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The Brief — COVID gamblers

Thu, 2022-01-20 16:45
Is this the end of COVID – or at least of the restrictions? Or is it a misperception? Should we brace for a new variant, possibly the worst we could imagine?
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EU and UK set end February deadline for NI protocol deal

Thu, 2022-01-20 16:24
EU and UK officials have set the end of February as the unofficial deadline for reaching agreement on the Northern Ireland protocol, amid anxiety that the long–running talks could disrupt the campaign for the Northern Ireland assembly elections.
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German ministers to push for end of agri-subsidies in Brussels

Thu, 2022-01-20 16:19
Environment Minister Lemke and Agriculture Minister Özdemir displayed unity at a joint appearance on Tuesday (18 January). The two Green ministers want to advocate an end to direct agricultural payments and increased organic production.
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MEPs adopt Digital Services Act with significant last-minute changes

Thu, 2022-01-20 16:17
A large majority of MEPs voted in favour of the Digital Services Act on Thursday (20 January), after plenary amendments introduced important changes to the text.
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Climate impact of new buildings still too high, says independent expert

Thu, 2022-01-20 16:09
New standards to reduce carbon emissions in the building sector will not be enough to meet the EU's 2030 and 2050 climate targets, according to a recent report by Building Performance Institute Europe (BPIE), an independent expertise centre. EURACTIV France reports.
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Europe’s mental health in decline and EU taxonomy ‘under fire’

Thu, 2022-01-20 15:55
This week our podcast focuses on the rise of the suicide rates amongst Europe's youth, the increase of depression among EU citizens, what has been done and what can we do better.
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Zemmour presents anti-immigration EU vision similar to Le Pen’s

Thu, 2022-01-20 12:24
Éric Zemmour, the fiery far-right candidate in the French presidential elections, chose to clarify his anti-immigration-focused vision of Europe in Calais. While he will not advocate for Frexit, he will try to renegotiate the Schengen agreement, and "if necessary" withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights.
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The role of private equity in the Capital Markets Union and the Recovery – Invest Europe insights [Promoted content]

Thu, 2022-01-20 12:00
When it comes to providing more diversified funding opportunities for companies and reduce their over-reliance on banks and public funds, it is clear that some operators and notably in the PE industry are outperforming in acting as the bridge between investors and businesses in need for finance. In 2020 alone, PE and VC funds invested over €88bn in the European economy and supported almost 7,000 SMEs. Investee companies backed by PE and VC funds represent more than 10 million jobs in the EU, with a job creation rate 5 to 6 times the European average. Moreover, PE is consistently and often significantly outperforming listed equities.
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Time for Europe to stand on its own two feet

Thu, 2022-01-20 10:18
The way the US recently applied the Magnitsky Act in Bulgaria may have been beneficial for the country struggling with its mafia, but was a humiliation vis-a-vis the EU, Dick Roche writes.
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Fallout from Kazakh unrest must not undermine decades of progress

Thu, 2022-01-20 10:07
It is crucial that after the unrest, president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev now prioritize the safeguarding of the country’s reputation as a stable country, responsible international partner, and attractive investment destination, writes Matthew Bryza.
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White House tells chip industry to be ready for potential Russia export curbs

Thu, 2022-01-20 08:42
The White House told the US chip industry to be prepared for new restrictions on exports to Russia if Moscow attacks Ukraine, sources said, including potentially blocking the country's access to global electronic supplies.
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European countries urge Israel to stop construction in East Jerusalem

Thu, 2022-01-20 08:14
The foreign ministries of France, Germany, Italy and Spain urged Israeli authorities on Wednesday evening (19 January) to stop the construction of new housing units in East Jerusalem.
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Lawmakers criticise plan for ‘CBAM reserve’ in EU carbon market reform

Thu, 2022-01-20 08:04
An EU lawmaker’s proposal to put aside free pollution permits for industry in case plans to replace them by an external EU carbon tariff fails, has been criticised by his fellow lawmakers in the European Parliament.
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US clears Baltic states to send US-made weapons to Ukraine

Thu, 2022-01-20 08:02
The US State Department has cleared Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to send US-made missiles and other weapons to Ukraine, three sources familiar with the decision said, as President Joe Biden predicted Russia would move on Ukraine.
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Commission still hesitant to step in and relieve distressed pig farmers

Thu, 2022-01-20 08:00
It is not time yet for Brussels to intervene directly in one of the worse crises for European pig farmers, as the EU executive is still confident the sector will find a way out on its own.
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Biden sees Russia moving on Ukraine, sows doubt on Western response

Thu, 2022-01-20 07:49
US President Joe Biden predicted on Wednesday (19 January) that Russia will make a move on Ukraine, saying Russia would pay dearly for a full-scale invasion but suggesting there could be a lower cost for a "minor incursion."
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EU health chief: We don’t know if this is the last COVID wave

Thu, 2022-01-20 07:34
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Irish frontline healthcare workers receiving a €1,000 bonus for their efforts during the pandemic, Italy's left-wing opposing Berlusconi's presidential bid, and so much more.
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UK PM Johnson drops COVID-19 restrictions

Thu, 2022-01-20 07:30
People in England will no longer be required to wear face masks anywhere or work from home from next week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, adding that scientists believed a wave of the Omicron coronavirus variant had peaked nationally.
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France aims for ‘a true ecological sovereignty for Europe’ at informal EU talks

Thu, 2022-01-20 07:30
Paris, which currently holds the six-month EU Council presidency, has highlighted the objective of achieving greater EU sovereignty on energy and environment as EU ministers dealing with these issues embark on a three-day informal meeting in Amiens. EURACTIV France reports.
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Citizens clash with police over forced evictions in Tirana

Thu, 2022-01-20 07:14
Residents of the “5 Maji” neighbourhood in Tirana clashed with the police on Wednesday as the National Inspectorate began its demolition of their homes. The Municipality of Tirana plans to demolish some 400 homes in the Kombinat area of the...
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