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Poland elects new ombudsman in rule of law standoff

Thu, 2021-07-22 05:33
Marcin Wiącek, lawyer and professor at the University of Warsaw, was elected by the Polish Senate to the post of ombudsman, with 93 votes in favour, none against and five abstentions. After the vote, Wiacek told journalists that it was...
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Portugal aims to vaccinate 570,000 children by mid-September

Thu, 2021-07-22 05:30
Portugal aims to vaccinate 570,000 12-17-year-olds between 14 August to 19 September, Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced on Wednesday. Speaking at the opening of the state of the nation debate in parliament, which marks the close of the second legislative session, Costa...
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Associated Trio to ramp up cooperation on Black Sea security

Thu, 2021-07-22 05:30
The confrontation between Russia and the West is coming to a head, experts say. In consequence, the Associated Trio – Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova – has declared its aims to step up cooperation to strengthen security in the Black Sea...
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Prodi was spied on by Moroccan secret services

Thu, 2021-07-22 05:29
The former Italian prime minister and former European Commission chief, Romano Prodi, was allegedly spied on by the secret services of Morocco using the Israeli Pegasus software, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. Prodi was reportedly targeted due to his appointment as...
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EU won’t renegotiate Northern Ireland Protocol

Thu, 2021-07-22 05:29
The EU will not agree to a UK demand to renegotiate the protocol on Northern Ireland, the European Commission has said after the UK demanded changes to the post-Brexit arrangements, the Irish Times reported. The deal to keep the North broadly in...
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Commission’s rule of law report sparks controversy in Austria

Thu, 2021-07-22 05:28
After the European Commission pointed out some worrying developments in Austria in its rule of law report, several politicians and anti-corruption experts voiced their concerns over the deterioration of the country’s performance in some areas of the report. The report “is a...
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Undocumented migrants suspend hunger strike as deadlock is broken

Thu, 2021-07-22 05:27
The undocumented workers on hunger strike in Brussels suspended their hunger strike on Wednesday after agreements were made in principle between the government and representatives of the migrants, EURACTIV’s media partner The Bulletin reported. “There have been meetings with the...
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France could soon reimpose COVID-19 restrictions as cases soar

Thu, 2021-07-22 05:26
As France experienced a new peak of COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, with 18,000 cases detected within 24 hours, Prime Minister Jean Castex has confirmed that new restrictions may be imminent. With the highly contagious Delta coronavirus variant now wreaking havoc...
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Germany buys itself free with Nord Stream 2 agreement

Thu, 2021-07-22 05:25
The conflict between Berlin and Washington over the construction of the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline bringing Russian gas to Germany has been laid to rest with a joint declaration “in support of Ukraine, European energy security, and our climate...
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EU rejects UK demand for new post-Brexit deal on Northern Ireland

Thu, 2021-07-22 05:10
Britain demanded on Wednesday (21 July) that the European Union agree to rewrite a deal overseeing problematic post-Brexit trade involving Northern Ireland just a year after it was agreed with the bloc, a call immediately rejected by Brussels.
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Spain votes to end obligatory outdoor face mask rule

Thu, 2021-07-22 05:04
The end of the obligation to wear face masks outdoors in Spain when social distancing is practicable, as decreed on 26 June by the government, was approved by parliament on Wednesday, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
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Montenegro starts paying off $1 billion Chinese road loan

Thu, 2021-07-22 04:48
Montenegro paid the first instalment of a billion-dollar road loan from China that critics say could wreck the Balkan nation's economy.
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Polish justice minister says Warsaw cannot comply with EU’s court ruling

Thu, 2021-07-22 04:31
Poland's justice minister said on Wednesday (21 July) it was not possible to comply with a ruling by the top European Union court that the country's new system for disciplining judges broke EU law and should be suspended.
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One in two hospitalised COVID-19 patients develop a complication

Wed, 2021-07-21 22:00
A study published in the Lancet has found that out of more than 70,000 adults in the UK hospitalised with severe COVID-19 disease, half developed at least one health complication during their hospitalisation, while almost one in three participants died....
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The Brief – Big brother is watching you (again)

Wed, 2021-07-21 14:30
The Pegasus Project’s revelations remind us that journalists, officials and activists all over the world are still closely being watched by national and foreign intelligence services. Given his distaste for the English language’s “vagueness and sheer incompetence,” British writer George...
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Germany, France call on EU countries to also ban culling of male chicks

Wed, 2021-07-21 13:25
France and Germany are now calling on other EU countries to follow their lead in banning the controversial practice of culling male chicks, which both countries pledged to end from January 2022. EURACTIV France and EURACTIV Germany report.
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Austrian court refers Schrems’ Facebook complaint to EU Court

Wed, 2021-07-21 12:35
Austria's Supreme Court has asked the EU Court of Justice for clarification on the legality of Facebook's processing of personal data after data protection activist Max Schrems brought a case before it. The Court in Luxembourg will now decide whether the US giant respected the GDPR since it came into force in 2018.
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Orbán announces referendum on controversial LGBTQI+ law provisions

Wed, 2021-07-21 12:27
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced plans on Wednesday (21 July) to call a referendum on child protection issues to combat pressure from the European Union over legislation which the bloc says discriminates against LGBTQI+ people.
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The Green Brief: EU climate package déjà vu?

Wed, 2021-07-21 08:34
For those who have been following EU energy and climate policy over the past five years, the European Commission’s ‘Fit for 55’ package has a distinct whiff of déjà vu.
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EU industry shuns carbon border levy, backs export rebates instead

Wed, 2021-07-21 06:46
European industries covered by the EU's future carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) have expressed doubts about the proposal, tabled last week. Instead, they are pushing for an export rebate scheme to help green EU products compete on global markets.
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