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BELGRADE – Increased migration

Fri, 2020-07-24 06:32
More than 8,500 migrants were stopped this year while attempting to cross Serbia’s border illegally, while there are around 4,350 migrants currently in reception centres, Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said. After the ministerial video-conference about irregular migration along the...
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ZAGREB – Plenković’s new programme

Fri, 2020-07-24 06:32
Croatian PM-designate Andrej Plenković (HDZ, EPP) has presented the programme of his new government during the next parliament session. Opposition parties had briefly united against the ruling group, calling them ‘arrogant’ and ‘irresponsible’ for submitting the programme only half an...
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BUDAPEST – Index journalists resign as fallout from editor’s firing unfolds

Fri, 2020-07-24 06:31
The editorial staff at Index unanimously asked to reinstate editor-in-chief Szabolcs Dull after he was sacked on Wednesday (22 July) raising fears of deteriorating press freedom in the country. Following the refusal of Bodolai László, chairman of the board of...
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Digital Brief: EU Digital cuts

Fri, 2020-07-24 06:30
Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “Europe’s digital ambitions cut by bickering member state leaders. Other continents will be delighted that Europe doesn’t strive to...
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MADRID – COVID-19 infections on the rise in Spain

Fri, 2020-07-24 06:29
One month after the four-month long state of alarm came to end, the number of COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Spain again after the country experienced a downward trend in May and June, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. Most...
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ROME – Italian COVID app ‘Immuni’ lacks sufficient users to be effective

Fri, 2020-07-24 06:28
Italy’s official coronavirus app known as ‘Immuni’ has been downloaded about 4.3 million times, a number which reflects just 12% of people between 24 and 75 with access to a smartphone, Italy’s Innovation Minister Paola Pisano told the Senate during...
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BERLIN – Former SS guard convicted

Fri, 2020-07-24 06:28
On Thursday (23 July), a Hamburg court delivered the verdict in one of Germany’s last Holocaust trials. The court’s judges found the now 93 year-old former SS guard, known as Bruno D in German media, guilty of aiding and abetting...
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VIENNA – Austria to host new European “coordination platform” for migration policy

Fri, 2020-07-24 06:27
After two days of talks, Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) announced on Thursday (23 July) that a new coordination platform to tackle irregular migration would be established. The ministerial meeting had been organized by Austria with participants from 20...
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Ericsson: 5G could ‘dramatically increase’ network energy consumption

Fri, 2020-07-24 06:19
It is the industry’s responsibility to roll-out the fifth generation (5G) of wireless communication networks without increasing energy consumption, Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson writes in a report outlining how this can be done. “Energy consumption is set to increase dramatically...
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Sweden’s night train to Brussels to debut in 2022

Fri, 2020-07-24 06:10
The Swedish government announced on Thursday (23 July) night train routes that will link the cities of Stockholm and Malmö with Hamburg and Brussels, in the latest indication that sleeper services are on the cusp of a renaissance in Europe.
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MEPs warn of insufficient control over EU climate spending

Fri, 2020-07-24 05:46
The European Parliament rejected on Thursday (23 July) the hard-won decisions of the EU Council. MEPs criticised, among other things, cuts to climate programmes and voiced fear that billions of euros could fall into the wrong hands. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Illiberal democracy in Slovenia? Yes and no

Fri, 2020-07-24 05:30
Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša is the strongest challenger to a status quo in which the left has been in power in the country for too long, writes Žiga Turk.
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Europe at the crossroad of Rare Diseases innovation: lessons from the past and future outlooks [Promoted content]

Fri, 2020-07-24 05:00
In shaping the future of rare diseases policies all stakeholders should cooperate to create an environment that actively supports research and clinical development of orphan medicinal products (OMPs). This entails building synergies all across the innovation ecosystem to address the...
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Fearing second COVID wave, Belgian government passes tighter measures

Thu, 2020-07-23 16:25
With the daily rate of COVID-19 infections on the rise, Belgium's National Security Council (CNS) decided on Thursday (23 July) to extend the obligations to wear masks and fill in a travel form for returning from vacation, and to postpone phase 5 of deconfinement.
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Polish opposition seeks re-run of presidential election

Thu, 2020-07-23 15:00
Poland's biggest opposition party, the centrist Civic Platform (PO), said on Thursday (23 July) it had petitioned the Supreme Court to declare the recent presidential election unfair to trigger an annulment and re-run.
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The Brief – Poking the Bear

Thu, 2020-07-23 14:41
It only took a few short months for the accusation that the 2016 Brexit referendum was rigged, unfair and corrupt to start doing the rounds. This week, Boris Johnson’s government finally published the Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee report, which...
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EU-UK trade pact ‘unlikely’ this year, warns Barnier

Thu, 2020-07-23 14:39
A trade agreement between the EU and the Uk is increasingly unlikely to be reached this year, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier warned on Thursday (23 July) following the last round of formal negotiations before a three-week summer break.
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Macron seeks EU sanctions over Turkish “violations” in Greek waters

Thu, 2020-07-23 14:30
French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday (23 July) demanded EU sanctions against Turkey for "violations" of Greek and Cypriot waters and said the European Union should act over the crisis in Libya.
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Ukraine reassures EU as Brussels and Kyiv sign loan package

Thu, 2020-07-23 14:26
The European Commission's economy boss, Valdis Dombrovskis, and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal signed on Thursday (23 July) a large loan package supposed to stabilise the ex-Soviet country's ailing finances amid international concern that its leadership is backtracking on reforms.
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Global Europe Brief: Budget struggles, Arctic race & ceasefire deals

Thu, 2020-07-23 14:15
Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU in the global perspective from our foreign affairs news team: Georgi Gotev and Alexandra Brzozowski. You can subscribe here. /// ARCTIC RACE Four years after the EU adopted its Arctic policy, it...
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