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30 June 2020​​​​​​​​​​​

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted French President Emmanuel Macron for talks on Monday (29 June) in Berlin, two days before Germany takes on the rotating EU presidency. Following talks with Macron, Merkel said that she is very happy that they agreed on the challenges that they want to overcome together. She noted that "expectations are high," but reassured that Paris and Berlin were ready to rise to the task.

For his part, Macron warned that pandemic is not yet at its peak and dealing with the challenges posed by the pandemic should be EU’s top priority. He also highlighted the need to “defend our democracies”, reiterating the importance of the post-pandemic recovery plan for Europe’s future.

Read more: https://www.dw.com/en/germanys-merkel-vows-to-spearhead-coronavirus-recovery-efforts/a-53979687

 

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-france/merkel-macron-hope-for-eu-summit-deal-on-budget-recovery-fund-idUSKBN2402G3?il=0

https://www.euronews.com/2020/06/29/watch-live-macron-merkel-meeting-ahead-of-germany-s-eu-presidency

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWBw1RZ8nXc

https://www.euractiv.com/section/future-eu/news/merkel-und-macron-show-unity-ahead-of-all-important-eu-summit/




29 June 2020​​​​​​​​​​​

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EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen thanked all who have contributed to the Global Goal: Unite For Our Future campaign, stating that an additional €6.15 billion had been raised at the historic event on Saturday (27 June) - featuring an international line up of artists and global leaders, coming together to raise money in the fight against Covid-19.

This event marked the conclusion of the Coronavirus Global Response pledging campaign launched by the EU and activist group Global Citizen on 4 May to fund research for a coronavirus vaccine and help rebuild communities impacted by the pandemic "in a fair and just way".  In total €15.9 billion has been pledged since the start of the campaign.

Read more: https://www.euronews.com/2020/06/28/coldplay-shakira-and-miley-cirus-join-world-leaders-in-global-coronavirus-response-concert

 

Related articles:

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/qanda_20_1216

https://twitter.com/vonderleyen/status/1276900811101044738

https://www.euractiv.com/section/coronavirus/news/stars-help-raise-billions-in-eu-vaccine-drive/

https://www.dw.com/en/coronavirus-stars-nations-raise-billions-in-eu-vaccine-drive/a-53967663

https://www.france24.com/en/20200628-virtual-summit-of-world-leaders-celebrities-raises-nearly-7-billion-for-covid-19




26 June 2020​​​​​​​​​​

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday (25 June) said via videoconference that the Trump administration has accepted an invitation from Europe’s top diplomat Josep Borrell to join a new “US-EU dialogue on China”. He highlighted that he doesn’t “want the future to be shaped by” the Chinese Communist Party, and that the EU and US have to work together to continue the transatlantic awakening to China challenge.

Read more: https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3090637/us-and-eu-team-continue-transatlantic-awakening-china-challenge

 

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https://www.politico.eu/article/pompeo-says-us-ready-to-team-up-on-china-but-eu-eyes-a-post-trump-world/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-china-pompeo-eu/u-s-and-eu-must-face-down-china-threat-pompeo-says-idUSKBN23W2KA

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/u-s-and-eu-must-face-down-china-threat-mike-pompeo-says/articleshow/76631862.cms




25 June 2020​​​​​​​​​​

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Germany highly anticipated programme for its upcoming EU presidency from 1 July went through the German cabinet this week. The programme draws lessons from the pandemic, with priorities focused on managing the coronavirus crisis and its economic and social fallout. However, opposition, particularly from the Green and left wing parties were disappointed that “the government has weakened its climate protection ambitions”, falls short on the area of equal opportunities for women, and also with the lack of social progress clause to protect workers’ rights as well as an EU-wide minimum wage.​

Read more: https://www.euractiv.com/section/future-eu/news/german-eu-presidency-government-sets-priorities-as-motor-and-moderator-of-europe/

 

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https://www.bmvi.de/EN/The-Ministry/Germany-EU-Council-Presidency/germany-eu-council-presidency.html

https://renewablesnow.com/news/eu-climate-plans-near-top-of-germanys-coronavirus-presidency-703961/

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-06/24/c_139164566.htm




24 June 2020​​​​​​​​​​

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TikTok, the Chinese-owned video-sharing app, which has become a global sensation, has officially signed up for the EU’s Code of Practice on Disinformation. Siada El Ramly, Director General of the European Digital Media Association (EDiMA) welcomed the move as it “widens the breadth of online platforms stepping up the fight against disinformation online.

