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Today β€” January 17th 2019EurActiv

The Brief – Look who’s back…

By Zoran Radosavljevic with Alexandra Brzozowski

The old king of political vulgarity, the proto-Trump, is back. The news of the day is that Silvio Berlusconi will be running for a seat in the European Parliament, reviving his political career after a ban imposed over a tax fraud conviction expired.

EU participation in β€˜anti-Iran summit’ shrouded in uncertainty

By Alexandra Brzozowski

The US-initiated Middle East summit to be held in Warsaw in mid-February has been touted as the most important event held in the city since the 2016 NATO summit. But Tehran has dismissed the meeting as a “desperate anti-Iranian circus" and the EU is struggling for a common position.

Kazakhstan advocates closer ties between EU and Eurasian Economic Union

By Georgi Gotev

A senior official from Kazakhstan, one of the five members of the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), has called for greater cooperation between EEAU and the EU, ultimately aiming to create a single economic space from the Atlantic to Pacific. But a Commission spokesperson made clear it could only be a long-term goal, depending on political developments.

Berlusconi books ticket to Brussels

By Sam Morgan

Silvio Berlusconi will stand as an MEP in the upcoming EU elections, the former Italian prime minister announced on Thursday (17 January).

Germany considers Huawei 5G ban amid global backlash against Chinese tech giant

By Samuel Stolton

The German government is considering excluding Huawei from the country's 5G market amid a global backlash against the Chinese telecoms company. The news comes a week after a senior Huawei executive was arrested on espionage charges in Poland.

Greens save glyphosate from EU ban calls, as deal with EPP triumphs

By Gerardo Fortuna

The Greens in the European Parliament have blocked an amendment calling for the ban of Monsanto's controversial weedkiller, as part of a broader political deal with the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) to back a report calling for a rethink of the EU's pesticide approval system.

EU envoys agree sanctions on Russians accused of Skripals’ poisoning

By Georgi Gotev

European Union ambassadors agreed on Wednesday (16 January) to impose sanctions on nine individuals and one entity accused of chemical weapons attacks, including two Russian men blamed for poisoning a former Russian double agent in Britain, two diplomats said.

US about to ditch landmark missile treaty, cites Russia’s non-compliance

By Alexandra Brzozowski

After talks between Washington and Moscow to save a Cold War arms control treaty collapsed this week, the United States announced on Wednesday (16 January) it would no longer consider itself bound by the treaty obligations in under two weeks times.

US discourages foreign companies from doing business in Cuba

By Georgi Gotev

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned foreign businesses Wednesday (16 January) to steer clear of formerly private properties seized by Cuba -- and said he was considering allowing lawsuits over such assets in US courts.

Academic: Oil and gas boilers should be banned across Europe by 2030

By FrΓ©dΓ©ric Simon

Emissions from residential heating can be drastically reduced if Europe agrees a ban on new oil and gas boiler installations by 2030 at the latest, according to a Danish researcher who led an EU-wide study to decarbonise the heating and cooling sector.

Brits in Belgium thrown no-deal Brexit lifeline

By Sam Morgan

British citizens already living and working in Belgium will be free to remain even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the UK’s ambassador in Brussels confirmed on Wednesday (16 January).

Scientists call for radical change of diet to transform global food system

By Claire Stam, Sarantis Michalopoulos

The global food system needs urgent reform, less meat consumption and more legumes, as three billion people worldwide are malnourished and food production is exceeding planetary boundaries, scientists have warned in a new report.

Putin to receive a rock star welcome in Belgrade

By Georgi Gotev

With T-shirts, mugs and murals bearing his face, Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to receive a rock star welcome on Thursday (17 January) when he lands in Serbia, Moscow's key ally on the edge of Europe.

Tsipras wins confidence vote, eyes Prespa agreement ratification

By Georgi Gotev

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday (16 January) survived a confidence vote after a row over a landmark name deal with Macedonia sunk his four-year coalition.

Spanish PM: If Europe protects us, we need to protect Europe

By Beatriz Rios

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez stood up for a more social, feminist, greener and united Europe, in his speech on the future of the EU before the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday (16 January). 

World risks sleepwalking into next crisis, Davos report warns

By Jorge Valero

Global risks are intensifying but the will to tackle them collectively is eroding, as forces across the planet call for “taking back control”, the World Economic Forum warned in its latest report published on Wednesday (16 January).

Yesterday β€” January 16th 2019EurActiv

May offers cross-party Brexit talks after surviving confidence vote

By Benjamin Fox

British Prime Minister Theresa May offered to immediately open cross-party talks to agree on a new Brexit deal after she narrowly survived a vote of no confidence late on Wednesday (16 January).

Nickel energizing batteries [Promoted content]

By The Nickel Institute

While nickel is not always in the name, its presence in many battery technologies is helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions - enabling clean energy solutions to be a central part of our effort to tackle global warming.

  • January 16th 2019 at 17:32

The Brief – A Day without Europe

By Georgi Gotev with Alexandra Brzozowski

During a recent discussion about the future of the EU, one of the speakers suggested that there should be a “Day without Europe”, in the same way that cities hold an annual day without cars, or some people go offline from the web for 24 hours.

VW and Ford launch largest electric and self-driving car alliance

By Sam Morgan

German carmaker giant Volkswagen has inked a partnership with US rival Ford that will focus on developing electric and autonomous vehicles, the CEOs of the two companies announced on Tuesday (15 January).