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BERLIN – Merkel takes questions on the pandemic, Russian cyber attack

Thu, 2020-05-14 06:28
German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke before the Bundestag yesterday (13 May) in a government Q&A similar to Prime Minister’s Questions in the UK, reiterating the need for caution for those going out in public and warning of a possible second...
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Alcohol consumption in Finland skyrockets amid pandemic

Thu, 2020-05-14 06:27
Statistics reveal that alcohol sales in Finland increased by 23% in April compared to the year before. Finnish national alcoholic beverage retailing monopoly, Alko, saw its sales of Rosé wine increase by 40% that month, while red and white wins...
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BERLIN – Merkel takes questions on the pandemic, Russian cyber attack

Thu, 2020-05-14 06:25
German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke before the Bundestag yesterday (13 May) in a government Q&A similar to Prime Minister’s Questions in the UK, reiterating the need for caution for those going out in public and warning of a possible second...
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Alcohol consumption in Finland skyrockets amid pandemic

Thu, 2020-05-14 06:24
Statistics reveal that alcohol sales in Finland increased by 23% in April compared to the year before. Finnish national alcoholic beverage retailing monopoly, Alko, saw its sales of Rosé wine increase by 40% that month, while red and white wins...
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Eritrean activists sue EU for funding roads built with ‘forced labour’

Thu, 2020-05-14 06:04
Eritrean activists sued the European Union (EU) on Wednesday (13 May) and asked it to halt €80 million in aid to the east African nation, saying the money funded a scheme built on forced labour.
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EU Parliament to ask for ‘massive’ €2 trillion corona recovery package

Thu, 2020-05-14 05:46
The European Parliament will demand a €2 trillion recovery package to counter the economic fallout of the COVID-19 crisis in a resolution to be voted on Thursday (14 May) by the  assembly's five biggest political groups. 
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Poland calls for more farm subsidies in EU budget

Thu, 2020-05-14 05:39
Poland's government said Wednesday (13 May) it had called on the EU to include bigger farm subsidies in the bloc's future seven-year budget, suggesting an increase of 10% on what had already been agreed.
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EU consumer group warns against ‘game-changer’ Google-Fitbit deal

Thu, 2020-05-14 05:36
Alphabet Inc-owned Google’s planned $2.1 billion buy of fitness trackers company Fitbit may harm consumers and hinder innovation, European consumer group BEUC said on Wednesday (13 May), calling it a game-changer deal in the health and digital markets.
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Europe pins hopes on antibody tests to avoid second virus wave

Thu, 2020-05-14 05:33
As Europe gingerly eases its coronavirus lockdowns, many governments are scrambling to buy antibody tests to find out how many of their citizens were infected, in the hope that will help them craft strategies to avoid a second wave of COVID-19 cases.
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Merkel cites ‘hard evidence’ Russian hackers targeted her

Thu, 2020-05-14 05:31
German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced frustration Wednesday that Russia was targeting her in hacking action, saying she had concrete proof of the "outrageous" spying attempts.
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France to force web giants to delete some content within the hour

Thu, 2020-05-14 05:25
Social networks and other online content providers will have to remove paedophile and terrorism-related content from their platforms within the hour or face a fine of up to 4% of their global revenue under a French law voted in on Wednesday.
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US says China trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine as markets slump

Thu, 2020-05-14 05:25
Chinese hackers are trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research, US authorities said Wednesday (13 May), ratcheting up tensions between the superpowers as markets slumped on warnings from the US Federal Reserve that prolonged shutdowns could cause "lasting damage."
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Austrian ministry could face GDPR penalty after publishing personal data online

Thu, 2020-05-14 05:19
Austrians' personal data has been publicly accessible on the Ministry of Economy's website since 2009. The liberal party NEOS and NGO epicenter.works call it the "biggest data protection scandal of the Second Republic." NEOS is considering legal action and a GDPR expert told EURACTIV Germany it could be successful.
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Von der Leyen unveils details of EU’s upcoming COVID-19 recovery plan

Thu, 2020-05-14 05:01
European Commission president Ursula Von der Leyen shed some light on her upcoming COVID-19 recovery plan in the European Parliament on Wednesday (13 May) but did not unveil the size of the updated EU budget that will underpin the plan. 
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Azeri official points at ‘mafia’ as obstacle to solving Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Thu, 2020-05-14 04:47
In an exclusive interview, a high official of Azerbaijan pointed at mafia-type relations between the unrecognized authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh and the government in Armenia as an obstacle for solving the long-lasting conflict. Hikmat Hajiev, head of the foreign affairs department...
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The Brief, powered by IPA Europe – Deal or no deal, the Irish question remains

Wed, 2020-05-13 14:53
With a month until Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen agree on whether an EU-UK trade pact can be finalised this year, it is hard to find anyone who thinks a ‘no deal’ scenario is not the odds-on favourite. Progress has been, to be kind, minimal, and the UK shows no interest in extending the talks beyond the end of its post-Brexit transition period in December.
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Budapest promises to welcome tourists after COVID-19 pandemic

Wed, 2020-05-13 14:49
The Hungarian capital intends to return to international tourism as soon as possible after the COVID-19 pandemic. EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.
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Commission seeks ‘largest possible participation’ of EU citizens for COVID-19 apps

Wed, 2020-05-13 14:46
The European Commission has said that the 'largest possible participation' of EU citizens is required in order for coronavirus contact tracing applications to work effectively.
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EU should back Taiwan’s WHO observer status to share COVID-19 experience – open letter

Wed, 2020-05-13 14:44
More than 100 members of the European Parliament and member states’ national assemblies have called upon EU health ministers to lobby for Taiwan’s participation in next week’s World Health Assembly in Geneva to share its experience in tackling the COVID-19...
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Commission announces funding for COVID-19 diagnosis, treatment projects

Wed, 2020-05-13 14:30
The European Commission announced on Tuesday (12 May) that eight research projects aimed at developing treatments and diagnostics for the coronavirus have been selected for funding in a fast-track call for proposals.
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