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Global Europe Brief: EU-Magnitsky Act, strategy gaps & NATO in space and under the seas

Fri, 2020-10-23 09:09
Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU in the global perspective from our foreign affairs news team: Georgi Gotev and Alexandra Brzozowski. You can subscribe here. /// STRATEGY HOLES The European Commission published its 2021 work programme this week,...
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Trump and Biden remain thin on foreign policy in final debate

Fri, 2020-10-23 08:02
Republican President Donald Trump and Democrat contender Joe Biden faced-off in their final debate on Thursday (22 October), with less than two weeks to go before the US presidential election on 3 November.
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Trump, US intelligence chief push to declassify document on Russia’s 2016 election role

Fri, 2020-10-23 06:47
US President Donald Trump and his intelligence chief have pushed for quick declassification of a document disputing the 2017 intelligence community finding that Russia acted to help Trump get elected in 2016.
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Europe needs laws to stop import of deforestation-linked products, lawmakers say

Fri, 2020-10-23 06:30
The European Parliament on Thursday (22 October) called for the European Union to introduce laws to prevent the import of commodities and products linked to deforestation and human rights abuses.
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Nigeria president warns protesters as unrest flares

Fri, 2020-10-23 06:30
Nigeria's president has urged an end to unrest sweeping the country but avoided mentioning the police shooting of unarmed demonstrators that sparked international condemnation and unleashed chaos in Africa's biggest city.
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Poland closer to total ban on abortion after top court ruling

Fri, 2020-10-23 06:22
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the failed attempt of Spanish far-right party Vox to oust Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's government, 'Poland's highest court making it even harder to get an abortion in the country legally, and so much more.
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Lockdown or no lockdown in Belgium?

Fri, 2020-10-23 06:21
With rising infections rates, health experts and politicians are torn whether to return the country into a full lockdown as in spring or continue targeted partial measures. The confusion comes as more and more health experts have spoken out in...
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Solar’s unique opportunity to lead the re-industrialisation of Europe

Fri, 2020-10-23 06:16
Planning for large scale, high volume solar PV manufacturing here in Europe may seem like a tall task, but it is becoming more and more apparent that the scale of the climate crisis dwarfs even the most ambitious of plans, writes Stefan Degner.
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Pandemic cannot slow down reforms, stakeholders warn

Fri, 2020-10-23 06:11
The coronavirus pandemic must not slow down the reforms and the European integration of the Western Balkans, participants of a panel discussion at the Belgrade Security Forum said on Thursday, attended by EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi. At the event,...
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Government committee tasked to examine radicalisation in Croatia

Fri, 2020-10-23 06:08
Croatia’s government has tasked the Coordinating Committee for Homeland Security to analyse the emergence of radicalisation in Croatian society and make recommendations to prevent it to relevant bodies. According to Veterans’ Affairs Minister Tomor Medved, who is also leading the...
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Bulgaria in desperate need of doctors

Fri, 2020-10-23 06:07
As Bulgaria reported a record number of 1,472 new daily COVID-19 infections and 29 related deaths on Thursday, the biggest concern for the Bulgarian authorities is the lack of doctors in hospitals. Hospitals in the capital, Sofia, and a number...
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Military medical staff to help with COVID-19 pandemic

Fri, 2020-10-23 06:07
The Czech government approved on Thursday the 90-day stay of 300 military medical staff from EU and NATO members who would help the Czech Republic curb the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision must yet be passed by both houses of parliament....
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Universal use of masks impose in Greece

Fri, 2020-10-23 06:06
Greece has imposed stricter measures to fight the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Masks are mandatory everywhere, not only indoors but also outdoors. In areas with a dangerous increase in cases, traffic will be prohibited from 12.30 after midnight...
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Portugal could define a pragmatic EU approach to China

Fri, 2020-10-23 06:06
Portugal is well-placed to use its presidency to define a pragmatic EU approach to China because it recognises the relationship’s complexity, yet considers it crucial, according to the latest report by European Council for Foreign Relations (ECFR). The report, seen...
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Spanish far-right no-confidence motion flops by huge margin

Fri, 2020-10-23 06:05
An attempt by Spain’s far-right party Vox to table a no-confidence motion against the government of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez flopped on Thursday after two days of heated and divisive debate in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Vox leader...
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Quick COVID-19 tests in Italian pharmacies

Fri, 2020-10-23 06:05
In addition to regular testing options, fast-result COVID-19 tests will be conducted in pharmacies, Health Minister Roberto Speranza confirmed on Thursday as the number of infections hit a new daily record in Italy with 16,079 new infections registered and 136...
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Xi invokes Chinese military might with US in mind

Fri, 2020-10-23 06:05
President Xi Jinping issued a sharp warning Friday (23 October) to potential "invaders" of Beijing's military resolve, speaking on the 70th anniversary of his nation's entry into the Korean War, the only time Chinese forces have fought US rivals.
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Finland considers EU to be a means to foster security

Fri, 2020-10-23 06:04
Finland sees the EU increasingly as a means to enhance the country’s security and a barricade against geo-economic threats, according to a new research paper published on Thursday by the Finnish Institute of Foreign Affairs (FIIA). The report marks the...
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Portugal to invest €43 billion in large infrastructure by 2030

Fri, 2020-10-23 06:04
Portugal's prime minister announced €43 billion of public infrastructure investment on Thursday (22 October), including a high-speed rail link between Lisbon and the country's second largest city, Porto, to be carried out by 2030.
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Mediterranean Union boss: We are doomed to work together

Fri, 2020-10-23 06:00
Countries are “doomed to work together and find common solutions” as partners, particularly in the face of the growing climate emergency in the region, Nasser Kamel, secretary-general of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), told EURACTIV in an interview. Kamel...
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