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France launches investigation into Pegasus spying allegations

Thu, 2021-07-22 12:38
The French government spokesman announced this morning (July 22) that "investigations have been launched" after the revelations of "Project Pegasus" which claim that one of Emmanuel Macron's phone numbers was spied on by Morocco.
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‘Pingdemic’ grips Britain as fears of food shortages grow

Thu, 2021-07-22 12:00
Britain's supermarkets, wholesalers and hauliers were struggling on Thursday (22 July) to ensure stable food and fuel supplies after an official health app told hundreds of thousands of workers to isolate after contact with someone with COVID-19.
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Tashkent conference: Connectivity and the need for a stable Afghanistan

Thu, 2021-07-22 11:47
EURACTIV republishes the latest blogpost by EU Foreign Affairs Chief Josep Borrell who takes stock from his participation to the Central-South Asia Connectivity Conference held in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, on 15-16 July.
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Russia takes Ukraine to European court over MH17 plane crash

Thu, 2021-07-22 11:09
Russia said Thursday (22 July) it had filed a complaint against Ukraine with the European Court of Human Rights, blaming Kyiv for the 2014 crash of a Malaysian airliner and civilian deaths in Russia and Ukraine.
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China rejects WHO plan for study of COVID-19 origin

Thu, 2021-07-22 10:57
China rejected on Thursday (22 July) a World Health Organization (WHO) plan for a second phase of an investigation into the origin of the coronavirus, which includes the hypothesis it could have escaped from a Chinese laboratory, a top health...
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France to capitalise on ‘resounding success’ of green renovation

Thu, 2021-07-22 09:28
The government's MaPrimeRenov' scheme, which helps households make energy efficiency renovation of buildings is a "resounding success", France's ecological transition ministry said on Monday (19 July), hoping many more will apply to the scheme in 2021. EURACTIV France reports.
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Ukraine gets compensation in exchange for US-Germany deal on Nord Stream 2

Thu, 2021-07-22 07:03
Germany and the US struck a compromise on Wednesday (21 July) over the construction of the Russian-backed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. According to the deal, Germany will provide assistance for Ukraine's energy security, with an initial donation of €148.3 million.
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Cyprus warns citizens to reject Turkey’s calls for property claims

Thu, 2021-07-22 06:04
In today's edition of the capitals, find out more about Orban's announcement of a controversial referendum on the country's LGBTQI+ law provisions, Slovakia facing protests over new COVID-19 restrictions, and so much more.
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US lawmakers push carbon border tariff similar to EU’s CBAM

Thu, 2021-07-22 06:04
Democrats in the US Senate are considering a "polluter import fee", similar to the EU’s recently unveiled carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM), to help fund President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion recovery package.
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After resignation, aide issues scathing critique of Slovenia’s justice ministry

Thu, 2021-07-22 06:03
Author and professor Anže Erbežnik has voiced harsh criticism of the justice ministry and of his former boss in a letter released after he resigned as a state secretary, saying it had been impossible to work in a way that...
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Beyond the strategy review: the ECB must act on climate

Thu, 2021-07-22 06:00
The European Central Bank (ECB)'s new monetary policy is a positive step, but it needs more ambition to tackle its climate problem, warns a group of European lawmakers, environmental activists and economists.
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Poland gears up for fight over EU climate cash

Thu, 2021-07-22 06:00
Poland wants more EU money to finance its green transition. But getting its hands on EU cash will require the government to put forward a credible roadmap for the country’s energy transition, which is currently lacking. EURACTIV’s media partner, Wysokie Napięcie, reports.
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North Macedonia’s PM: We will look for alternatives to EU blockade

Thu, 2021-07-22 05:59
There is great disappointment and trauma among the citizens after the blockade of Macedonia’s European path, but the country will not look for alternatives, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev told DW’s Conflict Zone in an interview. In the interview, Zaev talked...
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Cyprus warns citizens to reject Turkey’s calls for property claims

Thu, 2021-07-22 05:57
The National Council of Cyprus has called on Greek Cypriots to avoid appealing to a commission established by the pseudo-state occupied by Turkey in northern Cyprus in order to take back their properties, saying this would pose severe threats for...
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Vucic: Serbia will protect interests if Kosovo campaigns for independence

Thu, 2021-07-22 05:56
Serbia would do everything to protect its interests if Kosovo violates the Washington Agreement signed in 2020, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said on Wednesday, pointing to Belgrade and Pristina being both obliged to refrain from campaigning for withdrawals like lobbying...
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Romania sees increase in COVID-19 cases

Thu, 2021-07-22 05:55
Romania confirmed more than 100 new COVID-19 cases within a day on Wednesday for the first day in more than a month. Authorities estimate the number of COVID-19 cases will increase slowly, but continue to progress as the government plans...
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EU ministers discuss preparations for COP26 conference

Thu, 2021-07-22 05:50
EU environment ministers meeting for an informal session at Brdo pri Kranju have discussed the UN climate conference COP26, to be held in Glasgow in November. Slovenian Environment Minister Andrej Vizjak said the discussion on Tuesday sought to analyse the...
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UNESCO strips Liverpool of its world heritage status

Thu, 2021-07-22 05:48
The English city of Liverpool was removed from UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites on Wednesday (21 July) because new buildings undermined the attractiveness of its Victorian docks, making it only the third site to be removed from the prestigious...
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Centre-right Bulgarian party supports North Macedonia EU integration

Thu, 2021-07-22 05:47
The centre-right pro-European coalition Democratic Bulgaria was the only political formation to openly support the EU integration of North Macedonia on the first day of the new Bulgarian parliament on Wednesday. “We in this parliament must defend the Bulgarian national...
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Several Slovakian border crossings blocked due to protests

Thu, 2021-07-22 05:34
Protesters attempted on Wednesday to block multiple border crossings in protest against new COVID-19 measures announced last week by the government. Traffic jams were reported on a crossing Čunovo-Rajka to Hungary near the capital city Bratislava, where at least 50...
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