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Fight against top-level corruption is needed in Slovakia, says monitoring report

Thu, 2019-08-22 10:58
Slovakia should adopt steps to prevent corruption in the government, said a report published on Thursday (22 August) by the Council of Europe, citing 'systemic weaknesses'  in the country's legal framework.
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Low and negative interest rates: remedy and threat for Europe’s public finances

Thu, 2019-08-22 10:12
From Saturday (24 July) onwards, G7 leaders will discuss the global economic situation in Biarritz, France. The discussion will likely focus on extremely low-interest rates, which represent both an opportunity and a risky temptation for over-indebted European countries. EURACTIV France reports.
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EU antitrust regulators raise concerns about Facebook’s Libra currency: sources

Thu, 2019-08-22 08:28
EU antitrust regulators want to know whether Facebook’s proposed Libra cryptocurrency and its use of consumer data pose possible anti-competitive constraints, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday (21 August).
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Migrants in limbo again after landing in Italy

Thu, 2019-08-22 07:08
One hundred and forty seven migrants who disembarked on Italy's Lampedusa island were again in limbo Wednesday (21 August) as a European deal to redistribute them failed to materialise and Madrid said it could hit the Spanish charity with a huge fine for rescuing them.
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Putin: US in position to deploy new cruise missile in Romania, Poland

Thu, 2019-08-22 06:57
President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday (21 August) that the United States was in a position to deploy a new land-based cruise missile in Romania and Poland and that Russia considered that a threat which it would have to respond to.
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The Munich sell-off and World War II: lessons learned?

Thu, 2019-08-22 06:30
In an op-ed based on her book “Score of the Second World War: Who started the war and when?” the famous Russian historian Natalia Narochnitskaya tells about the situation in Europe in the 1930s and the events that led to the conclusion of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.
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Human rights and green finance: friends or foes?

Thu, 2019-08-22 06:30
Policymakers currently discussing a 'taxonomy' for sustainable finance products at EU level often argue that the proposal already includes social and human rights safeguards. This is not true in the least, warn Eleni Choidas, Lis Cunha and Rachel Owens.
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IMF executive board recommends scrapping age limit for Georgieva

Thu, 2019-08-22 06:24
The International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday (21 August)  its executive board recommended the removal of the age limit for its managing director, a move needed for European nominee Kristalina Georgieva to be approved for the job.
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Amazon, Microsoft, ‘putting world at risk of killer AI’, Dutch NGO warns

Thu, 2019-08-22 06:18
Amazon, Microsoft and Intel are among leading tech companies putting the world at risk through killer robot development, according to a report that surveyed major players from the sector about their stance on lethal autonomous weapons.
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Johnson to hold Brexit talks with Macron after Merkel offers glimmer of hope

Thu, 2019-08-22 06:00
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Paris on Thursday (22 August), a day after Berlin offered a glimmer of hope that an agreement could be reached to avoid a chaotic "no deal" Brexit.
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Pressure mounting on EU to end ivory trade

Thu, 2019-08-22 05:50
Amid growing calls for an outright ban, the European Union has come under increasing pressure to help protect African elephants by ending the trade of ivory within its borders.
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Half of UK digital exports go to the EU, government data reveals

Wed, 2019-08-21 14:51
Almost half of the UK's digital exports go to the European Union, recently published UK government figures have revealed, amid growing concerns in the tech industry ahead of the country's scheduled departure from the EU at the end of 31 October.
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Vessel with 356 people still stranded, after Open Arms disembarkation

Wed, 2019-08-21 14:41
Italy’s justice ordered Spanish rescue vessel Open Arms disembarkation in Lampedusa on Tuesday (21 August)but 356 people are still trapped at sea in SOS MEditerranée and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) operated boat.
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Mayor of the Czech capital comes under international spotlight

Wed, 2019-08-21 12:02
Zdeněk Hřib is the first mayor of Prague to come from the Pirate Party. In his post for only ten months, Hřib has already drawn the attention of international media mainly due to his opposition to the growing Chinese influence in the country.
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Tech giants under pressure in the US

Wed, 2019-08-21 10:56
About twenty US states are worried about the monopolistic tendencies of tech giants, and are close to launching a joint antitrust investigation next month, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday (19 August). EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
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Washington needles Germany with threat of US troops relocation to Poland

Wed, 2019-08-21 09:11
Washington has talked for some time of relocating US troops from Germany because of its annoyance with Berlin's military spending shortfalls. But President Donald Trump's upcoming visit to Poland in September could give it another twist.
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Trump cancels Denmark visit after PM refuses to sell Greenland to US

Wed, 2019-08-21 08:15
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday (20 August) called off a visit to Denmark scheduled for early September after the country’s prime minister rebuffed his idea of purchasing Greenland.
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Italy’s Conte blasts Salvini before handing in resignation

Wed, 2019-08-21 07:07
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned on Tuesday evening (20 August), despite an eleventh-hour attempt by the far-right Lega party to defuse the crisis by withdrawing a motion of no-confidence against the government.
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Trump unsettles G7 with support for Russia return

Wed, 2019-08-21 06:15
President Donald Trump on Tuesday (20 August) gave a foretaste of his convention-wrecking diplomacy at next weekend's G7 by calling for Russia - expelled from the group of democracies - to be readmitted.
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As the sun sets on oil, the sun will rise on solar power

Wed, 2019-08-21 06:11
When shares in Saudi Aramco eventually go public, there will doubtless be a feeding frenzy on what promises to be the largest initial public offering ever seen. More significantly, the move would also signal Saudi Arabia’s recognition that sunset for fossil fuel is just over the horizon, writes Jonathan Gornall.
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