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Today β€” September 18th 2018EurActiv

EU proposes to sanction countries breaching WTO rules

By Jorge Valero

The European Commission on Tuesday (18 September) proposed sanctions on countries that commit “willful and repeated” obfuscation of their trade policies, as part of an effort to modernise the World Trade Organisation.

The Brief – Brothers in arms?

By Alexandra Brzozowski

“Pole and Hungarian brothers be, good for fight and for glass” - that's the famous proverb at the heart of Poland and Hungary's friendship, which has connected the two countries for centuries. But is their venerable alliance coming to an end?

World’s first hydrogen train leaves station in Germany

By Sam Morgan

The world’s first hydrogen-powered train service began operating in Germany on Sunday (16 September), while EU ministers debated the future potential of the clean fuel at an informal summit in Austria this week.

UK should end special access for EU migrants after Brexit -report

By Benjamin Fox

The UK should end special access for EU citizens and introduce migration laws that focus on attracting skilled workers, the UK government’s advisory committee on migration recommended in a new report published Tuesday (18 September).

EU appeals to β€˜Astana guarantors’ to avoid Idlib catastrophe

By Georgi Gotev

Commenting on the decision by Russia and Turkey to create a “demilitarised” zone in a rebel-held Syrian region, the EU called on Tuesday (18 September) on the “Astana guarantors”, Russia, Turkey and Iran, to respect civilians as a matter of priority.

Clouds are gathering over the Salzburg summit

By Aline Robert

Brexit, internal security and immigration: the items on the agenda of the informal European Council summit in Salzburg on Thursday (20 September) could lead to lively discussions. EURACTIV France reports.

Russia is undermining Europe’s key democratic institution

By Volodymyr Yermolenko

Russia’s possible return to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe would mean that even institutions created to defend European values are no longer able to do so, writes Volodymyr Yermolenko.

Juncker: We are not β€˜under the rule’ of English

By Samuel Stolton

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker made a point of delivering his plenary speech at the Three Seas Initiative forum in Bucharest in French, bucking the trend of other world leaders attending the event on Tuesday (September 18).

β€˜Circle of five’ carmakers under EU cartel investigation

By Sam Morgan

On the third anniversary of Dieselgate, the European Commission announced on Tuesday (18 September) that its anti-competition team is looking into BMW, Daimler and the VW group for allegedly limiting the roll-out of technology meant to clean up car emissions.

Finalising the Clean Energy Package: priorities for the Austrian Presidency [Promoted content]

By Malte Lohan

Member states, the European Parliament and the European Commission have made remarkable progress on the Clean Energy Package to date – which Orgalime, representing the European technology industries, warmly welcomes, writes Malte Lohan.

German coal commission member: If we don’t come up with a roadmap, it’ll be a disaster

By Claire Stam

Ahead of Germany’s coal commission meeting on Tuesday (18 September), one of its members explained to EURACTIV what is behind the meaning of ‘structural economic change’, which the newly appointed institution has to deal with. 

Slovak authorities identify possible witness in journalist’s murder

By Georgi Gotev

Slovak authorities have identified a possible witness in the murder of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak, whose killing last February led mass protests that forced the government to resign, a state prosecutor said on Monday (17 September).

May needs urgent β€˜plan B’ to avoid hard Brexit, warn MPs

By Benjamin Fox

The UK needs to ‘urgently’ find draw up an alternative to Theresa May’s Chequers to avoid crashing out of the EU with a ‘chaotic and damaging’ Brexit, MPs warned in a new report on Tuesday (18 September).

Russia claims fresh β€˜proof’ Ukraine downed flight MH17

By Georgi Gotev

Russia on Monday (17 September) released fresh information to back its claim the missile that downed a Malaysia Airlines flight over war-torn Ukraine in 2014 was fired by Kiev's forces.

Technology to unlock the Irish border conundrum?

By Georgi Gotev

Supporters of Brexit in London have hailed Brussels' embrace of remote, high-tech customs controls as a sign that EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier is giving ground in order to resolve a stalemate on Northern Ireland that has held up a deal.

Agroecology can feed Europe pesticide-free in 2050, new study finds

By Claire Stam

European agriculture can phase out pesticides, reduce its impacts on climate and biodiversity while ensuring food security for Europeans, French researchers Pierre-Marie Aubert and Xavier Poux  told a conference held in Paris on 13 September.   

French pro-European right launches breakaway party

By Cécile Barbière

Confronted with the shift towards populism and identity-based politics by the French right-wing, a handful of right-wing French MPs have launched Agir (“Take action”). However, there remains a question mark over the new party’s participation in the European elections against En Marche. EURACTIV France reports.

β€˜Sad day’ as Poland banned from EU judicial body

By Georgi Gotev

Poland was banned Monday (17 September) from the EU body representing the member states' judicial institutions over its perceived lack of independence after controversial government reforms.

EU countries top development policy charts

By Benjamin Fox

EU countries lead the way when it comes to development policy, according to a new report by a US-based think-tank. Eleven EU countries dominate the top-12 of the Commitment to Development Index published by the Center for Global Development on Tuesday (18 September).

Why we need to create a level playing field for new forms of work [Promoted content]

By Michael Freytag

Technological progress has enabled new forms of work that offer diversity, adaptability and novel methods of labour market participation, but it is also presenting some challenges. Michael Freytag explains the implications and challenges.

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