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HELSINKI – First same-sex adoptions

Wed, 2020-04-22 06:31
Finland recorded its first two first same-sex adoptions as a male couple and a female couple adopted infants three years after the country’s reformed Marriage Act, which made it possible for same-sex couples to marry and adopt. The two adoptions,...
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Timmermans promises green recovery to EU lawmakers

Wed, 2020-04-22 06:30
The European Commission's Green Deal chief, Frans Timmermans, assured EU lawmakers on Tuesday (21 April) that "every euro" spent on economic recovery measures after the COVID-19 crisis would be linked to the green and digital transitions. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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16 states begin enforcing mandatory mask-wearing on public transport

Wed, 2020-04-22 06:30
An increasing number of Germany’s 16 states have decided to begin enforcing mandatory mask-wearing on public transport and in shops. Saxony was the first state to introduce such regulations, coming into effect on Monday (20 April). Bavaria also announced their...
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EU socialists propose financing ‘Recovery Plan’ with new own resources

Wed, 2020-04-22 06:28
Creating debt without planning how to pay it would not be credible, Iratxe García, the leader of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, stated in a letter sent to EU leaders ahead of the 23 April EU Summit....
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Charles Michel limits ambitions for virus teleconference summit

Wed, 2020-04-22 06:28
Differences among EU countries look set to stymie any major decisions on tackling the long-term economic impact of the crisis at a summit later this week. In a letter Tuesday inviting the 27 leaders to the videoconference, EU Council President...
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EU climate chief sees green strings for car scrappage schemes

Wed, 2020-04-22 06:21
The European Union’s chief climate official said on Tuesday (21 April) there could be green conditions attached to any car scrappage schemes set up by the bloc to revive vehicle demand following the coronavirus pandemic. The European Commission, the bloc’s...
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COVID-19 and the need for deep EU reform

Wed, 2020-04-22 06:15
The management of COVID-19 cases seems to be working more on the basis of Darwin's well-known theory of natural selection, where the strong survive, rather than on any European strategy, writes Bashkim Smakaj.
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Coronavirus hits migrant hostel as Greece plans to ease lockdown

Wed, 2020-04-22 06:13
Dozens of migrants, including many single-parent families, accomodated at a hostel in southern Greece tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday (21 April) as the government prepared for a gradual easing of a broad lockdown from 27 April.
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US failed to block UN virus vaccine resolution

Wed, 2020-04-22 06:05
The UN General Assembly has demanded equal access for any future COVID-19 vaccine but its seeming unanimity was a fluke. The United States in fact opposed the resolution but acted too late to stop it, diplomats say.
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Spanish children under 14 allowed to go out under strict conditions

Wed, 2020-04-22 06:03
The Spanish government announced on Tuesday (21 April) that children under the age of 14 will be allowed to accompany adults on essential errands, allowing youngsters – and politicians – a long-awaited breath of fresh air. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
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Confusion reigns over UK opt out from EU COVID scheme

Wed, 2020-04-22 05:58
The UK government’s decision to opt-out of an EU procurement scheme for urgently needed medical equipment to cope with the coronavirus crisis was a “political decision”.
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Biodiesel boss: Green Deal could use available technologies ‘without prejudices’

Wed, 2020-04-22 05:58
The much-awaited re-visit of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) should get rid of “prejudices” and take advantage of technologies and products already placed on the market, a biodiesel stakeholder told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
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Pandemic threatens ‘biblical famines’, warns UN food programme

Wed, 2020-04-22 05:55
The COVID-19 pandemic could lead to 'biblical famines' and almost double the number of people suffering acute hunger, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Tuesday (21 April) as it released a new report on food crises around the world.
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Europe races to shield virus-hit firms from bargain hunters

Wed, 2020-04-22 05:48
Fears that cash-rich corporate raiders could use the coronavirus crisis to swoop on weakened European firms were perhaps best exemplified by Donald Trump's alleged bid for a German biotech firm working on a vaccine.
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The EU must adopt a concerted effort to protect peace processes

Wed, 2020-04-22 05:30
As Europe takes tentative steps to ease the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, it cannot neglect the virus’ potential to wreak havoc in the poorest and most fragile states around the world, writes Michael Keating. Michael Keating is the executive director of...
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Don’t water down the rules [Promoted content]

Wed, 2020-04-22 05:00
DON’T WATER DOWN THE RULES: Coca-Cola, its biggest bottling partners in Europe and 20 other businesses come together to support EU’s Water Framework Directive. Industry, NGOs and EU citizens urge that the Directive is kept intact in order to maintain stability and protect Europe’s freshwater resources.
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Letter to EU leaders ahead of 23 April EUCO

Wed, 2020-04-22 04:17
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