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EU regulators extend Google, Fitbit deal probe to December 23

Thu, 2020-09-24 21:02
EU antitrust regulators have extended their investigation into Alphabet unit Google’s fitness tracker maker Fitbit to Dec. 23, the European Commission said on Wednesday (23 September). The EU competition enforcer last month kicked off a full-scale probe into the deal,...
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COVID-19 smartphone app finally launches in England and Wales

Thu, 2020-09-24 21:00
England and Wales launch a COVID-19 smartphone app on Thursday, allowing users to trace contacts, check the local level of risk and record visits to venues such as pubs, four months after the technology was promised to the public. The...
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EU launches investigation into Chinese optical fibre cable imports

Thu, 2020-09-24 20:58
The European Commission launched an investigation on Thursday (24 September) into imports of optical fibre cable from China, which EU manufacturers believe are being sold in Europe at artificially low prices. The case comes as the 27-member European Union wants...
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Farmers need financial reassurance to support uptake of agroforestry

Thu, 2020-09-24 16:20
In a clear nod to the strategic importance of agroforestry, the term has now cropped up in both the European Green Deal, the European Commission's roadmap for making Europe the first climate neutral continent by 2050, and the EU’s flagship new food policy, the Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy.
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New terminologies in sustainable food systems

Thu, 2020-09-24 16:20
The recent drive for sustainability has seen the emergence of a number of new terminologies, including agroecology, agroforestry and urban farming. The adoption of these new notions into the sustainability discourse has been rapid and has sometimes made new concepts...
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UK unveils new German-style job subsidy scheme

Thu, 2020-09-24 15:18
Boris Johnson’s government unveiled on Thursday (24 September) a massive new financial support package for businesses and employees, modelled on Germany’s ‘Kurzarbeit’ scheme, as the UK economy braces for six months of hardship from the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The story of Europe’s 210,000 unaccompanied minors seeking asylum

Thu, 2020-09-24 14:27
After a journey often marked by violence and abuse, more than 210,000 unaccompanied minors without future prospects who have applied for asylum in Europe over the past five years are living in crowded refugee camps. EURACTIV's partner EUROEFE reports.
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The Brief, powered by ESA – A dose of reality on migration, or kicking the can

Thu, 2020-09-24 14:22
The EU migration pact announced on Wednesday (24 September) may not be remotely close to the “entirely new architecture” promised by the von der Leyen Commission but at least it offered a dose of reality. Altruism, or that much abused...
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Global Europe Brief: No summit, no cry?

Thu, 2020-09-24 14:15
Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU in the global perspective from our foreign affairs news team: Georgi Gotev and Alexandra Brzozowski. You can subscribe here. /// SANCTIONS SUMMIT DELAY The EU summit postponement might have come at the...
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United for a New, Fair and Inclusive Multilateralism [Promoted content]

Thu, 2020-09-24 14:00
What kind of world do you want to live in? One in which countries fiercely compete against each other? Or one in which countries join forces to solve our shared urgent challenges flowing across borders? On the eve of the UN 75th General Assembly, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and its partners unveiled a proposal for a New, inclusive and Fair Multilateralism. HR/VP Josep Borrell, Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz and Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General Fabrizio Hochschild-Drummond were some of the influential political and academic figures who participated in this conference. Find the Policy Report, the video of the conference and much more at:
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Ex-Cambridge Analytica boss admits to ‘unethical services’, accepts seven-year ban

Thu, 2020-09-24 13:50
The European Commission is not able to say when a COVID-19 vaccine will be available, EU health chief Stella Kyriakides admitted on Thursday (24 September), even though a senior EU official voiced hope earlier this month that the first vaccine could have market authorisation as early as November.
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Commission tones down hopes for a COVID-19 vaccine soon

Thu, 2020-09-24 13:22
The European Commission is not able to say when a COVID-19 vaccine will be available, EU health chief Stella Kyriakides admitted on Thursday (24 September), even though a senior EU official voiced hope earlier this month that the first vaccine could have market authorisation as early as November.
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Time is not on our side: Building back balance through wellbeing

Thu, 2020-09-24 13:21
Post-COVID, ‘building back better’ means building resilience to future shocks whilst creating a new vision where the well-being of all citizens is guaranteed over financial growth at the expense of everything else, write Sandrine Dixson-Declève and Aileen McLeod.
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Eurotunnel on track for Brexit disruption as talks falter

Thu, 2020-09-24 13:15
The UK government was accused on Tuesday (22 September) of failing to ensure the cross-Channel rail link can continue to operate after the Brexit transition is over, while EU officials are yet to confirm their plans for the tunnel.
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How to break the taboo about EU funding and the rule of law

Thu, 2020-09-24 13:00
Democratic backsliding in Europe is evident and the EU must stop treating the rule of law and democracy in its member countries as a taboo subject. It should be discussed openly and impartially, writes Michal Šimečka.
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EU proposes first bloc-wide ‘passport’ for crypto-assets

Thu, 2020-09-24 12:36
The European Commission on Thursday (24 September) set out plans to create what its officials described as the world’s most comprehensive set of rules for crypto-assets and their underlying blockchain technology.
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In Brussels, Visegrad countries reject the EU’s migration plan

Thu, 2020-09-24 11:22
Four Eastern European countries rejected the EU's latest plans for handling migrants on Thursday (24 September), after talks with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels, and insisted that the plans for tougher new asylum rules do not go far enough.
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Surveillance on the seas: Europe’s new Migration Pact

Thu, 2020-09-24 09:39
Instead of coming up with a meaningful plan, the EU’s new migration pact explicitly doubles down on containment and border security and opens the door to increasingly more draconian tools of surveillance using new technologies, write Petra Molnar and Kena-Jade Pinto, who recently travelled to the Moria refugee camp in Lesvos.
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Chinese business wants less EU red tape

Thu, 2020-09-24 08:35
The Chinese business community in Europe would like to see less 'red tape' and regulatory barriers for its firms on the bloc, but is also open to the idea of offering further opportunities for EU business in China, says Zhou Lihong.
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German foreign, economy ministers in quarantine after coronavirus contacts

Thu, 2020-09-24 06:58
German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier became the country's second cabinet member to enter quarantine, writing that he would stay at home after coming into contact with the aide of another European Union minister who had tested positive.
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