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CO2 emissions in the EU down in 2018

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Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion significantly decreased in the European Union by 2.5% over the course of 2018, according to early estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU. CO2 emissions are a...

Boeing admits that it knew about design problems ahead of 737 Max accidents

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American aeroplane manufacturer Boeing has admitted that it knew about and failed to correct a problem with its 737 Max jets a year before the aircraft was involved in two fatal accidents. The company said...

German court sides with Scientologist following his dismissal from Munich art house

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Discriminatory practices known as "sect filters" are widely used in Germany, particularly in Bavaria, to prevent Scientologists from occupying government functions or obtaining a service contract from any state, city, or local community agency. “Sect...

Rising calls for nuclear, renewables to work together in climate fight

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SOCHI, Russia – All low-carbon energy is needed in order to tackle climate change and meet the 2050 emission targets, World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising told New Europe. “All the low-carbon options need...

15,000 foreign NGOs have had licenses cancelled by India’s nationalist government

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Since Narendra Modi became prime minister in 2014, his Hindu Nationalist government has revoked the licenses of 15,000 foreign NGOs who provide services to India's poor and marginalised, as well as to the country's 28 million Christians...

Spain edges toward political stalemate

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Neither the right nor the left appears able to master a workable majority in Spain’s forthcoming legislative elections on 28 April, according to the latest 40dB poll commissioned by Spanish daily El Pais. Spain’s fringe...

Dutch plans for CO2 capture technology get EU aid

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Dutch plans to grant €706,000 of public support to the company De Meerlanden Holding for the installation of CO2 capture technology in its biomass digester located in Rijsenhout, in the province of Noord-Holland, were...

Kazakhstan’s ruling party picks Tokayev as presidential candidate

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - The ruling Nur Otan party of Kazakhstan put forward Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev as its candidate to participate in the snap upcoming presidential elections, which will be held on 9 June. The party congress adopted...

“Protecting Jewish institutions means protecting our democracies and our Western values” – An interview...

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Albert Guigui has been the Chief Rabbi of Brussels since 1987. Chief Rabbi Guigui is also a Member of the Presidium of the Conference of European Rabbis (CER). New Europe had the chance to...

VW former boss charged for Dieselgate scandal

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German prosecutors on Monday charged the former boss of Volkswagen, Martin Winterkorn, and four more top unnamed VW Group managers with fraud VW has admitted to fitting 11 million vehicles with software to cheat emission tests....

Dutch multinationals commit to job-creation programme for refugees

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Several large Dutch multinational companies will create 3,500 permanent jobs for refugees and provide support programmes to increase the employability of up to 10,000 others over the next two years. The companies in question include Shell,...

EU Energy Union tackles security and transition

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The fourth report on the State of the Energy Union, adopted on 9 April, shows that since the start of the Commission of President Jean-Claude Juncker, the energy union has strengthened energy security, including...

Facebook agrees to EU demand that it change misleading terms of service

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A change of terms from Facebook which will see the social media giant clarify its use of data for consumers was the result of intense pressure from the European Commission and consumer authorities. Facebook's updated terms...

EU scales down Operation Sophia by ending naval patrols in the Mediterranean

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After struggling to come to an agreement with Italy over an extension of Operation Sophia - the joint military operation by the European Union that was established to end refugee smuggling in the Mediterranean...

Stronger protection rules for EU consumers

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The European Parliament and the Council have reached a provisional agreement on stronger and better-enforced consumer protection rules, both of which were supported by the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee in the Parliament. The...

Europe and China look to boost ties on environment, water, and circular economy issues

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An EU delegation headed by EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella visited China from 1 to 3 April to continue with the process of deepening EU - China environmental...

Plastic waste continues to kill mammals in the Mediterranean

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A pregnant sperm whale was recently found dead on the Sardinian coast with more than 20 kilos of plastic waste in her stomach, the World Wildlife Fund said in a statement on 1 April The content...

May opens door to softer Brexit in an effort to resolve ongoing political impasse

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British Prime Minister Theresa May was unable to broker a deal that brings together her party and the staunchly pro-Brexit Democratic Unionist Party from Northern Ireland which has forced her to reach out to...

