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Globalisation with Chinese characteristics

26.09.2018

Europe's response to China's silk road initiative?

How do we have to shape European trade and investment policies in the future in order for the EU to remain an attractive trade partner in the OBOR-region?


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Cage farming is a nightmare that we can end!

25.09.2018

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© Stefano Corso

Austria press freedom

25.09.2018

Quotes from Ska Keller and Judith Sargentini

On the news that the Austrian minister of the interior Herbert Kickl issued a communication to police and other officials on which media outlets to engage with based on how friendly they are to the government, President of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament Ska Keller comments.


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Court Decision against Journalists seeking Transparency of MEP spending shows need for urgent reform

25.09.2018

This disappointing decision from the European Court of Justice was in some ways inevitable due to the fact that the European Parliament’s accounting systems are outdated and not done in a way that foresees public scrutiny of how the various Parliamentary Allowances are spent.


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Court ruling upholds secrecy around MEPs' expenses

25.09.2018

Quote from Heidi Hautala

On the news that the European Court of Justice has upheld the European Parliament's refusal to handover documents related to MEP's travel and office expenses to a consortium of 28 investigative journalists, Heidi Hautala, Greens/EFA Vice-President comments.


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Justice

Commission refers Poland to ECJ over independence of Supreme Court

24.09.2018

Quote from Ska Keller and Philippe Lamberts

Greens/EFA co-presidents comment on the news that the European Commission has referred Poland to the European Court of Justice over the independence of the Polish Supreme Court


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© Patrick Laverdant

Allegations of conflict of interest around Czech PM Andrej Babiš

19.09.2018

Quote from Philippe Lamberts

Today, Transparency International Czech Republic has submitted a complaint to the European Commission surrounding the Czech Prime Minister, Andrej Babiš's potential conflicts of interest around his personal business dealings. The European Commission must investigate Andrej Babiš's business dealings as soon as possible to ensure that they do not breach EU conflict of interest rules.


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(CC BY-SA 2.0) Dave Dugdale

European Commission rule Luxembourg did not give selective tax treatment to McDonald's

19.09.2018

Tax avoidance

The European Commission has today ruled that the non-taxation of certain McDonald's profits in Luxembourg did not constitute illegal State Aid, as it is in line with national tax laws.


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Car companies must be held to account over possible collusion

18.09.2018

Emissions cheating

The European Commission has just announced that it will open a formal investigation into whether BMW, Daimler and VW colluded to breach EU anti-trust rules around the roll-out of clean emissions technology.


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European Free Alliance delegation in Lebanon

18.09.2018

Press release from EFA MEPs visiting Lebanon

EFA Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), Josep-Maria Terricabras (ERC), Jill Evans (Plaid Cymru) and Jordi Solé (ERC) are in Lebanon leading a delegation aiming to find out more about the reality of the country, where one in every four inhabitants is a refugee. Since the beginning of...


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Double standards in the EU are unacceptable

14.09.2018

Single Market/Product quality

The European Parliament has called for an end to the practice of companies producing different quality products for different parts of Europe without the consumer being clearly informed of such a difference.


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Jenni Peterson

Greens/EFA Debriefing

14.09.2018

Plenary week, 10-14 September 2018

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary week included: The Future of Europe debate with Prime Minister of Greece; Autonomous weapon systems; The rule of law in Hungary; Language Equality in the Digital Age; State of the European Union; Digital copyright; Dual quality of products; Greens/EFA MEPs take EFSA to court over Monsanto studies on glyphosate; European CO2-regulation for cars and vans.


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