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EU critical of China on Swedish dissident publisher

The EU has joined Sweden in urging China to give access to a dissident book publisher, but its low-level statement did little to make a difference.

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[Focus] NGOs urge EU to tackle meat consumption ‘problem’

"Food and agriculture are at the heart of the ecological crisis. This is one area where doing right by the planet means doing right by people in the most obvious way," said head of policy at NGO BirdLife, Ariel Brunner.

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[Feature] Coronavirus: voices from a quarantined Italian town

Panic-buying, plus resentment at the media for fuelling the panic, are the paradoxical responses of residents of the Italian towns of Vicenza and Vo', where Italy's first victim of the coronavirus died last Friday.

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EU won’t accept UK trade deal ‘at any price’, Barnier warns

Talks on the future EU-UK trade deal will start next Monday - but tensions are already high over the EU's efforts to stop the UK undercutting the bloc's standards and London's wobbling position on Northern Ireland.

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Greek island riots require measured response, says EU

Residents on the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios have been met with riot police, following protests against plans to erect new migrant detention camps. The European Commission says measures by Athens' authorities must be "necessary and proportionate."

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[Opinion] Roll out red carpet – or recycle it? Green Deal’s EU blindspot

In Europe the rate of recycling carpet is shockingly low at 1-3 percent. Recyclers stay away from old carpets because they don't know which (potentially dangerous) chemicals they contain, or because they are very complex due to multiple materials used.

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[Ticker] Danish MEP worried about coronavirus in EU parliament

Danish MEP Christel Schaldemose (S&D) is worried about her MEP colleagues travelling to or from areas with coronavirus infections and then meeting in the European Parliament buildings. Reacting to a letter from the parliament to its staff asking to stay home after travels to these areas, she told public broadcaster DR "if it is about keeping the risk of infection down, it should apply to us as well."

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[Ticker] Report: Uber and Lyft pollute more than trips they displace

A new study released by the Union of Concerned Scientists on Tuesday reveals that ride-hailing apps, such as Uber or Lyft, result in an estimated 69 percent more climate pollution on average than the trips they displace, the news site Verge reported. I...

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[Ticker] Budget: Merkel blames Rutte’s ‘childish behaviour’

German chancellor, Angela Merkel, became irritated of Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte's, refusal to negotiate the EU budget proposals at the special EU summit on the multi-annual budget and called it "childish behaviour", according to the Volkskrant. ...

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[Ticker] Parliament to staff: stay home if travelled to corona areas

In an internal email, the European Parliament has asked employees who travelled to areas with multiple coronavirus infections to stay at home. It concerns those who visited within the past 14 days the Italian regions of Lombardy, Piedmont, Emilia-Romag...

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[Ticker] Ex-minister Roettgen seeks German CDU leadership

Former German environment minister Norbert Roettgen on Tuesday officially declared his bid to become the leader of Angela Merkel's centre-right party, the Christian Democratic Union. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who had been slated to replace Merkel as ...

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[Ticker] Commissioner Kyriakides to meet Italy’s health minister

The EU commissioner for health, Stella Kyriakides, is expected to meet in Rome on Wednesday with the Italian minister of health, Roberto Speranza, to assess the situation in the country due to the coronavirus outbreak. The director of World Health Orga...

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