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Kazakhstan: recovery and renewal

Mon, 2020-07-06 11:57
As Kazakhstan faces a new wave on the pandemic that forced authorities to reimpose a two-week quarantine, the country ponders its future in a post-COVID-19 world.
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Kazakhstan’s Nazarbayev turns 80 amid celebrations marred by new lockdown

Mon, 2020-07-06 11:56
Kazakhstan's veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev turns 80 on Monday (6 July) but the streets in the Central Asian country are set to be empty as a new period of lockdown begins and celebrations of his birthday and the 'national capital day', have been cancelled or moved online.
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LEAK: ‘Efficiency first’ is top priority of draft EU energy strategy

Mon, 2020-07-06 10:49
Efficiency must be at the core of Europe’s energy policy, the European Commission says in a draft policy document outlining its vision of a more agile, low-carbon energy system powered chiefly by renewable electricity.
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The future for STEM in Europe

Mon, 2020-07-06 10:36
As Europe reels from the aftereffects of the coronavirus crisis, talk in Brussels is moving towards how the bloc can retain the momentum garnered from the deployment of innovative digital tools. In the education sector, with European educational establishments being...
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Green MEP: Migration pact could enshrine injustice in law

Mon, 2020-07-06 09:47
About a year ago, German captain Carola Rackete was arrested for docking 53 people rescued from a shipwrecked vessel in the port of Lampedusa, against the instructions of the Italian authorities. MEP Erik Marquardt spoke with EURACTIV Germany about what has changed since then and the role of civil society and politics.
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Belgrade declares state of emergency

Mon, 2020-07-06 06:49
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the coronavirus situation in Luxembourg, the results of Croatia's parliamentary elections, and so much more.
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Report on final results of the parliamentary elections

Mon, 2020-07-06 06:48
Serbia’s electoral commission adopted a report on Sunday (5 July) regarding the final results of the parliamentary elections, according to which president Aleksandar Vučić’s For Our Children party obtained 1,953,998 votes or 60.65% of the 188 seats in parliament. A...
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LJUBLJANA – Coronavirus and summer create first border queues

Mon, 2020-07-06 06:47
On Sunday evening (5 July), passengers at the Gruškovje border crossing (eastern Slovenia) queued for two and a half hours to enter Slovenia from Croatia, as a tougher border regime coincided with the first summer vacation weekend. Gruškovje is one...
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WARSAW – No presidential TV debate

Mon, 2020-07-06 06:46
Opposition presidential candidate Rafał Trzaskowski announced he will not take part in a televised election debate with his rival, incumbent Andrzej Duda (PiS), that is due to take place on state broadcaster TVP on Monday (6 July). Trzaskowski had claimed...
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Weber lashes out against Erdoğan

Mon, 2020-07-06 06:45
EPP chief in the European Parliament Manfred Weber has hit at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan over the latter’s intention to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque. “Hagia Sophia is a symbol of Christian heritage and obviously President Erdoğan wants...
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Di Maio open to ESM fund, criticizes ‘frugals’

Mon, 2020-07-06 06:45
Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio clarified that there is no ideological battle with regards to the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), the EU’s bailout fund, adding that “there is an open negotiation at international level. We trust our PM Giuseppe...
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LUXEMBOURG – Students and teachers in quarantine again

Mon, 2020-07-06 06:44
Students and teachers from about 20 primary and secondary school classes have had to self-isolate at home again due to suspicions of COVID-19 after children and teenagers returned to school in small groups from the end of May. “If we...
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BRUSSELS – Protests around headscarf ruling

Mon, 2020-07-06 06:43
Around thousand protesters gathered in Brussels on Sunday under the banner “#HijabisFightBack Protest” to protest against the decision of the Constitutional Court supporting a higher education establishment which intends to prohibit its students from wearing signs representing philosophical or religious...
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BERLIN – No police study, after all

Mon, 2020-07-06 06:42
The German government will not commission a report examining racial profiling in the police force, after Interior Minister Horst Seehofer Horst Seehofer (CSU) said over the weekend that he sees “no need” for it”. This comes after the country’s interior...
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Belgrade declares state of emergency

Mon, 2020-07-06 06:41
A state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic was declared on 3 July, Belgrade mayor Zoran Radojičić announced, though he added that the current epidemiological state of the pandemic did not call for closing the city. After it was...
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Reviewing orphan drugs law: A tough equation

Mon, 2020-07-06 06:27
The Orphan Regulation was introduced in 2000 and its main objective was to address the challenge of regulating medicines which treat patients with rare diseases. Around 246,000 people suffer from such diseases across the EU, The European Commission is expected...
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EU must end investment protection in the fossil sector

Mon, 2020-07-06 05:54
The Energy Charter Treaty, which dates back to the 1990s, severely restricts Europe's ability to change regulations in the energy sector, with many EU member states facing court actions worth billions of euros, write a group of MEPs. If the treaty cannot be reformed, then it must be scrapped, they argue.
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Commission’s ‘risky’ move to re-visit orphan drugs regulation

Mon, 2020-07-06 05:49
The European Commission is expected to present by the end of July an evaluation study on the pros and cons of the application of orphan and paediatric regulations, which deal with a niche segment of rare diseases that affect fewer than five in 10,000 people.
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LEAK: ‘European Hydrogen Alliance’ ready for take-off

Mon, 2020-07-06 05:48
The European Commission will seek to position Europe as a global leader on hydrogen with a new industry-led alliance set to be unveiled on Wednesday (8 July).
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EU lawmakers divided over inclusion of natural gas in Just Transition Fund

Mon, 2020-07-06 05:40
On Monday (6 July), the European Parliament's Regional Affairs Committee will vote on a draft of the Just Transition Fund, which is considered highly controversial. The Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), of all groups, had formed a united front calling for the production of natural gas. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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