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EU keeps former Soviet states at arm's length

van EU Observer - vr, 11/17/2017 - 21:17
The EU aims to weaken enlargement hopes of former Soviet states at a summit next week in line with the wished of last year's Dutch referendum on Ukraine.
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EU leaders make pledge on social issues after populist backlash

van EU Observer - vr, 11/17/2017 - 19:10
Under pressure from rising populism, European leaders have vowed to put people first at a 'social summit' in Gothenburg - the first such event in 20 years.
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[Agenda] EU agencies and eastern neighbours This WEEK

van EU Observer - vr, 11/17/2017 - 17:59
EU ministers will vote on where to relocate two EU agencies from the UK, while later EU leaders will host six eastern European countries in Brussels. Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic awaits his verdict in the Hague.
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EU agencies and eastern neighbours This WEEK

van EU Observer - vr, 11/17/2017 - 17:59
EU ministers will vote on where to relocate two EU agencies from the UK, while later EU leaders will host six eastern European countries in Brussels. Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic awaits his verdict in the Hague.
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[Ticker] Bonn climate talks extend into Friday evening

van EU Observer - vr, 11/17/2017 - 17:13
The Bonn climate talks will continue into Friday evening, longer than expected. Rich and poor countries are at loggerheads over how and when the financial support for developing countries will be determined and will reconvene at 6PM. There is disagreement over how financing of climate action from rich to poor countries will be structured, how it will be monitored, and what predictability of money streams poor countries can expect.
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Germany slams Dutch call for more ambitious EU climate goal

van EU Observer - vr, 11/17/2017 - 16:40
Freshly-appointed Dutch minister Wiebes came to Bonn to present a new EU-wide reduction target, but his German colleague dismissed it as 'unrealistic'.
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[Ticker] UK needs to move on Brexit by early December, Tusk says

van EU Observer - vr, 11/17/2017 - 16:08
The UK needs to "make progress" by early December in the Brexit negotiations for talks to move on to a transition period and the future relations, European Council president Donald Tusk said Friday after meeting with UK prime minister Theresa May. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier had earlier set a deadline of the end of November. A crucial summit on 14-15 December will decide if talks can move on.
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[Ticker] Puigdemont extradition decision postponed to 4 December

van EU Observer - vr, 11/17/2017 - 15:57
Belgian judges will decide on 4 December whether to allow the extradition of Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont to Spain. Puigdemont and four other former members of Catalonia's regional government, who are charged in Spain with rebellion, sedition and embezzlement, were heard by judges in Brussels on Friday. Prosecutors called for extradition to be applied. The five politicians' lawyers will plead on 4 December.
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[Ticker] Ireland wants written UK guarantees to avoid hard border

van EU Observer - vr, 11/17/2017 - 15:20
Ireland's prime minister Leo Varadkar said Friday he wants written guarantees from the UK before the end of the first phase of Brexit talks that there will be no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. "We want that written down in practical terms in the conclusions of phase one," he said in Gothenburg, adding that "it doesn't seem like they [UK] have thought all this through".
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[Ticker] US did not obstruct climate talks, says German minister

van EU Observer - vr, 11/17/2017 - 15:12
German environment minister Barbara Hendricks said Friday that the US delegation acted "constructively" and "professionally" at the international climate conference in Bonn. She said that she had not experienced any obstruction on the part of the US, whose president announced earlier this year that it will leave the Paris climate agreement. That the US held a controversial side-event on 'clean coal' was "okay", she said, referring to freedom of speech.
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[Ticker] EU signs social declaration

van EU Observer - vr, 11/17/2017 - 14:26
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, European Parliament president Antonio Tajani and Estonian PM Juri Ratas, on behalf of EU member states, signed on Friday the 'European Pillar of Social Rights', a document outlining principles for a social dimension to EU policies. The declaration focuses on equal access to labour market and working conditions, social protection and inclusion. EU leaders are meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden, for the social summit.
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[Opinion] Mind the gap: inequality in our cities

van EU Observer - vr, 11/17/2017 - 12:51
Minimum wages, 'living' wages and a universal basic income are all part of the ongoing mix to find ways to reduce social inequality across the EU.
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Climate activists 'disappointed' with EU at climate talks

van EU Observer - vr, 11/17/2017 - 12:21
On the last day of COP23 in Bonn, Friends of the Earth says the EU, and Germany in particular, has failed to show leadership.
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UK lectures Germany on 'politics' and 'prosperity'

van EU Observer - vr, 11/17/2017 - 09:28
Britain called for a unique trade deal with the EU after it leaves the bloc, but declined to say how much it would pay for the divorce.
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German coalition talks in near collapse

van EU Observer - vr, 11/17/2017 - 09:26
Migration, climate and energy and finance policies are blocking the formation of a 'Jamaica' government between Christian-Democrats, liberals and Greens in Berlin.
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[Ticker] Puigdemont to be heard by Belgian judges

van EU Observer - vr, 11/17/2017 - 09:19
Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont will appear before judges in Brussels on Friday at 2PM. Puigdemont and four other former members of the Catalan regional government are under an EU arrest warrant issued by Spain over rebellion and sedition charges following Catalonia's declaration of independence in October. Judges could decide today whether to extradite the five politicians to Spain. Puigdemont says the charges are "political".
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EU to proclaim 'pillar' of social rights in Gothenburg

van EU Observer - vr, 11/17/2017 - 09:10
Leaders from around the EU are gathering in Sweden for a summit dedicated to social issues like jobs and education. The talks will feed into the broader plans on the future of Europe.
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[Analysis] Lower waste targets still not low enough for EU states

van EU Observer - vr, 11/17/2017 - 07:50
EU member states want to lower waste recycling targets further, after the European Commission already proposed lowering them.
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[Ticker] Steep fall in migrants reaching EU

van EU Observer - do, 11/16/2017 - 18:50
The number of people trying to reach the EU via the Mediterranean fell 63 percent in the first 10 months of this year compared to last year, reaching 173,000, Frontex, the EU border agency, said on Thursday. The Central Mediterranean tour to Italy accounted for 112,000, with most people coming from Tunisia. The Greece corridor accounted for 31,500. Numbers to Spain climbed 100 percent to 15,500.
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Lithuania adds to EU momentum on Russia sanctions

van EU Observer - do, 11/16/2017 - 17:56
Lithuania has joined Estonia and the UK as the third EU state to pass a law against human rights abuse in Russia in the name of killed lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.
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