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‘The grand finale’: Inside Trump’s push to rack up political victories as impeachment looms

Trump and his allies trumpet the victories as the work of a disciplined president focusing on the needs of the public, while Democrats argue they have forced Trump to hand over sweeping concessions on liberal priorities.
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‘The grand finale’: Inside Trump’s push to rack up political victories as impeachment looms

Trump and his allies trumpet the victories as the work of a disciplined president focusing on the needs of the public, while Democrats argue they have forced Trump to hand over sweeping concessions on liberal priorities.

A judge ordered up to 234,000 people to be tossed from the registered voter list in a swing state

Wisconsin voters elected President Trump by fewer than 23,000 votes in 2016, causing Republicans and Democrats alike to closely watch this attempt to purge voters from the rolls.
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A judge ordered up to 234,000 people to be tossed from the registered voter list in a swing state

Wisconsin voters elected President Trump by fewer than 23,000 votes in 2016, causing Republicans and Democrats alike to closely watch this attempt to purge voters from the rolls.

Briefing - Enhancing EU competitiveness [What Think Tanks are thinking] - 13-12-2019

The European Union has been established as an area of security, stability and prosperity, in which economic competitiveness plays a key role. Although in terms of productivity some EU countries are doing well, compared to, for example, the United States, the
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Briefing - Enhancing EU competitiveness [What Think Tanks are thinking] - 13-12-2019

The European Union has been established as an area of security, stability and prosperity, in which economic competitiveness plays a key role. Although in terms of productivity some EU countries are doing well, compared to, for example, the United States, the EU is lagging behind some other world regions in reaping the fruits of the digital revolution. Analysts also point to the need to continue euro-area governance reforms, completing the Banking Union and pushing ahead with the creation of the Capital Markets Union. A debate continues about whether the EU should support the creation of EU industrial champions, which advocates claim could be well placed to compete internationally in some sectors. This note brings together commentaries, analyses and studies by international think tanks and research institutes on EU competitiveness and related issues. Earlier papers on reforming the euro area are available in a previous issue from the series, published in December 2019. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

House Judiciary panel takes unexpected recess, delays vote on articles of impeachment to Friday

Votes on articles alleging abuse of power and obstruction of Congress were expected to follow a highly partisan debate.
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House Judiciary panel takes unexpected recess, delays vote on articles of impeachment to Friday

Votes on articles alleging abuse of power and obstruction of Congress were expected to follow a highly partisan debate.

House Judiciary Committee abruptly adjourns after marathon debate, will vote on articles of impeachment Friday morning

The decision came after more than 14 hours of rancorous debate about the president’s alleged “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress.”
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House Judiciary Committee abruptly adjourns after marathon debate, will vote on articles of impeachment Friday morning

The decision came after more than 14 hours of rancorous debate about the president’s alleged “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress.”

Name-calling, insults and scandals dominate all-day impeachment hearing

No controversy even marginally related to the House impeachment proceeding was overlooked as Republicans and Democrats waged a battle over articles.
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Name-calling, insults and scandals dominate all-day impeachment hearing

No controversy even marginally related to the House impeachment proceeding was overlooked as Republicans and Democrats waged a battle over articles.

Briefing - European Institute of Innovation and Technology and its Strategic Innovation Agenda, 2021-2027 - 12-12-2019

The main objective of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is to stimulate and support innovation and competitiveness in Europe. In this light, it is regrettable that the impacts on SMEs, competitiveness, or territorial impacts are not di
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Briefing - European Institute of Innovation and Technology and its Strategic Innovation Agenda, 2021-2027 - 12-12-2019

The main objective of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is to stimulate and support innovation and competitiveness in Europe. In this light, it is regrettable that the impacts on SMEs, competitiveness, or territorial impacts are not discussed in the impact assessment. The budget of the EIT under Horizon 2021-2027 proposal is EUR 3 billion. As most innovation activities managed by EIT take place in 5 countries only, improved regional outreach is one of the objectives of this initiative. New activity - HEInnovate - is proposed to support entrepreneurial and innovation capacity of universities. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

Donald Trump Jr. got approval to hunt an endangered sheep days after he killed it

ProPublica reports that the president’s son received special treatment from the Mongolian government just weeks after U.S. and Mongolian officials met at the White House.
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Donald Trump Jr. got approval to hunt an endangered sheep days after he killed it

ProPublica reports that the president’s son received special treatment from the Mongolian government just weeks after U.S. and Mongolian officials met at the White House.

Impeachment live updates: House Judiciary debates articles of impeachment against Trump

The committee is scheduled to convene at 7 p.m. to hear opening statements from its 40 attending members before an expected vote Thursday after it considers amendments.
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Impeachment live updates: House Judiciary debates articles of impeachment against Trump

The committee is scheduled to convene at 7 p.m. to hear opening statements from its 40 attending members before an expected vote Thursday after it considers amendments.

