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EU green farming subsidy wastes BILLIONS after improving just 5 per cent of farmland

The so-called ‘greening subsidy’ costs the European Union £10.6billion a year – making up a huge chunk of the Common Agricultural Policy’s (CAP) £51billion budget. But despite spending more than the UK’s net contribution of £8.6billion from last year on the project, just 5 per cent of the EU’s 150million hectares of farmland have been made more ecologically friendly as a result. Samo Jereb of the European Court of Auditors said: “Greening remains essentially an income support scheme. “As currently implemented, it is unlikely to enhance the CAP’s environmental and…

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America has banned China firms from doing THIS – EU and UK welcomes them

Security services in the US are considered among the best in the world, yet Brussels has decided against advice from Washington over tech firm Huawei. The European Commission has backed the Chinese company which will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the 5G wireless technology roll out. The tech giant has a range of mobile phones and the company’s 5G technology is among the cheapest and most advanced in the world. Huawei, believed to be in bed with the Chinese state, will be involved in critical networks for decades…

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‘UK is an INDISPENSABLE partner’ Rajoy admits EU desperately NEEDS Britain

Speaking at today’s meeting of the European Council, Mr Rajoy highlighted the need to maintain relations between the UK and Brussels after Brexit. Hailing the achievements of both Brexit negotiating teams in concluding stage one of talks, he said Spain would need an agreement with the UK during any transitional deal, to maintain “fantastic relations” between the two countries. Mr Rajoy said: “Any future agreement between the UK and the EU needs an agreement between Spain and the United Kingdom. That must be applied during the transitional period.  “We want…

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Merkel reveals ‘MASTER PLAN’ for EU true union and integration

The German Chancellor said she is committed to ensuring further integration within the bloc after a long-awaited package of reforms to introduce Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) was finally been unveiled. Speaking about the bloc’s monetary union following the second day of the EU summit, Angela Merkel said it was time to “further promote EMU”. She said: “Right now it is in a very favourable position, after years of crisis we are now able to record growth and growth in the number of jobs created.  “But now is the…

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EU to sanction Poland over reforms to its national courts as bloc goes on collision course

Warsaw’s controversial shake-up of its judiciary, which could force two-fifths of supreme court judges to step down, is causing increasing friction with Brussels. The country’s new prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, is braced for the EU to issue an extaordinary formal warning by triggering article 7.1, a procedure which could lead to member states having bloc voting rights suspended. He said: “As far as I understand, the decision has already been made that next Wednesday [December 20] the European Commission plans to start article 7.1…it will most likely be triggered.” This…

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BREXIT CHRISTMAS TRUCE: Juncker admits he is ‘sad British friends are leaving’ EU

Reflecting on Brexit over the last year, the EU Commission President said it had been a “diffcult process”, adding: “I am still sad our British friends are leaving the European Union”.  The EU boss also confirmed EU colleagues had given Theresa May a spontaneous round of applause last night.  He told Sky News: “Yes, because some of us thought, including me, that she did make big efforts and this has to be recognised.” When asked if Britain wil ever leave the bloc after Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern suggested Brexit could…

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ESA tasks Airbus with streamlining  Copernicus data access

LONDON — Airbus has signed a contract with the European Space Agency to develop a Copernicus Data and Information Access Services, or DIAS, platform that will make data from the Earth-monitoring constellation more accessible to users from about mid-2018. According to Airbus spokesman Jeremy Close, the contract is worth more the 10 million euros. Airbus will be one of four DIAS providers, with each provider developing a separate platform using different software but the same data, according to Close. Airbus cooperates on the development with its subcontractors including network operator…

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European member states DEFY Juncker’s total control dream in bid to stop EU ‘deep state’

Jean-Claude Juncker has made no attempt to cover up his hopes of making the European Commission more powerful during his tenure as the legislative body’s chief. Now member states are reportedly rallying against his goals to lead a more “political commission” after portraying the EU body as more proactive than the European Council – which is made up of the heads of state of each EU nation. A senior EU diplomat told Politico: “It wants to be, but we are not going to allow them to be the deep state.”…

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Italy sends warning to EU: No deal Brexit is DANGEROUS and Brussels can’t let it happen

Paolo Gentiloni issued the stark warning as he described Brexit as a “wake up call” to the Brussels club.  He warned Britain leaving the EU without a deal, and forced to leave negotiations to the rules of the World Trade Organisation, would be “negative and dangerous”.  Mr Gentiloni said: “The no deal option or not finding an agreement, leaving everything to the rules of the World Trade Organisation, would be a negative and dangerous fallback. “It is in the interest of Europe and of our country to reach an agreement…

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Italian leader warns European Union is on verge of collapse

He added that if urgent reforms on both migrant policy specifically and the Eurozone generally were not brought in then members would seriously question the ‘usefulness’ of the entire European project.  Mr Gentiloni said: “My worry is that while 2017 was the year of a return of European ambition, we could see excessive prudence in 2018. “If we aren’t ambitious now that we have stable and widespread growth across all the eurozone and we also have geopolitical voids to fill, we will really miss an opportunity and we will go…

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