The EU should not commit unnecessary labor market regulation

The EU should not commit unnecessary labor market regulation

Job creation and productivity growth, not new labour market regulation, should be at the top of the new European Commission’s agenda, writes Martin Laurberg. ‘The future of work’ is a hot topic. How will robotization, artificial intelligence and digital work platforms affect European labour markets? How do we secure good working conditions in the future? And, perhaps more importantly, how do we ensure that Europe creates jobs and growth in order to stay competitive in an ever more aggressive global business order? These will be important questions for policy makers,…

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25 years of fighting racism and intolerance throughout Europe

25 years of fighting racism and intolerance throughout Europe

As the Council of Europe’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) marks its 25th anniversary. Maria Pejčinović Burić takes stock of its successes and future priorities. Maria Pejčinović Burić is the Secretary General of the Council of Europe. The phenomena of racism, xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance are not new to Europe, as its history tragically shows. But new forms and manifestations of these old evils have developed in recent years – and they are on the increase. In the early 1990s, many countries that were previously behind the Iron…

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The highest paid lawmakers in the EU? Brexitis Party

The highest paid lawmakers in the EU? Brexitis Party

The 28 lawmakers from Britain’s Brexit Party have collectively declared outside earnings of between €2 million and €4.5 million per year, making them the highest earners in the European Parliament, Transparency International said on Thursday. The party, founded by anti-EU campaigner Nigel Farage, won the most British seats in European elections this year. It says Britain should not still be in the EU, and its lawmakers turned their backs when the bloc’s Beethoven anthem was played at the opening session. Transparency International, a watchdog which monitors EU lobbying and outside…

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Erdogan and Mitsotakis discuss the problem of curbing migrants

Erdogan and Mitsotakis discuss the problem of curbing migrants

Greece’s new conservative prime minister met Wednesday (25 September) with Turkey’s leader for the first time and asked for cooperation in stemming an uptick in migrant arrivals. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as the leaders of the historic adversaries took part in the UN General Assembly. “I had a frank discussion with President Erdoğan on all major issues from immigration to Cyprus to bilateral matters,” Mitsotakis tweeted after the meeting. “We agreed to work together to build a better climate for the benefit of our…

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Barcelona’s return to victory paths overshadowed by Lionel Messi injury

Barcelona’s return to victory paths overshadowed by Lionel Messi injury

“Barcelona” recovered from the shock defeat of “Granada” on Saturday with a score 2: 1 over “Villarreal”, defeating “Villarreal” and rising to fourth place in “La Liga”, but Lionel Messi was injured. Messi, making his first start this season, received lengthy treatment before being replaced at half-time by Ousmane Dembélé in what the coach, Ernesto Valverde, insisted was a precautionary measure. Valverde said of Messi, who was named Fifa’s male player of the year on Monday: “He noticed a little bit of an issue with his adductor and we preferred…

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Eurasia gather together at Nur Sultan, but the differences are still significant

Eurasia gather together at Nur Sultan, but the differences are still significant

The 21st century should be defined by cooperation between Europe and Asia. That was the message of the fourth Eurasian conference, held in Kazakhstan’s capital Nur-Sultan on Tuesday (24 September). However, differences among participants prevented it from achieving concrete results. “Eurasia has always been the focal point for shaping the international environment. Cooperation among countries of the European Union, the Eurasian Economic Union and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation can work, it is in the interest of all of us,” former President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev said at the opening of…

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EU energy consumption for heating is a significant share of carbon emissions in the unit.

EU energy consumption for heating is a significant share of carbon emissions in the unit.

Heating is responsible for almost half (40%) of the EU’s total energy consumption, and a large share of the bloc’s carbon emissions. Yet, politicians are reluctant to confront the issue head-on. Achieving climate neutrality by 2050 requires decarbonising the whole economy, including the energy-hungry heating sector, says Finland’s Riku Huttunen. And that will involve cooperation at all levels of government, including local and EU authorities, he argues.

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UN creates constitutional committee on Syria, but hopes for ending the war are muffled

UN creates constitutional committee on Syria, but hopes for ending the war are muffled

The United Nations announced Monday (23 September) the long-awaited creation of a constitution-writing committee on Syria that will include the government and opposition, but it remained to be seen if the step could finally end the civil war. UN Secretary General António Guterres hailed the committee as the first step toward finding a political settlement to the conflict, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people in more than eight years of fighting. But experts encouraged caution, questioning how much it is likely to achieve with Russian-backed President Bashar al-Assad’s…

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UK government urged to integrate climate change into international aviation and shipping

UK government urged to integrate climate change into international aviation and shipping

Aviation and shipping should be included in the UK government’s climate planning, according to an expert panel, which was already decisive in pushing lawmakers towards adopting a net-zero target for 2050. EURACTIV’s partner edie.net reports. The Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) chairman, Lord Deben, today (24 September) wrote to UK Transport Secretary Grant Schapps, following the government’s request for advice on how best to align its climate policies for international aviation and shipping (IAS) with the latest scientific advice. IAS notably stood outside of the remit of the UK’s original…

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Former Romanian anti-bribery chief Kövesi is close to becoming EU chief prosecutor

Former Romanian anti-bribery chief Kövesi is close to becoming EU chief prosecutor

After a month-long standoff in appointing the EU’s first-ever anti-fraud prosecutor, a majority of member states last week backed making Romania’s former top anti-corruption official Laura Codruța Kövesi despite strong headwind from her own homecountry. “An informal vote confirmed there is a sufficient majority” among EU ambassadors on Thursday (19 September) to put Kövesi in charge of the new European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) set to start work at the end of 2020, according to a diplomat from Finland, which holds the EU’s rotating. According to EU sources, the Romanian…

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