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The updated risk assessment shows that notification rates have increased steadily across the EU and the UK since August, and that the measures taken have not always been sufficient to reduce or control exposure.

The EU updated risk assessment

Coronavirus: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s new risk assessment shows need to step up coronavirus response in the EU

Eight routes already under consideration include Paris-Brussels-Cologne-Berlin-Warsaw, Amsterdam-Cologne-Basel-Milan-Rome and Berlin-Frankfurt-Lyon-Montpellier-Barcelona, as well as services linking Scandinavia to the rest of Europe.

Rail boosted by EU transport chiefs as TEE 2.0 planned

EU transport ministers pledged to give more attention to international rail freight and consider plans to relaunch the Trans-Europ Express network, during a meeting of minds on Monday (21 September)

"Governments and firms will need to invest in a sustainable digital transformation not only to thrive, but to survive the 21st century."

The dark side of digitalization – and how to fix it

The digital economy has finally arrived. During the mid-1990s, technology enthusiasts predicted that the rapid spread of the internet and super-computing would generate new efficiencies, innovations and economies of scale

A low-carbon growth path can stimulate the economy as well as mitigate climate risks. Renewable energy can revitalize the economy by creating “green” jobs, ensuring energy security and strengthening resilience.

How renewable energy can drive a post-COVID recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a devastating toll on lives, livelihoods and economies globally

The new calculations, using UN Food and Agriculture Organisation data and other peer-reviewed scientific research, estimate that animals on European farms emit the equivalent of 502 million tonnes of CO2 per year.

Animal farming in EU worse for climate than all cars

Greenhouse gas emissions from animal farming in the EU account for 17% of the EU’s total emissions and do more damage to the climate than all cars and vans put together

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“This is the most important announcement on global climate policy in at least the last five years,” Niklas Hohne, a partner at German-based New Climate Institute, one of the two organisations behind CAT, said.

World

China’s carbon neutral pledge could curb global warming by 0.3°C, researchers say

Thursday, September 24, 2020

President Xi Jinping’s pledge that China will achieve carbon neutrality before 2060 is the most significant climate policy move for years and, if achieved, could curb likely global warming by 0.2-0.3 Celsius this century

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"Arabs in the past have projected solutions as the need to address Palestinian rights while accepting Israel’s existence."

World

Israel and the Arab World: A Tectonic Shift

Thursday, September 24, 2020

The truly historic nature of the UAE-Israel deal is in the fine print

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"Joint action  at  EU  level  is  the  surest,  quickest  and  most  efficient  way  of achieving  these objectives. No Member State on its own has the capacity to secure the investment in developing and producing a sufficient number of vaccines."

Europe

Questions and Answers: Coronavirus and the EU Vaccines Strategy

Thursday, September 24, 2020

On 17 June, the European Commission presented a European strategy to accelerate the development, manufacturing and deployment of vaccines against COVID-19

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"The most important thing is that we start discussions on the Pact on a solid basis that takes everyone’s concerns into account. The wounds of 2016 are still fresh and we need to start with everyone around the table."

Europe

Speech by Vice-President Schinas on the New Pact on Migration and Asylum

Thursday, September 24, 2020

This is an important moment The Pact on Migration and Asylum we are presenting today has been a long time in the making

“The EPP will have to make a choice and take a position over the scandals,” said Daniel Smilov, program director at the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia.

World

How the Citizens of Belarus and Bulgaria Are Held Hostage

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The European Union’s commitment to democratic values are close to shatters as Cyprus and the European People’s Party contribute to keeping autocratic or corrupt leaders in power

Better access to foreign markets benefited exporting firms’ top executives disproportionately more than rank-and-file workers.

Analyses

How Trade Made the Richest 0.1% Even Richer

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Among the alleged ills of globalisation, few have dominated the headlines in the past decade as much as worsening inequality

At the moment, the main aim is to develop intelligent charging stations for electric cars. “Our vision is that the charging station of the future will have this measurement technology integrated.”

Europe

Intelligent electricity through EU structural funds

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

A major challenge in the spread of renewable energies is their unpredictability: supply and demand do not always match in time. To compensate for this, researchers in Bielefeld are working on artificial intelligence that distributes electricity differently, depending on the weather

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"Investments and improvements in artificial intelligence need not be an arms race. AI is a general-purpose technology with the potential to transform all sectors and forms of economic activity."

Analyses

To harness the AI age, governments must keep these 7 factors in mind

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Economic performance, cooperation and productivity are undergoing cataclysmic disruptions

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“A technological and economic divide risks inevitably turning into a geo-strategic and military divide. We must avoid this at all costs.”

World

US-China tensions take centre stage at UN, Guterres warns against a new ‘Cold War’

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

US President Donald Trump told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (22 September) that China must be held accountable for having “unleashed” COVID-19 on the world, prompting Beijing to accuse him of “lies” and abusing the UN platform to provoke confrontation

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As an ancillary, SURE could also finance some health-related measures, in particular at the work place, used to ensure a safe return to normal economic activity.

Europe

SURE: financial support to help protect jobs and workers affected by the pandemic

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The Commission welcomes the activation of the SURE instrument, which will provide up to €100 billion in financial support to help protect jobs and workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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"If the grand recovery plan is to work, the old way of doing things will have to be upended".

Europe

Will everyone play ball for ‘operation recovery’?

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Ursula von der Leyen pulled off a bravura performance last week; there was grit, emotion, empathy and integrity in her delivery

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"In recent decades, no single Jew in the United States spoke so eloquently and, more importantly, did so much as “RBG” to promote equality for all Americans."

World

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Titan on Values and the 2020 Election Risks

Monday, September 21, 2020

A personal perspective from an American Jew at a truly momentous time in U.S. history

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EU Actually

State of the Union: Von der Leyen’s europhile dreams

N. Peter KramerBy: N. Peter Kramer

On September 16, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen held her first ‘State of the Union’ before the European Parliament in Brussels

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Animal farming in EU worse for climate than all cars

Animal farming in EU worse for climate than all cars

Greenhouse gas emissions from animal farming in the EU account for 17% of the EU’s total emissions and do more damage to the climate than all cars and vans put together

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A Checklist for Boards in the New Normal

A Checklist for Boards in the New Normal

Covid-19 has spurred corporate boards to improvise new practices while keeping those that have served them well. Here’s a run-down

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