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German cabinet approves final ‘Coal Phase-out Act’

Thu, 2020-06-25 08:09
The German cabinet put the finishing touches to its Coal Phase-out Act on Wednesday (24 June), aiming for the draft package of laws to clear the Bundestag before the summer break, unless the European Commission decides to strike it down. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Eurogroup race hits milestone with no official candidates yet

Thu, 2020-06-25 06:50
The deadline for eurozone finance ministers to put forward their candidacy to chair the Eurogroup ends on Thursday (25 June), with no official contenders yet, although Spain’s Nadia Calviño, Ireland’s Paschal Donohoe and Luxembourg’s Pierre Gramegna are seen as leading the race.
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War crimes tribunal indicts Kosovo President Thaci

Thu, 2020-06-25 06:44
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Kosovo's president being indicted before the Hague-based Kosovo court in the Hague, migrants abroad the quarantine ship docked in Sicily testing positive for COVID-19, and so much more.
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BELGRADE – Guest of honour at Victory Day Parade in Russia

Thu, 2020-06-25 06:44
Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said on Wednesday (24 June) in Moscow that it was “a great thing” that Russian President Vladimir Putin received him and the President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, in bilateral meetings. In a statement to reporters who...
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ZAGREB – Tense elections ahead

Thu, 2020-06-25 06:43
According to the most recent polls conducted for three out of the eleven constituencies in Croatia, the outcome of this summer’s COVID-19 parliamentary elections on 5 July is impossible to call. The two biggest parties, Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ, EPP)...
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WARSAW – Duda in Washington

Thu, 2020-06-25 06:42
Polish President Andrzej Duda landed in Washington on Wednesday (24 June) for a meeting with US President Donald Trump. Nothing new, however, was agreed. Trump repeated that a some US troops (most probably 1,000) will be directed to Poland, but...
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Industry alliance rebels against ‘all-renewable’ hydrogen

Thu, 2020-06-25 06:41
The EU’s draft hydrogen strategy focuses too heavily on hydrogen produced from renewable electricity, says an industry alliance bringing together major oil and gas companies, as well as the steel and ceramics sector.
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ROME – Migrants test positive for COVID-19 on ‘quarantine ship’

Thu, 2020-06-25 06:40
28 migrants of the 209 currently aboard the Moby Zazà have tested positive for COVID-19. The ferry ship, which was rented by the government from Moby Lines to serve as a so-called ‘quarantine ship’ for migrants during the crisis, accommodates...
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LONDON – ‘Cash for favours’

Thu, 2020-06-25 06:39
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is facing a ‘cash for favours’ row after Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick revealed that he had exchanged a series of text messages with a controversial businessman seeking planning approval for a multi-million housing development project....
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HELSINKI – Parliamentarians’ legal immunity under discussion

Thu, 2020-06-25 06:38
On Wednesday (24 June) the Finnish parliament entered a debate on what its members can and cannot say in public, after a single quote sparked discussion. A year ago, Finns Party MP, Juha Mäenpää, compared asylum seekers to invasive species...
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BRUSSELS – Phase 4 of deconfinement

Thu, 2020-06-25 06:37
Belgium’s National Security Council has agreed the country can go ahead with the next phase of its lockdown measure exit plan from 1 July. Social contacts will be extended to allow closer contact with 15 different people every week, instead...
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PRIŠTINA – Kosovo’s President Thaci indicted

Thu, 2020-06-25 06:36
A ten-count indictment has been filed against Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci and nine other former separatist fighters, on a range of crimes against humanity and war crimes charges, including murder and torture, by an international court investigating their actions against...
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Staying on course during the storm – EU tools for a sustainable future

Thu, 2020-06-25 06:00
The proposed EU recovery plan aims to keep our economies afloat, but it is vital not to lose sight of the journey towards a more sustainable economy, write Sirpa Pietikäinen, Bas Eickhout and Paul Tang.
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EU ‘very concerned’ by delayed WTO decision on tariffs against the US

Thu, 2020-06-25 05:35
A delay to a decision on whether the European Union can impose tariffs against the United States over subsidies for Boeing is unjustified and harms the bloc's right to retaliate, the European Commission said on Thursday (25 June).
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Georgia votes on turning West, not East

Thu, 2020-06-25 05:20
Despite the Russian occupation, COVID-19 and the economic recession in the world, Georgia continues to strengthen its democracy – the government is currently preparing for Parliamentary elections scheduled for October 2020, writes Archil Talakvadze.
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Smart communication with citizens is the ultimate green source. And yes, it’s renewable [Promoted content]

Thu, 2020-06-25 05:00
Pomilio Blumm is a communication company working for international institutions. The President Franco Pomilio explains why to have a “working” green deal, even in times of COVID, we need to involve citizens using new technologies and EU shared values, starting from the european cultural heritage
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The Brief – Oops, he did it again…

Wed, 2020-06-24 14:55
Yes, French President Emmanuel Macron appears to have an idée fixe concerning the medical condition of NATO. In late 2019, Macron’s comments on the “brain death” of the alliance came as a shock, and possibly a welcome wake-up call. But...
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Farm to Fork Strategy: What role of nutrients?

Wed, 2020-06-24 14:54
Looking at the future of agriculture in general, and the fertiliser industry in particular, the challenges of sustainable food production are apparent. Growing food demand will force farmers to invest in innovative tools to increase production, ensuring maximum efficiency from...
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Commission uncertain on future UK data adequacy agreement 

Wed, 2020-06-24 14:51
The European Commission has said that it 'cannot predict' whether the UK will be fit for a data transfer adequacy agreement with the EU as part of ongoing negotiations on a future trade deal between the two parties.
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German EU Presidency: Government sets priorities as ‘motor and moderator of Europe’

Wed, 2020-06-24 14:46
One week before Germany takes over the EU Council presidency on 1 July, its highly anticipated programme went through the cabinet, with priorities focused on managing the coronavirus crisis and its economic and social fallout. However, that was not enough to placate critics in the green and left-wing opposition. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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