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This story about stricter environmental rules was published by EurActiv on 26th February. The European Parliament’s environment committee has called on the European Commission to distribute lists of member states that fail to properly implement EU legislation on waste, water and nature protection, arguing that the situation had become “absurd”. The whole debate on implementing… » read more

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This story about EU accession for Icleand was published by EurActiv on 25th February 2010. Iceland yesterday (24 February) took an important step towards EU accession, as the European Commission officially recommended opening membership talks with the island country. As expected, Czech Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle said Iceland had been given the green light by… » read more

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This story about maternity leave was published by EurActiv on 24th February 2010. The European Parliament is pushing hard to bring in longer EU minimum standards for maternity leave. But MEPs are likely to face stiff resistance from some EU member states, particularly the UK. There was a feeling of déjà vu in the Parliament… » read more

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This article about the collapse of the Dutch government was published by EurActiv on 22nd February 2010. The Dutch coalition government collapsed on Saturday (20 February) after the two largest parties disagreed over whether to withdraw the Netherlands’ 2,000 troops from Afghanistan as planned this year. A general election is widely expected to be held… » read more

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The following story about the Gazprom pipeline was published by EurActiv on 19th February 2010. Bucharest has given Russian gas monopoly Gazprom all the documentation relevant for building the South Stream pipeline through Romanian territory, it was announced yesterday (18 February). The move appears to give flesh to a recent Russian threat to eliminate Bulgaria… » read more

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This story about the EU and UNESCO was published on 18th February 2010 by EurActiv. UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova yesterday (17 February) broke new ground with the EU for enhanced cooperation with the United Nations’ educational, scientific and cultural organisation. Her compatriot Kristalina Georgieva, the EU commissioner for humanitarian aid, outlined joint action to help… » read more

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This story about Euro instability was published by EurActiv on 16th February 2010. As the threat of sovereign debt default looms over Greece, the turmoil engulfing the euro zone is exacerbating the ongoing credit crunch for companies, according to BusinessEurope, a Brussels-based EU industry federation. Access to credit has become more difficult and the cost… » read more

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This article about opening the EU energy sector was published by EurActiv on 15th February 2010. Günter Oettinger, the EU’s new energy commissioner, faces an uphill battle against national interests in opening up electricity and gas markets, warns Georg Zachmann, energy expert at think-tank Bruegel. In an interview with EurActiv, he says member states risk… » read more

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