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Tweets of the Week: VDL, The Rock, Rutte, Macron, and Berlaymont Banner Bags

Fri, 2020-06-26 06:13
VDL and The Rock will share a stage, Rutte and Macron are on the same page, and Berlaymont banner bags are now all the rage.
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Next Generation EU? Then it’s time to listen to youth

Fri, 2020-06-26 05:34
The recovery plan from the COVID-19 crisis must be in line with climate commitments, ensure no-one is left behind in the green transition, and create space for the voice of youth, write young climate activists.
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Calviño, Donohoe and Gramegna compete for Eurogroup helm

Fri, 2020-06-26 05:30
Ministers Nadia Calviño (Spain), Paschal Donohoe (Ireland) and Pierre Gramegna (Luxembourg) will compete for the Eurogroup Presidency. While Calviño could become the first woman to chair the body, her colleagues promised to become ‘bridge builders’ between the different positions. 
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Common rulebook on automated driving gets go-ahead

Fri, 2020-06-26 05:30
More than 50 countries, including Japan, South Korea and the EU member states, have agreed common regulations for vehicles that can take over some driving functions, including having a mandatory black box, the UN announced Thursday.
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Finland: Europe’s battery producing Shangri-La

Fri, 2020-06-26 05:15
Europe’s ambitions of cornering a substantial slice of the multi-billion-euro global battery market are best illustrated by Finland, which has all the raw materials needed to produce electric vehicle power packs and the right conditions needed to do it sustainably.
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MEP Romeo Franz names ‘racist’ colleagues

Fri, 2020-06-26 05:15
In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV Bulgaria, German MEP Romeo Franz discusses the problems of Europe’s largest minority – the Roma, and names some colleagues he considers “racist”.
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EU ministers exclude nuclear, fossil gas from green transition fund

Fri, 2020-06-26 05:04
European Union countries agreed on Wednesday (24 June) that the bloc’s flagship fund to wean regions off fossil fuels should not finance nuclear or natural gas projects, despite calls from some Eastern countries for gas to be eligible for EU...
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Europe faces virus upsurge as cases soar in Americas

Fri, 2020-06-26 04:42
Europe is facing an upsurge in coronavirus cases, the World Health Organisation warned on Thursday (25 June), as the disease continued its rampage through the Americas.
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EU’s Borrell says Turkish gas drills off Cyprus ‘must stop’

Fri, 2020-06-26 04:28
European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Thursday (25 June) that "illegal" Turkish drilling for gas off the divided island of Cyprus "must stop", as he met Cypriot officials in Nicosia.
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US and EU must face down China together, Pompeo says

Thu, 2020-06-25 18:00
The US and EU need a shared understanding of China to resist it, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday (25 June), calling Beijing a threat and accusing it of stealing European know-how to develop its economy.
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EU Agriculture Commissioner refutes concerns over 25% organic target

Thu, 2020-06-25 17:18
On the back of growing concern over the target for 25% of EU farmland to be farmed organically by 2030, EU Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski has lent the plan his support and stressed it is achievable. But farmers are still concerned that, as it stands, supply may well outstrip demand, which they say could "kill" the sector.
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Lufthansa’s €9bn mega-bailout cleared for takeoff

Thu, 2020-06-25 16:13
Lufthansa shareholders and the European Commission both approved Berlin’s €9 billion rescue package on Thursday (25 June), as the German airline continues to struggle to ride out the economic slump caused by the coronavirus.
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A Covid-19 vaccine must have a ‘global public good’ guarantee

Thu, 2020-06-25 16:04
A coronavirus vaccine must be accessible to all. EU leaders must ensure that patents do not put profits ahead of people, writes Marc Botenga.
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With Hezbollah unchecked, the EU falls short of its own security aspirations

Thu, 2020-06-25 14:52
The German EU presidency offers a chance to address the EU's inaction on Hezbollah, writes Alina Bricman.
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The Brief – We’ll always have Strasbourg…?

Thu, 2020-06-25 14:49
Strasbourg’s monthly ‘travelling circus’ of MEPs cannot coexist with the EU’s current priorities and the post-pandemic world we are swiftly moving towards. France should see the opportunities on offer, not rage against the dying of the Alsace light.
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ArcelorMittal outlines demands for net-zero steelmaking in EU by 2050

Thu, 2020-06-25 13:46
Europe’s largest steelmaker, ArcelorMittal, unveiled plans on Thursday (24 June) to reach carbon neutrality in the EU by 2050, insisting however that success will depend on public support and incentives, including a carbon border tax.
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Digital Brief: To GDPR or not?

Thu, 2020-06-25 13:40
Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “I cannot predict now whether it will be so easy.”   – Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency Věra...
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Social unrest in America highlights the challenges it faces

Thu, 2020-06-25 11:54
George Floyd’s killing brought back the demons of racial discrimination and injustice in America. Demons that even Barack Obama, the first African American to hold the highest office in the land, was not able to exorcise, writes Constantine Arvanitopoulos. Constantine Arvanitopoulos is...
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Global Europe Brief: EU-China stalemate, Kosovo indictment & summer talks

Thu, 2020-06-25 11:22
Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU in the global perspective from our foreign affairs news team: Georgi Gotev and Alexandra Brzozowski. You can subscribe here. /// EU IN THE WORLD EU-CHINA. No tangible progress was made on several key...
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Pubs ask for VAT cut on alcohol to face post-COVID reality

Thu, 2020-06-25 11:05
Europe’s hospitality sector has been hit hard by the lockdown measures enforced across the continent to contain the spread of COVID-19. In Belgium, pubs and restaurants were forced to shut down on 13 March. The Belgian government provided one-off payments and...
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