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Economic governance 26-10-2021

ESM economists want to raise public debt limit to 100% of GDP

In a new discussion paper, economists of the European stability mechanism (ESM) suggest a simplification of the EU’s fiscal rules and their adaptation to changed economic circumstances.
Digital & Media 26-10-2021

French government creates new online antipiracy body

The new law "on the regulation and protection of access to cultural works in the digital age" was published in the French official journal on Tuesday (26 October) and will set up a new authority to better fight piracy online.
Coronavirus 26-10-2021

Did EU COVID certificate save Europeans’ summer?

Digital COVID certificate was originally set up as a tool to save the summer for European holidaymakers. Now that the fine weather is over, we can begin to wonder if it worked.
Health 26-10-2021

Health Brief: East lags behind in vaccination race

Europe is now battling new spikes of COVID-19 cases, especially in Eastern member states where there is a lower vaccination uptake. This not only stretches the health systems, but puts the conversation on measures needed to stop the virus spread...
Digital & Media 26-10-2021

European providers want DMA to address ‘unfair practices’ in cloud market

Service providers are arguing that for the European cloud market to develop, the new EU antitrust law should prevent anti-competitive practices by large software providers.
Economy & Jobs 26-10-2021

Largely ignored Conference on the Future of Europe back in the spotlight

The Council on the Future of Europe, proposed by now-outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel to solve Poland's rule of law issues, has been paid little attention. But that does not mean those attending have not been busy.
Transport 26-10-2021

The world’s most valuable carmaker

In case it wasn’t clear already that the future of the automotive industry is electric, the latest news from the financial markets should dispel any doubt. Tesla, arguably the world’s preeminent electric vehicle company, is now valued at over $1 trillion.
Agrifood 26-10-2021

Commission dismisses calls for more transparency in drafting CAP plans

The European Commission has dismissed calls for more transparency in the drafting of the Common Agricultural Policy strategic plans, saying an excessive focus on this risks overburdening the process and missing the big picture.
Digital & Media 26-10-2021

Serbia uses football to score geopolitical goals in former Yugoslavia

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić has been using a range of different yet seemingly innocent means to achieve his political goals, both literally and figuratively, Serbian journalist Darko Čačić reports for EURACTIV Bulgaria.
Economy & Jobs 26-10-2021

How rich countries profit from the OECD tax deal

Rich countries profit more from the recently announced OECD tax deal than developing countries, according to a new policy study, putting claims that the global tax system had become fairer into question.
Data protection 26-10-2021

Facial recognition technologies already used in 11 EU countries and counting, report says

Law enforcement authorities in 11 European countries are already using biometric recognition systems in their investigations and eight more are to follow, a new study points out, warning of the technology's impact on fundamental rights.
Climate change 26-10-2021

Rich nations urged to take ‘holistic’ approach to forestry in trade deals

As world leaders head to Glasgow for the COP26 climate summit, campaigners have urged rich nations to take a holistic approach to forestry that considers the environmental and economic interests of communities in the Global South.
Electricity 26-10-2021

Nine EU countries reject Franco-Spanish push for electricity reforms

Nine EU states, including Germany, on Monday (25 October) rejected a French-led bid to reform Europe's wholesale energy markets as prices soar.
Politics 26-10-2021

Why Bulgaria and Romania failed in COVID mission

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the low vaccination rates in Bulgaria and Romania, most Austrians wanting former chancellor Sebastian Kurz to withdraw from politics altogether, and so much more.
Health 26-10-2021

Concerns over COVID-19 fatality and cases figures in Albania

A combination of recently published data and surveys has cast doubt over the Albanian government’s level of transparency in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Concerns relate to the possible under-reporting of COVID-19 deaths and positive cases since the start of the pandemic.
Global Europe 26-10-2021

Turkey and West climb down from brink of biggest diplomatic crisis

Turkey and its Western allies climbed down from a full-blown diplomatic crisis on Monday after foreign embassies said that they abide by diplomatic conventions on non-interference, averting a threatened expulsion of 10 ambassadors.
Economy & Jobs 26-10-2021

EU court of auditors calls for more resources during NGEU programme

While the level of irregularities in the use of EU funds remained stable in 2020, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) is worried that it does not have enough resources to properly audit EU spending that is set to dramatically increase due to the Next Generation EU programme.
Energy 25-10-2021

‘Closed-loop’ technology brings promise of geothermal anywhere

Geothermal energy has until now been constrained to areas with special geological conditions where the earth’s heat is close to the surface. Today, closed-loop technologies make geothermal accessible almost anywhere in the world, opening up new prospects for mass-scale deployment.
Climate change 25-10-2021

Greenhouse gas levels hit record; world struggles to curb damage

Greenhouse gas concentrations hit a record last year and the world is "way off track" on capping rising temperatures, the United Nations said on Monday (25 October), showing the task facing climate talks in Glasgow aimed at averting dangerous levels of warming.
A demonstrator holds a mask decorated in the colors of the East Turkestan during a gathering against the persecution of the Muslim Uyghur community in Xinjiang province, near the Chinese embassy in Paris
Economy & Jobs 25-10-2021

Chinese companies blame “misinformation” for difficult political climate in EU

62% of Chinese companies in Europe believe that the political climate has deteriorated for them. In a recent study, they blame “media disinformation” among other factors, a line commonly used by the Chinese Communist Party to discredit criticism.
Climate change 25-10-2021

Deforestation continues unabated ahead of COP26

An average of 2,400 trees is cut down every minute, leading to an area the size of Belgium being deforested each year, according to the Latin America regional director for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), who was speaking ahead of the COP26 climate summit.
EU-India 25-10-2021

Modi confirms COP26 attendance in boost to summit

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the COP26 climate summit, his office confirmed Sunday (24 October), in a major boost for the conference that has already been snubbed by key world leaders.

Germany says EU border protection is ‘legitimate’

Germany's interior minister said Sunday (24 October) it was "legitimate" to protect borders, after several EU states asked Brussels to pay for barriers to prevent illegal migrants from entering the bloc.
Global Europe 25-10-2021

Despite calls, Albania remains reluctant to find its 6,000 missing communism victims

Nazmi Uruci's descendants have been searching for his remains for almost 80 years. Born in northern Albania in 1904, Nazmi was a customs official during the short reign of Albania's first and last reigning monarch, King Zog.