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Paris, Berlin and Warsaw urge ‘free and fair’ Belarus vote

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-08-07 14:47
France, Germany and Poland on Friday (7 August) called on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to ensure a "free and fair" election in the former Soviet republic Sunday as fears of irregularities mounted.
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EU chief Michel heading to Beirut on Saturday

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-08-07 14:35
President of the European Council Charles Michel will head to Beirut on Saturday (8 August), ahead of a major donors conference to raise funds for the blast-damaged Lebanese capital Beirut.
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UK says it’s confident of Brexit trade deal as EU changing tone

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-08-07 14:18
Britain's top minister overseeing Brexit talks said on Friday (7 August) he was confident a free trade deal would be clinched with the EU as there had been a distinct change of tone from the bloc in recent weeks.
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Belgian court rejects extradition of Catalan separatist

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-08-07 10:19
A Belgian court on Friday (7 August) rejected the extradition of a former Catalan regional minister to face charges in Spain related to the banned 2017 independence referendum, prosecutors said.
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Zelenskiy’s oligarch friend accused by US of stealing, laundering billions

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-08-07 07:31
The Justice Department of the United States accused on Tuesday (6 August) Ihor Kolomoysky, an oligarch considered close to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, of stealing billions from a bank he owned, and of laundering this money over the world.
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Ukraine expects to swap 100 prisoners with Russian-backed separatists

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-08-07 06:37
Ukraine expects to exchange around 100 prisoners on each side with Russian-backed separatists within weeks, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's chief of staff told Reuters on Thursday (6 August) on a visit to eastern Ukraine.
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EU releases 33 million euros emergency aid for Beirut blast

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-08-07 06:28
The European Union announced Thursday (6 August) that it had released €33 million to finance initial emergency aid for Lebanon and mobilised material resources, including an Italian hospital ship, to help relief efforts in Beirut, devastated Tuesday by two explosions.
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EU and US politicians: Facebook must do more to stop online sexism

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-08-07 06:18
Facebook Inc must step up and protect women in politics from threats of violence and sexism and hate on its platform, said a letter to the company from female members of the US Congress such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top female politicians from the EU.
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Strategic gas interconnector Greece-Bulgaria on bumpy road

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-08-07 06:06
The construction of a strategic EU-supported pipeline which is expected to break the monopoly of Russian gas on the Bulgarian market has hit a snag. EURACTIV Bulgaria reports.
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Britain adds Belgium to travel quarantine list

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-08-07 06:04
Passengers arriving into Britain from Belgium, the Bahamas and Andorra will need to quarantine for 14 days due to concerns over rising COVID-19 infection rates, transport minister Grant Shapps said on Thursday (6 August).
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Vote by mail? Trouble ahead for US elections

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-08-07 05:50
Advocates of a vote-by-mail in the US presidential election have argued that it is the only safe way to conduct elections during the COVID pandemic. Opponents argue that moving to vote-by-mail elections opens the floodgates to fraud. Dick Roche looked...
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Britain seeks to smooth post-Brexit Northern Ireland trade disruption

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-08-07 05:49
Britain announced a 200 million pound (€221 million) scheme to help smooth post-Brexit trade disruption for businesses in Northern Ireland when European Union freedom of movement rules cease to apply at the end of the year.
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Rising star shakes up Belarus strongman’s re-election bid

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-08-07 05:34
Belarus holds presidential polls on Sunday (9 August) with a novice opposition candidate posing the greatest challenge in years to long-ruling strongman Alexander Lukashenko.
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12 years after war: Georgia moving forward but still searching for justice

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2020-08-07 05:23
The Russian aggression of August 2008 against Georgia was a blatant attempt to change the borders of Europe by force, launching a series of events spreading over the wider region, writes David Zalkaliani.
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EU, Switzerland to link emissions trading platforms from September

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2020-08-06 14:19
A planned link-up of the EU and Swiss carbon markets will be operational from September, the European Commission said, giving companies a broader pool of potential partners with which to trade emissions permits.
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EU Commission ready to help Lebanon with preferential trade

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2020-08-06 13:52
The European Commission is ready to help Lebanon with preferential trade and customs backing, president Ursula Von der Leyen said on Thursday (6 August) after a phone call with Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab.
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Brussels to require face masks if virus uptick continues

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2020-08-06 13:31
Brussels will require people to wear masks in public spaces and in private spaces accessible to the public if the uptick in coronavirus cases continues, the regional government said on Thursday (6 August).
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Hiroshima marks 75 years since atomic bombing in scaled-back ceremony

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2020-08-06 13:19
Bells tolled in Hiroshima on Thursday for the 75th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing, with ceremonies downsized due to the coronavirus and the city’s mayor urging nations to reject selfish nationalism and unite to fight all threats.
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In Beirut, Macron says Lebanese leaders need to hear ‘home truths’

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2020-08-06 11:15
Lebanon mourned on Thursday (6 August) the victims of the most powerful blast to hit a country that has already been struck down by an economic crisis, as rescuers searched for those missing since the explosion flattened Beirut port and devastated the city.
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German minister urges UK to be more ‘realistic’ in Brexit talks

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2020-08-06 10:43
Britain needs to be more "realistic and pragmatic" in Brexit negotiations with the European Union, Germany's European affairs minister told AFP in an interview Thursday (6 August).
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