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Politics 10-07-2020

Dead heat on the cards as Poles ready for presidential run-off

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Romanian MEPs and the Lithuanian PM criticising the recently adopted Mobility Package, the Czech opposition urging the PM to back the EU RecoveryFund that will be decided at the next EU summit in Brussels, and so much more.
Agrifood 10-07-2020

Agrifood Brief: Farm to Fork targets may not be set in stone

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. Farm to Fork targets may not be set in stone A European Commissioner...
Digital 10-07-2020

Commission expert group warns against ‘killer acquisitions’ in platform economy

The EU should consider imposing 'new obligations' on major platforms to report their merger and acquisition activities to the European Commission in order to avoid a culture of 'killer acquisitions,' a report produced for the EU executive has said.
Brexit 10-07-2020

Step up ‘no deal’ planning, Barnier warns EU firms

The EU’s chief negotiator on future relations with the UK warned EU businesses on Thursday (9 July) to step up their planning for a ‘no deal’ scenario when the UK leaves the Single Market at the end of 2020.
Politics 10-07-2020

Hopes and fears as polarised Poles choose president

Polish President Andrzej Duda, who is running for re-election in a knife-edge contest on Sunday against liberal Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, is a loyal ally of the ruling populists. Trzaskowski is a liberal who has promised to turn Poland firmly towards the European Union.
Future EU 10-07-2020

Sweden and Denmark step out of the shadows as EU’s frugals

Normally perceived as team players, Sweden and Denmark have found themselves playing the unaccustomed role of outliers in EU politics, blocking the widely backed COVID-19 recovery plan.
10-07-2020

U.S. sanctions highest ranking Chinese official yet over Uighur rights

The United States on Thursday (9 July) imposed sanctions on the highest ranking Chinese official yet targeted over alleged human rights abuses against the Uighur Muslim minority, a move likely to further ratchet up tensions between Washington and Beijing.
Economy & Jobs 09-07-2020

Donohoe wins Eurogroup presidency

Spain's minister of Economy, Nadia Calviño, will be the next president of the Eurogroup, and the first woman to hold the position, EURACTIV has learned.
Europe's East 09-07-2020

Ukraine: Poroshenko cases unfold into a ‘tik-tok’ war

A Kyiv district court has decided not to order pre-trial restrictive measures against former President Petro Poroshenko, and the country's prosecutor general accused his defence team of attempting to stall the process by questioning "absolutely everything".

Extremist violence spikes in Germany, new report reveals

The number of extremist crimes has increased significantly over the past year. The intensity of violent crimes is increasing in both the left and right-wing extremist spectrum. Foreign espionage activities and cyber attacks also pose an increasing threat. EURACTIV Germany reports. 
09-07-2020

EU action ineffective in safeguarding wild pollinators, say EU auditors 

EU measures have been largely ineffective in preventing the decline of wild pollinators, according to a new review from the European Court of Auditors (ECA).
Brexit 09-07-2020

EU nationals shut out from UK welfare scheme, report warns

EU citizens in the UK risk being shut out of accessing the country’s welfare system as a result of a little-known test that requires them to prove that they are permanently in the UK, according to research published on Thursday (9 July).
Global Europe 09-07-2020

Global Europe Brief: German priorities, Turkish problems & unfreezing talks

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU in the global perspective from our foreign affairs news team: Georgi Gotev and Alexandra Brzozowski.

Arms control tit-for-tat continues as treaty deadlines loom

The world's only remaining nuclear arms control treaty is set to expire in less than a year unless Russia and the US agree to roll it over. While Washington has repeatedly called on China to take part in negotiations to extend it, the overall tone between the three nuclear powers is becoming rough.
Digital 09-07-2020

Digital Brief: Cancel Culture

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “It is now all too common to hear calls for swift and severe retribution in response to perceived transgressions...
Railways 09-07-2020

Alstom offers factory sale in return for Bombardier merger approval

France’s TGV high-speed train maker Alstom on Thursday (9 July) offered to sell a French rail factory and make other concessions to win European Commission approval for its planned purchase of Bombardier Inc’s transportation business.
Transport 09-07-2020

MEPs bless Mobility Package without fuss

Members of the European Parliament signed off on updated trucking rules on Thursday (9 July) without accepting any amendments to the reform package that Central and Eastern European countries had pushed for.

Germany wants EU ‘hospital trains’ as new military project

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the need to re-evaluate military threat perceptions across the EU, German defence minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Wednesday (8 July) while presenting the German EU Council Presidency priorities in security in defence for the next six months.
Railways 09-07-2020

Air France’s promise to nix domestic flights: Not good enough for the environment

Air France's pledge to end some of its domestic flights in return for billions of euros in government aid is a weak contribution to climate action, as weak railway infrastructure stands in the way of a plane-to-train shift. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 09-07-2020

Coronavirus, pension reform and more – what France’s new PM has said so far

France's new prime minister, Jean Castex, shed some new light on his government team, coronavirus, pensions and unemployment insurance reform in just his second interview since his appointment on 3 July. EURACTIV's partner, Ouest-France reports.
Agrifood 09-07-2020

Food security is not outdated topic, says Italy’s farmers chief

It is wrong to say that ensuring both food security and food safety in Europe is an objective that has already been achieved and can be taken off the table, the chief of Italy's farmers' organisation Confagricoltura told EURACTIV Italy in an interview.
Central Asia 09-07-2020

Kazakhstan President addresses the nation, announces national day of mourning

Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced a series of measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the country on Wednesday (8 July), warning his countrymen that the situation remains serious and declaring 13 July a national day of mourning in memory of the pandemic's victims.
Politics 09-07-2020

Italy’s PM Conte demands July deal on EU Recovery Fund

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte calling for the EU Recovery Fund to be approved by the end of July, Romania seeing an increase in daily increase in coronavirus cases without adopting new measures, and so much more.
Energy 09-07-2020

EU unveils blueprint for a more efficient energy system

The European Commission on Wednesday (8 July) unveiled its “energy system integration strategy” which aims to link different energy carriers, infrastructure and consumption sectors together in order to boost renewables and reduce carbon emissions.
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