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STOCKHOLM – Faster military aid between neighbours

Mon, 2020-02-10 07:28
The Swedish government is proposing a legislative reform to enable faster decisions on providing and receiving military support between Sweden and Finland.  Although the two countries already have a framework for defence cooperation, the Swedish government’s proposal would give it...
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HELSINKI – Fathers to get longer parental leave

Mon, 2020-02-10 07:27
In transposing the EU directive requiring member states to give each parent a minimum of four months’ parental leave, the Finnish government decided to take it one step further, announcing that each parent would have an equal quota of five...
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DUBLIN – Sinn Féin largest party

Mon, 2020-02-10 07:26
Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald has hailed her party’s performance in the Irish general election as “something of a revolution in the ballot box,” as the Republican group won 24.5% of all first preferential votes. Fianna Fáil obtained 22.2%...
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VIENNA – Airbus’ admission of bribery brings fresh momentum into a long-lasting investigation

Mon, 2020-02-10 07:24
The affair surrounding Austria’s purchase of 18 “Eurofighter” jets from Airbus in 2003 has been the subject of investigation for many years, as it was suspected that Airbus bribed officials into buying their jets even though Saab had offered a...
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PARIS – Le Pen’s far-right Rassemblement National is looking for money

Mon, 2020-02-10 07:22
Rassemblement National is seeking to raise funds from its supporters to finance its election campaigns as it’s currently facing financial difficulties, party leader Marine Le Pen announced during a trip to Gironde. RN had already raised €4 million this way...
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Irish nationalists Sinn Fein demand place in government after strong election showing

Mon, 2020-02-10 07:18
Irish nationalists Sinn Fein demanded on Sunday (9 February) to be part of the next Irish government after early results indicated the left-wing party secured the most votes in an election that leader Mary Lou McDonald described as a ballot box "revolution".
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Thuringia reeling from post-electoral hangover after far-right alliance fiasco

Mon, 2020-02-10 07:03
Thuringia's freshly-elected Minister-President, Thomas Kemmerich of the liberal FDP party, stepped down on Saturday (8 February) after his alliance with the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) triggered nation-wide outrage.
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In snap parliamentary elections, Azeris put hopes in young candidates

Mon, 2020-02-10 06:26
Exit polls look good for the ruling party in Azerbaijan's snap elections, held on Sunday (9 February). The main difference compared to past elections is that many more young and Western-trained people are expected to fill the 125-seat Azeri Parliament.
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Greek asylum to refugees ‘not indefinite’ and reversible: minister

Mon, 2020-02-10 06:20
Greece will only grant refugee protection for three years as it struggles to integrate foreigners, the conservative government's migration minister Notis Mitarachi said in remarks published Sunday (9 February).
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China to France: Don’t discriminate against Huawei on 5G networks

Mon, 2020-02-10 06:15
The Chinese embassy in Paris on Sunday (9 February) urged the French government not to discriminate against Huawei as it selects suppliers for its 5G mobile network, saying it feared the company would face more constraints than rivals.
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Member states ‘in the dark’ on Commission’s talks with the US

Fri, 2020-02-07 17:35
A group of EU member states are unhappy about the lack of information from the European Commission on the trade talks with the US and have expressed their “nervousness” about what could be in the deal, various diplomats and European officials told EURACTIV.
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ECDC chief: Low risk for coronavirus but EU pandemic prep should be reviewed

Fri, 2020-02-07 15:44
The EU agency for infectious diseases control still considers the risk for the novel coronavirus low for Europe. However, its director is calling for a rethink of pandemic preparedness plans to help ensure Europe is equipped to deal with a virus spread scenario such as the current one in China.
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The Brief – A lucrative day’s work

Fri, 2020-02-07 15:14
Getting €93,000 for one day’s work is a lucrative business in almost anyone’s world – unless, perhaps, you are a Kardashian. It’s slightly more than Lionel Messi earns and nearly four times as much as Cristiano Ronaldo racks up on a bar bill.
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EU way off the mark on energy savings goal, latest figures show

Fri, 2020-02-07 14:57
The EU’s statistical office, Eurostat, published new figures on energy consumption for 2018 this week (4 February). As expected, they weren’t good, with the EU as a whole set to miss its 2020 energy efficiency objective by a margin of up to 5%, in what campaigners called the "biggest miss" of all 2020 targets.
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Coronavirus could hurt German economy because of its reliance on China

Fri, 2020-02-07 12:08
Since the coronavirus outbreak started, the Chinese economy has begun to suffer. As a result, Germany, and particularly its car industry, could also lose out as China is its most important trading partner. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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EU’s anti-climate-dumping tool worries Russia 

Fri, 2020-02-07 11:47
In a sign that Moscow has taken note of the EU’s plan to deploy a carbon border tax, a top Kremlin adviser has urged Russia’s business giants to start adapting now if they want to continue selling their wares in the single market.
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In post-Brexit push, Macron calls for joint European nuclear deterrence

Fri, 2020-02-07 11:03
Europeans should propose together "an international agenda of arms control" at a time when the existing treaties are questioned by other world powers and the nuclear arms race could resume, President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday as he laid out France's much-awaited post-Brexit nuclear weapons strategy.
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Google Online Safety Summit 2020 [Promoted content]

Fri, 2020-02-07 10:13
The Google.org Online Safety Summit took place in Brussels on Tuesday (4 February), showcasing Google.org Impact Challenge on Safety community organisations tackling hate, extremism and child safety online.
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Brexit may create greater support for EU policies in the Council

Fri, 2020-02-07 09:34
Without the UK, the EU can expect smoother legislative procedures in most Council configurations and policy areas, especially in justice and home affairs, institutional and budgetary matters as well as foreign policy. The voting weight of Britons will be particularly...
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Nordics bet on advanced biofuels to suit carbon neutrality ambitions

Fri, 2020-02-07 09:27
Scandinavian governments put the bar high up in their commitment to becoming carbon neutral and several companies have responded by developing new technologies to harness forest resources, the Nordic green gold, in a bid to reduce transport emissions.
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