Inspector general says the FBI is not vindicated by his report on Trump campaign probe

Michael Horowitz also offered new details about his disagreement with the attorney general’s handpicked prosecutor overseeing a related investigation.
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Inspector general says the FBI is not vindicated by his report on Trump campaign probe

Michael Horowitz also offered new details about his disagreement with the attorney general’s handpicked prosecutor overseeing a related investigation.

Biden clearly doesn’t like talking about his son’s overseas business dealings. Lately, it’s been an unavoidable topic on the campaign trail.

Faced with repeated questions in interviews and from a voter, the former vice president has sought to distance himself from his son’s judgment and turn the issue into an attack on President Trump.
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Biden clearly doesn’t like talking about his son’s overseas business dealings. Lately, it’s been an unavoidable topic on the campaign trail.

Faced with repeated questions in interviews and from a voter, the former vice president has sought to distance himself from his son’s judgment and turn the issue into an attack on President Trump.

At a Glance - Study in Focus «International Climate Negotiations - Issues at stake in view of the COP25 UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid» - 15-11-2019

At the 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, delegates will negotiate the further implementation of the Paris Agreement. This study in focus provides an overview of the international framework to address
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At a Glance - Study in Focus «International Climate Negotiations - Issues at stake in view of the COP25 UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid» - 15-11-2019

At the 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, delegates will negotiate the further implementation of the Paris Agreement. This study in focus provides an overview of the international framework to address climate change, the stakeholders involved, the status of the negotiations and recent developments that may affect the negotiations. This document was provided by Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI). Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

At a Glance - Current membership of the European Council - 10-12-2019

The European Council consists of the 28 Heads of State or Government of the EU Member States, who are voting members, together with the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission, who have no vote (Article 15(2) TEU). The c
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At a Glance - Current membership of the European Council - 10-12-2019

The European Council consists of the 28 Heads of State or Government of the EU Member States, who are voting members, together with the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission, who have no vote (Article 15(2) TEU). The chart shows the current members, the national office they hold and their political affiliation, as well as the year their membership of the institution began. This publication is updated periodically to reflect changes in the European Council's membership. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

At a Glance - Stability of EU farmer income support post 2020 - 10-12-2019

EU farmer income support benefits millions of farmers across Europe every year. The existing legal basis for this support covers the years 2014 to 2020. Delays in the negotiating process on both the EU budget and farm policy for 2021 2027 necessitate adoptio
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At a Glance - Stability of EU farmer income support post 2020 - 10-12-2019

EU farmer income support benefits millions of farmers across Europe every year. The existing legal basis for this support covers the years 2014 to 2020. Delays in the negotiating process on both the EU budget and farm policy for 2021 2027 necessitate adoption of transitional provisions to ensure the continuation of the current rules. The Parliament is due to vote on a Commission proposal on these issues during its December plenary session. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

At a Glance - Election of the European Ombudsman - 10-12-2019

In December, the European Parliament is set to elect the European Ombudsman for the new parliamentary term following a public hearing of the candidates by the Committee on Petitions (PETI). Five candidates are running: Giuseppe Fortunato (Italy), Ombudsman o
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At a Glance - Election of the European Ombudsman - 10-12-2019

In December, the European Parliament is set to elect the European Ombudsman for the new parliamentary term following a public hearing of the candidates by the Committee on Petitions (PETI). Five candidates are running: Giuseppe Fortunato (Italy), Ombudsman of the Campania Region; Julia Laffranque (Estonia), judge at the European Court of Human Rights; Nils Muižnieks (Latvia), former Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe; Emily O'Reilly (Ireland), the incumbent Ombudsman (since 2014); and Cecilia Wikström (Sweden), former MEP and Chair of the PETI committee. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

At a Glance - EU fisheries agreement with The Gambia - 10-12-2019

During its December plenary session, Parliament is due to vote on giving its consent to the conclusion of a new sustainable fisheries partnership agreement and implementing protocol with the Republic of The Gambia. The agreement provides an updated framework
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At a Glance - EU fisheries agreement with The Gambia - 10-12-2019

During its December plenary session, Parliament is due to vote on giving its consent to the conclusion of a new sustainable fisheries partnership agreement and implementing protocol with the Republic of The Gambia. The agreement provides an updated framework for bilateral fisheries cooperation, whereas the protocol grants fishing opportunities to EU vessels in Gambian waters and aims to promote a sustainable fisheries policy and the responsible exploitation of fisheries resources in the area. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

