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Commission must tackle fossil fuel subsidies

The European Commission must produce an effective framework to tackle fossil fuel subsidies, writes James Nix. James Nix is Director of Green Budget Europe, an expert platform on environmental fiscal reform. There is a growing...more »


Putin blames FIFA scandal on US

Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Thursday (28 May) of meddling outside its jurisdiction in the arrest of top officials from soccer's world governing body, FIFA. Putin said the arrests in Switzerland...more »


A no-fly zone in Syria is in Europe’s interest

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon is a chemical weapons advisor to NGOs working in Syria and Iraq. He is a former commanding officer of the UK Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Regiment and NATO's Rapid Reaction CBRN...more »


The greening of the airline industry

The airline sector is trying to lessen its carbon footprint. In mid-June, the Paris Air Show will host the COP21 seen from the sky conference. Boeing and Airbus are concentrating their commercial efforts on the environment, which...more »


MEPs want healthier eating habits in school

A majority of MEPs on Wednesday (27 May) backed the Commission's proposals for the EU's merged fruit and milk scheme in schools, in order to promote healthier eating habits among young people. However, the Parliament also amended...more »


Greece owes drugmakers 1.1 billion euros - and counting

Cash-strapped Greece has racked up mounting debts with international drugmakers and now owes the industry more than €1.1 billion, a leading industry official said on Wednesday (27 May). The rising unpaid bill reflects the growing...more »


Lung cancer screening: A step in the right direction

Given lung cancer’s relative prevalence within Europe when compared to other parts of the world, European Week Against Cancer presents a timely opportunity to discuss what is being done in the fight to reduce its prevalence,...more »

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