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The Pertsev case: A tornado for decentralized and open-source software in the Netherlands? - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 07:30
Tornado Cash co-founder Alexey Pertsev was sentenced to a little over five months in jail this week by a Dutch court, for helping to create a tool that obfuscates the trail of cryptocurrencies. The tool, built and run on Ethereum blockchain, was used by hackers to launder their illicitly obtained funds.
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Albert Bourla: Who is the man behind Pfizergate? - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 07:29
The Pfizergate scandal broke in 2021, revealing that during the pandemic, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had negotiated a contract for 1.8 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla via mobile phone texts that remain undisclosed to this day.
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After Fico shooting, Poland’s Tusk receives death threats - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 07:20
In today’s edition of the Capitals, find out more about Bulgaria demanding €400 million from Russia's Gazprom for suspended gas supplies, Swedish Social Democrats wanting ID verification on social media on EU level to fight trolls, and so much more.
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Slovak PM Fico in serious but stable condition, President-elect says - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 07:20
Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico remains in a serious but stable condition and is able to speak a little, the country's president-elect said on Thursday (16 May), a day after an assassination attempt that sent shock waves across Europe.
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G7 to back EU line on frozen Russian assets, Italy says - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 07:05
Finance ministers from the Group of Seven major democracies meeting in Italy next week will back a EU plan to use the income from frozen Russian assets to help Ukraine's war effort, an Italian Treasury official said on Thursday (16 May).
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Key unfinished files EU Parliament inherits in the next term - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 07:02
Over the past five years, Ursula von der Leyen’s College of Commissioners has presented a long list of legislative texts covering issues ranging from Green Deal legislation to defence industrial programmes. 
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Council of Europe: Kosovo’s last-minute bid to appease Germany falls flat in Belgrade, Pristina - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 07:00
Kosovo’s last-minute bid to placate Germany and get its application for membership of the Strasbourg-based human rights body, the Council of Europe approved has been attacked by Serbian President Aleksander Vucic and criticised by Kosovo's President Vjosa Osmani.
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Bulgaria demands €400 million from Gazprom for suspended gas supplies - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 06:54
Bulgarian state-owned gas company Bulgargas is seeking more than €400 million in damages from Russian gas monopoly Gazprom Export-Import for the sudden suspension of natural gas supplies at the end of April 2022.
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Two major agri files EU Parliament will have to tackle in the next term - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 06:51
The end-2023 MEPs failure to approve a comprehensive reform of the rules on pesticides epitomizes the difficulties of the Green Deal in agrifood policy. Two big agrifood policy files are pending for the next Parliament.
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NATO says Russian troop numbers insufficient for Kharkiv breakthrough - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 06:47
NATO's top commander said on Thursday (16 May) he did not believe Russia's military has deployed enough troops to make a strategic breakthrough in the region around Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine.
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‘Foreign agent’ bill fundamentally alters relationship with West, Georgia’s president warns - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 06:45
Georgia's controversial 'foreign agent' law profoundly changes the country's relationship with its Western partners and the EU should take the outcome of the upcoming elections as a basis to reassess its ties with Tbilisi, the country's President Salome Zourabishvili told Euractiv.
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Moldova to hold EU referendum, presidential election on 20 October - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 06:34
Parliament in ex-Soviet Moldova voted on Thursday (16 May) to hold a referendum in October on European Union membership, the cornerstone of President Maia Sandu's policies, alongside a presidential election.
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Spain’s Sumar, Podemos condemn alleged arms shipment to Israel via Spain - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 06:34
The left-wing to far-left platform Sumar and its former ally, the far-left Podemos party, have pressured the government of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez to prevent Madrid from sending weapons to Israel on a ship that was due to dock in the south-east Spanish port of Cartagena, Murcia, on Wednesday.
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Italy’s Schlein-Meloni showdown cancelled over fairness concerns - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 06:24
The planned televised showdown between Democratic Party leader Elly Schlein and Fratelli d’Italia leader Giorgia Meloni, initially set for 23 May, has been cancelled, as other parties, both in opposition and in coalition, raised objections about fairness and are now seeking to have a debate involving all party leaders.
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Sweden’s Social Democrats want EU ID verification to fight social media trolls - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 06:21
Swedish Social Democrats are calling on the European Union to introduce an identity verification requirement across social media to prevent the creation of fake accounts, former prime minister Magdalena Andersson and socialist MEP Heléne Fritzon said on Thursday, following the recent revelations of alleged far-right troll farms.
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After Fico shooting, Poland’s Tusk receives death threats - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 06:13
As the Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico continues to fight for his life after Wednesday’s assassination attempt, his Polish counterpart Donald Tusk made public one of the death threats he received on social media.
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What Europe does for filmmakers

As the 77th Cannes Film Festival rolls out the red carpet, discover how the European Union supports filmmakers.

While pandemic restrictions impacted the film industry globally, European film production largely recovered by 2022. 1 960 films were produced in the EU and the United Kingdom in 2022, representing the second highest production level since 2014. However, cinema audiences have not returned: cinema attendance in the EU and the UK in 2022 represented only 67 % of the average pre-pandemic admission levels.

Meanwhile, the strong United States presence in the EU film market means European film makers need public subsidies to compete. American productions make up two thirds of the films on offer. Since 2013, EU State aid rules allow EU countries to support film production, distribution and promotion budgets by up to 50 %, and up to 60 % in the case of co‑productions funded by more than one EU country. In contrast, there are no limits on aid for script writing or film-project development, or for difficult works (defined by each EU country).

The EU programme supporting the cultural and creative sectors in 2021‑2027, Creative Europe, dedicates €34 million to European film distribution in 2023, and €5.5 million to European film sales. Moreover, €16 million in ‘Films on the Move’ funding encourages agents and theatrical distributors to invest in pan-European promotion and distribution of recent European films.

The Lux Prize also helps overcome distribution barriers for European films. The five films featuring in the competition’s final stage are subtitled in the 24 official EU languages and screened in cities and festivals throughout Europe, providing a wide European audience.

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France’s TikTok ban in New Caledonia raises legality, effectiveness questions - Thu, 05/16/2024 - 17:24
Experts are questioning the legality and effectiveness of France's ban of TikTok in New Caledonia, imposed on Wednesday (15 May) to contain widespread protests that rocked the French overseas territory in the South Pacific.
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The Brief – Open wounds in the flesh of a nation - Thu, 05/16/2024 - 16:20
Political murders often happen in authoritarian countries, and even more often in dictatorships, but when an elected politician gets shot in a democratic country, it opens wounds in the nation’s society that are very hard to heal.
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All eyes on EU liberals as coalition with far-right tests campaign promise - Thu, 05/16/2024 - 15:46
The revealing of June’s EU elections lists in the last weeks has showcased a sad truth: politics can be very unfair and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are constantly walking on thin ice. Here’s a step-by-step guide to avoid being dumped from a party’s electoral lists. 
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