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Targeted measures to compensate for increased energy prices in Finland

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-02-22 05:47
The government has decided on temporary targeted measures to alleviate the problems caused by soaring energy prices. The measures focus on transport, agricultural entrepreneurs and households. The measures include a temporary increase of the maximum deduction for travel expenses between...
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French Greens attack Pécresse over stock options

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-02-22 05:40
Green members of the Paris region transport authority, “Ile-de-France Mobilités” took legal action against the authority’s chair and right-wing presidential candidate Valérie Pécresse on Monday after it was revealed that she had allegedly acquired stock in a company that she...
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Germany condemns Russian breach of Minsk agreement

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-02-22 05:40
After Russia unilaterally declared that it would recognise the independence of the two Ukrainian breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, Germany heavily condemned the move and pledged support to Ukraine. German chancellor Olaf Scholz held a phone call with his...
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Expelled Greek MEP asks EPP not to take position in his row with Athens

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-02-22 05:33
Giorgos Kyrtsos, a centre-right EU lawmaker who was recently expelled from the ruling New Democracy party, has sent a letter to EPP group leader Manfred Weber asking him to stay neutral in his row with the government in Athens.
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Swedish health authorities warn of hypothetical new COVID variant

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-02-22 05:31
New scenarios modelled by the Swedish Public Health Agency’s (FHM) anticipate a continued rapid decline in the COVID infection rate and warn that a hypothetical new virus variant could cause infections to increase in spring. In its press release published...
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EU chides UK over citizens’ rights, warns over ‘next steps’

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-02-22 05:30
The European Union on Monday (21 February) criticised the UK’s handling of the residency rights of EU nationals following Brexit, with European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič warning that the bloc would “consider our next steps”.
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Czech anti-vaxxers turning into pro-Russian activists

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-02-22 05:27
Czech anti-vaxxers turning into pro-Russian activists. Groups of Czech activists organising mass demonstrations against COVID-19 measures openly support Russia in its aggression towards Ukraine, and their leader has business ties with Moscow. “The US with its dollar needs a war,...
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Dodik condemns Germany’s Baerbock

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-02-22 05:27
Milorad Dodik, the Serb member of tripartite BiH Presidency, has slammed German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock over her alleged stance on the country’s troubles. Baerbock is set to visit BiH in the coming days, klix.ba, a news portal close to...
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Moscow claims mercenaries from Western Balkans fight in Ukraine

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-02-22 05:21
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has alleged mercenaries from Albania, Kosovo, and Bosnia and Herzegovina have been recruited and transferred to Donbas in Ukraine to fight against Moscow-backed rebels, something vehemently denied by local governments. The Russian embassy in Tirana...
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LEAK: EU due diligence law to apply only to 1% of European companies

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-02-22 05:15
The EU's due diligence law aimed at making businesses accountable for human rights violations and environmental harm throughout their value chain will only cover 1% of EU companies, according to a draft of the proposal seen by EURACTIV.
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Myanmar attacks Rohingya genocide case at UN’s top court

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-02-21 19:53
Myanmar hit out Monday (21 February) at a genocide case brought against it by the Gambia for alleged persecution of Rohingya Muslims, urging the UN's highest court to drop the claim on legal grounds.
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Putin’s recognition of breakaway regions pushes EU to fast-track sanctions

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-02-21 19:30
Russian President Vladimir Putin's recognition of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics in eastern Ukraine on Monday (21 February), is likely to force the EU to fast-track a decision to impose extensive sanctions on Moscow.
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UN warns pushbacks of migrants in Europe becoming ‘normalised’

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-02-21 18:00
The UN refugee chief voiced alarm Monday (22 February) at increasing violence against refugees and migrants at European borders, warning that rights abuses and illegal pushbacks across frontiers risked becoming "normalised".
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WTO might regress to ‘maintenance mode’, says Breugel analyst

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-02-21 17:06
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is likely to regress to a maintenance mode with weak and largely unenforceable rules, while regional hegemons move to secure their trade interests unilaterally, according to a new policy paper by the influential economic think tank Bruegel.
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The Brief, powered by UNESDA – Sacrosanct sanctions

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-02-21 15:44
Today we will argue that sanctions are a bad thing, but so far, no one has come up with a better way to avoid war, thus making sanctions the lesser of two evils.
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Media Partnership: European Health Union – not wishful thinking, but a reflection of Europeans’ real concerns [Promoted content]

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-02-21 15:43
Participants of the discussion addressed: - how current European health policy corresponds to the expectations of European citizens; - proposals on how to improve the state of Europeans’ health; - how to create a European Health Union and establish it in the Treaty on European Union; - the dangers of postponing European Health issues for the future.
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Germany’s renewable energy investment drive in Ukraine at risk amid tensions

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-02-21 14:17
The amassing of Russian troops at the Ukrainian border has jeopardised Germany's plans to invest in renewable energy production and aid a green transition in Ukraine, the German foreign ministry said on Monday (21 February).
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Scholz’s master plan for Africa to bypass the EU’s CO2-tariff

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-02-21 11:04
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz wants to address Africa's concerns about the upcoming Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) at the EU's external borders by bringing the continent into his so-called "climate club". EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Turkish court keeps Kavala in jail despite Council of Europe move

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-02-21 10:56
A Turkish court said on Monday (21 February) philanthropist Osman Kavala must stay in prison, lengthening his detention of more than four years without conviction, in a trial that has fuelled tensions in Ankara’s relations with Western allies. The Council...
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UNICEF to pay stipend to Afghan teachers

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-02-21 08:52
The United Nations children's agency would pay Afghan teachers a monthly stipend for at least two months, the organisation said, with salaries unpaid for months as the country is plunged into economic crisis due to sanctions on the Taliban administration.
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