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Free wifi plan backed by MEP committee

The European Parliament's industry committee rallied behind a plan to set up an EU wifi investment fund on Tuesday (25 April), paving the way for negotiations with national governments. MEPs supported a legislative text which amends the original plan by ...

Report: Germany blocks post-Dieselgate reform

The German government continues to reject increased EU oversight in the approval of cars, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported in its Tuesday edition (25 April). Germany is blocking key parts of a reform proposed by the European Commission in ...

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Malta floats cash-for-refugees plan

European Union governments should get €60,000 for each asylum seeker they take in above their quota, according to a proposal by Malta reported by Reuters. The countries could choose to pay the same amount if they fall below their share, according to the ...

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Ivanka Trump to meet Merkel at Berlin women's conference

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of US president Donald Trump, is participating in the W20 women's summit in Berlin on Tuesday at the invitation of chancellor Angela Merkel. The forum of female leaders also includes Queen Maxima of the Netherlands and IMF ...

Russia suspected of Macron hack

Russian intelligence is suspected of having tried to hack the campaign of Emmanuel Macron, the pro-EU candidate in the French election. The attack was carried out by Pawn Storm, a cyber group with the same digital fingerprints as the GRU, the Russian ...

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Arctic Ocean could be ice-free in 20 years

The Arctic Ocean could be largely ice-free in the summer as early as 2030, according to a report. Some 90 scientists contributed to the study commissioned by the Arctic Council, which groups the US, Russia, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and ...

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Nord Stream 2 to get €4.8bn from European energy firms

Five European energy companies - Engie, OMV, Shell, Uniper and Wintershall - have signed financing agreements for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project committing them to provide long-term financing for 50 percent of the total cost of the project, ...

EU to exclude financial services from post-Brexit deal

The EU intends to exclude the financial services sector from a trade deal with the UK after Brexit, according to the latest tweaks in the EU's draft negotiating guidelines. EU citizens must also be granted permanent residency in the UK after 5 years of ...

Investigation

Le Pen-Poutine: des liens qui remontent à loin

Au siège de campagne de Marine Le Pen, dans le VIIIe arrondissement de Paris, trône un curieux tableau. Un triptyque représentant la candidate à l’élection présidentielle française entourée des présidents russes et américains, Vladimir Poutine et Donald ...

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Defeated Fillon retires from French politics

Francois Fillon, who was eliminated from the French presidential election on Sunday, said on Monday that he would not seek a new seat in the lower chamber of the French parliament in the upcoming June elections. He said in a statement that he didn't have " ...

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Hollande: Vote Macron to avoid 'risk' for France

French president Francois Hollande said on Monday that he will vote for Emmanuel Macron in the run-off of the presidential election on 7 May. He called on voters to avoid a "risk" to France if far-right candidate Marine Le Pen were elected. "There is a ...

Juncker breaks tradition with support for Macron

European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said on Monday (24 April) that the commission is not interfering in the French presidential campaign, despite Jean-Claude Juncker's public endorsement of Emmanuel Macron. On Sunday, Schinas tweeted that ...

Les fake news inondent les réseaux sociaux français

Près d'un lien sur quatre partagé par les internautes français sur les réseaux sociaux au sujet de l’élection présidentielle est lié à une intox, favorise un des candidats eurosceptiques et porte les traces de l’influence de la Russie, révèle une étude, de ...

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Italy misses deadline on air quality warning

Italy has not responded in time to the European Commission's final warning on Italy's failure to meet air pollution limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a commission source told EUobserver Monday. France and the UK replied on time, but the commission is ...

Investigation

Les amis de Le Pen à la Trump Tower

Le 12 janvier dernier, la cheffe de l'extrême-droite française Marine Le Pen était repérée par des photographes en train de boire un café dans la Trump Tower à New York. A l’époque elle a laissé entendre qu'elle voulait rencontrer le président-élu ...