At a Glance - Tackling VAT fraud related to e-commerce - 10-12-2019

Changes to the value added tax (VAT) regulatory framework for e-commerce introduced the destination principle for cross-border business-to-consumer (B2C) transactions. Identification of the online businesses supplying goods and services to customers in other
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At a Glance - Tackling VAT fraud related to e-commerce - 10-12-2019

Changes to the value added tax (VAT) regulatory framework for e-commerce introduced the destination principle for cross-border business-to-consumer (B2C) transactions. Identification of the online businesses supplying goods and services to customers in other Member States is going to be key when it comes to ensuring compliance with VAT rules and addressing e-commerce VAT fraud. Parliament is due to vote on two Commission proposals in plenary in December. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

At a Glance - Mercosur: Economic indicators and trade with EU - 10-12-2019

Mercosur, the 'southern common market', was founded in 1991 when Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay signed the Treaty of Asunción. In 2012, Venezuela formally joined Mercosur as a fifth member, but in December 2016 the country was suspended temporaril
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At a Glance - Mercosur: Economic indicators and trade with EU - 10-12-2019

Mercosur, the 'southern common market', was founded in 1991 when Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay signed the Treaty of Asunción. In 2012, Venezuela formally joined Mercosur as a fifth member, but in December 2016 the country was suspended temporarily for failure to transpose Mercosur rules into Venezuelan law. In August 2017, the suspension was prolonged indefinitely. This paper presents economic indicators for the four members, for example showing their GDP and labour market situations, and it also shows those countries’ relative positions on several indexes that assess the situation in terms of doing business, corruption and human development. Finally, it looks at trade between the EU and Mercosur – of both goods and services – highlighting the main trading partners, and the main products and services that the EU exports to and imports from the four Mercosur members. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

In-Depth Analysis - The main factors for the subdued profitability of significant banks in the Banking Union - 09-12-2019

Most significant institutions in the euro area generate returns below the risk-adjusted rate required by investors. This paper surveys some recent studies on the causes of this low profitability, and then discusses several actions that the SSM may want to und
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In-Depth Analysis - The main factors for the subdued profitability of significant banks in the Banking Union - 09-12-2019

Most significant institutions in the euro area generate returns below the risk-adjusted rate required by investors. This paper surveys some recent studies on the causes of this low profitability, and then discusses several actions that the SSM may want to undertake, to support banks in their quest for higher returns. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

Impeachment hearings live updates: Lawyer for Democrats calls Trump ‘a clear and present danger’ as he argues case for removal

The 41-member judiciary panel is holding a crucial hearing at which counsel for Democrats and Republicans will present evidence about the president’s conduct toward Ukraine.
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Impeachment hearings live updates: Lawyer for Democrats calls Trump ‘a clear and present danger’ as he argues case for removal

The 41-member judiciary panel is holding a crucial hearing at which counsel for Democrats and Republicans will present evidence about the president’s conduct toward Ukraine.

Democrats expected to unveil articles of impeachment against Trump, focusing on abuse of power, obstruction of Congress

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.) told reporters that he and the chairmen of other House committees would announce specific articles at a news conference at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
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Democrats expected to unveil articles of impeachment against Trump, focusing on abuse of power, obstruction of Congress

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.) told reporters that he and the chairmen of other House committees would announce specific articles at a news conference at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

In-Depth Analysis - Main factors for the subdued profitability of significant banks in the Banking Union - 09-12-2019

There is no “one-size-fits-all” strategy to achieve viable profitability, but all banks need good strategic steering and risk management capabilities to adjust their business mix to changes in the operating environment. Banks have already taken actions t
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In-Depth Analysis - Main factors for the subdued profitability of significant banks in the Banking Union - 09-12-2019

There is no “one-size-fits-all” strategy to achieve viable profitability, but all banks need good strategic steering and risk management capabilities to adjust their business mix to changes in the operating environment. Banks have already taken actions to enhance profitability and the room of manoeuvre for the future is not that ample. Policy makers can take further initiatives to fix structural inefficiencies and provide better conditions for banks to enhance profitability. These concerted actions would help reduce the gap between banks’ RoE and cost-of-equity. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

Briefing - Outlook for the meetings of EU leaders on 12-13 December 2019 - 09-12-2019

The main issues on the agenda of the European Council are climate change and the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). EU leaders will also address the idea of a Conference on the Future of Europe, with the aim of developing a joint position of Member State
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Briefing - Outlook for the meetings of EU leaders on 12-13 December 2019 - 09-12-2019

The main issues on the agenda of the European Council are climate change and the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). EU leaders will also address the idea of a Conference on the Future of Europe, with the aim of developing a joint position of Member States on the initiative. In addition, the European Council (Article 50) meeting is expected to discuss the result of the general election in the UK (taking place on 12 December) and the likely consequences for the Brexit process, as well as preparations for the negotiations on future EU-UK relations. Finally, the Euro Summit will concentrate on the revision of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) Treaty, the budgetary instrument for convergence and competitiveness (BICC), and technical work on the strengthening of the banking union. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

