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Germany’s new bioeconomy strategy criticised for overlooking agriculture, food production

By Florence Schulz

Germany's federal cabinet adopted a new bioeconomy strategy last week, and it has already been criticised for hardly mentioning agricultural reform and focusing 'too much' on technology and optimisation. EURACTIV Germany reports.

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Merkel defends financial crisis management legacy before economic elite in Davos

By Beatriz Rios reporting from Davos

German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her tough stand and the austere fiscal policy she pursued in response to the financial crisis that shook up the eurozone in 2008 as she addressed the World Economic Forum on Thursday (23 January).

Global Europe Brief: EU’s leverage in Libya

By Alexandra Brzozowski

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU in the global perspective from our foreign affairs news team: Georgi Gotev and Alexandra Brzozowski.

Breton fishermen fear being shut out of British waters after Brexit

By Gerardo Fortuna

Fishermen from France’s Brittany region have asked the European Commission to address the uncertainty caused by Brexit for the fisheries sector, ensuring access by European fishermen to fish in British waters.

Croatian farm minister: Getting transitional CAP done by mid-2020 on presidency’s radar

By Gerardo Fortuna

The Croatian EU presidency will focus its efforts on securing an agreement among member states on Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)'s transitional regulations that will extend the current rules for at least a year, Croatia's Agriculture Minister Marija Vučković told EURACTIV in an interview.

Budget battle hampers EU in space

By Alexandra Brzozowski

With the continuous militarisation of space, EU policymakers have started dropping their opposition to plans linking Europe's civilian space assets with defence elements. But as the political tide is slowly turning, cuts proposed in the EU’s draft budget threaten the new ambition.

Trump reprises NATO spending complaints at World Economic Forum

By Tyler Olson

President Trump reiterated his oft-repeated gripe that the United States is spending more money on defense than other NATO countries Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. 

After Berlin, the EU needs to translate commitments on Libya into actions

By Tom Garofalo

Following a positive Libya peace summit in Berlin, the EU needs to back up commitments with actions, although the path ahead remains fraught with difficulty,  writes Tom Garofalo.

Czech FM: Visegrad countries will continue to promote EU enlargement

By Aneta ZachovΓ‘

The Visegrad countries will need some time to close the ditches they have dug in recent years, Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček told EURACTIV.cz in an interview. He also voiced doubts about the need for a reform of EU membership negotiations, demanded by France, saying the process is already reversible at any stage.

Germans protest in Berlin demanding radical change of agricultural sector

By Florence Schulz

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Berlin in the tenth "We're fed up with it!" rally on Saturday (18 January) in an effort to bring about a radical change in Germany's agricultural sector. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Bioeconomy in the CAP’s nine objectives

By Gerardo Fortuna

Bioeconomy will play a crucial role in delivering the European Union's environmental and climate neutrality agenda. The farm sector is no exception and at least half of the nine objectives of the post-2020 EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) relate directly to this concept.

Is Bulgaria’s Belene nuclear plant in line with EU competition law?

By Georgi Gotev

A Bulgarian lawyer has sent an eight-page letter to the European Commission pointing to various alleged violations of EU competition rules relating to the oft-delayed Belene nuclear power plant, EURACTIV Bulgaria reports.

Could FPÖ’s new β€˜modern’ strategy save Austria’s populist party?

By Philipp GrΓΌll

Austria's right-wing populist party FPÖ has launched a rebranding exercise with the aim of becoming a "modern right-wing conservative party", EURACTIV Germany reports.

Nuclear β€˜excluded’ from EU’s new Just Transition Fund

By Beatriz Rios reporting from Strasbourg

The EU's regional policy Commissioner Elisa Ferreira revealed on Tuesday (14 January) details of the €100 billion Just Transition Mechanism, a key financial component of the European Green Deal that should make the bloc climate neutral by 2050.

An American citizen dies in an Egyptian prison amid hunger strike

By Louis Casiano

An American citizen jailed in Egypt since 2013 amid a crackdown on protestors during a deadly transition in power, has died after going on a hunger strike, according to media reports. 

Biden slams Trump on Iran policy, says he hurt US interests

By Scott Sonner

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday blamed President Donald Trump's withdrawal from a nuclear agreement with Iran for the current instability in the Middle East and touted his own foreign policy experience as a key reason he's the Democrat with the best chance to unseat him in November.

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