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Italy slashes number of politicians by a third

Tue, 2020-09-22 06:24
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the state of Bavaria intending to impose stricter COVID-19 rules than the rest of Germany, the Czech health minister resigining as new cases soar, and so much more.
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Modernisation of a section of the Belgrade-Bar railway

Tue, 2020-09-22 06:22
A contract was signed yesterday (21 September) at Serbia’s construction, transport and infrastructure ministry, to produce the design and technical documentation for the reconstruction and modernisation of a section of the Belgrade-Bar railway, from Valjevo to the Montenegrin border. The...
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BELGRADE – Normalization of economic relations can’t solve everything

Tue, 2020-09-22 06:21
The document signed by Belgrade and Pristina in Washington can’t solve all the accumulated problems, but it does meet one of the key requirements for a better life, growth and stability in Serbia and Kosovo, the director of Belgrade’s Forum...
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BUCHAREST – Pension hike in the spotlight

Tue, 2020-09-22 06:21
Romania’s Parliament will today vote on a controversial amendment to the budget law that, if adopted, will increase pensions by 40% despite a ballooning budget deficit. A law adopted by the socialist-controlled Parliament last year stated that the pensions will...
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Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha: It is time for change in Bulgaria

Tue, 2020-09-22 06:19
The former king of Bulgaria Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, who lives in his Vrana castle in the outskirts of Sofia and has avoided taking political sides for years, said on Monday that it was “time for change” in Bulgaria. He made the...
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PRAGUE – Health minister resigns

Tue, 2020-09-22 06:18
Czech health minister Adam Vojtěch stepped down on Monday (21 September) after three years in office and was immediately replaced by epidemiologist Roman Prymula who led the country’s Central Crisis Staff in spring and had, prior to his nomination, suggested...
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Athens: a new Bergamo? 

Tue, 2020-09-22 06:17
The sharp increase of COVID-19 cases has raised eyebrows in Greece with scientists and media talking about the danger of Athens becoming a “new Bergamo”. Hospitals in Athens currently have 99 intensive care units, 62 non-COVID and 37 for COVID...
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LISBON – Task force for non-COVID-19 patients

Tue, 2020-09-22 06:15
Portugal will set up a ‘Task Force’ to respond to non-COVID-19 patients in public health services as a measure of the government’s autumn/winter pandemic response strategy. The aim is to ensure care of non-COVID-related patients, including the continuing surveillance of...
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Germany revives hopes for EU-Mercosur deal

Tue, 2020-09-22 06:15
German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier on Monday (21 September) said he still believes ratification of an EU trade deal with South America is possible, despite European anger over deforestation in Brazil.
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MADRID – COVID-19 protesters call out ‘discriminatory’ measures

Tue, 2020-09-22 06:15
Thousands of residents from South Madrid’s neighbourhoods took to the streets over the weekend, protesting against the “discriminatory” nature of new coronavirus restrictions. Madrid’s regional government was  also criticised for “marginalizing” the “poor” south of Spain’s capital. Those living in...
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HELSINKI – Money laundering suspicions cast shadow over state-owned mining company

Tue, 2020-09-22 06:14
A huge information leak of some 2,500 documents to the US authorities by several international banks on Sunday (20 September) revealed that Singapore-based commodities giant Trafigura is suspected of wide-spread money laundering and corruption. As Finland’s government decided in 2017...
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Bavaria to impose stricter COVID-19 rules

Tue, 2020-09-22 06:13
Bavaria’s cabinet is expected to implement stricter coronavirus restrictions in the state today (22 September) for areas where there are more than 50 infections per 100,000 people over the course of seven days, State leader Markus Söder (CSU) announced Monday....
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Italy slashes number of politicians by a third

Tue, 2020-09-22 06:12
Politicians vote to reduce their numbers. A constitutional amendment to reduce the number of parliamentarians from 630 to 400 in the Chamber of Deputies and from 315 to 200 in the Senate was comfortably approved on Monday (21 September). Find...
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Chemistry’s waste problem

Tue, 2020-09-22 06:06
Europe's chemical industry needs to embrace circular thinking and urgently address concerns about substances getting into the environment or risk being crushed by regulators, writes Tom Parker.
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Hezbollah links seen in 2012 Israeli bus attack in Bulgaria

Tue, 2020-09-22 05:46
A Bulgarian court on Monday (21 September) sentenced two Lebanese men in their absence to life in prison over a deadly 2012 bus bomb attack on Israeli tourists at the country's Burgas airport.
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France commits to welcoming more refugees despite ‘reception crisis’

Tue, 2020-09-22 05:43
The tragic fire that ravaged the Mória refugee camp in Greece on 9 September has again highlighted the weaknesses of the EU's asylum and immigration policies and a lack of European solidarity. EURACTIV France reports on France's experience of the migration regime.
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Europe and the New Middle East

Tue, 2020-09-22 05:42
Alliances in the Middle East are changing but the EU is been little engaged with the new diplomatic shifts and risks becoming irrelevant in the region, writes Jonathan Spyer.
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Polish government coalition hanging by a thread

Tue, 2020-09-22 05:33
Poland's ruling right-wing coalition looked to be hanging by a thread on Monday (21 September), as a government spokesman said he could imagine the largest party in the grouping, Law and Justice (PiS), governing without one of its current partners.
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EU sanctions three firms for breaking Libya arms embargo, Turkey reacts

Tue, 2020-09-22 05:17
The European Union on Monday (21 September) imposed sanctions on three companies -- one Turkish, one Kazakh and one Jordanian -- for breaching the UN arms embargo on Libya, drawing an angry reaction from Turkey.
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Norway makes second attempt at carbon capture ‘moon landing’ project

Tue, 2020-09-22 05:17
Norway will finance two-thirds of a large-scale project to capture and store carbon dioxide – its second attempt to cut greenhouse gas emissions in a plan that was previously touted as the oil-producing country's moon landing.
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