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Migrants make EU population grow up to almost 512 million

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According to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, during the year of 2016, 18 EU member states saw population increases due to migration, while 10 members witnessed population decreases. The largest increase was recorded in Luxembourg which was 19.8 per...

Presidency Gateway: Estonia’s digital gift to the EU

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Estonia has produced a digital solution which will make it simpler to organise and run the events taking place during the Estonian EU Presidency. Presidency Gateway is the central web portal which will be used...

EU Court says part of Uber services are illegal

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The Court of Justice of the European Union decided today that EU member states may prohibit and punish, as a matter of criminal law, the illegal exercise of transport activities in the context of the UberPop...

Putin extends Russia’s countersanctions on EU food imports

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Vladimir Putin has extended Russia's embargo on food products from the West until the end of 2018, continuing Moscow's policy of retaliation for Western sanctions against Russia for its seizure of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and...

Parliament approves new rules for organic food EU label

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EU Parliament’s negotiators announced today the adoption of new rules to increase consumer trust in organic foodstuffs and unleash the sector′s potential for growth. The new rules were adopted after informal negotiations with Council experts. Basically, in order to...

HRW asks France to put an end to ‘emergency powers’  

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The French government’s new counterterrorism bill would move some overly broad emergency powers into normal criminal and administrative law without adequate judicial safeguards Human Rights Watch said today. France has a long tradition of such...

By banning promotion of homosexuality, Russia breaches freedom of expression: European Court

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled today 20 June that Russia’s law banning the dissemination of "gay propaganda" to minors violates the right to freedom of expression and is discriminatory against...

Amnesty slams EU Commission for failing to protect pregnant Roma women and infants homeless...

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Recent unlawful demolitions of Romani settlements across Italy have left scores of extremely vulnerable people, including heavily pregnant women and children as young as just a few months old, homeless in the country, said Amnesty...

Amnesty International criticises Italy for treatment of Roma

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Ahead of next week’s meeting of the College of European Commissioners, where a long delayed legal proceeding against Italy could be launched, Amnesty International is visiting settlements in northern Italy. One such camp, “Germagnano”...

EU Parliament asks for solid definition of antisemitism

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The rise in anti-Semitism demands stronger action and a solid definition of antisemitism, urged today EU lawmakers. The recent rise in anti-Semitism across the EU requires more and stronger action, MEPs said in a resolution...

Moldova expels Russian diplomats – Moscow vows to retaliate

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The Kremlin has condemned Moldova's decision to expel five of its diplomats, calling it a move against the country's pro-Russian president, Igor Dodon. The note about the decision was given to the Russian ambassador to...

As Ramadan starts, Wallonia bans ritual slaughter

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As the Muslim holy month of Ramadan started last Saturday, the parliament in Belgium’s Wallonia region on Wednesday banned the slaughter of animals without first stunning them despite opposition from Muslim (and Jewish) communities defending...

The eagle flies on Thursday: how vultures protect NATO from drones

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Since September 2016, the Dutch army has been working with a new species of recruits: eagles trained to attack drones. A special Dutch army is training golden eagles to spot drones and perform mid-air takedowns.  Their mission is very...

European Court fines Romania for failing to tackle domestic violence

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The European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights because of Romanian authorities’ failure to adequately protect a...

Watching online TV while abroad: EU Parliament helps you take Game of Thrones with...

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Wanna watch Game of Thrones on your portable device while abroad? EU citizens with subscriptions for online films and TV will from now on be able to access their content while temporarily in another EU country. The...

EU Commission fines Facebook 110 million euros for cheating over WhatsApp deal

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The EU Commission fined today Facebook €110 million for providing misleading information to antitrust regulators when seeking approval to buy WhatsApp in 2014. In a statement, the Commission said: "The Commission has found that, contrary to Facebook's...

EU lawmakers want an end to food waste

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Around 88 million tonnes of food are wasted annually in the EU, with associated costs estimated at 143 billion, and producing up to 170 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. In a plenary vote in Strasbourg today,...

Manhunt for hackers, as experts foresee new global cyber attacks

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New gloval cyber attacks on the scale of the one on Friday will happen more and more often, experts are warning. Meanwhile, an international manhunt is under way to find those responsible for a massive...

