• Greek defense minister quits over Macedonia name deal, coalition in doubt

      Greek defense minister quits over Macedonia name deal, coalition in doubt

      Greece’s right-wing defense minister resigned on Sunday in protest at a deal ending a long running dispute with Macedonia over its name, clouding the future of the coalition government months before national elections. Panos Kammenos, whose Independent Greeks party props up the government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, has long opposed the accord with neighboring Macedonia signed by their governments last year.

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    • French 'yellow vests' rally in fresh round of protests

      French 'yellow vests' rally in fresh round of protests

      Paris police fired water cannon and tear gas to repel “yellow vest” demonstrators from around the Arc de Triomphe monument on Saturday in the ninth straight weekend of protests against French President Emmanuel Macron’s economic reforms. Thousands of protesters also marched noisily but peacefully through the Grands Boulevards shopping area in northern Paris close to where a major gas explosion in a bakery killed two firefighters and injured nearly 50 people early on Saturday.

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    • Gas explosion rocks central Paris district, kills 3

      Gas explosion rocks central Paris district, kills 3

      A massive explosion probably caused by a gas leak gutted a the ground floor of a building in central Paris’s shopping district on Saturday, kills 3, including two firefighters, injures 47 with 10 in critical condition, French police said. Authorities were on high alert in the French capital for a ninth consecutive Saturday of “yellow vest” protests, with large parts of the city center blocked off by riot police.

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    • German industry demands tougher EU line on China

      German industry demands tougher EU line on China

      Ahead of this year's European election, one of Germany’s biggest and most influential industry bodies, BDI has called on the EU to ramp up bloc's defenses against what it sees as unfair competition from Beijing and urged companies to reduce their dependence on the Chinese market as concerns over price dumping,state subsidies and technology transfer mount.

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    • Mobility Package comes to a standstill

      Mobility Package comes to a standstill

      The so-called 'Mobility Package I' was brought to a standstill, as on Thursday, 10 January, the Transport Committee members of the European Parliament rejected the proposed compromises of the rapporteurs on rest times and posting drivers in the road transport sector. Alternative compromises tabled by other MEPs also failed to receive enough thumbs-up. TRAN MEPs backed only the revised rules for road haulage operations in another EU country, which is one of the three reports within the first part of the package.

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    • May suffers parliament defeat, govt forced to work on plan B

      May suffers parliament defeat, govt forced to work on plan B

      British PM Theresa May suffered an early defeat to her Brexit plans last Wednesday when parliament demanded the government come up with a plan-B within days if she loses a vote on her deal to leave the EU, news wires reported. With less than three months before Britain is due to quit the EU, parliament began a five-day battle over May's Brexit plan with undermining her preferred timetable. Lawmakers are to vote down her blueprint on 15 January.

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    • Merkel arrives in Athens for a rare visit

      Merkel arrives in Athens for a rare visit

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives in Greece today for the first time in nearly five years as Alexis Tsipras' government is facing a possible loss of its parliamentary majority. During her two-day visit, Merkel will first and foremost urge Greece to press on with tough economic reforms and maintain strict fiscal discipline. Her visit, however, will not only focus on the economy. It will also address the Prespes name deal with neighbouring Macedonia with Merkel reiterating Germany’s positive stance towards the agreement and expressing her support for the greek prime minister.

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    • Regulators urge new EU cryptoasset rules

      Regulators urge new EU cryptoasset rules

      New EU-wide rules may be needed to better protect consumers from cryptoasset risks, prevent money laundering and stop diverging national regulations from creating unfair competition, European Banking Authority (EBA) said in a report released last Wednesday. Regulators have warned investors since 2013 they could lose by investing in virtual currencies, or in initial coin offerings (ICOs) that raise money for companies in return for tokens.

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    • EU starts developing AI-demand-platform with €20m funding

      EU starts developing AI-demand-platform with €20m funding

      This month the AI4EU project officially starts, with a kick-off meeting among the partners in Barcelona tomorrow. As stated earlier the development of the AI4EU platform will bring together 79 top research institutes, SMEs and large enterprises in 21 countries that will build a focal point for artificial intelligence (AI) resources, including data repositories, computing power, tools and algorithms. To further facilitate access to AI technology the project team will work closely with the Digital Innovation Hubs for robotics and the future network of AI excellence centres.

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