Analysis

France's election run-off will be far-right versus EU

The second round of the French presidential election on 7 May will amount to a referendum on the far-right and the EU after traditional left and right parties were eliminated. Emmanuel Macron, a social-liberal who campaigned with the French and European ...

Alternative for Germany party refuses to shun extreme right

The anti-EU, anti-Islam party Alternative fuer Deutschland (Alternative for Germany, AfD) rejected discussing a motion that aimed to move the party away from the extreme right at a party conference on Sunday (23 April). The conference held in Cologne saw ...

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Brexit summit, Turkey and Hungary dominate EU This WEEK

European leaders are digesting the result of the first round of French elections with cautious optimism, as centrist and pro-European Emmanuel Macron takes the lead ahead of far-right leader Marine Le Pen with the second round taking place in two weeks ...

Russia threat triggers European military spending hike

A perceived threat from Russia has triggered a central European dash towards military spending. Figures presented on Monday (24 April) by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) show military expenditures in Central Europe grew by 2.4 ...

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Land mine kills OSCE observer in Ukraine

One American paramedic working with the European security watchdog, OSCE, was killed and two field officers - one German and the other Czech - were wounded when their vehicle struck a land mine on Sunday while on patrol in eastern Ukrainian. The area is ...

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Italy prosecutor claims NGOs are working with migrant smugglers

Carmelo Zuccaro, the chief prosecutor for the Sicilian port city of Catania, told "La Stampa" newspaper Sunday that he has evidence in the form of phone calls that NGOs are working directly with human smugglers in Libya to bring migrants to Italy. "We don' ...

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Danish defence hacked by Russian cyberspies

A Russian cyber-espionage group hacked into the emails of Danish defence ministry employees for two years, the country’s defence minister, Claus Hjort Frederiksen, said. The Russian hacker group ATP28, also known as “Fancy Bear”, accessed the emails of the ...

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EU trade commissioner in US to pick up TTIP talks

EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem is in Washington on Monday to discuss how to proceed with talks over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). US president Trump seems to have softened his opposition to trade negotiations with the ...

Voters 'change face' of French politics

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen qualified for the second round of the French presidential election on Sunday (23 April), in a vote that confirmed the will of French voters to repudiate the current political system. Macron, a social-liberal who entered ...

Analysis

France holds nail-biting 'anti-system' vote

The French election has come down to three men, a woman, and six possibilities for a run-off contest. But pollsters have warned that predictions were harder than ever as 47 million French people prepare to cast their vote on Sunday (23 April) in the first ...

Investigation

Le Pen-Putin friendship goes back a long way

There’s a curious painting on the wall in Marine Le Pen's headquarters in the chic 8th arrondissement in Paris. It shows the far-right candidate in the French presidential election with the Russian and US presidents on either side. On a black background, ...

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Juncker to meet Soros on Hungary next week

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker will meet with Hungarian-born American billionaire George Soros, founder and chairman of Open Society Foundations, on 27 April in Brussels to discuss "all the political developments" in Hungary, the EU ...

Opinion

Mogherini should tell Russians their rights matter

Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s top diplomat, will pay a landmark visit to Moscow on Monday (25 April) to meet her Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov. It is the first time she has been invited to Moscow since she assumed her post in 2014. Her ...

Investigation

Le Pens Freunde aus dem Trump Tower

Am 12. Januar entdeckten Fotografen die rechte Parteichefin aus Frankreich, Marine Le Pen, wie sie im Trump Tower in New York Kaffee trank. Sie gab damals an, dass sie sich mit dem designierten US-Präsidenten Donald Trump treffen wollte, dies aber nicht ...

Investigation

Sexe et mensonges: l'information russe sur l'UE

Viol, pédophilie, inceste et sodomie. Les médias russes ciblent la France et l'Allemagne depuis plusieurs années avec des centaines d'histoires fausses ou erronées, dont beaucoup ont été conçues pour inciter à la répulsion sexuelle envers les demandeurs d' ...