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Member states reject adding €50 million for Brexit preparedness

By Jorge Valero and Beatriz RΓ­os

EU member states refused the European Commission’s request to add €50 million to deal with a no-deal Brexit, as the national governments are refusing to increase the overall budget for 2020.

A cost-effective transition: Unlocking the benefits of sector coupling

By Marlene Stocker

‘Sector coupling’, the integration of energy end-use and supply sectors, could potentially reduce the costs of decarbonisation and improve energy efficiency, in line with the EU's transformation towards a low-carbon economy as detailed in the 2050 long-term strategy.

The Brief, powered by BP – Incapacity to rule

By Alexandra Brzozowski

The replacement hearings for the three rejected European Commissioner-designates were meant to be the beginning of the end of the Brussels job-division saga. However, further delays to the inauguration of Ursula von der Leyen's team may be looming, in what could be taken as a symptom of wider European indecisiveness.

Progress is too slow in the fight against β€˜superbugs’, auditors warn

By Gerardo Fortuna, Natasha Foote

Despite some progress, the EU One Health approach to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has not yet delivered demonstrable results in reducing the rising 'superbugs' health threat, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) found.

  • November 15th 2019 at 16:10

French gas networks could mix in green hydrogen in future, say operators

By Sam Morgan

France's gas network could be adapted to pipe a mix of natural gas with 20% hydrogen from 2030 onwards, as part of efforts to cut carbon emissions, operators said on Friday (15 November).

Manfred Weber’s fall from grace: What now for the failed Spitzenkandidat?

By Markus Grabitz

Manfred Weber, the former German Spitzenkandidat for the European People's Party (EPP), has been on the defensive ever since his bid for the EU Commission presidency failed after the European elections in May. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Azerbaijan β€˜discourages’ human traffickers

By Georgi Gotev

Azerbaijan is unlikely to become a transit country for illegal migration because the authorities have “discouraged” international human trafficking rings from taking this route, Vusal Huseynov, the chief of the State Migration Service of Azerbaijan, told EURACTIV.

20 Visions for Europe: β€˜Demain’

By Filo Vals

EURACTIV is marking 20 years with 20 Visions for Europe. Filippo Valsecchi is a singer who performs under the name Filo Vals.

  • November 15th 2019 at 13:54

β€˜Dissident’ MEPs admit pressure to approve von der Leyen’s Commission

By Georgi Gotev, Sarantis Michalopoulos

A failure to pass the von der Leyen commission in Parliament would create a crisis of unprecedented proportions for the European Union. EURACTIV has learned from different sources that a lot of discrete efforts are being deployed to avoid such a scenario.

German ministers urge EU to lead the way at COP25 in Madrid

By Florence Schulz

At a Berlin conference to prepare for the UN's annual climate summit (COP25), Environment Minister Svenja Schulze and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stressed the EU's responsibility in closing the Paris Climate Agreement's remaining gaps, particularly by raising the targets at EU level. EURACTIV Germany reports.

New Kazakh leadership: What impact for EU-Kazakhstan relations?

By Malte Ketelsen, Marlene Stocker

Following the presidential elections on June 9th, Kazakhstan has a new leader, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. He is the second president to be elected after almost thirty years of uninterrupted rule by Nursultan Nazarbayev, who occupied the position since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Green MEP calls for EU action plan on alternatives to animal testing

By Gerardo Fortuna

All initiatives to promote alternatives to animal testing are welcome, but lawmakers should be bolder and impose some mandatory measures as well, Luxembourgish MEP Tilly Metz has said.

Budapest mayor: Orban wants to kill humanity in humans, Hungary has other values


In today's edition of the Capitals, find out what Budapest's new mayor has to say about his PM's rhetoric, what authorities knew prior to the attack on the Berlin Christmas market in 2016, the troubles of Slovakia's far-right, Romania's slowing growth, and so much more. The Capitals brings you the latest news from across Europe, through on-the-ground reporting by EURACTIV’s media network.

Clear path for EU-Kazakhstan agreement to enter into full force

By Vlagyiszlav Makszimov

Italy was the last EU country to ratify the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA) with Kazakhstan, signed in 2015, paving the way for the trade deal to enter into full force.

Moldova forms pro-Russian minority government

By Georgi Gotev

Moldovan lawmakers on Thursday (14 November) approved a new minority government controlled by the Socialist Party of pro-Russian President Igor Dodon, two days after the dissolution of a pro-European government.

French banks still fund coal despite finance minister’s plea

By Delphine Cuny

A year ago, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire urged French banks, insurers and asset managers to stop funding any mines or coal plants. Two weeks before the Climate Finance Day (28 November, Paris), a group of NGOs published a report urging them to take a step further. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.

Pelosi says Trump has admitted to bribery as impeachment probe intensifies

By Georgi Gotev

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday (14 November) President Donald Trump already has admitted to bribery in the Ukraine scandal at the heart of a Democratic-led inquiry, accusing him of an impeachable offense under the US Constitution.

Tweets of the Week: Commissioner Title Changes, Tusks Speech, Boris’ Mop

By Jennifer Baker, Malte Ketelsen, Marlene Stocker
VdL’s new titles are a bit of a flop, Tusk Brexit  speech is a major mic-drop, and Boris Johnson it appears can’t use a mop.

Top Putin aide named by MH17 airliner investigators

By Georgi Gotev

An international investigation into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on Thursday (14 November) released a series of phone intercepts, including one between a top aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin and pro-Russian rebels accused in the crash.

Surge in EU applications for UK settlement scheme

By Benjamin Fox

More than half a million applications for EU settled status were received by the UK’s Home Office in October, taking the total to 2.4 million.