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31.10.2014

EU millions go to gas infrastructure, despite regulation

More than half of the first funding round of the EU’s flagship energy infrastructure project will go to gas, ignoring the Connecting Europe Facility’s underpinning regulation that calls for the majority of money to go to...more »


31.10.2014

EU, US say hard to imagine trade deal without investor protection

A trade deal between the United States and Europe is hard to imagine without strong investor protection, US Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Thursday (30 October), hours after outgoing Commissioner Karel De Gucht said...more »


30.10.2014

EU anti-discrimination law one step closer to adoption

Blocked by some member states, EU anti-discrimination rules could be pushed forward through enhanced cooperation, suggested European Commissioner Martine Reicherts, stressing that transgender people in more than half of EU...more »


30.10.2014

Sweden recognises Palestinian state

The Swedish government officially recognised the state of Palestine on Thursday (30 October), the first Western European country to do so, reflecting growing international exasperation over the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace...more »


30.10.2014

Pierre Moscovici's departure threatens French Socialists' parliamentary majority

The slim Socialist majority in the French Parliament will come under threat on 1 November. Pierre Moscovici's move to the European Commission will force a by-election that could see the French government lose its absolute...more »


30.10.2014

Europe under massive virtual cyber attack

More than 200 organisations from 25 EU member states are under virtual cyber-attack today  (30 October), as part of the continent’s largest and most complex ever cyber security exercise. Organised by the European Network and...more »


30.10.2014

Vestager needs to blaze a new trail in public communication

As the new Competition Commissioner settles into the role, she should take the opportunity of her arrival to clarify how the EU executive communicates on competition cases, write Alec Burnside and Anne MacGregor, since the issue...more »


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