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US pushes arms sales surge to ‘Fortress Taiwan,’ needling China

Wed, 2020-09-16 14:19
The United States plans to sell as many as seven major weapons systems, including mines, cruise missiles and drones to Taiwan, four people familiar with the discussions said, as the Trump administration ramps up pressure on China.
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State of the Union 2020: As it happened

Wed, 2020-09-16 13:55
Commission President Ursula von der Leyen held her first ‘State of the Union’ address in front of the European Parliament, focusing on the recovery from the corona crisis, updated green targets and outlining a path towards a “digital decade” for...
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Mandatory relocation still point of contention in new EU migration pact

Wed, 2020-09-16 13:27
The European Commission's long-awaited new migration pact will consist of five regulations and a political text, EU sources have told EURACTIV. However, the thorny issue of mandatory relocation, which some EU countries strongly oppose, continues to cause headaches.
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Parliament votes to allow gas projects in the Just Transition Fund

Wed, 2020-09-16 13:18
Hours before the EU executive announced higher climate objectives for 2030, the European Parliament voted to allow funding for fossil gas projects under the bloc’s flagship Just Transition Fund.
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Charles Michel vows to defend Cyprus rights in Turkey standoff

Wed, 2020-09-16 12:45
European Council chief Charles Michel pledged Wednesday (16 September) that the bloc will defend the rights of member state Cyprus in its standoff with Turkey over maritime and energy rights. Michel’s visit to the island comes a day after Turkey...
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Von der Leyen outlines path towards “new vitality” in post-corona world

Wed, 2020-09-16 11:50
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen pledged in her first ‘State of the Union’ address that Europe will lead the way towards a “new vitality” following the COVID-19 crisis, including a more “human” and greener economy.
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Commission promises to remedy health cuts made by EU leaders

Wed, 2020-09-16 11:30
In her first State of the Union speech, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen highlighted the need to build a stronger European Health Union, lashing out at the member states for having scrapped the ambitious EU4Health programme embedded in the recovery fund.
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EU diplomacy needs more courage to address Russia, Turkey, new White House

Wed, 2020-09-16 11:16
The EU needs to be more courageous in its diplomacy, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday (16 September), chiding member states for an ineffective foreign policy and urging progress on a US-style sanctions framework targeting human rights abusers worldwide.
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Von der Leyen charts Europe’s ‘digital decade’, evades platform economy challenge

Wed, 2020-09-16 10:58
Commission President von der Leyen has laid out her vision for the development of digital policy in the EU, with an accelerated commitment to innovation in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Von der Leyen: The European values are not for sale

Wed, 2020-09-16 10:22
In her first State of the Union speech, delivered on Wednesday (16 September), European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen positioned herself as a bulwark against the unravelling of EU values that is already underway in many of the member states.
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‘We can do it!’: EU chief announces 55% emissions reduction target for 2030

Wed, 2020-09-16 10:14
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced plans on Wednesday (16 September) to target a 55% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 as part of a broader European Green Deal programme aimed at reaching "climate neutrality" by mid-century.
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What’s in a name? How to correctly identify ‘probiotic’ in food and dietary supplements [Promoted content]

Wed, 2020-09-16 10:00
Although the international scientific definition of probiotics as “live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host” is well known, in practice the word is often used incorrectly. IPA Europe scientific experts have been working in collaboration with the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP), to build on this definition and provide clarity.
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New EU regulation on high performance computers expected in the coming days

Wed, 2020-09-16 09:12
The European Commission wants supercomputers on European soil, saying it is essential for technological sovereignty. The executive was supposed to announce its new regulation on High-Performance Computers (HPC) on Tuesday (15 September), but there is a delay of several days. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Post-summer COVID news: Bulgarian schools safe if COVID-19 measures respected, says chief health inspector

Wed, 2020-09-16 08:42
**This article is continuously updated with the latest developments. If schools were to respect epidemiological measrues, they will be one of the safest places in the country, Bulgaria’s Chief State Health Inspector Angel Kunchev told the National Radio BNR on 13...
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Post-summer COVID news: Romanian schools to start in-class and online

Wed, 2020-09-16 07:53
**This article is continuously updated with the latest developments. After six months of waiting, students in Romania will be attending classes for the start of the new school year as of 14 September. Most schools in Romania will await their students...
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Exploring sustainability in the EU livestock sector

Wed, 2020-09-16 07:05
Animal welfare is set to take centre stage in agrifood policy over the coming months, as it is a major focus of the EU’s Farm to Fork strategy (F2F), and a key theme of the German EU Presidency priorities. In this Special Report, EURACTIV looks at what sustainability in the sector should look like and the ways in which it can be achieved in the EU.
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Greenpeace targets Spain with climate change lawsuit

Wed, 2020-09-16 07:00
Three environmental groups including Greenpeace said Tuesday (15 September) they have launched a lawsuit against the Spanish government, accusing it of taking insufficient action to tackle climate change.
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WTO faults US over Trump’s China tariffs

Wed, 2020-09-16 06:53
The World Trade Organization has upheld a complaint by China over additional US duties on some $250 billion of Chinese goods, a decision that sparked outrage in Washington.
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EU calls for UN monitoring of Belarus rights abuses

Wed, 2020-09-16 06:40
The European Union is calling for close monitoring of the human rights situation in Belarus by the UN human rights chief, adding to pressure on Minsk following what it calls a "fraudulent election", a draft document showed.
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EU to throw London lifeline with extension to coveted clearing

Wed, 2020-09-16 06:30
The European Union is expected to throw the City of London an 18-month lifeline to continue clearing euro derivatives after Britain's unfettered access to the bloc ends in January, industry sources said on Tuesday (15 September).
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