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Tweets of the Week: Hungary, EU Aid, D.I.Y. Art

Fri, 2020-04-03 06:03
Orban’s audacity is right off the chart; an EU support scheme will everyone take part?; and a bored lockdown world makes its own art.
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Politics aside, US relies on China supplies to fight virus

Fri, 2020-04-03 06:00
US politicians have voiced fury over Beijing's handling of the coronavirus crisis but they face a harsh truth -- the United States desperately needs China's supplies.
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NATO tasks top commander to speed up medical aid in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Fri, 2020-04-03 05:34
NATO foreign ministers on Thursday (2 April) tasked Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) General Tod Wolters with coordinating the air transport of medical equipment and personnel to fight the “invisible enemy’. “NATO was created to deal with crises, so we...
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EU justice chief urges US tech giants to halt virus clickbaits

Fri, 2020-04-03 05:30
EU justice chief Vera Jourova on Thursday criticized U.S. tech giants such as Google and Facebook for making money off coronavirus-related fake news instead of putting in more efforts to stop the deluge.
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Von der Leyen ‘concerned’ over Hungary virus emergency law

Fri, 2020-04-03 04:55
European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen expressed "particular" concern on Thursday (2 April) over a coronavirus emergency law in Hungary that has given nationalist premier Viktor Orbán sweeping powers.
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Germany to relax coronavirus border controls for farm workers

Fri, 2020-04-03 04:35
Germany will allow foreign workers into the country to help harvest fruit and vegetable crops on farms, the government said on Thursday (2 April), relaxing previous travel restrictions imposed to combat the new coronavirus.
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Spain’s job market hammered by COVID-19

Fri, 2020-04-03 04:23
With more than 800,000 jobs lost in March, Spain’s labour market has suffered its worst month on record due to the coronavirus, the Spanish government said on Thursday (2 April). EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
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Being a doctor is quite a commitment, says MEP working on the ‘front line’

Fri, 2020-04-03 04:21
Some MEPs are getting personally involved in the fight against the coronavirus. EURACTIV France spoke to one of them, French centrist MEP Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, who is currently on the 'front lines' at a military hospital near Paris.
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Hydrogen alliance could help rebuild European unity

Fri, 2020-04-03 04:21
A hydrogen alliance initiated by Poland and Germany could be one of the ways to preserve European unity in the face of the looming economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, writes Wojciech Jakóbik.
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Avanti, von der Leyen!

Thu, 2020-04-02 17:25
Playtime is over, so Ursula von der Leyen and her Commissioners better take out the big guns and follow in the footsteps of the Delors Commission, writes Guy Verhofstadt.
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Commission to probe COVID-19 apps in Europe 

Thu, 2020-04-02 15:43
The European Commission is monitoring the use of mobile applications used in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic to make sure that the bloc's "values and rules" are not being infringed upon, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said on Thursday (2 April).
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Virus lockdowns put Europe’s invisible workers on front line

Thu, 2020-04-02 15:18
As the coronavirus outbreak confines millions of Europeans to their homes, others still show up every day to perform jobs too often undervalued -- from truck drivers and checkout clerks to security guards and street sweepers.
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Dieselgate motorists in search of compensation boosted by EU court

Thu, 2020-04-02 15:13
EU consumers should be able to sue carmakers in their national courts if they have bought cars with emission cheat devices installed, an adviser to the Court of Justice of the European Union said on Thursday (2 April).
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The Brief – Solidarity with the South

Thu, 2020-04-02 14:46
‘Solidarity’ is one of the most overused words in EU discourse. There’s plenty of talk of needing it to combat the health and economic challenges of the coronavirus. What a shame that when it comes to actions, solidarity is in...
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Centre-right leaders ask Tusk to expel Orban’s Fidesz from EPP

Thu, 2020-04-02 14:20
Eleven of Europe's centre-right political leaders have asked Donald Tusk, the president of the conservative European People’s Party (EPP), to expel Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party from its ranks, according to a letter seen by
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The European Parliament’s greatest battle is upcoming

Thu, 2020-04-02 13:53
In the face of the ongoing crisis, European Parliament lawmakers must make it clear that negotiations for the EU’s long-term budget are starting at 2% of GDP and will not go below 1.5%, and that the EU budget for 2020 will be at least 2% of the Union's GDP, writes MEP Radan Kanev.
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Innovation spurred by COVID-19 crisis highlights ‘potential of small-scale farmers’

Thu, 2020-04-02 13:47
From a shortage of labour to the movement of livestock across borders, to re-directing food destined for markets, the recent coronavirus outbreak has put an enormous strain on the EU whole agri-food sector and especially on small-scale producers. However, farmers have been rapidly innovating to create novel means of selling their produce to keep themselves afloat.
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Global Europe Brief: Pandemic Economics

Thu, 2020-04-02 13:29
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. /// RESPONSE STRUGGLE  With 455,901 reported coronavirus cases and 32,778 deaths across Europe...
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Netherlands, Austria push for tougher conditions for corona-loans

Thu, 2020-04-02 12:58
The Hague and Vienna are insisting on including stricter conditionality attached to loans for coronavirus-hit countries, toughening up the formula proposed by the eurozone’s bailout fund (ESM) and seen by
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Von der Leyen: EU budget should be the Marshall plan we lay out together

Thu, 2020-04-02 12:54
The EU's next long-term budget should be a key instrument in the recovery plan to confront the huge economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday (2 April).
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