Study - Research for REGI Committee-Urban Agenda: Assessment from the European Parliament's Perspective - 15-11-2019

The 2016 Pact of Amsterdam launched the Urban Agenda for the European Union. Within its framework, partnerships of urban authorities, Member States and other stakeholders have developed action plans to achieve better funding, better knowledge and better regul
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Study - Research for REGI Committee-Urban Agenda: Assessment from the European Parliament's Perspective - 15-11-2019

The 2016 Pact of Amsterdam launched the Urban Agenda for the European Union. Within its framework, partnerships of urban authorities, Member States and other stakeholders have developed action plans to achieve better funding, better knowledge and better regulation for the priority theme of their partnership. This study provides an overview and critical assessment of the current state of play including the position of the European Parliament. Two partnerships, (1) Sustainable Use of Land and Nature-based Solutions and (2) Housing, are studied in more detail. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

Study - The Mekong River: geopolitics over development, hydropower and the environment - 18-11-2019

The Mekong River is a vital source of livelihoods and economic activity in continental South-East Asia and extends from the Tibetan Plateau to the South China Sea. Its length is 4 800 km. More than half circulates in China, but its channel runs through Myanma
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Study - The Mekong River: geopolitics over development, hydropower and the environment - 18-11-2019

The Mekong River is a vital source of livelihoods and economic activity in continental South-East Asia and extends from the Tibetan Plateau to the South China Sea. Its length is 4 800 km. More than half circulates in China, but its channel runs through Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. The Mekong has the world's largest inland freshwater fishery industry, vital to the region's food security, representing around USD 3 000 million per year. Its unique and rich biological habitat provides diverse livelihoods as well as four fifths of the animal protein for more than 60 million people. At the level of biodiversity, the importance of this river for global nature is vital. The Mekong region is extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and to the degradation of ecosystems. The uncontrolled growth of the population both in China and in Southeast Asia is exerting unsustainable pressure on the Mekong in terms of a massive exploitation of all kinds of resources linked to the River: water, food, wood, energy, especially recent infrastructure and hydropower development, together with deforestation, illegal wildlife trade and habitat fragmentation. Water scarcity leads to reduced agricultural productivity, unemployment and poverty Four countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam) formed an intergovernmental agency in 1950, The Mekong River Commission (MRC), to defend the sustainable development of the Mekong River and to plan its future. The absence of China and Myanmar mitigates and erodes the effective dialogue of the MRC on the management of the River. The lack of implementing mechanisms denatures the organization itself.. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

As impeachment hurtles forward, a plea for legal help for government witnesses

The diplomatic community is gearing up for witnesses to be called to testify in a likely Senate impeachment trial, and raising money to cover legal fees.
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As impeachment hurtles forward, a plea for legal help for government witnesses

The diplomatic community is gearing up for witnesses to be called to testify in a likely Senate impeachment trial, and raising money to cover legal fees.

Challenger takes on S.C. Senate race with rags-to-prominence story, record fundraising

Democrat Jaime Harrison is seen as Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham’s strongest opponent yet.
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Challenger takes on S.C. Senate race with rags-to-prominence story, record fundraising

Democrat Jaime Harrison is seen as Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham’s strongest opponent yet.

Mike Bloomberg’s money buys him a very different kind of campaign. And it’s a big one.

In two weeks, the billionaire and former New York mayor has built a sprawling campaign and spent more money on ads than other top Democratic candidates combined.
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Mike Bloomberg’s money buys him a very different kind of campaign. And it’s a big one.

In two weeks, the billionaire and former New York mayor has built a sprawling campaign and spent more money on ads than other top Democratic candidates combined.

Nikki Haley: Mass murderer Dylann Roof ‘hijacked’ meaning of Confederate flag

The former Trump U.N. ambassador was S.C. governor when the state removed the divisive symbol from the statehouse after the mass slaughter of African American parishioners in 2015.
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Nikki Haley: Mass murderer Dylann Roof ‘hijacked’ meaning of Confederate flag

The former Trump U.N. ambassador was S.C. governor when the state removed the divisive symbol from the statehouse after the mass slaughter of African American parishioners in 2015.

Buttigieg releases ‘summary’ of his work for consulting firm McKinsey

In response to growing calls for transparency, the Democratic presidential candidate says he has asked the secretive firm to free him from his confidentiality agreement.
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Buttigieg releases ‘summary’ of his work for consulting firm McKinsey

In response to growing calls for transparency, the Democratic presidential candidate says he has asked the secretive firm to free him from his confidentiality agreement.

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