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Transformation of African economies – The case of Botswana as a gateway to doing business in Africa

Thu, 2020-10-15 14:35
With growing infrastructure development and geographically in a central location, Botswana is seen by some as the gateway to doing business in the region, and a credible entry point to access the entire continent.
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The Brief, powered by logos – Faltered carbon

Thu, 2020-10-15 14:21
EU leaders will talk climate policy at today’s Council summit, but the big moment will come at December’s meeting when they will likely agree on new emissions-busting measures. It is worth asking: is the EU fundamentally equipped to tackle climate breakdown?
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US and Chinese tech giants welcomed into ‘EU sovereign’ cloud project

Thu, 2020-10-15 13:39
Global technology giants including Google, Microsoft, and IBM, in addition to Chinese players in the market, are welcome to take part in the EU's ambitious cloud infrastructure project Gaia-X, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Thursday (15 October).
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The UK, the EU and fisheries: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Thu, 2020-10-15 13:22
Just as Europeans aren’t asking for the sacrifice of British businesses in order to maintain access to the EU single market, we cannot accept the sacrifice of our fishermen, write Pierre Karleskind, Nathalie Loiseau and 57 other MEPs.
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EU sanctions senior Putin aides over Navalny, Libya

Thu, 2020-10-15 11:56
The EU on Thursday (15 October) sanctioned senior aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin, including the man known as his chef, over the poisoning of opposition figure Alexei Navalny and Kremlin meddling in Libya's civil war.
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French and Dutch call for ‘regulating access to users’ for Big Tech giants

Thu, 2020-10-15 11:54
Forthcoming EU rules to rein in the dominance of the Big Tech giants should include measures to regulate Big Tech from accumulating too many users at the disadvantage of smaller competitors, a position paper from France and the Netherlands says.
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Experts warn of ‘inevitable disruption’ of food supply chains with no-deal Brexit

Thu, 2020-10-15 10:56
After the United Kingdom voted against including guarantees on food standards in its post-Brexit legislation this week, experts have warned that a no-deal Brexit holds wide-ranging ramifications for food safety and businesses.
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EU’s new chemical strategy aims to prohibit hazardous substances until proven safe

Thu, 2020-10-15 10:43
The European Commission's new chemicals strategy, published on Wednesday (14 October), proposes to ban the most toxic substances by default, authorising them only on a case-by-case basis when they are proven to be indispensable to society.
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Divisions over economic criteria in cohesion policy negotiations

Thu, 2020-10-15 10:16
Negotiations on cohesion policy between the European Parliament, Commission and Council will take place on Thursday (15 October), focusing on how strictly the flow of money is regulated and whether it should be distributed according to economic criteria. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Civil society driving change: Towards a new quality of the Africa-Europe partnership [Stakeholder Opinion]

Thu, 2020-10-15 10:00
The African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) have long announced their intention to establish closer cooperation. But postponing the sixth AU-EU summit, originally planned for October 2020, is yet another example of the half-hearted political relations between our...
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Poland and Hungary score against Commission over taxes

Thu, 2020-10-15 09:41
The EU Court of Justice’s advocate general dismissed on Thursday (15 October) the European Commission’s appeal about Poland and Hungary’s tax regimes and recommended upholding the verdict in favour of the two eastern member states.
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EU launches ‘renovation wave’ for greener, more stylish buildings

Thu, 2020-10-15 08:56
The European Commission launched a renovation wave and a “new European Bauhaus” on Wednesday (14 October), aiming to rally popular support behind plans to cut emissions from buildings and reduce energy bills.
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European Parliament cancels Strasbourg session and goes virtual

Thu, 2020-10-15 08:00
The European Parliament will hold next week's plenary session by videoconference as a precaution against coronavirus, European Parliament President Davide Sassoli said Thursday (15 October), despite French insistence on resuming the assembly's monthly Strasbourg sessions.
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EU antitrust regulators may narrow Amazon investigation – sources

Thu, 2020-10-15 07:19
EU antitrust regulators may narrow the scope of their year-long investigation into Amazon to speed up the case against the U.S. online retail giant, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
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Czechs drop opposition to 2030 climate goal ahead of EU summit

Thu, 2020-10-15 06:38
The Czech Republic said it was ready to back the EU’s proposed 2030 target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 55%, provided that the objective is a collective one and that EU state aid rules do not hamper its nuclear ambitions.
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Azerbaijan warns over pipelines as Nagorno-Karabakh tensions rise

Thu, 2020-10-15 06:35
Azerbaijan accused Armenia on Wednesday (14 October) of trying to attack its gas and oil pipelines and warned of a “severe” response as tensions rose sharply around a fraying ceasefire in the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.
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Greta Thunberg urges EU to do ‘as much as possible’ on climate

Thu, 2020-10-15 06:30
Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg on Wednesday urged EU leaders to "do as much as possible" to step up the bloc's ambitions to reduce carbon output at this week's summit.
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German restrictions ‘not tough enough to avert disaster’, says Merkel

Thu, 2020-10-15 06:29
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Hungarians receiving $10,000 for renovating their homes as a way to recover from the coronavirus crisis, more women than men losing their jobs in Austria as a result of the crisis, and so much more.
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Europe: Time to Paris!

Thu, 2020-10-15 06:15
Today is the last European summit where EU leaders will meet before the Paris Agreement's 5th birthday party, and there is still no agreement on the table to increase the EU's contribution to the UN, write Parents for Future Germany.
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PRISTINA – Lajčak’s day in Kosovo

Thu, 2020-10-15 06:10
“In my meetings with the leaders of coalition parties, there was a clear understanding that there is no way around the Belgrade-Priština Dialogue and a comprehensive agreement solving all outstanding issues,” EU Special Representative for Belgrade-Priština Dialogue Miroslav Lajčák said...
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