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ZAGREB | BUDAPEST – Lost in translation

Thu, 2020-06-11 06:44
Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said he had received personal assurances from his Hungarian and EPP colleague Viktor Orbán that Budapest did not make any territorial claims to Croatia during last week’s celebration. In the TV interview conducted amid a...
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LJUBLJANA – Commission demands explanation from PM

Thu, 2020-06-11 06:43
European Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni has asked Slovenia’s Prime Minister Janez Janša to explain the recent changes at the helm of Slovenia’s Statistics Office SURS, the Commission confirmed to STA news agency on Wednesday (10 June). The EU executive...
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Commission: Hungarian poll question “fake news”

Thu, 2020-06-11 06:42
The suggestion that Brussels is pushing Hungarians to change the constitution and accept migrants is “fake news, this is not true,” Commission values and transparency chief, Věra Jourová, told reporters on Wednesday (10 June). Her reply to a Euronews journalist...
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ATHENS – Recession before the pandemic

Thu, 2020-06-11 06:41
The recession in Greece appeared in the fourth quarter of 2019, when the economy fell by -0.7%, leftist opposition leader Alexis Tsipras has said. “Mr. Mitsotakis brought the recession six months before the pandemic,” he told Delphi Economic Forum yesterday...
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Spaniards to travel freely within the country from 21 June

Thu, 2020-06-11 06:41
The Spanish parliament will soon approve a special plan, put forward by the government, with hygiene and socio-sanitary prevention rules that will be in place in the country once the state of alarm is lifted on 21 June. Among other...
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Italian GDP for 2020 could sink up to 14% if virus returns

Thu, 2020-06-11 06:40
While Italy’s GDP could drop 11.3% in 2020 if the virus doesn’t return, this figure could creep up to 14% if a second wave followed by additional lockdown measures were to hit the country, according to the OECD’s latest Economic...
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Olof Palme’s murder inquiry is closed

Thu, 2020-06-11 06:39
The main suspect in the assassination of former Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme in February 1986 was declared dead on Wednesday (10 June) by Swedish prosecutors after the case had been left unsolved for 34 years. Stig Engström, also known...
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LONDON – Lockdown a week late

Thu, 2020-06-11 06:38
The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK would have been halved if lockdown had been introduced a week earlier, Professor Neil Ferguson told lawmakers on Wednesday (10 June). Professor Ferguson, who advised the government before resigning last month after...
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BRUSSELS – 15 million face masks not fit for use

Thu, 2020-06-11 06:37
A federal government order of reusable masks, set to be distributed from next week to the population, supplied by the Luxembourg company Avrox does not meet official safety standards, health agencies said. The batch of masks does not comply with...
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Romania to halt any privatisation for two years

Thu, 2020-06-11 06:37
Romania’s parliament on Wednesday (10 June) approved a law that stops any sale of shares owned by the state for the next two years. The draft law was introduced by the socialist PSD party, which has the largest number of...
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German FM voices ‘serious concerns’ over Israeli annexation plan

Thu, 2020-06-11 06:30
Germany and its European partners have "serious concerns" over Israel's plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in Jerusalem Wednesday (10 June).
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Rescue boats return to the Mediterranean as 20,000 migrants prepare to cross from Libya

Thu, 2020-06-11 06:14
Two charity boats have headed back to the Mediterranean after a two-month hiatus in migrant rescue operations, as humanitarian groups await a new wave of arrivals.
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MEP: Europe’s digital education strategy is key to future recovery

Thu, 2020-06-11 06:13
As part of the European Commission's recently revised long-term budget proposal, an increased outlay could go towards the digital up-skilling and re-skilling of citizens. EURACTIV caught up with MEP Victor Negrescu to talk about why this issue has risen to the top of the EU agenda.
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EU Commission pressed on controversial links to Palantir 

Thu, 2020-06-11 05:57
MEPs have urged the European Commission to provide more details on the EU's relationship with controversial US big data analytics firm Palantir, following a series of revelations detailing the involvement of the company in Europe.
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Germany plans to promote ‘green’ hydrogen with €7 billion

Thu, 2020-06-11 05:41
The German government adopted its national hydrogen strategy yesterday (10 June), with plans to ramp up production capacity to 5 GW by 2030 and 10 GW by 2040. To achieve this, €7 billion will be invested in new businesses and research. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Visegrad leaders hold first face-to-face talks of virus crisis

Thu, 2020-06-11 05:41
Masks and gloves will be the order of the day when the prime ministers of four ex-communist countries on Thursday (11 June) hold the first major face-to-face meeting of European leaders since the coronavirus crisis.
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EU agreement on recovery plan by July ‘very difficult’, officials warn

Thu, 2020-06-11 05:30
It will be “very difficult” to reach an agreement on the recovery fund and the EU's overall seven-year budget by July, as intended, given the disagreements over the size, the distribution of the stimulus and the attached conditions, EU officials and national diplomats acknowledged on Wednesday (10 June).
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Beyond the US: Police brutality, structural racism are a problem in Europe too

Thu, 2020-06-11 05:15
Thousands of people have taken to Europe's streets not only to protest the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in the US but to denounce police brutality and structural racism, which is an issue on this side of the Atlantic as well.
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Kazakhstan’s ‘unique’ leadership transition marks its first anniversary

Thu, 2020-06-11 05:00
On 12 June, Kazakhstan will mark the first anniversary of Kassym-Jomart Tokayev's election as president. EURACTIV looks into the unique transition of power between Nursultan Nazarbayev, who re-established statehood after the Soviet domination, and Tokayev, who spearheads 'controlled democratisation'.
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Europe Needs Transparency, Creativity, and Empowerment for the Digital Future [Promoted content]

Thu, 2020-06-11 05:00
Policy makers need lodestar themes to ground and inter-relate their enactments.  Transparency, creativity, and empowerment should form that core.  For a true digital transformation, the focus also must include digital physical infrastructure and uncensored internet access.  But those are stories for another day.
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