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EU-funded digital health tool tested to help immigrants

EU-funded software to help immigrants access healthcare services in European countries was tested for the first time this summer in Spanish health centres.

France's Hulot calls for 'European civil protection force' to counter forest fires

Europe needs a civil security force' to tackle wildfires, French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot said during a visit to the Corsican town of Palneca on Thursday , after 170 hectares of the island went up in smoke earlier this month. EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.

Erdogan tells Turks in Germany to vote against Merkel

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats were enemies of Turkey and called on Turks in Germany to vote against major parties in next month's elections.

Three risks and three scenarios for Ukraine

Between 2014 and 2017, Ukraine's leadership failed to transform the country's old post-Soviet Russia oligarchic system into a European and Western-style democracy. The transformation is inefficient and slow, and this entails risk, writes Roman Rukomeda.

Eurobarometer: Europhilia on the rise in France

In France, optimism for the EU has been on the rise since last autumn, according to a Eurobarometer study published on Friday . EURCTIV France reports.

Environmentalists worried as UK sells off Green Investment Bank

Britain's green credentials were called into question on Friday after the government announced it had completed the sale of the publically-owned Green Investment Bank to Australian investors Macquarie Group Limited.

Croatia starts preliminary work on Adriatic LNG terminal

Croatia has started preliminary underwater works in the northern Adriatic, the first concrete step in building a long-delayed liquified natural gas terminal that is part of EU efforts to boost energy security and reduce dependence on Russian gas.

Egg crisis: Fipronil traces found in eggs from 2016

Belgian authorities have discovered a Fipronil-contaminated egg sample dating from September 2016, the head of the Belgian food security agency announced in parliament on Thursday . EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.

Norway close to becoming planet's first 'fully electrified society'

Norway has the renewable resources and political will to become the world's first country to use entirely clean electricity for its power demands, according to a new report by Energi Norge, a non-profit industry group representing Norwegian electricity companies.

'Zero calories': Industry moving to reduce sugar in EU beverages

The European soft drink industry has long been involved in a gradual process of removing added sugar from its products and introducing zero calories' varieties on the market. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Migration crisis: Ex-Commission President Prodi blames European leaders

Romano Prodi points the finger at European politicians' lack of action in the Libyan conflict, and its consequences for the migrant crisis. EURACTIV's partner Italia Oggi reports.

The UK should realise that Ireland is an island

The fixation amongst Brexiteers to take back control of Britain's borders makes resolving the Irish border issue nearly impossible, writes Dick Roche.

Commission rolls out migration action plan despite heavy criticism

The EU is pressing on with controversial plans to tackle the migration crisis in the face of mounting criticism from NGOs and UN experts. EURACTIV France reports.

Northern Ireland court rules gay marriage ban doesn't violate rights

Northern Ireland's refusal to recognise same-sex marriage does not violate the rights of couples affected, the Belfast High Court ruled on Thursday , in a blow to campaigners in the only part of the United Kingdom that bans gay marriage.

Merkel, called 'traitor', defends refugee stance in rowdy east Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was greeted with shouts of "traitor" by a rowdy group of right-wing protesters in east Germany yesterday as she defended her decision to allow hundreds of thousands of refugees into the country.

German ex-Chancellor Schröder hits back in Russia row before vote

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder hit back at criticism of his planned new job at Russian oil producer Rosneft on Thursday , accusing his foes of political manoeuvring to help get Angela Merkel re-elected.

13 dead in Barcelona jihadist attack, suspected terrorists killed in another incident

A van ploughed into crowds of pedestrians on Barcelona's most popular street in broad daylight yesterday , killing 13 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.

World's largest cruise operator closes in on 2020 emissions target

The world's largest leisure travel company, the Carnival Corporation, looks set to achieve a 25% reduction in carbon emissions before a 2020 deadline, after championing liquefied natural gas on cruise ships. EURACTIV's partner edie.net reports.

Frankfurt and Dublin make bankers feel wanted in battle for Brexit jobs

"I'm here to send you the regards of the Federal Chancellor. I am entitled to tell you we want you in Germany." This private message from Angela Merkel, delivered by a regional politician to Wall Street bankers last year, is having the desired effect.

Italian lake goes all electric

Italy's picturesque Lake Como has become Europe's first 'electric destination' after efforts to install a far-reaching electric-charging network were finally realised.

'You're not welcome': Tourismophobia spreads across Europe

From Scotland to Ibiza, critics of mass tourism are growing their ranks. EURACTIV partner Ouest-France reports.

Wildfires trap 2,000 villagers in Portugal

Forest fires cut off a village of 2,000 people in Portugal, as firefighters struggled on Thursday to control two major blazes in the centre of the country, local officials said.

New crisis emerges as South Sudan refugees in Uganda hit one million

With the one millionth South Sudanese refugee having entered Uganda this week, there is a desperate need for action by the EU, relief organisation World Vision says in a new study.

Giant floating wind turbines installed off Scottish coast, in world first

The world's first floating wind farm is taking shape off the coast of Scotland, in waters normally too deep for turbine installation.

Brexit is a chance for farming reform - but we must get the policy right

Britain's withdrawal from the EU undoubtedly carries risks but it may also create the opportunity to build a greener, more efficient, and innovative farming sector. If this happens, Ngaire Woods argues, the EU and other economies might follow suit.

