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Austria passes 'Law on Islam' banning foreign money for Muslim groups

Austria's parliament passed a law on Wednesday (25 February) that seeks to regulate how Islam is administered, singling out its large Muslim minority for treatment not applied to any other religious group. more »


Putin and Anastasiades celebrate their cooperation

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, who is on an official visit to Moscow, applauded with his host and counterpart Vladimir Putin, the many ties linking the two countries. In his remarks, Putin said that Russian investment in...more »


Germany sees fourfold increase in renewables since 2000

Renewable energy sources are on the rise in Germany, with wind power continuing to play the most important role. But a current study reveals the potential of renewables is far from being fully exploited. EurActiv Germany reports.more »


Brussels blesses merger between Daimler and Russian military vehicle producer

Under the EU Merger Regulation, the European Commission has approved the creation of a joint venture by Daimler AG, of Germany, and Kamaz OJSC, of Russia, a producer of trucks, but also of a large variety of armoured vehicles,...more »


Big pharma, NGO square the circle on access to vaccines

SPECIAL REPORT: One would expect a multinational pharmaceutical group and a leading humanitarian NGO to hold radically opposed views on access to vaccines. Yet, when EurActiv asked GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Médecins Sans...more »


Ukraine crisis strengthens French-German relationship

The Ukraine ceasefire talks and the latest convolutions of the Greek debt crisis have strengthened the working relationship between Angela Merkel and François Hollande. This common cause has reinforced French-German cooperation...more »


Health Commissioner calls for national plans to tackle rare diseases

Patients with rare diseases are more vulnerable, as they live with more ambiguity about their affliction than others, according to Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis. But with the help of patient groups and national action...more »

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