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CIA torture exposes UK’s failure to protect its citizens

The CIA rendition scandal laid bare the British government’s failure to live up to its international obligations and protect the basic rights of its citizens, writes Sajjad Karim.more »


EU Summit Live: Ukraine and investment on the table in Brussels

EU leaders gather in Brussels for their last summit meeting of the year (18-19 December). On the agenda: the situation in Ukraine and the Juncker Commission's Investment Plan. Follow our live coverage, below.more »


MEP vote for EU accord with Georgia will unleash mutual benefits

The benefits for Georgia of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement are beyond doubt. But the Union has also a lot to gain from this step, writes Tamar Beruchashvili. Tamar Beruchashvili is Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. As...more »


Syriza reiterates its commitment to the eurozone

Syriza has decisively ruled out the “Grexit” option, according to EU Parliament Vice President and Syriza MEP Dimitris Papadimoulis, who spoke in an exclusive interview with EurActiv Greece in Strasbourg. Since the announcement...more »


Juncker’s meddling in Greece’s election sparks controversy

Jean-Claude Juncker’s recent interference in Greek politics ahead of the crucial presidential vote sparked reactions in Athens and Brussels. EurActiv Greece reports. Ahead of the first round of the presidential elections in...more »


Dutch rally support for microplastic ban to safeguard their mussels

The Netherlands, Austria, Belgium and Sweden have issued a joint call to ban the microplastics used in detergents and cosmetics, saying the measure will protect marine life – and seafood – from contamination. The elimination of...more »


Commission to cut maternity leave from 2015 work programme

The European Commission has presented its severely pared back work programme for 2015. Frans Timmermans has threatened to withdraw the maternity leave directive if an agreement is not reached within six months. EurActiv France...more »

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