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Debate: Trump attacks online platforms - Fri, 29/05/2020 - 12:03
After Twitter subjected two messages from Donald Trump to a fact check and labelled them with fake-news warnings, the president has struck back. On Thursday he signed a decree that restricts the rights of social networks and accused online platforms of censorship. Observers point out several reasons for Trump's harsh reaction.
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Debate: Latvia first EU country to launch Covid app - Fri, 29/05/2020 - 12:03
Latvia is launching a covid tracing app for tracking chains of infection today - the first EU state to do so. The state-run app is based on a new programming interface jointly developed by Google and Apple in the the pandemic. Commentators are divided about whether the app will bring Latvia's citizens more health and freedom.
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We need to reinvent, not rebuild Europe’s industrial base after COVID-19 [Promoted content] - Fri, 29/05/2020 - 12:00
The economic situation is bleak. The IMF predicts a 3% fall in global GDP in 2020 because of COVID-19. Europe’s largest economy, Germany, officially entered into recession earlier this week and according to McKinsey, 60 million jobs are at risk...
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Digital in a post-crisis world - Fri, 29/05/2020 - 11:57
As Europe slowly begins to emerge out of an unprecedented public health crisis, questions are being posed as to how digital technologies could be leveraged on the bloc to ensure a resilient and stable recovery. Building on from a recent...
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Commission sets sights on digital-savvy citizens - Fri, 29/05/2020 - 11:56
The European Commission has reiterated the importance of up-skilling adults and young people across the bloc, in order to make European workers more agile in the post-coronavirus digital economy. Speaking as part of an event hosted by Digital Europe on...
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EU urged not to mess with UN aviation rules - Fri, 29/05/2020 - 11:55
Leading MEPs have asked the European Commission and Council not to seek changes to the UN's global aviation scheme, which is aimed at making the industry carbon neutral. Airlines have requested more leeway to ride out the coronavirus outbreak slump.
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[Ticker] ABBA's Björn new president of authors' rights federation - Fri, 29/05/2020 - 11:41
Björn Ulvaeus, co-founder of ABBA, has been appointed president of CISAC, the global confederation of authors' societies. "As CISAC president, which has a three-year term, Björn will support the confederation's work to secure stronger rights, more royalties, better systems, and improved conditions for creators across five repertoires – music, audiovisual, visual arts, drama and literature", a press statement read.
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SEDE rapporteur: EU badly needs common rules, transparency in arms export - Fri, 29/05/2020 - 11:11
The EU is currently the second-largest arms supplier in the world, after the US and before Russia, and a new European Parliament report by MEP Hannah Neumann (Greens) is set to urge the Commission and member states to address concerns over the lack of transparency and common arms export rules across the bloc.
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Denmark reopens borders for locked-out lovers - Fri, 29/05/2020 - 08:54
More than two months after closing its borders, Denmark has loosened restrictions to let couples separated by coronavirus lockdowns finally see each other again -- even if the easing applies just to partners from a few nearby countries for now.
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[Ticker] Malta and Libya to create anti-migrant 'units' - Fri, 29/05/2020 - 08:41
Malta and Libya are to open anti-migration "coordination units" in each other's countries to help stop the 800,000 irregular migrants said to be in Libya from coming to Europe, Maltese prime minister Robert Abela said after meeting with Fayez al-Sarraj, the EU and UN-recognised Libyan prime minister, in Tripoli on Thursday. "The solution clearly lies in concrete action on Libyan shores and its southern border," Abela said.
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Hungary bars citizens from legally changing their gender - Fri, 29/05/2020 - 08:39
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's aide, Dominic Cummings, getting away with breaching lockdown rules, the Hungarian president approving a law barring citizens from legally changing their gender, and so much more.
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BELGRADE – Boycotting elections is no solution, says US Special Rep. Palmer - Fri, 29/05/2020 - 08:38
The conditions for parliamentary elections in Serbia are not ideal, especially when it comes to the media situation, but boycotting them is not a solution, the US Special Representative fro the Western Balkans and Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer...
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