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Germany’s new border restrictions ‘put spanner’ in Czech FM’s Brussels trip

Fri, 2021-02-19 07:13
Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček (Social Democrats), who had planned to travel to Belgium by car to attend consultations with Czech representatives to the EU on 2 March will have trouble crossing the German border as Germany’s entry and transit...
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PiS’ Commissioner for Human Rights candidate rejected by Senate

Fri, 2021-02-19 07:12
The upper house of the Polish parliament rejected on Thursday the candidacy of Deputy Foreign Minister Piotr Wawrzyk (Law and Justice) for the position of Commissioner for Human Rights, who was already appointed on 22 January.  This means that the...
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Cypriot MEP calls for an EU ban on Turkey’s Grey Wolves

Fri, 2021-02-19 07:12
Cypriot MEP Costas Mavrides (S&D) has sent a letter to EU top diplomat Josep Borrell calling for an EU ban on Turkey’s extremist organisation “Grey Wolves” and its umbrella organisations across the bloc. The MEP has also launched a petition...
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Sexual harassment of artists exposes Greece’s well-hidden secret

Fri, 2021-02-19 07:11
An increasing number of Greek artists have for days been reporting cases of sexual harassment in the world of sports, TV and theatre, exposing Greece’s well-hidden secret. A dozen of artists have publicly declared that they have been sexually harassed...
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Estonia shows willingness to ratify border treaty with Russia

Fri, 2021-02-19 07:10
The new Estonian government and its foreign minister, Eva-Maria Liimets, have shown willingness to move towards formally solving the country’s border dispute with Russia and ensure it no longer remains the only EU country without a border treaty with Russia....
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New coronavirus variant appears in Finland

Fri, 2021-02-19 07:08
Researchers at the Vita Laboratories in Helsinki have discovered a new coronavirus variant dubbed Fin-796H, which displayed mutations formerly discovered in the British and South African in a “unique” combination. The “newly-discovered variant differs from expectations in that it does...
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UK’s Johnson to urge G7 to back pandemic preparedness treaty

Fri, 2021-02-19 07:06
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will urge G7 leaders to support a treaty on pandemic preparedness through the World Health Organisation at a virtual summit on Friday. Johnson is also expected to urge wealthy countries to back a new 100-day...
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Slovak party derails plan to buy Russian vaccine without EU registration

Fri, 2021-02-19 07:06
Slovakia has dumped a plan to negotiate with Russia to buy the Sputnik V vaccine, after a junior coalition partner vetoed buying a product which has not been registered by the European Medicines Agency, Prime Minister Igor Matovič said.
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Germany’s fight against Nazis on many levels

Fri, 2021-02-19 07:05
A year after the racist terrorist attack in Hanau took the lives of nine people of colour, as well as the shooter and his mother, some in Germany are reflecting on efforts to address racism and right-wing extremism in the...
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Biontech and Pfizer demanded €54 per vaccine dose in June

Fri, 2021-02-19 07:05
Pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Biontech had requested EU €54.08 per vaccine dose last June, which was then lowered though negotiations to €15.50 per dose. According to research published on Thursday by NDR, WDR and Süddeutsche Zeitung, the companies also stated in the offer...
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New scandal with Hungary’s top EU court nominee

Fri, 2021-02-19 07:04
Neither a public application nor any other formal selection procedure preceded the nomination of Zoltán Csehi as the country’s new member of the European Court of Justice by Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga. According to Telex sources, Csehi had been a...
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Why Fidesz faces a tight race in 2022

Fri, 2021-02-19 06:50
At present, it is impossible to predict with confidence who will be the winner of the Hungarian parliamentary elections in 2022, writes Szabolcs Dull.
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EU commissioner tells Bosnia to manage migration better

Fri, 2021-02-19 06:43
The European Union's migration commissioner Ylva Johansson urged Bosnia on Thursday (18 February) to manage migration properly and share the burden of its migrant crisis equally across the country if it is to stay on course for EU membership.
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Only fractions of global heavy industry are aligned with Paris climate goals

Fri, 2021-02-19 06:42
Only 14% of publicly listed companies in the steel, cement, aluminum, paper and mining sector are on track to meet the Paris Agreement’s 2°C climate target, according to a report by the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI), a global investor group supported by the UN. Still, some European companies offer hope, EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Non-financial performance is too important a matter to be left to financiers

Fri, 2021-02-19 06:40
Europeans want companies to be accountable for their environmental impact. That is one of the reasons why revising the EU's non-financial reporting directive is as political as it is technical, write Olivia Grégoire and Pascal Durand.
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Countering disinformation: Is the DSA Punching Below its Weight?

Fri, 2021-02-19 06:38
A gamut of the European Commission’s initiatives mark a welcomed step-change in the EU policy against disinformation, but certain influence operations may still slip through the net, writes Paolo Cesarini.
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EU condemns Slovenia PM’s online attack on journalists

Fri, 2021-02-19 06:36
Brussels on Thursday (18 February) condemned Slovenia's prime minister for online personal attacks against journalists reporting on the deterioration of rule of law in his country, which will take on the rotating EU presidency in July.
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Tweets of the Week: HERA, Janša Attacks, Maskless Merkel and Mature Macron

Fri, 2021-02-19 06:34
Europe decides to vaccellerate, attack on journo provokes Slovenian debate, and Merkel’s forgetful while Macron gains weight.
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Greece protests to Turkey over yet another ‘research vessel’

Fri, 2021-02-19 06:26
Greece said on Thursday (18 February) it had protested to Turkey over its deployment of a research vessel in the Aegean Sea, in what it called an “unnecessary” move as the NATO allies seek to resume talks over a long-standing...
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EU urges five countries to codify anti-racism law

Fri, 2021-02-19 06:09
The European Commission on Thursday (18 February) told five EU countries -- Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Poland and Sweden -- to quickly put a 2008 EU law against racism into their statutes.
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