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Agrifood 20-01-2021

EU Court leaves Cyprus on the grill as halloumi trademark rift heats up

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has dismissed the claim of a Cypriot producers' organisation who challenged the trademark validation of Bulgarian halloumi-sounding products arguing that they could deceive consumers.
Climate change 20-01-2021

French constitutional change on environmental preservation faces long road ahead

The French government will unveil a draft revision of the Constitution on Wednesday (20 January) to include the notion of environmental preservation. While the ultimate aim is to submit this proposal to the French public, holding a referendum seems a distant prospect. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 20-01-2021

Trump ends tumultuous term under cloud, faces uncertain future

President Donald Trump leaves the presidency under a dark cloud of his own making, ending his single four-year term stained by two impeachments, deep political divisions and his handling of a pandemic that has caused 400,000 U.S. deaths.
Health 20-01-2021

Russia files for Sputnik vaccine registration in EU

Russian authorities have applied for registration of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in the European Union, the country's sovereign wealth fund financing the jab said Wednesday (20 January) .

EU border chief refuses to quit over pushback claims

The head of the EU border agency will not step down, a Frontex spokesman said, as the force's board met Wednesday (20 January) to air claims guards were involved in illegal migrant pushbacks.
Global Europe 20-01-2021

EU calls on Biden to form ‘new transatlantic pact’

Hours before Joe Biden was to be sworn in as the next US president on Wednesday (20 January), EU leaders extended the invitation to cooperate more closely but also warned that four years of the Trump administration had changed the nature of transatlantic ties.
Global Europe 20-01-2021

Covid pandemic ‘could be WHO’s Chernobyl moment for reform’

The COVID-19 pandemic could be the catalyst for much-needed reform of the World Health Organization just as the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 forced urgent changes at the UN nuclear agency, an independent review panel said on Tuesday (19 January).
Global Europe 20-01-2021

Navalny makes allegations of Putin wealth ahead of protests

Alexei Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's most prominent critic who was jailed at the weekend, released a video in which he and his allies alleged that an opulent palace belonged to the Russian leader, a claim the Kremlin denied.
Politics 20-01-2021

Eyeing Biden, China organises summit with CEE countries

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Polish prosecutors getting priority access to vaccines, Conte winning his second confidence vote in parliament, and so much more.
Global Europe 20-01-2021

Athens seeks explanation for German FM’s silence over Turkey’s threats

Germany’s foreign minister Heiko Maas needs to explain why he remained silent after his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu threatened Greece at a joint press conference earlier this week, former FM Dora Bakoyanni has said.
Energy 20-01-2021

‘Matching sustainability with style’: EU lifts veil on new European Bauhaus initiative

The European Commission is inviting “creative minds” across Europe to contribute ideas to the "New European Bauhaus", an initiative aimed at designing new ways of living to meet the objectives of the European Green Deal.
Global Europe 20-01-2021

Trump pardons ex-aide Bannon but not himself or family

US President Donald Trump granted clemency to former White House aide Steve Bannon as part of a wave of pardons and commutations issued in his final hours in office, but did not pardon himself.
Agrifood 20-01-2021

Green Deal makes its mark on EU crop protection sector

Increasing calls on the agri-food system to transition to a more sustainable model have seen the leading EU crop protection association rebrand and expand its mandate to encompass a more holistic approach to plant protection.
Climate change 20-01-2021

Competition or cooperation? EU, US enter new era of climate diplomacy

As Joe Biden takes the reigns of a tumultuous America, analysts have tempered expectations about the ability of the new US administration to closely align with Europe on climate change.
Elections 20-01-2021

Italian PM Conte wins confidence vote but loses overall majority

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte survived a vote of confidence Tuesday (19 January) but failed to secure an overall majority in parliament, leaving his ruling coalition severely weakened as it battles the coronavirus pandemic.

Breton: Jab certificates not enough to ensure free movement

COVID-19 vaccination certificates are “important but not sufficient” to ensure the resumption of free movement within the EU during the pandemic, EU Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton said on Tuesday (19 January), adding instead that rapid tests should also be introduced.
The European Commission is to work alongside the European Central Bank (ECB) in probing a range of 'policy, legal and technical' pitfalls that could emerge as part of plans to introduce a Digital Euro crypto-currency in mid-2021.
Digital 20-01-2021

Commission and ECB join forces on digital euro as privacy concerns emerge 

The European Commission is to work alongside the European Central Bank (ECB) in probing a range of 'policy, legal and technical' pitfalls that could emerge as part of plans to introduce a digital euro crypto-currency in mid-2021.
Health 20-01-2021

Reducing air pollution could save 50,000 deaths a year, says new Lancet report

Reducing air pollution to World Health Organisation recommended levels would prevent more than 50,000 deaths a year across European cities, according to a new study published in The Lancet Planetary Health journal.
Economy & Jobs 20-01-2021

Commission demands more precision and ambition in national recovery plans

Member states should include more specific milestones and targets and more ambitious reforms in their recovery plans to access the unprecedented stimulus package to combat the COVID pandemic, the European Commission warned on Tuesday (19 February).
Brexit 19-01-2021

UK rejects pleas to re-open talks on musicians’ visa deal

UK government ministers on Tuesday (19 January), rejected demands that they try to broker a deal with the EU to ensure that visa-free tours by musicians can continue, insisting that “taking back control” of borders should be the UK’s first priority.
The practice of so-called 'shadow banning' is stifling freedom of expression online and may have to be addressed through regulatory measures, Hungary's Minister of Justice Judit Varga has said.
Digital 19-01-2021

Hungary raises concerns about ‘shadow banning’ of online speech

The practice of so-called 'shadow banning' is stifling freedom of expression online and may have to be addressed through regulatory measures, Hungary's Minister of Justice Judit Varga has said, accusing Facebook of inhibiting "Christian, conservative, right-wing opinions".
Global Europe 19-01-2021

Turkey blocks Cyprus from joining UN disarmament talks

Talks aimed at overcoming a years-long deadlock over disarmament at the United Nations began in acrimony on Monday (18 January) with two countries blocking rivals from taking part in widely criticised manoeuvres that sparked concern about the forum’s future.
Global Europe 19-01-2021

EU warns Iran nuclear deal at ‘critical juncture’

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has warned the Iran nuclear deal is at a "critical juncture", as Tehran's moves to breach it threaten efforts to get the US back on board.
Energy 19-01-2021

Energy majors re-route LNG supplies from Europe to Asia

Global energy majors including Royal Dutch Shell and Total are expected to benefit most from January’s gas price spike, beating rival trading houses and non-integrated producers thanks to their access to multiple sources of the fuel.
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