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Post-Brexit trade deal with Trump will take years not days, warns former US ambassador to EU

EXCLUSIVE/ Any free trade agreement between Britain and the United States will take years rather than the 90 days mooted by Donald Trump’s supporters, the former US ambassador to the EU … Continue reading

January 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Trump can kill UN climate deal, warns EU carbon market chief

EXCLUSIVE/ The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States is a “real and imminent threat” to the fight against climate change, and “completely upends every single element” … Continue reading

November 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

‘There is no scandal’: Oettinger refuses to apologise for ‘slitty eyes’ speech

EXCLUSIVE/ Under-fire Commissioner Günther Oettinger this morning (2 November) refused to apologise for describing the Chinese as “slitty eyes” and mocking women and gay marriage.

November 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Germany wants to scrap EU recycling targets

EXCLUSIVE / Germany, the EU’s most influential country and its leading recycler, has called for recycling targets in the European Commission’s Circular Economy package of green laws to be scrapped.

September 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Farage slams ‘insulting’ choice of Verhofstadt as Brexit boss

Guy Verhofstadt was today (8 September) chosen as the European Parliament’s lead negotiator on Brexit, an appointment immediately slammed by Nigel Farage as “insulting”.

September 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Scottish National Party could split from Catalan allies in European Parliament

EXCLUSIVE/ The Scottish National Party is distancing itself from separatist allies in the European Parliament – such as those pushing for Catalan independence – to strengthen its case for Scotland … Continue reading

July 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

British embassy Brexit party playlist includes Europe’s The Final Countdown

EXCLUSIVE / British embassy staff in Brussels are planning a Brexit bash the night of the 23 June referendum. EurActiv.com has had an exclusive peek at the party playlist, which … Continue reading

June 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Commission research shows Nature Directives don’t need ‘better regulation’

EXCLUSIVE/ EU rules to protect birdlife and habitats – under threat from a review driven by the European Commission’s ‘better regulation’ strategy – are fit for purpose, according to leaked … Continue reading

June 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Extreme-right MEPs cost taxpayers one million euros a month

EXCLUSIVE / Extreme-right MEPs in the Europe of Nations and Freedom have cost EU taxpayers more than an estimated €1 million a month since the European Parliament group was formed almost … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Forestry carbon credit loophole could be used to game climate commitments

EXCLUSIVE / Weaknesses in the oversight of the European Union’s forestry sector has exposed it to the risk of being used to game government climate commitments and scoop up millions … Continue reading

April 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

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