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US rejects Slovenia-linked plan to break up Bosnia - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:24
The US has said it is against the break-up of Bosnia, following a radical proposal widely attributed to incoming EU presidency Slovenia.
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Ukraine urges Borrell to visit Russia front line - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:24
Ukraine has invited EU foreign relations chief Josep Borrell to visit its front line with Russia, in what one EU diplomat said would be his "best revenge" for his recent humiliation in Moscow.
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[Ticker] Navalny in danger, letter warns EU foreign ministers - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:24
Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny is suffering from "multiple hernias and protrusions in his spine" and a "heavy cough and fevers", which could indicate tuberculosis, but he is being denied outside medical attention, while prison doctors give him basic painkillers, his associates said in a letter to EU foreign ministers meeting Monday. Concerns for his safety should be "one of the focal points" of the ministers' discussions, they added.
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[Ticker] Lithuania keen to use Denmark's AstraZeneca vaccines - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:24
Lithuania has said it wanted any AstraZeneca vaccines that Denmark did not need, after Denmark stopped its use over blood-clotting concerns. "Regretfully, we still have fewer vaccines than people willing to be vaccinated," Lithuanian prime minister Ingrida Šimonytė said on Thursday. "Therefore, Lithuania has expressed readiness to take as many doses of AatraZeneca as Denmark is ready to share," she added.
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[Ticker] Gas plants largest source of power-sector emissions - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:23
An analysis of the EU Emissions Trading System, the bloc's carbon market, published on Friday by energy think tank Ember shows that Europe's gas plants released 231m tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2020. Gas has become the single largest source of power-sector emissions, overtaking for the first time those from lignite (brown coal) power plants. Power sector emissions fell by 17 percent in 2020, compared to 2019.
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Could US sanctions hit Russia vaccine sales to EU? - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:23
The US has indicated it will not interfere with EU imports of Russia's coronavirus vaccine - despite its links to chemical-weapons crimes.
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[Ticker] Study: Higher risk of blood clots from Covid than vaccines - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:23
British researchers said on Thursday that the risk of brain blood clots from Covid-19 is much higher than from the vaccines, Reuters reported. A study examining 500,000 coronavirus patients found these very rare blood clots had occurred at a rate of 39 out of a million people following infection. By comparison, European Medicines Agency figures indicate that five in a million people reported blood clots after getting AstraZeneca.
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[Ticker] EU Parliament committees back Brexit trade deal - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:23
The European Parliament's foreign affairs and trade committees on Thursday voted in favour of the future trade and cooperation agreement between the EU and the UK. But the full plenary still needs to approve it, and adopt a separate resolution, at a future plenary session. MEPs suspended the voting in March, arguing that British unilateral changes to trading arrangements in Northern Ireland breach the terms of the Brexit agreement.
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Polish court pushes out critical ombudsman - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:22
The controversial Constitutional Tribunal ruled that legislation, setting out that the ombudsman stays in office until lawmakers pick a new one, was unconstitutional.
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Political crises in Romania and Bulgaria amid third wave - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:22
Bulgaria's prime minister Boyko Borissov resigned and the Romanian government is in danger of collapsing while the third wave of the pandemic is hitting both countries hard.
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Spain to apply for EU funds to retrain workers on furlough scheme - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:22
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is expected to apply for EU funding to help retrain 900,000 workers on government-backed temporary lay-off schemes known as ERTE, Spanish financial media has reported. EURACTIV’s partner EuroEFE reported. 
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Von der Leyen's summer plans undisclosed, after Ukraine snub - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:22
Ukraine's president invited EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen to independence celebrations end of August. Citing a busy schedule, her subordinate said 'no' in an unsent letter. Asked what is on her agenda, the commission can't say.
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[Ticker] WHO: Europe passes one million Covid-19 deaths - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:21
More than one million people have died from Covid-19 in Europe, Hans Kluge, Europe director the World Health Organization announced on Thursday, Deutsche Welle reports. Across the world, more than three million people have died from Covid-19. Kluge warned that the situation remains "serious," with about 1.6 million new cases reported each week in the region.
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[Ticker] Biden sanctions Russia for US election interference - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:21
The Biden administration has announced the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats and broad sanctions against Russian officials and companies in retaliation for Moscow's interference in elections and cyber-espionage campaigns, The Guardian writes. "I have determined that specified harmful foreign activities of the [Russian] government … constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States," Biden wrote in a letter to Congress.
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Over a million EU citizens back farm-animal cage ban - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:21
More than 1.4 million Europeans have called on the European Commission to ban keeping farmed animals in cages - arguing the practice is cruel and unnecessary.
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[Opinion] Three options for West on Putin's Ukraine build-up - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:20
As Russian troops gather near Ukraine's eastern border, the international community has pondered an important question. Will Russia launch a new offensive into Ukraine?
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France to decide whether to allow widespread retention of connection data - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:15
France's Council of State, the country's highest legal entity, is meeting on Friday (16 April) to finally decide whether to allow the widespread retention of connection data despite the Court of Justice in Luxembourg having already ruled against the practice several times. EURACTIV France reports.
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How SMEs can contribute to a due diligence in value chains [Promoted content] - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:00
The mechanical engineering industry in Europe fully supports the goal of protecting human rights. However, the upcoming EU legislation on due diligence must be manageable and it must consider the limitations of small and medium-sized enterprises in particular.
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Pfizer CEO: Vaccine third dose ‘likely’ needed within 12 months - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 06:49
The head of Pfizer said in an interview that people will "likely" need a third dose of his company's Covid-19 shot within six to 12 months of vaccination, while elsewhere defending the relatively higher cost of the jab.
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From Brussels with love: the secret to spending the recovery fund - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 06:06
The post-COVID recovery funds need to be spent quickly by member states already struggling with absorption rates. President Ursula von der Leyen and Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans need to promote the help available, writes Brook Riley.
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