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18.07.2014

Sweden wants a Commissioner portfolio only dealing with human rights

Sweden wants the next European Commission to include a commissioner whose portfolio exclusively deals with human rights. The European Parliament elections have shown that this is necessary, says Birgitta Ohlsson, Minister for...more »


18.07.2014

Greens attack 'golden hello' for interim commissioners

Newly-elected interim commissioners will take office for just three months. They were elected in haste, and transfer allowances, to bring them to Brussels, will cost the EU €160,000. EurActiv France reports.more »


18.07.2014

Merkel announces ambitious targets at Petersberg Climate Dialogue

For the first time since the Fukushima disaster, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pushing ambitious climate targets, and plans to promote climate-friendly strategies worldwide at the annual Petersberg Climate Dialogue in...more »


18.07.2014

Commission to meet Microsoft over mass redundancies

The European Commission has asked to meet Microsoft to discuss the layoff of thousands of EU workers, as the tech giant trims its newly-acquired Nokia subsidiarymore »


18.07.2014

France wants to spearhead EU strategy on Arctic region

The Arctic’s melting ice caps do not just have serious environmental consequences, they also unearth economic opportunities. France wants Europe to secure a more important bargaining position, next to large northern countries...more »


17.07.2014

You are not an island, David Cameron

Every national leader is right to defend his constituents, but the Prime Minister must begin to demonstrate a long-term vision for the UK's role in Europe that resists myopic domestic pressures, writes Ian Hansen.more »


17.07.2014

ICAO under pressure to forge deal on aviation emissions

SPECIAL REPORT / The failure to clinch a global deal within two years on reducing aviation greenhouse gas emissions could pave the way to a patchwork of regulations that would harm airlines and the environment, analysts say.more »


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