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[Ticker] MEPs back tighter export rules on cyber tech

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The European Parliament on Wednesday voted in favour of to countries outside Europe. "We must not be complicit in human rights violations abroad," said Klaus Buchner, the German MEP heading the file. The vote aims to amend an EU regulation on dual-use technology. EU states must now formulate their positions for negotiations to begin.

Grabbing the limelight! Shameless Juncker's desperate bid for attention with photobomb

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JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER was spotted trying to grab the limelight as he jumped in front of cameras in the European Parliament.


[Ticker] EPP group calls for 'European Netflix'

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The leader of the centre-right European People's Party group in the European Parliament has called for the creation of a "European Netflix", referring to the American online streaming service. "A 'European Netflix' can promote the unique European creativity and variety and encourage a common understanding of the unity in diversity. It's either a Europe sticking to its cultural richness or no Europe at all," Manfred Weber said on Wednesday.

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Defying Brussels, EU parliament calls for ban on electric pulse fishing

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The European Parliament called Tuesday for a ban on electric pulse fishing in the European Union, defying Brussels which wants the experimental practice in the North Sea done on a larger scale.


[Ticker] Romania's ruling party nominates MEP as new PM

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Romania's ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD) on Tuesday nominated MEP Viorica Dancila as new prime minister, after Mihai Tudose stepped down following a , Reuters reported. Dancila, 54, is a close ally of the powerful PSD leader Liviu Dragnea, who is barred from becoming prime minister himself because of a vote-rigging conviction. The socialist Dancila is vice-chair of the European Parliament's agriculture committee.

[Ticker] MEPs vote against allowing electric pulse fishing

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The European Parliament voted on Tuesday, with 402 votes to 232, against a European Commission proposal to allow electric pulse fishing in the North Sea. The commission said that the technique, which is banned in countries such as the US and Brazil, is environmentally friendly. Opponents said that it damages fishes and the marine ecosystem.

Fewer MEPs than visitors turn up for Estonian PM

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Less than seven percent of MEPs watch Estonian prime minister's speech in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. More visiting students showed up than MEPs, prompting questions of the value of such sessions.

[Ticker] Tusk: EU heart 'still open' to UK

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"Our hearts are still open to you," European Council president Donald Tusk told the UK on Tuesday, suggesting that Brexit could still be reversed. In a speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, he said that "Brexit will become a reality" next year, "unless there is a change of heart among our British friends." He also stressed the need for "the unity of the EU27 in every scenario."

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Brexit opens Pandora's Box on number of MEPs per country

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The UK will leave the EU two months before the next European parliament elections. What to do with the 73 seats that British MEPs leave behind?

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#Metoo reaches China: As claims are made against two professors, Beijing struggles to keep a lid on movement

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A new chapter in #MeToo appears to be emerging in China after a university professor was sacked and another is facing an investigation over sexual misconduct allegations. The #MeToo campaign spread rapidly in the West in October after multiple accusations against Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Allegations have been made against men in China – particularly within academia - but the movement has struggled to gain momentum in a country where the media and Internet are controlled by a stability-obsessed, male dominated Communist Party. However, on Thursday a Beijing university said it had sacked one of its top scholars after he was accused of sexual misconduct by a group of women. Beihang University said on its official microblog that an investigation found that Chen Xiaowu‘s behavior had violated professional ethics and created an “odious influence on society.” The university said: “Morality and ability, and actions and talent are as one. This is the demand of Beihang‘s values and the school has zero tolerance for violations of professorial ethics,”  A placard with the hashtag "MeToo" is seen on a European Parliament member's desk during a debate Credit: Reuters Beihang also pledged to upgrade mechanisms to identify such cases. The initial allegation against Chen came from one of his former doctoral students, Luo Qianqian, who posted on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter, that the professor had tried to pressure her into sex 12 years ago. Ms Luo, who lives in the US, tagged WoYeShi, the Chinese translation of #MeToo, and said in her online comments that the campaign had inspired her to act. Several other alleged victims came forward with accounts of Chen’s behaviour. Ms Luo wrote on her Weibo after Chen’s dismissal: “Women who have awoken to themselves are even more powerful! "Kindness and bravery are our most beautiful expressions.” Chen’s case was covered widely in Chinese media, possibly because the allegations originated overseas. And then on Friday, another Beijing professor was at the centre of sexual misconduct claims. Xue Yuan, a professor from the University of International Business and Economics, was accused of sexual harassment in an online posting by an anonymous college student. The student also sent emails to China’s graft body, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Commerce, the China Daily said. A vendor sells #MeToo badges a protest march for survivors of sexual assault and their supporters in Hollywood, Los Angeles Credit: Reuters The university said that it had immediately formed an “investigative team”. It said: “The working team has exchanged emails with the Internet user (who made the allegations), inviting her to supply authentic, correct and original evidence under the condition of protecting her privacy and personal safety." Meanwhile, Xue Yuan, who is carrying out a short term academic project overseas was called back for further investigation. The two cases are being widely discussed on Chinese social media, raising hopes among many that more women might speak out. However, Leta Hong Fincher, an expert on feminism in China, said the authorities will act before the movement becomes too powerful.   “So far, students at around 60 universities in China have joined in the #MeToo campaign, many of them using their real names,” said Hong Fincher, author of Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China. “Women are posting the letters on social media, but censors delete them very quickly. There's no question that the Communist Party is frightened by the prospect of a viral #MeToo movement galvanising Chinese university students." The men have not yet responded to the allegations.  Additional reporting by Christine Wei

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