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Russian ambassador: New UN Security Council resolution to solve Kosovo issue

Mon, 2020-05-11 06:16
Russian Ambassador to Serbia Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko has said that the definitive solution to the Kosovo issue should be determined in the UN Security Council with a new resolution to replace Resolution 1244. One of the conditions to solving the Kosovo...
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Commission to contract €600,000 study on gatekeeping power of digital platforms

Mon, 2020-05-11 06:15
The European Commission is to contract a study on the gatekeeping, or market-dominating, power of digital platforms in a bid to gather evidence which could feed into the upcoming Digital Services Act, documents seen by EURACTIV reveal.
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ZAGREB – Potential mayoral candidate for Zagreb

Mon, 2020-05-11 06:15
The ruling Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ, EPP) is having big plans for their very popular health minister Vili Beroš, but the party is yet to determine the position it has reserved for the country’s most popular minister. According to an...
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BRATISLAVA – Pro-European declaration

Mon, 2020-05-11 06:14
The three highest-ranked constitutional officials – President Zuzana Čaputová, Prime Minister Igor Matovič (OĽaNO) and parliament speaker Boris Kollár (We are family) – signed a declaration about cooperation on matters of foreign policy on the occasion of the Europe Day....
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WARSAW – No elections

Mon, 2020-05-11 06:13
Poland’s presidential elections did not take place on Sunday (10 May) as scheduled, despite the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) having sidelined the National Electoral Committee and attempting to organise elections itself. After days of hectic talks and disagreements...
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MADRID – The virus is ‘still there, lurking’

Mon, 2020-05-11 06:11
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez urged on Saturday (9 May) people living in regions due to start the first stage of loosening the national lockdown and about to enjoy some freedoms after having been under lockdown since the state of alarm came into effect on 14 March to remain prudent.
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Italy to give further support to companies including tax incentives, hybrid bonds

Mon, 2020-05-11 06:10
Italy's government is readying new measures to support companies struggling due to the coronavirus crisis, including tax incentives and hybrid bonds, and aims to access the European Recovery Fund in the second half of the year, Economy Minister Roberto Gualtieri said on Sunday (10 May).
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HELSINKI – EU popularity takes a toll

Mon, 2020-05-11 06:10
The less than satisfactory handling of the coronavirus crisis has negatively affected the EU’s popularity in Finland according to a survey published last week by business and policy think tank EVA.
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BRUSSELS – Never the same again?

Mon, 2020-05-11 06:09
Life may never again be like it was back in January and February before the first cases of COVID-19 hit Belgium, Belgian Health Minister Maggie De Block said over the weekend as the country prepares for shops to be reopened from Monday (11 May) and people will be allowed to meet up with up to four other people.
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PARIS – Deconfinement begins in very divided country

Mon, 2020-05-11 06:08
France kickstarted its gradual deconfinement plan on 11 May. However, the strategy has already been criticised for being risky by the right, the extreme right, the extreme left, but also by teachers and the CGT-FO, which is one of the country's five major confederation unions.
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BERLIN – Protest against coronavirus restrictions

Mon, 2020-05-11 06:06
Thousands protested coronavirus restrictions and accused politicians and medical experts of fear-mongering and curtailing citizens’ fundamental rights in major cities across Germany over the weekend, refusing to respect social distancing rules or wear masks, despite the country’s recent easing of...
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Maltese envoy resigns after comparing Merkel to Hitler

Mon, 2020-05-11 06:05
Malta's ambassador to Finland has resigned after a Facebook post in which he compared German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Adolf Hitler, The Times of Malta reported.
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Coronavirus or not, African migrants push on toward Europe

Mon, 2020-05-11 05:55
Many Africans are managing to evade coronavirus lockdown barriers in Niger, the Sahel's migrant crossroads, as they press on with their perilous desert trek to the Mediterranean Sea and ultimately Europe.
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French, Dutch join forces to urge EU to show teeth on trade

Mon, 2020-05-11 05:33
France and the Netherlands have joined forces to urge the European Union to enforce environmental and labour standards more forcefully with countries the bloc signs trade deals with, according to a document seen by Reuters.
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Commission study calls for ‘sanctions’ for online disinformation

Mon, 2020-05-11 05:32
A European Commission study on the effectiveness of the EU's code of practice against disinformation has criticised the self-regulatory nature of the framework, suggesting that "sanctions and redress mechanisms" should be put into place in order to ensure compliance with the rules.
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EU’s Strategic Sovereignty start in Eastern Europe

Mon, 2020-05-11 05:30
While European societies take stock on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic on the EU, it has been increasingly common to hear that the pandemic proved the need for the EU to be more strategically sovereign. No doubt about that. But the real test for EU power and its strategic sovereignty won’t be in masks, but on how the EU deals with external problems, not least in its neighbourhood, write Nicu Popescu and Gustav Gressel.
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COVID-19 is testing the EU’s ‘Just Transition’ plan

Mon, 2020-05-11 05:25
As with all things, COVID-19 is shaking up the EU’s new long-term budget and the Just Transition Fund along with it. For coal dependent member states like Poland, catching up in the clean energy transition may be their only option to avoid losing the battle for EU funding, argue Rebekka Popp and Pieter de Pous.
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EU could open legal case again Germany over ECB bond-purchases ruling

Mon, 2020-05-11 05:05
The European Commission could open a legal case against Germany over a ruling by the country's constitutional court that the European Central Bank had overstepped its mandate with bond purchases, the EU executive arm said on Sunday (10 May).
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Set life in motion after the lockdown [Promoted content]

Mon, 2020-05-11 05:00
While countries in the EU are implementing the first relaxing measures after the lockdown, we look back at when all this started. We count the days that separate us not only from the beginning, now, but especially from its end.
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Germany: CDU/CSU put brakes on Merkel’s climate ambitions

Mon, 2020-05-11 04:53
The conservatives in the German parliament reject any increase in Germany's greenhouse gas reduction targets without also reopening sensitive talks about burden-sharing at EU level, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Saturday (9 May).
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