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Strict controls behind Denmark's generous unemployment benefits

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At just 4.2%, Denmark boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe, and those looking for work receive up to 90% of their former salary. However, rigorous controls apply to all jobseekers, who have to be active in their search in order to continue receiving these generous benefits. Our France 2 colleagues report, with Ellen Gainsford.

Tags: EU, France, Jobs
Source: www.france24.com

Post-Brexit trade roll-over not automatic, EU paper says

Added: 16.01.2018 12:00 | 0 views | 0 comments

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The UK's hands would be tied on trade during the transition period, as the EU says London can negotiate but not sign deals, while it might be excluded from markets it now has access to.

Tags: UK, EU, London, Brexit
Source: euobserver.com

Oettinger pushes plastic tax but colleagues express doubts

Added: 16.01.2018 11:58 | 0 views | 0 comments

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As fellow commissioners downplay expectations for a plastic levy in Strasbourg, German commissioner Oettinger goes online to defend "his idea".

Tags: Germany, Taxes
Source: euobserver.com

Top Kosovo Serb politician killed in drive-by shooting

Added: 16.01.2018 11:36 | 0 views | 0 comments

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Prominent Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic was shot dead in a brazen drive-by shooting on Tuesday that sparked fears of a resumption of ethnic tensions in the volatile region.

Source: www.france24.com

MEPs target exports of cyber surveillance tech

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MEPs have introduced a human rights clause into the export of cyber surveillance technology as part of EU-wide reforms to prevent abuse by autocratic regimes. The Strasbourg plenary will vote on the bill on Wednesday.

Source: euobserver.com

Macron to ask Britain to pay up to save Calais border deal

Added: 16.01.2018 10:55 | 0 views | 0 comments

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French President Emmanuel Macron will meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday where he is expected to ask the UK to take in more refugees from the Calais area and increase its funding for securing the border.

Source: www.france24.com

[Ticker] Babis loses Czech confidence vote

Added: 16.01.2018 10:49 | 0 views | 0 comments

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Czech prime minister Andrej Babis lost a confidence vote in the chamber of deputies on Tuesday, with only MPs from his ANO party voting in favour of his minority government, which was formed in December. The vote came amid , a business tycoon, over an alleged fraud of EU funds. Earlier on Tuesday, Babis denied any wrongdoing and accused media of "mystifying the public" over the case.

Source: euobserver.com

[Ticker] Romania's ruling party nominates MEP as new PM

Added: 16.01.2018 9:50 | 0 views | 0 comments

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Romania's ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD) on Tuesday nominated MEP Viorica Dancila as new prime minister, after Mihai Tudose stepped down following a , Reuters reported. Dancila, 54, is a close ally of the powerful PSD leader Liviu Dragnea, who is barred from becoming prime minister himself because of a vote-rigging conviction. The socialist Dancila is vice-chair of the European Parliament's agriculture committee.

Source: euobserver.com

Kosovo killing halts EU talks in Brussels

Added: 16.01.2018 9:41 | 0 views | 0 comments

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Serbia has walked out of EU talks on better relations with Kosovo after what it called a "terrorist" killing of a Serb politician in Kosovo.

Source: euobserver.com

ECB withheld information on 'flawed' bank supervision

Added: 16.01.2018 9:20 | 0 views | 0 comments

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The European Central Bank refused to provide important evidence when the Court of Auditors examined its management of the banking crisis. A court report said the system was substantial but had "flaws".

Source: euobserver.com

[Ticker] MEPs vote against allowing electric pulse fishing

Added: 16.01.2018 9:00 | 0 views | 0 comments

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The European Parliament voted on Tuesday, with 402 votes to 232, against a European Commission proposal to allow electric pulse fishing in the North Sea. The commission said that the technique, which is banned in countries such as the US and Brazil, is environmentally friendly. Opponents said that it damages fishes and the marine ecosystem.

Source: euobserver.com

[Ticker] Macron: Dublin asylum system is 'incoherent'

Added: 16.01.2018 8:55 | 0 views | 0 comments


French president Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday that the Dublin system, the EU's asylum mechanism, was "incoherent". But he said that it should not be dismantled as long as national legislation in the EU has not converged. Macron was speaking in Calais, northern France, where thousands of migrants are waiting to go the the UK. He said that "in no case" he would let a new so-called 'jungle' be created.

Source: euobserver.com

France will never allow another 'Jungle' here, says Macron in Calais

Added: 16.01.2018 8:16 | 0 views | 0 comments

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President Emmanuel Macron vowed Tuesday that France would not allow another migrant camp like the infamous “Jungle” to spring up in the port of Calais.

Source: www.france24.com

[Ticker] Kosovo murder breaks off EU-led talks

Added: 16.01.2018 7:43 | 0 views | 0 comments

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The EU and US have urged all sides to remain "calm" and for Kosovo authorities to bring to justice the killers of Oliver Ivanovic, a Kosovar Serb politician, who was shot dead in Mitrovica, Kosovo, on Tuesday. The killing broke off EU-mediated Serb Kosovar talks on better relations in Brussels the same day, with Serbia calling the murder a "terrorist act aimed at provoking ... conflict."

Source: euobserver.com

Fewer MEPs than visitors turn up for Estonian PM

Added: 16.01.2018 7:38 | 0 views | 0 comments

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Less than seven percent of MEPs watch Estonian prime minister's speech in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. More visiting students showed up than MEPs, prompting questions of the value of such sessions.

Source: euobserver.com

[Ticker] Asylum numbers drop in Germany

Added: 16.01.2018 6:42 | 0 views | 0 comments

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The number of people seeking asylum in Germany in 2017 was down by more than 100,000 from the previous year, the interior ministry said Tuesday. 186,644 asylum seekers were registered last year in Germany compared to around 280,000 the year before and 890,000 in 2015, when the migration crisis peaked. "The crisis of the extremely high figure of 2015 and 2016 has been overcome," interior minister Thomas de Maiziere said.

Source: euobserver.com

[Ticker] Tusk: EU heart 'still open' to UK

Added: 16.01.2018 5:10 | 0 views | 0 comments

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"Our hearts are still open to you," European Council president Donald Tusk told the UK on Tuesday, suggesting that Brexit could still be reversed. In a speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, he said that "Brexit will become a reality" next year, "unless there is a change of heart among our British friends." He also stressed the need for "the unity of the EU27 in every scenario."

Source: euobserver.com

[Ticker] Verhofstadt scolds Polish MEP for Nazi-era slur

Added: 16.01.2018 4:00 | 0 views | 0 comments

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Belgian Liberal MEP Guy Verhofstadt scolded Polish conservative MEP Ryszard Czarnecki for not apologising on Tuesday in his first speech in the parliament plenary since comparing another Polish colleague, Roza Thun, . Czarnecki spoke at a debate about Estonia's presidency before Verhofstadt and had no opportunity to reply to what Verhofstadt called a "scandalous" remark.

Source: euobserver.com

EU names China and Russia as top hackers

Added: 16.01.2018 3:29 | 0 views | 0 comments

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Beware of opening emails entitled 'Official Data Breach Notification' or 'UPS Label Delivery' if you are a CEO, the EU's cyber-defence agency has warned.

Tags: EU, Hackers, Russia
Source: euobserver.com

[Opinion] Ten Commandments to overcome the EU's many crises

Added: 16.01.2018 3:28 | 0 views | 0 comments

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A series of missteps - from the faulty institutional infrastructure of the euro, to the migration crisis - have left the EU battered and in near crisis. Here are ten steps to re-democratise the union.

Tags: EU, Migration, ISIS
Source: euobserver.com

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