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Digital 03-06-2020

Spain says digital tax won’t discriminate against countries as U.S. ups ante

Spain’s plans to tax tech companies’ revenues does not discriminate against any country, a government source told Reuters on Tuesday (2 June) after the United States opened a probe into such taxes or proposals by its various trading partners.
Botswana 02-06-2020

Africa hits back against EU’s name and shame game

The question of tax avoidance and financial information exchange remains a sore point for EU-African relations, and the European Commission’s annual lists of ‘non co-operative’ countries on tax and money laundering laws have done little to improve the situation.
Outer space 02-06-2020

The Brief – Ad astra et altruism

Elon Musk’s success in blasting two astronauts into orbit provided a welcome - albeit brief - distraction from the grim situation plaguing most of the world. Humanity’s space exploits can tell us something about where society is going and, more importantly, failing.
Health 02-06-2020

Stronger follow-up on EU organ donation action plan is necessary, health expert says

The EU Action plan on organ donation has encouraging greater co-operation on organ donation and transplants but stronger follow-up on its implementation is necessary, a Croatian health policymaker told EURACTIV in an interview.

Sustainable finance: ‘Germany needs to show leadership’

The EU economic recovery plan presented by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on 27 May will also be based on the so-called taxonomy which gives priority to sectors in the field of low-carbon transition. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 02-06-2020

Hungary banks on Balkan Stream to triple capacity of gas supply to Slovakia

Hungary will triple the capacity of a natural gas pipeline border interconnector towards Slovakia by 2024, enabling the pipeline to carry more than 5 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year, the foreign minister said on Tuesday (2 June).
Global Europe 02-06-2020

Top EU diplomat slams Floyd death as ‘abuse of power’

Europe is "shocked and appalled" by the police killing of black suspect George Floyd in the United States, the EU's diplomatic chief said Tuesday (2 June), condemning an "abuse of power".
Enlargement 02-06-2020

Várhelyi: EU hopefuls to conform to bloc’s electoral expectations

Parties in Albania need to deliver a 'crucial' agreement on electoral reform, while North Macedonia's vote must leave sufficient time and possibilities for campaigning, the EU's enlargement chief Olivér Várhelyi said on Tuesday (2 June), outlining the priorities for the two EU hopefuls before accession talks can start.
Global Europe 02-06-2020

EU’s chief diplomat takes position against readmitting Russia to G7

The EU's chief diplomat, Josep Borrell, rejected on Tuesday (2 June) the idea floated by the White House over the weekend to reinvite Russia to this year's G7 gathering hosted by the US, saying the conditions had not been met.
Transport 02-06-2020

European space dreams, Vestager compromises & carmaker chaos

In this week's edition: out of this world developments in space, the latest on the Lufthansa bailout saga and reactions to the EU's proposed €750bn virus recovery fund. This week's Transport Vlog looks at what the new draft budget means for planes, trains and more.
Outer space 02-06-2020

SpaceX’s historic launch gives Europe pause for thought

Elon Musk’s company’s success in becoming the first private venture to launch humans into space prompted the head of Europe’s SpaceX-equivalent, Arianespace, to claim on Sunday (31 May) that his firm is capable of the same feat.
Economy & Jobs 02-06-2020

Commission says new Single Market tax would target below 0.2% of turnover

A new corporate tax could raise €10 billion a year to help fund stimulus plans while amounting to less than 0.2% of turnover of large companies that benefit from the European Union's single market, the bloc's executive said on Monday (1 June).

Politically-motivated crimes in Germany at second-highest level since 2001

Germany's number of politically-motivated crimes has increased significantly over the past year. Offences perpetrated by both the left and right wing have spiked. For the first time, crimes committed online were also included in the statistics. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 02-06-2020

Protests continue as Trump vows to bring in the military

President Donald Trump on Monday (1 June) vowed to use the US military to halt protests over the death of a black man in police custody, before law enforcement officers fired rubber bullets and tear gas to clear demonstrators and allow the president to walk to a church and pose for pictures.
Economy & Jobs 02-06-2020

Worker participation in management can be stabilising factor, expert argues

Worker participation in the management can be a stabilisation factor in times of crisis, according to a recent study conducted by the Institute for Codetermination and Corporate Governance. EURACTIV has interviewed the co-author and political adviser on the matter, Sebastian Campagna. 
Politics 02-06-2020

Hungary asks Finland to apologise over ‘false’ emergency law attack

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Italy launching its new COVID-19 app in four of its regions, Hungary demanding Finnish MEPs, media outlets and academics to apologise for having criticised Hungary's emergency law, and so much more.

UK proposes own carbon market, remains coy on link with EU ETS

The United Kingdom has put forward its own new UK-wide Emissions Trading System (ETS) to replace the European Union’s system for trading carbon emissions, which Britain will leave at the end of this year as the Brexit transition period ends.
Global Europe 02-06-2020

Athens rejects ‘illegal’ Turkey drilling plan

Greece on Monday (1 June) attacked Turkey's plan to carry out oil drilling in the eastern Mediterranean, describing it as "a new provocation".
Brexit 02-06-2020

UK and Poland sign new treaty on voting rights

The UK and Poland have signed a treaty that secures the right of British and Polish citizens to stand and vote in local elections in each other’s countries following the UK’s exit from the EU.
Global Europe 02-06-2020

Putin and Trump discuss G7 summit

US President Donald Trump told President Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Monday (1 June) about his idea of holding an expanded Group of Seven summit later this year with a possible invitation for Russia, the Kremlin and the White House said.
Aviation 02-06-2020

Lufthansa board gives green light to €9bn bailout

The supervisory board of German airline Lufthansa voted on Monday (1 June) in favour of the government's €9 billion aid package, after the European Commission compromised on its conditions for approving the bailout.
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.
Economy & Jobs 01-06-2020

Austria opposes current EU rescue, wants changes

Austria opposes Europe's current €750 billion plan to help economies recover from the coronavirus pandemic and wants to negotiate changes to the proposal, the country's finance minister said on Saturday (30 May).
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