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Annexations in the West Bank: Europeans need to punch their weight

Wed, 2020-05-20 14:47
Last week, EU foreign ministers emphasised that the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains one of the Union’s strategic interests and that they discourage possible steps towards annexations. In this vein, the EU and its member states should send a clear signal, Muriel Asseburg and Peter Lintl argue.
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Farm to Fork strategy aims to slash pesticide use and risk by half

Wed, 2020-05-20 14:30
The long-awaited EU Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy published on Wednesday (20 May) unveiled a highly anticipated 50% target for the reduction of pesticide use and risk.
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Commission upholds highly ambitious targets to transform EU food system

Wed, 2020-05-20 13:57
After several delays, the EU's new flagship food policy was finally released on Wednesday (20 May), confirming the aspiration of the EU executive to transform the European way of producing, distributing and consuming food.
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Commission warns against the risk of the COVID19 becoming a social crisis

Wed, 2020-05-20 13:05
The economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic has hit the European economy hard, but not equally across all countries and sectors, and the fragmentation could lead to a social crisis, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights Nicolas Schmit warned on Wednesday (20 May). 
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Brussels bares teeth with launch of new biodiversity plan

Wed, 2020-05-20 12:08
The European Commission is getting tough on biodiversity with a new set of “nature restoration targets” announced for publication next year, which the EU executive says will be strictly enforced.
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‘Frugal Four’ working on counter-proposal to Franco-German recovery fund

Wed, 2020-05-20 12:02
The €500 billion Franco-German EU recovery plan, presented on Monday (18 May), is too generous, according to the "Frugal Four" countries, who are working on a counter-proposal insisting on loans instead of grants and subsidies, diplomatic circles confirmed to EURACTIV Germany.
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Forests are crucial for building resilience in a post COVID-19 world

Wed, 2020-05-20 11:30
The Commission's new Biodiversity Strategy shows how forests are crucial for building resilience in a post COVID-19 world, writes Giulia Bondi.
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Debate to relocate US nuclear weapons to Poland irks Russia

Wed, 2020-05-20 10:12
Some US officials are eyeing Poland as a new home to the US nuclear arsenal in Europe, after German Social Democrats reopened the debate about whether the country should remain under Washington’s protective nuclear umbrella. And the latest twist has already displeased Russia, Poland's mighty eastern neighbour.
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COVID-19: What next for the Mediterranean?

Wed, 2020-05-20 10:07
The Euro-Mediterranean region needs to build its own development strategy in response to the coronavirus crisis, writes Nasser Kamel.
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Germany still hesitating to link stimulus packages with climate targets

Wed, 2020-05-20 09:22
France, the Netherlands and Austria want to put environmentally friendly conditions on aid for corporations. In Germany, companies themselves are calling for a climate stimulus package, yet Economy Minister Peter Altmaier is hesitating. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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As Europe slowly exits lockdown, Sweden hunkers down for long haul

Wed, 2020-05-20 06:58
Sweden has taken a soft approach to virus restrictions and although its rules are likely to be in place longer than in other countries, officials are adamant their strategy is a winner in the long term.
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EU court advises against hemp-derived oil imports ban

Wed, 2020-05-20 06:56
Prohibiting imports of cannabidiol oil (CBD) from other member states is contrary to EU law since there is no scientific evidence that hemp-based products have psychotropic effects, according to a non-binding opinion from the advocate general of the EU's top court.
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LEAKED: Europe’s draft ‘green recovery’ plan

Wed, 2020-05-20 06:55
The European Commission’s promised green recovery plan will focus on building renovation, renewables and hydrogen as well as clean mobility and the circular economy, according to a leaked working document obtained by EURACTIV.
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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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