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HELSINKI – New fighter planes in a new light

Fri, 2020-04-03 06:27
Finland is about to decide the successor to its current Hornet fighter plane fleet in 2021 but an expected recession and budget cuts in many sectors are casting doubt over the purchase. The rethink comes as no surprise since the...
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BRUSSELS – Mask update and future lockdown phase-out

Fri, 2020-04-03 06:24
Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès (MR) and several of her ministers appeared before the Belgian parliament on Thursday for the first tim after Belgium’s National Security Council (CNS) had to extend the coronavirus containment measures by two weeks until 19 April. Asked...
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Slovenia confirms €3 billion package to help overcome coronavirus

Fri, 2020-04-03 06:15
The Slovenian parliament on Thursday (2 April) approved measures worth about €3 billion, or 6% of GDP, to help companies and individuals overcome the coronavirus epidemic.
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UN chief: Post-coronavirus world will be even more digital

Fri, 2020-04-03 06:15
The post-coronavirus world will be different and much more digital than before, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told EURACTIV’s partner EuroEFE in an interview. Guterres also called for safeguards to ensure that the societal control mechanisms developed to combat...
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Hungary seeks to clamp down on transgender rights, sparking EU protests

Fri, 2020-04-03 06:10
A draft Hungarian law to bar citizens from legally changing their gender sparked protest on Thursday (2 April) with EU lawmakers and the Council of Europe warning of greater discrimination if it passes.
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Lessons in leadership… for the EU

Fri, 2020-04-03 06:05
South Korea is an inspiration for fighting the coronavirus and the UN chief is exemplary for global leadership, at a time when the US is incapacitated, and the EU -- still in need of unity, writes Stavros Papagianneas.
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Tweets of the Week: Hungary, EU Aid, D.I.Y. Art

Fri, 2020-04-03 06:03
Orban’s audacity is right off the chart; an EU support scheme will everyone take part?; and a bored lockdown world makes its own art.
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Politics aside, US relies on China supplies to fight virus

Fri, 2020-04-03 06:00
US politicians have voiced fury over Beijing's handling of the coronavirus crisis but they face a harsh truth -- the United States desperately needs China's supplies.
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NATO tasks top commander to speed up medical aid in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Fri, 2020-04-03 05:34
NATO foreign ministers on Thursday (2 April) tasked Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) General Tod Wolters with coordinating the air transport of medical equipment and personnel to fight the “invisible enemy’. “NATO was created to deal with crises, so we...
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EU justice chief urges US tech giants to halt virus clickbaits

Fri, 2020-04-03 05:30
EU justice chief Vera Jourova on Thursday criticized U.S. tech giants such as Google and Facebook for making money off coronavirus-related fake news instead of putting in more efforts to stop the deluge.
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Von der Leyen ‘concerned’ over Hungary virus emergency law

Fri, 2020-04-03 04:55
European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen expressed "particular" concern on Thursday (2 April) over a coronavirus emergency law in Hungary that has given nationalist premier Viktor Orbán sweeping powers.
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Germany to relax coronavirus border controls for farm workers

Fri, 2020-04-03 04:35
Germany will allow foreign workers into the country to help harvest fruit and vegetable crops on farms, the government said on Thursday (2 April), relaxing previous travel restrictions imposed to combat the new coronavirus.
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Spain’s job market hammered by COVID-19

Fri, 2020-04-03 04:23
With more than 800,000 jobs lost in March, Spain’s labour market has suffered its worst month on record due to the coronavirus, the Spanish government said on Thursday (2 April). EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
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Being a doctor is quite a commitment, says MEP working on the ‘front line’

Fri, 2020-04-03 04:21
Some MEPs are getting personally involved in the fight against the coronavirus. EURACTIV France spoke to one of them, French centrist MEP Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, who is currently on the 'front lines' at a military hospital near Paris.
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Hydrogen alliance could help rebuild European unity

Fri, 2020-04-03 04:21
A hydrogen alliance initiated by Poland and Germany could be one of the ways to preserve European unity in the face of the looming economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, writes Wojciech Jakóbik.
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Avanti, von der Leyen!

Thu, 2020-04-02 17:25
Playtime is over, so Ursula von der Leyen and her Commissioners better take out the big guns and follow in the footsteps of the Delors Commission, writes Guy Verhofstadt.
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Commission to probe COVID-19 apps in Europe 

Thu, 2020-04-02 15:43
The European Commission is monitoring the use of mobile applications used in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic to make sure that the bloc's "values and rules" are not being infringed upon, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said on Thursday (2 April).
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Virus lockdowns put Europe’s invisible workers on front line

Thu, 2020-04-02 15:18
As the coronavirus outbreak confines millions of Europeans to their homes, others still show up every day to perform jobs too often undervalued -- from truck drivers and checkout clerks to security guards and street sweepers.
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Dieselgate motorists in search of compensation boosted by EU court

Thu, 2020-04-02 15:13
EU consumers should be able to sue carmakers in their national courts if they have bought cars with emission cheat devices installed, an adviser to the Court of Justice of the European Union said on Thursday (2 April).
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The Brief – Solidarity with the South

Thu, 2020-04-02 14:46
‘Solidarity’ is one of the most overused words in EU discourse. There’s plenty of talk of needing it to combat the health and economic challenges of the coronavirus. What a shame that when it comes to actions, solidarity is in...
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