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LONDON – Johnson U-turns on health surcharge

Fri, 2020-05-22 06:31
Boris Johnson’s government performed a surprise U-turn, scrapping the fee that non-EU migrants must pay to use the National Health Service (NHS) if they work for the NHS or as care workers. The move came just a day after Johnson...
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BRUSSELS – EU criticises Belgium’s health care system

Fri, 2020-05-22 06:30
Belgium needs to address its structural shortage of health workers and the “essential” need to ensure an adequate supply of critical medical products, the European Commission said. “The Belgian health system performs well in providing acute care in hospitals,” the...
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PARIS – A premium for thermal cars

Fri, 2020-05-22 06:30
A new vehicle purchase incentive programme to help the automotive sector is meant to be announced by the French government as early as next Monday (25 May). But the announcement is set to be controversial. The initial idea, which was...
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BERLIN – Lufthansa gets €9 billion government bailout

Fri, 2020-05-22 06:29
German airline Lufthansa will receive €9 billion in state aid after lengthy negotiations concluded within Germany’s grand coalition. In exchange, the government will take over 20% of the company’s shares and appoint two members to the company’s supervisory board. While...
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Denmark plans two huge ‘energy islands’ to meet climate goals

Fri, 2020-05-22 06:28
Denmark plans to build two “energy islands” totalling 4GW of offshore wind capacity, under plans to reduce emissions by 70% from 1990s levels by 2030 and become a green energy exporter. EURACTIV's media partner, Climate Home News, reports.
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EU INSTITUTIONS – Flawed masks recalled from member states

Fri, 2020-05-22 06:28
“Around 1.5 million masks, which have been distributed are not appropriate for use. These masks have been tested in four member states and the results are negative,” according to an internal e-mail by the EU Health Security Committee (HSC), seen...
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HELSINKI – Far-right Finns party demands eurozone exit, again

Fri, 2020-05-22 06:27
Finns Party wants eurozone exit. The country’s five-party government led by Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) should immediately start preparations for Finland to leave the eurozone, according to Jussi Halla-Aho, a vocal EU critic and chair of the populist Finns...
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Hungary closes asylum-seeker camps after EU court ruling

Fri, 2020-05-22 06:12
Hungary said Thursday (21 May) it would close "transit zone" camps where hundreds of asylum seekers and migrants were held, following a ruling by EU's top court against their detention.
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‘America first’: US secures 300 million doses of potential UK COVID-19 vaccine

Fri, 2020-05-22 06:07
The United States has secured almost a third of the first one billion doses planned for AstraZeneca's experimental COVID-19 vaccine by pledging up to $1.2 billion, as world powers scramble for medicines to get their economies back to work.
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France wants EU budget rules suspended through 2021

Fri, 2020-05-22 05:35
France on Thursday (21 May) called on the EU to suspend its strict budgetary rules for member states for this year and next due to the severe hit economies have taken during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Helping disengaged young people in times of pandemic

Fri, 2020-05-22 05:33
A European-wide project was supporting young disengaged when the COVID-19 outbreak started. EURACTIV has spoken to the organizers about how they adapted to challenging circumstances. 
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US withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty takes European allies by surprise

Fri, 2020-05-22 05:22
Washington announced on Thursday (21 May) it would withdraw from the 35-nation Open Skies Treaty, allowing unarmed surveillance flights over signatory states, the Trump administration’s latest move to pull the country out of yet another major global landmark accord.
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EU should launch a specialist team to investigate Chinese disinformation

Fri, 2020-05-22 05:15
The Chinese government has flooded the European information space with disinformation, in an effort to control the narrative around the pandemic and divert the blame. This poisonous environment created by Chinese info-war operations calls for resolute answers, write Jakub Janda and Nathalie Vogel.
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Our historic duty: A more resilient, inclusive and green recovery

Fri, 2020-05-22 05:06
The COVID-19 pandemic has created the biggest economic and societal shock in generations. As we start to get a better grip on the health emergency, we need to undertake the immense task of rebuilding our economies and repairing the staggering damage to our communities, workers and businesses, write Frans Timmermans and Fatih Birol.
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Sustainable food production concerns us all [Promoted content]

Fri, 2020-05-22 05:00
The recent COVID-19 crisis has significantly changed the way we all work and live. As we’ve all been restricted to a life of lockdown and quarantine, it has reminded us that we still live in an unpredictable world and how challenging it has been to find some stability in our lives. During this crisis, farmers did not fail us.
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‘Not if but when’: European health boss warns of virus second wave

Fri, 2020-05-22 05:00
The head of a European health advisory body on infections on Thursday (21 May) warned of a second wave of coronavirus cases, as countries across the continent ease tough lockdown measures.
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EU air safety agency urges masks, social distancing for flights

Fri, 2020-05-22 04:39
The EU’s air safety agency EASA is recommending airlines and airports impose measures such as masks and social distancing to limit the risk of coronavirus for passengers. The guidelines, produced jointly with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control...
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Parliament refuses apology for suspended Greek officials

Fri, 2020-05-22 04:25
The European Parliament has refused to publish on its English website a press release acknowledging its mistake when it targeted three Greek officials of its Athens branch as part of an administrative inquiry launched in 2018. In early 2018, an...
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UN freedom of speech rapporteur must wear several hats, says Bulgarian candidate

Fri, 2020-05-22 04:25
Iveta Cherneva, a Bulgarian author who writes about security, politics, human rights, and sustainability, and a EURACTIV contributor, has been shortlisted for the position of the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of speech.
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WHO reports record virus cases as Trump mulls in-person G7

Thu, 2020-05-21 06:30
The World Health Organization has reported the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases, as US President Donald Trump proposed hosting world leaders for the annual G7 summit as a sign of "normalization."
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