EPP Group: Capping CO2 emissions: away with dirty trucks

Today, the Members of the Environment Committee in the European Parliament voted in favour of a revised version of the European Commission's proposal, which for the first time in European history recommends capping CO2 emissions from trucks. The agreement reached between the political groups sets a 35% CO2 emissions reduction target for heavy-duty vehicles by 2030.

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Fighting for free and independent journalism - EPP Group hearing on Thursday

A year after the murder of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, the EPP Group has organised a public hearing to be held on Thursday entitled ‘The fight for the truth: free and independent journalism in today’s world’, with the aim of increasing awareness of the importance of having free and independent journalists across Europe and beyond.

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Dutch school replaces Easter tradition with celebration of Islamic Sugar Holiday

The Theo Thijssen school in Amsterdam decided to replace the traditional Easter breakfast with the celebration during the Islamic Sugar Holiday, newspaper De Telegraaf reports.

According to the school “it wants to give more attention to traditions of other cultures”.

A letter from the school came into the hands of Dutch news outlets Geenstijl and Powned. The letter says that several day care volunteers will help during this year’s Islamic Sugar Holiday.

During the celebration of the Islamic holiday, the children in class will be told what the feast is and why it is being celebrated. “This way we hope to celebrate a different holiday with the children,” the letter says.

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Viktor Orbán: We are no longer “losers” but proud patriots

Since Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s party Fidesz gained the majority in the Hungarian Parliament, the country’s unemployment rate has fallen to 3.5 per cent.

And according to Orbán, it is now time for Hungarians to see themselves as winners.

In 2010, national conservative Fidesz received 52.3 per cent of the votes in Hungary, and as a result 263 of 386 seats in Parliament.

Back then, Hungary had an overall unemployment rate of 11 per cent. But thanks to the government’s “serious commitment”, as Viktor Orbán puts it, the figure has been reduced to 3.5 per cent.

Eight years ago, youth unemployment was at almost 30 per cent, but today it has fallen to less than 10 per cent. In the last year alone, 90,000 new jobs for young people have been created.

According to Viktor Orbán, the “national self-confidence” that the government has prioritised to build with the Hungarian people, is strongly linked to the economic successes.

He argues that Hungary used to be a country with a loser mentality, but not anymore. Now, it has entered a new patriotic era, where the Hungarians are proud and see themselves as winners.

If we want to continue to be as successful as we have been in recent years, a change of culture is needed. Instead of a culture of losers, we must promote a culture of winners, he says.

Instead of self-hatred, we are now on a foundation of patriotism, he continues, and points out that a culture of patriotism should be taught in schools and permeate both politics and cultural and economic life.

The Prime Minister also points out that Hungary should not have “neutral values”, but “Christian” ones.


Polish President Andrzej Duda tells pope ‘mutual respect’ needed in EU

The European Union needs to “return to mutual respect between countries”, Polish President Andrzej Duda said he told Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church, on Monday.

During a one-and-a-half-hour meeting with the pope at the Vatican, Duda said the pair discussed the European Union and “whether there was a chance for the bloc to get out of the crises in which it is immersed”.

Duda said this was possible but that the bloc “needs to return to the values from which [it]emerged”, naming “Judeo-Christian roots” as the values which shaped the European Union.


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US School bans Christmas

Students at Robious Middle School in Chesterfield County, Virginia have been told they won’t be singing any songs representing Jesus due to the “sacred nature” of Christ.

“We had a few students who weren’t comfortable singing a piece I have done many times in the past, but it is of a sacred nature and does mention Jesus,” the school’s chorus teacher tells a concerned parent in an email.

After meeting with school administrators, the school opted against singing any carols of a directly sacred nature in an attempt at being more sensitive to the school’s diverse population.

 The plans haven’t been well received by some, though. One parent, David Allen, argues that the plans go against the very idea the school is trying to promote.

“I’m trying to rationalise how you can encourage diversity and yet be exclusionary in one specific area,” Allen said to NBC12.

He also states that he’s “very concerned about what’s going on, and about all of the changes happening these days”.

The school has yet to issue a statement responding to the claims and criticism put forward by Allen and whether the school will be adjusting their plans as a result.

Golden visa abuse warning for Portugal

Portugal has this week come under fire from anti-corruption organisation Transparency International for the lack of clarity surrounding the popular golden visa scheme, reports Voice of Europe.

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Returning ISIS Veterans: Europe’s Ticking Bomb

In a panel discussion broadcast live by the top-rated Serbian TV channel on October 9, Srdja Trifkovic discussed the problem of ISIS veterans returning to Europe from the fronts in Syria. The first question was whether this problem was quite as serious as presented by some security experts. [Video (Trifkovic segment starts at 8 minutes 40 seconds)], reports Chronicles Magazine.

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XXI Interreligious Dialogue on the future of Europe

The immense role of religion in the debate on the future of Europe, family, education, youth as a primary source of society’s human, social economic and spiritual capital, and promoting peace and security in Europe and in the EU’s external policies will top the agenda of the EPP Group’s 21st Annual Intercultural Dialogue with Churches and Religious Institutions in Lisbon (Mafra), from 18-19 October 2018.

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Donald Trump in Iowa: The Democrats Have ‘Gone Wacko’

President Donald Trump expressed alarm by the growing extremism in the Democrat party, urging his supporters to vote Republican in the upcoming Congressional midterm elections, reports BreitBart.

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