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No official assessments indicating whether Montenegro is safe

Thu, 2020-05-28 06:40
Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Wednesday (27 May) that there are currently no official assessments indicating whether Montenegro is safe for the people coming from Serbia, but that Belgrade will make such an evaluation. “Security assessments are being...
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Serbia suspends Montenegro airlines’ right to land in Belgrade

Thu, 2020-05-28 06:39
The Serbian Civil Aviation Directorate has informed Montenegro Airlines that its right to land on Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport had been suspended, according to Montenegrin national flag carrier Montenegro Airlines’s announcement, broadcast by the RTS public service on Wednesday (27...
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ZAGREB – A wage deal has been reached

Thu, 2020-05-28 06:39
Croatian Labour and Pension Minister Josip Aladrović (HDZ, EPP) announced that the government has finally reached an agreement with public sector unions on the annexe to the basic collective agreement and on holiday allowances. The government did not want to...
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SOFIA – Civil society forces government to reconsider decision on new paediatric hospital

Thu, 2020-05-28 06:38
The government gave up its plans to transform a 12-floor ruin built during the last years of communism and abandoned ever since, into a children’s hospital in Sofia. The capital is the only European city without a children’s hospital.  To...
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LISBON – TAP changes route recovery plan

Thu, 2020-05-28 06:37
Portuguese flag carrier TAP said on Wednesday (27 May) that it would adjust the route recovery plan it had announced on Monday (25 May), after the company was criticised by several national authorities, including the government. The airline said it “is...
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Controversy travel between Italian regions

Thu, 2020-05-28 06:36
While current travel restrictions are set to be lifted as of 3 June, the question of whether the borders of the most affected regions, such as Lombardy, Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna, should remain closed remains under discussion. You can also read...
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Cyprus to block Belgian travellers

Thu, 2020-05-28 06:34
From 20 June, Cyprus is set to welcome tourists and travellers from 19 countries, which will not have to go into quarantine upon arrival. One of the exceptions is Belgium. According to a statement by the Cypriot ministry of transport,...
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US ambassador: Putin would be the ‘winner’ of a Greece-Turkey escalation

Thu, 2020-05-28 06:33
Russian President Vladimir Putin would be the winner in the event Greece-Turkey relations escalated, US Ambassador in Athens Geoffrey R. Pyatt told Greece’s MEGA TV in an interview. “If there were to be any sort of escalation, the only winner...
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Scientists warn of ‘zombie fires’ in the Arctic

Thu, 2020-05-28 06:12
Dormant "zombie fires" scattered across the Arctic region -- remnants of record blazes last year -- may be coming to life after an unusually warm and dry Spring, scientists warned Wednesday (27 May).
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How EU member states reacted to the Commission’s Recovery Fund proposal

Thu, 2020-05-28 06:10
Most EU member states have reacted positively to the European Commission’s €750 billion  Recovery Fund proposal, which aims to help the bloc cope with the devastating economic implications of the pandemic.
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EU must play global role in virus crisis, says Merkel

Thu, 2020-05-28 05:54
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday (27 May) said the European Union should take more global responsibility in the coronavirus crisis, especially as ties with the United States were currently "difficult".
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Approval of Trump’s COVID-19 response stays steady as death toll surpasses 100,000

Thu, 2020-05-28 05:39
Public approval of President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic remained steady this week as the number of US deaths from the illness surpassed 100,000, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday (27 May).
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Von der Leyen’s other stimulus: A private sector boost of €600 billion

Thu, 2020-05-28 05:38
As part of its recovery plan, the European Commission wants to attract €600 billion of additional private investments in order to finance strategic sectors and support viable companies at risk of liquidity shortages in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.
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All eyes on Germany’s ‘crisis’ presidency, expected to lead EU recovery

Thu, 2020-05-28 05:24
The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has forced Germany to radically revise the priorities for its EU Council Presidency in the second half of the year. One thing is clear: the biggest EU country takes the helm in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, at a crucial time for the bloc's recovery efforts. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Lufthansa board baulks at EU bailout terms

Thu, 2020-05-28 05:10
The board of German airline Lufthansa refused to accept the conditions of a €9 billion aid package on Wednesday (27 May), citing the European Commission's reported requirement that the carrier give up some airport slots at two of its major hubs.
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Spain holds minute’s silence for COVID-19 victims, begins 10-day mourning period

Thu, 2020-05-28 05:07
Spain held a minute’s silence yesterday (27 May) to pay tribute to the more than 27,000 people who have died from COVID-19 in the country as it begins a 10-day mourning period. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
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Hungary to end state of emergency as NGOs cry foul

Thu, 2020-05-28 05:05
As promised, the Hungarian government submitted two draft bills to end the state of emergency and terminate its controversial powers, but civil society organisations said on Wednesday (27 May) the moves are simple trickery.
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US military says Russia flew 14 MiG 29s and Su-24s to Libya

Thu, 2020-05-28 05:01
Russian military personnel flew MiG 29 and SU-24 fighter planes to a Libyan airbase escorted by other Russian fighter jets, the US military said on Wednesday (27 May), detailing a deployment of air power that could have a big impact on Libya’s war.
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Taming the ‘Frugal Four’: the challenge facing the German Presidency

Wed, 2020-05-27 17:02
The European Commission has presented its proposal for a recovery fund as part of the draft EU budget. Now the member states must be convinced, a task that will fall on Berlin when Germany takes over the EU Council Presidency in July, EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Defence and security win battle but not war, in EU budget plans

Wed, 2020-05-27 16:57
While the new EU budget proposal charts an improvement from the European Commission’s previously planned outlay for the bloc’s defence initiatives, it still remains far from original ambitions. On Wednesday (27 May), the European Commission increased the total financial firepower...
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