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US ambassador: Putin would be the ‘winner’ of a Greece-Turkey escalation

Thu, 2020-05-28 06:33
Russian President Vladimir Putin would be the winner in the event Greece-Turkey relations escalated, US Ambassador in Athens Geoffrey R. Pyatt told Greece’s MEGA TV in an interview. “If there were to be any sort of escalation, the only winner...
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Scientists warn of ‘zombie fires’ in the Arctic

Thu, 2020-05-28 06:12
Dormant "zombie fires" scattered across the Arctic region -- remnants of record blazes last year -- may be coming to life after an unusually warm and dry Spring, scientists warned Wednesday (27 May).
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How EU member states reacted to the Commission’s Recovery Fund proposal

Thu, 2020-05-28 06:10
Most EU member states have reacted positively to the European Commission’s €750 billion  Recovery Fund proposal, which aims to help the bloc cope with the devastating economic implications of the pandemic.
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EU must play global role in virus crisis, says Merkel

Thu, 2020-05-28 05:54
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday (27 May) said the European Union should take more global responsibility in the coronavirus crisis, especially as ties with the United States were currently "difficult".
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Approval of Trump’s COVID-19 response stays steady as death toll surpasses 100,000

Thu, 2020-05-28 05:39
Public approval of President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic remained steady this week as the number of US deaths from the illness surpassed 100,000, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday (27 May).
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Von der Leyen’s other stimulus: A private sector boost of €600 billion

Thu, 2020-05-28 05:38
As part of its recovery plan, the European Commission wants to attract €600 billion of additional private investments in order to finance strategic sectors and support viable companies at risk of liquidity shortages in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.
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All eyes on Germany’s ‘crisis’ presidency, expected to lead EU recovery

Thu, 2020-05-28 05:24
The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has forced Germany to radically revise the priorities for its EU Council Presidency in the second half of the year. One thing is clear: the biggest EU country takes the helm in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, at a crucial time for the bloc's recovery efforts. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Lufthansa board baulks at EU bailout terms

Thu, 2020-05-28 05:10
The board of German airline Lufthansa refused to accept the conditions of a €9 billion aid package on Wednesday (27 May), citing the European Commission's reported requirement that the carrier give up some airport slots at two of its major hubs.
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Spain holds minute’s silence for COVID-19 victims, begins 10-day mourning period

Thu, 2020-05-28 05:07
Spain held a minute’s silence yesterday (27 May) to pay tribute to the more than 27,000 people who have died from COVID-19 in the country as it begins a 10-day mourning period. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
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Hungary to end state of emergency as NGOs cry foul

Thu, 2020-05-28 05:05
As promised, the Hungarian government submitted two draft bills to end the state of emergency and terminate its controversial powers, but civil society organisations said on Wednesday (27 May) the moves are simple trickery.
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US military says Russia flew 14 MiG 29s and Su-24s to Libya

Thu, 2020-05-28 05:01
Russian military personnel flew MiG 29 and SU-24 fighter planes to a Libyan airbase escorted by other Russian fighter jets, the US military said on Wednesday (27 May), detailing a deployment of air power that could have a big impact on Libya’s war.
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Taming the ‘Frugal Four’: the challenge facing the German Presidency

Wed, 2020-05-27 17:02
The European Commission has presented its proposal for a recovery fund as part of the draft EU budget. Now the member states must be convinced, a task that will fall on Berlin when Germany takes over the EU Council Presidency in July, EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Defence and security win battle but not war, in EU budget plans

Wed, 2020-05-27 16:57
While the new EU budget proposal charts an improvement from the European Commission’s previously planned outlay for the bloc’s defence initiatives, it still remains far from original ambitions. On Wednesday (27 May), the European Commission increased the total financial firepower...
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The Brief – Marshalling the funds

Wed, 2020-05-27 15:15
‘Whatever it takes’ was the message from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday (27 May) as the EU unveiled an ambitious recovery plan to help its members who have been worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Commission hikes CAP’s second pillar spending to deliver Green Deal

Wed, 2020-05-27 15:05
The European Commission has proposed boosting the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) with an extra €20 billion to support greening the EU's farming sector, using the recently unveiled Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy as a vehicle.
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One in six young people has stopped working since the pandemic started

Wed, 2020-05-27 14:57
Some 17.1% of employed young people across the globe have stopped working since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and those who have remained in work have seen their working hours reduced by 23%, according to a report from the International Labour Organization (ILO), published on Wednesday (27 May).
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Commission mulls digital tax to fund Europe’s multi-billion euro recovery 

Wed, 2020-05-27 14:27
The European Commission is considering bringing back Europe-wide plans for a digital services tax in order to finance the bloc's €750 billion recovery fund, the executive said on Wednesday (27 May).
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Ships, planes could help EU pay for virus recovery

Wed, 2020-05-27 13:46
The European Commission’s €750 billion recovery fund could be covered financially by new sources of revenue, which include extending the EU’s carbon market to the aviation and shipping sectors, the bloc’s executive confirmed on Wednesday (27 May).
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Von der Leyen proposes €750 billion stimulus under member states’ grip

Wed, 2020-05-27 13:35
European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, proposed on Wednesday (27 May) an unprecedented stimulus of €750 billion, mostly through non-refundable grants, with governments having a crucial role in deciding how the money will be spent.
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‘Do no harm’: EU recovery fund has green strings attached

Wed, 2020-05-27 13:06
The European Union's proposed €750 billion fund to help the bloc recover from the coronavirus crisis will have green strings attached, with 25% of all funding set aside for climate action, the European Commission has said.
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