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European space dreams, Vestager compromises & carmaker chaos

Tue, 02/06/2020 - 10:55
In this week's edition: out of this world developments in space, the latest on the Lufthansa bailout saga and reactions to the EU's proposed €750bn virus recovery fund. This week's Transport Vlog looks at what the new draft budget means for planes, trains and more.
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SpaceX’s historic launch gives Europe pause for thought

Tue, 02/06/2020 - 10:48
Elon Musk’s company’s success in becoming the first private venture to launch humans into space prompted the head of Europe’s SpaceX-equivalent, Arianespace, to claim on Sunday (31 May) that his firm is capable of the same feat.
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Commission says new Single Market tax would target below 0.2% of turnover

Tue, 02/06/2020 - 08:51
A new corporate tax could raise €10 billion a year to help fund stimulus plans while amounting to less than 0.2% of turnover of large companies that benefit from the European Union's single market, the bloc's executive said on Monday (1 June).
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Politically-motivated crimes in Germany at second-highest level since 2001

Tue, 02/06/2020 - 08:43
Germany's number of politically-motivated crimes has increased significantly over the past year. Offences perpetrated by both the left and right wing have spiked. For the first time, crimes committed online were also included in the statistics. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Protests continue as Trump vows to bring in the military

Tue, 02/06/2020 - 08:35
President Donald Trump on Monday (1 June) vowed to use the US military to halt protests over the death of a black man in police custody, before law enforcement officers fired rubber bullets and tear gas to clear demonstrators and allow the president to walk to a church and pose for pictures.
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Worker participation in management can be stabilising factor, expert argues

Tue, 02/06/2020 - 08:30
Worker participation in the management can be a stabilisation factor in times of crisis, according to a recent study conducted by the Institute for Codetermination and Corporate Governance. EURACTIV has interviewed the co-author and political adviser on the matter, Sebastian Campagna. 
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Hungary asks Finland to apologise over ‘false’ emergency law attack

Tue, 02/06/2020 - 08:29
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Italy launching its new COVID-19 app in four of its regions, Hungary demanding Finnish MEPs, media outlets and academics to apologise for having criticised Hungary's emergency law, and so much more.
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ZAGREB – Wind Park affair

Tue, 02/06/2020 - 08:27
According to unofficial information published by broadcaster N1, Agriculture Minister Marija Vuckovic, State Secretary Tugomir Majdak and Deputy Head of Andrej Plenković’s Office Tena Misetic are among the 49 witnesses who will be examined by the police’s anti-corruption office (PN...
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UK proposes own carbon market, remains coy on link with EU ETS

Tue, 02/06/2020 - 08:27
The United Kingdom has put forward its own new UK-wide Emissions Trading System (ETS) to replace the European Union’s system for trading carbon emissions, which Britain will leave at the end of this year as the Brexit transition period ends.
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LJUBLJANA – Slovenia steps it up

Tue, 02/06/2020 - 08:26
Slovenia’s police will step up border controls from Tuesday to Friday, because of a higher number of migrants on the so-called Balkan route (mostly from Greece through North Macedonia, Albania and Serbia), following orders from state police chief Anton Travner,...
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SOFIA/BELGRADE : ‘Balkan Stream’ will work without problems

Tue, 02/06/2020 - 08:25
The Balkan Stream gas line would be useful for Serbia and Bulgaria, contributing to the diversification of regional supply and providing for competitive prices, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said at a joint press conference on Monday (1 June) with...
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BRATISLAVA – ‘State of emergency isn’t limiting anyone’

Tue, 02/06/2020 - 08:24
While Slovakia has one of the world’s lowest coronavirus-related mortality rates, as well as very few new cases in the past days, the government has announced the further easing of measures starting on Wednesday (3 June) with the state of...
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PRAGUE – Traffic lights for travelling abroad

Tue, 02/06/2020 - 08:23
The Czech government approved on Monday (1 June) so-called “traffic lights” for travelling abroad, in which all European countries have been divided into three groups marked with specific colours – red, amber and green – according to data gathered by...
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ATHENS – Who can travel to Greece?

Tue, 02/06/2020 - 08:22
The ministry of foreign affairs has issued a statement saying that until 15 June, the rule still applies that all visitors, regardless of nationality, even Greeks coming from abroad, must be tested. If the result is negative (the day after)...
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LISBON – New openings

Tue, 02/06/2020 - 08:21
Shopping centres, concert halls, cinemas, gymnasiums, swimming pools and shops reopened on Monday (1 June), ending the “civic duty of home collection” due to COVID-19, in the third phase of the deconfinement plan. The government announced the third phase of...
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MADRID – Final lockdown extension

Tue, 02/06/2020 - 08:20
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez confirmed Sunday (31 May) he would request a sixth and final 15-day extension of the state of emergency, which came into effect on 14 March, until 21 June. As the government defends the measure as...
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VIENNA – Coalition quarrels over European recovery fund

Tue, 02/06/2020 - 08:19
 Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s initiative against the Merkel-Macron EU recovery plan was a “mistake”, the leader of the Austrian Greens said in a TV interview on Saturday (30 May). When Austria’s Conservative-Green coalition was inaugurated in January, observers predicted that...
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BRUSSELS – Border confusions

Tue, 02/06/2020 - 08:18
The decision by Belgian authorities to allow people to cross the border with neighbouring countries to visit their loved ones has turned out to have taken some of them by surprise. While Belgians trying to cross into France were turned back,...
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PARIS – After the aid packages, the layoffs

Tue, 02/06/2020 - 08:17
As most lockdown measures have now been lifted as of today (2 June) and life starts getting back to normal in France, the economy has taken a big hit. The Renault group has announced a massive cost-cutting plan, which would...
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BERLIN – Debate over new stimulus package

Tue, 02/06/2020 - 08:16
Germany’s ruling parties remain divided over key parts of the most-recently proposed €80 billion COVID-19 aid package, which aims to stimulate the economy and boost demand. The issues causing the stir include the minimum wage, corporate tax, assistance for municipalities,...
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