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Europe’s nature restoration journey can begin

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-06-23 05:00
For the past 30 years, EU nature laws have revolved around conservation but this is clearly not enough. Instead, restoring nature is the best way forward, one of the wisest investments available to society, and also crucial for food security, write  Frans Timmermans and Virginijus Sinkevičius.
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Germany extends military deployment of up to 400 troops

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-06-23 05:00
Germany has expanded the military deployment of the NATO-led peacekeeping operation Kosovo Force (KFOR) by up to 400 troops, according to a resolution passed in the Bundestag on Wednesday (22 June). There are currently 80 Bundeswehr soldiers deployed in the...
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G7 to discuss gas turbine needed by Germany, blocked in Canada by sanctions

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-06-23 04:59
The G7 will discuss the fate of a Russian turbine blocked in Canada and blamed for reducing gas supplies to Germany, though the bloc may not reach a solution by the end of the meeting, Canada's Natural Resources Minister said.
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EP urged to involve Western Balkan parliamentarians

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-06-23 04:56
The European Movement in Serbia urged the European Parliament on 22 June to involve in its regular sessions the parliamentarians of the Western Balkan states that had applied for EU membership in its regular sessions as observers. It would be...
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PM hopeful Zagreb could soon get green light to join Schengen

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-06-23 04:53
The Council of the EU will next week send a formal proposal about Croatia’s accession to the Schengen area in 2023 to the European Parliament, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković told the EU assembly in Brussels on Wednesday, saying the...
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Germany pledges support to EU accession of Western Balkans ahead of EU summit

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-06-23 04:51
German chancellor Olaf Scholz fully supports the candidacy status of Ukraine and Moldova and urged other EU states that the accession of the Western Balkans is equally important. Germany has made the EU enlargement of the Western Balkans one of...
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Polish parliament swearing-in ceremony disrupted by opposition MP

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-06-23 04:48
Klaudia Jachira, who represents Poland’s largest opposition party, the liberal Civic Platform, scattered cut-up banknotes in the parliamentary hall as an act of protest against the election of Adam Glapiński, president of the National Bank of Poland (NBP), for a...
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Biden, fragile at home, faces historic leadership task in Europe

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-06-23 04:46
Leader of the free world sounds like a superhero character, but the Joe Biden heading this week to twin European summits is in reality a politically fragile president tasked, somehow, with resolving an unenviable string of diplomatic problems.
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Portuguese PM: Inconsistent decisions could trap Ukraine, cause EU to implode

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-06-23 04:45
Ukraine’s EU integration could cause the EU to implode rather than strengthen and could even be a trap for Ukraine if no consistent decisions are taken, Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa said on Wednesday. The subject of Ukraine was brought...
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M5S not opting out of Draghi’s government

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-06-23 04:44
The 5 Star Movement will continue to support Mario Draghi’s government despite the internal split and the disagreement with the majority over arms deliveries to Ukraine, party leader Giuseppe Conte said on Wednesday. “Support for Draghi is not in question”,...
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Finnish economy hit by Ukraine war

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-06-23 04:44
Finland’s economy was booming before the Russian attack on Ukraine, but now the war is starting to take its toll as economic growth is expected to reach 1.7% this year but will slow down to 0.5% in 2023 based on...
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Danes over 50 to be offered COVID-19 booster shot

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-06-23 04:43
Over 2.5 million Danes over 50 will be offered a booster jab against COVID-19 this autumn, declared Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen at a press conference on Wednesday. The cases of people with COVID-19 have been on the rise in...
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Commonwealth in crisis

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-06-23 04:43
The threat of an institutional crisis hangs over this week’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, with UK prime minister Boris Johnson leading the campaign to replace the organisation’s incumbent Secretary General Baroness Patricia Scotland, a Labour member...
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Austria to support EU candidacy for Bosnia-Herzegovina

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-06-23 04:42
Bosnia-Herzegovina should receive similar treatment as Ukraine and Moldova for receiving EU candidate status before prerequisites had been fulfilled, according to Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer. Austria has historically considered itself a strong ally of the Western Balkans, most of which...
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How far are you willing to go for coalition, Macron asks opposition

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-06-23 04:41
Opposition parties were called to clarify how far they would be willing to go to build a multi-party coalition by French President Emmanuel Macron in his address to the nation on Wednesday. Macron, who spoke for the first time since...
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Belgian PM discusses Ukraine’s EU membership with Zelenskyy

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-06-23 04:40
Ukraine’s application for EU membership, which will be a central topic at Thursday’s European Council summit, has Belgium’s full support, Prime minister Alexander De Croo told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy over the phone on Wednesday. “Tomorrow, the member states of...
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Russia makes life ‘hell’ in east Ukraine as EU leaders meet

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-06-23 04:37
EU leaders will gather in Brussels Thursday (23 June) to discuss calls to formally grant war-torn Ukraine "candidate status" to join the bloc, as Russian forces slowly advance in the eastern Donbas region despite fierce resistance from Kyiv's military.
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Petkov’s government falls from power

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-06-23 04:35
A no-confidence vote led to the Bulgarian parliament overthrowing the government of Kiril Petkov, which was elected only six months ago, and Bulgarians will likely vote again in general elections in the autumn, the fourth such vote in just over...
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Czech FM: EU is losing debate on who is to blame for lack of food

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-06-23 04:34
African and Asian countries are facing food shortages due to the Russian blockade of the Black Sea, but often they blame the EU instead, Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský warned. Strategic communication towards African and Asian countries is a crucial...
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Spain to reduce electricity VAT to mitigate crisis impact

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-06-23 04:33
A 5% VAT reduction on electricity prices, a mitigating measure included in a new anti-crisis package to be approved by the government on Saturday (June 25), was announced by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on Wednesday. In a speech before...
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