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A third wave of lifted restrictions

Wed, 2020-06-03 06:53
Romania plans to lift some more restrictions on June 15, health minister Nelu Tataru told the national television TVR. Malls could be allowed to open, but in several steps – firstly the stores, then the food courts and lastly the playgrounds....
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BUCHAREST – Dacia faces lack of orders

Wed, 2020-06-03 06:52
Renault reopened a few weeks ago its Dacia car factory in Romania after a shutdown due to the coronavirus epidemic, but is now sending some employees back home, because of insufficient orders. The Dacia plant has some 15,000 employees, and...
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Poland to open borders ‘within days, maybe weeks’

Wed, 2020-06-03 06:52
It is a matter of days, maybe weeks, until Poland reopens borders between the countries of the region, foreign minister, Jacek Czaputowicz, said on Tuesday (2 June) during a summit of foreign ministers with the Baltic states in Estonia. Czaputowicz...
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Combat 5G COVID-19 fake news, urges Europe

Wed, 2020-06-03 06:51
European Union (EU) nations banking on 5G to boost economic growth are eager to tackle conspiracy theories linking the wireless technology to the spread of the novel coronavirus that have seen masts torched in several places.
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BRATISLAVA – Getting ahead of the Trianon centenary

Wed, 2020-06-03 06:51
“Trianon cannot become a burden that would prevent Slovaks and Hungarians to look to the future,” Slovak Foreign Minister Ivan Korčok said during his visit to Budapest, where he met his Hungarian counterpart, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó, according to the...
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US, EU condemn Turkey but sanctions off the table for now

Wed, 2020-06-03 06:50
Both Washington and Brussels condemned Tuesday (2 June) Turkey’s announcement that in three months it will start gas drilling activities in territories which are part of Greece’s Exclusive Economic Zone. EU spokesperson Peter Stano said that while sanctions were still...
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MADRID – Zero coronavirus-related deaths since Sunday

Wed, 2020-06-03 06:49
On Tuesday (2 June), Spain reported zero COVID-19-related deaths in the last 48 hours for the first time since March, as well as 71 new coronavirus infections, according to the health ministry’s reports. In other words, it has been two...
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ROME – Opposition protests on Republic Day

Wed, 2020-06-03 06:49
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Rome in an anti-government protest organised by the right-wing Lega, the far-right Fratelli d’Italia and the centre-right Forza Italia on Republic Day yesterday (2 June), for the first time since Italians celebrated...
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HELSINKI – Refugee camp returnees open political trenches

Wed, 2020-06-03 06:48
Three Finnish women and their nine children landed in Helsinki after escaping from the Syrian al-Hol refugee camp, according to a statement by Finland’s foreign affairs ministry on Sunday evening (31 May). Although these women were presumed to be married...
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LONDON – Parliament ends remote working

Wed, 2020-06-03 06:47
MPs faced the bizarre spectacle of queuing for over 40 minutes in socially-distanced lines outside the House of Commons to vote for an end to voting from home on Tuesday (2 June). Lawmakers have been using a “hybrid” system, with...
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BRUSSELS – Last deconfinement phase under discussion

Wed, 2020-06-03 06:46
Belgium’s National Security Council is set to discuss the implementation of Phase 3 of the deconfinement process, which could start from next Monday (8 June). In a statement, Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès said that Wednesday’s meeting would “specify the...
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The Netherlands likely to scrap NATO spending target

Wed, 2020-06-03 06:45
The Dutch government is unlikely to fulfill its NATO defence spending obligations within the next four years. The news comes after parliamentarians called Dutch defence minister Ank Bijleveld in for questioning on the so-called ‘recalibration’ of the defence memorandum. NATO member states...
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US hopes to expand strategic minerals initiative

Wed, 2020-06-03 06:38
The US State Department hopes to expand a strategic minerals initiative aimed at ensuring supply chains for metals critical for batteries and wind and solar power as demand for green energy keeps growing despite the coronavirus, a top diplomat said on Tuesday (2 June).
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Nicosia struggles with migrants crossing from Northern Cyprus

Wed, 2020-06-03 06:21
In the thick of the coronavirus lockdown in Cyprus, authorities gave a group of asylum seekers a stark choice: move to an overcrowded camp or go home.
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Russia revamps its nuclear policy amid simmering tensions with NATO

Wed, 2020-06-03 06:07
President Vladimir Putin approved a strategic document on the fundamentals of Russia’s nuclear deterrence policy on Tuesday (2 June), naming the creation and deployment of anti-missile and strike weapons in space as one of the main military threats to Russia....
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EU cuts red ribbon on beginning of digital services crackdown  

Wed, 2020-06-03 05:58
The European Commission has launched public consultations on its long-awaited Digital Services Act package, and at the same time called for feedback on the possibility of a new competition tool to address market imbalances in different sectors, including digital.
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Commission to rely more on financial engineering for external action

Wed, 2020-06-03 05:44
The European Commission's fresh budget proposal is set to increase the overall financing available for external action but it will rely more on financial engineering, with guarantees and 'multiplier effects', than on traditional funding via the EU long-term budget.
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Why the European Green Deal needs strong methane regulations

Wed, 2020-06-03 05:28
Oil and gas companies throughout the supply chain need to do much more to bring down methane emissions immediately. And they can, writes Maarten Wetselaar.
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Elections in a time of crisis: Is postal voting the answer?

Wed, 2020-06-03 05:20
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the challenge of holding elections in a time of crisis.  Only the European Parliament has the expertise to advise if voting by mail would be a good idea, writes Dick Roche.
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Spain says digital tax won’t discriminate against countries as U.S. ups ante

Wed, 2020-06-03 04:30
Spain’s plans to tax tech companies’ revenues does not discriminate against any country, a government source told Reuters on Tuesday (2 June) after the United States opened a probe into such taxes or proposals by its various trading partners.
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