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Altmaier argues against ‘international monopolies’ in the platform economy

Tue, 2020-07-07 13:15
A "well-regulated" platform economy should allow for small and medium-sized enterprises to compete fairly and should not lead to the formation of "international monopolies", German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Tuesday (7 July).
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Italy, Spain and France worst performers as recession deepens

Tue, 2020-07-07 12:02
Italy, Spain and France will register the worst economic downturn among eurozone countries this year as the contraction will be more severe than previously expected, according to the latest European Commission forecast published on Tuesday (7 July).
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Green party insists no U-turn on gene-editing despite recent dissent

Tue, 2020-07-07 10:52
Following a paper in which a group of German Green MPs and one MEP unexpectedly backed the use of gene-editing technologies, EURACTIV spoke to MEP Martin Häusling, agriculture spokesman for the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament, who stressed that nothing has changed for the party, which has historically been vocally opposed to the technology.
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Germany spent over $1 billion to cover costs linked to US troops presence

Tue, 2020-07-07 10:05
Germany has spent more than $1 billion over the past decade to cover the costs related to the stationing of US troops on its territory, according to figures by the German finance ministry, which a key government official called "anything but too high", citing related economic benefits.
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Siberian temperatures hit June record, fires spread

Tue, 2020-07-07 10:00
Temperatures in Arctic Siberia soared to a record average for June amid a heat wave that is stoking some of the worst wildfires the region has ever known, fresh EU data showed on Tuesday (7 July).
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Trains take over, ETS ahoy & road ragers

Tue, 2020-07-07 08:59
Welcome to EURACTIV’s weekly Transport Brief – your one port of call for all the news moving the world and much more! In this edition: MEPs set a course for the EU's carbon market, airline bailouts keep coming and Europe's space agency unveils billions in new contracts.
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Europe’s need for an investment plan sustaining its future

Tue, 2020-07-07 07:48
The EU should to co-finance independent investments with equity in growth enterprises by guaranteeing public funding as pooled at EU level, write Christian Motzfeldt, Erika Mann and William Stevens.
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Rule of law a must before getting EU money, Jourova insists

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:49
European Union countries should only get money from the bloc's budget and the COVID-19 recovery fund if they have robust courts and safeguards against corruption, a top official said on Monday (6 July), a couched warning to Poland and Hungary, among others.
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UK imposes first own sanctions against Saudi, Russian human rights abusers

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:35
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the new French government following Monday's reshuffle, the newly created European Public's Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) saying it will investigate member states that haven't joined, and so much more.
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BELGRADE – Direct payments and tax reliefs

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:34
Serbian Finance Minister Siniša Mali said on Monday (7 July) that direct payments and tax reliefs approved by the government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic supported the Serbian economy and citizens with about €2.3 billion. Heralding the third minimum...
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LJUBLJANA – Criticism of proposed tracing app

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:33
In a debate in the parliament’s labour committee, the opposition accused Janez Janša’s government of “slowly introducing dictatorship”. The debated bill on a new stimulus package provides a legal framework for introducing a mobile tracing app for coronavirus infections, but...
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ZAGREB – Who can count to 76?

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:32
Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, the relative winner of Sunday’s parliamentary elections (5 July), claims to already have the support of 76 MPs necessary for a majority. His ruling HDZ (EPP) won 66 seats, meaning it is 10 short of...
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BUDAPEST – Central European countries like Hungary ‘become very attractive’

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:31
Washington’s Ambassador in Budapest, David Cornstein, told The Cats Roundtable radio programme on Sunday (5 July) that central European countries like Hungary became very attractive despite the world not realising “for a long time” that a “thing called Central Europe”...
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WARSAW – Two separate presidential “debates”

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:30
As the staff of both presidential candidates – incumbent president Andrzej Duda and liberal Warsaw mayor Rafał Trzaskowski – were unable to organise a joint debate before the run-off election scheduled for 12 July, both were questioned separately in two...
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ATHENS – Greeks fume at Spanish socialist MEP

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:30
At a meeting of the European Parliament’s committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, Spanish Socialist MEP Domenec Ruiz Devesa accused the Greek government of “extreme-right” handling of the migration crisis as well as illegal pushbacks. Greece’s Minister of...
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ROME – Quarantine “essential” for non-Schengen travellers

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:29
It is imperative that all measures to ensure travellers entering Italy from outside the Schengen Area are tested negative to the virus are enforced, said Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza, adding that it is the correct approach to “take all...
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BRUSSELS – Belgium mulls quarantine for arrivals from high-risk countries

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:28
Belgian health ministers will discuss on  Tuesday (7 July) whether quarantine and testing for travellers returning from areas with a high COVID-19 risk should be applied nationwide. Travellers returning from a country or region where COVID-19 measures have been tightened...
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Eyeing United States, EU lawmakers seek quicker trade retaliation

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:28
EU lawmakers overwhelmingly backed a proposal on Monday (6 July) to allow the European Union to retaliate more quickly in trade disputes, with a clear eye on the tariffs imposed by US President Donald Trump.
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BERLIN – Debate on masks in shops

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:28
In the north-eastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the requirement to wear masks in shops could soon come to an end, after the state’s economy minister, Harry Glawe (CDU), came out in favour of scrapping the requirement before 4 August. While...
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LONDON – First own human rights sanctions target Russia and Saudis

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:27
The UK on Monday (6 July) unveiled sanctions on 49 people and organisations behind the most “notorious” human rights abuses of recent years, for the first time independently as previously it has followed EU and UN sanctions regimes. The new...
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