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Coronavirus has changed the future of national security forever. Here’s how

Wed, 2020-04-01 08:33
Nuclear war was the great fear of the 20th century and our institutions were built to respond to such threats. But Covid-19 has shown the world’s defence experts that we were blind, writes Stephan Blank.
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Pittella calls on Europe’s northern socialists to finally break their silence

Wed, 2020-04-01 08:31
Former chief of the socialist group in the European Parliament Gianni Pittella has reminded his socialist comrades from northern Europe of their “progressive” roots calling them to show solidarity with those countries which have been severely hit by the coronavirus....
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Eurogroup to discuss EU-wide unemployment reinsurance scheme

Wed, 2020-04-01 08:22
The European Commission is planning to present to EU finance ministers next week its pan-European unemployment reinsurance scheme proposal to support the most affected countries by the coronavirus.
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EU’s INSTEX mechanism facilitates first transaction with pandemic-hit Iran

Wed, 2020-04-01 08:14
The EU says that its Iran-trading mechanism INSTEX, designed to allow Europeans to bypass US sanctions and continue trade with Tehran, has successfully concluded its first transaction. However, the humanitarian deal actually doesn't appear to contravene EU sanctions.
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Live-in care sector needs EU policies to protect it, more than ever

Wed, 2020-04-01 08:10
With the coronavirus pandemic putting the elderly and those in fragile health at most risk, the difficult situation of live-in care workers, but also of care recipients in Europe, has never been felt more acutely, writes Adam Rogalewski Dr Adam...
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MEP: Public has a ‘right to know’ about Commission’s lie detector tech

Wed, 2020-04-01 08:05
The European Commission is being urged to publish reports on the trials of an Artificial Intelligence lie detector technology, iBorderCTRL, which has been bankrolled by the EU's long-term research and development funding mechanism, Horizon 2020.
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Despite health crisis, EU presses on with 2030 climate agenda

Wed, 2020-04-01 08:05
While the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the European Commission stays the course on green policies, launching a public consultation on Tuesday (30 March) to raise the bloc’s climate target for 2030, in line with the Paris Agreement.
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Belgian MEP criticises ‘xenophobic sauce’ in discourse over coronavirus crisis

Wed, 2020-04-01 07:58
As the debate over distribution of EU funds continues in Belgium, nationalist New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) and Vlaams Belang parties are consciously spreading disinformation about the coronavirus crisis and spicing it up with 'xenophobic sauce', Belgian MEP Parliament Kathleen Van Brempt (SP.A/S&D) criticised in a statement.
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In Venezuela shift, US offers sanctions relief for transitional government

Wed, 2020-04-01 07:58
The United States on Tuesday (31 March) offered a path for Venezuela's leftist leadership to remove sanctions in the face of a mounting humanitarian crisis by accepting a transitional government that excludes US ally Juan Guaidó.
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Sassoli shows his difference with von der Leyen over Hungary

Wed, 2020-04-01 07:47
European Parliament President David Sassoli has asked the European Commission to assess whether the new laws introduced in Hungary under the disguise of coronavirus emergency comply with the most important text of EU treaties, he said late on Tuesday (31 March).
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EU biofuel industry warns Commission about ‘derogations’ in fossil fuel blending

Wed, 2020-04-01 07:36
A number of member states in Central and Eastern Europe are considering “derogations” in fossil fuel blending as part of the extraordinary measures to tackle the economic implications of the coronavirus, the EU biofuels industry has warned.
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Third time’s the charm – Europe must shockproof itself

Wed, 2020-04-01 07:32
The coronavirus pandemic presents much more than a healthcare crisis: It serves as the latest iteration of the EU’s inability to handle its own systemic weaknesses. Thus, the pandemic must be understood as nothing less than a clarion call for pan-European politics, writes Joel Boehme.
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COVID-19: Safeguarding work by protecting people, labour market and economy [Promoted content]

Wed, 2020-04-01 07:00
The coronavirus pandemic poses an unprecedented challenge to societies around the world and is severely impacting the private employment services industry. Members of the World Employment Confederation-Europe are actively mobilised to mitigate the impact of the crisis and call out to safeguard work by protecting people, the labour market and the economy.
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As Europe reels, US braces for staggering virus death toll

Wed, 2020-04-01 06:52
Americans were told Tuesday (31 March) to brace for "very painful" weeks ahead in a worsening coronavirus pandemic projected to claim up to a quarter million US lives, as fatalities spiked in European hotspots Spain, France and Britain.
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The effects of COVID-19 on agriculture in the EU

Tue, 2020-03-31 19:02
In this special edition of the agrifood podcast, EURACTIV's agrifood team explores the impact of the recent coronavirus outbreak on EU agriculture and the bloc's main farming subsidies programme, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
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Spain unveils fresh economic relief measures for vulnerable groups

Tue, 2020-03-31 18:53
The Spanish government approved on Tuesday (31 March) a fresh package of economic relief measures to mitigate the negative effects of the full suspension of non-essential activities enforced as part of the country’s efforts to fight the coronavirus outbreak. “What...
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The Brief – De l’esprit des lois

Tue, 2020-03-31 16:32
At the very heart of the European Union, another suffocating and potentially deadly virus has emerged in full light. It threatens the separation of powers as we’ve known it since Montesquieu’s De l’esprit des lois. Unless the European Union, its...
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Europe’s role in stopping Nigeria’s ‘silent slaughter’

Tue, 2020-03-31 16:30
Murderous attacks on Christians and ethnic minorities by the Fulani and Islamic terror groups in the northern regions of Nigeria have been going on for close to two decades, leaving more than 60,000 dead.
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Nagorno-Karabakh holds ‘elections’ despite international criticism and virus concerns

Tue, 2020-03-31 16:23
The authorities of the internationally unrecognised breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh are holding presidential and parliamentary elections amid international criticism and despite the coronavirus pandemic.
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Von der Leyen warns against democratic backsliding without mentioning Hungary

Tue, 2020-03-31 14:35
European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen warned on Tuesday (31 March) that coronavirus emergency measures by EU countries must be "limited", in a veiled reference to Hungary's nationalist leader Viktor Orbán, who used the pandemic to take on sweeping powers.
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