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Faster rail connection between China and Finland

Thu, 2021-12-02 06:05
With the help of an improved rail connection, freight between China and Finland will be delivered in six or seven days rather than the current ten, according to the plans of United Transport and Logistics Company-Eurasian Rail Alliance (JSC UTLC...
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EU members agree more sanctions against Belarus targets

Thu, 2021-12-02 06:05
EU diplomats agreed Wednesday (1 December) to add 28 individuals and bodies to its Belarus sanctions list in response to the alleged channelling of migrants to the bloc's borders.
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What Christmas trees can teach us about fair supply chains [Promoted content]

Thu, 2021-12-02 06:00
In light of new supply chain laws, an effective due diligence and corporate responsibility is becoming of even greater importance for many companies. The case of Christmas trees shows which aspects are key to implementing fair supply chains.
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Last location with press access to Hungary’s ruling party closed

Thu, 2021-12-02 05:51
The street in front of the prime minister’s office and site of most cabinet meetings, the last place with meaningful press access to leading government figures in Budapest, has been cordoned off, Telex reported via On 25 November, the entire length of...
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Report: Violence systematically increased at Poland-Belarus border

Thu, 2021-12-02 05:49
A calendar of events describing the actions of Belarusian and Polish officials show a systematic increase in violence since the start of the crisis in the second half of August, a new report published by the NGO Grup Granica based...
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Austrian super-minister Gewessler kills €2 billion highway project

Thu, 2021-12-02 05:48
A highway project near Vienna has failed to pass the “climate check” of the climate, environment and transport ministry, the ministry’s chief, Leonore Gewessler, has announced. Her ministry had also blocked another expressway in Lower Austria. “I don’t want us...
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Czechia expels Lukashenko supporter

Thu, 2021-12-02 05:48
Czechia has expelled Vladimir Bazanov, the Belarusian Football Association president and loyal supporter of Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko. Bazanov and his wife were detained on 20 November by the Czech immigration police after they entered the country without a visa...
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Poland frowns at EU-proposed longer legal limbo for migrants from Belarus

Thu, 2021-12-02 05:26
The European Commission on Wednesday (1 December) proposed letting member states bordering Belarus, and facing migrant flows allegedly orchestrated by Minsk, to keep arrivals' asylum claims in legal limbo for longer. But Poland called the move ‘counter-productive’.
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Portugal exceeds limits for all environmental categories, study finds

Thu, 2021-12-02 05:10
Portugal has exceeded pollution limits in all environmental categories like greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, according to a study released on Wednesday (1 December), which said future generations will have to emit half the amount of its predecessors.
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European insurers fear sanctions coming down Nord Stream 2 pipe

Thu, 2021-12-02 05:03
A simmering threat of sanctions against the operator of the $11 billion Nord Stream 2 pipeline risks shutting off cover from European insurers for the politically-sensitive project to bring Russian gas directly to Germany.
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France debates merger that would lead to media colossus

Wed, 2021-12-01 18:24
The announcement that France's two leading television groups, TF1 and M6, would merge to face US giants like Netflix or Amazon Prime is raising major concerns about competition and media ownership being concentrated among just a few players in the country. EURACTIV France reports.
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The Brief, powered by ELF — Times have never been better for EU reform

Wed, 2021-12-01 15:45
There has never been a better time to push for European integration. With pro-European governments in France, Italy and Germany, reform of the bloc seems to be within reach – for the first time in years.  The shift is especially...
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Time to ‘think about mandatory vaccination’: EU chief

Wed, 2021-12-01 15:26
It is time for the European Union to "think about mandatory vaccination" against Covid, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday (1 December), while stressing member state governments would decide.
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MEPs attack Commission for proposal to ease migration rules over Belarus crisis

Wed, 2021-12-01 15:24
The European Union executive proposed on Wednesday (1 December) temporarily looser asylum rules, allowing Poland and its two Baltic neighbours, Lithuania and Latvia, to handle migrants pushed by Belarus to their shared border, but the proposal angered EU lawmakers and rights groups.
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Stability in the Mediterranean region will bring stability to Europe [Promoted content]

Wed, 2021-12-01 15:00
Stability in the Mediterranean region will bring stability to Europe. It is time to continue to strengthen dialogue with a stronger commitment of partnership and cooperation. We do share the same challenges. Only together, can we mutually seize the same opportunities.
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Russia has ‘no right’ to establish a sphere of influence, NATO chief says

Wed, 2021-12-01 15:00
Tensions over Ukraine escalated on Wednesday (1 December) after Russia’ demanded ‘guarantees’ from NATO that the military alliance would not expand to Europe’s East. In a joint session with their Georgian and Ukrainian counterparts, NATO foreign ministers meeting in Riga,...
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Omicron variant: Hope for the best, be prepared for the worst, says von der Leyen

Wed, 2021-12-01 14:52
Although more research is needed into the COVID-19 Omicron variant, Europe knows "enough to be concerned," according to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
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Lithium from German geothermal plants could supply a million electric vehicles a year from 2025

Wed, 2021-12-01 14:31
Batteries made with zero-emission lithium from geothermal plants in Germany could power one million vehicles per year by the mid-2020s, according to Vulcan Energy, a company setting out to produce climate neutral lithium in Europe.
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How the EU law on online services wants to restore trust in the digital sphere

Wed, 2021-12-01 14:24
The general approach to the Digital Services Act (DSA) has been one of the major achievements of the Slovenian Presidency and on 25 November, EU ministers unanimously adopted the mandate to initiate the interinstitutional negotiations on it. The agreement was reached just 11 months after the presentation of the proposal under the leadership of the Slovenian Presidency.
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Media Partnership: Healthy soils for sustainable agriculture

Wed, 2021-12-01 14:05
You can watch and find out about healthy soils for sustainable agriculture. Prof. Ettore Capri from the OPERA research center, had the privilege of inviting policymakers, academia, industry and civil society to join us in a lively debate moderated by EURACTIV.
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