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Swedish veto on MFF and EU Recovery Fund still possible

Thu, 2020-07-16 06:52
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Sweden possibly vetoing the EU Recovery Fund, and Prime Minister Boyko Borrissov saying he would announce his resignation depending on the EU's weekend summit after he fired three of his ministers, and so much more.
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EU and India seek deeper trade ties

Thu, 2020-07-16 06:49
Indian and EU leaders vowed to deepen trade ties on Wednesday (15 July) as both face the economic shock of the coronavirus epidemic and rising tensions with China.
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ZAGREB – PM defends Von der Leyen’s campaign participation

Thu, 2020-07-16 06:46
Asked about criticism from Brussels about European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s participation in the election campaign of the ruling party HDZ, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said she did not arrive at the helm of the Commission out of...
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LISBON – Banco Espírito Santo charged with tax fraud

Thu, 2020-07-16 06:45
Banco Espírito Santo (BES)’s former CEO, Ricardo Salgado, has been charged with 65 counts, including criminal association, bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax fraud. This marks the end of the six-year-long BES/GES investigation, under which 18 individuals and seven companies...
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ROME – Conte wants EU Recovery Fund to be adopted without being watered down in July

Thu, 2020-07-16 06:44
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte presented his positions on the EU Recovery Fund to the Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday (15 July), stating in a resolution that the Next Generation EU funds should be available before the end of this...
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STOCKHOLM – Sweden could still veto MFF and EU Recovery Fund

Thu, 2020-07-16 06:41
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said on Wednesday (15 July) he hopes for a quick resolution of the disagreements over the EU’s Recovery Fund and next seven year budget. However, he did not exclude a Swedish veto. “We need a...
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PARIS – Macron’s new government wins confidence vote

Thu, 2020-07-16 06:40
France’s newly appointed PM  Jean Castex detailed his plans for economic recovery and to revamp a controversial pension reform as he laid out his political roadmap, which included unlocking more than €20 billion for climate-related investment to reduce greenhouse gas...
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The dictatorship next door: Why Serbia’s regime threatens Europe’s credibility

Thu, 2020-07-16 06:39
Many European governments and institutions continue to tolerate the regime of Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić despite its descent into autocracy, writes Vuk Jeremić.
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Britain publishes plans to keep internal trade flowing after Brexit

Thu, 2020-07-16 06:34
Britain publishes plans on Thursday (16 July) to keep trade flowing freely between its constituent nations when regulatory powers are reclaimed from the European Union at the end of the year and redistributed to devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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BERLIN – No more gender-parity on Thuringia’s party lists

Thu, 2020-07-16 06:31
A court in the Eastern state of Thuringia has stated that the rule to alternate between male and female candidates on party lists violates the constitution, following a suit brought by the far-right AfD party. The court’s president argued that...
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Challenging Germany, US opens way for sanctions on Russia pipeline

Thu, 2020-07-16 06:16
Escalating pressure on Germany, US President Donald Trump's administration opened the way Wednesday for tough sanctions as the ally moves forward with the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with Russia.
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Oil giants including Exxon set first joint carbon target

Thu, 2020-07-16 05:56
A group of the world's top oil companies including Saudi Aramco, China's CNPC and ExxonMobil have for the first time set targets to cut their combined greenhouse gas emissions as a proportion of production, as pressure on the sector's climate stance grows.
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North Macedonia’s pro-EU SDSM set to win parliamentary vote

Thu, 2020-07-16 05:52
North Macedonia's Social Democrats who pledged to take the Balkan country to the EU are set to win the parliamentary vote on Wednesday (15 July), state election commission parliamentary results showed.
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Green aviation set for end-of-year lift

Thu, 2020-07-16 05:50
An EU initiative aimed at boosting the uptake of cleaner aviation fuels is set to launch at the end of 2020 and a new push by the European Commission to streamline tax policy might yet have a big impact on air travel’s carbon footprint.
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MEPs raise the pressure on green EU recovery spending rules

Thu, 2020-07-16 05:45
A cross-party group of lawmakers in the European Parliament – ranging from the far-left to the centre-right – have penned a joint letter calling for the EU’s proposed €750 billion recovery fund to be closely aligned with the bloc’s climate goals.
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EU under tight schedule for ‘interoperable’ summer COVID apps

Thu, 2020-07-16 05:40
The European Commission is putting the final touches to its "interoperability gateway," a system that allows different contact tracing apps across member states to function with one another.
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Serbia and Kosovo to resume rocky road towards an accord

Thu, 2020-07-16 05:40
Former war foes Serbia and Kosovo will restart talks in Brussels on Thursday (16 July) to normalise their strained relationship after a long stalemate, though the road to settling their many disputes is paved with stumbling blocks.
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ECB to sit tight as EU leaders shape virus recovery plan

Thu, 2020-07-16 05:39
European Central Bank governors are expected to refrain from doling out fresh stimulus medicine Thursday, hoping EU leaders will do their bit to shore up the crisis-hit region with a huge coronavirus recovery plan.
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Faced with anti-mafia protests, Bulgaria’s Borissov sacks three ministers

Thu, 2020-07-16 05:17
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov on Wednesday (15 July) asked his finance, economy and interior ministers to step down amid nationwide anti-corruption protests that have rocked the Balkan country for a week.
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Global challenges require global solutions: why today’s opening of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol to European brands and retailers matters [Promoted content]

Thu, 2020-07-16 05:00
As the world emerges from the pandemic, sustainability is high not just on the European policy agenda but also in public consciousness. Sustainable textiles are in the front line of this. The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol can help European brands and retailers meet this ever-growing demand for environmentally sustainable fibres.
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