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‘A quantum leap’: German MEPs welcome EU debt for recovery plan

Thu, 2020-05-28 08:14
Until recently, the German government resisted taking on joint EU debt. Now, Germans are heaping praise on the recovery plan presented today by the EU Commission. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Polish agricultural workers to be tested for COVID-19

Thu, 2020-05-28 08:13
The government has decided to cover the costs of conducting coronavirus tests for foreigners coming to work in agriculture from the budget. “This help means, in consequence, that we will avoid high prices of fruit and vegetables and this is...
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Recovery fund brings EU one step closer to fiscal union

Thu, 2020-05-28 07:06
A European Commission plan to issue large amounts of common EU bonds under a coronavirus recovery fund potentially marks the first step towards the euro zone finally getting a region-wide safe-haven asset, investors said.
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US ambassador: Putin would be the ‘winner’ of a Greece-Turkey escalation

Thu, 2020-05-28 06:44
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Portuguese flag carrier TAP changing its route plan for June and July, France no longer prescribing hydroxychloroquine to COVID-19 patients anymore, and so much more.
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EU boosts ‘just transition fund’, pledging €40 billion to exit fossil fuels

Thu, 2020-05-28 06:42
The European Commission has increased five-fold its proposed EU fund to wean carbon-intensive regions off fossil fuels, with fresh cash from a new recovery fund to help Europe's ailing economies rebound after the new coronavirus pandemic.
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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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