US could also ban EU citizens from carrying laptops in cabin

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All travellers from Europe could face a ban from taking laptops into the cabins on flights to US, in a measure similar to one already imposed on travellers from several Middle Eastern countries. Passengers must stow...

Finland reconsiders naming patterns

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Finns could be more like the Spanish in the future, allowing their children to hold on to the surname of both their father and their mother. On Tuesday, a special task force presented a legal...

EU Court: multimedia players breach copyright laws

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The European Court of Justice ruled that a media player with pre-installed add-ons, accessed through structured menus, grants users “direct access to the protected works published without the permission of the copyright owners” and “must be regarded...

Russia’s alcohol industry presents challenges, opportunities

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The total value of Russia’s alcoholic beverage market is estimated at $40 billion, with beer sales at approximately $15 billion (38%), Chris Weafer, senior partner at Moscow’s Macro-Advisory consultancy, wrote in an emailed report...

Asylum seekers should be given access to jobs, say MEPs

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Asylum seekers should be able to work in the EU no later than two months after applying for asylum, instead of the current nine months, said MEPS in the Civil Liberties Committee. However, for reasons...

Parliament committee votes to put an end to geo-blocking of online goods or services

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A new report approved today by the European Parliament's Internal Market Committee could have serious consequences for independent music labels, e-book publishers and computer game creators. The European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee today voted...

EU Parliament wants free Wi-Fi for everybody

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The European Parliament's industry committee announced today it is backing a plan to offer free Wi-Fi connectivity in public spaces such as parks, squares and public buildings everywhere in Europe through WiFi4EU. The initiative, which was launched by the European...

Euro jumps to highest in half a year as French worries fade away

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The euro surged to its highest level in six months on Monday after the first round of France's presidential election turned out completely in line with opinion polls, settling currency market worries of another systemic political shock...

France votes in election that could reshape Europe

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Voting has started in France in the first round of an election in which at least one, and possibly two, pro-Kremlin candidates will head into a runoff vote. It is a bitterly fought presidential election that could...

Germany bus attack: police arrest Russian speculator 

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German police arrested a man on Friday suspected of planting explosives targeting the bus of soccer team Borussia Dortmund last week, the office of the German federal chief prosecutor said. Rather than having links to radical...

More brands should reveal where their clothes are made, says HRW

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More apparel and footwear companies should join 17 leading apparel brands that have aligned with an important new transparency pledge, a coalition of unions and human rights and labor rights advocates said in a...

“Hitchcock directed Brexit”, says Donald Tusk

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European Council President Donald Tusk said on Twitter that the surprising twist in the Brexit saga is like a movie plot by British master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock: "It was Hitchcock, who directed Brexit: first an earthquake...

Daily Mail to pay damages to Melania Trump

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US First Lady, Melania Trump, has accepted damages and an apology over Daily Mail allegations about her modeling career. The Mail’s online apology published on April 12 retracts allegations that Melania Trump offered services that...

British MPs say Russia probably hacked Brexit vote website

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Foreign governments such as Russia and China have probably caused the collapse of a voter registration website in the run-up to the EU referendum, a committee of British MPs claims. More than a million potential voters applied...

Adidas is moving production from China back to Germany… to be made by robots

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Adidas, the German maker of sportswear, has announced it will start pulling back its production lines from China back to Germany, but that it will will use machines instead of humans to make shoes. More than...

Swiss businessmen want new EU treaty

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Almost two out of three top businessmen and executives want Switzerland to put ties with the European Union on a new footing by adopting a comprehensive treaty replacing the existing patchwork of bilateral sectoral...

More than a third of all EU vineyard holdings are in Romania: Eurostat

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More than a third of all EU vineyard holdings are in Romania, according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. However, Spain, France and Italy account for three-quarters of vineyard area in...

France: Mélenchon could overtake Le Pen

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Far-left French maverick presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon is surging after strong performances in two televised candidates' debates. A Kantar Sofres poll for media organizations Le Figaro, LCI and RTL showed centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right Marine Le Pen...

Eurostat: housing prices go up in the eurozone

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Housing prices were up 4.1% in the eurozone in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared with the same period in 2015, the European Statistical Office Eurostat said in its latest report. Compared with the third quarter...