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Budget Summit: How it happened

Mon, 2020-07-20 14:36
EU leaders are under pressure to reach a deal on the next Multiannual Financial Framework and the Recovery Fund as they are heading into their fourth day of negotiations.
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Let’s talk about pork…

Mon, 2020-07-20 13:23
An EU-funded campaign has been launched in France, Spain and Portugal to ‘demystify’ the production of pork. Joanna Swabe argues that if we’re going to ‘talk about pork’, let’s talk about routine violations of animal welfare legislation and eating less of it.
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EU Commission criticised for its reporting on nuclear energy’s sustainability

Mon, 2020-07-20 08:23
The European Commission is looking into whether nuclear energy can be classed as a sustainable green investment. But the EU executive's decision to task its research centre with the assessment has already prompted criticism. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Nothing gets done by sitting out

Mon, 2020-07-20 06:59
For years, Serbia lagged behind. We were a step away from bankruptcy, in April 2012, our unemployment rate was 25.5%, with youth unemployment at 51.5%. Our leaders spent money we did not have and watched our infrastructure decay and our population flee the country. Today, the reality is very different, writes Ana Brnabić.
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German government lobbied for scandal-hit Wirecard

Mon, 2020-07-20 06:48
In today's news from the Capitals, find out more about the recent peak in coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic, the Austrian government postponing its decision on making facemasks mandatory due to the European Council summit over the weekend, and so much more.
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BELGRADE – Commission monitors closely on rule of law

Mon, 2020-07-20 06:42
The European Commission regularly monitors the state of the rule of law in Serbia, including press freedom, European Commission spokeswoman Ana Pisonero said on Friday, urging Belgrade to conduct an actual dialogue with all of the country’s political factions in...
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LJUBLJANA – Slovenia PM sees ‘very political summit debates’

Mon, 2020-07-20 06:41
The debates during the EU Council summit are “significantly more political than ever before. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of dwelling on side topics and this prevents us from focusing on key issues,” Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša told reporters in...
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ZAGREB – New government’s first reform

Mon, 2020-07-20 06:40
Downsizing local administration by reducing the number of councillors by 20% and cutting the number of municipalities will be some of the new government’s first moves, the government of HDZ’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenković has announced. This could annually save...
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BUDAPEST – Orban calls out ‘the Dutchman’ for EU summit disarray

Mon, 2020-07-20 06:40
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Sunday (19 July) that his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte was mainly to blame for the deadlock at the EU summit. “I don’t know what is the personal reason for the Dutch prime minister...
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ROME – Schools still set to reopen in September

Mon, 2020-07-20 06:39
Italian Education Minister Lucia Azzolina confirmed that schools will reopen on 14 September and new lockdowns would be “out of the question”. As opposition parties lashed out against the minister, she said she was ready to debate Lega’s Matteo Salvini...
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BERLIN – Wirecard scandal could turn out to be much bigger than expected

Mon, 2020-07-20 06:38
Following reporting from Der Spiegel that the German chancellery had undertaken lobbying work on behalf of the scandal-hit Wirecard financial services company, the Greens, liberal FDP and Die Linke, who are in opposition, are now demanding a formal clarification from...
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Leaders edge closer to deal as EU recovery fund talks enter fourth day

Mon, 2020-07-20 06:15
EU leaders have edged closer to a compromise on a new long-term budget and a multi-billion euro coronavirus recovery fund and will reconvene on Monday (20 July) afternoon for a fourth day of negotiations. 
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Has the coronavirus killed the oil sands industry?

Mon, 2020-07-20 05:51
The spectacular collapse in oil prices caused by the coronavirus pandemic has brought the costliest – and most polluting – oil projects such as tar sands to a standstill, a development some analysts say could be definitive. Even though oil...
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Gas grid operators unveil plan for European hydrogen infrastructure ‘backbone’

Mon, 2020-07-20 05:36
A group of eleven European gas infrastructure companies from nine EU member states presented on Friday (17 July) a plan to create a dedicated hydrogen pipeline network of almost 23,000 km by 2040, to be used in parallel to the...
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Looking ahead: With a digital turbo out of the crisis

Mon, 2020-07-20 05:00
Europe is in the midst of its greatest crisis since World War II. The Coronavirus pandemic has shown very clearly how fragile the Union is: borders were closed, supply chains broke down, the rule of law suffered severely in some countries. But in every crisis, there is an opportunity. Therefore, it is crucial that the right conclusions are drawn from the huge challenges ahead of us.
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Poland to propose limits on foreign media soon, Kaczynski says

Mon, 2020-07-20 05:00
Poland will seek to craft rules limiting the concentration of foreign-owned media outlets well before the ruling nationalists finish their term in power, Poland's de facto leader said on Sunday (19 July), with parliamentary elections expected in 2023.
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Leaders hit summit stalemate on EU recovery fund

Fri, 2020-07-17 23:39
EU leaders hit a dead end during the first round of the European Council meeting on Friday night (17 July) after The Netherlands clashed with Italy and Spain over the governance of the planned €750 billion EU recovery fund. 
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UK WTO nominee plays down Brexit row

Fri, 2020-07-17 20:43
The UK’s nominee to lead the World Trade Organisation insisted on Friday (17 July) that Brexit would not derail his prospects, as the eight candidates to head the Geneva-based body made their first pitches for the job.
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RENEWed Arrogance

Fri, 2020-07-17 16:33
The EU must stop using rule of law as a political tool, writes Tamás Deutsch, in response to Renew Europe's leader Dacian Ciolos.
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European leaders must embrace the Green Deal for a sustainable recovery

Fri, 2020-07-17 16:06
The European Union’s decisions on the economy and the environment have far-reaching impacts. By endorsing the European Green Deal, EU member states can drive positive change for their citizens and with partners worldwide, writes Inger Anderson.
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