Latest in Tag: EU Highlight

Latest in Tag: EU


Greek slump accelerating again

The economic downturn in debt-laden Greece appears to have accelerated again, revised figures by the country’s statistics office show, in spite of a record tourism year and massive financial assistance from the EU. On Friday, Greece’s state statistics agency, Elstat, drastically revised downwards the economy’s third-quarter contraction to 0.9 percent, from 0.5 percent previously. “These …

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Greece braces for next general strike

As thousands of Greek pensioners demonstrated in central Athens on Thursday against cuts demanded under an international bailout, the public sector union called its second nationwide anti-austerity strike in under a month

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EU sets sights on virtual currencies

European leaders have agreed to step up their controls of virtual currencies such as bitcoin and other anonymous payment methods they suspect Islamic State and other terrorists use to finance attacks. Online or electronic payment methods that could easily be used to finance terrorism or launder money will soon be subject to tighter regulations within …

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Europe’s job engine sputters back to life

For the first time in six years, Europe’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are creating new jobs, according to a new report from the EU Commission. DW’s Manuela Kasper-Claridge reports from Luxembourg. Seldom was the mood so good despite the dreary weather outside as the EU executive released its latest report on the state of …

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France seeks help from its EU partners

For the first time, an EU member country has activated a largely unknown solidarity clause. France also wants military aid from its partners – and EU defense ministers have pledged support. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini described the meeting as “emotional” after the first morning session in Brussels. She had called the terrorist attacks …

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EU, Australia agree to start free trade talks

The EU and Australia have agreed to start negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA). The two sides are looking to boost growth and investment, and counterbalance potential trade pacts with the US. The announcement was made as leaders from the top world’s economies gathered for the G20 summit in Turkey on Sunday. “We believe …

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EU report declares glyphosate herbicides safe despite UN results

The EU has found that glyphosate, the main ingredient in some herbicides and many other products across the world, is not likely to cause cancer in humans. Experts recommend raising the safe limit of exposure. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said glyphosate, a key ingredient in the Monsanto-made herbicide Roundup, is unlikely to cause …

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EU to hold special summit with Turkey on refugee crisis

EU officials have announced they will hold talks with Ankara over ways to help stem the migrants crisis. Brussels has been courting Turkey’s government as it struggles to cope with the influx of refugees into Europe. European leaders, including EU President Donald Tusk and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said they will meet with Ankara to …

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Ghanaians respond to EU migrant fund with caution

The European Union believes dedicating millions of euros to African governments can help ease the migration crisis. Ghanaians don’t totally agree. After two days of negotiations and deliberations, European Union leaders approved a 1.8 billion euro ($2 billion) ‘trust fund’ for Africa. The funds will be used for supporting efforts at preventing conflict, creating jobs, …

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EU invokes ‘dark memories’ in labeling Israeli products from the West Bank

Israeli wineries prepare to pursue new markets as European Union passes guidelines requiring clear settlement indications. Daniella Cheslow reports from Israel. Ester Kluge was visiting Israel from her native city of Ulm in Germany this month when she heard about the European Union regulations that require labeling the products of Israeli settlements in the West …

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EU says no to funding for bullfighting

Lawmakers have declared their opposition to subsidies that go to farmers who raise bulls for fighting. Their position reflects growing international criticism of the traditional Spanish sport. Lawmakers in the European Parliament voted on Wednesday to approve an ammendment to the 2016 EU budget saying subsidies should not go to farms that raise bulls for …

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Controversy over new EU diesel emissions test

New test procedures for automotive diesel emissions have been agreed by EU states, but critics say big loopholes remain, with Greens in the EU parliament calling the new rules “scandalous” and “a sham”. European Union member states agreed in principle on Wednesday to introduce new testing practices to check the level of poisonous emissions from …

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Net neutrality in the air after EU Parliament votes in favor of TSM

The European Parliament has voted in favor of a telecommunications bill that drops roaming charges across the EU. However, the bill also threatens net neutrality in the 28-nation bloc. The European Parliament Tuesday voted in favor of the Telecommunications Single Market (TSM) bill after amendments proposed by several Members of European Parliament (MEPs) were rejected. …

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US and EU scramble for new data-transfer deal

The invalidation of an agreement that allows personal data to flow between Europe and the US has prodded officials to search for a new solution. Facebook and NSA mass surveillance are at the center of the debate. “It has been an earthquake, 7.8 on the Richter scale,” US Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill said of …

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