Financial prey for the populists

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The money-laundering scandals at Danske Bank and Swedbank have already toppled both institutions’ CEOs and caused their share prices to plummet. The scandals, which are mainly related to the Nordic banks’ operations in Estonia, are also likely to...

How to beat a populist

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There have never been more populist governments in place than today. Until now, populists have not been voted out of power in any Western country. Even though the president of Slovakia has only symbolic...

House of Commons rejects May’s deal for third time

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A third vote on the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement was overwhelmingly rejected by the British House of Commons on 29 March by a 344 to 286 vote, leaving the open the question of general election...

Macron’s team and EU minister set for European election battle

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France’s European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau resigned on 26 March in order to lead French President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party list ahead of the European parliamentary elections in May. The ‘Renaissance’ campaign launched by Macron's La Republique En Marche! party...

Mueller Report finds no Trump-Russian collusion, but no vindication

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A report by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III was finally delivered to the US Attorney General William P. Barr on 22 March and he, in turn, presented a summary of the findings to Congress on...

MEPs adopt new rules making EU electricity market cleaner

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New rules making the EU's electricity market fit for the future and putting the consumer at the center of the energy transition were approved by the European Parliament on 26 March - an important...

European industries urge EU leaders to boost climate action

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Business, local governments, trade unions, and NGOs have urged EU leaders to rise up to the challenge of climate action and speed up Europe’s transition to a sustainable society. “Unprecedented citizen mobilisations are taking place...

EU Commission earmarks € 2 billion for new European Innovation Council

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The European Commission on Monday announced that a new startup investment programme will be supported with €2 billion in funding, according, Research, Science and Innovation Commissioner, Carlos Moedas, who also pointed out that this...

New IRA threatens Scotland and England

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Packages containing explosives were sent to London and Scotland last week from an unidentified group calling itself "the IRA". There were five similarly-made packages sent to the University of Glasgow, Heathrow Airport, the London City...

Wind power may cover almost 40% of Portugal’s electricity by 2030

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PORTO, Portugal – Portugal’s wind power is expected to grow to around 7 GW by 2030, which is enough to cover almost 40% of the country’s electricity consumption, WindEurope’s press and comms manager has...

US supports OECD deal against tax avoidance

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The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is spearheading an effort to develop effective tax policies for the digital era in which internet giants are able to book profits in low-tax countries...

Brussels publishes new guidelines for intra-EU communication service pricing

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The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications Berec has published new guidelines with criteria for NRAs (National Regulatory Authorities), following new rules on price caps for communication services within the EU and with...

Gazprom’s boosts gas supplies to Austria by 32.9% in 2019

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Russian gas monopoly Gazprom said the company increased gas supplies to Austria by 32.9% in early 2019. Gazprom Chairman Alexey Miller held a working meeting with Austria’s OMV Chairman Rainer Seele in Moscow on ...

E.ON’s proposed acquisition of Innogy raises EU competition concerns

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Under the EU Merger Regulation, the European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of Innogy by E.ON, the EU’s competition chief said. E.ON and RWE, which controls Innogy, are both...

Northern Ireland’s DUP paves the way for second rejection of Withdrawal Agreement

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The spokesman for Northern Ireland's pro-Brexit Democratic Unionist Party, Sammy Wilson, said the party rejected the legal assurances that UK Prime Minister Theresa May negotiated with European Commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on Tuesday. Wilson said...

LNG imports from the US to EU continue to rise, up by 181%

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EU imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the US have increased by 181% since their Joint Statement of July 25, 2018 in Washington D.C., when European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and US President...

The Trumping of Ukraine

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If life imitates art, Nikolay Gogol, who had a keen grasp of the delusional and demented, could have scripted many of the key political events of recent years. Consider a story that begins with...

Keep politics out of Europe’s competition decisions

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The European Commission’s decision last month to block the proposed rail-industry merger between Alstom and Siemens was clearly a blow for the two companies. It was also a major setback for the French and German governments,...

Switzerland’s Jean-René Fournier on human rights around the world

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In an exclusive interview with New Europe's Federico Grandesso at the UN Building in Geneva while on the sidelines of a festival commemorating legendary Italian filmmaker and human rights advocate, Federico Fellini, the President of Swiss the Council...