TikTok’s move came just as the EU published the latest evaluation report monitoring the implementation of the code of conduct on countering illegal hate speech online. Results show major improvements with 90% of flagged content assessed within 24 hours, while 71% of such content removed successfully. The European Commission is currently preparing a Digital Services Act that could make the inadequate handling of illegal or harmful content punishable by law.

Read more: https://au.news.yahoo.com/tiktok-joins-eu-code-conduct-hate-speech-130337943--spt.html

 

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https://www.neweurope.eu/article/tiktok-joins-the-eus-code-of-practice-on-disinformation/

https://www.euractiv.com/section/digital/news/platforms-clamp-down-on-hate-speech-in-run-up-to-digital-services-act/

https://euobserver.com/tickers/148725

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_1134

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/qanda_20_1135​




23 June 2020​​​​​​​​​​

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Following the EU-China Summit that took place via videoconference on 22 June, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called the EU-China relationship simultaneously ‘one of the most strategically important and one of the most challenging'.

She mentioned that the Summit was a much-needed opportunity for the EU and China to discuss all aspects of their partnership, from trade to human rights to coronavirus response. Digital transformation and climate action were also discussed during the Summit.

Von der Leyen also stressed the need to accelerate and make progress on crucial aspects of this relationship, in particular to address the concerns on reciprocity and the level playing field for EU’s trade and investments in China.

Read more: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ac_20_1170

 

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https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-china/news/no-progress-on-trade-investment-hong-kong-as-eu-wraps-up-tense-china-summit/

https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-leaders-charles-michel-ursula-von-der-leyen-face-tough-time-getting-tough-on-china-xi-jinping/

https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-calls-out-china-for-hitting-hospitals-with-cyberattacks/

https://www.euronews.com/2020/06/22/watch-live-eu-and-china-seek-to-ease-tensions-on-trade-and-human-rights-at-summit

https://www.france24.com/en/20200622-eu-china-summit-opens-amid-tensions-over-trade-coronavirus-and-hong-kong

https://www.dw.com/en/eu-chiefs-press-china-on-trade-hong-kong-security-law/a-53900044

https://www.neweurope.eu/article/eu-defends-interests-values-in-china-summit/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rK4iYLq140k

https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/government-economy/eu-presses-china-over-trade-warns-on-hong-kong-law

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-06/23/c_139159251.htm

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3090147/eu-china-summit-beijing-puts-focus-consensus-while-brussels

https://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202006/23/WS5ef1364ca310834817254b78.html




22 June 2020​​​​​​​​​

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On Friday (19 June), EU leaders held over four hours of “constructive” discussions on the proposed EU’s €750 billion recovery fund to overcome the coronavirus crisis. The discussion was meant to serve as the first opportunity for the leaders of the 27 member states to express their priorities and to voice their concerns on what is in the recovery package.

European Council President Charles Michel concluded that the videoconference was “very useful” to identify the stumbling blocks. He also stressed that there is a “common strong political will” to engage and reach an agreement next month despite differences among the member states.

Read more: https://www.euractiv.com/section/economy-jobs/news/leaders-pledge-to-agree-on-recovery-package-next-month/

 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4b316adX2w

https://euobserver.com/coronavirus/148714




19 June 2020​​​​​​​​

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In an address to the German Parliament on Thursday (18 June), Chancellor Angela Merkel outlined the issues she believed would dominate Germany's forthcoming 6-month presidency of the European Union Council beginning on 1 July. In her speech, Merkel said the EU is facing its biggest challenge in history and called for EU unity to counter the coronavirus crisis. Other themes covered by the Chancellor includes EU-China relations, digitalization and the shift to a climate-neutral economy.

Her speech came ahead of the EU summit to be held this weekend (19-20 Jun) where the focus is on setting the EU’s multiannual financial budget and the bloc’s reconstruction programme for the economy emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read more: https://www.dw.com/en/merkel-urges-eu-unity-to-counter-coronavirus-crisis/a-53853153

 

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https://www.euractiv.com/section/politics/news/merkel-presents-plans-for-eu-council-presidency-in-the-bundestag/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-eu-merkel-responsibility/germanys-merkel-wants-eu-to-take-on-more-global-responsibility-idUSKBN23P16J




18 June 2020​​​​​​​​

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During a speech in the European Parliament on Wednesday (17 June), European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen urged officials at all levels of government to take steps to end discrimination. She highlighted the need to speak about racism openly and honestly.