New EU rules for lower power plant emissions take effect

The European Commission on Thursday published tighter new standards for the bloc's most polluting power plants, including many large coal-fired power stations, giving them four years to meet the lower emission standards.

Turkey proposes free movement of workers with Kazakhstan

Central Asian countries are exploring forms of integration resembling those of the European Union, the latest one being the establishment of free movement of people and workers between Turkey and Kazakhstan.

Germany's glass ceiling: Firms given one year to appoint women

Germany's family minister has cornered German firms: Either they name women in management positions now, or they will have to comply with gender quotas in one year. EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.

US renewable energy growth helped prevent thousands of deaths

New research has revealed that up to 12,700 deaths were prevented over a nine-year-period in the United States, thanks to an increase in renewable energy use and tighter regulation.

Hague Court holds Islamist liable for €2.7 million damages after Timbuktu destruction

Judges at the International Criminal Court ruled on Thursday that a former Islamist rebel who was jailed for wrecking holy sites in Timbuktu was liable for €2.7 million in damages.

Turkey criticises Merkel, says Germany can't dictate EU policy

Turkey's EU minister said on Thursday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel's comments about halting the expansion of a customs union between Ankara and the European Union harmed the credibility of the bloc.

Britain confident of making progress in Brexit talks by October

Britain said on Thursday it was “confident” talks with the European Union would move towards discussing their future relationship by October, in contrast to warnings from the top EU negotiator that the target is receding. Prime Minister Theresa May's government wants to push the ...

UN official: Kosovo deadlock has hurt country's economy

Kosovo's failure to form a government two months after snap elections has hurt the country economically and socially, the head of the UN mission there said on Wednesday .

The EU and Switzerland link their carbon markets

The world's first carbon trading system has found a new partner in Switzerland. EURACTIV France reports.

Commission open to member states' push to protect quality foods in China

The European Commission will not block member states' attempts to sue China over its use of counterfeit trademarks and has insisted a future bilateral deal with the Asian superpower will bring significant benefits' for Europe's quality food producers.

UK and Germany criticise Trump for failing to oppose neo-Nazis

Of all the EU capitals, London and Berlin have reacted most strongly to Donald Trump's reluctance to forcefully condemn white supremacists after a woman was killed during a white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville last Saturday .

Pittella calls on EU to provide 'utmost urgent' help to Sierra Leone

Gianni Pittella, the president of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, has called for the EU to deliver help to Sierra Leone with the utmost urgency, after floods and landslides in the country's capital Freetown took a huge toll on human lives.

Ireland says EU demand that Apple pay it €13 billion in back taxes unjustified

Ireland's finance minister said the European Commission's demand that Dublin collect up to €13 billion in back taxes from Apple was unjustified, in an interview with Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper.

Slovak minister under pressure in coalition row over EU funds

Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Wednesday that he wants to replace the Education Minister Peter Plavčan, who is a member of junior coalition partner the Slovak National Party , over alleged mismanagement of EU subsidies in his department.

Russian watchdog says Schlumberger-Eurasia Drilling deal 'has big problems'

The acquisition of a 51% stake in Russia's Eurasia Drilling Co by US oilfield services giant Schlumberger "has big problems" in the current political situation, the head of Russia's competition watchdog said yesterday .

Is the Norway-Sweden border a model for UK-Ireland?

Sharing a border of 1,600 km , with close to 80 crossings, Norway and Sweden face some of the challenges that Ireland and Northern Ireland may experience when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

Conflict heightens food insecurity in DRC

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, 7.7 million people are hungry, a +30% rise in one year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation . EURACTIV France reports.

Tainted egg scandal sparks political row in Germany

A German state minister charged Wednesday that over three times more eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil had entered the country than the national government has admitted.

Brexit to shake up Germany's uneventful electoral campaign

The pro-European stance of Germany's SPD clashes with that of CDU. The centre-righ remains pro-European, but by a small margin. EURACTIV France reports.

Commission launches public consultation on food chain fairness

The European Commission launched on Wednesday a public consultation on how to improve fairness in the EU's food supply chain, in which small farmers are often at a disadvantage compared to powerful middlemen.

Italy enjoys best annual economic growth since 2011

Italy posted its best annual economic growth figures since 2011 on Wednesday with its gross domestic product outdoing official forecasts to grow 1.5% on an annual basis.

Migrant rescue NGO accuses the EU of 'hiding the dirt' under the Mediterranean

Speaking about the refugee crisis and the Lybian and Syrian conflicts, Óscar Camps, director of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, accused the EU of hiding the dirt under the carpet' of international waters in the Mediterranean sea. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Foreign minister: Turkey asks Germany to extradite coup suspect

Turkey has asked Germany to extradite a theology lecturer suspected of playing a major role in last year's failed coup, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday .

Hulot's anti-nuclear credentials called into question as protest turns violent

Violence erupted on 15 August at a demonstration against French plans for a radioactive waste burial site in the north-eastern town of Bure. Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot, once a vocal opponent of the project, has refused to take sides. EURACTIV's partner Oust-France reports.

Melilla: Spanish enclave in Morocco offers an exit route to Europe

Recent uprisings in the Moroccan region of Rif have transformed the city of Melilla, a Spanish enclave in Morocco, into an exit route for persecuted people seeking refugee status in the EU. EURACTIV Spain reports.