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31-Jul-2015
 

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Greece's Tsipras seeks control over party with emergency congress

Greece's ruling Syriza movement backed a call on Thursday (30 July) from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to hold an emergency party congress as he seeks to assert his control over rebel lawmakers balking at new bailout talks.

Wilders inquiry puts far right group under strain

The French National Front has punished Jean-Marie Le Pen for decribing the gas chambers of the Holocaust as a "detail" of history, but enforcing discipline among their European Parliament allies could prove harmful to their fledgling political group. EurActiv France reports .

EU cybersecurity agency lacks funds for research on major tech issues

EXCLUSIVE / Europe's cybersecurity agency has admitted it is unprepared for the advent of the internet of things, lacking the money and expertise to meet the challenges posed by the much hyped move towards digitally connected devices.

Germany's Schäuble wants to rebalance EU Commission's role

Germany's finance minister wants to correct the balance between the European Commission's political role and its regulatory powers, reflecting concern in Berlin over the EU executive's neutrality as its political clout grows.

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Antibiotics on animal farms spread deadly pathogens, experts warn

The consistent use of antibiotics in animal farms in Germany are spreading antibiotic-resistant germs and causing experts to call for stricter measures against drugs. EurActiv Germany reports .

German onshore wind power drops in first half of 2015

The rapid expansion of onshore wind energy in Germany has slowed significantly in the first half of 2015, with the industry representatives saying it is now up to the German government but also the EU. EurActiv Germany reports .

Farage says pro-EU campaign is stealing a march on 'No'

Eurosceptics who want Britain to quit the European Union are letting pro-EU campaigners get a head start in mobilising opinion ahead of an In/Out referendum that could take place within a year, Britain's most prominent Eurosceptic said on Thursday (30 July).

EU extends aid to farmers hit by Russian food ban

The European Commission has announced it will extend support measures for the dairy and fruit and vegetable sectors hit by Russia’s ban on food imports from Europe, which has been in place for a year.

Interviews

Fleckenstein MEP: ‘Parliamentarians should be removed from EU-Russia sanctions lists’

It is the duty of parliamentarians to contribute to re-opening the dialogue between the EU and Russia, argues Knut Fleckenstein, saying it was “a serious mistake” to block the Russian State Duma speaker from entering Finland.

Ignacio Molina: Catalan separatists will never gain EU support

Many of the most radical Catalan separatists believe the autonomous elections on 27 September 27 this year will open the door to the question of secession from Spain. Researcher Ignacio Molina believes this is a dangerous idea.

AFD founder: 'Schäuble’s Greece policy is pure marketing'

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble’s latest plans for a euro tax have solidified the prospect of a transfer union, says Eurosceptic Bernd Lucke in an interview with EurActiv Germany . The founder of the Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, argues that all the “talk about a Grexit” is just a bluff.

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CAP: Still a work in progress

In June 2013, politicians approved the first major reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in a decade, following months of haggling over quotas, subsidies and measures to improve environmental accountability.

Opinion / Analysis

Adjusting the EU’s counter-terrorism policy

The European Union must use its resources intelligently to control terrorism without destroying its core principles, writes Marc Pierini.

EU referees shouldn’t seek home advantage

Europe needs a climate for growth—not just less regulation—if it wants to be competitive in the global technology sector, writes Gary Shapiro.

How accessibility in the cloud could redefine European citizenship

Europe’s approach to the Digital Single Market needs to better serve people with disabilities, argues Tracy Mitrano.

Infographics

INFOGRAPHIC: Curbing illicit financial flows is a resource for Africa

Over the last 50 years, Africa is estimated to have lost in excess of $1 trillion in illicit financial flows (IFFs). This sum is roughly equivalent to all of the official development assistance (ODA) received by Africa during the same timeframe. Currently, Africa is estimated to be losing more than $50 billion annually in IFFs.

Ten tips for a successful Capital Markets Union

The European Union plan for a Capital Markets Union can help unlock the latent potential in financial markets. The banking industry is ready to support this proposal.

INFOGRAPHIC: Musical Chairs at the Commission

All of the changes in the European Commission reshuffle. Jonathan Faull, the European Union’s top civil servant for financial services regulation, will head up an EU executive “Brexit” taskforce dedicated to the United Kingdom’s referendum on its membership in the bloc.

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