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Madrid toasts lockdown easing as outdoor terraces partially reopen

Wed, 2020-05-27 05:30
Four friends sat around a table in Madrid’s central La Latina neighbourhood and enjoyed a round of beers in the late Monday morning sun, a toast to rediscovered freedoms. A year ago, it would have seemed like a perfectly ordinary spring day, but for most Madrid residents today, it was almost a landmark event.
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World countries and institutions pledge €3.1 bn for Venezuelan refugees

Wed, 2020-05-27 05:28
A virtual International Donors Conference in solidarity with Venezuelan refugees and migrants raised €3.1 billion Tuesday (26 May) from more than 60 countries and institutions to assist the displaced population of the South American country. “We have to be proud...
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German states claim sole responsibility for coronavirus regulation, sidelining federal government

Wed, 2020-05-27 05:20
At the weekend, the leader of Thuringia announced plans to end coronavirus restrictions in the eastern German state and replace them with local measures. Saxony voiced its support for the idea, while other states quickly condemned the move, possibly heralding the end the country's relatively harmonious federal coronavirus cooperation. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Ukraine is getting itself into US election troubles

Wed, 2020-05-27 05:12
Ukraine is losing friends: among other mistakes, by playing internal politics, the country’s President has taken sides in the US elections, which may be disastrous for the country in the future, writes Pavlo Fedykovych.
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Wong: EU should hurry up on Magnitsky Act to save Hong Kong

Wed, 2020-05-27 05:05
The EU should adopt a firm stance against China's recent plans for national security legislation in Hong Kong by hurrying to establish a 'Magnitsky-style' framework for human rights abuses, leading pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong has told EURACTIV.
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Macron demands carmakers turn to ‘Made in France’ for €8bn virus aid

Wed, 2020-05-27 05:00
French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled on Tuesday (26 May) an €8 billion aid package for the auto industry, which includes increased subsidies for electric car purchases and encourages manufacturers to relocate their factories back to France.
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EU Mobility Package risks becoming a roadblock to post-crisis recovery

Wed, 2020-05-27 05:00
In its current form, the Mobility Package brings no benefits for European citizens other than a new wave of migration, an exacerbation of inequalities, and an undesirable increase in CO2 emissions, writes Clotilde Armand.
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European Recovery Fund: The construction ecosystem as priority with at least €320bn dedicated budget [Promoted content]

Wed, 2020-05-27 05:00
While the European Commission is finalising its proposal for the Covid Recovery Fund, FIEC (European Construction Industry Federation), together with EBC (European Builders Confederation) and CPE (Construction Products Europe aisbl), launched a new appeal to Commissioner Thierry Breton, in order to highlight the multiplier effect of investing in construction.
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EU to unveil massive stimulus plan for post-coronavirus recovery

Wed, 2020-05-27 04:57
The European Commission will on Wednesday (27 May) unveil a plan to help the EU economy recover from its coronavirus slump with a mix of grants, loans and guarantees exceeding €1 trillion that raised controversy even before it was announced.
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Montenegro woos tourists to Europe’s ‘corona-free’ corner

Wed, 2020-05-27 04:40
Less than two months after detecting its first infection, Montenegro is the first country in Europe to declare itself coronavirus-free, a success story the tiny country hopes will lure tourists to its dazzling Adriatic coast this summer.
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The Brief – Old dogs, old tricks

Tue, 2020-05-26 14:26
Innovation could yet fall victim to the deadly touch of the coronavirus, if governments decide to bet the entire house on a pandemic recovery aimed squarely at established technologies and practices. New ideas cannot be left to die.
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EU recovery fund is a chance to accelerate the circular economy

Tue, 2020-05-26 12:32
The EU recovery fund can be used to unlock an estimated €1.8 trillion opportunity by 2030 by making better use of materials and reducing waste, write Patrick Schröder and David McGinty.
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EU and Japan commit to avoiding ‘unnecessary barriers’ in times of COVID-19

Tue, 2020-05-26 11:55
Leaders of the EU and Japan agreed on Tuesday (26 May) to avoid “unnecessary travel and export restrictions” to counter the COVID-19 pandemic, and to work together to defend multilateralism.
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Coronavirus: Swedes risk being excluded from travelling abroad

Tue, 2020-05-26 11:15
With summer approaching, many countries are preparing plans to reopen borders despite the lingering coronavirus pandemic. Sweden, however, could become a pariah because of the COVID-19's ongoing spread. EURACTIV Italia reports.
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EU police forces to employ anti-drone guns ‘illegal’ in the US

Tue, 2020-05-26 10:33
EU police forces are set to roll out Australian-made anti-drone weaponry, in order to help eliminate national security threats. However, the technology in question is prohibited by federal law in the United States.
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German and French NGOs call on governments to make green investments

Tue, 2020-05-26 10:13
One day before the EU Commission presents its long-awaited proposal for an EU reconstruction programme, a group of German and French civil society organisations has sent a letter to their respective governments.
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Better Treatments & Diagnostics [Promoted content]

Tue, 2020-05-26 10:00
As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, we have become witness to the devastating, all-encompassing impact of infectious disease. First and foremost, the pandemic remains an ongoing public health emergency with over three million confirmed cases and hundreds of thousands of human lives lost. But COVID-19 has also emerged as an economic, social, and human rights crisis.
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European Patent Office endorses EU’s stance on conventionally-bred plants

Tue, 2020-05-26 09:53
The longstanding legal saga on patentability for plants obtained by conventional biological processes has been seemingly put to an end after the Enlarged Body of the European Patent Office (EPO) published an opinion upholding the EU's standpoint.
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VW headaches, ‘floating Chernobyl’ & mammoth graveyard

Tue, 2020-05-26 09:04
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Volt MEP: Abolishing unanimity is key to making the EU more effective

Tue, 2020-05-26 08:28
The coronavirus crisis has once again shown that reforms of "the basic structure" of the EU are necessary, including abolishing unanimity in the European Council, to strengthen the EU's ability to act, German MEP Damian Boeselager (Volt) told EURACTIV Germany in an interview.
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