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ECB’s Lagarde warns of ‘danger of doing nothing’ on climate

Fri, 2020-01-24 08:02
ECB chief Christine Lagarde on Thursday (23 January) said the bank would study what role it could play in combatting climate change as part of a major policy review, warning of "the danger of doing nothing".
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Withdrawal agreement signed by Council, Commission Presidents

Fri, 2020-01-24 07:59
On Friday (24 January), Council President Charles Michel and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen signed the Agreement on the Withdrawal of the UK in Brussels, their institutions announced.
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Orbán vows to disobey court orders

Fri, 2020-01-24 07:46
In this edition of the Capitals, find out about the latest amendment to France's bioethics law, Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index painting a gloomy picture for several member states, Sweden's slowing growth, and so much more.
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Brexit bill passes European Parliament hurdle

Fri, 2020-01-24 07:45
Britain's withdrawal from the EU cleared a hurdle at the European Parliament on Thursday (23  January) as its constitutional committee voted to approve the divorce deal struck with London.
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Soros accuses Facebook of conspiring to re-elect Trump

Fri, 2020-01-24 07:41
Speaking in Davos, billionaire and philanthropist George Soros accused Facebook of working for the re-election of US President Donald Trump, in a speech where he  also targeted “would-be dictator” Matteo Salvini as one of the biggest threats to European democracies.
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Germany urged to crack down on dubious party donations

Fri, 2020-01-24 07:41
Germany has made no progress in the fight against corruption in the past year, according to Transparency International. In the German context, corruption usually takes the form of party donations. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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PODGORICA – Call to ease tensions

Fri, 2020-01-24 07:39
Although Montenegrin and Serbian presidents Milo Đukanović and Aleksandar Vučić continue to have differing views on Montenegro’s freedom of religion law, they agreed, during an informal meeting at the Holocaust forum in Jerusalem, to resume talks and calm tensions that...
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ZAGREB – Osijek designated first Croatian 5G city

Fri, 2020-01-24 07:38
The Croatian government on Thursday (23 January) decided that the city of Osijek would be the country’s first 5G city. Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic welcomed the decision to nominate Osijek in the context of the government’s broader policy that emphasises...
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LJUBLJANA – Fight over Iraq

Fri, 2020-01-24 07:37
In a letter to the defence ministry, Foreign Minister Miro Cerar has requested to return troops to the mission in Erbil, Iraq as soon as possible because if not, Slovenia’s international reputation will suffer. But is there more to it...
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WARSAW – Morawiecki on Russia and the opposition

Fri, 2020-01-24 07:35
Amid a “war on history” between Poland and Russia, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki attacked not only Russia but also opposition parties, such as the far-right Konfedracja, for their alleged adherence to Russia. Morawiecki said that the recent behaviour of...
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Doomsday Clock: 100 seconds until the end of the world

Fri, 2020-01-24 07:34
Since 1947, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists annually adjusts its symbolic Doomsday Clock, which indicates how close humanity and the planet are to complete disaster. This year, we're closer than ever, the scientists announced on Thursday (23 January).
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STOCKHOLM – Swedish economy starting to take hits

Fri, 2020-01-24 07:32
In comparison to most other EU countries, Sweden’s economy growth has been satisfactory, while unemployment and national debt have been low. However, this year, it appears that the cracks are starting to show, as the waves of the global economy...
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BRUSSELS – State of corruption

Fri, 2020-01-24 07:31
Belgium must strengthen rules on integrity of government members and outside activities by police officers, the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body GRECO has urged in its new evaluation report. “There is not a policy on integrity or an ethical framework...
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PARIS – Medically assisted procreation

Fri, 2020-01-24 07:30
Lesbians and single women will have to pay if they want to have access to medically assisted procreation, according to the new version of Bioethics legislation adopted by the French Senate. During the presidential campaign of 2017, President Emmanuel Macron...
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BERLIN – Sarrazin’s expulsion from the SPD confirmed

Fri, 2020-01-24 07:29
The Social Democratic Party’s (SPD) expulsion of the controversial former Berlin Senator of Finance and author, Thilo Sarrazin, is legitimate, a Berlin SPD arbitration commission has ruled.  The SPD began the expulsion proceedings against Sarrazin after an appearance at an...
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BUDAPEST – Orbán vows to disobey court orders

Fri, 2020-01-24 07:27
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said his government would disobey court orders to compensate former prisoners for having endured inhumane treatment and would also not pay a court-mandated fine to a Roma community in eastern Hungary in a case of alleged...
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EU INSTITUTIONS – Three news special committees

Fri, 2020-01-24 07:26
EURACTIV has learnt that the EPP, S&D and Renew Europe have agreed to establish three special committees each with a one-year mandate to better coordinate and analyse European Commission proposals on digital, cancer and fake news. The digital committee will...
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EU urged not to overlook blind people in new food labelling rules

Fri, 2020-01-24 07:24
Laura Ferrara, an Italian MEP from the anti-system Five Star Movement, urged the European Commission to improve access to food information for blind and visually impaired people when it reviews the bloc's food labelling rules in the coming months.
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Tweets of the Week: Night Trains, Davos, Macron in Jerusalem

Fri, 2020-01-24 07:03
Brussels gets worked up over a brand new train, too many jets at Davos the Twitterati complain, and in Jerusalem Macron puts security under strain.
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Even ‘bare bones’ EU-UK deal will be complex, tough to clinch: diplomats

Fri, 2020-01-24 07:01
Wrapping up even a "bare bones" deal on the future relationship between the European Union and Britain will be fraught with complexity and, with so little time to get it done, a painful "hard" Brexit on 31 December cannot be ruled out, diplomats said.
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