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Enlargement 10-05-2021

EU faced with ‘deep disappointment’ in Western Balkans

EU foreign minister will discuss the Western Balkans on Monday (10 May) to determine how to improve cooperation with the region, burdened by lingering nationalism, a weak economy and widespread disappointment with its fading EU membership prospects.
Economy & Jobs 10-05-2021

France ready to pick up the baton on EU minimum wage proposal

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday (8 May) that Paris was ready to pick up the baton on the EU’s minimum wage proposal if an agreement cannot be reached during the Portuguese EU presidency, which ends on 1 July.

Dutch government grants €2 billion in subsidies to huge carbon storage project

The Dutch government has granted a consortium that includes oil majors Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil around €2 billion in subsidies for what is set to become one of the largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects in the world.
Cybersecurity 10-05-2021

US government working to aid top fuel pipeline operator after cyberattack

The White House was working closely with top US fuel pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline on Sunday (9 May) to help it recover from a ransomware attack that forced the company to shut a critical fuel network supplying populous eastern states.

CO2 pricing ‘not enough’ to decarbonise industry, chemical makers say

Despite carbon prices hitting a record-breaking €50 per tonne on Tuesday (4 May), the chemical industry says additional measures are needed to support the transformation to a net-zero economy.

Commission has ‘plan B’ if Portugal’s presidency ends with no minimum wage consensus

The European Commission is considering future presidencies after Portugal's presidency as a 'plan B' should Portugal fail to reach consensus in the Council on the definition of minimum wages, according to EU Employment Commissioner Nicolas Schmit.
Coronavirus 10-05-2021

Spaniards return to new normal as state of alarm expires

Spaniards have celebrated the dawn of a new normal as the country's pandemic-era state of alarm expired at midnight on Sunday with the government refusing to propose a new legal framework to allow regions to implement new restrictions in case of fresh coronavirus outbreaks. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Central Asia 10-05-2021

Analyst: Central Asian ‘patient’ is ready for deeper cooperation

Even though unresolved border disputes stand in the way of further economic integration of Central Asia, this vast region is ready to deepen ties, according to Askar Nursha.

More than 1,400 migrants arrive on Italy’s Lampedusa

Fifteen boats packed with hundreds of migrants landed on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on Sunday (9 May), and officials said they were expecting numbers to increase as the weather improved.
Global Europe 10-05-2021

Putin on WWII Victory Day vows to ‘firmly’ defend Russian interests

President Vladimir Putin on Sunday (9 May) vowed Russia will "firmly" defend national interests and denounced the return of "Russophobia", as the country marked the 76th anniversary of victory in World War II.
Coronavirus 10-05-2021

EU has not ordered AstraZeneca vaccines beyond June, Breton says

The European Union has not made any new orders for AstraZeneca vaccines beyond June when their contract ends, European Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said on Sunday (9 May), after the EU signed a deal with Pfizer-BioNTech.
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German Climate Protection Act: Gas is the answer

In a ground-breaking ruling, the German Federal Constitutional Court calls for amendments in the German Climate Protection Act. Now the ball is in the government’s court. A technology-neutral approach to energy and gas can help it deliver.
Global Europe 10-05-2021

Hundreds of Palestinians in Jerusalem wounded, Israel vows to restore calm

Israel vowed Sunday (9 May) to restore order in Jerusalem after hundreds of Palestinian protesters were wounded in weekend clashes with Israeli security forces, as a key court hearing on a flashpoint property dispute was postponed.
Global Europe 10-05-2021

At least 68 killed in Afghan school blast, families bury victims

The death toll from a bomb attack outside a school in the Afghan capital Kabul has risen to 68, officials said, with doctors struggling to care for 165 injured victims and families searching desperately for missing children.
Coronavirus 10-05-2021

EU invites ‘concrete’ US plan on lifting vaccine patents

Europe on Saturday (8 May) passed the ball back to Washington in a debate over COVID vaccine patents, pushing the US for a concrete proposal and a commitment to export much-needed jabs.
Elections 09-05-2021

Indyref 2 is ‘will of the country‘, says Scottish first minister following poll win

The pressure for a second referendum on Scottish independence will step up after the Scottish National Party secured 64 of the 129 seats following Thursday’s (6 May) Scottish parliament elections and declared that an independence poll was “the will of...

Schmit: ‘Real problem’ that ‘too few’ social rights exist in EU

European Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, underlined on Friday (7 May) that it is a real problem that "too few" social rights exist, calling for a collective duty of the EU to provide concrete answers to citizens.
Economy & Jobs 08-05-2021

Poland, Hungary block ‘gender equality’ from EU social summit

Lobbying by Poland and Hungary has led to the removal of the phrase “gender equality” from a Friday (7 May) declaration on advancing social cohesion in the European Union as it strives to rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic. Poland’s nationalist...
Global Europe 07-05-2021

India: Europe’s (un)democratic partner

The European Union has been seeking a strategic partnership with India as a counterweight to the rise of China. A key reason offered for this partnership are the shared democratic values of the two powers.

ILO wants investment in training, social protection

It is necessary to invest in training people, social protection and new forms of green and digital work, considering that Europe has enormous possibilities to do so, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, urged on Friday...
Agrifood 07-05-2021

Agrifood Brief: Feel the love (re)generation

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. You can subscribe here if you haven’t done so yet.   This week: The EURACTIV agrifood podcast is buzzing about insects, starting with an interview with Maria...
Elections 07-05-2021

The Brief, powered by GIE – Wind of change over Berlin

German federal elections are rarely fought on foreign policy. But if they were to be, the Greens – we now know – could be more than a safe contender. Knowing that Germany’s incumbent chancellor is stepping down for good in...
Agrifood 07-05-2021

EU agri-food trade plunges in first month after Brexit

The post-Brexit era opens with a slump in the agri-food trade of 11% in January compared to the same month last year, according to the latest data released by the Commission.
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Digital & Media 07-05-2021

‘Know Your Business Customer’ – it’s easy to implement and already works in Denmark

In a bid to protect EU consumers from online fraudsters, pirates and counterfeiters, the EU’s Digital Services Act looks set to introduce a provision obliging online marketplaces to know who their third-party traders are – the so called ‘Know Your Business Customer’ provision, or KYBC.

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