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Coronavirus derogations from human rights send wrong signal, say MEPs

Tue, 2020-03-24 16:39
Five European countries have announced plans to derogate from the European Convention on Human Rights, (ECHR), invoking the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Critics, however, fear that this sends the wrong political signal.
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The Brief – By Toutatis!

Tue, 2020-03-24 15:48
The co-creator of the Asterix comic books sadly passed away today (24 March) at the venerable age of 92. Albert Uderzo’s Gaulish warriors can teach Europe some useful lessons that we all can learn from - so long as the sky does not fall on our heads tomorrow.
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German economy minister: Help is on the way

Tue, 2020-03-24 15:46
The first payments from the 'coronavirus aid package' are to be made to small and micro enterprises this week, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier announced on Tuesday but rejected once again the idea of European coronabonds. Meanwhile, the country's top economic expert expects a single-digit percentage GDP decline. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Tokyo Olympics delayed until 2021

Tue, 2020-03-24 14:15
The Tokyo summer Olympiad was postponed on Tuesday (24 March) to 2021, the first such delay in the Games’ 124-year modern history, as the coronavirus crisis wrecked one of the last international sporting showpieces still standing this year.
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COVID-19: France wants to activate EU bailout fund without conditions or delay

Tue, 2020-03-24 14:00
The financial crisis management tool of the eurozone countries must be activated without delay and without conditions, said French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire before the Eurogroup meeting on Tuesday (24 March). EURACTIV France reports.
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Environmental law expert: Detecting environmental crime is quite a problem

Tue, 2020-03-24 13:44
Water pollution, illegally dumped waste – crimes against the environment are difficult to trace back and prosecute properly. A recent report shows the magnitude and costs of this problem.
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European clinical trial begins coronavirus testing in France

Tue, 2020-03-24 13:34
France's national medical institute is testing four experimental treatments to combat the coronavirus, including chloroquine, as part of a wider European effort. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
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Embracing innovation for a stable and secure food supply

Tue, 2020-03-24 10:58
Amid the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, Europe must invest in innovation to enhance food security, as the ongoing crisis has laid bare the vulnerabilities of our seemingly strong system, writes Igor Teslenko.
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Ewald Lienen: Football is ‘by definition political’

Tue, 2020-03-24 10:22
German football veteran Ewald Lienen is convinced that football is political and bears social responsibility. In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, he explains how he combines football with climate protection.
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Emergence from emergency: The case for a holistic economic recovery plan

Tue, 2020-03-24 10:16
If you think the coronavirus is scary – it’s only the training day for what will happen if we don’t stop the climate crisis:  Global warming is far more dangerous, write members of The Club of Rome.
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UN chief calls for ‘immediate global ceasefire’ amid COVID-19 pandemic

Tue, 2020-03-24 10:08
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for a global truce in the world's conflict zones on Monday (23 March) in order to protect vulnerable civilians from the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Freight jams unclogged, pollution down & F1 enters virus race

Tue, 2020-03-24 10:00
Welcome to EURACTIV’s weekly Transport Brief – your one port of call for all the news moving the world and much more!
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German COVID-19 Hackathon delivers more than 800 projects

Tue, 2020-03-24 09:57
Last weekend, the German government had 42,869 participants  working to find innovative solutions to acute challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. The result: over 800 ideas on topics such as shopping, childcare and symptom monitoring.
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EU carbon market ‘the first victim’ as electricity demand collapses

Tue, 2020-03-24 09:48
Every country in Europe has seen electricity demand decrease by 2 to 7% week-on-week as coronavirus-related confinement measures were enforced, according to new research by Ember, a climate think tank. Some analysts are now calling for urgent measures to prevent the EU carbon market from collapsing.
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Hungarian MEP volunteers to fight coronavirus on the frontline

Tue, 2020-03-24 07:56
Renew Europe MEP Katalin Cseh, a medical doctor by training, has answered the call for volunteers launched by the Hungarian ministry of human resources facing a serious lack of healthcare workers.
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Spain distributes rapid coronavirus testing kits to ‘hotspots’

Tue, 2020-03-24 07:31
In today's edition from the Capitals, find out more about Austria prolonging its public life restriction measures and about how Slovakia's government dismissed the chief rejection of the State Reserve chief for overpricing public procurement of healthcare materials related to COVID-19, and so much more.
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BELGRADE – Lajčák appointed in April?

Tue, 2020-03-24 07:30
Slovakia’s Miroslav Lajčák will be appointed as the new EU envoy for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and the Western Balkans, BETA news agency heard from EU sources. Foreign ministers might also recommend the opening of accession negotiations with North Macedonia and...
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BUDAPEST – Opposition rejects Orbán plan

Tue, 2020-03-24 07:29
Opposition MPs voted against considering the law that would keep the state of emergency decrees in force indefinitely until the end of the emergency. “If opposition MPs do not vote to extend the emergency, we will solve the crisis without...
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WARSAW – Row over elections

Tue, 2020-03-24 07:27
As the number of cases reached a total of 749 and the eighth person died on Monday, the date of the country’s presidential elections due to take place in May is causing quite the stir. While the opposition wants elections...
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BRUSSELS – Mask stocks destroyed without replacement? 

Tue, 2020-03-24 07:24
A stock of around 6 million FFP2 type face masks purchased at the time of the A/H1N1 flu was destroyed last year on behalf of the Belgian government after the masks had exceeded their expiration date, Le Vif found. According to the...
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