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EU countries still struggle to approve border reopening ‘safe list’

Tue, 2020-06-30 05:35
EU member states are still struggling to approve a list of “safe countries” from where travellers could visit Europe in July, with the issue now being put to a vote, diplomats said on Monday (29 June). EU envoys on Friday...
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WHO says pandemic ‘not even close’ to over as death toll passes 500,000

Tue, 2020-06-30 05:30
The COVID-19 pandemic is "not even close to being over", the WHO warned Monday (28 June), as the global death toll passed half a million and cases surged in Latin America and the US.
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Entering a new, more Putin-like, Russia

Tue, 2020-06-30 05:19
On 25 June 2020, the Russian citizens embarked on a journey that might transform their country in many ways and keep the Russian president Vladimir Putin and his apparatchiks in power until 2036, writes Pavel Havlicek.
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Turkey, Austria trade barbs over Kurdish-Turkish clashes in Vienna

Tue, 2020-06-30 05:05
Austria and Turkey accused each other on Monday (29 June) of responding inappropriately to clashes between Kurdish and Turkish protesters in Vienna last week, further straining relations.
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Maduro gives EU ambassador 72 hours to leave Venezuela

Tue, 2020-06-30 05:00
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro on Monday (29 June) gave the head of the EU mission in Caracas, Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa, 72 hours to leave the country after the bloc announced sanctions against 11 Venezuelan officials. “Who are they to try...
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China passes feared Hong Kong security law, enters tit-for-tat with US

Tue, 2020-06-30 04:58
China passed a sweeping national security law for Hong Kong on Tuesday (30 June), a historic move that critics and many western governments fear will smother the finance hub’s freedoms and hollow out its autonomy. The legislation was unanimously approved...
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EU grapples with ‘regressive’ climate laws

Mon, 2020-06-29 18:56
Avoiding another “yellow vest” movement will be crucial for the success of the energy transition as Europe moves forward with a new wave of policies aimed at cutting emissions down to net zero by 2050, policymakers say.
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Mastercard senior executive: ‘We want to help to achieve European sovereignty’

Mon, 2020-06-29 16:25
The European Commission will unveil later this year a strategy to integrate the retail payment sector in Europe and reduce dependency on third-country credit card firms. Mastercard, one of those players, is supportive of the EU strategy, its senior executive, Jason Lane, told EURACTIV.
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Europe’s Experience Readiness Level – Navigating IoT and Arts in a New Digital World

Mon, 2020-06-29 14:48
The EU must deploy large scale projects quickly, or we’ll miss the next tech wave carrying us into the ‘New Digital Era’, writes Eva Kaili.
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The Brief – Going to the polls after COVID-19

Mon, 2020-06-29 14:45
What is it with Eastern Europe and the rush to the polling stations as soon as the lockdown measures were relaxed?
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Tokayev: the development and prosperity of Kazakhstan is in our hands [Promoted content]

Mon, 2020-06-29 14:36
Having become president of Kazakhstan after a landslide election victory a year ago, and recently returned from Moscow, where at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin he participated in a parade to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev gave an interview to the popular newspaper Ana Tili.
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Digitalization could preserve minority languages, MEP says

Mon, 2020-06-29 14:27
An increased reliance on digitalization could help to preserve minority languages despite the English language dominating online, a leading MEP has said.  
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‘Sovereignty and solidarity’: Germany’s plans for the EU’s foreign policy

Mon, 2020-06-29 14:23
Solidarity and sovereignty is the name of the game for the German presidency, according to Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD). In a speech on Monday, he emphasised the need for greater EU independence from the current geopolitical power struggle between the US and China.
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Italy no longer among EU’s ‘top 5’ host countries for asylum seekers

Mon, 2020-06-29 13:44
For the first time since 2015, asylum applications in the EU started to rise again in 2019. However, Italy is no longer among the main host countries while Germany retains its top spot. EURACTIV Italy reports.
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Achieving a digital and sustainable recovery

Mon, 2020-06-29 13:41
The COVID-19 crisis led to new creative solutions and long-term policies to make society more resilient to future shocks.
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Moment of truth for the Youth Guarantee

Mon, 2020-06-29 13:18
The Youth Guarantee scheme will be relaunched this week and the Commission must  learn from the mistakes of its first run, argue Ludovic Voet and Tea Jarc.
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Digital tools needed to help apply fertiliser targets to national level, say stakeholders

Mon, 2020-06-29 13:02
EU-wide targets for the reduction of fertilisers, as outlined in the Farm to Fork strategy, must now be translated to country-specific targets, and for this farmers need access to the latest tools and technologies to allow them to reach these targets and get an accurate picture of the situation, stakeholders have said.
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EU trade chief Hogan says he will not seek to head WTO

Mon, 2020-06-29 11:49
European Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said on Monday (29 June) he would not seek to become the next director-general of the World Trade Organisation, despite having previously stated he was looking into the possibility.
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Artificial Intelligence: The time for ethics is over

Mon, 2020-06-29 10:00
Organising ethical debates has long been an efficient way for industry to delay and avoid hard regulation. Europe now needs strong, enforceable rights for its citizens, writes  Green MEP Alexandra Geese.
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A call to Germany’s EU Council Presidency: Strengthen Europe’s pandemic response workforce [Promoted content]

Mon, 2020-06-29 10:00
Why a professionalised trained pest management sector can help better prepare for future health crises while contributing to sustainability goals, reconciling both short-term and long-term objectives of the German Presidency.
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