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Facebook CEO Zuckerberg grilled for 90 minutes by European lawmakers

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After being grilled by the US Congress over questions about his company handing over the private data of its users to third parties, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on May 22 found himself in a setting that was...

5 questions EU leaders should ask Mark Zuckerberg during his Brussels visit if they...

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With Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony in the US Senate giving the global public more memes than real answers, the capital of the European Union, Brussels, is preparing to enter a media frenzy of its own....

Facebook’s Zuckerberg will explain Cambridge Analytica scandal to EP committee

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will appear before the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs (LIBE) at an as-yet-unscheduled-date to explain his company's privacy policies, according to the Parliament's President, Antonio Tajani. "The...

Brussels looks to protect EU companies after Trump quits Iran deal

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EU authorities will present, during an informal meeting that will take place in the Bulgarian capital Sofia various options to protect the economic interests of European companies, following a decision by US President Donald J. Trump...

Opinion: Europe needs to get tough on its last Soviet zoo

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There’s a gaping black hole in the geographic centre of Europe that no one in European Union seems to notice or even care about. This Soviet relic, with 9.5 million citizens, has its own KGB,...

Turkey needs greater burden-sharing in managing Syrian refugee crisis

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Turkey has maintained an open-door policy since the start of the Syrian conflict and now hosts 3.6 million refugees. Representatives of international humanitarian organisations underlined the need for a greater sharing of the refugee burden during a symposium held...

French President Emmanuel Macron receives Charlemagne Prize

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French President Emmanuel Macron has been awarded the Charlemagne Prize in Aachen "in recognition of his vision of a new Europe.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel greeted Macron outside Aachen's cathedral just before celebrations got under way. Awarded...

Victims of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine get voice at European Parliament

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The European Union should put more economic pressure on Russia and assist Kiev in having its prisoners of war still held in eastern Ukraine by pro-Moscow separatists and regular Russian Army units released, European...

EU institutions strike preliminary 30% quota deal on Netflix-like providers

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The EU’s legislating tripartite of the European Parliament, European Council and European Commission has reached a preliminary deal on revisions to the audiovisual media services directive. According to the Vice-President for the digital single market,...

Hatred of journalism threatens democracies says media watchdog RSF

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The organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is warning that violations of press freedom are no longer the practice of authoritarian regimes and dictatorships. The Paris-based group said in its 2017 World Press Freedom Index, released...

EU Parliament gives green light to tighten rules for cleaner cars

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The European Parliament on April 19 formally voted in favour of the Commission's proposal for a fully overhauled type-approval framework. “One important complaint we heard about Dieselgate was that the EU failed to act. In...

MEPs to start negotiations with Council on safe gas supply for EU

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STRASBOURG - The European Parliament, led by the rapporteur Jerzy Buzek from Poland, may start the negotiations with the Council based on the Industry Committee’s text on the draft directive on the EU market...

British PM May’s hawkish anti-migrant past comes back to haunt her

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Only a day after UK Prime Minister Theresa May met with Commonwealth leaders to declare the UK a global actor “open for business” in the post-Brexit era she found herself having to publicly apologise to the leaders of...

Macron in Strasbourg insists on reforms that will defend the “European model”

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Addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron called for reforms that will bolster European unity amidst an evident political crisis. Macron urged for a proper political debate as the EU...

MEPs want smarter, more energy-efficient buildings by 2050

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STRASBOURG – In the spirit of the EU Energy Union, Members of the European Parliament meeting for the plenary session in Strasbourg set a goal of creating near zero-energy buildings in the EU by 2050. EU...

Macron calls for climate and energy sovereignty

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STRASBOURG – French President Emmanuel Macron said it is “essential” for the Europe Union to increase the bloc’s "climate and energy sovereignty." “We must quickly open up the debate to increase the European contribution to...

Orban’s “salami tactics” deserve triggering art. 7: MEPs critical of Hungary

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"If Hungary were to apply today to the EU, would we accept it? No, we wouldn’t.” The impassionate rhetorical interrogation of the Dutch ALDE MEP Sophia in 't Veld set the tone for today’s debate in the...

MEPs, Council agree on EU law for monitoring CO2 emissions from HDVs

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Representatives from the EU Parliament and European Council reached a provisional agreement on March 26 on the regulation details for monitoring and reporting CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data from new heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs),...

