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Spying on foreigners abroad is illegal, German court says

Wed, 2020-05-20 06:47
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more Kurz and Babic opposing the Macron-Merkel recovery plan for Europe, coronavirus creating an increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths, as well as so much more.
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Enlargement Package postponed until autumn, negotiation framework to go ahead in June

Wed, 2020-05-20 06:46
Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Várhelyi confirmed to EU lawmakers on Tuesday (19 May) that the publication of the European Commission's enlargement package has been postponed until autumn due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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MEP: Macron led Germany to decisions previously ‘unthinkable’

Wed, 2020-05-20 06:43
The recent Franco-German proposal for a €500 billion Recovery Fund is the result of French President Emmanuel Macron’s “turning point” last April, MEP Sandro Gozi told EURACTIV.it in an interview. “I place a lot of hope in the European action...
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Serbian FM: Covid-19 showed how important cooperation was for the region

Wed, 2020-05-20 06:39
Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić said on Tuesday (19 May) that the pandemic had shown how important cooperation was for the region, according to a release from his ministry. In a video conference with his counterparts from the Western Balkans, as...
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BELGRADE – Opening borders with Bulgaria, Greece, Romania.

Wed, 2020-05-20 06:38
In an online meeting with leaders of Bulgaria, Greece and Romania on Tuesday (19 May) President Aleksandar Vučić said Belgrade agreed to open its borders on 1 June with the application of appropriate protective measures, according to a release from...
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ZAGREB – Grants to cover cost of rent

Wed, 2020-05-20 06:37
The state assets ministry on Tuesday (19 May) invited applications for grants to cover the cost of rent for people whose homes were made unfit to live in by the Zagreb earthquake of 22 March, Hina reported. All people left...
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BRATISLAVA – Leading feminist pushed out of public office

Wed, 2020-05-20 06:36
The director of the Department of gender equality and equality of opportunities at the country’s labour, family and social affairs ministry left her post voluntarily after nine years, she wrote on Facebook. “I loved my work although the situation has...
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LGBTQ+ and Budapest-Belgrade railway

Wed, 2020-05-20 06:35
The Hungarian parliament passed an omnibus bill that will bar citizens from legally changing their gender, in a move decried by critics as violating trans rights. During the same plenary session on Tuesday (19 May), the parliament has classified agreement...
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Spanish agriculture minister: ‘Farm to fork’ strategy cannot be implemented overnight

Wed, 2020-05-20 06:34
Spain’s Agriculture Minister Luis Planas told EURACTIV’s partner EFE Agro in an exclusive interview that the EU’s new “farm to fork” strategy, which will be presented today (20 May) cannot be implemented overnight because it would represent a turning point...
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MADRID – Carrying masks in narrow urban spaces

Wed, 2020-05-20 06:32
Spaniards will have to wear masks on public transport, in closed spaces, on city streets, and particularly in narrow urban spaces, if a minimum safety distance of two metres between citizens can’t be guaranteed. From Wednesday (20 May), the use...
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ROME – Majority to the test

Wed, 2020-05-20 06:31
Italian Justice Minister Alfonso Bonafede could face a no-confidence vote before the Senate this evening (20 May) as the centre-right opposition filed a motion of no-confidence. In recent months, Bonafede has come under fire for releasing 376 Mafiosi from prison...
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HELSINKI – Suicide spikes amid COVID-19

Wed, 2020-05-20 06:30
The number of suicides in Finland has risen by 15% compared to March and April the year before, according to the national police board’s latest numbers. While Finland’s suicide rate is generally quite high, it has gone down by 20%...
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LONDON – Schools’ still out

Wed, 2020-05-20 06:29
The question of whether schools will begin to re-open on June 1 remains unclear after a group of local authorities and teachers’ unions stated their opposition. Boris Johnson’s government is keen to reopen schools as part of the next stage...
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The EU’s state aid regime is upside down

Wed, 2020-05-20 06:15
The European Commission’s approach to state aid is contradicting green recovery ambitions. While the EU recovery programme is focused on the Green Deal, national subsidy schemes are pouring money all across the economy without clear ecological focus, writes Claude Turmes.
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Europe’s Franco-German ‘motor’ sputters back to life

Wed, 2020-05-20 06:06
President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel have jump-started the Franco-German "motor" at the heart of Europe by jointly pitching a hugely ambitious economic recovery plan, even if it faces a bumpy road ahead.
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Number of bleach-related incidents up in Belgium due to COVID-19 fears

Wed, 2020-05-20 05:45
Belgium’s Poison Control Centre has recorded an increase of 15% in the number of calls it receives since the COVID-19 outbreak in mid-March, as people have increasingly started experimenting with hazardous substances. “The consequences of the coronavirus crisis are making...
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Estonia starts testing digital immunity passport for workplaces

Wed, 2020-05-20 05:30
Estonia has started to test one of the world's first digital immunity passports, created by a team including founders of global tech startups Transferwise and Bolt, seeking a safer return to workplaces following the coronavirus lockdown.
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EU recovery funds will come with strings attached 

Wed, 2020-05-20 05:15
The EU’s unprecedented stimulus to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic will come with certain conditions which should reflect the extraordinary nature of this crisis and the European goals, senior MEPs and diplomats have said
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EU climate neutrality is essential, or recovery will be short-lived

Wed, 2020-05-20 05:10
A growing number of businesses have recognised the economic benefits of the transition to a carbon neutral economy. It is now critically important that Europe commits to strengthening the Green Deal with a 55% greenhouse gas reduction target for 2030, write Eliot Whittington and María Mendiluce.
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EU’s battery mega-projects charge on despite virus

Wed, 2020-05-20 05:05
The European Union’s quest to corner a sizeable chunk of the globe’s battery market has batted off the worst effects of the coronavirus outbreak, according to the officials tasked with overseeing the mini-industrial strategy.
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