EU confronts new reality - EUbusiness Week newsletter 725
EUbusiness Week 725 top stories: EU call for unity in terror fight; Greek government takes losses in home foreclosures vote; Volkswagen scandal puts brakes on European car market; Rich powers cut export aid for coal plants; Eurozone economy cools as China slowdown hurts exports; Europe relies on 'queen' Merkel more than ever
The attacks in Paris were an attack on our freedoms, an attack against
our European values and our way of life, said European Parliament
president Martin Schulz this week.
Reaction has begun. MEPs urge improvement in information-sharing between intelligence services. The Commission has brought forward revision of the Firearms Directive.
There is also concern that the EU will change its approach to the migration crisis. Leading German MEP Elmar Brok warns against confusing migration and terrorism: "Refugees are victims of terror, not part of the terror."
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1. EU call for unity in terror fight
European foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday called for
unity in the fight against terror following the attacks in Paris.
EU to toughen external border checks
France says new security to cost EUR 600m in 2016
Paris attacks intensify migrant debate in EU
2. Greek government takes losses in home foreclosures vote
Greece's government narrowly pushed a bailout reform vote through
parliament Thursday, but saw its majority dwindle after axing two
lawmakers who refused to support a home foreclosures bill.
Greece creditors ready to pay out EUR 12bn: Dijsselbloem
3. Volkswagen scandal puts brakes on European car market
European car market growth slowed in October, says the European
Automobile Manufacturers Association, as the Volkswagen emissions
scandal took its toll on auto sales.
VW whistleblowers were EU officials, say US authorities
4. Rich powers cut export aid for coal plants
Advanced economies including the United States, Japan and European Union
have agreed for the first time to restrict state aid for exports of
large, inefficient coal-fired power stations, the OECD has announced.
Coal subsidised with EUR 10 bn a year in EU: study
5. Eurozone economy cools as China slowdown hurts exports
Growth in the eurozone slowed in the third quarter as low demand from
China hurt Germany and applied a stiff handbrake on an already weak
recovery in Europe.
6. Europe relies on 'queen' Merkel more than ever
Ten years after she took office, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands
alone as the leader of a European Union that is grappling with multiple
crises, despite the fact she has been weakened domestically.
Firearms: the EU is to push through plans to tackle the trade in illegal
firearms, ahead of a crisis meeting of interior ministers in Brussels
following the Paris attacks.
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UK: Britain's government is under pressure to let 16 and 17 year-olds
have the vote in the referendum on EU membership after suffering a
defeat in parliament.
Greece, Turkey boost cooperation to tackle migrant crisis
Spain backs France's decision to miss EU deficit target
Migrants: the EU said Tuesday it was ready to ease budgetary rules for
eurozone countries to help them deal with an unprecedented influx of
migrants from war and repression in Syria and other conflict zones.
'Brexit' is not going to happen, says Juncker
This week a delegation from Parliament's constitutional affairs
committee went to London to discuss the upcoming EU membership
referendum with ministers, parliamentary committees and think-tanks;
Parliament agreed an informal deal with ministers on new rules to
attract non-EU students, researchers and interns to the EU; and in
committee, MEPs said a revised Neighbourhood Policy must focus on
security and migration, and discussed the impact of organic food with
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