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Portugal pushes ahead with plans for state-owned development bank

Fri, 2020-06-19 07:07
Portugal's government approved on Thursday (18 June) plans to create a state-owned development bank to channel funds into certain companies and sectors to bolster the economy.
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UK ditches homegrown COVID-19 tracing app to use Google-Apple model

Fri, 2020-06-19 07:07
Britain will switch to the Apple and Google model for its COVID-19 test-and-trace app, ditching an attempt to develop an app by itself after the homegrown system did not work well enough on Apple’s iPhone, the government said on Thursday (18 June).
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UK lawmakers back Brexit compromise to avoid ‘no deal’ chaos

Fri, 2020-06-19 06:54
UK lawmakers have urged Boris Johnson and Michel Barnier to broker a compromise to avoid an economically damaging ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario.
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New COVID-19 outbreak prompts German-Romanian blame game

Fri, 2020-06-19 06:40
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the diplomatic spat between Romania and Germany following a recent COVID-19 outbreak in North Rhine-Westphalian meatpacking plant, Spain's new package to save its 'battered' tourism sector, and so much more.
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BELGRADE – Conditions for continuing dialogue

Fri, 2020-06-19 06:38
Meanwhile, EU special envoy for the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia Miroslav Lajcak has said on Thursday (18 June) that the conditions now existed for continuing the dialogue and that he will assist the two sides in reaching a “stable...
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BELGRADE – Opposition criticises ‘surrender’ of Serbia’s sovereignty in Kosovo in Washington

Fri, 2020-06-19 06:37
However, People’s Party president and one of the leaders of the opposition coalition, Alliance for Serbia, Vuk Jeremić, said on Thursday (18 June) that President Aleksandar Vučić would surrender another piece of Serbia’s sovereignty in Kosovo on 27 June in Washington....
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BELGRADE – Russia only supports a Kosovo solution that would suit Serbia

Fri, 2020-06-19 06:35
Moscow would continue to support all contacts and initiatives that would help Belgrade and Pristina reach a mutually acceptable solution to the Kosovo issue based on UN Security-Council Resolution 1244, Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov stated during a visit in...
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MADRID – New “recovery package” to boost battered tourism sector

Fri, 2020-06-19 06:33
Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced on Thursday (18 June) that an extra €4.2 billion package will be offered to boost the national tourism sector, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.  When presenting the “rescue plan” for the tourism sector, along with...
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HELSINKI – Worst-hit should benefit most from EU Recovery Fund

Fri, 2020-06-19 06:32
While Finland approves of the European Commission’s proposal for a €750 billion EU Recovery Fund in principle, it would like to see its criteria altered so that the money would be allocated to those who have suffered most from the...
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LONDON – Labour’s electoral mountain

Fri, 2020-06-19 06:31
Britain’s Labour party has a mountain to climb if it wants to win power from Boris Johnson’s Conservatives, according to an inquest into the party’s heavy defeat in last December’s election. The report by the Labour Together project published on...
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BRUSSELS – Belgium bottom of the class in COVID-19 response

Fri, 2020-06-19 06:31
Belgium was ranked worst out of 21 OECD members, with a score of 2.11 out of 4, lower than Italy, Spain and UK, who all recorded a score of 2.22, according to a new international study by the Economist Intelligence...
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PARIS – Digital tax war continues

Fri, 2020-06-19 06:30
After Washington confirmed Wednesday (17 June) that the US had pulled out of talks on global rules for taxing the digital economy, French finance minister Bruno Le Maire told radio station France Inter on Thursday (18 June) that it was...
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BERLIN/BUCHAREST – Blame game ensues after COVID-19 outbreak in meat plant

Fri, 2020-06-19 06:29
Following news of a massive COVID-19 outbreak in a meat-packing plant in North Rhine-Westphalia, state leader Armin Laschet (CDU) defended the state’s easing of coronavirus restrictions, claiming they had not been responsible for the incident. Instead, he pointed the finger...
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We can’t fall for Viktor Orbán’s masquerade

Fri, 2020-06-19 06:27
We should not be fooled by the latest development in Hungary - ending one state of danger, while simultaneously declaring another - represents the actions of an increasingly autocratic state, writes Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield.
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Serbia ready to sacrifice EU membership over Kosovo deal

Fri, 2020-06-19 06:02
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Thursday (18 June) he would reject European Union membership if Belgrade does not receive concessions in return for recognising Kosovo and dropping attempts to stop it joining the United Nations.
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Macron marks de Gaulle’s wartime appeal with UK visit

Fri, 2020-06-19 05:50
French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday (18 June) made his first overseas trip since the coronavirus outbreak began, visiting London to mark the 80th anniversary of wartime resistance leader Charles de Gaulle's rallying cry against Nazi occupation from the British capital.
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Protecting the seasonal workers in Europe

Fri, 2020-06-19 05:49
If we have fresh strawberries on our table these days, if we can enjoy delicious asparagus from our fields, it is thanks to the people who work outside. Quite often, they are seasonal workers, and we have to protect them, write Dan Nica and Jens Geier.
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Fiscal adjustment needed to unlock recovery funds, EU official warns

Fri, 2020-06-19 05:45
EU leaders will discuss for the first time on Friday (19 June) the €750 billion recovery fund proposed by the Commission to overcome the coronavirus crisis. But in order to access EU aid, member states will have to bring down their ballooning public debt, an EU official explained.
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France slams ‘provocation’ as US halts digital tax talks

Fri, 2020-06-19 05:35
France and the US locked horns Thursday (18 June) over taxing digital giants such as Google and Facebook, after Washington said it was breaking off talks aimed at establishing a global framework for making the companies pay larger levies where they operate.
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Tweets of the Week: Animal Idioms, Racism Debate, Recovery Council

Fri, 2020-06-19 05:35
What on earth is a pig in a poke, in EU institutions diversity is broke and European Council discussions are far from a joke.
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