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STOCKHOLM – Stimulating the economy with €3 billion in tax cuts

Euractiv.com - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 08:07
Earlier this week, the Swedish coalition government of Social Democrats and the Greens announced a budget for 2021 aimed at kick-starting the economy. Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the Swedish economy is expected to shrink by 4.6% this year,...
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VIENNA – Winter tourism rules

Euractiv.com - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 08:06
Austria’s government laid out the country’s rules for winter tourism to help preserve the tourist sector in the coming months. While the Christmas markets can open and skiing will be allowed, so-called ‘après-ski’ parties will be banned. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian...
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BERLIN – Head of Military Intelligence Service to resign

Euractiv.com - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 08:06
On Thursday (24 September), Christian Gramm, the president of Germany’s Military Intelligence Service (MAD), was forced to resign. To many, the shake-up doesn’t come as a surprise given the recent criticism over how the agency handled investigations into right-wing extremism...
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Meeting the 2030 emissions targets: Mission possible?

Euractiv.com - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 08:05
Meeting the European Commission’s proposed climate target for 2030 will require a step change in emission reduction – nearly trebling the existing effort – and a considerable ramp up in renewable energy production, write Mike Parr and Gabriel Benchetrit.
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Cambodia’s textile industry takes EU to court in bid to restore trade perks

Euractiv.com - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 08:05
Cambodia's garment manufacturers association has brought up a case against the European Commission at the EU court of justice following the withdrawal of duty-free and quota-free access to the EU market over the summer.
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EU mission visits Venezuela in run-up to parliamentary vote

Euractiv.com - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 08:03
The European Union has sent a mission to Venezuela in the run-up to parliamentary election scheduled for December, the EU said, as the country prepares for a vote that will likely be boycotted by much of the population.
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Media advisory - Press briefing ahead of the Competitiveness Council (Research and innovation), 29 September 2020

European Council - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 08:01
Media advisory - Press briefing ahead of the Competitiveness Council (Research and innovation), 29 September 2020.
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Belarus: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the so-called ‘inauguration’ of Aleksandr Lukashenko

European Council - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 08:01
The EU issued a declaration stating that the so-called ‘inauguration’ of 23 September 2020 and the new mandate claimed by Aleksandr Lukashenko in Belarus lack any democratic legitimacy.
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Cyprus says committed to reunification talks, but not at gunpoint

Euractiv.com - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:52
Cyprus is committed to reunification talks with estranged Turkish Cypriots but not at gunpoint, its president said on Thursday (24 September) on a dispute which has deepened Greece-Turkey tensions and stymied European Union policy-making on Belarus.
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Tweets of the Week: Migration Pact, Council Cancellation, Kent’s Brexit Border

Euractiv.com - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:35
Does anyone know what the Migration Pact meant? European Council cancellation letters are sent, and Brexit means there’ll be a hard border in Kent.
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Will environmental failings bring down the EU-Mercosur deal?

Euractiv.com - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:30
It’s taken 20 years to build but Europe’s trade deal with the ‘Mercosur’ group of South American countries is looking increasingly like a rush job – with its environmental and social aspects the most shoddy, writes Amandine Van der Berghe....
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[Ticker] EU scorns Lukashenko's ceremony

Euobserver.com - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:22
EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell has said Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko's secret inauguration ceremony in Minsk on Tuesday had no meaning because he had "falsified elections". "The so-called 'inauguration' of 23 September 2020 and the new mandate claimed by Aleksandr Lukashenko lack any democratic legitimacy," Borrell said Thursday. The tough rhetoric comes despite the EU's inability to agree sanctions on his regime due to a Cypriot veto.
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[Ticker] Corona gatecrashes EU trade meeting

Euobserver.com - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:17
EU trade commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis, German economy minister Peter Altmaier have gone into quarantine after an Irish delegation member at this week's informal trade ministers' meeting in Berlin tested positive for coronavirus. Irish trade minister Leo Varadkar is also in self-isolation, but several ministers attended by video-link. The EU recently cancelled a summit after Council president Charles Michel's bodyguard also tested positive, as Europe begins to feel a second wave.
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[Ticker] Swiss to vote on ending EU free movement

Euobserver.com - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:16
Swiss people are voting in a referendum on Sunday on whether to end free movement with the EU, after the far-right Swiss People's party (SVP) called for the move. Polls indicate 63 percent of Swiss people want to maintain the status quo, even though a quarter of Switzerland's 8.6 million population has become foreign. "Migrants change our culture," and make "trains and streets become less safe", the SVP campaign said.
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[Analysis] China's carbon pledge at UN sends 'clear message' to US

Euobserver.com - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:15
China's pledge to become carbon neutral before 2060 is "good news" for Europe, but it sends a clear message to Washington ahead of the US election - in which climate change has become a significant aspect for voters.
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[Coronavirus] Far right using pandemic to win friends in Germany

Euobserver.com - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:14
Far-right zealots in Germany are using the pandemic to "build bridges" with mainstream corona-deniers, in a sign of the political damage caused by Covid-19 in Europe.
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[Ticker] Commission urges enforcement of Covid-19 measures

Euobserver.com - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:14
The EU health commissioner called on member states to communicate better, and enforce social distancing and hygiene rules to halt a new wave of coronavirus. "In some member states, the situation is now even worse than during the peak in March. This is a real cause for concern," Stella Kyriakides said on Thursday, adding that all countries need to enforce measures "at the very first sign of potential new outbreaks."
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[Ticker] Russia froze Navalny's bank accounts while in coma

Euobserver.com - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:14
Bank accounts belonging to Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny were frozen just days after the politician was apparently poisoned with Novichok and transported to Germany, said Navalny's spokeswoman Kira Yarmush on Thursday, Deutsche Welle writes. While Navalny was in coma, Russian bailiffs also placed an "arrest order" on Navalny's home, meaning his Moscow flat "cannot be sold, donated, or mortgaged," according to Yarmush.
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[Ticker] France to take in 1,000 Greece-based migrants

Euobserver.com - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:14
"France will welcome around 1,000 people, half of whom are minors," said France's European affairs minister Clement Beaune. He had also told French broadcaster RTL that they will take in 500 unaccompanied minors from Moria, the EU hotspot on the Greek island of Lesbos. "France has already made a precise commitment for 350 minors and we are going to make a commitment for 150 more minors," he said.
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[Ticker] Italian president hits back at Johnson over virus jibe

Euobserver.com - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:13
Italy's president, Sergio Mattarella, said Italians "also love freedom, but we also care about seriousness", in a response to British prime minister Boris Johnson's suggestion that the UK's rate of coronavirus infection was worse than both Italy and Germany's because Britons loved their freedom more, the Guardian writes. Johnson's remarks, apparently linking Italy and Germany's current rates of infections with historical experiences of totalitarianism, have been widely reported in Italy.
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