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The budget deal and EU defence cooperation: What are the implications?

Wed, 2020-07-22 13:59
Most headlines on the EU budget deal will focus on the response to Covid-19. But the new budget will include billions for new EU defence initiatives, writes Niklas Novaky.
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Parliament threatens to withhold consent on budget cuts, potentially delaying recovery plans

Wed, 2020-07-22 13:14
The European Parliament will adopt a critical stance against the European Council's recovery plans on Thursday (23 July), opposing cuts to EU-funded programmes in the bloc's long-term budget while also hitting out at the alleged 'weak' nature of rule of law conditionality.
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Climate policy endures rough EU budget summit

Wed, 2020-07-22 10:36
EU leaders agreed to slash funding for Just Transition policies at a crucial budget summit on Monday (20 July) and also watered down a set of green conditions that could hamper the bloc’s climate efforts in the long-term.
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Cambodia: Between COVID-19 and EBA Withdrawal [Promoted content]

Wed, 2020-07-22 10:00
For Cambodia, the impact of COVID-19 is similar to a simulation of the possible withdrawal of the EU-driven Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme. In the current situation, if EBA is to be withdrawn, it would signify "a nail in the coffin" of the already dying garment industry, the country's biggest employer, writes Sim Vireak.
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Bike power, e-warplanes & solar sights

Wed, 2020-07-22 09:01
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Digital politics and the COVID crisis

Wed, 2020-07-22 08:43
The coronavirus pandemic has forced us to move more of our lives online faster. But is this for the better? What should we take with us from our lockdown experiences, asks Dita Charanzová.
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Russian interference in western judicial systems is growing

Wed, 2020-07-22 08:17
The West doesn’t seem to realise the trend whereby bad-faith Russian cases brought by the Russian state and oligarchs leverage trumped-up charges in Russian courts to harass and damage opponents and rivals in western legal proceedings, writes Daniel Mitov.
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EU-wide digital tax on big tech touted as best resource

Wed, 2020-07-22 06:47
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Slovenian Prime Minister Igor Matovič having plum cake in Brussels with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italy receiving €209 billion from the EU Recovery Fund and long-term budget (MFF), and so much more.
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UK government failed to probe Russian ‘meddling’, say MPs

Wed, 2020-07-22 06:36
British lawmakers slammed the government on Tuesday (21 July) for failing to look into possible Russian meddling in UK politics, particularly the divisive 2016 Brexit referendum, as they released a long-awaited report into the issue. The document by parliament’s Intelligence...
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PARIS – Macron mulls EU-wide digital tax

Wed, 2020-07-22 06:33
French President Emmanuel Macron said he envisaged an EU-wide digital tax on big tech multinationals, along the lines of a digital tax that France has said it plans to impose this year, he said in an interview with France’s TF1...
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BELGRADE – Quint ambassadors call for media freedom

Wed, 2020-07-22 06:30
The Quint ambassadors and the head of the EU Delegation to Serbia told Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić in a meeting that the rule of law and particularly the right to assemble and media freedom are crucial for Serbia’s EU path,...
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BELGRADE – Doctors calling for dismissal of National COVID-19 response team

Wed, 2020-07-22 06:29
Some 350 doctors are calling for the dismissal of the National COVID-19 response team in an open letter sent to the Serbian government and other relevant institutions under the informal group known as “United against COVID”. In the letter, the...
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LJUBLJANA – PM sees digital tax as EU’s best resource

Wed, 2020-07-22 06:28
“Subsidies will have to be repaid. One of the major shifts is contained in these few words, which speak of the EU’s own resources, because in seven years time, when we negotiate the next budget, this will be a key...
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ZAGREB – €22 billion for Croatia

Wed, 2020-07-22 06:27
The newest EU member state has ‘surpassed’ its goals at the summit by securing a total of €22 billion through recovery fund (€9.4 billion) and the long-term budget €12.7 billion). As Croatia is the only EU country to have used...
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BRATISLAVA – Historic deal, plagiarism and a plum cake

Wed, 2020-07-22 06:27
After Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovič came back pleased from the summit, a scandal regarding his plagiarised master’s thesis was waiting for him. After landing in Bratislava, Matovič told reporters that the media had jeopardised “hundreds of millions of euros”,...
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WARSAW – Prime minister safe in government reshuffle

Wed, 2020-07-22 06:26
“The success of the negotiations has shown that our isolation in the EU is a myth; it is also a myth that we are not able to build coalitions,” PiS party chief and Poland’s de facto leader, Jarosław Kaczyński, told...
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ROME – Majority hails “victory” in Brussels

Wed, 2020-07-22 06:23
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte was satisfied to come out with a deal which leaves the total numbers of the recovery fund unchanged and grants almost €209 billion to Italy, which is even more than anticipated. “We are satisfied with...
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VIENNA – Masks are back in Austria

Wed, 2020-07-22 06:17
Wearing face masks will become mandatory again as of Friday (24 July) in grocery stores, post offices and banks. Previously, masks had been mandatory in all shops up until mid-June. Several new COVID-19 clusters have started to appear, mostly in...
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BRUSSELS – Options for extinguishing local COVID-19 flare-ups

Wed, 2020-07-22 06:17
After health authorities reported a daily rise in COVID-19 infections by 89% to an average of 184, Belgium’s Consultation Committee has discussed the tightening of measures and weighing scenarios for a potential second wave, including reduced social contacts, local lockdowns...
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BERLIN – Halle attacker on trial

Wed, 2020-07-22 06:14
Nine months after what was termed the worst anti-Semitic attack in post-war German history, the trial of the alleged attacker, known in the German press as Stephan B., began on Tuesday (21 July). The suspect stands accused of killing two...
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