18-month trade row.

  • January 17th 2020 at 06:57

[Ticker] Trump threatened EU-tariffs over Iran, Germany confirms

The US threatened to impose 25 percent tariffs on cars to push Europeans to initiate proceedings against Iran for violating the nuclear deal, the German defence minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said. "This threat exists," she told a press conference in London. The Washington Post reported that US president Donald Trump had secretly warned France, Germany and the UK that the US would impose tariffs on European cars over Iran nuclear policy.

  • January 17th 2020 at 06:57

[Ticker] Germany strikes coal phase-out deal

The Financial Times newspaper reports Germany struck a €44bn deal with its coal-producing regions to phase out coal power by 2038. "We are the first country that will exit from both nuclear and coal [power]. That is also an important international signal that we are sending out," said Germany's environment minister Svenja Schulze.

  • January 17th 2020 at 06:56
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