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Brussels bubble works from home - EUbusiness Week newsletter 726


EUbusiness Week 726 top stories: EU to overhaul passport-free zone after Paris attacks; Eurozone approves bailout payment to Greece; EU to open new chapter of Turkish membership talks; French car makers top European list of low CO2 emitters; German luxury store brings back Israeli wine after uproar; Annual HIV infection record for Europe in 2014

Publisher's Note

Brussels struggled to cope with its biggest ever terror alert this week. Amid fears of Paris-style attacks, the civil servants of the European Commission did their best to make business as usual, with many working from home.

A shortage of news and developments from the EU Institutions means a shortened version of the newletter this week. Hopefully the tension for the people of Brussels will ease and allow a semblance of normality next week.
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Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness


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1. EU to overhaul passport-free zone after Paris attacks

The European Union has agreed to rush through reforms to the passport-free Schengen zone by the end of the year amid growing concerns about border security in the wake of the Paris attacks.
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2. Eurozone approves bailout payment to Greece

Eurozone finance ministers approved a two billion euro payment to Greece on Monday, declaring that Athens had successfully met the strict reform commitments demanded in the country's bailout.
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3. EU to open new chapter of Turkish membership talks

Turkey's minister of EU affairs says Brussels has agreed to open a new chapter in stalled membership talks with Turkey by mid-December, following an EU-Turkey summit this weekend.
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4. French car makers top European list of low CO2 emitters

French manufacturers topped the list of European cars and vans with the lowest carbon emissions, the European Environment Agency said in a report.
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5. German luxury store brings back Israeli wine after uproar

Berlin luxury department store KaDeWe is to resume selling Israeli wines it had pulled from its shelves over new EU labelling guidelines for products from Jewish settlements.
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6. Annual HIV infection record for Europe in 2014

Europe registered a record number of HIV infections in 2014, driven by cases in Russia and immigrants who acquired the virus after arrival, the EU and the World Health Organization said on Thursday.
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Danish opt-out: one in five Danes is more likely to vote in favour of scrapping the country's opt-out on EU justice rules after the November 13 Paris attacks, a poll shows.
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

Russia: EU president Donald Tusk called for calm on Tuesday after Turkey, a candidate for membership of the bloc, shot down a Russian war plane on the Syrian border.
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EU reassures Ukraine despite overtures to Russia
UK poll shows shift in favour of 'Brexit'
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Commission Watch

Poland: journalists gathered Tuesday in the press room of Poland's new conservative government discovered that the EU flag normally on display was gone, leaving only its red-and-white Polish counterpart.
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Parliament Watch

US bombing: the European Parliament has urged an independent investigation into the US bombing of an MSF hospital in Afghanistan which killed 30 people in an attack the military blamed on human error.
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This week the EP's political groups decided to set up a temporary committee to follow up on the work done by the Special Committee on Tax Rulings; while MEPs called for a joint EU strategy to fight radicalisation of young EU citizens, and called on the EU to boost the steel industry.
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EU diary

30 Nov: Competitiveness Council
1-2 Dec: EU agricultural outlook conference
2 Dec: Digital transformation of industries and enterprises
2 Dec: Dealing with excessive corporate indebtedness
2 Dec: European Parliament plenary session
3-4 Dec: Justice and Home Affairs Council
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