The plenary debate in the Parliament came after worldwide protests over racism and police brutality and days before MEPs are set to vote on a resolution calling on the EU to “officially acknowledge past injustices” against black people and people of colour.

Read more: https://www.politico.eu/article/von-der-leyen-we-need-to-talk-about-racism-and-we-need-to-act/

 

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https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/speech_20_1114

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17 June 2020​​​​​​​​

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The European Commission opened two investigations into Apple on Tuesday (16 June) – one into whether the US tech giant has treated rivals unfairly in its popular Apple App Store; the other into how other competitors were treated in its mobile payments service Apple Pay. The EU Commission Competition Chief Margrethe Vestager highlighted the need to ensure that Apple's rules do not distort competition in markets, and that Apple's measures do not deny consumers the benefits of new payment technologies. For Vestager, the Apple investigations highlight her willingness to act  against perceived abuses by some of the world’s largest companies in order to protect European consumers.

Read more: https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-opens-two-antitrust-probes-into-apple/

 

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https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_1075

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16 June 2020​​​​​​​

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After nearly three months of coronavirus restrictions and lockdowns, several European countries reopened their borders for EU travellers on Monday (15 June). The move comes a week after EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson proposed to have all EU borders within the bloc reopen as soon as possible. However, nearly every country has its own timetable and set of travel rules – the right to travel will depend on where you live and where you are going.

Read more: https://www.dw.com/en/coronavirus-travel-restrictions-eased-in-europe/a-53806586

 

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https://www.france24.com/en/20200615-symbolic-moment-freedom-of-movement-returns-to-europe-as-borders-re-open

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/europe-starts-reopen-borders-after-covid-19-lockdowns-no-travel-12835088




15 June 2020​​​​​​

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On Monday (15 June), the European oil refining industry association, whose members includes Shell, BP, ExxonMobil and Total, outlined a €650 billion plan to completely decarbonise transport fuels by 2050. Earlier this year, Shell and BP unveiled plans to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, in line with EU long-term goals on climate change. Some energy and transport companies have also started investing in hydrogen. However, some environmental groups were sceptical – mentioning that only a fraction of big oil investment is green and it’s time for EU regulators to oblige Europe’s top polluters to start contributing seriously to wind and solar power, recharging infrastructure and green hydrogen in order to thrive in a climate neutral world.

Read more: https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy-environment/news/europes-oil-refiners-outline-path-to-climate-neutrality-by-2050/

 

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https://www.fuelseurope.eu/wp-content/uploads/FuelsEurope-Press-Release-Clean-Fuels-for-All-Final.pdf




12 June 2020​​​​​​

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, EU Council President Charles Michel and EU Parliament President David Sassoli will be holding high level talks via video conference on Monday (15 June) in an effort to breathe life into the deadlocked post-Brexit trade talks. The intervention comes after several rounds of post-Brexit talks on trade and the future UK-EU relationship made next to no progress. Both UK and EU have also agreed to step up negotiations throughout July.

Read more: https://www.euronews.com/2020/06/11/brexit-boris-johnson-and-ursula-von-der-leyen-to-hold-high-level-talks-next-week

 

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11​ June 2020​​​​​​

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The European Commission mentions China for the first time in a new plan announced on Wednesday (10 June) aimed at tackling online falsehoods connected to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Russia was also blamed for disinformation aimed at undermining Western democracies and sowing internal division.

The Commission called on Facebook, Youtube and Twitter to publish regular updates on how they were combatting online misinformation. TikTok, the video-streaming app owned by ByteDance, a Chinese company, is also expected to participate in the monthly reporting. The Commission is also eager to promote greater cooperation on misinformation between EU institutions and the likes of NATO and the G7 group of the world's richest countries.

Read more: https://www.politico.eu/article/european-commission-disinformation-china-coronavirus/

 

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10 June 2020​​​​​​

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On 9 June, Greece and Italy signed an agreement on maritime boundaries, delimiting an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) between the two countries in the Eastern Mediterranean region, where Turkey has earlier on signed a controversial agreement with Libya and commenced offshore drilling. The deal was signed by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio during the latter’s visit to Athens.

The two ministers also discussed tourism and the economic impact of the coronavirus. Di Maio said he was assured that Italian tourists would be allowed in without quarantine restrictions when Greece opens its borders on 15 June.

