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EU industry lobbies for 'double' CO2 perks

Europe's steel, chemicals, cement, and fertiliser lobbies have signed an email to MEPs urging them to keep CO2-emissions perks, despite an upcoming carbon-border policy, Reuters reports. The EU is preparing to tax CO2-causing importers from June to protect European firms from global competitors with lax climate policies. At the same time, it aims to cut CO2-emissions allowances for EU firms, to avoid giving them 'double protection', but industry wants both.

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Belgian impasse leaves asylum seekers on snowy streets

Asylum seekers have been sleeping in the streets, some for weeks, in the Belgian capital Brussels - as the government grapples over the lack of capacity to accommodate them despite months of debate over the issue.

EU energy ministers clash amid gas price uncertainty

EU energy ministers met on Thursday to debate spiking gas and electricity prices, and clashed over market reform - with some countries, led by Germany, opposing actions put forward by France and others.

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