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France, the hosts of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21), will use next week’s meeting of EU finance ministers to try to get the oft-delayed Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) moving, and some of its future revenue earmarked for climate finance.

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Perhaps the most iconic image of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations is the infamous chlorine chicken. Derided as scaremongering and a myth by EU and US negotiators, but hoisted aloft by opponents to the EU-US trade deal – the chlorine-washed chicken has been ubiquitous. Apparently Americans can’t get enough of poultry scrubbed… » read more

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Brussels hotels are set for a boost in business after the European Parliament suspended a swathe of events for security reasons. Events for external visitors held in the Parliament by individual MEPs are banned as of this week. Only receptions and other meetings hosted by the conference of presidents, the bureau, the quaestors, the committees,… » read more

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The European Parliament (EP) was evacuated at noon today (2 February) after a bomb scare. A suspect, wearing a military uniform, was arrested soon afterwards by a special anti-terror police unit, according to local press. The suspect had left a set of car keys in front of the Parliament, on Rue Montoyer. The institution’s security… » read more

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