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MEPs want to end sponsorships of EU presidencies

MEPs approved an amendment Wednesday calling on governments to end corporate sponsorships to cover costs of the rotating presidency of the EU Council. "Member states are expected to finance their own presidencies," says the text, warning that this practice may have a "possible reputational damage and the risk of loss of trust" in the EU. The current Finnish presidency has only one sponsor, carmaker BMW, a spokesperson told EUobserver.

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Hawkish ECB rate-rise 'puts energy transition at risk'

The European Central Bank raised interest rates by another 0.5 percent to a 14-year high, and expects to hike rates by another half percent in March. But what does that mean for the green transition?

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MEPs push for greater powers for workers' councils

European Works Councils can play a key role for workers and their unions to bargain effectively — but what are they, why have they been neutered, and why is big business objecting to greater powers?

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