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New capital markets union strategy to take central role in EU recovery

Mon, 2020-05-18 20:46
The European Commission will outline in the autumn a new package of initiatives to deepen the capital markets union, seen as a key tool to relaunch the EU economy in the aftermath of COVID-19, according to an internal document seen by
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Norway’s autonomous eco-ship on hold due to virus

Mon, 2020-05-18 15:48
A plan to put into service a vessel touted as the world's first autonomous ship is on hold due to the coronavirus, the company behind the project announced last week.
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The Brief – Orbán’s (im)permanence

Mon, 2020-05-18 14:52
Object permanence: the ability to understand that things continue to exist even if we cannot see them, a capacity acquired as a crucial step during a child’s development. As the still new European Commission emerges from the acute stage of...
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More than half of France at risk of summer drought

Mon, 2020-05-18 14:21
Ahead of a summer that promises to be particularly dry and hot in Europe, France's ecological transition ministry is mobilising water stakeholders to anticipate shortages and avoid supply disruptions. EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'environnement reports.
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EU data watchdog ‘very worried’ by Hungary’s GDPR suspension

Mon, 2020-05-18 11:00
The European Data Protection Board, the EU's umbrella organisation overseeing the application of EU data protection rules on the bloc, has voiced its concern over the suspension of EU data protection rights in Hungary.
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AfD expels Brandenburg leader for concealing ties to nationalist group

Mon, 2020-05-18 08:53
The leadership of the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party on Friday (15 May), expelled Brandenburg's AfD leader Andreas Kalbitz after Kalbitz was classified as a right-wing extremist by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution in early March. However, the power struggle in the AfD is unlikely to end. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Free trade and Mercosur on the agenda for the German EU Presidency

Mon, 2020-05-18 08:40
The resumption of negotiations on the controversial Mercosur agreement and trade policy with the United States are among the priorities of the German EU Council Presidency. This is unlikely to please other member states. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Israel swears in unity government, PM insists on West Bank annexation

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:52
Israel's parliament swore in a new unity government on Sunday (17 May) led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his former rival Benny Gantz, ending the longest political crisis in the nation's history.
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Italy to reopen borders for EU tourists in early June

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:40
Italy will reopen to European tourists from early June and scrap a 14-day mandatory quarantine period, the government said on Saturday (16 May), as it quickened the exit from the coronavirus lockdown.
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Vestager: Discrepancy in state aid distorts single market, hampers recovery

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:33
The European Union's competition chief Margrethe Vestager has expressed concern about the "huge differences" in coronavirus state aid among member states, saying they were starting to distort the bloc's single market.
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Portugal suspends foreign trash imports to cope with own waste surge

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:30
Portugal, which usually attracts huge mounds of rubbish from other European states because of its low waste management fees, has suspended imports of trash until the end of 2020 to protect domestic landfill capacity, the government said on Saturday (16 May).
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Schmit: Professions’ social value to be re-examined after COVID-19

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:21
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Austrian state officials 'threatening' journalists for uncovering Ischgl story, the Spanish government wanting to extend its 'state of alarm' for another month, and so much more.
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WHO to kick off international meet amid US-China tensions

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:20
The World Health Organization will on Monday (18 May) kick off its first ever virtual assembly, but fears abound that US-China tensions could derail the strong action needed to address the COVID-19 crisis. The World Health Assembly (WHA), which has...
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Air Serbia can count on state assistance

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:15
Serbian flag carrier Air Serbia, whose losses have been estimated at over €40 million, can count on state assistance, Construction Minister Zorana Mihajlovic told Prva TV station in an interview on Saturday (16 May), adding that compared to many large...
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German ambassador: The conditions for a fair election campaign

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:14
The German ambassador to Belgrade, Thomas Schieb, said that conditions for a fair election campaign in Serbia had to be set up prior to parliamentary elections and that the media played a key role in the process. “The pandemic has...
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BELGRADE – Army returns 18 migrants to camps

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:12
Following complaints from local residents, Serbian troops were deployed around three migrant centres in the northwestern city of Sid on Saturday (16 May) and later sent 18 migrants back to the camps, the Serbian state broadcaster RTS reported on Sunday...
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LJUBLJANA – Subsidies, tourism vouchers in new anti-corona package

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:12
According to draft documents analysed by the leading local news website,, the government is this week expected to prepare a third anti-corona package that should introduce subsidies for part-time workers and tourism vouchers. The website said the government plans...
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Coal industry will never recover after coronavirus pandemic, say experts

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:11
The global coal industry will “never recover” from the COVID-19 pandemic, industry observers predict, because the crisis has proved renewable energy is cheaper for consumers and a safer bet for investors. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
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PRAGUE – Government could bail out Czech Airlines

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:11
Czech Industry and Trade Minister Karel Havlíček told Czech Television in an interview on Saturday (16 May) that he is exploring viable ways of bailing out Smartwings Group, a majority owner of national flag carrier Czech Airlines. That is because...
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MADRID – One more month

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:10
The Spanish government will seek another month-long extension to the state of emergency decreed on 14 March and make it the last, the government said on Saturday (16 May), EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.  “I want to announce that the Spanish...
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