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Digital 23-11-2020

France’s Le Maire to push digital tax in first contact with Biden officials

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said he would press the new Biden administration in his first contacts with them on Monday (23 November) to quickly back an overhaul of international taxation of digital companies.
Politics 23-11-2020

BiH mulls banning Srebrenica genocide denial

After Joe Biden was elected US president, one could expect stronger engagement of the international community in BiH with one of the first steps being a law banning the denial of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, the International High Representative Valentin...
Politics 23-11-2020

Poll: Russia and China are Serbians’ ‘best friends’

Serbian citizens see Russia and China as the country’s ‘best friends’, while more than half do not support Serbia’s EU membership bid, according to a new public opinion poll conducted by the Belgrade Center for Security Policy (BCBP) and published...
Politics 23-11-2020

Komšić doesn’t represent Croats, says Croatian foreign minister

No Croatian official would meet with current BiH Presidency member Željko Komšić, whose election violated the Dayton peace agreement because he did not really represent Croats in that body, said Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman. Komšić was against the...
Politics 23-11-2020

Bulgaria topped EU’s mortality charts on Friday, came second worldwide

Bulgaria topped the EU’s coronavirus mortality per capita charts on Friday with 17.1 deaths per one million and came second globally after Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the last week, more than 100 people a day have died in a country...
Politics 23-11-2020

US Army 5th Corps officially established in Poland

The inauguration of the forward command of the 5th US Army Corps, which will help raise the number of US troops in Poland to around 5,500, took place on Friday. “The presence of the forward command here, on Polish soil,...
Politics 23-11-2020

Greek hospitals in the red

The available beds for serious coronavirus cases are steadily decreasing and approaching “the red” level, news website News247.gr reported. The website reported that about 560 patients were hospitalised in intensive care units (ICUs) last night, while the number of intubated...
Politics 23-11-2020

Madrid seals all its borders in hopes of ‘saving’ Christmas

The Community of Madrid will close its borders with other Spanish regions next month for 10 days to curb infection rates over a long holiday weekend. Madrid’s regional government, controlled by the centre-right Partido  Popular (PP), decided on Friday to...
Politics 23-11-2020

Swedish PM’s dramatic televised speech

“Sweden is being put to the test. But Sweden will get through this,” PM Stefan Löfven said in a rare televised speech on 22 November. “The little breath we took in the summer and fall is over,” he added, calling...
Politics 23-11-2020

Finland does not want Belarus to host ice hockey championship

Finland wants EU member states to sign a joint formal petition for the respect of human rights and non-discrimination in all sectors of society, including in sports, as Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and the Finnish president of the International Ice...
Politics 23-11-2020

Canada to roll over terms of EU trade deal with UK

Canada has become the latest country to agree to roll over the terms of its EU trade deal with the UK after the Brexit transition period ends on 31 December. The agreement does not give businesses on either side of...
Politics 23-11-2020

Press freedom protesters clash with French police

Clashes took place in Paris on Saturday between the police force and protesters who defended press freedom and opposed a government bill currently being debated by France’s National Assembly that would make it a crime to circulate an “image of...
Politics 23-11-2020

German Greens adopt a new basic programme

Following their three-day virtual party conference, Germany’s Greens have a new basic programme, including a commitment to the Paris Climate targets to limit the Earth’s warming to 1.5 degrees, which is described as “the central basis for the Greens’ policy,”...
Politics 23-11-2020

Belgian police to enforce Christmas rules, but with limits

The country’s police will be on patrol during the Christmas season to ensure that the rules on gatherings are observed, but will not be able to enter homes to check, Belgium’s home affairs minister, Annelies Verlinden, said. The Consultative Committee...
Politics 23-11-2020

Weber: Orban would be out of EPP if not for COVID

Had there been no epidemic, the assembly of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) would have already decided about the exclusion of Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party, Manfred Weber, the group’s leader in the European Parliament, told Flemish De Standaard, Hungarian...
Politics 20-11-2020

Kosovo PM in talks with French president

Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed several issues in a video call, including the recent resignation of former Kosovo President Hashim Thaçi, the Pristina-Belgrade dialogue, as well as the issue of visa liberalisation, according to...
Politics 20-11-2020

EU expects Serbia, Kosovo not to move embassies

The EU expects Serbia and Kosovo to act in accordance with their strategic determination about EU membership and not move their embassies in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “Both Kosovo and Serbia have identified integration into the EU as...
Politics 20-11-2020

Slovenia and Hungary partner in construction of new rail track

Slovenia's government has submitted an initiative to the parliamentary committee for foreign policy to conclude an agreement between Slovenia and Hungary on cooperation in the construction and management of the second railway track Divača-Koper (2TDK).
Politics 20-11-2020

Croatia rejects ‘unfounded accusations’ of border police violence

Croatia’s interior ministry reported a “second wave of unfounded accusations” against the Croatian border police after German weekly Der Spiegel published footage purporting to show the police’s brutal treatment of migrants crossing the Bosnian-Croatian border. Rejecting the latest accusations, the...
Politics 20-11-2020

MEPs receive ‘shocking’ video of Bulgarian colleague Dzhambazki

Each MEP has received a video showing their colleague Angel Dzhambazki (ECR) “throwing mini-bombs and pouring water from a fire hose over people protesting in front of the VRMO party headquarters in Sofia”. The video was emailed to 705 MEPs...
Politics 20-11-2020

Polish parliament adopts resolution on EU budget negotiations

The Polish parliament adopted on Thursday a resolution initiated by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, calling for the EU budget talks to resume in order to achieve an agreement on the budget that is in line with the...
Politics 20-11-2020

Jihadist arrested in Greece

 A 27-year-old jihadist was arrested on Thursday in Greece by the country’s counter-terrorism department. A criminal case was filed against the man from Syria for joining and participating as a member of ISIS as well as for terrorist acts and homicide....
Politics 20-11-2020

Spanish nurses against pharmacies carrying out COVID-19 tests

The Spanish Nurses Federation sent on Thursday a letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen alerting her and EU health authorities of the potential danger of allowing pharmacies to carry out COVID-19 antigen testing, which, they said, would...
Politics 20-11-2020

Finland applies COVID-19 emergency brake

After recording some of Europe’s lowest coronavirus infection rates throughout autumn, the pandemic situation in Finland and especially in the Helsinki area has shifted from the acceleration to the community transition phase, announced public health officials on Thursday evening. As...
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