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SOFIA/BELGRADE : ‘Balkan Stream’ will work without problems

Tue, 2020-06-02 06:25
The Balkan Stream gas line would be useful for Serbia and Bulgaria, contributing to the diversification of regional supply and providing for competitive prices, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said at a joint press conference on Monday (1 June) with...
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BRATISLAVA – ‘State of emergency isn’t limiting anyone’

Tue, 2020-06-02 06:24
While Slovakia has one of the world’s lowest coronavirus-related mortality rates, as well as very few new cases in the past days, the government has announced the further easing of measures starting on Wednesday (3 June) with the state of...
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PRAGUE – Traffic lights for travelling abroad

Tue, 2020-06-02 06:23
The Czech government approved on Monday (1 June) so-called “traffic lights” for travelling abroad, in which all European countries have been divided into three groups marked with specific colours – red, amber and green – according to data gathered by...
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ATHENS – Who can travel to Greece?

Tue, 2020-06-02 06:22
The ministry of foreign affairs has issued a statement saying that until 15 June, the rule still applies that all visitors, regardless of nationality, even Greeks coming from abroad, must be tested. If the result is negative (the day after)...
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LISBON – New openings

Tue, 2020-06-02 06:21
Shopping centres, concert halls, cinemas, gymnasiums, swimming pools and shops reopened on Monday (1 June), ending the “civic duty of home collection” due to COVID-19, in the third phase of the deconfinement plan. The government announced the third phase of...
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MADRID – Final lockdown extension

Tue, 2020-06-02 06:20
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez confirmed Sunday (31 May) he would request a sixth and final 15-day extension of the state of emergency, which came into effect on 14 March, until 21 June. As the government defends the measure as...
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VIENNA – Coalition quarrels over European recovery fund

Tue, 2020-06-02 06:19
 Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s initiative against the Merkel-Macron EU recovery plan was a “mistake”, the leader of the Austrian Greens said in a TV interview on Saturday (30 May). When Austria’s Conservative-Green coalition was inaugurated in January, observers predicted that...
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BRUSSELS – Border confusions

Tue, 2020-06-02 06:18
The decision by Belgian authorities to allow people to cross the border with neighbouring countries to visit their loved ones has turned out to have taken some of them by surprise. While Belgians trying to cross into France were turned back,...
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PARIS – After the aid packages, the layoffs

Tue, 2020-06-02 06:17
As most lockdown measures have now been lifted as of today (2 June) and life starts getting back to normal in France, the economy has taken a big hit. The Renault group has announced a massive cost-cutting plan, which would...
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BERLIN – Debate over new stimulus package

Tue, 2020-06-02 06:16
Germany’s ruling parties remain divided over key parts of the most-recently proposed €80 billion COVID-19 aid package, which aims to stimulate the economy and boost demand. The issues causing the stir include the minimum wage, corporate tax, assistance for municipalities,...
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Hungary asks Finland to apologise over ‘false’ emergency law attack

Tue, 2020-06-02 06:15
Hungary is demanding an apology from Finnish MEPs, academic researchers and prominent media outlets for “wrongly” criticising and spreading “false” arguments concerning the country’s emergency law enacted in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, according to letters sent by the...
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Athens rejects ‘illegal’ Turkey drilling plan

Tue, 2020-06-02 06:11
Greece on Monday (1 June) attacked Turkey's plan to carry out oil drilling in the eastern Mediterranean, describing it as "a new provocation".
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Putin and Trump discuss G7 summit

Tue, 2020-06-02 05:49
US President Donald Trump told President Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Monday (1 June) about his idea of holding an expanded Group of Seven summit later this year with a possible invitation for Russia, the Kremlin and the White House said.
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Worker participation in management can be stabilising factor, expert argues

Tue, 2020-06-02 05:34
Worker participation in the management can be a stabilisation factor in times of crisis, according to a recent study conducted by the Institute for Codetermination and Corporate Governance. EURACTIV has interviewed the co-author and political adviser on the matter, Sebastian Campagna. 
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UK and Poland sign new treaty on voting rights

Tue, 2020-06-02 05:13
The UK and Poland have signed a treaty that secures the right of British and Polish citizens to stand and vote in local elections in each other’s countries following the UK’s exit from the EU.
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Lufthansa board gives green light to €9bn bailout

Tue, 2020-06-02 04:45
The supervisory board of German airline Lufthansa voted on Monday (1 June) in favour of the government's €9 billion aid package, after the European Commission compromised on its conditions for approving the bailout.
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Trump, attorney general to meet as US cities smolder amid protests

Mon, 2020-06-01 13:35
US President Donald Trump was scheduled to meet with his top law enforcement officer behind closed doors on Monday (1 June) as cities nationwide awoke from a smoldering weekend of violent protests over race and policing in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Russia applauds SpaceX launch but calls Trump’s reaction ‘hysteria’

Mon, 2020-06-01 06:52
Russia’s space agency criticised Donald Trump’s “hysteria” about the first spaceflight of NASA astronauts from US soil in nine years, but also said on Sunday (31 May) it was pleased there was now another way to travel into space.
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Austria opposes current EU rescue, wants changes

Mon, 2020-06-01 06:23
Austria opposes Europe's current €750 billion plan to help economies recover from the coronavirus pandemic and wants to negotiate changes to the proposal, the country's finance minister said on Saturday (30 May).
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World COVID-19 cases top 6 million as leaders disagree on pandemic response

Mon, 2020-06-01 05:47
The number of coronavirus cases worldwide topped six million Sunday (31 May), with Brazil registering another record surge in daily infections as divisions deepened on how to deal with the pandemic.
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