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29.07.2014

Juncker's call for female commissioners falls on deaf ears

EU member states have until 31 July to present their nominations for commissioner in the next European Commission. Just days before the deadline, it seems that Juncker’s call for more female candidates has fallen on deaf ears....more »


28.07.2014

Russia, Germany in diplomatic battle over Ukraine sanctions

As fighting intensified in Ukraine on Monday (28 July), a diplomatic battle also raged, with Berlin warning that new European sanctions would send a "strong signal" to Moscow, and Russia saying the measures could only boost its...more »


28.07.2014

Freedom of movement under European conditions

Freedom of movement is one of the main achievements of the EU. So why doesn't it apply to refugees living in Europe? A mutual recognition of countries' asylum decisions is urgently needed, Gilbert Granjon writes.more »


28.07.2014

Athens wants ECB stress tests to factor in banks' restructuring plans

Greece wants the European Central Bank's health checks on its four biggest banks later this year to take account of their new restructuring plans rather than being based on last year's balance sheet data alone, a Greek finance...more »


28.07.2014

Even in wealthy nations, malnutrition is a serious public health problem

Vitamin deficiencies and inadequacies not only harm health, they contribute to high healthcare costs, reduce productivity and stifle economic growth, writes Manfred Eggersdorfer. Manfred Eggersdorfer is senior vice-president and...more »


28.07.2014

'Fat taxes' do work, EU report finds

Specific taxes on sugar, salt or fat do cause reductions in consumption, the European Commission found in a new report. But higher taxes may also merely encourage consumers to go for cheaper products, it warned. The precise...more »


28.07.2014

Greek defence minister nominated as commissioner

The Greek coalition government has nominated defence minister Dimitris Avramopoulos as commissioner in the new EU executive. EurActiv Greece reports. The government yesterday (27 July) sent an official letter to Jean-Claude...more »


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