Half a billion euros will be allocated to German forests

Half a billion euros will be allocated to German forests

Climate change is causing problems for Germany’s forests as large woodland areas are dying. The ministry of agriculture is now planning to unlock millions of euros in aid to help prevent new forests from dying out. EURACTIV Germany reports. Approximately half a billion euros could flow into German forests over the next four years, as part of emergency aid to save the forests. This was announced on Thursday (20 August) by Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) after a meeting with representatives of the forestry industry,…

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Dan Evans will converge with Roger Federer at the US Open after defeating Lucas Pourier

Dan Evans will converge with Roger Federer at the US Open after defeating Lucas Pourier

Dan Evans has flirted with grand deeds in New York before and, after beating the out-of-sorts Frenchman, Lucas Pouille, in four sets on Thursday, he enters the third round of the US Open with a renewed sense of purpose. He has always had the talent. This summer he has had the results, winning half a million dollars and 13 matches on the Tour. At 29 he also has the battle-hardened maturity to take his sport seriously and the prize for his endeavours over three hours and 10 minutes under a…

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As a result of a hurricane approaching Florida, Trump cancels a trip to Poland

As a result of a hurricane approaching Florida, Trump cancels a trip to Poland

US President Donald Trump abruptly called off a weekend trip to Poland on Thursday (29 August), saying he wanted to stay home and make sure the federal government is prepared for a looming hurricane headed for Florida. Trump, who returned to the White House on Monday after the G7 summit in France, announced that Vice President Mike Pence would take his place for the trip to Warsaw, intended to mark the beginning 80 years ago of World War Two. “The storm looks like it could be a very, very big…

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Orban condoles with Salvini’s “fellow combatant” because of his resignation

Orban condoles with Salvini’s “fellow combatant” because of his resignation

Hungary’s nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orbán commiserated Thursday (29 August) with Italy’s outgoing far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, calling him a “fellow combatant” in the fight for the “preservation of European Christian heritage and against migration”. In a letter published by the Hungarian news agency MTI, Orbán thanked Salvini for his work “not only for Italy but for Europe, including Hungary”. Salvini is the hardline leader of Italy’s far-right League party which spent a controversial 14 months in government in coalition with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S). Salvini pulled…

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Europhile Sylvie Gulyar offered as Commissioner from France

Europhile Sylvie Gulyar offered as Commissioner from France

France has proposed Sylvie Goulard as its European Commissioner candidate. An expert on European issues, the former centrist MEP was central to helping Emmanuel Macron develop his European contacts during his successful 2017 presidential campaign. EURACTIV France reports. Two days after an informal deadline (26 August) to submit nominations, the French government finally proposed Sylvie Goulard to take on the position of European Commissioner. If her nomination is successful, she will be France’s representative in Ursula von der Leyen’s college of Commissioners, pending approval from the new president and the…

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G7 summit has not done enough to solve the global environmental crisis

G7 summit has not done enough to solve the global environmental crisis

Environment, biodiversity and the climate were all on the agenda during the three days of the G7 summit held on 24-26 August in Biarritz, France. However, few concrete decisions were taken. EURACTIV’s partner Le Journal de l’environnement reports. During the G7 summit, French President Emmanuel Macron attempted to mobilise states on topics as diverse as gender equality, relations with Africa, wartime sexual violence, and the impending economic recession. In addition to this relatively consensual programme, other issues were also discussed. The summit’s agenda included the issue of taxing the digital…

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How Europe’s war with plastics affects the petrochemical industry

How Europe’s war with plastics affects the petrochemical industry

With oil use in cars expected to peak in the mid-2020s, oil companies are seeking shelter in petrochemicals – and plastics – where demand is still going strong. However, even that notion is now being challenged because of a global plastics backlash led by Europe. Peak oil – at least in passenger cars – is around the corner, mostly driven by fuel efficiency improvements and rapid electrification of the global car fleet, says the International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA’s 2018 world energy outlook predicts that oil use in cars…

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Kosovo president sets October 6 as the date for early parliamentary elections

Kosovo president sets October 6 as the date for early parliamentary elections

Since Kosovo’s government collapsed last week, Western countries expect a new cabinet to relaunch talks between Belgrade and Pristina and make sure these countries lift obstacles for joining the EU in the longer term. On Thursday Kosovo 89 out of 120 MPs voted to dissolve the parliament and paved the way for an early national election. Outgoing Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj had resigned last month facing inquiry over war crimes. On Monday (26 August) Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaçi set 6 October as the date for an early parliamentary election on…

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Washington escalates Sino-American trade war

Washington escalates Sino-American trade war

US President Donald J. Trump is escalating the trade war with China; markets in Asia nosedived on Monday morning, with the Chinese yuan reaching an 11-year low. Ahead of the G7 Summit on Friday evening, President Trump announced a 5% hike on existing tariffs – from 25-to-30% — on goods worth $250bn; this will kick-in in September. The US President also announced a 15% tariff on $300bn-worth of Chinese goods, which kick-in in December. By the end of the trading day on Friday, the Dow Jones industrial average had lost…

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50 months later, Greece ceases to control capital

50 months later, Greece ceases to control capital

The Greek government fully lifted the capital controls introduced during the crisis in 2015 on Monday (26 August), in a sign of its growing economic confidence following the end of the bailout programme last year. “In cooperation with the Bank of Greece, the free movement of capital has been fully restored. The capital controls now belong to the past,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said, adding that economic insecurity is now gone. Athens imposed capital controls in June 2015, when Greece was embroiled in a dispute with lenders over how…

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