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#BeltAndRoadInitiative – Time for some European realpolitik

#BeltAndRoadInitiative – Time for some European realpolitik

“The BRI comes closest to a plan to help mitigate existential threats to the developed world,” Sir Douglas Flint said at a recent talk hosted by British think tank Asia House. The UK’s Special Envoy to the BRI emphasized that this includes “climate change, population growth, and economic inequality”, writes Oliver Stelling. Today, a few […]

| March 31, 2020

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#OperationIrini – EU agrees to new operation off the coast of Libya to enforce UN arms embargo 

#OperationIrini – EU agrees to new operation off the coast of Libya to enforce UN arms embargo 

The EU’s High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrel announced that the Council (EU foreign ministers) agreed to support Operation Irini to enforce the United Nations arms embargo, stopping the flow of arms to Libya and contributing to a sustainable ceasefire.  Irini, (Greek for “peace”), will use aerial, satellite and maritime assets to detect and carry out inspections of vessels off the […]

| March 31, 2020
 Commission approves €200 million Irish scheme to support the economy in #Coronavirus outbreak

 Commission approves €200 million Irish scheme to support the economy in #Coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission has found a €200 million Irish scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak to be in line with EU state aid rules. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020. […]

| March 31, 2020
Commission approves €6 million ofpublic support to promote shift of freight transport from road to rail in #Poland

Commission approves €6 million ofpublic support to promote shift of freight transport from road to rail in #Poland

The European Commission has approved, under EU state aid rules, an individual aid measure to encourage the shift of freight transport from road to rail in the Polish southeastern province of Podkarpackie. The aid takes the form of a €6 million direct grant to the logistic company Treeden Group Sp.z o.o. The aid will contribute […]

| March 31, 2020
EU school scheme: €250 million for fruit, vegetables and milk for the school year 2020/2021

EU school scheme: €250 million for fruit, vegetables and milk for the school year 2020/2021

Today (31 March), the Commission published the budget for the EU school scheme for the 2020/2021 school year: €145 million is allocated to the distribution of fruit and vegetables and €105 million for the distribution of milk and dairy products to schoolchildren. During the last school year (2018/2019), this EU scheme ensured that more than […]

| March 31, 2020
#BeltAndRoadInitiative – Time for some European realpolitik

#BeltAndRoadInitiative – Time for some European realpolitik

“The BRI comes closest to a plan to help mitigate existential threats to the developed world,” Sir Douglas Flint said at a recent talk hosted by British think tank Asia House. The UK’s Special Envoy to the BRI emphasized that this includes “climate change, population growth, and economic inequality”, writes Oliver Stelling. Today, a few […]

| March 31, 2020
#Coronavirus: Commission presents practical guidance to ensure the free movement of critical workers and on the implementation of the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU

#Coronavirus: Commission presents practical guidance to ensure the free movement of critical workers and on the implementation of the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU

The Commission has published practical guidance to ensure the free movement of critical workers and on the implementation of the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU. Both of these documents respond to requests made by EU leaders on 26 March and seek to address practical concerns of citizens and companies affected by the measures taken […]

| March 31, 2020
#Coronavirus – Europe sends medical goods to #Iran in trade test

#Coronavirus – Europe sends medical goods to #Iran in trade test

France, Germany and Britain have exported medical goods to Iran in the first transaction conducted under a trade mechanism set up to barter humanitarian goods and food after the US withdrawal from a 2015 nuclear deal, Germany said on Tuesday (31 March), writes Emma Thomasson. The German Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the […]

| March 31, 2020
#Coronavirus – UK police criticized for overzealous lockdown response

#Coronavirus – UK police criticized for overzealous lockdown response

Some British police might have gone a “little too far”, a minister said on Tuesday after warnings some forces were turning Britain into a police state by abusing powers to enforce a coronavirus lockdown, writes Michael Holden. New regulations brought in last Thursday (26 March) give police the power to issue instant £30 ($37) fines […]

| March 31, 2020
EU research funds to fight #Coronavirus

EU research funds to fight #Coronavirus

As the world struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic, the EU is supporting efforts to develop vaccines and effective treatments as soon as possible. The EU has come up with a co-ordinated response to help tackle the current crisis. Funding research and innovation projects to find a cure for Covid-19 is a vital part of that […]

| March 31, 2020
#Coronavirus – Watching the world through a window

#Coronavirus – Watching the world through a window

When we watch a neo-realist film by Roberto Rossellini or Alberto Lattuada, a swashbuckler epic, Marlon Brando as an ancient Roman in a white toga in Julius Caesar (1953) or footage of the world just a few short weeks ago, we’re not really doing anything that different, writes Fiamma Nirenstein. These are all worlds that […]

| March 31, 2020
#Huawei releases its 2019 Annual Report: Solid business performance

