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The Brief, powered by Facebook – The other pandemic

Fri, 2021-02-05 15:44
There is light at the end of the tunnel. Despite the row over the supply and delivery of vaccines that has engulfed the European Commission over the past fortnight, the bottom line is that the vaccines exist and they are being rolled out, albeit with different degrees of success, across Europe.
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Fears about ‘foregone conclusion’ in OECD race with UK pushing Australian candidate

Fri, 2021-02-05 15:25
Have the dice been cast when it comes to the next the Secretary-General of the OECD? Sources close to the talks have warned EURACTIV France of the “lack of transparency” and the unfair process that will favour UK’s alleged choice.
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France ‘won’t sign this EU-Mercosur deal’

Fri, 2021-02-05 14:49
France "will not sign at this stage" the trade liberalisation agreement between the EU and Mercosur, the French foreign trade minister said on Thursday (4 February), adding he "expects guarantees" from the South American bloc on "environment and health standards.
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Sexism in politics: French MP called ‘fish lady’ and ‘crazy’ during debate

Fri, 2021-02-05 13:54
Far-left National Assembly MP Mathilde Panot (France Insoumise) was called "fish lady" and "crazy" by her male colleagues on Tuesday (2 February), in the latest episode of a long series of sexist attacks against women politicians in France. EURACTIV France reports.
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Digital Brief, powered by Facebook: Europol’s Big Data, EU robotics plans, 5G cyber certificates

Fri, 2021-02-05 12:34
Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “The end goal is clearly to use big data for intensive profiling, with AI and machine learning playing a...
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Russia receives Borrell with ‘provocative choreography’

Fri, 2021-02-05 12:28
On his trip to Moscow, EU’s chief diplomat Joseph Borrell on Friday (5 February) told his hosts that their treatment of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny represented ‘a low point’ in ties, as his case had added a new irritant...
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Germany’s RWE uses Energy Charter Treaty to challenge Dutch coal phase-out

Fri, 2021-02-05 11:32
German energy giant RWE has used the Energy Charter Treaty to claim compensation from the Netherlands over its planned phase-out of coal from the country’s electricity mix by 2030.
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Greens frustrated with slow pace of talks on European climate law

Fri, 2021-02-05 10:16
European countries are delaying negotiations on the EU's 2030 climate target, according to Michael Bloss, a Green MEP from Germany who briefed the press after the third round of talks on the European climate law.
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Hungary could start using Russian jab next week, Orbán says

Fri, 2021-02-05 10:11
Hungary may become the first EU country to start vaccinating its citizens with the Russian vaccine, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in his weekly radio interview on Friday (5 February) it could do so as early as next week, adding that a Chinese vaccine was also due soon.
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EU must stop fights and suspend COVID-19 vaccine patents

Fri, 2021-02-05 10:10
Instead of public fights and trade wars, it is high time the EU considered enforcing shared licenses on vaccine patents that were partly paid for by European citizens. To fix the fiasco, the EU needs a European vaccine – and the world will need it, too, writes Dr Antonios Nestoras.
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Renewal of international cooperation in a post-pandemic world

Fri, 2021-02-05 09:45
Over the past year, international cooperation has been facing challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic repercussions, as well as by the push for a greener future.
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Countdown to ‘catastrophe’: How the EU fight for COVID shots unfolded

Fri, 2021-02-05 07:58
This Reuters report is based on exclusive details of internal EU talks over the past month in diplomatic notes, and interviews of four people present at key meetings to verify them.
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Biden ends US support for Yemen war

Fri, 2021-02-05 07:14
President Joe Biden will Thursday (4 February) announce an end to US military support for the Saudi allies' devastating war in Yemen in a speech meant to show a reinvigorated focus on diplomacy.
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Russian bank opens ‘critical infrastructure’ debate in Slovakia

Fri, 2021-02-05 07:11
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the COVID vaccine not granting special privileges in Germany for now, Bulgaria preparing for a third coronavirus peak, and so much more.
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Palestine calls on Kosovo to annul diplomatic relations agreement with Israel

Fri, 2021-02-05 07:10
Palestine’s foreign ministry has released a statement urging Kosovo to annul its agreement establishing diplomatic relations with Israel and its intentions to open an embassy in Jerusalem. “The step that Kosovo took by signing the agreement with the occupying state...
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BiH can count on ‘new energy’ from White House

Fri, 2021-02-05 07:09
Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) could expect “new energy” and support for stability in the country from the White House now that President Joe Biden is leading the country, said US ambassador to BiH, Eric Nelson. There is no difference between...
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Making Europe fit for the digital age

Fri, 2021-02-05 07:09
There has been no greater reliance on digital tools than during the current period, as Europe continues to live under the reality of a global health pandemic. In this context, the European Commission is charting Europe’s digital transition with a...
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Croatian parliamentary groups call for better protection of copyrights 

Fri, 2021-02-05 07:08
Parliamentary groups on Thursday supported stronger protection of creative industries online, as well as stronger and better protection of authors, performers, and publishers. The COVID-19 crisis has had a devastating impact on the creative and cultural industries which, along with...
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EU Commission criticises Romania’s recovery and resilience proposals

Fri, 2021-02-05 07:08
The European Commission has criticised Romania’s proposals for its national recovery and resilience plan, while a government official in Bucharest pointed out that the government had not sent an actual plan, only disparate pieces. “A first observation from the Commission...
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Bulgaria preparing for third coronavirus peak

Fri, 2021-02-05 07:08
Bulgarian health authorities are expecting a third coronavirus peak in three weeks after a forecast made on Thursday by Ventsislav Mutafchiiski, the chairman of the National Operations Centre against COVID-19. Just three days earlier, the government had relaxed restrictive measures...
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