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ZAGREB – Croatia’s smaller GDP decline - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 08:27
.Croatia’s central bank governor Boris Vujcic told a business panel that the country’s GDP could fall by around 8% this year – compared to an estimated 9.7% percent contraction the bank forecast in July. Speaking at a business panel, Vujcic...
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LISBON – Greater unity needed to overcome COVID-19 crisis - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 08:26
The response to the current crisis requires unity, said Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa yesterday, adding that the execution of European financial resources over the next few years requires minimal bureaucracy and maximum transparency. “Once again, I invite the political...
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MADRID – Spanish GDP shrunk less than forecast - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 08:25
Spain’s GDP shrunk 17.8% in the second quarter of the year, which is seven tenths less than previously forecast on 31 July, right after the end of the national “state of alarm” implemented by the government to contain the rapid...
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HELSINKI – Nordic defence cooperation intensifies - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 08:24
The defence ministers of Finland, Sweden and Norway held a meeting on Wednesday (23 September) in the town of Lemmijoki in northern Norway to discuss “Nordic defence cooperation and matters related to regional security”. According to analysts, however, the meeting...
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LONDON – New job subsidy scheme to be unveiled - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 08:22
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to unveil on Thursday (24 September) a new package of support measures for businesses and employees hit by COVID-19. The government’s furlough scheme, under which the state has paid employee wages since March, comes to...
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Hungary - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 08:21
Hungary’s nationalist government said the EU’s external borders should “remain perfectly sealed along all sections”. Hungarian politicians insisted they will reject political blackmail. Since Europe’s migration crisis in 2015 Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government has erected heavily guarded fences along...
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Austria - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 08:20
Even before the planned pact was laid out Austria’s Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, had said it would not work. However, Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer praised the Commission’s proposal and said he “welcomes the fact that there are now improvements in...
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Spain - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 08:19
For Spain, the proposal did not reflect the country’s main demand of a “mandatory solidarity mechanism” in Europe to alleviate the pressure and the heavy burden put on entry countries, and it imposes new border procedures that the Spanish government...
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Italy - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 08:18
Migration is a divisive issue in Italy where arrivals have almost quadrupled since 2019. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte called the new pact “an important step towards a truly European migration policy. “The European Council needs to achieve a true balance of...
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France - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 08:17
Coinciding with the publication of the pact, France said it will take in 500 migrant minors from the fire-ravaged Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, 150 more than initially planned, the government said Wednesday (23 September). Paris also...
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Germany - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 08:16
Having taken in a million refugees in 2015 and struck a deal with Turkey to cut Mediterranean arrivals a year later, Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, the current host of the EU presidency, is the driving force behind the new migration...
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Kazakh leader calls for bioweapons agency to address ‘global dysfunction’ - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 08:07
"Reaching a COVID-19 vaccine trade and investment agreement" should be a top priority for global leaders, and could help take "politics out of the vaccine," Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev told the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday (23 September).
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EU plans harmonised colour code for bin bags - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 07:57
The colour of garbage bags could soon be harmonised across the 27 EU member states under European Commission plans to improve waste collection and boost recycling.
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Rail boosted by EU transport chiefs as TEE 2.0 planned - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 07:50
EU transport ministers pledged to give more attention to international rail freight and consider plans that would relaunch the Trans-Europ Express network, during a meeting of minds on Monday (21 September).
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China’s carbon neutral pledge could curb global warming by 0.3°C, researchers say - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 07:45
President Xi Jinping's pledge that China will achieve carbon neutrality before 2060 is the most significant climate policy move for years and, if achieved, could curb likely global warming by 0.2-0.3 Celsius this century, researchers said.
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Borrell: ‘EU not charity or cash machine,’ Ukraine should continue reforms - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 07:40
EU’s support for Ukraine will continue, but it “is also linked to the urgent need to enhance the rule of law and develop the fight against corruption,” the EU’s top diplomat wrote on Wednesday (23 September) amid growing concerns of...
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Swiss vote threatens free movement in heart of Europe - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 07:35
A Swiss vote Sunday (27 September) on limiting EU immigration is not expected to pass, but fears abound that a shock "yes" could deal a fatal blow to relations with the bloc.
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[Ticker] Belgium: Masks no longer mandatory from October - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 07:29
Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes has said that wearing face masks will no longer be compulsory from October 1. "Wearing a mask is very important in the management of the epidemic. However, there is no point in imposing it everywhere all the time," she said. The national security council also eased some other measures, despite the increasing number of infections.
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[Ticker] Report: China built 380 Muslim internment camps - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 07:28
China has built nearly 380 internment camps for Muslims in the Xinjiang region, with construction on dozens of the continuing over the last two years, even as Chinese authorities said their "re-education" system was winding down, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute has found, the Guardian reports. The network of camps in China's far west are used to detain Uighurs and people from other Muslim minorities.
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New bid but little hope to reform UN Security Council - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 07:28
A flurry of world leaders have appealed again to the United Nations to reform the Security Council, reviving a bid launched 15 years ago.
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