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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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German industry pleased with the results of the EU summit

Wed, 2020-07-22 05:45
German business associations are cheering the deal EU leaders reached at a marathon summit that ended on Tuesday morning (21 July), and they have every reason to do so, explains economic researcher Jürgen Matthes. But some observers are displeased with cuts in funding for innovation, research or defence. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Have we given the tech giants the keys to our privacy and our medical secrets?

Wed, 2020-07-22 05:00
For months, the world has been asking: how can we avoid a resurge of the pandemic, which would be catastrophic for our economies and well-being? Part of the answer lies in establishing a screening and tracking system for people who have been exposed, in order to prevent them from infecting those around them in turn.
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A year after diplomatic tussle over Greenland, Pompeo visits Denmark

Wed, 2020-07-22 05:00
A year after the US and Denmark butted heads over President Donald Trump's offer to buy Greenland, his secretary of state is visiting the Nordic country on Wednesday (22 July), with Arctic issues at the top of the agenda.
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Turkey must stop ‘provocation’ in eastern Mediterranean: Germany

Wed, 2020-07-22 04:55
Fraught relations with Turkey could improve if Ankara halts "provocations", Germany said Tuesday (21 July), referring to what the EU considers illegal Turkish oil drilling in the Mediterranean.
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Five reasons why Armenia is resorting to military provocation

Tue, 2020-07-21 06:52
Azay Guliyev explains why recent clashes at the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan must be taken seriously by the international community.
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EU leaders hail ‘historic’ deal at marathon summit

Tue, 2020-07-21 06:45
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about German Chancellor Angela Merkel being annoyed with the so-called 'Frugal Four' during the EU Council summit negotiations, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša backing Hungary when it comes to the rule of law conditionality of EU funds, and so much more.
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BELGRADE/PRISTINA -Final Belgrade-Pristina agreement to be decided in Brussels

Tue, 2020-07-21 06:40
Belgrade and Pristina’s delegations are expected to discuss the drafting of a “final agreement between the two countries” at their next meeting in Brussels on Wednesday (23 July), announced Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti. Having explained that “a national coordinator”...
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WARSAW – Poland happy with summit result

Tue, 2020-07-21 06:37
“Europe needs a financial injection now. The joint work of the Visegrad Group has led to this success”, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told a joint presser with Hungary’s Viktor Orban after the summit’s conclusion, celebrating the fact that rule...
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ROME – More centralized control over EU Recovery Fund spending

Tue, 2020-07-21 06:36
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told the media during the intense negotiations on the EU Recovery Fund that there was no more room for joking around, adding that “we need to look at the broader horizon, as we are going...
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BRUSSELS – Government formation is back

Tue, 2020-07-21 06:35
Belgium may have to head to the polls again if two advisers appointed by King Philippe on Monday (20 July) fail to find agreement on forming a coalition government over the next fifty days. Paul Magnette, leader of the francophone...
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THE HAGUE – Red lines and missed records

Tue, 2020-07-21 06:34
After the EU summit, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the outcome of the negotiations was within the Dutch red lines, especially with the governance model attached to the deal, which would give the Netherlands and all other member states the...
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PARIS – Macron hails EU deal

Tue, 2020-07-21 06:32
The EU has reached a historic deal that puts at the bloc’s disposal the shared financial resources needed to tackle the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis, French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters after the summit. Although concessions had to be...
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BERLIN – Merkel puts on a positive spin on summit compromise

Tue, 2020-07-21 06:31
It appears Angela Merkel’s optimism about the possibility of reaching a deal on Monday (20 July) was well-founded. Even though the €390 billion in grants is quite a bit less than the Chancellor and her French counterpart were hoping for,...
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The Dutch have decided: Burning biomass is not sustainable

Tue, 2020-07-21 05:30
The Netherlands should phase out the use of biomass for generating electricity as soon as possible, the advisory board of the Dutch government said in a report presented earlier this month.
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EU Doctors call for COVID app assessments, as UK admits to GDPR breach

Tue, 2020-07-21 05:12
Impact assessments must be undertaken to assess the efficacy of coronavirus contact tracing apps before their deployment in order to safeguard users, the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) has said. The call comes as the UK Department of Health...
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Council brokers historic stimulus pact as budget cuts, rule of law retreat plague deal

Tue, 2020-07-21 04:47
Leaders of the 27 EU countries finally compromised on a €1,074 billion long-term budget and recovery fund instrument early on Tuesday (21 July) morning, but it took one of the longest-lasting summits in European Council history and the final deal cut funding for some of the bloc's key priorities.
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Oxford coronavirus vaccine ‘safe’ and effective, study suggests

Mon, 2020-07-20 18:28
A preliminary study investigating the safety and effectiveness of a vaccine against COVID-19 has found the vaccine to be "safe" and that it triggered a "significant" immune response in human volunteers.
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Investors call out for green opportunities, as EU aims to open the door

Mon, 2020-07-20 15:45
In order to make the post-pandemic recovery as sustainable as possible, long-term green investments will be in hot demand. Participants at a virtual conference called “Investing post-COVID: is a green recovery assured?” called for more opportunities and a viable framework.
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