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#COVID-19 fears give rise to new threats facing Europe

The new Franco-German initiative to mobilize €500 billion in funding for EU regions and industries isn’t just “a great step towards a fiscal union and a properly functioning currency union,” as Eurogroup head Mario Centeno put it; it is also one of the most coherent efforts to push back against unprecedented blows to European solidarity …

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Over 400 civil society groups from across the world unite to demand world leaders act together to fight #COVID-19 and deliver a plan to build back better

In response to the global crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, community volunteers, local civil society groups, and major non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have joined forces to demand a 12-point plan from world leaders. Ahead of the World Health Assembly and as governments consider key steps towards recovery, the group is calling for a joined up …

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#India – a #COVID-19 time bomb waiting to explode

Last Sunday (12 April), Lav Aggarwal, joint secretary in the Federal Department of Health, told reporters in New Delhi that India was “over-prepared” to handle COVID-19 pandemic, writes Vidya S. Sharma Ph.D. He asserted that “India had confirmed number of infected persons at 8,447” (at the time of writing this article, ie, within three days, …

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#Coronavirus – Going viral  – EU Reporter : EU Reporter

Where do you want to be if there is a coronavirus (COVID-19) breakout? Well, preferably on an Outer Hebridean island, with a well-stocked larder, plenty of turf for the fire and a pile of books. But more realistically, writes Catherine Feore, assuming that most of us are unable to abscond from work or family commitments, …

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#Huawei announces it will open manufacturing plant for wireless products in France

Huawei has today (28 February) announced that it will open a factory in France dedicated to the production of wireless equipment for 4G and 5G networks. The majority of the products leaving this facility will be destined for European markets. The value of the first phase of this investment will be over 200 million Euro. …

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MEPs back calls from #EUDog&CatAlliance to end illegal pet trade

A resolution calling for action to be taken against illegal pet trafficking to protect animal welfare, consumers and public health was adopted by the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 12 February. MEPs voted with an overwhelming majority to support the motion demanding an EU-wide action plan to help end the illegal pet trade by bringing …

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#Sassoli – ‘Let’s give new political momentum to the enlargement process’ 

At the invitation of European Parliament President David Sassoli (pictured), the speakers of the parliaments of the Western Balkans came together today in Brussels. It was the first Summit of this kind. They were joined by the speaker of the parliament of Croatia, which is holding the rotating Council Presidency.  Following the Summit, President Sassoli …

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#UNHCR issues recommendations for EU to make 2020 year of change for #Refugees protection

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has launched a set of ambitious but achievable Recommendations for the 2020 Croatian and German Presidencies of the Council of the European Union (EU). The Presidencies and the envisaged EU Pact on Migration and Asylum present unique opportunities to better protect forcibly displaced and stateless people in Europe and abroad, while supporting …

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The key contents and basic judgment on the #U.S.-#China trade negotiation

China and the United States have recently reached an agreement on the contents of the first phase of the trade deal. In China, the State Council Information Office held a rare press conference at 11 p.m. on December 13, and invited Ning Jizhe, Deputy Director of the National Development and Reform Commission, Liao Min, Deputy …

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#Brexit – ‘We are ready to start the next phase, to defend and promote Europe’s interests’ #EUCO

  The decisive victory by the British Conservatives in yesterday’s general election was widely and enthusiastically welcomed by European leaders attending today’s (13 December) European Council. Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said that they welcomed the certainty that the election provided and said that it had been difficult when things had been agreed in Brussels, …

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