#Huawei releases its 2019 Annual Report: Solid business performance

Huawei released its 2019 Annual Report today (31 March), detailing a solid business performance. The company’s global sales revenue in 2019 rounded off at CNY858.8 billion, up 19.1% year-on-year; its net profit reached CNY62.7bn; and its cash flow from operating activities topped CNY91.4bn, up 22.4% year-on-year. As part of a long-term, ongoing investment in technological […]

| March 31, 2020
A creeping #Coronavirus coup

A creeping #Coronavirus coup

Exceptional times require exceptional measures. Governments across Europe are introducing unprecedented policies to minimize the spread of COVID-19. In the middle of political uncertainties, some authoritarian governments are using the pandemic to advance their own political goals and massively expand state powers. Despite the unprecedented nature of the crisis, autocrats cannot be left alone to […]

| March 30, 2020
#Coronavirus – EU takes measures to ensure critical cross-border workers can reach their work places

#Coronavirus – EU takes measures to ensure critical cross-border workers can reach their work places

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen Today (30 March), the European Commission issued advice to ensure that mobile workers within the EU, in particular those in critical occupations can reach their workplace. This includes but is not limited to those working in the health care and food sectors, and other essential services […]

| March 30, 2020
#NATO marks #NorthMacedonia membership

#NATO marks #NorthMacedonia membership

Today (30 March), NATO had a low key ceremony to mark the accession of North Macedonia to NATO on 27 March. North Macedonia became NATO’s newest member, upon depositing its instrument of accession to the North Atlantic Treaty with the US State Department in Washington DC. NATO Allies signed North Macedonia’s Accession Protocol in February […]

| March 30, 2020
#Soros Open Society Foundations contribute €1 million to  Budapest in fight against #COVID-19

#Soros Open Society Foundations contribute €1 million to  Budapest in fight against #COVID-19

George Soros (pictured), philanthropist and chairman of the Open Society Foundations demonized by Viktor Orban’s government, has donated €1 million to Budapest’s fight against coronavirus – the fund will focus on those most in need.  George Soros, chair of the Open Society Foundations, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic knows no boundaries, not between countries, communities, religions […]

| March 30, 2020
#EAPM – Summer time again: But more than one clock is ticking…

#EAPM – Summer time again: But more than one clock is ticking…

As summers go, this one will clearly not be the best any of us have ever had, what with COVID-19 rampant and likely to remain so for some time, countries doing their own thing, and a million possible reasons popping up for why there should be way more co-ordination across the EU in health care, […]

| March 30, 2020
UK #Coronavirus epidemic is slowing and antibody test could be ready in days, top epidemiologist says

UK #Coronavirus epidemic is slowing and antibody test could be ready in days, top epidemiologist says

The coronavirus epidemic in the United Kingdom is showing signs of slowing and antibody tests could be ready in days, Neil Ferguson, a professor of mathematical biology at Imperial College London, said on Monday (30 March), writes Guy Faulconbridge. “We think the epidemic is just about slowing in the UK right now,” Ferguson told BBC […]

| March 30, 2020
Disinformation: How to recognize and tackle #COVID-19 myths

Disinformation: How to recognize and tackle #COVID-19 myths

©Mirko/Adobe Stock The outbreak of the coronavirus has led to disinformation that hampers efforts to contain the pandemic. Read on to find out what you can do. From the original claim that the virus spread through bat-soup, to heated reports of EU countries fighting each other for dwindling supplies of medical equipment, these claims are […]

| March 30, 2020

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#Coronavirus - Von der Leyen says 'fake news' and disinformation poses a real danger to health

#OperationIrini – EU agrees to new operation of the coast of #Libya to enforce UN arms embargo

#Coronavirus - EU provides support to Western Balkans and Eastern Partners

#Coronavirus - EU takes measures to ensure critical cross-border workers can reach their work places

'There is not one EU state that can meet its own needs in medical equipment. Not one!' Von der Leyen

#Coronavirus - European Commission issues guidelines for screening foreign direct investment

#Coronavirus - Regling says dealing with crises is the #ESM 'comparative advantage'