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The Brief, powered by APPLIA – The price of EU indecision

Wed, 2021-02-24 15:30
With its vaccination programme well underway, the UK is starting to see the light at the end of the long COVID-19 tunnel, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has presented a roadmap for "a path to freedom". Europeans are now starting to wonder: Will the Brits be the only ones on the sunny side this summer?
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‘Our forests are sick,’ Germany’s agriculture minister says

Wed, 2021-02-24 15:20
The German agriculture minister presented on Wednesday (24 February) a worrying annual report on the condition of German forests, which again highlights the dramatic effects of climate change on the ecosystem. At the same time, however, the forest is also the solution to the problem. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Mafia eye health, recovery projects in virus-hit Italy

Wed, 2021-02-24 14:58
In coronavirus-hit Italy, mafia groups are eyeing the health sector and EU-funded infrastructure projects as their next big money spinners, police warned in a report Wednesday (24 February).
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Two-thirds of French sports fans ready to boycott non-eco-friendly events

Wed, 2021-02-24 14:39
Sports fans are interested in environmental issues and brands should take such trends into account, according to the new "Meaningful Passions" study. The study also confirmed that about two-thirds of French fans would even boycott an event with no environmental commitment. EURACTIV France reports.
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French association teaches sports clubs to be more environmentally friendly

Wed, 2021-02-24 14:35
The French association Match for Green, which aims to make sports more environmentally friendly, started offering training to support sports clubs in their green transition from Monday (22 February). EURACTIV France reports.
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Russia’s Lavrov slams West for pandemic ‘selfishness’

Wed, 2021-02-24 13:27
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov lambasted the West for failing to unite globally in the fight against the pandemic and its economic fallout, in an address to the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday (24 February).
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Global gas firms target industrial ‘clusters’ for first hydrogen clients

Wed, 2021-02-24 13:13
Gas companies in Europe and America are looking at using the existing gas network to serve industrial “clusters” of hydrogen users in sectors like chemicals, cement and steelmaking, adopting a “phased approach” endorsed by the European Commission.
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EU-UK to debate extensions for Irish customs waiver

Wed, 2021-02-24 13:10
EU and UK officials will discuss on Wednesday (24 February) the possibility of extending the ‘grace periods’ that exempt goods crossing the Irish Sea border from new customs checks introduced by the new trade arrangement.
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Ukraine starts its COVID-19 vaccination campaign with India-made jab

Wed, 2021-02-24 13:05
Ukraine started its COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Wednesday (24 February), with doctors the first to be inoculated.
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Bulgaria to open restaurants from March, nightclubs from April

Wed, 2021-02-24 12:53
Bulgaria will reopen restaurants from March and lift a ban on nightclubs from April, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said on Wednesday (24 February), betting on a vaccination programme and a solid number of recoveries from COVID-19.
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Von der Leyen tells skittish Europeans: ‘I’d take AstraZeneca vaccine’

Wed, 2021-02-24 12:29
The European Union’s most senior administrator said she would happily receive AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine as officials rushed to find ways of ensuring doses refused by skittish Germans did not go to waste.
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Russia increases fines for protest violations after Navalny rallies

Wed, 2021-02-24 12:11
Russian President Vladimir Putin approved legislation on Wednesday (24 February) beefing up fines for offences committed during street protests after thousands were detained at unsanctioned rallies in support of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
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EU ‘antenna’ outposts to submit proposals for bloc development aid

Wed, 2021-02-24 11:26
EU delegations are to submit by the end of February their proposals for spending development aid based on consultations in their respective countries, reflecting the bigger role of the diplomatic outposts in hitting assistance targets. The EU has some 140...
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The EU adaptation strategy is everybody’s cup of coffee 

Wed, 2021-02-24 11:00
The EU Adaptation Strategy presents not only priorities for action, but a vision of how adaptation to climate change should take place, writes Richard J. T. Klein.
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The Future of Europe is a Europe of sovereign nations [Promoted content]

Wed, 2021-02-24 11:00
The core task of the Union is to build a strong internal market that helps citizens live better and be prosperous.
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EU regions’ advisory body proposes ‘Mediterranean diet’ label

Wed, 2021-02-24 10:59
An ad hoc label for food products belonging to the Mediterranean diet is the latest suggestion in the EU-wide food labelling fray to cope with negative effects caused by colour-coded Nutri-score.
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US pressure drives 18 European companies away from Nord Stream 2

Wed, 2021-02-24 10:38
The US government is confident its sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline connecting Russia and Germany will have an impact. In a document obtained by EURACTIV Germany, the State Department lists 18 European companies that have already ended their cooperation with the project. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Graft, lockdown and police violence stir anger in Cyprus

Wed, 2021-02-24 07:49
Thousands of Cypriot protesters have staged large demonstrations in past weeks, angered by months of lockdown, economic woes and a string of corruption scandals, as well as a rare police crackdown.
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Support EU-based vaccine production, five leaders say

Wed, 2021-02-24 07:40
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Russia's military infrastructure hampering Lithuania's 5G development, Slovenia's National Assembly appointing the country's new health minister, and so much more.
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San Marino turns to Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine

Wed, 2021-02-24 07:38
San Marino on Tuesday (23 February) received a first batch of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccines, government officials said, allowing the tiny state landlocked inside Italy to start its immunisation campaign.
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