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Today β€” April 20th 2018EurActiv

The Brief – Climate dominoes

By Sam Morgan with Alexandra Brzozowski

The EU wants to prove that its climate action credentials are genuine, which means being top of the class in taking the Paris Agreement seriously. That could all hinge on a series of meetings scheduled for next month. So no pressure then…

Official: EU will not fund Turkish plan to settle refugees in Afrin

By Georgi Gotev

Following indications that Turkey would like to bring Syrian refugees to the area of Afrin, which it has controlled since the ‘Olive Branch’ incursion into northern Syria earlier this year, the EU made clear on Friday (20 April) that it would not be part of the game.

Greenpeace: Risk management tools cannot solve β€˜unsustainable’ CAP system

By Sarantis Michalopoulos

Public policies should not embrace risk management tools that cement the current ecological and economically unsustainable agri-food system, Greenpeace's food and agriculture director Marco Contiero told EURACTIV.com.

Hahn: Carrot for Albania and Macedonia, customs union for Turkey

By Herbert Vytiska (Vienna)

With the Western Balkans accession talks underway, the EU’s enlargement policy is advancing. In the case of Turkey, however, there is a deadlock. In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn comments on the recent developments.

Circular bio-economy supports growth and mitigates climate change impact

By Carina HΓ₯kansson, MΓ₯rten Larsson

A European strategy for bio-economy should take the structural differences of different member states into account while also promoting and reinforcing a common vision for the sector, write Carina Håkansson and Mårten Larsson.

All quiet in the West while the East is advancing, study shows

By Florence Schulz

Statistically, the economic gap between European regions is narrowing. Nevertheless, the abandoned regions remain left behind - and in Western Europe there is stagnation. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Lavrov: After the Western attack, nothing stops us from sending S-300 to Syria

By Georgi Gotev

US military strikes on Syria last week removed any moral obligation Russia had to withhold S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems from its ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today (20 April) , according to RIA state news agency.

Trans-Europe Express – Macron: A hero yet to prove his mettle

By Aline Robert with Alexandra Brzozowski

A strange and boring lunch, hosted by Antonio Tajani, took place on the 7th floor of the European Parliament on Tuesday (17 April), when Emmanuel Macron came to Strasbourg to charm MEPs with his visions of Europe.

Council and Parliament agree on simplification of EU funds

By Sofia Elanidou

Rules on the so-called Omnibus regulation on EU financial rules, including Cohesion policy, will be simplified, whether they are managed by the Commission, by various organisations and bodies, or jointly with national authorities. The European Parliament is now expected to...

Greens call on EU governments to stay away from Russia World Cup

By Georgi Gotev

Rebecca Harms, an expert on Eastern Europe of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, has initiated an open letter calling on EU governments to stay away from the FIFA World Cup taking place in Russia in June 2018.

Basque terrorist group ETA acknowledges harm caused, apologises to victims

By Zoran Radosavljevic

Basque terrorist group ETA acknowledge on Friday (20 April) the harm it had caused, saying it was directly responsible for the suffering of the Basque people and apologised to the victims. EURACTIV’s partner efe-epa reports from San Sebastian, Spain.

Greece accepts Snam-led consortium’s offer for gas grid DESFA

By Georgi Gotev

Greece has accepted a €535 million offer from a consortium led by Italy's Snam for a majority stake in gas grid operator DESFA, naming it the "preferred investor", its privatisation agency said on Thursday (19 April).

Energy transition: EU unity’s missing jigsaw piece?

By Sam Morgan

Decarbonising Europe’s economy and meeting the targets of the Paris Agreement are among the EU’s main priorities. Depending on the level of ambition and the course the EU energy policy ship takes, the result could be either a more united or divided continent.

EU parliament demands independent probe into Slovak reporter’s murder

By Georgi Gotev

The European Parliament called Thursday (19 April) on Slovakia to ensure a full and independent investigation into the murder of an investigative reporter while demanding better protections for all journalists in the EU.

How Europe can regain industrial championship in clean mobility

By Claude Turmes

Chinese manufacturers have built an impressive production network in Europe and are winning pure electric car and bus tenders in cities like Turin, Amsterdam and London. In Europe, the Clean Vehicles Directive can help make up for the time lost, argues Claude Turmes.

Ambassador: Turkey, EU should cooperate in safely returning Syrian refugees home

By Sarantis Michalopoulos

At the Varna summit, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told his interlocutors that the EU should cooperate in Syria in terms of helping Syrian refugees to go back to their homes, Turkish ambassador to the EU Faruk Kaymakcı told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

Merkel urges β€˜compromise’ on eurozone reform

By admin

Germany's Angela Merkel called for a spirit of "compromise" on reforming the euro zone at a meeting on Thursday (19 April) with French President Emmanuel Macron, who pressed for "solidarity" among members of the currency union.

Armenian president calls for dialogue as opposition chants β€˜Say no to Serzh’

By Georgi Gotev

Armenian President Armen Sargsyan on Thursday (19 April) called for dialogue, as thousands continued to protest on the streets against the appointment of the new prime minister, who was president for 10 years before switching jobs this month.

Tweets of the Week: Selmayr, Macron, Syria, and Facebook

By Evan Lamos, Jennifer Baker, Tess Vrbin
In the end Selmayr’s not told to take a hike, Macron’s speech causes excitement spike, MEPs debate Syria strike, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg can’t even get a like.

Ansip surprises with proposal to step up work with US on cybersecurity

By Catherine Stupp

The European Commission surprised tech policy observers this week when it suggested to amp up transatlantic cooperation on cybersecurity, just as Europe’s relations with the US are under strain following the Facebook data leakage scandal.