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20.11.2014

Commission launches transparency initiative for TTIP and lobbying

Under Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission hopes to become more transparent, signifying a new effort to mollify concerns about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). EurActiv Germany reports.more »


20.11.2014

Foreign supermarket chains threatened by Hungary

Multinational supermarkets could be driven out of Hungary, a trade lobby said yesterday (29 November), after the government raised their inspection costs and threatened to shut them down if they fail to make a profit for two...more »


20.11.2014

Germany’s climate targets unattainable with dirty coal power, analysts say

Economists at the German Institute for Economic Research are calling for old coal-burning facilities to be shut down as soon as possible, indicating that it's the only way Germany will reach its climate target for 2020. EurActiv...more »


20.11.2014

Cameron risks losing UK seat to anti-EU UKIP

Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives risk losing a second British parliamentary seat to the anti-EU UKIP party on Thursday, foreshadowing a possible political upheaval in next year's national election. more »


20.11.2014

Commission officials: Fining France over deficit is still an option

EU officials are considering fining France for failing to cut its budget deficit, although the eurozone's second biggest economy, a driving force in the creation of the shared currency, could yet be spared the unprecedented...more »


20.11.2014

Payment card ruling could open new era for EU transparency

SPECIAL REPORT: The European Commission is considering lifting restrictions applying to confidential internal documentation in the wake of a payment card legal case it lost earlier this year. Margrethe Vestager, the EU...more »


20.11.2014

Timmermans overruled on plastic bags deal

The Commission was overruled on how to implement the new targets for plastic bag reduction by the Parliament and Council, Frans Timmermans confirmed on Wednesday (19 October), even though the Commission's First Vice-President...more »


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