Read more: https://www.neweurope.eu/article/greece-italy-ink-agreement-on-exclusive-economic-zones/

 

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9 June 2020​​​​​

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NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg called on NATO members to make the alliance “even stronger by making sure we are as effective politically as we are militarily”. He said that NATO must work even more closely with like-minded countries to preserve global rules and institutions, taking into account new security threats that are shifting the global balance of power. He also said the alliance does not see China as the new enemy but must be ready to face up to the country’s growing might.​

Read more: https://www.euractiv.com/section/defence-and-security/news/china-not-an-enemy-but-nato-must-face-growing-role-nato-chief-says/

 

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https://euobserver.com/foreign/148597




8 June 2020​​​

 

Vietnam ratified a free trade agreement with the EU that will cut or eliminate 99% of tariffs on goods traded. The European Union Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), is expected to take effect in July. This would be the EU’s second deal with a member of ASEAN after Singapore, and one of few with a developing country. While critics have taken issue on Vietnam’s human rights, the World Bank said the EVFTA could boost Vietnam’s gross domestic product and exports, and lift hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-vietnam-trade/vietnam-ratifies-free-trade-deal-with-eu-idUSKBN23F07V

 

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https://www.marketwatch.com/story/vietnam-approves-significant-trade-deal-with-european-union-2020-06-07




5 June 2020​​​

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During the Global Vaccine Summit held on Thursday (4 June), the European Commission pledge €300 million to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, for the period 2021-2025. It will help immunise 300 million children around the world and finance vaccine stockpiles to shield against outbreaks of infectious diseases. Recognising the importance of Gavi’s work in improving access to vaccines for millions of vulnerable children, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said “Vaccines can only save lives if everyone who needs them can access them, especially in the most vulnerable communities and regions of the world”.

Read more: https://www.neweurope.eu/article/commission-pledges-e300-million-boost-to-gavi/

 

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4 June 2020​​
 
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Germany's coalition government agreed a €130-billion stimulus package late Wednesday, aimed at rebooting the national economy after weeks of pandemic paralysis. The main headline from the package includes temporary cut in value-added tax (VAT), financial allowance for families, and plans to boost subsidies for electric cars and spending on transport infrastructure. The amount goes beyond the estimated €80 initially reported underlying the feeling that much more is needed to stave off a lengthy recession.

Read more: https://www.politico.eu/article/german-coalition-agrees-e130b-economic-rescue-package/

 

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https://euobserver.com/tickers/148554



3 June 2020​​
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The European Commission has launched public consultations on its Digital Services Act package, and at the same time called for feedback on the possibility of a new competition tool to address market imbalances in different sectors, including digital. A joint analysis of both initiatives will take place, with a view to explore synergies and ensure consistency on the policy options pursued. The Commission plans to present a legislative proposal for the digital services act before the end of 2020.

Read more: https://www.euractiv.com/section/digital/news/eu-cuts-red-ribbon-on-beginning-of-digital-services-crackdown/

 

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2 June 2020
 
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European officials expressed concern that under Trump, there has been very little of the traditional preparation that precedes the annual G7 summit. On Trump’s pitch to invite India, South Korea, Australia and Russia to the next G7 meeting, fellow G7 leaders were quick to question the move to readmit Russia. Boris Johnson’s spokesperson remarked that Johnson is likely to veto the decision. Officials also believed that negotiations at the G7 are expected to be particularly tough given Trump's divergence from the others on a number of issues, especially trade and climate change.

Read more: https://www.politico.eu/article/g7-members-reject-trumps-bid-to-bring-russia-in-from-the-cold/

 

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https://euobserver.com/tickers/148523

https://www.politico.eu/article/uk-boris-johnson-would-veto-russia-vladimir-putin-g7-return/

https://www.politico.eu/article/trump-postpones-g7-plans-to-invite-more-countries-including-russia/

https://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/news/putin-and-trump-discuss-g7-summit/



1 June 2020
 
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On Saturday (30 May), the European Union urged the United States to reconsider its decision to cut ties with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, mentioning in a statement “actions that weaken international results must be avoided”. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas also condemned the move highlighting that the decision is “the wrong signal at the wrong time” as the world battled with rising number of infections.

Read more: https://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/news/eu-urges-us-to-reconsider-decision-to-cut-ties-with-who/


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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52862588

https://www.france24.com/en/20200530-eu-urges-trump-to-reconsider-decision-to-end-us-relationship-with-who

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-30/eu-urges-u-s-to-reconsider-decision-to-break-ties-with-who

https://www.rte.ie/news/2020/0530/1143550-world-coronavirus/

https://time.com/5845486/european-union-trump-world-health-organization/

https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/80129/us-announcement-breaking-ties-world-health-organisation-statement-president-commission-ursula_en

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/statement_20_983


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