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ZAGREB – Western Balkan Summit postponed

Thu, 2020-04-09 06:29
Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and Defence Minister Damir Krstičević expressed their satisfaction on Wednesday (8 April) with the work of people working for homeland security in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Zagreb earthquake after the meeting of...
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UN searching for new Libya envoy after US blockage

Thu, 2020-04-09 06:28
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has begun searching for a new envoy to Libya, diplomatic sources said Wednesday (8 April), after the United States refused to endorse the previous candidate.
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HELSINKI – Compensation for those forced to stay at home

Thu, 2020-04-09 06:27
Finland’s social affairs and health ministry is now preparing a bill to ensure those who have been forced not to work and stay home due to the coronavirus receive compensation for loss of income. The publicly funded compensation can be...
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LONDON – Bailout for charities

Thu, 2020-04-09 06:27
The government on Wednesday announced a £750m package to keep struggling charities afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. The move by Chancellor Rishi Subak follows increasing concerns that some charities are facing collapse as a result of collapsing income because of...
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BRUSSELS – SMEs in trouble

Thu, 2020-04-09 06:26
Up to 30.8% of Belgium’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) may not survive the COVID-19 crisis if the current far-reaching measures to combat the pandemic continue, according to estimations by Belgian bank Belfius. Read also: Belgian start-up scene calls for...
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France hints at EU coalition of willing to issue joint debt

Thu, 2020-04-09 06:24
 France is not ruling out the idea of issuing debt with other European countries and could set up a coalition of motivated countries in the event of a German veto, an Elysian source told Reuters agency. The idea of a...
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Spain sees uptick in daily COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries

Thu, 2020-04-09 06:15
Spanish health authorities on Wednesday (8 April) reported another upsurge of new coronavirus cases and daily fatalities but also recoveries as the World Health Organisation commended the country’s "heroic" response to the pandemic, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
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Denmark dishes out salaries to virus-hit companies

Thu, 2020-04-09 06:14
Denmark has always prided itself on its "flexicurity" model that marries the free market with a welfare society, but in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has chosen another strategy.
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Lufthansa super-jumbos fall victim to virus as airline bailouts loom

Thu, 2020-04-09 06:05
German flag-carrier Lufthansa will send six of its 14 A380s - the world’s largest commercial airliner - into early retirement, due to massive disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The decision comes just as airlines gear up to request bailouts from governments.
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COVID-19 and the EU’s security and defence policy

Thu, 2020-04-09 06:01
The COVID-19 pandemic, which began to spread from Asia in late 2019, has hit the EU hard. Although previously prepared documents such as the 2016 EU Global Strategy have highlighted that preventing, detecting and responding to global pandemics is an EU priority, the Union—like most of the world—was caught off guard, writes Niklas Novaky.
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Head of EU’s top science body quits amid coronavirus controversy

Thu, 2020-04-09 05:43
The president of the European Union's main science organisation has quit the post he took up only in January, the European Commission said, amid controversy over the bloc's response to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Overcoming crises requires solid economic foundation and truly circular economy [Promoted content]

Thu, 2020-04-09 05:00
The circular economy is part of a solid economic foundation. The copper industry welcomes the recent Commission Action Plan, and looks forward to working with the Commission to ensure its initiatives reach their full potential, writes Katia Lacasse, Director of Material Stewardship & Strategic Advocacy – Europe at the European Copper Institute.
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EU unveils €15bn COVID rescue plan, but includes no new money

Wed, 2020-04-08 17:42
The EU unveiled on Wednesday (8 April) a support package worth €15.6 billion for African and other partner countries hit by the coronavirus pandemic, but conceded that it includes no new money.
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Coronavirus to weigh on every aspect of Germany’s EU presidency

Wed, 2020-04-08 16:14
The coronavirus crisis comes just as Germany was about to finalise its rotating EU presidency programme, which begins on 1 July. EURACTIV Germany obtained a draft of the programme, which shows how much of a role the virus is set to play during the six month stint in charge.
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University programme for Afghan women in Kazakhstan

Wed, 2020-04-08 15:18
Kazakhstan, the UN, and the EU are working together on a programme to educate Afghan women. Through this program, a select number of students will study in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The UN and Kazakh government would like to expand the...
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The Brief – Know your role

Wed, 2020-04-08 14:46
The EU’s stuttering response to the coronavirus outbreak has exposed some fundamental weaknesses within the bloc’s institutions, particularly in the Commission. The executive branch of the EU needs to take a long hard look at its job description.
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Europe braces for cruise ship arrivals

Wed, 2020-04-08 14:42
The European Commission issued more practical coronavirus advice on Wednesday (8 April), urging national governments to set up special ports that can process seafarers and up to 8,000 cruise ship passengers, due to disembark in Europe this week.
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Germany’s post-virus forecast better than expected, say top economists

Wed, 2020-04-08 14:40
Germany's five most important economic institutes insist an economic upturn is on the horizon, as part of their biannual spring forecast published on Wednesday (8 April). EURACTIV Germany reports.
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COVID19 crisis reveals a need for change in EU/Africa relations

Wed, 2020-04-08 13:40
As the effects of coronavirus hit the African continent, the pandemic must mean an overhaul in EU-Africa relations, argue Marta Martinelli and Bram Dijkstra.
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Austria says it still prefers dialogue with Hungary

Wed, 2020-04-08 12:03
After the Hungarian parliament adopted an emergency law that gave Prime Minister Viktor Orbán extensive powers on 30 March, 13 EU member states issued a joint statement on the need to protect rule of law. Austria, however, did not join as it prefers to seek dialogue, the country's EU minister, Karoline Edtstadler, told EURACTIV Germany.
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