Global Europe 01-06-2020

Trump, attorney general to meet as US cities smolder amid protests

US President Donald Trump was scheduled to meet with his top law enforcement officer behind closed doors on Monday (1 June) as cities nationwide awoke from a smoldering weekend of violent protests over race and policing in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Global Europe 01-06-2020

Russia applauds SpaceX launch but calls Trump’s reaction ‘hysteria’

Russia’s space agency criticised Donald Trump’s “hysteria” about the first spaceflight of NASA astronauts from US soil in nine years, but also said on Sunday (31 May) it was pleased there was now another way to travel into space.

Sadness on the border as France turns back Belgian trippers

For hundreds of Belgians hoping to spend time with French friends and relatives after almost three months of lockdown, the sunny holiday weekend proved a grim disappointment.
Politics 01-06-2020

Romania’s Orban breaches own coronavirus rules, pays fine

Romanian Prime Minister Ludovic Orban paid a 3,000 lei fine (€617) on Saturday (30 May) for breaking his own coronavirus restrictions by not wearing a face mask and smoking indoors, state news agency Agerpres said.
Global Europe 01-06-2020

EU urges US to reconsider decision to cut ties with WHO

The European Union urged the United States on Saturday (30 May) to reconsider its decision to cut ties with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Transport 29-05-2020

Renault targets €2bn in savings, will cut 15,000 jobs

Carmaker Renault said Friday (29 May) that it would cut nearly 15,000 jobs, including 4,600 at its core French operations, as it seeks to steer out of a cash crunch exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis.
Brexit 29-05-2020

Moving to WTO terms carries major economic health warning for UK

The UK may be moving closer to trading with the EU on World Trade Organisation terms, but that could carry a major additional economic hit as London faces up to the costs of the coronavirus pandemic.
Global Europe 29-05-2020

The Brief – Trump and the gatekeepers

In the world we used to know, Donald Trump was a Twitter fan and a big champion of this social media channel. In the last two days, the world is no longer as we knew it.
Global Europe 29-05-2020

EU reluctant to condemn China over Hong Kong law ahead of September summit

EU foreign ministers expressed "grave concern" over China's security law for Hong Kong, but agreed sanctions against China would not solve problems with Beijing, the bloc's chief diplomat Josep Borrell said on Friday (29 May) after a video conference of foreign ministers.
Agrifood 29-05-2020

EU food stocks: Should gear up for a rise of food protectionism?

The EU is preparing to change its agricultural storage policy at a time when the COVID-19 health crisis has highlighted the weaknesses of its reserves. EURACTIV France reports.
Competition 29-05-2020

Vestager defends EU approach to Lufthansa mega bailout, as carrier agrees terms

EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager said on Friday (29 May) that the European Commission was not creating unnecessary obstacles to Lufthansa's €9 billion bailout, shortly before the carrier agreed to accept the Commission's set of conditions.
Coronavirus 29-05-2020

Italians least satisfied with EU’s coronavirus response

According to a survey carried out for the European Parliament, Italians are the least satisfied EU citizens when it comes to the EU's response to the coronavirus crisis. EURACTIV Italy reports.
Global Europe 29-05-2020

The opposition’s potential to undermine the Erdogan regime increases

Due to the growing economic recession, the possibility of early elections in Turkey is increasing, writes Lucia Yar.
Economy & Jobs 29-05-2020

Will the EU have a new ‘single market tax’ for multinationals?

The European Commission is working on a proposal for a new tax on multinationals operating on the single market to finance the recently proposed recovery fund, but the Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, told EURACTIV he recommends being "very cautious" rather than too imaginative in picking new levies.
Development Policy 29-05-2020

What the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy means for farmers in the Global South

The EU's new Farm to Fork strategy is a good start towards a 'just transition' in European farming, but what will it mean for farmers in the Global South, asks Isabelle Brachet.
Digital 29-05-2020

Georgia targeted by fake stories of US secret labs spreading COVID-19

EU foreign ministers are discussing China on Friday (29 May), as the country started to back Russian narratives of Washington-led biological weapon development in Georgia and other post-Soviet countries. One widely circulating allegation in the internet during the pandemic claimed...

Natural gas is a ‘caveat’ in energy transition, EU admits

While fossil fuel projects are in theory excluded from EU funding, natural gas will continue to play a key role in replacing coal while helping to build a hydrogen infrastructure at least cost, EU climate chief Frans Timmermans said on Thursday (28 May).
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Digital 29-05-2020

We need to reinvent, not rebuild Europe’s industrial base after COVID-19

The economic situation is bleak. The IMF predicts a 3% fall in global GDP in 2020 because of COVID-19. Europe’s largest economy, Germany, officially entered into recession earlier this week and according to McKinsey, 60 million jobs are at risk...
Digital 29-05-2020

Digital in a post-crisis world

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As Europe slowly begins to emerge out of an unprecedented public health crisis, questions are being posed as to how digital technologies could be leveraged on the bloc to ensure a resilient and stable recovery. Building on from a recent...
Digital 29-05-2020

Commission sets sights on digital-savvy citizens 

The European Commission has reiterated the importance of up-skilling adults and young people across the bloc, in order to make European workers more agile in the post-coronavirus digital economy. Speaking as part of an event hosted by Digital Europe on...
Aviation 29-05-2020

EU urged not to mess with UN aviation rules

Leading MEPs have asked the European Commission and Council not to seek changes to the UN's global aviation scheme, which is aimed at making the industry carbon neutral. Airlines have requested more leeway to ride out the coronavirus outbreak slump.

SEDE rapporteur: EU badly needs common rules, transparency in arms export

The EU is currently the second-largest arms supplier in the world, after the US and before Russia, and a new European Parliament report by MEP Hannah Neumann (Greens) is set to urge the Commission and member states to address concerns over the lack of transparency and common arms export rules across the bloc.
Coronavirus 29-05-2020

Denmark reopens borders for locked-out lovers

More than two months after closing its borders, Denmark has loosened restrictions to let couples separated by coronavirus lockdowns finally see each other again -- even if the easing applies just to partners from a few nearby countries for now.
Politics 29-05-2020

Hungary bars citizens from legally changing their gender

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's aide, Dominic Cummings, getting away with breaching lockdown rules, the Hungarian president approving a law barring citizens from legally changing their gender, and so much more.

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