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EU grouping expels Lithuanian MEP over homophobic remarks

Thu, 2021-01-21 05:50
Centrist European Parliament grouping Renew Europe on Wednesday voted to expel a Lithuanian MEP over homophobic remarks he made in a video on Facebook. Viktor Uspaskich, a leader of the Baltic state’s populist Labour party, sparked outrage last week after...
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Biden rolls back Trump policies on wall, climate, health, Muslims

Thu, 2021-01-21 05:39
US President Joe Biden signed 15 executive actions shortly after being sworn on Wednesday (20 January), undoing policies put in place by his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump, and making his first moves on the pandemic and climate change.
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World leaders congratulate US President Biden

Thu, 2021-01-21 05:28
World leaders said they were looking forward to working with Joe Biden, the Democrat sworn in as US president on Wednesday (20 January) after four turbulent years under Donald Trump.
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Google’s advertising practices targeted by EU antitrust probe

Wed, 2021-01-20 17:00
EU antitrust regulators have sought information from advertisers regarding Google's advertising technology practices, a European Commission document seen by Reuters shows.
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The Brief, powered by VDMA – Wanted: A Guardian of Democracy

Wed, 2021-01-20 15:46
Last Friday, and without much media coverage, the Guardian of the Treaties dealt the latest blow to European citizens' shot at direct democracy by rejecting a petition proposing a protection package for national minorities that had garnered 1.1 million signatures across the EU.
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EU Court leaves Cyprus on the grill as halloumi trademark rift heats up

Wed, 2021-01-20 15:26
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has dismissed the claim of a Cypriot producers' organisation who challenged the trademark validation of Bulgarian halloumi-sounding products arguing that they could deceive consumers.
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French constitutional change on environmental preservation faces long road ahead

Wed, 2021-01-20 15:17
The French government will unveil a draft revision of the Constitution on Wednesday (20 January) to include the notion of environmental preservation. While the ultimate aim is to submit this proposal to the French public, holding a referendum seems a distant prospect. EURACTIV France reports.
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Trump ends tumultuous term under cloud, faces uncertain future

Wed, 2021-01-20 14:36
President Donald Trump leaves the presidency under a dark cloud of his own making, ending his single four-year term stained by two impeachments, deep political divisions and his handling of a pandemic that has caused 400,000 U.S. deaths.
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Russia files for Sputnik vaccine registration in EU

Wed, 2021-01-20 14:19
Russian authorities have applied for registration of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in the European Union, the country's sovereign wealth fund financing the jab said Wednesday (20 January) .
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What we might learn from the Trump administration’s downfall

Wed, 2021-01-20 14:19
The siege of the Capitol was one of the darkest moments, but not the last hour of modern democracy, writes Anna Donáth.
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EU border chief refuses to quit over pushback claims

Wed, 2021-01-20 11:53
The head of the EU border agency will not step down, a Frontex spokesman said, as the force's board met Wednesday (20 January) to air claims guards were involved in illegal migrant pushbacks.
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The EU Taxonomy: a means to an end that risks being the end of many industries [Promoted content]

Wed, 2021-01-20 11:00
MEP Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou (EPP) explains why the draft delegated acts on EU taxonomy in their current shape are inadequate for European industries and stresses the European Parliament must be involved in designing the details of such a policy.
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EU calls on Biden to form ‘new transatlantic pact’

Wed, 2021-01-20 10:00
Hours before Joe Biden was to be sworn in as the next US president on Wednesday (20 January), EU leaders extended the invitation to cooperate more closely but also warned that four years of the Trump administration had changed the nature of transatlantic ties.
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Covid pandemic ‘could be WHO’s Chernobyl moment for reform’

Wed, 2021-01-20 07:46
The COVID-19 pandemic could be the catalyst for much-needed reform of the World Health Organization just as the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 forced urgent changes at the UN nuclear agency, an independent review panel said on Tuesday (19 January).
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Navalny makes allegations of Putin wealth ahead of protests

Wed, 2021-01-20 07:26
Alexei Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's most prominent critic who was jailed at the weekend, released a video in which he and his allies alleged that an opulent palace belonged to the Russian leader, a claim the Kremlin denied.
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Eyeing Biden, China organises summit with CEE countries

Wed, 2021-01-20 07:21
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Polish prosecutors getting priority access to vaccines, Conte winning his second confidence vote in parliament, and so much more.
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Athens seeks explanation for German FM’s silence over Turkey’s threats

Wed, 2021-01-20 07:21
Germany’s foreign minister Heiko Maas needs to explain why he remained silent after his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu threatened Greece at a joint press conference earlier this week, former FM Dora Bakoyanni has said.
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‘Matching sustainability with style’: EU lifts veil on new European Bauhaus initiative

Wed, 2021-01-20 07:20
The European Commission is inviting “creative minds” across Europe to contribute ideas to the "New European Bauhaus", an initiative aimed at designing new ways of living to meet the objectives of the European Green Deal.
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US Admiral: NATO and Serbia are partners, Kosovo stability important

Wed, 2021-01-20 07:17
NATO and Serbia are “close friends,” said the commander of NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command Naples, US Admiral Robert Burk ahead of his first visit to Belgrade, adding that a stable Kosovo is crucial for regional stability and security. “We...
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DeSUS leader Erjavec postpones no-confidence vote against government

Wed, 2021-01-20 07:15
Pensioners’ Party (DeSUS) leader Karl Erjavec has withdrawn his bid to become PM-designate until all MPs can vote in person, after an opposition MP tested positive for the virus and several others continue to wait for their test results, sta...
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