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#Merkel allies talk tough ahead of crunch coalition negotiations

#Merkel allies talk tough ahead of crunch coalition negotiations

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Allies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said they would not agree a coalition at any price ahead of crunch talks on Thursday (16 November) at which she must forge a three-way alliance or else risk seeing her 12-year stint in power come to an end, writes Paul Carrel. Merkel, 63, is trying to form an […]

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European Parliament’s #Brexit negotiator – ‘Not so pessimistic’ about reaching deal

European Parliament’s #Brexit negotiator – ‘Not so pessimistic’ about reaching deal

| November 17, 2017 | 1 Comment

The European Union and Britain must quickly solve major issues in Brexit negotiations such as finances and citizens’ rights but there is a good chance a deal can be reached, European Parliament negotiator Guy Verhofstadt (pictured) was quoted as saying. “It’s our goal to conclude the talks with an agreement. And I’m actually not so […]

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#APECVietnam2017 witnesses enhanced influence of China

#APECVietnam2017 witnesses enhanced influence of China

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Chinese President Xi Jinping (pictured) attended the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam, from 10-11 November. China, as the world’s second largest economy and the largest contributor to world economic growth, has received significant attention during the APEC Leaders’ Week. “Whether you like it or not, the global economy […]

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European paper industry calls for reviewed #BioeconomyStrategy that bolsters investment

European paper industry calls for reviewed #BioeconomyStrategy that bolsters investment

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

The European paper industry takes a positive stance on the European Commission’s Staff Working Document on the review of the 2012 Bioeconomy Strategy.   “To achieve Europe’s bioeconomy and climate change agenda, it is essential that the EU lays down the conditions to spur the investments which shift Europe away from a ‘fossil-addicted’ economy.  The […]

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#EIB agrees €9.2 billion new financing including EFSI backed investment for climate action, broadband and business

#EIB agrees €9.2 billion new financing including EFSI backed investment for climate action, broadband and business

| November 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Meeting in Luxembourg on 14 November, the board of the European Investment Bank approved a total of €9.2 billion of new financing for 38 projects in 16 European Union countries and around the world in Africa, Asia and Latin America. This includes support for transformational investment to harness onshore and offshore wind energy, expand high-speed […]

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#China lays out multilateral vision at #APEC

#China lays out multilateral vision at #APEC

| November 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Chinese President Xi Jinping (pictured) delivered a keynote speech at the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting on Friday, making it his first international multilateral engagement since the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, writes Yang Danzhi of Global Times/People’s Daily. Although Xi and US President Donald Trump just concluded their […]

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#StateAid: Commission approves Spanish support scheme for renewable electricity

#StateAid: Commission approves Spanish support scheme for renewable electricity

| November 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

The European Commission has found the Spanish scheme supporting electricity generation from renewable energy sources, high efficiency cogeneration of heat and power and waste to be in line with EU State aid rules. The scheme will further EU energy and climate goals whilst preserving competition. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “I am […]

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