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BRUSSELS – Phase 2

Wed, 2020-05-13 06:33
Belgium’s National Security Council meets on Wednesday to discuss Phase 2 of the country’s exit strategy which is meant to start on 18 May. The positive trend seen in Belgium’s case figures makes another easing of lockdown measures likely. After...
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PARIS – Twitter taken to court for hate speech

Wed, 2020-05-13 06:33
Four anti-discrimination associations took Twitter to court in Paris, claiming that the social network had “long and persistently” failed to meet its obligations in terms of content moderation, according to a document sent to AFP.  “Faced with a 43% increase...
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EU seeks trade truce with US amid virus crisis

Wed, 2020-05-13 06:32
The EU's top trade official hopes the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic will spur efforts to heal US trade ties, bogged down in a tit-for-tat tariff feud.
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BERLIN – Continued pressure to open borders

Wed, 2020-05-13 06:32
The pressure continues to mount on conservative Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) not to extend the closure of Germany’s borders, which is set to expire on 15 May. While the European Commission will present guidelines to lift the border controls...
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Romania shuts down websites with fake COVID-19 news

Wed, 2020-05-13 06:31
The declaration of a state of emergency in Romania due to COVID-19 has brought with it a first for the country – the authorities have started to close down news sites for promoting false information related to the pandemic. The...
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Electric car sales in Europe jumped 57% in Q1 2020

Wed, 2020-05-13 06:20
Registrations of electric cars in Europe jumped 57.4% in the first quarter of 2020, but still only accounted for 4.3% of total registrations, auto industry data showed on Tuesday, as carmakers struggle to meet tough new anti-pollution rules.
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Austria’s Kurz aims to lift border controls to Switzerland by June

Wed, 2020-05-13 06:03
Austria aims to ease some border controls with Switzerland within days and to end all controls by June, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told Swiss broadcaster SRF on Tuesday (12 May), as countries push ahead with loosening COVID-19 restrictions.
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Insect-based foodstuffs hold ‘enormous potential’ for EU sustainability goals

Wed, 2020-05-13 05:44
With the presentation of the long-awaited Farm to Fork strategy due in the coming days, EURACTIV took a look at the potential that insects hold for contributing to the goals of the strategy and creating a more self-reliant, sustainable food system in the EU.
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Polish opposition threatens to block plans for rescheduled election

Wed, 2020-05-13 05:42
Poland's main opposition grouping threatened on Tuesday (12 May) to block planning for a delayed presidential election, accusing the ruling coalition of rushing a voting plan through parliament for political gain.
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EU to preserve refund safety-net for travel vouchers

Wed, 2020-05-13 05:26
The European Commission will later on Wednesday (13 May) publish a common rulebook for voluntary travel vouchers, which advises that state aid could be used to set up guarantee funds, according to documents seen by EURACTIV.
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EU medicines agency silent over dangerous off-label drug use to induce labour

Wed, 2020-05-13 05:25
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has remained silent over the off-label use of a drug to induce labour which has, according to media investigations, led to severe health implications and even deaths.
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Merkel: Germany must help other EU states get back on their feet

Wed, 2020-05-13 05:15
Germany must help its European Union neighbours revive their economies after the coronavirus crisis, Chancellor Angela Merkel told a meeting of lawmakers from her conservative bloc on Tuesday (12 May), according to several participants.
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Europe’s defence budget up in the air amid COVID-19 recovery spending

Wed, 2020-05-13 05:11
EU countries should avoid slashing defence spending under pressure from the economic fallout of the coronavirus, the EU’s chief diplomat Joseph Borrell said on Tuesday (13 May), warning that the COVID-19 crisis could spark unforeseen security challenges.
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Confined life under COVID-19 focuses global attention on the need to renovate homes [Promoted content]

Wed, 2020-05-13 05:00
Weeks of staying inside to limit the spread of Coronavirus mean we've rarely been more sensitive to what it means to be at home. New EU budget proposals in the light of the pandemic are a chance to invest in renovation, for the millions of people living in houses they can’t afford to heat or cool properly – and for Europe’s economic recovery.
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Sassoli to Orbán: you are welcome to debate but come in person

Tue, 2020-05-12 17:33
European Parliament President David Sassoli has welcomed the Hungarian government's wish to present its point of view during a debate on Budapest's controversial coronavirus law but said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán should personally come to Brussels and take part in the discussions on Thursday (14 May).
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The Brief, powered by IPA Europe – Climate hawks vs doves

Tue, 2020-05-12 14:33
The battle against the coronavirus outbreak tops most fight cards but there are climate brawls to be had too. Some are in progress, while others are only just beginning. Better strap yourselves in before the hawks and doves go to war.
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MEPs chart path for a European approach to Artificial Intelligence

Tue, 2020-05-12 13:46
EU lawmakers debated the bloc's approach to regulating Artificial Intelligence technologies on Tuesday (12 May), in an effort to chart a path for how the EU will manage the onset of next-generation technologies.
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Little is known of how COVID-19 will fare in summer weather conditions

Tue, 2020-05-12 13:42
Could France witness a second COVID-19 wave this summer? For now, this is difficult to decide since the possible pandemic rebound will depend on how the virus responds to summer weather conditions. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'environnement reports.
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MEP Giegold on infringement: Germans in top positions must show the way

Tue, 2020-05-12 11:46
Commission boss Ursula von der Leyen may have to be tough on Germany and possibly launch infringement procedures to avoid accusations of being soft on her home country, particularly ahead of Berlin's upcoming EU presidency, according to Green MEP Sven Giegold, who had demanded explanations on the issue. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Brussels Airlines to cut staff, fleet and destinations

Tue, 2020-05-12 10:17
Brussels Airline announced a major restructuring of its business on Tuesday (12 May), including job cuts that could affect 1,000 employees, a reduction in fleet size and a smaller network of destinations.
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