Puigdemont to appear in German court to decide on extradition to Spain

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Former and fugitive Catalan president Carles Puigdemont is due to appear before German judges at the prosecutor's office on Monday to decide if he will be retained in police custody, or if he remains on...

Future of Europe in focus at 2018 ACRE Summit

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The Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE) gathered at Brussels' Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Hotel on March 22 to take part in a landmark summit aimed at mapping out the road ahead as Europe...

Europe stands at the crossroads: Jan Zahradil

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"Europe stands at the crossroads."Opening the conference on the future of Europe in Brussels on 22 March, Jan Zahradil, ACRE (Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe) President, Vice-Chairman, International Trade Committee, European Parliament, spoke...

Poland’s Morawiecki says one size does not fit all

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As a keynote speaker of Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE) summit in Brussels, Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki insisted on the importance of services and reforms in the EU that take...

Hope for Europe and a need to reform the EU: ACRE summit

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"The EU looks much too often like the sandwich bar of the EU Parliament at 3 PM: a discouraging lack of choice”, was the formula used by Syed Kamall MEP, Co-Chairman of the European Conservatives...

With an eye on Russia, MEPs strengthen EU gas pipeline rules

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Members of the European Parliament’s Energy Committee agreed on March 21 that EU gas market rules must apply to all pipelines entering or leaving the bloc, with only occasional strictly limited exceptions. According to the...

Social Democrat MEPs elect Udo Bullmann as new leader

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Members of the Socialists and Democrats Group (S&D Group) in the European Parliament on March 20 elected veteran German MEP Udo Bullmann to lead the Socialist campaign for Europe next year. The Socialist MEPs voted...

European lawmakers call on EU to increase pressure on Iran

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Nearly 200 European Parliament members issued a joint statement on Monday calling on the EU to adopt effective measures and binding decisions - without providing specifics - to compel Iran to release its political prisoners. “We...

EU budget addresses climate change challenges

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On March 14, Members of the European Parliament set out their position on the next long-term EU budget. The European Parliament adopted two resolutions on the expenditure and revenue of the next multi-annual financial...

Portugal’s PM Costa pushes for creation of EU monetary union

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The completion of the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and establishment of fiscal capacity for Eurozone members should be the main priorities of the EU, said Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa on Wednesday...

EU financial assistance for Turkey had only limited effect, say Auditors

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EU financial assistance for Turkey, which aims to help align the country with EU laws and standards, has had only a limited effect, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. For...

Mogherini tells Ukraine to do more to fight endemic corruption

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During a visit to the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Monday the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini issued a stern warning to her hosts as she urged Ukrainian authorities to step...

European Parliament checks Ukraine’s spending habits

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The European Union’s policy of supporting poorer regions and member states with its subsidies has, once again, found itself embroiled in controversy over how Ukraine is spending its share of funds in the agricultural sector. The...

EU Parliament postpones mission to Slovakia, following Fico remarks on Soros

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In an unprecedented symbolic gesture, at the request of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament, the European Parliament's express delegation to Slovakia had to be postponed by one day. This came after Slovak prime minister...

Pittella leaves EU Parliament for Italian national politics

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Following his successful election to the Italian Senate, Gianni Pittella announced today at a meeting of all S&D group MEPs his resignation from the group presidency. Possible candidates have until March 12 to put...

Parliament backs Commission’s proposal to activate Article 7 against Poland

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The European Parliament voted on March 1 to activate Article 7 against Poland, the first time the preventative measure has been taken since the provision was created in 1997, opening the door for sanctions to...

European Parliament establishes special committee to combat Financial crime

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The European Parliament has established a new 45-member task force to work on the EU's Special Committee on Tax Rulings as well as investigations by the Committee of Inquiry into Money laundering, tax avoidance, and...

EU liberal alliance calls for new strategy towards Russia

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A blueprint for a EU strategy towards Russia was distributed on February 28 at a conference focusing on EU-Russia relations organised by ALDE – the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, a pro-European...

MEPs to modernise EU’s electricity market

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European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) voted Wednesday to modernise the EU’s electricity market, striving to give consumers more choice and greater energy security. The ITRE amended four legislative proposals on the...