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US farm boss warns EU agrifood trade could be ‘perdue’ after Farm to Fork

Thu, 2020-07-30 10:49
US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has voiced concerns that the EU Green Deal could undermine trade and affect the “viability of EU farmers”, a claim that has been refuted by his EU counterpart.
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EU invests €350m in first domestic battery gigafactory

Thu, 2020-07-30 10:40
The European Investment Bank issued a €350 million loan on Thursday (30 July) to a Swedish company that hopes to corner a significant share of the global battery market by building the greenest power packs available.
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Vestager calls for EU-US ‘common vision’ on platform competition policy

Thu, 2020-07-30 10:00
Worldwide jurisdictions and particularly the EU and the US should formulate "common visions" on how best to regulate competition in the platform economy, the Commission's digital chief Margrethe Vestager has said.
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Wind industry ‘remained resilient’ during COVID-19 crisis

Thu, 2020-07-30 08:01
Despite major disruptions to production and assembly in the first semester, installation of new wind farms over the first half of 2020 was comparable to previous years, industry figures show.
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Bulgarian protesters block crossroads, Danube bridge

Thu, 2020-07-30 06:13
Protests in Bulgaria against the government of Boyko Borissov grew stronger on Wednesday (29 July), the 21st day of revolt, as citizens blocked major crossroads, including a key Danube bridge at the country’s border with Romania at Russe-Giurgiu.
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EU’s hydrogen strategy a good start but key problems sidestepped

Thu, 2020-07-30 06:00
Europe’s hydrogen strategy mostly points in the right direction by identifying renewable hydrogen as a key energy vector and necessary storage solution for delivering a zero-carbon EU, but it side-steps several key problems that go to the core of what...
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Report: Preventive communication needed on Armenia-Azerbaijan border

Thu, 2020-07-30 05:59
A communication channel set up in 2018 to discuss incidents along the front lines could be used for sharing preventative information to protect farmers and minimise risks of escalation on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, a recent report from the International Crisis Group  (ICG) suggests.
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Georgia: continued EU support needed to fight “information disorder”

Thu, 2020-07-30 05:58
Anti-Western messages in Georgia have doubled in number, with a particular increase in anti-American and anti-NATO messages related to the US support on security issues and the post-Soviet country’s integration into the transatlantic defence alliance, a recent report has found....
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Facebook accused of ‘copy, acquire and kill’ tactics in US antitrust hearing 

Thu, 2020-07-30 05:56
Social media giant Facebook has come in for heavy criticism as part of a US congressional hearing into the dominance of online tech platforms, being accused of ‘copy, acquire and kill’ tactics as part of its history in acquiring smaller...
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WTO set to skip naming acting chief after US push caused deadlock

Thu, 2020-07-30 05:30
World Trade Organization members are likely to refrain from appointing an interim director-general to succeed Roberto Azevedo when he steps down at the end of August, two sources following the process said on Wednesday (29 July), after Washington's insistence on a US candidate caused a deadlock.
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After backlash, Madrid rows back on COVID ‘immunity card’

Thu, 2020-07-30 05:15
Authorities in the Spanish capital Madrid backtracked on Wednesday (29 July) over a highly-criticised plan to give an "immunity card" to people testing positive for coronavirus antibodies so they can enjoy higher-risk areas like gyms, bars and museums.
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European air executives, airlines, urge Canada to safely restore travel

Thu, 2020-07-30 05:00
European airline and airport executives urged the Canadian government this week to allow a safe "restoration of travel" between Canada and Europe, adding industry pressure on Ottawa to remove coronavirus-related restrictions that have discouraged international air travel.
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German labour minister announces stricter standards in the meat industry

Wed, 2020-07-29 14:41
The German meat industry has been under fire for years over its low working standards and workers rights. The coronavirus clusters in slaughterhouses have now offered the government an opportunity to intervene. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Pentagon to shift US troops from Germany to Belgium, Italy

Wed, 2020-07-29 14:28
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper outlined plans on Wednesday (29 July) to take thousands of US troops out of Germany by shifting some of the forces to Italy and Belgium, ending weeks of uncertainty over US troop withdrawal strategy in Europe.
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UK gene editing amendment withdrawn, but government commits to consultation

Wed, 2020-07-29 14:18
An amendment tabled in the new UK agriculture bill, designed to allow access to new gene-editing technology, has been withdrawn but the government has pledged to conduct a public consultation on the issue, amid indications that it could eventually be in favour.
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Meet our Members: Back2EU [Promoted content]

Wed, 2020-07-29 13:07
Though the coronavirus is still on our radars, countries been gradually easing lockdown all over Europe and getting back to work, even going on holidays, and reuniting with their families. The Martens Centre wants to hear from its like-minded partners...
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Wirecard scandal: Why the German government should be nervous

Wed, 2020-07-29 08:58
Have leading politicians in the grand coalition up to the Chancellor been involved in a fraudulent scheme? The Bundestag's finance committee is looking into it.
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Europe granted access to the stars by SpaceX

Wed, 2020-07-29 06:10
A European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut will be part of a crew bound for the International Space Station in spring 2021 aboard a SpaceX rocket. It will be the first time a European has accessed space via a non-Russian mission since 2011.
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EU to restrict exports to Hong Kong over security law

Wed, 2020-07-29 05:15
The European Union on Tuesday (28 July) agreed to limit exports to Hong Kong of equipment that could be used for surveillance and repression after Beijing imposed a controversial new security law.
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Work starts in France to recreate power of the Sun

Wed, 2020-07-29 05:15
Fourteen years after receiving the official go-ahead, scientists began to assemble a machine in southern France on Tuesday (28 July) that will seek to prove whether nuclear fusion, the process which powers the Sun, can be a safe and viable energy source for Earth.
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